Sew a Sleeveless Shell Top ✄

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In this Shell Top Workshop, you can choose from the Simple style or the Adelle style. The Simple Shell has bust darts, the Adelle has a yoke which allows you to feature contrasting fabrics. Made over five hours, both variations are sleeveless, have round necks and feature a box pleat in the back.

With only a few pattern pieces, either style is a great choice if you are looking to make your first garment and have taken our Sewing Basics Course (or similar).

Both tops have simple designs, are sleeveless and have a rounded neck. While making the top you will learn to use overlockers to finish fabric edges, sew bust darts and sew an all in one facing.

Workshop skill levels explained – click here.

What to wear it with: perfect with any of our pants or skirts.

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What you will learn
  • Taking measurements and choosing the right size, pattern placement and transferring markings, cutting technique.
  • Finishing seams with an overlocker, and pressing for professional results.
  • Stitching bust darts or yoke. Sewing facings.
What you will get
  • A wardrobe staple top - made by you
  • Instructions to make your top
  • A copy of the pattern
Parking Info
  • Level 1, 329 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Look for the red door.
  • Most Brunswick St parking is ticketed & max' 2hrs. However, longer time parking is available in the paid Coles Car Park.
  • Public Transport is the ideal way to get here - jump on the 11 tram & get off at Johnston St.

What to bring
  • Sewing machine thread to match
  • Adelle Contrast Fabric: .5 metres of woven fabric with drape
  • Both Main Fabric: 1.5 metres of woven fabric with drape
What to wear


Appropriate for

✄For students who have completed the Sewing Basics. You will be expected to know how to use a sewing machine and sew at seam allowance. This level workshop will introduce just one or two new sewing skills.

Suggested Fabrics

Woven apparel fabrics with drape: linen, rayon, lawn, crepe, challis.

Cancellation & Refund Policy


  1. Cancellation requests received the day before, the day of, or any time after a course start are not be eligible for a refund, are not eligible for transfer, and are not eligible for credit towards another course.
  2. All cancellations are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.
  3. Refunds will be processed back to the original payment method less the 25% fee.
  4. Refunds are processed as soon as notification of cancellation is received, allow approximately 3 days for your banking institution to show the refund to your account. 

Request for Transfer:

  1. Bookings (without date changes) are fully transferrable to another person without incurring any penalty.
  2. Participants may request a transfer to their booking without penalty up until fourteen (14) days prior to the course or workshop start date.
  3. Participants transferring their booking within fourteen (14) days prior to the course or workshop start date incur a $10 administration fee.
  4. Requests to transfer received the day before, the day of, or any time after a course start will not be eligible for a refund, are not eligible for transfer, and are not eligible for credit towards another course.

Notice periods above are based on your original booking date, if a transfer has been made, the notice periods do not reset.

Effective 1 November 2019

This policy is available for viewing on our website - https://threadden.com/about/bookings-and-cancellations-policy/ 

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14 June 2019 • Sew a Sleeveless Shell Top ✄

The shell top course is great. I used it to learn how to make a basic pleat and self facing. The trick with rolling to make the facing was great and couldn’t be learned from a pattern. Slowly my sewing skills are improving. I’m making more of my own clothes

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That magic roll! You'll be able to use it on so many patterns, no need to have two part facings that flick up and out of place ever again. 

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08 September 2017 • Sew a Sleeveless Shell Top ✄

This class was great and I have a fantastic new top to wear. I can't wait to get into making another one. I loved using the interfacing and see it all come together. So much fun turning flat fabric into a 3D item I can wear