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