Stitches United – April 27-30, 2017

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Connecticut Convention Center
& Marriott Hartford Downtown

Hartford, CT

APRIL 27-30, 2017



Thursday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Easy Learn to Sew Knit Garments using your Sewing Machine If you’re new to sewing clothes for yourself, this class is for you. You will work with a kit that includes a variety of fabrics and notions, with step-by-step instructions to help you get professional results sewing knit garments.

Knit fabrics are easy to work with because the raw edges do not fray and they have built-in stretch that make them easy to fit. We’ll start by discussing the best needles and notions to use, then talk about a variety of knits and how to use them. You will leave class with a reference binder full of knit samples that include a variety of seam treatments and finishing techniques. Your reference guide will take the mystery out of working with knits at home.
Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.
Materials fee: $20

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Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Easy Easy Fit and Sew Yoga Pants If you have ever wanted to sew for yourself, but felt like you needed a little help along the way, this class is perfect. Using my Easy Fit and Sew One-Piece Yoga Pant Pattern, you’ll have the opportunity to try on samples to find your best starting size. Then I’ll show you simple adjustments to fine-tune your pattern for a flattering, comfortable fit. Use those pattern pieces to cut out and sew your new favorite yoga pants.

I’ve taken the guess work out of choosing the right fabric, black 4-way stretch knit is included in your kit. Learn tricks and tips to get professional results to sew knit garments with your sewing machine .

Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.
Materials fee: $40 includes pattern, tracing paper, black knit fabric, and step-by-step instructions

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Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Easy How to use Your Measurements to Draft Your New Favorite Skirt Let’s make a skirt pattern that you can sew into a great-fitting straight skirt. If you’ve never tried pattern drafting, this is the perfect beginning project! You’ll pair-up to take a set of body measurements, then use those measurements to draft your own basic straight skirt pattern. After lunch, use your pattern to cut out and sew a custom muslin. You will leave class with your completed personal skirt pattern and perfectly fitting muslin. The Skirt Draft Workbook includes step-by-step instructions with a variety of waistline treatments, and how to draft them using your front and back skirt pattern pieces. If straight skirts are not your thing—no worries—see how to easily add fullness for an A-line or flared silhouette. Plus, enjoy a trunk show of a variety of skirts designed using my custom straight skirt pattern. You’ll be amazed at the many different designs you can create using your new custom-fit straight skirt pattern.

Note: Sewing machines provided for use in classroom.
Materials fee: $25 includes the Skirt Draft Workbook, pattern paper, and muslin

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Sunday 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Easy Tee Fit Workshop Join me as I take you step-by-step through the process of fitting your new favorite knit top. The Tee Pattern has unique above the bust seams that make it easy to get a great fit no matter what your fitting challenges may be. Start by trying on knit muslins to determine which size to work with. Then, I’ll show you simple pattern adjustments—including a full bust adjustment and neckline and shoulder adjustments. You can customize the look and fit of your Tee by relaxing the fit of the front and back lower bodice pieces and choosing between sleeveless, short or 3/4 length sleeves. Learn how to select fabric with the right amount of stretch to get flattering results. We’ll play with a variety of knits that are included in your kit. You’ll leave class with a pattern that’s ready for fabric and the confidence to pick out the perfect fabric.
Materials fee: $35 for Tee Fit Pattern, Tee Fit Workbook, tracing paper, and a variety of knit fabric samples

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