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Basic Clothing Design
Have a knack for style? Take a simple design idea and bring it to life. Learn to read and alter a commercial pattern, cut and sew an original design, and use alteration techniques to resurrect an old garment. Review basic sewing priciples, closure and finishing techniques along the way. You will take home at least one new garment by the end of the class.
Follow up this class with Pattern Making.
Age Range17+, teens by permission
Basic Sewing or equivalent skills.
We will supply sewing machines (or you may bring your own).
Please bring your sewing kit to the first class:
- Class 66 bobbins (plastic; please bring at least 3 to class)
- Dressmaker shears (Fiskars, Weiss or Gingher are recommended)
- Paper scissors
- Assorted machine sewing needles
- Assorted hand sewing needles
- Common pins
- Pin cushion
- Seam ripper
- Dressmaker’s pencil or tailor’s chalk
- Tape measure 60”
- Dark and light color thread for basting
- Needle threader
- Sewing gauge
To the first class session, also bring sketching materials: a pad of drawing paper and pencils.
Once you have a finished design drawing, we will discuss fabric choices and patterns. At that point, you will want to purchase:
- pattern and fabric for the clothing you will make
- fashion rulers
- hip curve ruler
- French curve
In class we will discuss purchase of one or more commercial patterns.
Find out where to buy supplies.
Instructor, Schedule, and Cost
This class will be offered in in our Fall 2013–Winter 2014 catalog. Let us know if you’re interested.
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“I had no idea how to sew. The teacher took the time to make sure that I was comfortable and learning. The other students were really helpful as well as we talked over the hum of sewing machines!”