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sew your own jeans intensive weekend

She is back!!! After the success of our last weekend jeans-making workshop 2 years ago, we are so excited to invite you to come and make your own jeans with Jeans Queen Lauren Taylor!

Take your sewing to the next level and make your own custom jeans! While sewing jeans seems like it would be difficult, it doesn't have to be - and instructor Lauren Taylor is going to show you just how easy (and fun!) it can be.

Students will make the Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Patterns* - a classic skinny jean made with stretch denim.  Students can choose to make the high-rise version OR the mid-rise version (mid-rise pattern available in PDF format).  We will cover everything you need to know to make a professional looking pair of jeans that fit YOU just right! This includes choosing the correct size, performing minor pattern alterations and basic fitting adjustments, tips for accurate topstitching, serged seam finishes, an easy fly-front zipper, and installing all that fun hardware!

* Please Note: The Ginger jeans pattern is available in sizes 0-20. For sizes 20-28, students can opt to use the Ames Jeans from Cashmerette.  Male students can choose to use either the Quanda or Fulford jeans patterns from Thread Theory.
The weekend begins with a fun fitting and cutting party on Friday night.  While getting to know each other and snacking on some yummy goodies, Lauren will first help you determine your size, then we'll get to cutting and marking your denim. Construction will begin on Saturday and continue through the weekend.  You will leave with not only a new pair of jeans, but also the knowledge and empowerment to make more on your own.

Included in the cost of the class:

- 18 hours of sewing instruction
- Snacks and beverage at Friday night fitting party
- Goody bag with fun products and treats!

Required Materials:
- (1) Closet Core Ginger Jeans Pattern or Cashmerette Ames Jeans. If students prefer mid-rise or flare, they may purchase the add-on options available on the Closet Core website. Male students may substitute the Quadra or Fulford jeans by Thread Theory.
- Stretch denim with 25% stretch yardage dependent on the size the student is making
- 1/2 yd quilting cotton (for pocket lining)
- (1) Hardware, topstitch thread, and interfacing kit which will be available for purchase in our shop

Required Tools:
- Fabric scissors
- Wonder Tape

- Pins and/or wonder clips
- seam ripper
- chalk or friction pen
- detail scissors

Fabric and Hardware/Interfacing kits will be available in our shop at least 6 weeks prior to the weekend. Please be sure to prewash your denim before the class.

Prior sewing experience is required to take this class. You must be comfortable threading and operating a sewing machine, and have sewn at least one garment pattern. This class is best suited for intermediate sewists or adventurous beginners with a little experience under their belt.

*Please note: Due to the unique nature of this class and the attendance of a specialized external instructor, the cost of the weekend is non-refundable.  However, if you cannot make the class you may transfer registration to a friend.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: Students are required to have prior sewing experience and must be comfortable threading and operating a sewing machine and have sewn at least one garment pattern. Best suited to intermediate sewists or adventurous beginners with a little experience under their belt.
Instructor: Lauren Taylor
Instructor Bio: Lauren Taylor is a sewing enthusiast and rad sewing instructor based in Nashville, TN. Lauren has been sewing for most of her life and makes anything and everything! In addition to teaching fun sewing workshops, Lauren also works professionally as a tailor for a local fine suiting store, as well as on set wardrobe and alterations for commericals, tour wardrobes and red carpet events. She can be found at and at @LLADYBIRD on Instagram.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
  • Tel: 908.232.0600
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  • 361 South Avenue E, Suite 4 (2nd fl)
  • Westfield, NJ 07090