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How to Draft a Pattern for a Simple Shirt, Using Your Own Measurements


Price includes 2 hours of class.

With Cal Patch

Jan 7, 1:00-3:00pm CST

Learn the basics of garment-pattern making by drafting a simple custom shirt based on your own unique measurements. Get the fit just the way you like it!

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.

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Sewing your own clothes is satisfying and practical. Drafting your own patterns goes a step further by putting the entire design process in your hands. Cal will teach you how to draft a pattern for a simple, modern, woven top that can easily be customized in a myriad ways. As a shorter, loose-fitting top, it’s a “Boxy Tee”, but make it longer, with a bit more ease, in a fabric with good drape like linen, and it’s a “Drapy Tunic”.

If you’ve been wanting to dip your toe in the pattern-drafting pool, this is a perfect intro, and the sewing couldn’t be simpler. This basic T-shirt shape is a lovely “blank canvas” to serve as a pattern foundation for different techniques: piecing, quilting, embroidering, applique, dyeing, eco-printing — and it’s also a great style for turning hand-woven cloth into a garment.

In this class, we will take a few body measurements and use them to draft the pattern for a short-sleeved top, with a sleeve-extension option. We will not do any sewing in class, but Cal will talk about how to make a fit sample and adjust the pattern, so that you can proceed with your dream garments!

NOTE: You can use your completed pattern for either Cal’s Machine Sewing Basics: Sew a Boxy Top on Friday, OR her Sew a Hand-Stitched Shirt classes at a future STITCHES at Home event!

Supply list:
• Pad (18 x 24″ is a great size) or roll (at least 13″ wide; newsprint, drawing paper, etc.) of paper
• Notebook
• Pencil, eraser, and sharpener

• Ruler (18″ x 2″ clear sewing ruler is best)

• Tape measure

• Paper scissors

• Clear tape

• Hip curve or French curve

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique

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