Would you like to learn how to sew gorgeous designer shirts that fit your body shape, are unique and you love to wear?

We have a fabulous online sewing course!

In 'Beyond The Pattern - Designer Shirts' we demonstrate what a classic shirt looks like following a commercial sewing pattern and what the same shirt can look like when you apply expert sewing techniques and designer details that can then make your garment look AMAZING!

Who is this course for?

  • This course is perfect for you if you're an intermediate to advanced sewer. (Note: If you're a complete beginner and have never used a sewing machine before, we recommend completing our Zero To Sewing In A Weekend - Beginner Course frist.)
  • If you've never made a shirt before, are unhappy with the shirts you currently make and/or would like to upgrade your shirt making skills to make gorgeous 'Designer Shirts'.
  • It's great for our students who have already completed our Zero To Sewing In A Weekend Beginner Course to conitue developing their sewing skills.
  • For those who can't make it in person to our sewing school in Australia and would like to learn how to sew like a professional, step by step, from a multi-award winning sewing teacher in your very own home!

What will YOU make?

  • In this course you will make a gorgeous designer shirt!
  • You can follow along to make a shirt just like the one below, or of your own fabric choice, colours and design etc.
  • You will learn how to fit your designer shirt to your own unique body shape!
  • And tailor your shirt pattern to sew up many more with ease.

What will you learn?

  • Easy collar technique and how to sew a perfect collar
  • How to take your body measurements in the right way
  • Fitting to your body shape - especially if you're multi-sized!
  • How to adjust a commercial pattern to suit and fit your body measurements
  • Pattern placement essentials
  • Maree's hemline technique
  • How to pattern match
  • Adjusting the pattern to create your own customised shirt template
  • How to transform a standard commercial pattern into a designer garment
  • Finishing techniques
  • Expert sewing tips, tricks and skills from Maree all along the way...!


  • This course doesn't include every single type of body shape as everyone's is unique! What we do is teach the 'process' on how to take your own body measurements and adjust a classic shirt pattern to fit your unique body shape.
  • In this course we have used Jackie's body measurements as an example which covers a lot of detail on how to adjust a pattern and especially if you are multi-sized. For example, Jackie measures a range of sizes in different areas on her body from size 10 through to size 14.
  • We recommend that in addition to this course, for very specific fitting area's such as extra large bustlines etc to research more about how to adjust a pattern in that area. The Palmer Pletsch book 'Complete Guide To Fitting' is a great resource to add to your sewing toolbox. 

What will you get?

  • The requirements list to ensure you have everything you need to get started
  • 4 hours worth of expert video sewing tutorials with Maree and Jacqueline!
  • Easy to follow step-by-step written instructions with pictures
  • Online access to sew anywhere you like, whenever you like!

Sewing Booklet - Written Instructions

You will also receive our fabulous 45 page Designer Shirt sewing booklet which includes easy step-by-step instructions for you to follow as you go along.

What do you need?

  • Access to a sewing machine, an overlocker is desirable too and basic sewing essentials e.g. scissors, pins, needles etc.

Which pattern?

  • Butterick 5526
  • Or another similar princess line classic shirt pattern. 

How does it work?

You can access your online sewing course on your computer, iPad, tablet or smart phone right next to your sewing machine!

  • Once you purchase our Beyond The Pattern Designer Shirts online sewing course and receive access you can either start as soon as you're ready or choose a time in the future that suits you. There is no set timeframe.
  • Simply click on the links to commence watching the sewing video tutorials!
  • Download the requirements list so you have everything you need to get started.
  • Schedule a weekend or a day and time that suits you to start sewing
  • Watch the videos as many times as you like
  • Send us a picture of your finished Designer Shirt!


What others are saying

"This course exceeds my expectations. Maree Pigdon is extremely thorough and an excellent teacher!"

Adrian Meadows - on our Zero To Sewing Begginer Course


"I've been truly blessed finding my new sewing teacher called Maree!"

Maree Ferguson - Geelong, Australia

"Very knowledgable teacher with a wealth of experience. Would highly recommend it."

Rose Nadile - Melbourne, Australia

VIDEO: Sneak Peak Inside the course!

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Ready to start sewing?

If you would like to start this fantastic course taught by award winning sewing teacher Maree Pigdon along with her daughter Jacqueline, simply click buy now and within approximately 48hours you will receive your access and can get started in the comfort of your very own home!

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How to Sew a Designer Shirt rating

Check out our launch videos below to learn more about this course, how we came up with the idea, why we made it and more details about this course!

We look forward to teaching you!

Until then,

Happy Sewing,

Launch Videos!

#1 Sewing Experiment

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#2 Sewing Experiment Results

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#3 Why we made this course and what it includes

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#4 Q&A with Maree & Jackie

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#5 Behind The Scenes

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#6 Maree zooms into detail

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Would you like to see our other online courses?

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Kids Apron Project

Virtual Sewing Room - Online Sewing Club!

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