Garment Sewing Intensive - Part 1
Select sewing projects designed to get you started with the essentials of garment sewing.
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.
What You'll Learn
Garment construction techniques, including:
- Working with woven fabric
- Sewing patterns and laying out fabric for cutting
- Creating and attaching a facing
- Casing for waistband
- Creating and matching notches
- Seam finishing
- Flat felled and french seams
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:
- Ironing station
- Tracing paper
- Tracing wheel
- Sewing machine - Please review the tools & supplies list carefully for any machine hardware requirements or contact us with any questions.
- Sewing kit:
- Pins or clips
- Pin cushion (if you're using pins)
- Seam ripper
- Fabric markers or chalk
- Measuring tape
- Cutting mat
- Rotary cutter
- Extra sewing machine needles
- Find links to these common sewing kit items in the shop.
- All-purpose thread
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.
Learn from me in a live lesson where I'll personally guide you.
Live, instructor-led private sewing class scheduled at a time that is best for you.Number of Students
See discounted price for multiple students
OnlineLive Video Chat
To provide a personalized experience and accommodate busy schedules I primarily teach private sewing classes and this class does not currently have any public dates available, but you can request it as a private sewing class.
See registration details below.
Bottom: Two, 3-hour sessions
Instructor-led Private Classes/Lessons
Discounts are available when you sign-up multiple people for private classes or personalized lessons so get friends or family members together too. Select the number of students above to see the discounted price per person.
Online Sewing Classes
My custom, multi-camera system provides an immersive learning experience to make it as close as possible to being in person.
In live sewing classes I make the same project along with you to guide you through each step. My system with multiple cameras enables me to toggle seamlessly to different points of view to show the sewing machine, tools, processes, and project from different perspectives for an immersive experience.
Recorded On-demand Video
Some sewing classes are available to enroll in to watch online and learn at your own pace. The techniques and projects shown are similar to the live classes. Follow along from your computer or mobile device when you want and return to pick up where you left off.
In-person Sewing Classes
The option to travel to you is based on my availability when you want to schedule the lesson and the travel fee is charged per trip.
|Zone 1 = $20 / trip
|Zone 2 = $40 / trip
|Zone 3 = $60 / trip
|Zone 4 = $80 / trip
|Custom fee for outside of the standard travel zones
About the Instructor
Vanessa has been teaching children and adults for over 20 years and offers beginner to advanced sewing lessons to students locally and virtually across the country. She's also an instructor in the Fashion Design Program at Austin Community College and is a member of the Fashion Design Advisory Committee. 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.
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 detailed knowledge of a wide range of sewing machines that enables her to personalize sewing lessons for the types of machines students are using.
Before confirming lessons with new students, in-person and online, I first schedule a 15-min, no-cost introduction video call to introduce myself, learn more about your sewing goals, and answer any questions you have. This way you can get to know me too and make sure the experience is right for you or your child before committing to lessons. If you're interested in online sewing lessons I also demonstrate what the learning experience is like in my virtual lessons.
Please complete the form below by selecting from available dates/times to schedule the introduction video call.