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GARMENTS: Level 1, Intro to KNITS (DULUTH)

Join Hillary for a series of classes to create garments that you will love! Hillary 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: 1st Thursday 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 Knit Garments with a Pattern

Prerequisites: Understand and operate your serger/overlocker machine, have basic sewing experience. If you do not have a serger, you can bring any sewing machine with a zig zag stitch.
Machine needed: If you have a serger that you are comfortable using, please bring it. 
            ***If you do not, call to discuss a loaner machine.***

Project: Belmont Legging and Yoga Pants by Cashmerette using knit fabric.

Week 1 (no machine needed this class)
•   Anatomy of knit fabric 
•   Stretch percentage 
•   Review of negative ease in patterns drafted for knit fabrics
•   Tips for cutting stretch fabrics
•   Construction with knits
•   Finishing seams (serger or zig zag stitch)

•   Garment pattern envelope overview, choosing size, positive and negative ease
•   Fabric selection (weight, hand, etc.) and notions (you will need to pick your fabric before class so you can wash it. Hillary will provide a list of great fabrics at ASC via email and can help you with washing if getting to the store before class is difficult.)
•   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 fitting knits on your body.
•   Construction
•   Seam finishes and how to care for your me mades long term

Class Date: Feb 2nd and Mar 2nd
Class Time:  11:30 - 1:30

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: If you know how to use your serger machine and can create a fairly straight seam, this class if for you!
Requirements: Please bring your serger. If you do not have one, give us a call to see if we have a loaner you can use.
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.
Includes two 2-hour sessions

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.