Sew a Summer Top, 6/24
Sew a Summer Top, 6/24
with Jamie Lau
Saturday June 24th, 10-4
Limit 8 students
In this 6-hour workshop, students will learn how to sew a relaxed summer top using the Trapezoid Top pattern designed by fashion designer Jamie Lau. This designer sewing pattern is exclusively available through Jamie's workshops and not sold in stores or online. The top features relaxed fit kimono sleeves and slips on effortlessly without the hassle of a zipper or button closure. This easy-to-wear silhouette is layerable for year-round wear and the perfect project to jumpstart building your handmade wardrobe. The instructor will discuss basic pattern reading, taking measurements, and fabric layout best practices. She will also demonstrate various garment construction techniques including applying neckline bias binding, sewing curves, hemming, and achieving a professional finish.
Prerequisites: Basic sewing knowledge including how to wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine, backstitching, and sewing with seam allowance.
The class fee covers exclusive sewing pattern access and use, in addition to muslin fit samples to determine sizing before starting your project. The studio is equipped with sewing machines, ironing stations, large cutting surfaces to lay out your fabric and pattern pieces, and a serger (overlock sewing machine). Basic thread colors will be available on-site for the serger. Students are welcome to bring their own sewing machines to class, but the model must be in good working order and include an 80/12 sewing needle and one empty bobbin.
-Sharp fabric scissors (if you are left-handed, please bring left-handed shears)
-Flat head sewing pins
-2" x 18" Clear plastic grided ruler
-Tailor's chalk or fabric pencil
-2 yards of medium-weight non-stretch cotton fabric (we recommend prewashing your fabric for shrinkage prior to class)
-Coordinating 100% polyester thread (such as Gütermann Sew-all Thread)
-1 pack of single fold 1/2-inch wide bias tape in a coordinating color (such as Wrights 1/2" Single Fold Bias Tape)
Jamie Lau is a designer, sewing instructor, fashion writer, and native San Franciscan. A self-taught seamstress consistently inspired by her love of dresses, Jamie infuses a playful nostalgia into her work by transforming simple silhouettes into fashion forward looks cut and sewn from traditional Japanese prints, luxurious brocades, handwoven ikats, and her own textile designs. In addition to designing her clothing line Jamie Lau Designs, Jamie has taught fashion and sewing workshops across the country including the Textile Arts Center, Britex Fabrics, and the American Folk Art Museum. Jamie is the author of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, published in 2012 by Potter Craft (The Crown Publishing Group/Random House, Inc.). Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, Gathered by Mollie Makes, and the Renegade Craft Fair blog. Learn more about Jamie here.