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garment series: garment sewing 101

In this 8- week course, students will learn the art of garment making. Students will make a complete outfit using the Simone pant pattern by Jalie (shorts if your prefer) and the Cielo top by Closet Core. The class is suitable for beginner sewists who have completed sewing 101, or equivalent skill level.  The Cielo top has two options - a basic cuffed short sleeve or a dramatic gathered long sleeve.

We will systematically walk you through the foundations starting with a deep dive into all things pattern, how to read the instruction envelope and the pattern itself.  You will learn how to take your measurements, choose a size and make pattern modifications. We will discuss choosing the best fabric for your projects and work through preparing the fabric, pattern tracing and cutting out your pattern.

We will start with the top and you will learn to do professionally sew a neck facing, make gathered sleeves, sew darts and how to hem. When moving onto the pants you will learn the additional skills of sewing pockets, pleats, using elastic and making a tie belt.

Students will not only receive instruction on these steps but will have sufficient time during the class to work on and master these skills under the guidance of the instructor.

Note: This course is designed with enough work time that you should be able to finish the garments but there may be homework to finish within the course time frames.

Required materials:

Closet Core’s Cielo pattern (available here) 
Jalie’s Simone pattern (available here

Fabric yardage depending on size being made. You may purchase the following materials after the first class. Linen, chambray, light weight cotton or rayon. Fabric requirement depending on size.

1/4 yd fusible interfacing (for top), available to buy in the shop
1/3 yd light to medium weight interfacing for Simone pants or shorts, available to buy in the shop.
1 yd of 1 ½” elastic (available here)
(1) spool coordinating thread, available to buy in the shop.

Required Tools:
- Fabric scissors, selection available here 
- Pins and/or wonder clips (wide selection available here
- seam ripper available here 
- chalk or friction pen available here 
-seam gauge, available here 

Cancellation Policy:

If you are unable to attend the class, a refund will only be provided if you notify us 72 hrs in advance in writing by email and there is a waitlist for the class, and we are able to fill your spot.  Otherwise, a credit for a future class will be issued.

No refunds or credits will be provided if you notify us less than 72 hrs in advance. By registering for the class, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy




Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Beginner
Materials Included: No
Instructor: Erin Baginski

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Included Materials



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