Nov 6 & 7 (Wed & Thurs)
In this 2 day class, you’ll learn how to draft a pattern (using your own measurements) for your own custom shift dress with sleeves, make a muslin to test the fit, alter the pattern, and then sew a real dress! Skills covered will include French seams, bias tape facings,hemming, invisible zippers, and more. This classic and versatile style can also become a blouse or tunic, with infinite sleeve variations.
Techniques required: Students must have some sewing experience and be comfortable using a sewing machine.
About the Instructor
Cal Patch has been making, designing and teaching all things textile-related since 1991. She sews, crochets, embroiders, spins, prints, knits, dyes, and more. She designed clothing for Urban Outfitters, Free People, Gap, and Old Navy before developing her own line of one-off pieces called "hodge podge", which she currently sells in her Etsy shop and sometimes at craft fairs. After owning a boutique for four years which showcased her own and other local indie designers' work, she opened one of the nation's first craft schools in 2002. She contributes to books and magazines such as Stitch N' Bitch: The Happy Hooker, Mend It Better, Applique Your Way, Made by Hand, Crochet Today and Sew Stylish. In 2009 Cal relocated to upstate New York where she is becoming a crafty farmer and growing her handmade wardrobe. She offers classes in the Hudson Valley, and travels to teach at retreats and events like Squam Art Workshops, theMakerie, and Lucky Star Art Camp. Her first book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified, was published by Potter Craft. You can see what she’s up to at CalPatch.com.
Please call 1(603) 827-3996 for more information or to sign up for the class.
We highly recommend staying in our Cheshire Mills Boarding house while taking a class. The Cheshire Mills Boarding House is inexpensive, and only a quick walk to the studio and shop! Learn more.