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Thursday 05/30/2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday 05/30/2019, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Cal Patch

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Boxy Tee/Drapy Tunic with Cal Patch
Sewing your own clothes is satisfying and practical. When you go one step further and draft your own pattern, the entire design process in your hands. Cal will teach you how to draft a pattern for a simple woven top that can easily be customized in myriad ways. Keep it short and loose-fitting for a Boxy Tee, or make it longer with a bit more ease in a fabric with drape (like linen) and it is a Drapy Tunic.

This intro to pattern-drafting is perfect if you want to dip your toe in the water - and the seaming of this basic shape could not be simpler. It is a lovely blank-canvas garment for all other techniques: embroidery, piecing, quilting, dyeing, and eco-printing. Of course, you can combine and layer the treatments to create even more special garments.

You can even take fat quarters or smaller cuts of precious fabrics - not enough for a complete garment - and work them into a masterpiece. Piece them together, placing some of those treasured morsels front and center, and play around with different seam placements.

You will begin by drafting the basic pattern to your measurements, then cut and sew a quick muslin as your fit-sample. Tweak the pattern if necessary.

Next, you may turn the sample muslin into a wearable top, or you might cut a new one in fashion fabric, perhaps adding the details of extra seams or pockets. Beginners may keep it fairly simple, and those with more advanced skills may customize to their hearts' content. Everyone will leave with a shirt that reflects their personality and ideas to make endless variations!

Please have at least advanced beginner sewing skills, with a few simple projects under your belt.

Note: Machines will be provided for use in the class.

__Pad or roll of paper, at least 14″ wide (can be newsprint, drawing paper, etc)
__Ruler (2x18" clear sewing ruler is best)

__Paper scissors

__Clear tape

__2+ yards of muslin or inexpensive woven fabric for fit sample
__About 2 yards of woven fabric: the total can be made up of smaller pieces of a few different fabrics, and is also dependent upon the actual measurements of your pattern
 needs (quilting or other cottons work well for a boxy-tee shape, drapier linens or rayons will be better for longer, tunic/dress styles)
__Thread to match
__2 yards 1/2” single-fold bias tape
__Fabric shears and marking tool
__Basics Sewing Kit: needles and thread, sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with eraser, flexible tape measure, seam ripper, and pins.

Skills needed
Sewing machine with regular foot, irons and ironing pads.