Intro to Garment Sewing: Wiksten Shift Dress (Weekdays)
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-afternoon workshop, you'll gain an understanding of sewing from a purchased pattern, AND you'll sew a super-cute dress, 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 hem, create a faced neckline, and more.
The dress pattern will be provided in class and is yours to keep! We'll be working with the Wiksten Shift Dress in this class. This pattern also includes instructions for a top, which you will be capable of making on your own after completing your class. :)
This is a two-afternoon intensive workshop being held on the following dates:Tuesday 2/18 and Tuesday 2/25, 1pm-4pm
(students must be available to attend both dates)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date & Time: Two afternoons-- see dates above! Please note-- the date you select a the top of the page is the first of two parts for this workshop; Students must be available to attend both sessions.
Location: Brooklyn Craft Company, 165 Greenpoint Avenue (here’s where we’re located)
Cost: $135 includes dress pattern, 6+ hours of instruction, and use of our BERNINA sewing machines. Does NOT include fabric or notions-- 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.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
Diana Rodgers is a teaching artist living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Since earning a BFA in apparel design from FIT, she has enjoyed a varied creative career including fashion designer, entrepreneur, and teacher. The ‘common thread’ among all these endeavors is sewing. Diana currently teaches weekly sewing classes to children and adults, covering everything from clothing to accessories to quilts. When not teaching, she creates sewn illustrations (or appliqué), inspired by all the things that make her feel nostalgic. You can check 'em out on Instagram @wonderthreads
Christine Haynes is a Brooklyn-based sewing author, teacher, and pattern designer. Christine grew up in Saugatuck, MI, a small beach community on the southwestern coast of Lake Michigan, where the arts were part of her daily life. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the department of Film, Video, and New Media.
Her mother taught her to sew around the age of 10, and it grew from a personal hobby, until it became her main artistic outlet. After selling ready-to-wear garments for many years, Christine turned her focus to teaching others to experience the joy of making clothing for themselves through her patterns, books, and workshops.