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garment 101 series: learn garment sewing

Starting September 2024!

In this course, students will learn the art of garment making!  Students will make a complete outfit using the Cielo Top pattern by Closet Core and the Emerson Pant pattern by True Bias.  This class is suitable for beginner sewists who have completed our Sewing 101 class or have an equivalent skill level.

The Cielo Top has two options - a basic cuffed short sleeve or a dramatic gathered long sleeve.  The Emerson Pant is a pull-on crop pant with an elasticized back and a flat front waistband.

Our instructor 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.

During this series, we'll start with the Cielo Top, teaching students how to professionally sew a neck facing, how to make gathered sleeves, how to sew darts and how to hem.  When making the Emerson Pant, students will learn to make pockets, pleats, and how to work with elastic. 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.

Please 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. You're always welcome to bring your project in to one of our Garment Labs to continue working on it in the studio.

Required Materials:
- (1) Pattern: Cielo Top by Closet Core 
       - Paper: Sizes 0-20 - available for purchase directly in our shop;
       - or PDF: Sizes 14-32 - **see pattern note below

- (1) Pattern: Emerson Pants by True Bias 
       - Paper: Sizes 0-18 - available for purchase directly in our shop
   - or PDF: Sizes 14-32 - **see pattern note below
- Fabric for both garments: see pattern back for yardage requirements; see below for recommendations

- 1/4 yd of Pellon SF101 fusible interfacing for Cielo Top
- 1/4 yd of Pellon SF101 fusible interfacing for Emerson Pant
- (1) spool of polyester thread
- 1 yd of 1-1/2" elastic

**Pattern Note: FOR PDF PATTERNS ONLY - If you are purchasing a PDF pattern download (Sizes 14-32), please download and print out the instructions ONLY and bring it to class with you.  Please email to indicate that you have purchased a PDF pattern so that we can have it printed to scale for you for class.

Recommended Fabric:
- for the Cielo Top: linen, chambray
- for the Emerson Pant:  linen, cotton, chambray, and rayon challis
- Fabric yardage depends on the size of garment being made; please refer to the pattern for accurate measurements. You may purchase these materials after the first class, after you've been measured by the instructor.

Required Tools:
fabric scissors
seam ripper
seam gauge
chalk or frixion pen
pins and/or wonder clips

Cancellation Policy:
If you are unable to attend the class, a refund will only be provided if you notify us 72 hours in advance in writing by email, there is a waitlist, 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 hours in advance. By registering for this class, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Confident Beginner
Materials Included: No
Requirements: Students must purchase their fabric and class materials/tools from our shop to ensure you have the appropriate materials for class.
Instructor: Erin Baginski or Alissa Krutoff

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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.,
  • Westfield, NJ 07090