I am so excited about my sewing course offerings for March 2016! I’ve listened to feedback from past and current students, and have settled on a few things that I think will be enjoyable and helpful when it comes to building your toolkit for garment sewing. I’m also looking to add courses for those of you who are already familiar with your machines and have made a few items. Enter the Garment Sewing Skillbuilder Series.
Garment Sewing Skillbuilder Series
I am probably most excited about this series of skill-based classes offered each Wednesday and Thursday evening in March from 6:00 – 7:30. Each 90-minute workshop is $45 and will focus entirely on one skill related to garment sewing. Each workshop is meant to stand alone and enhance or refresh your skills on each topic. Each workshop is limited to 5 students.
Wednesday, March 2: Using Garment Patterns
Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about using a commercial garment pattern. I’ll explain sizing & fabric charts, cutting, grainlines, and answer all of your questions about using patterns. I’ll even demonstrate some common fitting issues like full bust adjustments and length adjustments.
Thursday, March 3: Garment Fabric 101
One of the most exciting things about sewing your own clothing is choosing your fabric for each project. This workshop will be all about touching various fabrics and learning how to pair them with patterns. We’ll discuss which fabrics work best for each type of garment, and review how to shop for fabric online and in stores.
Wednesday, March 9: Notions & Tools for Garment Sewing
Creating beautiful garments is all about using the right tools. In this workshop I’ll show you some of my favorite tools for garment sewing. You’ll also get the chance to order any that you love.
Thursday, March 10: Darts
Darts are one of the most common elements in garments, and this workshop will review marking methods as well as techniques for sewing the perfect bust, waist and fisheye darts.
Wednesday, March 16: Zippers
Zippers seem like the pariah of garment sewing, but with a few tricks and tips, you’ll be stitching beautiful centered, lapped and invisible zippers in no time. I’ll share my favorite notions for making zipper insertion a breeze, and review the three types of zippers with a bonus hand-sewn zipper.
Thursday, March 17: Sleeves
Setting a sleeve can be intimidating, but with practice and patience you can insert beautifully smooth sleeves into any garment. I’ll show you how to distribute ease, pin and sew your sleeves perfectly.
Wednesday, March 23: Seam Finishes
Seam finishes are crucial to the posterity of any handmade garment. In this workshop I’ll review the major seam finishes including French seams, pinked & stitched, serged (shown above), and bound.
Thursday, March 24: Hems
The hem is one of the last finishing touches on any garment, and I’ll show you how to create beautiful hems by hand and by machine. You’ll learn to make a baby hem, blind hem (machine & hand) and a stitched hem.
Wednesday, March 30: Facings, Linings & Bias Bound Edges
You’ll learn all about finishing necklines and enclosing neckline edges with facings, bias strips or linings. I’ll also explain tips for ensuring your facings lay flat each time.
Thursday, March 31: Closures
Learn to sew beautiful buttonholes with your machine, attach buttons by hand, as well as stitch on hooks & eyes.