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Pattern Alterations/Fitting

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.



Crotchety Crotches - SS-13

Lorraine Henry

Sat. June 23, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

What are the differences between fitting a skirt and fitting pants? The CROTCH CURVE! Getting the crotch shaped correctly if the difference between a good fit and a not-so-good fit! See a "jaw-dropping" comparison of all the major pattern companies "C" curves 7 size variations to learn why they fit differently. See a comparison to ready-to-wear pants. Learn about armscye crotches in the bodice. After all, arm connections are also crotches and the principles in fitting them are the same.

Kit/handout Fee: None

Student supply list: None



Measure Like A Master - SF-7

Lorraine Henry

Fri. June 22, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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

Who fits the dressmaker? She does! When one has no one to help her, we must learn to fit ourselves. The easiest way to do this is through measurements. Come and learn the art of measuring. Accurate measurements are the key to getting a good fit for yourself by yourself. The four measurements listed on the pattern envelope aren't enough. Learn all of the techniques of a master fitter and the necessary measurements that must be taken for a fit that stands out in the crowd!

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



Pattern Alteration "Boot Camp" - WW-15

Lorraine Henry

Wed. June 20, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Level: All Levels, Hands-on
Category: Pattern Alterations/Fitting
Machine(s): not required

No more discarding newly made clothes because of poor fit! Learning the elements of fit that will enable you to become a better sewer and fitter are essential. Learn from a master "sergeant" the elements of pattern alteration including how to choose the right size, necessary amounts of ease, about the three different methods of alteration, how to combine them, and all the principles and guidelines for success. Then have hand-on experiences using half-scale practice patterns to execute alterations for some commonly needed changes in the bust, back, abdomen, buttocks and arms! All of these exercises will enable you to become a "Sew Successful Seamstress!"

Kit/handout Fee: $14 (Paid to the teacher in the classroom)
Kit includes: Ring binder, page protectors, instruction sheets, and all half scale practice patterns to be used.

Student supply list: Small paper scissors Invisible or removable "Scotch" tape Straight pins 6-inch up to a 12-inch clear ruler Black and red pencils 10 X 12 (approx.) piece of foam board or 1/4-inch-thick cardboard.



Pattern Alteration SOS (Swivel Our Seams) - SS-15

Lorrsine Henry

Sat. June 23, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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

Tired of cutting your pattern into puzzle pieces and trying to put it back together to make it "kind of fit?" Have you ever wanted to just pull out the seam allowances and magically fit your figure? It is almost that easy with the seam method of pattern alteration. Have "Ah-ha" visual experiences as you watch how our seams can "swivel" to enlarge or make smaller for busts, back, waists and hips. Learn how to make hinges to swivel your seams to meet the needs of YOUR personal shape. Bring scotch tape and small scissors for a hands-on experience!

Kit/handout Fee: None

Student supply list: None



Pattern Alteration: Looking at the Whole Picture - ST-6

Lorraine Henry

Thur. June 21, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

Often when we begin a pattern alteration process, we just focus on the biggest change first. STOP! Look at the "whole picture" of the body area we are fitting and check to see if there are multiple alterations that might be needed. We may be able to combine some alterations and perhaps even eliminate some. Learn the order of checking measurements and how they relate to one another. This class will give a new awareness in looking at our body differences!

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



The Art of the Dart - ST-3

Lorraine Henry

Thur. June 21, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Becoming a "Queen of Darts" is most desirable! They improve the fit of EVERYTHING! Learn about three different shapes of darts and what body parts need these different shapes. Get some tips on sewing them correctly to eliminate those little "dimples" at the end of the dart. AND get some fabulous ideas on using darts as fashion accents as well as being a fitting tool. This is a dart class like no other!

Kit/handout Fee: None

Student supply list: None



Truth or Consequences in Pattern Alteration - SF-10

Lorraine Henry

Fri. June 22, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

Have you ever sewn a garment only to throw it away because of the fit? Errors abound in some books and magazines in suggestions for altering patterns. Jan Minott (fitting expert) in 1978 wrote "When alterations that perform poorly continue to be taught, surely it is an injustice to the student. Come and learn what to look for to be able to recognize where problems may occur before you cut the garment out.

Kit/handout Fee: None

Student supply list: None





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