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Many pattern makers offer downloadable PDF sewing patterns, sometimes exclusively, so it's important to know how to work with patterns in this format.

In this class we'll walk through cutting out and piecing together a PDF pattern. You'll then use the pattern to cut out a test project at the end.

We will only be reviewing how to use a PDF pattern. To learn more about reading patterns overall, check out the How to Read a Pattern class. If you like, you can sign up for both of these classes and combine them into one, 3-hour class.

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What You'll Learn

  • Resources for digital, PDF sewing patterns
  • How to print correctly to scale
  • How to properly assemble all of the pattern pieces
  • How to cut out the pattern for your size

Prerequisites

None!

This class is for the absolute beginner with no experience or someone who wants a refresher on the tools or techniques shown in this class.

Tools & Supplies

  • You'll receive two small patterns to print that we'll assemble together in the class
  • Scissors for cutting paper (Don't use the same scissors you use to cut fabric!)
  • Glue stick or clear tape
  • 2 fat quarters (18" x 22") of scrap fabric

Remember to print the patterns before the class.

Learning Options

Learn from me in a live lesson where I'll personally guide you.


Private Class

Live, instructor-led private sewing class scheduled at a time that is best for you.

Number of Students
See discounted price for multiple students


Online
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In-person
In-home Lessons
$ 45 /person
+ travel fee

Public Class

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.

Duration
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1 hour
One, 1-hour session

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Discounts
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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

Options for live, instructor-led sewing lessons over video chat, and some recorded classes that are available to watch on-demand when you want.

My custom, multi-camera system provides an immersive learning experience to make it as close as possible to being in person.



Live Instructor-led


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.

Learn more about my online learning options or register below for live, instructor led.

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In-person Sewing Classes

If you're in the Austin, TX area I provide in-person lessons that can take place in your home. Input your address in the map below to find your travel zone and travel fee.

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
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

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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.

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Most of my sewing classes are taught as live, instructor-led private classes that are scheduled when you want.

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. Please note that available spots for intro calls and lessons often fill up quickly!



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