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Bias Basics Workshop - $225, 6-week
Garments cut on true bias drape beautifully; they are body conscious, comfortable, and flattering. In this class we will learn how to prepare a pattern for bias, including the layout, cutting and marking of the fabric. You will also learn stabilizing techniques, pressing and constructions techniques and finish techniques for sewing garments cut on the bias.

Bustier Workshop - $225, 6-week
We will use coutil, spiral boning, and fashion fabric to create this uniquely feminine garment that flatters all figures and ages. The bustier can be worn alone, under a jacket, or over a tee. It can dress up (silk, satin, velvet) or down (denim, tweed, suede).  We will apply bones to counteract gravity and prevent wardrobe malfunctions.
Have you ever wondered what supports all those gowns parading down the red carpet? As an alternative, the lighter version (corselet) functions as a boned facing to support the strapless gown along with the figure of the wearer.


Cage Skirts and Petticoats, $225, 6-week
Cage skirts were once exclusively worn under voluminous, heavy dresses and outer skirts as a support. Now, cage skirts can be seen and celebrated as an outer garment or accessory. They are fun, versatile and they definitely make a statement. Cage skirts can stand alone or be adorned. Petticoats have also found a new freedom and function for party and evening wear. We will add a pair of bloomers to complete the trio.


Copying Ready to Wear, $225, 6-week
We all have a favorite garment that has taken up residence in our closet in hopes of duplicating it one day. This class will help achieve that goal. We begin by analyzing the grain of the fabric and how it was manipulated to create the garment. Using the “rub-off” method, we will align the grainlines of the patterning fabric (silk organza) to those of the garment. Once the pattern has been obtained, including all markings and design details, we will transfer to paper for truing and refining all lines and curves. Once this is done, a muslin test garment will be made to check for accuracy and personalize the fit.
Learn how to make a pattern from an existing garment without actually taking the garment apart. Once the pattern is generated, the student will make a muslin test garment to check for accuracy.

Couture Techniques, $225, 6-week
Based on my book, The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques, I have created a workshop to help sewists gain confidence in applying professional level finishing techniques to garments created from both knits and wovens , including delicate silks and sheers. Focal points include flawless double fold bias binding, single fold binding, "Baby French" facing, banded finish on knits and wovens, v-necks that lie flat, flange closures, scalloped welt edgings, mesh edge finish, a multitude of hemming techniques and decorative designer details.

Fitting Workshop: The Lower Body, $295, 8-week
​The focus of this workshop is to create well-fitting clothes that are beautiful and comfortable to wear. We will work with properly prepared and well marked muslin test garments. Each student will learn the required pattern adjustments for his/her specific figure. The fitting is done on the body and the changes are transferred to the paper pattern. We will learn about fitting the waist, abdomen, hips, crotch, and general hang of a pant or skirt. We will also discuss flattering lines and silhouettes.

Fitting Workshop: The Upper Body, $295, 8-week (spring 2023)
The focus of this workshop is to create well-fitting clothes that are beautiful and comfortable to wear. We will work with properly prepared and well marked muslin test garments. Each student will learn the required pattern adjustments for his/her specific figure. The fitting is done on the body and the changes are transferred to the paper pattern. We will learn about fitting the shoulders, bust, upper back and chest, ribcage, abdomen, waistline and hips. We will also discuss flattering lines and silhouettes.


Gowns & Party Dresses, $295, 8-week
Have you ever wondered how those stunning gowns on the red carpet stay properly positioned with no wardrobe malfunctions? In this class each student will create a beautiful one-of-a-kind gown or party dress that fits perfectly. The dress will be supported by a form-fitting boned facing that serves to keep everything in its proper place. 

Knits: Drafting Necklines and Sleeves - $295, 8-week
This is a drafting class to further your skills in pattern drafting for knits. You'll take an existing knit torso block and draft variations on sleeves, (including short set-in, fitted short, 3/4 sleeve, cap, puff sleeve, raglan and dolman and others) and necklines, (including, scoop, square, cowl, turtleneck, among others)

Knits: Drafting a Torso Foundation - $295, 8-week
The student will learn how to draft a basic knit torso foundation with sleeve from measurements. We will then draft knit torso slopers in all stretch categories; minimal, moderate, very stretchy, super stretchy, and four-way stretch. These slopers form the foundation for tops, dresses, jackets and sweaters. Students will make test garments for basic sloper and sleeve. These will be fitted and any changes will be transferred to the patterns.

