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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.
Jennifer Stern-Hasemann, owner and designer at J Stern Designs, has a solid background in pattern design and drafting, fit, and construction.
Her original line of fashion patterns, jeans, a cup-sized fitted shirt, and a unique tee, focus on flattering designs with easy-to-follow instructions and fit techniques. She loves to work with knit fabric and has designed an Easy-to-Fit-and-Sew Collection of patterns specially designed for knits.
She shares a wide variety of sewing, serging, fitting, and construction techniques via her J Stern Designs on the YouTube Channel, with over 100 video tutorials. Additionally, she teaches online at craftsy.com and patternreview.com.
For more about Jennifer go to jsterndesigns.com
STITCHES Midwest 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9032 Easy Tee Fit Workshop
Join Jennifer as she takes you step-by-step through the process of fitting your new favorite knit top. The Tee Pattern has unique above the bust seams that make it easy to get a great fit no matter what your fitting challenges may be.
Start by trying on knit muslins to determine which size to work with. Then, I'll show you simple pattern adjustments including a full-bust adjustment and neckline and shoulder adjustments. You can customize the look and fit of your Tee by relaxing the fit of the front and back lower bodice pieces and choosing between sleeveless, short, or 3/4-length sleeves.
Learn how to select fabric with the right amount of stretch to get flattering results. We'll play with a variety of knits that are included in your kit. You'll leave class with a pattern that's ready for fabric and the confidence to pick out the perfect fabric.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
9061 Easy Tank Top Hack: How to Add a Sleeve to a Tank Top Pattern and Transform it into a Tunic or Dress
Learn how to work with a basic tank top pattern to create a variety of styles. Weâ€™ll start by trying on sample tank tops to determine the best size to work with. See how easy it is to fine tune the fit of your pattern. Using your adjusted pattern pieces, Iâ€™ll show you how to add a sleeve. Weâ€™ll play with the hem length and shape to create tunic and dress pattern pieces. Youâ€™ll be surprised how fun and easy it is to create different looks from the same basic pattern. You will leave class with pattern pieces that are ready to sew together.
This class can be combined with 9062 Garment Sewing 101 for hands-on sewing time.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9017 Easy Learn to Sew Knit Garments On a Sewing Machine
If you're new to sewing clothes for yourself, this class is for you. Work with a variety of fabrics and notions following Jennifer's step-by-step guidance to help you get professional results sewing knit garments.
Knit fabrics are easy to work with because the raw edges do not fray. Built-in stretch makes them easy to fit. We'll start by discussing the best needles and notions to use, then talk about a variety of knits and how to use them.
You will leave class with a reference binder full of knit samples that include a variety of seam treatments and finishing techniques. Your reference guide will take the mystery out of working with knits at home.
Note: Machines provided for use in the class.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9068 Easy Yoga Pants and Beyond
A great pair of yoga pants are worth their weight in gold. In this class youâ€™ll have the opportunity to try on samples and pick the fabric and style of your yoga pants. Choose between a basic one-seam yoga pant with a custom waistband or a more tailored design that features unique seam detail and a hem finish with a back slit. Your kit includes the pattern and Performance Sports Knit Fabric with Dri-Max and Microbial properties. You can work with a soft, comfortable, double-brushed polyester knit or a firm compression knit that will smooth all your curves. Either way, youâ€™ll learn how to sew knit fabric and end up with a pair of yoga pants that rival the ones you can find at Athleta or Nike!
Sewing machines will be provided for use in the classroom.Â
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9086 Easy Stretch Jeans
Are they knit jeans or dress pants? Update your wardrobe with the most comfortable knit jeans you've ever tried on.
We will work with my Knit Jeans Pattern; it's easy to fit and sew. Start by trying on samples to make quick work of choosing your size. Then I'll show you how to fine-tune the fit.
Use your adjusted pattern pieces to sew a muslin. In addition to perfecting the fit of your pattern, we'll explore different fabric and style choices. I'll show you how to create an easy faux-front fly and how to transform the front pockets into a comfort panel. You'll learn how to get professional results sewing with a serger or sewing machine.
Then you'll have a front-row seat for a trunk show featuring a variety of knit jeans. You'll be amazed at how using fabrics like stretch velvet, luxe double knits, and even stretch woven fabrics can transform your comfy knit jeans into dress pants that are perfect for every occasion.
Note: Machines and sergers provided for use in class.