Drapey Tunic or Dress - Sun 10/28

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Drapey Tunic or Dress - Sun 10/28


with Cal Patch

Sunday, October 28th 10:30am-5pm

Location: 442 Warren St.

Class size limited to 8

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Sewing your own clothes is satisfying and practical. Drafting your own patterns goes one step further and puts the entire design process in your hands. Cal will teach you how to draft a pattern for a simple woven top/tunic that can easily be customized in myriad ways. This is a perfect intro to pattern-drafting if you’ve been wanting to dip your toe in the water, and the sewing couldn’t be simpler. This basic t-shirt shape makes a lovely “blank canvas” pattern to use as a foundation 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. 

We all have fat quarters or other smallish cuts of precious fabrics, too small to use for garments - until now! You can play around with different seam placements and piece together smaller scraps of fabric, placing some of those treasured morsels front and center. 

In this workshop, we’ll begin by drafting the basic pattern to your measurements, then cut + sew a quick muslin (fit sample) to check fit, and tweak the pattern if necessary. Next you’ll either continue by turning your sample into a *wearable muslin*, or cut a new one, perhaps adding extra seams or pockets. Beginner stitchers will keep it fairly simple, and those with more advanced skills can customize to their hearts’ content. Everyone will leave with a shirt that reflects their personality and the skills to make many more!Students

Please have at least advanced-beginner sewing skills, with a few simple projects under your belt.

Supplies to bring:

  • Sewing machine
  • About 2 yards total of woven fabric (cotton, linen, etc), though this can made up of smaller pieces of a few different fabrics, and is also dependent upon the actual measurements of your pattern
  • 2 yards muslin or inexpensive woven fabric
  • Thread to match
  • Paper for drafting
  • Pencil, eraser and sharpener
  • Notebook + pen
  • Ruler (18” x 2” clear sewing ruler is best)
  • Tape measure
  • Paper scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Basic sewing kit: Fabric shears, pins, marking tool, seam ripper
  • Optional: hip curve or French curve

Sustenance:  Light snacks and beverages will be provided and there will be a half hour break for lunch. Bring your own lunch or you can step out onto Warren Street to pick one up.

Lodging: If you are traveling from afar and need a place to stay for the weekend, we have a few rooms available on site or just a mile away in our other space for an additional $125-$175.  Email Katharine if you would like to reserve a room.  There are singles and shared rooms available on a first come first served basis.  

Cal Patch has been a maker since she was a Girl Scout in the seventies. She sews, crochets, spins, embroiders, knits, prints, makes patterns, dyes… hence the name of her label: *hodge podge*. Cal has taught all of these subjects for over a decade, and loves showing people new skills. After seventeen years of being a New York City dweller, Cal now resides in the Catskills where she is becoming a crafty farmer. She teaches at creative retreats around the country and online via Creativebug. Her first book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified, was published by Potter Craft. You can see what she’s up to at her blog, hodge podge farm.