Intermediate Essentials Wardrobe Course
Intermediate Essentials Wardrobe Course
An in-depth online wardrobe sewing course to expand your garment sewing journey! The course "doors" open May 5th.
We've taught hundreds of people how to sew clothes and improve their sewing skills, both in-person and online, and we can't wait for you to learn and grow your skills with us too!
In this online course series you'll level up your sewing skills to complete 3 intermediate projects and sew a complete outfit in the process. We've combined 3 of our favorite patters that offer great skill building techniques and processes within their construction into a full 5 week intermediate online garment sewing course where you will be learning in community!
The course "doors" open on Friday, May 5th with the first welcome session on May 6th.
The Intermediate Essentials course consists of taking your garment sewing skills to an intermediate level and making 3 core pieces for your wardrobe--a lined blazer, a pair of pants with pleats, pockets and a zip fly, and a blouse with set in sleeves, gathers and a banded collar.
The patterns are: The Friday Pattern Co Heather Blazer, the Untitled Thoughts Chandler Trousers and Sew House 7 Regalia Blouse.
Each of these patterns is in an extended size range. The Heather Blazer - up to a 62-63” / 160cm hip. The Chandler Trousers - up to 58” / 147cm hip. The Regalia Blouse - up to a 70” / 178cm hip. Please see the individual size charts for each pattern for all specific measurements.
Each pattern focuses on different skills, helping you to level up as you progress.
What's included in your course:
- Prerecorded sewing modules to make 3 essential pieces, which you can take at your own pace
- Weekly live check in and accountability sessions on Saturdays to keep you motivated and get personal help
- Access to the course community and main Topstitch Maker's community where you can ask questions, post progress and be part of a living, breathing learning community
- Includes the patterns for each garment
- Lifetime Access to the course materials
- Recordings you can watch or revisit anytime
- BONUS - Access to our online sergers course
- BONUS - Access to our beginner essentials course (which covers closures, how to sew on a button and more!)
- BONUS - Access to our intro to sewing - the Essential Shirt course
- MEGA BONUS: Annual Membership to our online sewing community - a years worth of additional virtual sewing classes and recordings! Have a look inside our sewing community.
Skills you will learn:
- How to sew gathers
- How to sew set in sleeves
- How to construct and sew a banded collar
- How to sew in a yoke with the burrito method
- General fitting tips for pants
- How to sew pleats
- How to sew a back elastic waistband
- How to sew optional belt loops
- How to sew a zip fly
- How to sew pants pockets
- How to construct and sew jacket lining
- How to construct and sew a collar
- How to construct and sew set in sleeves
- How to sew patch pockets
- How to sew a buttonhole
Skills expected: Advanced beginner garment sewing skills, such as having made a few beginner garments like a pullover shirt, simple skirt or beginner pants.
Supplies you will need:
- A sewing machine
- Printer / Printer paper (for printing PDF patterns at home)
- Measuring Tape
- Seam Ripper
- Marking tool(s) such as a
- Sewing pins
- Thread for each project
- Fabric and notions for each project
- This course is all online so you can take it from the comfort of your own home!
- You can pay in installments using Shop Pay at check out.
- The course "doors" open on April 29th when you will be welcomed into the online space where the course is hosted.
- All live check in sessions sessions are recorded for watching at your convenience. During our welcome session we will establish a timeline to help you progress but you will work at your own pace.
- It does not matter what part of the world you live in or your time zone.
- We learn in community. In our course platform there is opportunity to ask questions anytime, day or night, no matter your time zone and you can easily connect with other members of the course.
- You will have forever access to the course and materials.
- You will have access to the main part of our online community Topstitch Makers for one whole year.
- Guarantee: If you are not happy after one week of the course opening, you will get a full refund.
- This is a plus size friendly course.
- If you are already a Topstitch Makers Member there is a generous discount for members. The discount code is inside Topstitch Makers.
