Intermediate | 1 hour
Taught by Cal Patch
Now you’re ready to mix things up. Cal teaches you how to draft an A-line skirt, and she shares tailoring techniques to fill your sewing arsenal – including adding gathers, zippers, pockets, and waistbands.

What you will learn:
– How to draft and sew an A-line skirt
– Ideas for customizing
– How to slash and spread a pattern
– How to add a cutaway pocket and a patch pocket
– How to add a waistband
– How to make a gathered interior yoke seam
– How to add elastic
Part 3
Here’s what you’ll need:
Tools and Materials:
  • Pattern Drafting Supplies (see Part 1)
  • Basic Sewing Kit (see Part 2)
  • Sewing machine
  • 2 to 3 yards of fashion fabric for skirt in fiber of your choice (exact yardage will depend on pattern dimensions and fabric width)
  • Invisible zipper
  • Zipper foot and invisible zipper foot for your machine
  • 1 yard 1/4"-wide elastic (optional)
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Summer Sewing
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Sew the Adventure Tank Top
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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).
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Popover Sundress
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Cal Patch
Now you’re ready to mix things up. Cal teaches you how to draft an A-line skirt, and she shares tailoring techniques to fill your sewing arsenal – including adding gathers, zippers, pockets, and waistbands.

What you will learn:
– How to draft and sew an A-line skirt
– Ideas for customizing
– How to slash and spread a pattern
– How to add a cutaway pocket and a patch pocket
– How to add a waistband
– How to make a gathered interior yoke seam
– How to add elastic
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