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The Unfinished Wardrobe: a Two-Day Sew Fest

Course Overview

Do you have a sewing project that never quite got started or that needs some TLC to get it off the shelf and into your closet? Bring it to North House for our ‘Unfinished Wardrobe’ sewing festival. Enjoy the company of others who love sewing, while making progress on your own project, and while discovering a creative and cooperative approach to your sewing endeavors. Members of the class will set up a sewing studio together and enjoy sewing by the big lake.

You will leave with progress made and a plan to finish your project, as well as inspiration from all the different projects in the group. North House sewing instructor Carol Colburn will help you get your project jump-started, and will guide and coach you with suggestions tailored to your project and sewing level. We can cover what you need to know about topics that have you stumped: layout, cutting, marking, fitting, sewing techniques, construction steps, materials, tools, finishing techniques, and what it takes to make your project unique.

If you want to join in the fun for the 2020 Sew Fest class, but do not have a sewing project waiting in the wings, pick a project to begin from the wide range of projects suggested in the Merchant & Mills Sewing Books (listed below). Shop for your own favorite fabric, or use sturdy cotton ticking fabric, which you can purchase from the instructor in class.

Students should have some experience sewing and know how to follow basic sewing instructions, such as instructions that are usually included with a sewing pattern.

This course is part of Fiber Week! Plan to attend Fiber Friday, a new feature in 2020. On February 14, we’ll host a day of speakers, demonstrations, open studios and community gatherings free for all enrolled students. This popular model, borrowed from our Wood Week and Basket Week, allows students and instructors alike the opportunity to meet one another, expand their interests and enjoy our cozy campus learning atmosphere. Come early or stay late; you won’t want to miss Fiber Friday! Full schedule available in early 2020.


Sat, Feb 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Feb 16th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Intermediate to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $170.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

Plan to bring a sewing machine, sewing tool kit, and materials you need to work on your project. Students should feel comfortable with and know basic operations on their sewing machine.

Optional Tools

Pattern making and marking tools/supplies: Needle tracing wheel, wax transfer paper mounted on foam core, and a variety of fabric marking options. Carol will bring enough for the class to use in class, and will also have extra available for you to purchase if you wish. Cost for this would be $20 or less.

Suggested sewing reference books are available in the North House School Store:

  • Merchant & Mills Sewing Book by Carolyn N.K. Denham, published by Merchant & Mills, 2012
  • Elementary Sewing Skills by Carolyn N.K. Denham, published by Merchant & Mills, 2014
  • Merchant & Mills Workbook: A Collection of Versatile Sewing Patterns for an Elegant All Season Wardrobe, published by Merchant & Mills, 2016

Depending on your project, you may need to do some pattern alterations or adjusting, which might require tools or supplies that Carol will have available in the classroom. All projects will not need these, but in case you do, these items can be purchased.

Muslin for sewing a pattern mock-up: Carol will bring a supply of muslin for sewing pattern mock-ups if needed, available for $4.00 per yard.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.