VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Sew a Wiksten Haori
Learn to make your own jacket!
The Wiksten Haori is a Japanese-inspired jacket with large pockets and a fold-over collar. It's oversized, functional, comfortable, and stylish. Fully lined and reversible, this jacket looks complicated to make, but it's quite suitable for confident beginners who have dipped their toes into garment sewing!
The design includes three different lengths to choose from-- short (hip length), mid (below-hip length), and long (thigh length).
In this three-evening workshop, you'll gain an understanding of sewing from a purchased pattern, AND you'll sew a super-cute jacket, 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
- How to print and assemble a PDF pattern
- Work from a commercial pattern, including size selection, deciphering instructions, cutting from 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 foldover collar, sleeves, and patch pockets
- Sew a basic lining
This is a three-part workshop taking place on the following dates:
Friday 3/19 at 6:30pm-7:30pm - The instructor will demo how to cut out pattern pieces and fabric. Students are to complete these steps at their own pace between the first and second session.
Saturday 3/20 at 4:30pm-7pm - Students will sew along with the instructor during this session. There may be sewing homework to complete before the next session.
Sunday 3/21 at 4:30pm-7pm - Students will sew along with the instructor during this session. Some steps may be finished after class at your own pace-- you will receive a recording of the workshop to reference as needed.
Suitable for confident beginners. Please note this is not a learn-to-sew class. Students must have basic machine sewing knowledge and be comfortable using a sewing machine.
Materials + Tools Required
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- Wiksten Haori Sewing Pattern (Purchase the PDF here!)
- Main fabric: 1.75 - 3 yd (depending on size, version and fabric width-- see size charts above) medium weight woven fabric with good drape, such as textured cotton, chambray, linen or cotton/linen blend, soft denim
- Lining fabric: 2.5 - 4 yd light to medium weight woven fabric with good drape, such as cotton, chambray, linen or cotton/linen blend
- 1 spool of all-purpose sewing thread
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine -- please make sure your machine is in good working order before registering for this workshop :)
- Iron and ironing board or mat
Date & Time: Three evenings-- see dates above! Please note: the date you select a the top of the page is the first of three parts for this workshop.
Location: Anywhere! This workshop will be hosted virtually via Zoom! Details will be emailed after you register
Max # of students: 8
All class registrations are final; please view our policy for more information.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
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.