Boxy Tee/Drapey Tunic
With Cal Patch
Oct 3, 10am-12pm & 2-4pm, CDT
Oct 4, 10am-12pm, CDT
Oct 10, 10am-12pm, CDT
Oct 11, 10am-12pm, CDT
Wherever you are in your sewing journey—whether ready to sew your first garment, draft your first pattern, or explore ways to really make it your own—Cal’s versatile top is a great way to build your skills and gain confidence. Don’t even let the lack of a machine hold you back, our virtual format builds in time for hand sewing, if you prefer.
Sewing your own clothes is satisfying and practical. Drafting your own patterns takes it one step further and puts the entire design process in your hands. This is the perfect pattern-drafting intro for those who want to dip their toes in the water, and the sewing could not be simpler.
Cal will teach you how to draft a simple woven top pattern that can easily be customized in myriad ways. The short, loose-fitting Boxy Tee can be made longer for a Drapy Tunic. Just choose a fabric with good drape—like linen—and add a bit more ease.
Additionally, this basic shape makes a lovely a blank canvas for all sorts of techniques—piecing, quilting, embroidering, dyeing, eco-printing—and, of course, you can combine and layer the treatments to create the most special garments.
Fat quarters or other smallish cuts of precious fabric are no longer too small to use for garments! Play around with different seam placements and piece some of those treasured morsels front and center.
You will begin by drafting the basic pattern to your measurements, cut and sew a quick sample muslin to check fit, and tweak the pattern if necessary. Continue by turning your sample into a wearable muslin, or cut a new one, perhaps adding extra seams or pockets. Beginners will keep it fairly simple, and those with more advanced skills can customize to their hearts’ content. Everyone will leave with a garment that reflects their personality and ideas to make endless variations!
Note: Sewing the muslin and garment by machine will be the default technique, but since this virtual format allows extra time between sessions, hand-sewing is a viable option for those who prefer it, or who don’t own a sewing machine.
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class: Please have at least advanced-beginner sewing skills, with a few simple projects under your belt. No garment-sewing or pattern-drafting experience needed.
For the pattern:
__Pad or roll of paper, at least 14′′ wide (can be newsprint
__Drawing paper, etc
__Pencil, eraser and sharpener
__Ruler (18” x 2” clear sewing ruler is best)
__Clear tape For the muslin and garment:
__Sewing machine (recommended, but not absolutely required if you prefer to hand stitch)
__2+ yards of muslin or inexpensive woven fabric for fit sample
__About 2 yards total of woven fabric, though this can made up of smaller pieces of a few different fabrics, and is also dependent upon the actual measurements of your pattern (quilting or other cottons work well for a boxy tee shape, drapier linens or rayons will be better for longer, drapy tunic/dress styles)
__Thread to match 2 yards
__1/2” single-fold bias tape
__Tailor’s chalk or other marking tool
__Sewing Basics: Needles, Thread, Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Tape measure, Seam ripper, Pins