Make Your Own Wardrobe: KNITS WEEK! with Cal Patch (OCT 31–NOV 4)

Make Your Own Wardrobe: KNITS WEEK! with Cal Patch (OCT 31–NOV 4)

Regular price$750.00
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Boarding House Reservation (this holds your spot, room fees + tax due at the end of your stay)

OCT. 31–NOV. 4 (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 sweatshirt—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 handmade 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 sewers are also welcome and can take on more challenging projects. No previous patternmaking experience is necessary. (Please see our website for a complete list of supplies needed for this class.)

Materials needed:

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
Tape measure
Scissors (for cutting paper)
Clear tape
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 1⁄4 yards cotton/lycra jersey* ** for leggings
1 1⁄4 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 1⁄4” 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.


About Our Workshops

Nestled in the heart of a historic textile village, workshops at Harrisville Designs take place in the Bethuel Harris Mill. Built in the 1830s as a spinning mill for locally raised wool and located at the end of the canal, it originally operated on water power. Today, it’s home to our first-floor retail store and spacious second-floor workshop studio. Year after year students are greeted by sunlit windows, fresh air, and tranquil views of the mill pond and preserved industrial brick buildings.

Workshops vary in skill levels and lengths. Enrollment is limited to ensure each student is immersed in the atmosphere of a working studio rather than a classroom. Most scheduled classes meet from 9 am to 4 pm; however, the studio is open to students 24 hours a day while their class is in session. Looms are provided in the weaving classes, and woolen yarn and other materials are included in the tuition, unless otherwise noted in the materials lists online. While taking a class, students receive a 10% discount on all items in our store, including looms! (Excludes sale and consignment items) You can view a PDF of our full workshop brochure here

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

Tuition includes a non-refundable $50.00 registration fee for each workshop. Students who must withdraw have 5 weeks prior to class for a full tuition refund less the registration fee. After this date all payments are non-refundable. 

COVID-19 Protocols

Students and teachers are required to be up to date on all CDC recommended COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, as eligible. Please bring proof of vaccination status. We recommend taking a self-test before arrival on the first day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we reserve the right to cancel the class at any time for safety reasons. If it’s necessary for Harrisville Designs to cancel a class due to COVID-19 concerns, students will receive a full refund.

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