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The projects are made using woven fabrics and build on beginner-level experience to prepare you for more advanced sewing projects.

All of the garments that you'll learn to make in the Intensive were selected for their versatility and are stylish staple pieces for any wardrobe enabling you to mix & match and easily personalize.

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Project Options

These are the projects you can choose from to make, selecting 1 top and 1 bottom from the options below. Inclusive sizing available.
Tops
Camisole
Versatile cami that can be dressed up or down with v-neck and straps.
Box Top 1
A relaxed and comfortable top with unique style lines and simple to construct from only three pattern pieces.
Box Top 2
Cute and boxy top with bust darts for definition and detailing on the back with style options.
Bottoms
Baggy Pants
Incredibly comfortable with a unique look, deep pockets and non-twist elastic waist for a forgiving fit.
Slacks
Comfortable and stylish with front pockets, elastic waist and straight or tapered leg options.

What You'll Learn

Garment construction techniques, including:

  • Working with woven fabric
  • Grainlines
  • Sewing patterns and laying out fabric for cutting
  • Creating and attaching a facing
  • Hemming
  • Darts
  • Casing for waistband
  • Creating and matching notches
  • Seam finishing
  • Binding
  • Flat felled and french seams

Prerequisites

This class is for anyone who already knows how to sew, or the confident beginner who knows how to use a sewing machine and basic sewing techniques.

If you're new to sewing or want a refresher to get you ready for this class, check out the Beginner Basics class, the Intro to Sewing Course or the in-depth Beginner Sewing Program.

You will also need experience with downloadable PDF sewing patterns. If you're not familiar with using these types of patterns I offer the class How to Use a PDF Pattern.

Tools & Supplies

You will need:

Fabric requirements will vary based on the projects you select and sizes. I will help guide you on the necessary fabric for each pattern after registration.

Remember to pre-wash and dry your fabric before class.

Price

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ON-DEMAND CLASS

Schedule as an instructor-led private class at a time that is best for you.

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On-Demand Group Classes

Discounts are available when you sign-up multiple people for on-demand classes so get friends or family members together too. Select the number of students above to see the discounted price per person.

Online Sewing Classes

Not sure if online lessons are right for you?

We've developed an advanced online learning experience to make it as close as possible to being in person that may be quite different from what you've seen elsewhere. I make the same project along with you and show you the actions from multiple cameras as I guide you step by step. Learn more or contact me to schedule a demo to show you what it's like.

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Duration

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10 hours
Top: Two, 2-hour sessions
Bottom: Two, 3-hour sessions

About the Instructor

Vanessa has been teaching children and adults for over 20 years. In addition to offering beginner to advanced sewing lessons she is an instructor in the Fashion Design Program at Austin Community College. Previously, Vanessa was an instructor at The Stitch Lab where she taught intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps. Beyond sewing Vanessa has taught art, yoga and English, and her experience extends overseas when she was in the Peace Corps. She has taught adults and kids of all ages and enjoys seeing her students apply their newfound sewing skills to express themselves.

Vanessa is a full-time designer and seamstress working with clients on a wide variety of custom sewing and product development projects for fashion, wearable tech, decor, accessories and soft goods that keep her current with the latest sewing trends and technologies. She is also a machine service technician and has intimate knowledge of a wide range of sewing machines that enables her to personalize sewing lessons for the types of machines students are using.

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Private, online sewing lessons scheduled when you want.

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