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Collage Gather Dress Workshop Weekend

by Former and Latter Fabrics

$295.00 Sale price

Collage Gather Dress Workshop Weekend

by Former and Latter Fabrics

$295.00 Sale price
Are you local to Edmonton, Alberta? Or in the area? We invite you to use our order pick-up option, or come take a look in person at the fabrics & patterns before making your final selections.

Over the weekend, participants will dive into sewing The Matchy Matchy Sewing Club -  Collage Gathered Dress. Join us for a weekend filled with creativity, and camaraderie!

This workshop is perfect if you’re looking to get back into sewing garments or if you’re taking your sewing to the next level. Beginners are welcome! The only pre-requisites are that you have a sewing machine and can operate it and sew straight lines. 

The Collage Gather Dress from Matchy Matchy Sewing Club is a wardrobe staple! It includes sizes XXS (34" hip) to a 6XL (67" hip). The dress has a relaxed boxy fit with soft gathers on the side for a little extra shape and movement. It includes hidden inseam pockets and comes with multiple dress lengths marked directly on the pattern from mini to maxi. Designed to be sewn as a patchwork or with a single fabric, it is fun to sew, easily customizable and comes together quickly.

With all Matchy Matchy sewing patterns, the Collage Gather Dress is designed to have simple shapes and easy construction to take the overwhelm out of sewing and to help you find the joy of discovery. 


  • Friday May 24th 6-8pm
  • Saturday May 25th 10am-4pm
  • Sunday May 26th 10am-4pm

DESCRIPTION: Skills you'll learn in this workshop: 

  • Reading sewing patterns and size charts. 
  • Understanding important measurements for fit accuracy. 
  • Fabric choice for best drape and dress style. We'll look at various fabric options and look at how the weave and fiber content will affect the look of the finished garment.
  • Laying out and cutting sewing patterns. 
  • Sewing a basic garment, including how to gather. 
  • Professional finishes to make your garments look great and sustain being cared for. 

Participants will need to purchase the pattern separately and bring their own sewing machines*. The fee includes a $50 credit towards fabric, so you can choose what you love from our selection. Participants will also receive a 15% discount for fabric and notions purchased in store during the weekend. 

PDF pattern for the Matchy Matchy Sewing Club Collage Gather Dress can be purchased through the Matchy Matchy Sewing Club Website

We recommend sending PDF files to Put Down The Tape Pattern Printing here in Edmonton to have the pattern printed on A0 size sheets. (Email is: & located near Bonnie Doon)

SCHEDULE: Friday (6-8pm): We will work through the basics of measuring yourself for accurate pattern sizing. Tips will be given for choosing the right size for your body shape and what’s easy to adjust if you don’t match the size chart perfectly. Then we’ll spend the remainder of the evening prepping our pattern and picking fabrics.

Saturday (10-4): The morning will be spent laying out our pattern and cutting our dresses out. In the afternoon we’ll get to sewing! 

Sunday (10-4): Another day of sewing, making final finishing adjustments and showing off our dresses! 

OTHER INFO: Sewists must be comfortable threading and operating a sewing machine and have spent some time using their machine for simple projects. This class is suited for any sewist with a little experience under their belt!

Minimum age is 18 years. 

Please ensure your sewing machine is in good working order. We request that you bring all your machine accessories and manual.  

*If you are coming from out of town and would like to make arrangements to use one of our machines, please contact us at

Key Information

I have dedicated over a decade teaching sewing, weaving and textile crafts. My true passion is watching students come to life with new ideas and push their learning boundaries! My approach is casual and I encourage you to embrace mistakes as a learning opportunity; it is tough learning something new!

Outside the classroom, I’m always on a quest to explore new textile methods or plan my next project. I’m committed to embracing the textiles community and love being a part of the stories that unfold along the way.

Payment in full is required to book a spot in our workshop and due to the limited number of spaces available registration is non-refundable. Discounts cannot be applied to classes.  Up to two weeks in advance of the workshop, participation can be transferred to another sewist. 

All participants will be contacted by email one to two weeks prior to the workshop with all the necessary details for the weekend. 

The workshop is located in our Brick and Mortar retail store and we ask all participants to be respectful of the space, equipment, other participants and shoppers. 

Lockable storage room is available for sewists to store machines and personal supplies overnight. 

The workshop will require the use of sewing machines, pins, needles, irons, cutting tools (scissors and rotary cutters), etc. By your participation in any class, workshop, lesson, or workspace usage, you agree to release and hold harmless Former and Latter Fabrics, it’s instructors, and employees from any and all claims and liability related to any accident that may arise as a result.


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