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Machine Sewing Basics: Sew A Boxy Top


Price includes 4 hours of class.

With Cal Patch

Jan 8, 10:00am-12:00pm and Jan 9, 10:00-12:00pm CST

Sew a simple top and demystify the process of sewing clothing by machine with a few basic skills.

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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You just need to know how to thread your sewing machine and how to sew a simple seam, to make a simple top. Cal will calm any fears you have as she demonstrates (and demystifies) a variety of seaming techniques and edge finishes for clothing. Instead of a sampler of swatches, you will sew an actual shirt!

We will work with a pattern for a simple, boxy top (see supply list for options) and learn how to sew French, Mock French, Flat-felled, and Zigzag-finished seams. You’ll also learn to finish necklines or armholes with a bias tape facing and hemmed edges.

NOTE: Come to class with your pieces already cut out (just front and back, skip any facings), so that we can begin sewing together shortly after the class begins.

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
Must know how to thread a sewing machine and sew a basic seam.

Supply List
• Sewing machine
*Pattern for simple top (see list below)
• Fabric: light-to-medium weight woven cotton, linen, or blend. Check pattern for yardage required for your size**— 2 yards is probably sufficient for most any size.
• Front and Back pieces ALREADY CUT OUT of your fabric (no need for any facings included in pattern). Please use simplest version with no added seams or sleeves!
• Fat quarter or approximately 12-18” square of similar or same fabric (could be a scrap left over from cutting) for sampler
• Bias tape, 1 yard of ½” single-fold,packaged or can be self-made (advance of class)
• All-purpose thread, can be contrast (to see your stitches) or matching
• Marking tool (chalk, wax, or pencil) and ruler

*Please use one of the following patterns, and choose the simplest version, without sleeves or added seams, and no V-necks:
• Boxy Tee/Drapy Tunic: drafted in a previous class with Cal such as her How to Draft a Pattern on Friday, or from her online video class, or tutorial found on her website (NOTE: please just do the simple version without the seam and pocket):
• Lou Box Top
• Fen Top
• All Well Box Top
• Wiksten Shift Top (NOTE: please use simple version without gathered back seam)
• Maya Top
• Shirt No. 1
**These are loose-fitting tops, so you should be fine to choose the size called for according to your measurements. But if you are very concerned about a perfect fit, you may wish to mock up a quick muslin/fit sample first to confirm size.
• Sewing Basics: Needles, Thread, Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Tape measure, Seam ripper, Pins

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