Creative Sewing Workshops

Unique Online Sewing Classes and Tutorials

LEVEL II  Course:  Your "Layering" Garments   

The #200 series  of classes will be your "Layering" pieces for your wardrobe plan.  It is the continuation of our Progressive Sewing Instruction, the PSI Program, and will add 5 more garments!  

* Want to learn how to HACK your patterns?  The Level I Course showed you how to do that to your skirt pattern, and this series will include another pattern for that.  You will need to know WHERE and HOW to change the pattern to add some new seamlines, and we'll cover that.

* You will need to purchase these patterns that will be used in this level of classes, also available as "Printable" patterns:  

        Butterick #6142   Unlined Vest with a Collar, Button Closure and Darts

        McCall's #6927   Basic Woven Top with Bust Darts and Set-in Sleeves

        Butterick #5719   Unlined Princess-seam Jacket

        Simplicity #1318   Easy Kimono Jacket

        BONUS CLASS:  Butterick #6328  A Vest Hack to create princess seams (this pattern is not available as "Printable") 


You can order any of these patterns directly from the Butterick/McCall's website  HERE.    Simplicity patterns HERE.

* For the sewers that are ready to do a little more pattern work and more challenging techniques.  

* My goal with this series is to also help you understand how to finish a garment with Professional techniques.  If you want to sew for others and make it a career,  you will need to make the garment look beautiful both inside and out.  That's expected from you when you start to charge money for your services.  I know this from my own professional experience as a custom dressmaker for more than 40 years.

* We will analyze the patterns and many of the measurements that are always hard to understand for fitting.  

* Use that knowledge and start making your wardrobe pieces:  an unlined vest, the pull-over Linen blouse, an unlined jacket, and an easy Kimono.  With the Bonus class you will do another pattern hack on a vest pattern to incorporate some princess seams for much better fitting.  You will now have 5 more garments in your wardrobe and some really great techniques to add to your sewing knowledge.  

#201  Unlined Vest:  Butterick #6142

Online Class Fee:  $19.99  

* View B Vest is a great layering piece for your wardrobe and looks good with the skirts and pants already completed

* Has long style lines for illusions of length and slimming the body

* Making an unlined vest, but finishing the seam allowances to be beautiful on the inside of the garment

* Using fusible interfacings

* Making a collar

* Sewing darts in a garment

* Making a buttonhole

* This is the sixth piece of your Core Wardrobe.  See the plan  HERE.

Sewing Techniques: Laying out combined garments on fabric yardage, turn-of-the-cloth techniques to make the collar lay correctly, using fusible interfacings, finishing details for unlined garments.


Pattern:  McCall's #7332.  Order directly from McCall's website HERE.                                                                        

How long to make this garment:  approximately 3-4 hours

#202  Your Basic Woven Top or Tunic:   McCall's #6927

Online Class Fee:  $19.99

* A basic top with Bust Darts and set-in sleeves. We will be using a beautiful, easy to handle, washable linen fabric.  So versatile in your wardrobe! 

* Making View E with the shaped hemline of view D

* Bust cup adjustments for a full bust (typically known as an FBA) will be reviewed to make sure you have enough room for your measurement without making the top too big.  

* This pattern comes with 3 different front pattern pieces for B, C, and D cups and another group of sizes (18W-24W) will include C/D, DD, and DDD cups.  But what if you need the size 16 for example and have DD cup size requirement?  You will get the information to figure this out!

* Setting in sleeves in a woven fabric garment.

* Self-fabric bias neck finish--very easy to do and looks so nice on other garments, too.  It's a great technique to incorporate into other designs.

* This is the seventh piece of your Core Wardrobe.  See the plan  HERE.

* This pattern will also be used for your pattern hack in class #301 to create a new blouse to match your 6-panel skirt--class #302. 

Sewing Techniques:  Bust cup adjustments, setting in sleeves, making self-bias strips for necklines or edge-finishing, different seam finishes and hem options.

Pattern:  McCall's #6927.  To purchase this pattern directly from the Butterick/McCall pattern company website go HERE.

How long to make this garment:  approx. 3-4 hours 

#203  Unlined Basic Jacket:  Butterick #5719

Online Class Fee:  $19.99

* A simple, classic, unlined and easy jacket to make.  Making view A in the class.

* Learn how to finish the inside seams when you don't have a lining.

* This is not a fitting class, but there will be easy fitting techniques shown to help you understand how to do it.

* How to sew the princess seams.  You're sewing a curved line to a straight line which needs to be sewn very carefully to prevent puckering.

* Using interfacings:  where and what kind of interfacings.

* This is the eighth piece of your Core Wardrobe.  See the plan  HERE.

Sewing Techniques:  Sewing princess seams, finishing seam allowances for a beautiful interior, using fusible interfacings, topstitching techniques to add optional details, combining pattern pieces from multiple garments on one fabric yardage

Pattern:  Butterick #5719.  Order directly from the Butterick website HERE.

How long to make this garment:  approximately 3-4 hours

#204  Soft and Flowing Kimono Jacket:  Simplicity #1318

Online Class Fee:  $19.99

*  We are going to make view B of this easy Kimono Pattern with the bands in self fabric, not contrasting.

*  Long and flowing, and a great piece for layering with other garments.

*  I will show you how to sew the front bands without all of the hand-stitching that the guide sheet tells you to do.  

*  Soft fabrics like this can be tricky to handle and sew.  The class techniques will help you with that.

*  This is the ninth piece of your Core Wardrobe.  See the plan HERE. 

Sewing Techniques:  Cutting and sewing light-weight fabrics, sewing the bands without any hand-stitching, seam finishes for light-weight fabrics such as french seams or mock-french seams, hemming a curved hemline.


Pattern:  Simplicity #1318.  Order directly from Simplicity pattern company HERE.

How long to make this garment:  approximately 3-4 hours.

Level II Bonus Class:  Lined, Reversible Vest with added Princess Seams:    Butterick #6328        

Online Class Fee:  Free when you purchase all Level II Classes #201-#204

* Making View B in a beautiful wool boucle' and using a stunning silk print to do a full lining to make the vest reversible.

*  We will be adding Princess Seams to the vest pattern to get a better fit.  By doing this, we also create some additional panels that can be in different colors or fabrics for more variations.

* How to sew the front, neck, armhole and hems by machine with very little hand-stitching.

* How to make and include bias loops and the covered buttons we will be adding.

* Edge-stitching and top-stitching techniques.

* Fusible interfacings will be covered and how to use them.

* This is the tenth piece of your Core Wardrobe.  See the plan  HERE.

Sewing Techniques: How to add new seams for design details, using fusible interfacings, making collars, making bias button loops, making self-covered buttons, top-stitching techniques, and learning how to get the two layers to hang correctly together.

Pattern:  Butterick #6328.  To purchase this pattern directly from the Butterick/McCall's pattern company website go HERE.

How long to make this garment:  approx. 3-4 hours.