Knits: Drafting Pants and Yoga Pants - $295, 8-week 

The student will learn how to draft a basic hip foundation from measurements. We will then draft knit pant slopers in all stretch categories; minimal, moderate, very stretchy, super stretchy, and four-way stretch. Our final draft for this class will be leggings. Students will make test garments for the hip foundation, basic sloper and leggings. These will be fitted and any changes will be transferred to the patterns.

Knits: Sewing with Knits - $295, 8-week
Knits probably occupy more closet space than any other garment group. These important staples are quick and easy to make with the right tools and knowledge. We will learn proper needles, stitches, and stabilizing fabrics. Techniques include seams, hems, edge finishes, bindings, and closures. We will make a tee, a hoodie and a tank dress. All sewing will be done on a home sewing machine.

Lingerie Techniques - $295, 8-week
This class is so much fun, with a bit of whimsy included! We will explore the wonderful world of lingerie, including fabrics and sewing techniques. The student will learn panty construction, lace application, elastic application, and edge finishes. Along with a panty, the student will make a tulip tap pants, and a camisole or slip. All sewing will be done on a home sewing machine. This class will be taught in January 2023.

Moulage - $295, 8-week
The student will learn how to draft a hip-length, bodice pattern from measurements that fits the figure exactly. Upon completion of the draft, the student will make a muslin test garment to check and adjust the fit. Wearing ease will be added  to the adjusted pattern to create a basic bodice block, or bodice sloper.

Pants Draft - $295, 8-week
The student will learn how to draft a basic pant pattern from measurements that fits the figure exactly. Upon completion of the draft, the student will make a muslin test garment to check and adjust the fit. Design details and style variations will be discussed.

Ready to Wear Jacket - $295, 8-week (spring 2023)
The Sienna by Closet Core Patterns is a chic utility jacket inspired by vintage French workwear. It has a slightly dropped shoulder, notched collar and pockets galore. There are 3 views for this pattern, one that hits at mid-thigh, another at upper-thigh and a third that is a short jacket with a button closure.
We will take the making of the view of your choice in a new direction by changing the order of construction and adding such details as a machine tailored collar, machine tailored lapel, drafting and installing lining by machine. We will finish up with buttons and buttonholes. The skills you'll learn can be applied to any number of other projects.
We will end the class, as we end all classes, with a virtual student showcase!

Summer Capsule Wardrobe, $295, 8-week (spring 2023)
Create a summer capsule wardrobe. At the end of this class, you'll have a stylish pair of shorts (or pants), a cap-sleeved top, a lovely summer dress with sleeves and a cardigan for those cool summer evenings. The patterns used are the 
Closet Core Pietra Shorts, the Fibre Mood Gabby Dress, the Maison Fauve Patron couture top MarisaPaper Theory Olya Shirt, and the Helen's Closet Blackwood Cardigan

Summer Wardrobe Essentials (Clothing Construction I), $295, 8-week
This is an exciting class and you will learn many basic skills to launch you into the creative world of sewing; basic hand stitches, seams and seam finishes, zipper application, etc. We will make two garments; a flared skirt and a Hawaiian shirt. 

Tailoring I - $225, 6-week (spring 2023)

Tailoring I is the first in a three-part series of classes designed to construct a tailored jacket, from creating a muslin version to ensure proper fit through building all of the interior structure to placing the collar on (final step in class - buttons and buttonholes are up to you). Join me in this fantastic journey that will not only result in a beautiful, well-fitting tailored jacket, but will improve your sewing skills overall.

Tailoring II - $225, 6-week 
The second class focuses on construction, including techniques for shaping and structure. By the end of this class, you have made your pockets, created the internal structure for the garment, including pad-stitching and  you'll be ready for Tailoring III.

Tailoring III - $225, 6-week (spring 2023)
The third class brings the jacket together along with finishing details. You will get the under- and upper-collars ready, add the lining, and all the other finishing touches (except buttonholes and buttons).


Thea Boho Sleeve Shirt - $295, 8-week
The Thea Boho Sleeve Shirt by Liberty Of London has a loose fitting body with a hidden placket button-front closure. The neckline is finished with a band or a collar with a stand. The fun begins with the sleeves! The variations include a traditional short sleeve, a full sleeve gathered into a cuff, and a mid-length sleeve finished with a double flounce. We will cover basic construction and explore design details and techniques.

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