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Patterning Techniques: Make a Sewing Pattern from a Favorite Garment

Course Overview

Bring a garment that you love - or cannot live without. You will not have to take it apart! You will learn to make a pattern that duplicates the cut, and even adds features such as more pockets or design details. Three techniques for copying patterns from existing garments will be demonstrated, which then are used in
combination, depending on the original garment’s design. We will decide which technique or combination of techniques works best for the garment you are making. Men’s and women’s shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, jackets, coats, accessories, vintage or well-worn garments – all are excellent projects. You will learn to make an initial pattern, refine and mark the pattern, then sew and fit a personal mock-up. When you leave class you will be on your way to creating your treasured garment in a fabric that inspires your sewing.


Sat, Feb 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 17th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 2 days
Skill Levels: Intermediate to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Registration Cost: $170.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Sat, Jan 5th, 2019
Includes materials fee of $20.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

Basic Sewing Kit including the following items:  
You are encouraged to also bring along any sewing tools that you enjoy using for hand and machine sewing.

  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric cutting scissors
  • Smaller scissors for clipping and trimming
  • Seam ripper
  • Tape measure
  • Hand needles
  • Pin cushion
  • Pins
  • Thimble
  • Fabric marking tools (such as pencil, disappearing marker, chalk, wax)
  • Clear plastic ruler (suggest 2” x 18” type used by quilters which cost about $9.00)
  • Spool thread - white and a color-of- your-choice that works on your sewing machine
  • Pens, pencils
  • Notebook

Sewing machine – If you own a portable sewing machine, please bring it to class. Test it before coming to class to check that it is in working order, and know its basic operations. If you cannot bring one, North House has machines you can use, and you will be given basic instruction for their use. We will use sewing machines primarily to baste (temporary stitching) the pieces together for your pattern mock-ups. The machine sewing techniques needed for this pattern mock-up will be simple seams. Also bring: Sewing machine needles and bobbins to fit your machine.

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call the front office if you have not received it within 24 hours.

Waiting List

The course Patterning Techniques: Make a Sewing Pattern from a Favorite Garment Sat, Feb 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 17th, 2019 is full.

Fill out the form below if you would like to be placed on a waiting list and notified if an opening becomes available. Full course details included above