Make Your Own Wardrobe: KNITS WEEK! with Cal Patch (OCT 30–NOV 3)
*OPTIONAL BOARDING HOUSE ROOM RESERVATION (THIS HOLDS YOUR SPOT, ROOM FEES + TAX DUE AT THE END OF YOUR STAY)
OCT. 30–NOV. 3 (MON.–FRI., 9–4)
If you’ve always dreamed about creating patterns based on the measurements of your own beautiful body, here’s your chance! Using techniques from her book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes, Cal will break down the process of drafting basic patterns for a t-shirt/tank top, leggings, and a hooded zip-front sweat- shirt—all tailored to your unique shape and size. Then, you’ll learn how to take those patterns and stylize them into endless variations. For each of the three styles, you’ll make a muslin, fit and correct your pattern, and finally sew one or more finished garments. Before you know it, you’ll have a whole new hand- made wardrobe and leave with the skills to make the clothes you envision.
Skill Level: Students must be at least competent beginner-level sewers, and comfortable using a sewing machine. Intermediate and advanced sewist’s are also welcome and can take on more challenging projects. No previous patternmaking experience is necessary. Please see below for a complete list of supplies needed for this class.
Sewing Machine, with at least zigzag stitch or ideally with stretch stitches
A pad of 18 x 24″ paper, or a roll at least 14″ wide (newsprint or drawing paper)
Pencil, sharpener, eraser
See-through 18″ ruler
Optional: Hip curve or French curve tool
Scissors (for cutting paper)
2+ yards cotton jersey or similar knit fabric* (for T-shirt) (i don’t usually pre-wash jersey)
2 yards inexpensive jersey/knit* (for t-shirt muslin)
1 ¼ yards cotton/lycra jersey* ** for leggings
1 ¼ yards inexpensive cotton/lycra jersey* ** (for leggings muslin)
2.5+ yards cotton fleece* for hoodie
2 yards inexpensive fleece/jersey* (for hoodie muslin)
Optional: Separating zipper for hoodie (use a favorite hoodie to measure length of zipper, and get as close as you can)
Thread (all-purpose) to match all final fabrics
1-2 yards elastic (1/2” to 1” wide) for leggings
2 yards (1/8” to ¼” wide) elastic for tank top
Basic sewing kit: scissors, pins & cushion, tape measure, seam ripper, tailor’s chalk
*It’s up to you if you want to pre-wash your knits; Cal says she often doesn’t because the resulting curling can make fabric difficult to cut. You can try test-washing a swatch to check shrinkage and curling. Sweatshirt fleece can usually be washed without issue.
**legging knits MUST have at least 5% lycra or spandex, and 4-way stretch.