Learn to Sew Clothes FIVE WEEKS in FEB / March - MONDAYS series!
Learn to Sew Clothes FIVE WEEKS in FEB / March - MONDAYS series!
It's a new year and a new you--a you who is ready to learn to sew clothes! Let's do it together!
In this 5 week series each Wednesday evening in March we will cover learning to sew and learning to sew clothes from scratch (starts on Feb 26th). Starting with learning the parts of the machine and how to use it, to learning about sewing tools, to learning to read a sewing pattern, tracing, marking and cutting patterns and fabrics, and we will make two garments--our popular Essential Shirt and a pair of elastic waist pants. We will use Sew House Seven Free Range Slacks Pattern for the bottoms. You can choose to get a materials kit or supply your own fabrics. If you would like a kit, add the Learn to Sew Clothes series kit at check out. You will get all materials at the first class!
Guys are welcome to sign up too! For guys we use slightly different patterns covering the same skills.
This series is for anyone who is ready to learn to sew and wants to learn to sew clothes. At then end you will have a great foundation of skills under your belt and will be ready to branch out to more intermediate patterns and projects. Each session is every Monday in March 6-8:30 (and the first sessions starting the last week of Feb, on Feb 26th) - if we need more time, we may go till 9 some nights.
All the details!👇
Week 1 - Monday, Feb 26th 6-8:30pm
- Learn the parts of the sewing machine and how to use it
- Learn about essential garment sewing tools
- Learn the basics of garment sewing patterns (we will get into this more in week 3)
- Learn how to pin and cut fabric
- Learn to measure yourself and choose your size for the Essential Shirt
- Get started sewing the Essential Shirt
Week 2 - Monday, March 4th 6-8:30pm
- Learn to sew the Essential shirt step by step
- Learn the concept of seam allowance
- Learn to make and sew bias binding
- Learn to sew curves and corners
- Learn to finish seams
- Learn to press and hem
Leave with a finished shirt you made with your own two hands! 🙌
Week 3 - Monday, March 11th 6-8:30pm
- A deeper dive into learning to understand sewing patterns
- Learn the differences between PDF print at home, copyshop and paper packed patterns
- Learn to assemble a PDF pattern
- Learn the anatomy of a pattern
- Learn how to choose your size
- Troubleshoot / tips for choosing your size when between sizes
- Assemble and cut out your PJ pants pattern and fabric
Week 4 - Monday, March 18th 6-8:30pm
- Learn to sew elastic waist pants step by step
- Learn to sew a waistband
- Learn to insert elastic
- Learn to sew pockets
- Learn to hem pants
Week 5 - Monday, March 25th 6-8:30pm
- Finish our pants if we need more time
- Then dive into 3 seam finishing techniques beyond what we used for our shirt and pants such as the serger, french seams, and more info on bias bound seams
- Learn to sew a zipper 2 ways, a standard zipper and invisible zipper
Leave with finished pants you made with your own two hands! 🙌
With each session you'll successively build your skills and confidence and you will also leave with a number of helpful resources after each class.
BONUS! 🔑 Those who sign up will also receive a 30 day free trial to our online community Topstitch Makers, which has a virtual vault of sewing class recordings, talks with special guests and much more.
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.