Learn how to read and understand sewing patterns, cut fabric, mark/sew darts, design and construct your own garment from the Colette Laurel pattern.
The Colette Laurel pattern works with a wide range of fabrics and nearly any print. This chic and simple shift dress (or top) is easy to sew, astoundingly versatile, and comfortable to wear year-round. Edges are finished with bias tape, cutting down fabric requirements while letting you play with color and print combinations. Try a contrasting binding, or binding made from your self fabric. Bound edges also give a clean look for sheer fabrics. The fit is semi-loose with a fitted bust and back darts to keep the shape streamlined. The absence of front seams or waist darts makes Laurel an ideal choice for prints that normally may be difficult to work with, such as stripes, plaids, or large scale florals. Version 1 includes yardage and instructions for underlining, so you may use sheer or lace fabrics. Version 2 includes menswear-style patch pockets. Version 3 features classic 1960s style gathered cuffs. Version 4 is an easy pullover blouse with no closures. There is plenty of room for your own creative interpretations of this classic and easy style.
Session 1 – Introduction / Refresher to the Sewing Machine
This session will give you a refresher you to the anatomy of the sewing machine and how to get started including, bobbin winding, threading, stitch selection and sewing seams.
We will also practice taking measurements and talk through different fabric qualities. We will be cutting our our paper patterns, learning about pattern makings and grainline in this session before pinning pattern pieces to fabric and preparing to cut.
Session 2 – Cutting and Garment Construction
We will cut our pattern pieces, transfer and sew darts, construct seams and learn to iron as we go.
Session 3 – Garment Construction
We will learn how to set in sleeves, put in an invisible zipper and make minor alterations to the fit.
Session 4 – Finishing Techniques
During this session we will cover different types of hems and how they relate to different fabrics. We will also make our own bias binding to finish the neckline and sleeves (optional).
Please note that you will need to bring your pre-washed fabric for the first session. We recommend using a light to medium weight cotton. We have lots of buttons, lace, ribbon and other trimmings available to embellish your designs.
A printed copy of The Laurel pattern [all sizes] is included for you to take home [value $23]
Maximum of 6 students so you will receive plenty of 1-1 instruction.
Prerequisite: Learn to Sew (tote bag, cushion or similar experience). No experience sewing clothing required.
Instructor: Jenny Ambrose
Fee: includes taxes & some materials.
The group size will be a maximum of 6 people so there is plenty of one to one help.
We encourage you to bring snacks as it’s much easier to be creative when you have fuel for the brain! We provide water and herbal teas.