• Intro to Garment Sewing: Shift Dress or Top (2 parts)
  • Intro to Garment Sewing: Shift Dress or Top (2 parts)
  • Intro to Garment Sewing: Shift Dress or Top (2 parts)
  • Intro to Garment Sewing: Shift Dress or Top (2 parts)
  • Intro to Garment Sewing: Shift Dress or Top (2 parts)
  • Intro to Garment Sewing: Shift Dress or Top (2 parts)
  • Intro to Garment Sewing: Shift Dress or Top (2 parts)
  • Intro to Garment Sewing: Shift Dress or Top (2 parts)

Intro to Garment Sewing: Shift Dress or Top (2 parts)



Interested in attending but no sessions available that fit your schedule? Please fill out this form and we will notify you when new sessions are added!

Please note: All class registrations are final; please view our Cancellation Policy and Covid-19 Policy for more information. By registering for this workshop, you are agreeing to abide by these policies. Thank you for supporting our small business!  

Skill level requirement: this is NOT a learn to sew class; you must have sewn in the recent past, and be confident operating a sewing machine independently. See below for more info. If you're a total beginner, check out our Sewing 101 Workshops.

Ready to take your sewing skills to the next level? Learn to sew garments from a pattern in this advanced-beginner workshop! If you want to learn to sew from a pattern, gain an understanding of garment construction, and begin sewing your own clothes, this is the workshop for you!

In this two-part workshop, you'll gain an understanding of sewing from a purchased pattern, AND you'll sew a super-cute dress or top, custom made to fit your body. You'll leave this class with the skills and confidence to tackle more garment sewing on your own. 

You'll learn how to:

  • Measure the body accurately to create a perfect fit
  • Work from a commercial pattern, including size selection, deciphering instructions, cutting from tissue paper pattern pieces, and more
  • Understand garment sewing basics such as proper fabric prep, pinning, cutting, ironing and troubleshooting
  • Become familiar with sewing jargon commonly found in commercial patterns
  • Cut fabric and assemble a garment the right way
  • Sew a button-loop closure
  • Sew a hem, create a faced neckline, and more. 

We'll be working with the Stevie pattern by Tilly and the Buttons in this class. 


This is a two-part intensive workshop being held on the following dates:


Wednesday 12/6 at 6:30pm-9:30pm and Wednesday 12/13 at 6:30pm-9:30pm


Wednesday 1/24 at 6:30pm-9:30pm and Wednesday 1/31 6:30pm-9:30pm



Skill requirements: 

This is a beginner garment sewing workshop; you do not need to have any experience sewing clothing, but you must have basic machine-sewing skills. Our Sewing 101 class (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for this class. (You can register for one of our upcoming Sewing 101 workshops here.) If you're unsure whether you have enough sewing experience for this class, please send a brief email summarizing your sewing experience to hello@brooklyncraftcompany.com.


The dress/top pattern and materials are not included in registration fee. We have a variety of fabrics, as well as all other necessary materials, available for purchase with a 10% student discount. Feel free to drop by anytime before your class, or purchase supplies the day of the workshop!



Class Details

Date & Time: Two afternoons-- The date selected above is the first of two parts! Students must be available to attend both sessions.

Location: Brooklyn Craft Company, 165 Greenpoint Avenue (here’s where we’re located)
Cost: $155 includes 6 hours of instruction, and use of our BERNINA sewing machines. Does NOT include pattern, fabric or other materials-- All required materials will be available for purchase during class at a 10% discount. 

All class registrations are final; please view our policy for more information.



Hillary O'Dell is a creative Jane-of-All Trades. She flexes her multitude of skills in Art and Design by: styling, teaching lessons in fashion and sewing, creating commissioned pieces from furniture to clothing, and brand identity consulting. You can find this work on instagram @EclecticEdit 

Hillary is the founder and designer for Hilandel, a design label based in New York City, specializing in custom bridal as well as offering a collection of limited-edition ready to wear pieces. Check it out on instagram at @hil.an.del and at hilandel.com 



Special Thanks...

Thank you to BERNINA for furnishing Brooklyn Craft Company's sewing machines. Visit BERNINA online at WeAllSew.com.

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