Crafting Shirts with Jane McCann

About the event

Create your own timeless wardrobe staple – a classic shirt – in this masterclass with Jane McCann and visiting practitioners Sirpa Mörsky (Finland) & Elspeth Thomas (Wales).

The focus will be on shirts – to produce garment shapes from a basic shirt block for on-going development that may be:

  • Enduring style as opposed to transient fast fashion
  • Adaptable to different end uses from casual workwear to the exotic
  • Ageless and inclusive: Sized to the style preference of the wearer
  • Offering potential for embellishment and personalisation
  • Suitable for domestic machine sewing – or potentially hand sewn.

Pattern style adaption:

  • Introduction to practical pattern block adaptation for a range of styles:
  • For example, adaptation can: Elongate / Crop / Gather / Flare etc.
  • Typical adaptations may include: Workwear Jacket/ Smock/ Shirt Dress.
  • Guidance on fabric selection and potential for embellishment and personalisation
  • Brief reference to methods of joining of seams


Please bring;

  • 2 / 3 metres calico
  • Please select light, medium or heavy weight calico dependent on style preference to be developed. (NB: Medium weight calico will be available for participants to buy if necessary)
  • Set square – if available and/or Ruler – if available
  • Pattern Tracing Wheel – would be helpful!
  • Tape measure
  • Pencils (Soft and Hard) and Pencil sharpener
  • Rubber
  • Paper scissors and Fabric scissors
  • Pins, Needles, and thread
  • A packed lunch.


Where is it taking place?

Address provided on booking
Co. Down,
BT21 0P

When is it taking place?

Sunday August 7th, 10am to 4pm

Who is it suitable for?

Not suitable for under 16s

Do you need to book?

Yes, booking is required. To book please contact

About August Craft Month with Craft NI

This event is a part of August Craft Month with Craft NI, Northern Ireland’s celebration of craft. Summer 2022 will mark the 16th annual August Craft Month with makers all across Northern Ireland getting involved.

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About Wool Works:

‘Wool Works’ is an exhibition of contemporary textile design spearheaded by co. Down professor Jane McCann. The Northern Irish textile expert brought together Welsh, Finnish and Northern Irish textile artists who have been working together since 2001. 

The theme of the exhibition is wool and the way traditional motifs and techniques can be reinterpreted in a contemporary setting, embracing links between the cultural heritages of Wales, Ireland and Finland. The exhibits include unique hand-woven tapestries, woollen blankets, framed textile art, one-of-a-kind accessories and garments such as Irish style workwear jackets or house coats (with some of these unique pieces available for sale), and highlight techniques such as felting, free stitching, digital embroidery, knitting, hand weaving and plant dying.

Participating makers have used sustainable materials such as Cambrian and Finnish wool, indigo dyed Merino wool, Irish bainin tweed and Donegal yarns in the works. Professor McCann is passionate about the potential of wool and an advocate of its increasing use in the textile industry. She believes that this unique material deserves to be celebrated and highlighted alongside linen and other sustainable textiles.


All August Craft Month events are run independently by the event organisers. For questions regarding the event please contact the event organiser directly.

As COVID guidelines may change between now and the time of each event please check back for updated information, or contact the event organiser directly. Stay safe!

Event Details

Maker: Jane McCann

Starts: Aug 2 at 10:00 am

Ends: Aug 2 at 4:00 pm

Discipline: Fashion Design

Location: Down

Type: Workshop

Price: £65