If you would like a materials kit for the blazer and trousers, you can add that to your course purchase. You'll have the option of 6 yds of steel blue, chartreuse, charcoal and olive green linen. It is 52" wide, 55% linen and 45% rayon. You can add your materials kit here. Please share in the comments at checkout which color is your preference.
Have questions? Feel free to reach out!
Please be sure to explain your question clearly so we know how to help you.
We don't have a phone number, so email us if you have a question!
If you're wondering about particular class info or supplies for your class, all the info you need should be with the description of your class.
We're open during scheduled class times only.
We're located at 720 West College Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030 next door to our friends at Brave and Kind books.
We don't offer refunds on in-person classes, unless we at Topstitch need to cancel a class for an unexpected reason. If you need to miss your class for any reason, if you give 72 hours notice (3 days), you can put your class payment towards the equivalent priced class in the future. We usually only have 4 people in a class so we need as much notice as possible to try to fill your space! You're also welcome to make arrangements to give your class space to a friend if you'd like to.
Please mark your calendar for your in-person class time! You can do that by adding your class to your own calendar. We don't send personal class reminders, but if you add your class to your calendar from our calendar sync option, you'll get a reminder 1 day before! All the info you need for class will be with the class description.
We take every measure to provide a completely safe environment at our studio and in our sewing and craft classes. By signing up for a sewing or craft class, using our studio for open sewing, or for sewing related events, for yourself or your child, you acknowledge that sewing and craft making can involve using a sewing machine, sewing machine needles, hand sewing needles, scissors, irons, pins, rotary cutters and hot glue. You acknowledge all of these machines and tools and supplies involve a risk of injury. You agree to release any liability from Topstitch Studio, LLC, its owner, class instructors and all employees regarding any claims of injury that could arise from your own or your child’s participation in any class or event at Topstitch Studio. You agree to seek medical treatment on your own terms and at your own expense in the event of any injury or illness.
Our instructors are vaxed and boosted. Currently masks are optional.
Please try to arrive 10 minutes before class! It's really hard to catch people up once we get started.
If they class title says KIDS that means it's a kids class, otherwise it's a class for grownups.
Class Level Policy:
Please choose a class appropriate for your level. If you don't know how to use a sewing machine yet, you should choose a beginner sewing class where you learn how to sew in the class.
Our classes are one of 4 levels:
-no sewing experience expected or required at all
-a sewing machine may as well be an object from outer space
-reading a sewing pattern is like reading Japanese (assuming you don’t know Japanese)
-you’ve never pinned or cut fabric with the intention of sewing it
2 advanced beginner
-you have some sewing experience and have used a sewing machine within the last two years
-you understand the parts of a sewing machine feel pretty comfortable using it
-you know how to thread a sewing machine and wind a bobbin
-you understand how to sew to a particular seam allowance
-you can sew a straight stitch
-you’ve sewn a few craft projects and possibly some simple garments
-you know how to do all of the advanced beginner skills listed above
-you’ve sewn some craft projects and possibly some advanced beginner garments
-you know how to sew curves and pivot at corners
-you can read a commercial sewing pattern
-you know how to sew darts
-you know how to set sleeves
-you know a few hemming techniques
-you can create a buttonhole
-you’ve sewn pockets
-you know how to sew on a waistband
-you know how to sew on bias binding
-you know how to do all of the intermediate skills listed above
-you know how to insert an invisible zipper
-you know how to use facings and line a garment
-you know how to use interfacings
-you’ve sewn with various types of fabrics
-you can sew collars and cuffs
-you are capable of small fitting adjustments
-you're curious about advanced dressmaking, tailoring and fitting techniques
*Open Sewing Sessions: These are self-guided sessions, intended for you to bring your own sewing project and work on it independently. Open sewing sessions are for some self guided sewing sessions where you can come and hang out and sewcalize too if you'd like. Open sewing isn't the same as getting a private lesson. If you'd like instruction, you can reach out to book a private lesson.