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Cal Patch
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 as Stitch N' Bitch: The Happy Hooker, Mend It Better, Applique Your Way, Made by Hand, Crochet Today, and Sew Stylish

For more about Cal, go to http://calpatch.com

STITCHES United 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1304 Intermediate Boxy Tee/Drapy Tunic 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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1305 No skills required Draft Your Own Skirt Pattern If you are frustrated trying to find sewing patterns you like (that also fit you well), you can draft your own. It is not as hard as you think!

You will learn how to take your measurements and draft a pattern for a simple, classic, A-line skirt, based on your own unique body size and shape.

You'll leave class with your own custom pattern which can be used as a blank canvas for different pocket, waistband and length options. We will also cover pocket and waistband options. With these basic skills and ideas, you can create a whole new wardrobe!

Note: If you sign up for 1140, Cal's One-Day Skirt workshop, this pattern can be used in that class!

Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 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; your bring your machine. 

You will learn how to sew darts, seams and seam finishes, hems, invisible zippers and bias-tape facings - all elements you need to begin making your own clothes.

Note: Machines will be provided for use in class.

Skirt pattern and will be provided for in-class use.
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.