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Certain skills OR additional fees required for this class
(Fees payable in cash to the teacher in class.)
NO SKILLS REQUIRED Absolutely no experience necessary. Valuable for all levels of the craft.
EASY Participants with basic skills.
INTERMEDIATE Participants have solid basic skills.
ADVANCED Participants have solid skills and experience in the craft, ready to explore or refine.
Cal Patch has been making, designing, and teaching all things textile-related since 1991. She sews, crochets, embroiders, spins, prints, knits, dyes, and more. She designed clothing for Urban Outfitters, Free People, Gap, and Old Navy before developing her own line of one-off pieces called "hodge podge", which she currently sells in her Etsy shop and sometimes at craft fairs. In 2009 Cal relocated to upstate New York where she is becoming a crafty farmer and growing her handmade wardrobe. She offers classes in the Hudson Valley, and teachs at retreats and events like Squam Art Workshops, the Makerie, and Lucky Star Art Camp. Her first book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified, was published by Potter Craft. She contributes to books and magazines such asÂ Stitch N' Bitch: The Happy Hooker, Mend It Better, Applique Your Way, Made by Hand, Crochet TodayÂ andÂ Sew Stylish.Â
For more about Cal, go to calpatch.com.
STITCHES SoCal 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1013 Easy Folk Dress
In just a day, you can sew this simple folk blouse, tunic or dress inspired by the iconic Mexican weddingÂ dress! The options are all yours: make it with or without sleeves, design your own neckline, and add pockets if you'd like. Cal will supply the easily customized pattern, and guide you through the process, then you can make it again and again. This classic style is ripe for embellishment, so you may embroider, applique or print on it once complete, or incorporate a piece that you've already made into a garment.Â
Note: Should have at least advanced-beginner sewing skills, with a few simple projects under your belt.
Machine will be provided for in-class use.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1140 Easy One-day Skirt
Make a skirt in one day! In this 6-hour class, Cal will show you how to cut from a pattern and sew a classic, flattering A-line skirt. She provides the pattern.
You will learn how to sew darts, seams and seam finishes, hems, invisible zippers and bias-tape facingsâ€”all elements you need to begin making your own clothes.
Note: Must have a basic knowledge of how to use the sewing machine.
Skirt pattern and machines will be provided for in-class use.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1015 No skills required Pattern Drafting for Knitters, Crocheters, and Sewists
When you plan to knit, crochet, or sew a garment for yourself (or anyone else), the first step is determining the unique size, shape, and proportion of the body you wish to clothe.
Like snowflakes, none of us are exactly alike, and not until we assess our actual dimensions can we begin to achieve the goal of perfect fit!
Learn how to take your measurements properly and use them to draft a sloper (basic pattern) for your personal fit profile. Think of it as a life-size schematic, which you can refer to as you knit from a pattern, or while designing your own! We will also discuss the concept of ease, both positive and negative, and how it affects the end result. Understanding and taking control of these elements will allow you to create pieces that fit and flatter YOU.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1139 Easy Studio Apron
As seen in Making magazine, this simple apron is a wonderful way to get comfortable with your machine as you sew a lovely and useful project! You can wear it in your studio, garden, kitchen, or wherever you need a protective layer and some extra pockets. Learn about pockets, facings, and straps, then customize it to make it your own.
Note: You must have basic machine sewing experience and a few simple projects under your belt.
Machines will be provided for in-class use.