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GARMENTS: Level 1, Intro to Sewing Woven Garments (DULUTH)



Are you frustrated with clothes that don't fit you just right?  Too tight up top?  Droopy on your shoulders?  Not enough coverage on the back end??  Too short?  Too long? Would you like to learn how to make clothes for the body you have, not the generic body a designer thinks you should have? Well, we have GREAT news for you!


Join Hilary for a series of classes to create garments that you will love! Hilary will present a variety of class projects that will focus on choosing the right combination of pattern and fabrics, altering the pattern to fit your body, and  creating professional finishes. 

Projects we have in mind include: casual tops from woven fabrics/knits/rayons, leggings from comfy knits to athletic materials, slacks from woven fabrics, jeans (YES, you CAN make your own JEANS!), casual dresses from knits or wovens, pajamas, and lingerie (YES, you CAN make your own panties and bras!)

In these classes you will gain understanding of pattern reading and what all those marks mean.  You will learn how to grade your pattern according to your body - no more awkward gaps or tight spots. We will also have a class on how to use a projector to cut your fabric (NO, you DON'T have to have a paper pattern!)

Be sure to check the calendar for additional classes.  Look for "GARMENTS" to find her classes.  Time in each session/project may vary.

CLASS DATES: 2nd Friday of each month
CLASS TIME:  11:30 am - 1:30 pm
CLASS FEES: $45 for each 2-hour session.  Some projects will require multiple sessions to complete.
PATTERNS and FABRIC: Will be announced prior to each class. Must be purchased at ASC.

What you need to bring:  sewing machine in good working order, your favorite sewing notions (shears, snips, seam ripper, pins, clips, marking tools, etc.)

Additional supply list will be emailed to you at least one week prior to class.


Level 1: Intro to Sewing Woven Garments with a Pattern


Prerequisites: Understand and operate your sewing machine, have basic sewing experience.
Project: Montrose Top by Cashmerette using woven fabric.

Week 1 (no machine needed this class)
•   Anatomy of woven fabric (warp, weft, bias)
•   Garment pattern envelope overview, choosing size, positive and negative ease
•   Fabric selection (weight, hand, etc.) and notions
•   How to use a pattern (grain lines, notches, cutting instructions and layout)
•   Cut your first pattern!

Week 2 (bring your machine for this class!)
•   Review seam allowances
•   Importance of matching notches
•   Overview of bust darts and full/small bust adjustments as needed
•   Construction
•   Seam finishes

Class Date: Oct 14th.
Class Time:  11:30 - 1:30


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: If you know how to use your sewing machine and can create a fairly straight seam, this class if for you!
Instructor: Hilary Henderson
Instructor Bio: Hilary is a Duluth local who loves creating her own garments. Hilary uses a domestic sewing machine and an overlocker/coverstitch combo machine to create her custom wardrobe.
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Includes two 2-hour sessions

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