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Purchase this digital product and receive a link to the FOUR-hour YouTube video of the CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshop featuring leading designer, tutor and craft expert Geri Berman and her wonderful Gojiberi Dress workshop.


Geri Berman presents the Gojiberi Dress, a class where you can choose what you want to make: either a blouse OR a dress and all based on a core tee-shirt design! Read on for more information, we think this class will be hugely popular!


Once you have purchased this product, the PDF document you will receive contains a link to the private-access video on YouTube


Introduction by Geri:-

Let’s draft and sew The Gojiberi Dess in this CraftyMonkies online course! The Gojiberi Dress features a V-neckline, dolman sleeves, and a gathered skirt that begins at the bust or under-bust line. Its roomy and oversized fit makes it the perfect dress for warm weather. The dress is made without any closures, and is worn by pulling it over the head, which makes it easy to sew and easy to wear.


We will draft the pattern pieces with the help of a basic T-shirt that fits you with comfortable ease. Then we will go over the sewing order and sewing techniques required to sew up the dress.

There will also be options presented to modify the dress to your liking. For example, a shorter gathered tier converts the dress into a blouse. Adding more gathered tiers will create a longer dress with more volume and movement. The sleeves can also be modified by adding ruffles, instead of finishing the sleeve hems with bias binding.


What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

In this workshop, you will learn a way of drafting your own handmade clothes with the help of a basic T-shirt as a pattern block. We will touch on simple drafting skills for an empire line bodice, and how to draft a gathered skirt and sleeve ruffles based on the measurements of the bodice. The sewing techniques covered will include sewing front bodice pieces to the back bodice, finishing the neckline and sleeves with bias binding, and creating gathers for the skirt and sleeve ruffles.


Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This workshop is geared towards a beginner or intermediate quilter/sewist. Makers will need to have the basic knowledge of using drafting-rulers and cutting with fabric shears, using a sewing machine and sewing a straight seam.


Material Requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Woven fabric (refer to the section below for details)

  • The main drafting tool is a basic round or V-neck T-shirt that fits you with comfortable ease. Please avoid using a tight-fitting T-shirt

  • Drafting and sewing tools include: measuring tape, matching sewing thread, pins, plastic drafting ruler (2” or 5cm wide), French curve (optional), fabric shears, sewing machine, serger (optional)

  • An erasable marker like a Pilot Frixion pen to mark the pattern directly onto the fabric. If this is not available, dressmaker’s chalk or pencil can be used.


Fabric Requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Fabric Choice: I highly recommend using a light to medium weight woven fabric. Since we are going to draft the dress directly onto the fabric, it is best to choose a stable fabric that does not shift and move while handling it. Fabrics suitable for this include cotton or linen, which are easier to cut and sew with. Avoid fabrics that have too much drape and fluidity, like some silks and viscose/rayon for your first version of the dress. I also suggest that you consider your first make of the dress as a wearable toile, so use fabric that is inexpensive, thrifted, or leftover from a previous project.


Once you figure out the dimensions of the dress that fit your preferences, then you can move on to cutting out more precious fabric for future versions. In addition, I would choose a plain fabric to work with for the practical purpose of seeing the drafting lines clearly on it. For your first go at it, avoid printed or patterned fabric which would require pattern-matching.


For a Gojiberi Blouse with a hem that ends at the hip, an estimated 2 - 2.5 metres of fabric will be sufficient.


For a knee-length Gojiberi Dress with one gathered skirt tier, an estimated 2.5 - 3.5 metres of fabric is required.

If adding more length to the dress, or adding more gathered tiers, then factor in additional fabric.


Equipment Requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Sewing Machine

  • Serger (optional)

  • Drafting Tools: erasable marker or pen or dressmaker’s chalk or pencil, measuring tape, 2” or 5 cm wide plastic ruler, French curve (optional)

  • Sewing Tools: matching sewing thread, pins, fabric shears


Pattern Information Relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

There are 4 main pattern pieces that we will be drafting for this workshop:-

- Back Bodice

- Front Bodice

- Gathered Skirt or Blouse Tier

- Bias Binding


Additional pattern pieces for the optional sleeve ruffle or additional gathered tier:-

- Sleeve Ruffle

- Additional Gathered Tier


The bias binding can be cut beforehand from the self fabric to save yourself some time. If you already know how to do so, please cut strips of fabric on the bias 1 ⅝” or 4 cm wide. We will need about an estimated 1.5 m of bias binding to finish up the neckline and the sleeve hems.


This class is available to view as many times as you like for 30 days from your date of purchase.


NOTE: Any short video featured in this promotional info is a Trailer and not the fully-edited version you'll gain access to via YouTube!


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Video of Workshop: Geri Berman - Gojiberi Dress!

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