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Intro to Garment Construction - Level 1

Introduction to garment making will focus on understanding fabric types, styles, basic construction, professional finishes. 

Students will learn to read & understand apparel patterns and shape them into wearable garments. 

Create a reference binder of techniques and  notes on your journey to custom clothing! 

Learn to read both tissue paper & PDF patterns.

  • 8 week course; 2.5hr/once a week

  • Friday Evenings 6:30pm-9pm  

  • Pattern focused 

    • Learn to piece, cut, and read patterns, using both traditional tissue paper patterns & PDF patterns

  • Learn finishing hems & techniques while keeping a neat reference binder 

    • Finishing techniques

    • Terminology 

 Supplies Required:

  • Sewing machine

  • Coordinating thread

  • Rotary Blade

  • Fabric scissors (6” - 8” recommended)

  • Basic Sewing kit (marking tools, pins/clips, safety pins, thread snips)

  • Marking tools (vanishing tailors chalk, washable blue fabric marker, frixion pen)

  • Various needles (70/10 - 90/14 general use, 100/16 denim/canvas, ball point) 

  • Fabric suited to project (each will be outlined in detail) + notions

  • PDF Patterns, printed & pieced 

  • Binder (handouts, notes, sample work)

Lesson 1

  • Learn about material - knits vs woven, natural vs synthetic, fabric types and structures 

  • Grainline, cross grain, bias 

  • How to take measurements. Students will take their own measurements to record in their binder. 

  • Sample work of

    • Finished hem techniques (pinking shears, zig zag stitch, serger/overlock, french seam, double fold hem, skinny hem, stay stitch, baste, blind hem etc…) 

    • Zippers (plastic teeth, coil, metal teeth, invisible)

    • Button Holes

    • Embellishments: Gathering, pleats, decorative trims & stitching, twin needle, freehand, machine stitch types (satin, long, decorative, lettering) different feet 

    • Darts

- Intro to patterns

  • Sizing

  • Cutting tissue paper

  • Reading booklet info 

  • Pattern Symbols 

  • Intro to Pajama pants Pattern

  • Layout & cut process 

Lesson 2 - PJ Pants 

  • Choose between a straight legged pant (with or without cuff) or a cuffed short. Both pants and shorts feature an elasticized waist, pockets and a faux fly. Techniques: Using a pattern, transferring markings, hemming pants, elastic waistband, topstitching 

  • **Shirt from the pattern will be made as the last project Lessons 7 & 8. It is recommended to purchase enough fabric for the outfit if you would like to have a matching set of pajamas**  


Lesson 3 & 4 - Robe

Lesson 5 & 6 - Dress

Choose between a semi-cropped top with a cuffed short sleeve (View A) or a dramatic gathered long sleeve (View B). Or, make an easy-fitting dress with sleek inseam pockets (View C), or without pockets (View D). All views have a slightly dropped shoulder, angled shoulder yoke and roomy fit, with a choice between an elegant bias binding or a faced neckline finish.

Lesson 7 & 8  

  • The Carolyn top features a classic notched collar, curved hem and breast pocket with three sleeve options, button & button holes 

For a matching pajama set, choose between a straight legged pant (with or without cuff) or a cuffed short. Both pants and shorts feature an elasticized waist, pockets and a faux fly. personalize Carolyn by adding contrasting piping details for an elegant finish. 

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: Intermediate
Skill Details: Confident Beginner. Participants should be comfortable with their machine (threading, changing feet/stitches/settings), cutting, seam allowances, some serging experience would be helpful but not necessary
Materials Included: none
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/ Instagram/
the cost of patterns and fabrics are extra

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