Garment Sewing From a Pattern Series

You’re all set to make a cute new dress from a commercial pattern. It says “very easy” 1-hour dress, but when you open the instructions, pattern layout and tissues, you begin to realize that sewing pattern companies assume you already know all the basics. In this class, we’ll walk you through every step of the way toward understanding how patterns work, how to measure, cut, mark and sew your way to a garment you’ll be SEW proud of! In fact, the first class meets in a fabric store so you’ll have guidance in choosing a great pattern for your skill level and fabrics to compliment the style. We’ll cover simple pattern alterations for a custom fit and many sewing terms that come up in most sewing patterns, so you’ll be able to keep on stitching after class.

NOTE: Class 1 of this series meets at JoAnn Fabrics (North, in the Arbor Walk Shopping Center, or South, in the South Meadows Shopping Center). The location for Class 1 is indicated next to each class option below!

Prerequisite: Students must be at least 13 years old, and must have taken the Beginning I Sewing Series PLUS Zipper Lab OR the Beginning II Sewing Series at Stitch Lab, or have the equivalent experience. Not sure? Please email and we'll discuss!

View our Flickr set of some of our students' final class creations!

4 students per class
One (1) 3-hour class and four (4) 3.5-hour classes
$200 (optional $5 machine rental available)
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{IMPORTANT} The dates for this 5-class series aren't always easy to present in our online scheduling system, Mind Body, so upcoming dates & times are listed below. Please use the link above to view availability & enroll online!

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"I really enjoyed this class and gained a lot of confidence in pattern reading and garment sewing. Tina is an excellent instructor -- she explains and demonstrates concepts very well and with enthusiasm. I feel like I got a lot of bang for my buck (so to speak) with all that we learned in this series. Thanks Tina and Stitch Lab!" -- Nicole

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