Knit happens...and we can help!

We're super excited to introduce our spring lineup of sewing classes! We're starting the season off with an easy knit top to take the fear out of working with stretchy fabrics, and continue with sewing and quilting classes for all levels! Take a peek, then call, email or stop in to register.

 

Stretch yourself creatively with a cute dolman top.

Stretch yourself creatively with a cute dolman top.

EASY DOLMAN KNIT TOP

Session #1: Tuesdays, Mar. 1 & 8, 6-8:30 pm
Session #2: Thursdays, Apr. 21 & 28,  6-8:30 pm
Instructor: Kate McIvor
Class fee: $40 + pattern and supplies

 

Want to learn to sew with knits by doing a simple project? This is the class for you. We’ll be using Jalie Patterns’ Dolman Knit Top, which was voted one of the best patterns of 2014 on Pattern Review. It has a high/low hem, different options for finishing the neck edge, and is great for color blocking. During the first class, we’ll practice sewing with knits and cut out our tops. The shop has tons of cotton, rayon, bamboo, soy and polyester knits to choose from. Bring a sewing machine in good working order (with a walking foot, if you have one), the Basic Sewing Supplies*, and your fabric washed, dried and ready to cut out.

Experience the confidence that comes from drafting clothes that fit your body!

Experience the confidence that comes from drafting clothes that fit your body!

Draft & Sew Your Own Skirt

Instructor: Kate McIvor
Saturdays, March 19 & 26, 12-4pm
Fee: $64 + pattern and supplies

This class is for the adventurous risk-taker who wants to express herself through fabric. Using the book Sew What! Skirts, we will draft a basic skirt blocks using our measurements. Then we’ll select the looks we like, and make ourselves skirts that fit. Kate will be on-hand with instructions and to help with every step of the process. Bring a sewing machine in good working order and the Basic Sewing Supplies*.

Don't be intimidated by buttonholes and collars. Kate will show you The Way!

Don't be intimidated by buttonholes and collars. Kate will show you The Way!

Learn to Sew Garments: Intermediate

Instructor: Kate McIvor
Wednesdays, Mar. 23 – Apr. 20, 6-8pm
Fee: $80 + pattern and supplies

We will make a pair of pajamas in this class. In the process of making the PJs, we will learn how to clean finish an edge, apply interfacing, insert a collar and sleeves, topstitch, and make buttonholes. Additional techniques covered include easestitching, stitch-in-the-ditch, machine blind hem, blind hem casing, and French seams. Any lightweight woven fabric will work for this project. Please come to the first class with your fabric washed, dried, and ready to cut out. Bring a sewing machine in good working order, and the Basic Sewing Supplies*.

The possibilities are endless using Leslie's creative technique.

The possibilities are endless using Leslie's creative technique.

Marve-Les Pillow Collage

Instructor: Leslie McNeil
Saturday, April 16, 11-4pm
Fee: $57 + pattern and supplies

Dip your toe into the waters of creative collage with this small project. Leslie McNeil's “A Heart To Give” collage pattern makes either a small wall hanging or a decorative pillow top. Learn the technique of raw-edge, fusible applique with floral fabrics, and create a heart bouquet on a base fabric. Leslie will share her tips for making a dynamic and fun collaged piece of art.  Once finished with the collage, this project can easily be quilted using a walking foot or free motion.  This pattern and project is great for all levels of sewers and quilters.

 

Tote your veggies in style!

Tote your veggies in style!

Earth Day Market Tote

Instructor: Jane Mandala
Saturday, April 23, 12-4pm
Fee: $32 + pattern and supplies

Celebrate Earth Day and the upcoming farmers’ markets! Join us in making a stylish and sturdy tote bag ideal for Missoula market Saturdays. This pattern comes in three different sizes and is sewn in contrasting fabrics, making it one you’ll reuse again and again. The large tote will fit all your produce purchases, so go green with the freshest bag of the season! This class is suitable for beginners. Techniques involved include straight stitching, top stitching, and inserting a lining.  Bring a sewing machine in good working order and the Basic Sewing Supplies*

*Basic Sewing Supplies:

  • A good pair of sharp shears used only for cutting fabric
  • A small pair of scissors for clipping and trimming
  • A rotary cutter (& mat if you have one)
  • Straight glass-head pins
  • Tape measure
  • Transparent sewing ruler
  • Variety of hand-sewing needles
  • Variety of machine-sewing needles
  • Seam ripper
  • Seam gauge
  • Disappearing chalk or fabric pens or pencils
  • Basting tape

Remember, when you register for a class you’ll receive 15% off supplies!