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Kathy Ruddy

Awesome Athleisure Wear it Anywhere - SF-11

Kathy Ruddy

Fri. June 22, 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Level: All levels, Lecture/Demo
Category: Sew Design & Fitting

The fashions of athleisure, yoga leggings and tops are now part of our everyday wardrobes and they're really fun to sew. Learn to make the most fashionable and wearable versions as you explore the components with an expert. Kathy, an experienced fitter who loves to work with knits of all types will show you how pick and size patterns to four-way stretch fabrics with different 'negative ease', how to resource fabrics and notions introducing "Filpar" elastic from Italy and special seaming techniques for both sewing machine and Serger to make flattering and fun athleisure wear. Learn how to copy yoga yokes from finished garments and then fit them to your leggings for a custom fit. You can even make this extra long yoke out of contrasting compression fabric and then upscale your low rise pants to the "Spanks" effect high rise pants that smooth and slim your waistline. Finally, learn to make the garments your own by adding details like pockets and zippers to hold your smart phone securely.

Kit/handout Fee: $6 (Paid to the teacher in the classroom)
Kit includes: Handout.

Student supply list: None



Copy Cat Sewing Workshop - WW-4

Kathy Ruddy

Wed. June 20, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Level: All levels, Hands-on
Category: Pattern Making
Machine(s): not required

Learn a series of new techniques which enable you to sew clothes just like the ones you already own and love. In this longer-form interactive class, you'll discuss favorite garments of fellow students (maybe yours!), identify the reasons they're so well liked, then decide what to copy and how to do it. Explore Kathy's tried-and-true steps for copying sleeves, darts, seams, and gathers, learn to identify grain line, and more, as you discover how to create a whole new wardrobe -- inspired by your favorite looks and clothes. Learn to add facings, seam allowances, hemlines, smooth curves and more. You'll learn about choosing the right fabrics, and how to correctly add details like ruffles, pleats, and pockets to make a garment more interesting and more "you".

Kit/handout Fee: $25 (Paid to the teacher in the classroom)
Kit includes: Tutorial, Drafting pen, and Seam Allowance Ruler.

Student supply list: A new box of Waxed paper, Cut Right Brand, permanent felt marking pens, paper scissors, Magic Transparent tape (green label) pins, measuring tape. AND: a pair of jeans, slacks or skirt with slash side pockets and a garment with details you want to copy. You can come to class without garments, but Kathy says you get the biggest bang for your buck when you bring what you want to copy! She will review the collection of garments and pick from those to demonstrate her waxed paper techniques for copying ready to wear.



It's Sew Easy: Sewing With Knits - ST-2

Kathy Ruddy

Thur. June 21, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Level: All levels, Demo/Lecture
Category: Sewing Tips

You'll love how easy it is to "body fit" your fabric and sew with knits - even if you've never sewn knits before! Learn pattern sizing, how to handle different stretch factors, plus marking, cutting, needles choice, thread options, seaming and setting in sleeves. Learn to strengthen and stabilize seam and hemlines and techniques for preventing stretch at the shoulders and neckline and more. Leave class ready to fill your wardrobe with knit garments you've sewn yourself!

Kit/handout Fee: None

Student supply list: None



Pants Construction Kathy's Way - SS-12

Kathy Ruddy

Sat. June 23, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Level: All Levels, Lecture/Demo
Category: Sewing Tips

Three styles of waist finish, three kinds of pockets, two zippers? Kathy Ruddy gives you all these options and more, using a single pants pattern. Make your own tummy tuck jeans or yoga pants. Kathy's ready-to-wear secrets will save you time and give you great results You will love this no-nonsense approach to real women's bodies and clothing needs!

Kit/handout Fee: None

Student supply list: None



Pants For You! Personal FIT! and STYLING! - ST-5

Kathy Ruddy

Thur. June 21, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Level: All levels, Lecture/Demo
Category: Sew Design & Fitting

We all have different seat shapes. The key to good pants fit is in the angle of the crotch curve. In this class, Kathy will demonstrate how to change these curves on your pattern to what works for YOU! Leg shaping & styling is also important. Learn formulas to change the leg styling of any pattern to be with the trends and match the style that is best for you. This is an essential class for those desiring better fitting pants.

Kit/handout Fee: $5 (Paid to the teacher in the classroom)
Kit includes: Handout.

Student supply list: None



Serger 911 - SF-8

Kathy Ruddy

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Fri. June 22, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Level: All Levels, Lecture/Demo
Category: Serger

All Serger owners and prospective Serger owners need this information. Kathy will teach you how the Serger operates from the inside out. Learn about burrs, how width is used to improve stitches, how to create a perfect balanced-tension control strip to use for each new fabric and thread. Learn a sequential tension formula that works on any Serger model and all thread types and five-minute Serger pocket that can be added to any pattern. If you have a Serger and barely use it or want to use it with greater proficiency, this is a good class!

Kit/handout Fee: None

Student supply list: None



Sleeves For You: Personal Fit and Styling - SS-14

Kathy Ruddy

Sat. June 23, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Level: All Levels, Lecture/Demo
Category: Sewing Tips

Can't lift your arms? Sleeves don't fit? Want a sleeve on a sleeveless dress? Can't find a pattern for the sleeve you really want? This class will teach you how to modify a basic sleeve pattern to solve these problems. Learn how to measure yourself and then add, subtract, and slash and spread your paper patterns to make new and improved ones.

Kit/handout Fee: None

Student supply list: None





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