Total Time: 19 hours 50 mins 22 secs
Celebrate #MeMadeMay -- a month dedicated to celebrating handmade clothing -- with style! These classes will fill your closet with wardrobe staples every day in May and far beyond.
Pattern DraftingCal Patch
Design your own wardrobe as you learn the basics of pattern drafting from clothing designer Cal Patch. In this four-part course, Cal covers the basics of drafting a versatile pattern for dresses, tunics, shirts and skirts using nothing but your own measurements, a measuring tape, pencil and paper. Cal will also demystify how to make a muslin, adjust fit, and customize details. At the end of the course, you’ll have a master pattern tailored just for you, as well as the inspiration and know-how to whip up a brand new wardrobe from scratch.
Pattern Drafting with KnitsCal Patch
Working with knits can often be intimidating, but in this 2-part course, you’ll learn tips and tricks to help make stretchy fabrics your new go-to textile. Cal Patch shows just how simple it is to construct knitted garments on a home-sewing machine – no serger or overlock machine required. Not only will you learn how to adapt the patterns from her original Pattern Drafting course to work with knits, but you’ll also see how easy it is to design your own wardrobe, including custom tanks, jersey dresses, zip-up hoodies, and more.
Sew the Endless Summer TunicA Verb for Keeping Warm
Learn how to sew A Verb for Keeping Warm’s most popular pattern: the Endless Summer Tunic. This flattering tunic will be a staple in your summer wardrobe and works just as well with layers in cooler seasons. The patternmaker, Tasa Gleason, walks you through the process of selecting fabric, determining your size, and working with pattern pieces to construct your garment. Learn professional finishing techniques and helpful tips along the way. Once you’ve made your first tunic, you’ll be scheming ways to make one for every month of the year. Pattern PDF included with class (available in six sizes: 37" - 47" bust; pattern is meant to fit with 1.5" - 2" of ease).
Sewing Essentials: The Cleo SkirtRae Hoekstra
Made by Rae sewing patterns are known for having clever details and being super wearable, and the Cleo skirt is no different. Sewist and designer Rae Hoekstra walks you through two versions of this gathered skirt pattern: a knee-length version with contrasting hem and a midi-length. Both versions feature a flat-front waistband and an elastic gather in back. Two pocket options allow for further customization, and the cutout pockets in particular lend a vintage-inspired flair. Experiment with different textiles to take this skirt from daily to date night. Rae’s thorough instruction and impeccable patience make this pattern easy enough for a beginner to sew. But the ingenious details – not to mention universally flattering fit – make this pattern a must-sew for any stitcher.
Pattern included with class, available in sizes XXS– XL and plus sizes 1-3.
Pattern included with class, available in sizes XXS– XL and plus sizes 1-3.
Sewing for Little OnesRae Hoekstra
Blogger and sewist Rae Hoekstra (a.k.a. Made By Rae) introduces you to sewing for babies and toddlers in this three-part foundation course. Rae will teach you how to set up your sewing space, read and work with patterns, and sew a pair of little pants and a sweet little dress (patterns for sizes 0 and 3 are included with the class). You will also learn how to trace favorite t-shirts and leggings, creating brand new garments based on your old ones. Creating children’s clothing is a great way to learn the basics of garment construction, and this primer is the perfect place to start.
Sewing Essentials: The Gemma TopRae Hoekstra
Kicky and classic, this sleeveless top from Made By Rae has you covered for warm-weather wearing. Video instructions are included for the classic tank and a ruffle-bottom variation which uses elastic thread to create even gathers. The class includes a downloadable pattern, which features nine women’s sizes (XXS – XL3) and two bust size variations. Each version shown here features a double-rolled hem and bias-tape finished neck and armholes. The Gemma top stitches up quickly and will be a favorite addition to your sewing repertoire.
Wardrobe Basics: Sewing Pants No. 1Sonya Philip
Bring fabric to the forefront with the crisp silhouette of Sonya Philip’s Pants No. 1 pattern. Known for her pattern line “100 Acts of Sewing,” Sonya shows how to make several variations of these simple and stylish pants with just two pattern pieces. You’ll learn how to add inches to the rise to add extra room, how to replace the elastic waistband with a drawstring, how to add in-seam pockets, and a ruffle cuff. Stitch them up in linen for an everyday pant or make them in flannel to wear as cozy pajamas. These pants are endlessly customizable and deliver 4-season 24/7 style. Downloadable PDF patterns are provided for all variations and are available in 8 sizes (from 26” waist – 54” waist).
