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Alterations 101 - Tapers

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

Participants are required to provide their own clothing. It is recommended to bring multiple items, as not all items are alter-friendly. This can include: Shirt, pants (jeans work very well!), or dress that needs to be taken in/shaped. Super stretch fabrics are NOT recommended for this. Kerri will go through your pile and pick items that are suitable for the workshop - so bring as many items as you have. 

Materials & Tools:

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

  • Sewing machine (recommended to bring your own, but we have classroom ones for rent)

  • Straight pins

  • Safety Pins

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

  • Coordinating thread for garments

  • Marking tool

  • Fabric Scissors (6"-8" recommended)

  • 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)

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.

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: Kerri is one of our apparel & quilting instructors with over 10 years of experience under her belt in the sewing industry. She has a hands-on approach in her workshops and imparts great tips & tricks along the way, with vast knowledge in areas such as alterations, quilting, garment making, and sewing machines

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.