Learn to design and make any top, shirt or blouse you want based on your measurements. Course consists of pre-recorded video tutorials, ready-to-print pdf instructions & Q&As on demand. No expiration dates, the course is yours for life. You’ll get the access link immediately after the purchase. If it doesn't arrive, please get in touch and we'll sort it for you.

What's included in the price?

Shirts & Blouses Course Structure Introduction • What is the course about, for whom, and how to take it • Tools Module 1: Bodice block • Taking measurements • Why is the pattern this way • Ease • Miniature pattern drafting & explaining each step where it’s coming from • Real size pattern • Adjusting a pattern for a bigger waist • Adjusting a pattern for a bigger cup • Make a test • Correct the pattern • Adjusting pattern for garments without sleeves • Loose fitted bodice block with darts • Loose fitted bodice block without darts • Stretch factor • Bodice for stretchy fabric • Hip block Module 2: Dart manipulation • Why would you move the darts • Two techniques to move the darts • Dart manipulation examples & exercise • Princess line bodice Module 3: Bodice types • Bodice with the yoke • Basques waist bodice • Pleated bodice • Back of the shirt Module 4: Button stands & facings • Button stands • Fly front opening • Facings • Asymmetric opening PRACTICE • Minimalistic summer dress • Sleeveless top with princess darts & ruffles • Sleeveless stretchy top • Sleeveless top with yoke • Open back statement piece Module 5: Necklines • Adjusting bodice for deeper decollate • Square neck • V-neck • Scoop neck • Sweetheart neck • Deep cowl neckline • High cut cowl • Wrap neck • Shoulder-less bodice • Crossover bodice • Double breasted opening PRACTICE • V-neck techniques • Sweetheart neck top • Deep cowl neckline top Module 6: Collars • Straight-band collar • Mandarin (Stand) collar • Peter Pan collar • Sailor collar • Two-Piece Shirt collar • Shawl collar • Double-breasted opening Tailored collar coming later with lightweight blazer lesson:) Module 7, Part 1: Sleeves • Anatomy of a sleeve • Constructing sleeve block • Testing & correcting • Sleeve-cap shape for different garments • Cuffs Module 7, Part 2: Types of sleeves • Bishop Sleeve with deep cuff • Leg O’Mutton Sleeve • Raised Crown • Plain Short Sleeve • Puffed sleeve gathered at Hem and head • Bell Sleeve or gathered bell sleeve • Sleeve gathered at head • Sports sleeve • Saddle (Strap Shoulder) Sleeve • Kimono Sleeve Deep • Raglan sleeve • Cap Sleeve • A few more words about sleeves • Two piece sleeve COMING IN OCTOBER PRACTICE • White shirt • Shirt with mandarin collar, pleats, fly-opening • Oversized shirt • Polo shirt with short saddle sports sleeves • Shirt with shawl collar & puffy sleeves • Blouse with bishop raglan sleeves, wrap neck, Basque bodice • Blouse with sailor's collar & cap sleeve • Cross-over cardigan • Light-weight blazer with tailored collar & leg o'mutton sleeve • Waist-coat with Peter-pan collar • Patchwork shirt

What you will need

Basic sewing tools, paper, rulers, tape measure, computer with internet connection.


8 weeks



Studio Arkdefo

with Craft Courses since 2020

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We want to bring back handcrafts and the skills that are being lost. Designing your own clothes is empowering. We believe true empowerment and confidence comes from making clothes that fit you. Our courses are based on teaching creative thinking and problem solving techniques. We dive right in and get you designing. Remember, there are no mistakes, just creative solutions waiting to be found!

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Teenagers
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced/pro level
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This course is taught online