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Alterations 101




Join Kerri Ivany in this new  4 week series, and learn the skills required to do simple alterations to your clothing! Kerri has tailoring and alteration experience and is ready to share tons of tips and tricks with you!

Participants are required to provide their own clothing. It is recommended to bring multiple items, as not all items are alter-friendly. Garments should be sized "too big" for this class focuses on taking in/shaping clothing, not adding/expanding. A detailed outline of what is suitable for the project will be outlined in each class material list. Techniques will be thoroughly demonstrated and discussed. Smaller class size for more individual instruction. We will work as a team to fit and learn from each other as a group. 


Maximum of 4 seats per workshop


Level - Confident beginner (comfortable with the sewing machine, seam allowances, measuring/cutting, some serger experience recommended)


Session 1 - Hemming pants 

(jeans, jogs, dress pants) 


 Learn the basics on how to hem pants. Jeans, non-stretch jogging pants, dress pants.

 

Techniques: How to do fitting, measure inseam, mark/cut/sew. Double fold hem (jeans), serge & double stitch (jogs), blind stitch (dress pants). 

 

Materials & tools: 

  • Students are required to provide their own garments for alterations. Bring various pants, ideally a pair of jeans, non to little stretch jogs, dress pants.

  • Coordinating thread for garments

  • Marking tool

  • Fabric Scissors (heavy 6” - 8” recommended) 

  • Needles (80/12 & 100/16 recommended, ballpoint if you have knit garments)

  • Basic Sewing kit

 

Session 2: Euro Hem 


 
This technique hems your pants while still being true to the style, keeping the original details of the stitchwork or distressed look. 

 

Techniques: Fitting/measuring, sewing professional finished hems

 

Materials & Tools:

  • Jeans (Ideally something with nice original hem (distressed bottoms, nice stitching such as on Silver brand)

  • Straight pins

  • Needles (90/14 - 100/16 size recommended) 

  • Thread to match denim jeans

  • Basic Sewing kit




Session 3: Tapers 

Nip & tuck your shirts, dresses, or pants to get a custom fit to your contour! Learn the tricks and techniques of this trade to make your clothing uniquely yours. 

 

Materials & Tools:

  • Shirt, pants, or dress that needs to be taken in/shaped. Ideally something that is not lined or very stretchy

  • Straight pins

  • Safety Pins

  • Needles (70/10, 80/12, 90/14 - size dependent on garment, ballpoint if working with knit fabrics) 

  • Basic Sewing kit

 


Session 4: Mending & Repairs 

 
  Learn the best practices for busted seams and patching in this workshop! Expand your techniques and increase the lifespan of your clothes.   

 

Techniques:  Mending (practical & fashionable), seam tears, other repairs

 

Materials & Tools:

  • Garments with seam tears, durable material if holes/damaged fabric. Bring multiple items that may need repairs, as not all can be fixed. Woven fabrics work better, knit fabrics are not recommended. 

  • Extra material for patchwork (ex./denim for denim jeans)

  • Straight pins

  • Safety Pins

  • Needles (70/10, 80/12, 90/14 - size dependent on garment, ballpoint if working with knit fabrics) 

  • Basic Sewing kit

 


This class is suited for adults (age 15+)

All workshop participants are required to sign a waiver prior to the workshop. The entire waiver can be viewed at the bottom of our classes page. (
East Coast Quilt Co. Workshop Waiver)


CLASS CANCELLATION POLICY:
If you cannot attend a class and it is 7 or more days before class, you will receive a store credit for 75% of the value of the class with a 30-day expiry date. If you cancel less than 7 days before class, you will NOT receive a refund or store credit. No credit or refund will be given for a "no show" in class regardless of reason. So please ensure that you are able to attend before signing up. East Coast Quilt Co reserves the right to cancel classes/events for any reason. If this happens, you will be refunded your full class fee.

WHAT IS IN A BASIC SEWING KIT: 
For most of our classes we ask you to bring a 'basic sewing kit' which usually contains: rotary cutter and/or scissors, small snipping scissors, straight pins & a pin cushion or collector, seam ripper, a spool of neutral 50 wt cotton thread, extra bobbins, notebook & pen/pencil, ruler(s), etc.).


 


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Confident beginner (comfortable with the sewing machine, seam allowances, measuring/cutting, some serger experience recommended)
Materials Included: none
Requirements: Participants are required to provide their own clothing. It is recommended to bring multiple items, as not all items are alter-friendly. Garments should be sized to big, this class focuses on taking in/shaping clothing, not adding/expanding. A detailed outline of what is suitable for the project will be outlined in each class material list.
Instructor: Kerri Ivany
Instructor Bio: Textile artist, professional seamstress, and a sewing instructor. Lover of boho/hippie and vintage style in modern forms. Kerri has been practicing her craft for many years, graduated with a college diploma in textiles, and has worked various jobs since graduation (2013) within the sewing industry. (Tailoring, production sewing, teaching workshops/classes, costume) Currently working for local quilt shop East Coast Quilt co., Kerri loves to engage, educate, and inspire creativity in others. Sharing her experience, product & fabric knowledge, and teaching various quilting classes with ECQco. I love to create. I love to work with my hands - I've always been tactile so craft was a perfect fit. You can follow Kerri online through her artist social media pages: Facebook/olivecloth.ca Instagram/olivecloth.ca
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