Wardrobe Basics: Sewing Shirt No. 1Sonya Philip
When it comes to creating a handmade wardrobe, this super-simple shirt will be your go-to pattern, featuring a casual fit and a contrast bias facing that comes together quickly. Known for her pattern line "100 Acts of Sewing," Sonya Philip demonstrates how to make her famous Shirt No. 1 pattern, plus three new variations: a contrasting yoke, a kicky bias-cut bottom, and a sweet button-front version. This pattern is designed to be simple enough for an absolute beginner but with enough customizations to keep an advanced sewist engaged. Shirt No.1 is an addictive wardrobe staple, with PDF patterns provided for all variations.
Wardrobe Basics: Sewing Tunic No. 1Sonya Philip
This simple tunic with drop sleeves and patch pockets can be easily modified to make a veritable wardrobe of garments. Known for her pattern line “100 Acts of Sewing,” Sonya Philip shows how to work through the basic tunic pattern, which features handmade bias tape on the neckline and double-fold hems on sleeves and edges. She then goes on to show how to use the base pattern to make an empire-waist tunic with a gathered skirt and tie-backs and a jacket. The pattern also features cutting lines to make a shorter, shirt-length garment. Experiment with colors and textiles to add your own personal spin on this universally flattering garment. Downloadable PDF included with class in sizes ranging from XS – 4XL.
Linen CaftanLiesl Gibson
This caftan is an easy-breezy wardrobe staple, made from a single rectangle of fabric with a drawstring to add a lovely shape. Liesl shows you how to sew this as a top, or longer if you’d prefer a tunic or dress. Included in her instruction is how to use interfacing on the neck facing, and hand printing the caftan for a totally customizable, elegant garment.
Sew the Adventure Tank TopFancy Tiger
This all-summer tank is super versatile and comes in two versions: a racer-back and a muscle tank. Amber and Jaime, the Fancy Tiger ladies, show you how to make both views using either a serger or sewing machine. The slightly flared silhouette and design details make this the perfect tank to wear on all your summer adventures. PDF patterns are provided for both versions in six sizes (from 32” – 46” bust).
Sew the Wanderlust TeeFancy Tiger
This cute cropped tee is structured yet comfy and super easy to customize. Amber from Fancy Tiger Crafts shows you how to sew the top as is or lengthen the pattern for a different look. Plus you’ll learn how to create professional-looking hems using a double needle. Dress up your tee with a high-waisted skirt or pair with your favorite well-worn denim for a classic weekend outfit. Pattern available in six sizes (32” – 46” Bust).
Sew a Sailor TopFancy Tiger
Jaime and Amber from Fancy Tiger Crafts take you step-by-step through sewing their iconic Sailor Top. This wardrobe classic works up beautifully in light to medium-weight woven fabrics and is written in six sizes (ranging from a bust size of 32" to 45"). The Sailor Top is not only flattering for every body type, but it is also great for building skills – you will learn how to make a gathered yoke, insert raglan sleeves, and hem raw edges, amongst many other useful techniques. Download the included pattern and start whipping up this sassy staple.
Sew a One Hour TopFancy Tiger
Learn how to make the easiest jersey shirt ever with Fancy Tiger Crafts. Dream team Amber and Jaime teach you how to create a “One Hour Top” beginning to end on a sewing machine – but they also show you how to sew the seams with a serger if you so desire. This wardrobe staple is ideal for everyday wear and works up beautifully (and quickly) in a solid knit or a fun print. (Sizes range from 32" - 45" bust.)
Drafting Leggings PatternCal Patch
Learn how to draft your very own pattern for a custom pair of leggings, using your measurements, taken from your body, as the foundation. You'll be the designer and decide on ankle, calf or knee length, high or low waist... whatever your heart desires. Cal will show you how to take your measurements and explain the concept of "negative ease." Then you will transfer those measurements to paper with a little patternmaking mojo. At the end of this workshop, you'll be ready for Cal's workshop on sewing leggings from your freshly-drafted, custom pattern. Download the Measurements Worksheet PDF before you begin – to assist in getting proper measurements.
Sewing LeggingsCal Patch
Stay cozy and chic this winter with your own leggings. Cal offers tips for sewing with stretch fabrics – including different options for seams, and two different kinds of waistbands. Leggings are a warm and versatile staple, and now you can whip up different pairs to match any mood or outfit.
Patternmaking Simplified: A-Line SkirtCal Patch
If you sew but find yourself frustrated looking for cute patterns that fit well, you might want to try drafting your own patterns. It's not nearly as hard as you might think! Cal will teach you how to take proper measurements and create a pattern for a simple skirt with darts. Then take her Intermediate Sewing class to learn how to put it together. With these basics, you'll be on your way to creating a whole new wardrobe.
Sewing an A-Line SkirtCal Patch
Sewing an A-Line skirt teaches invaluable skills, as well as delivers a versatile wardrobe staple that can be customized to fit and flatter your style. In this class, Cal covers darts, invisible zippers, French seams and bias tape facings. She uses the pattern from her Patternmaking Simplified class, but the sewing techniques she covers can be applied to a wide range of skirt patterns.
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