January Class- Intro to Commando Sewing

OK – so what in the world is commando sewing.  I like to think it’s close to what commandos do (and no it has nothing to do with underwear – I promise).

But think how commandos go about completing a project:

  1. They do research and check out everything they need to know to make the project successful
  2. They use only the best equipment available
  3. They plan out their project so they are using their time most efficiently – they are clock misers
  4. They know what resources they need, information, training and get it before they start their project….it’s not – hey, let’s parachute into Iraq and rescue these prisoners and not know how to parachute or take parachutes along!!!
  5. They are in and out with only one result in mind: Success!

There’s a lot we can learn from these commandos in sewing.  I love they way they approach their work, and there’s no reason we can’t use their logic for sewing.

This January I’m teaching my first Commando Sewing Class on Wrap Coat.

What makes this different?…First is the class will be in one day.  I will have demos plus hands on exercises but the main purpose of the class is to give you the information you will need as a commando sewists so that you will leave with most of the prep work done and my aim is for you to finish this project in one day or maybe 1½ days, and end up with a garment that will be something you need and can use for years.

This is the most practical and efficient use of your resources.  All of us have limited resources, and I do this all the time with my clients and my large projects, but there’s no reason you can learn how to do this with your resource, time, money and sweat equity!

So let’s get right to the details….in commando style:

Class Stats:
Topic:  Wrap Coat
Supplies: Fabric samples if you want to have me look at them, but I will have suggestions and samples.  I will supply supplies for demos.
Equipment: Sewing Machine, and stuff you use to sew, pins, nippers, scissors, seam-ripper, etc.  It would be good to bring a notebook to write down notes as well.
What You’ll Learn: I’ll do all the research and back work, so you can get started fast on your project.  You will also get hands-on instructions on detail techniques that you’ll need to finish your garment professionally, as well as CD with all the information in class plus some.
When: January 25th, 10am to 4pm
Cost: $60
Where: Bernina of OKC, 405.840.8911 to sign up.

Got Questions?….just post below so everyone can see (and get the answer too!!!)  No question is EVER dumb….EVER!

The rest of the schedule is here for Spring, 2017

  1. Interested – but my big issue is size, size, size. I can sew very well, just can’t make anything that looks good on me. Is there help on this? Any fitting?

    What does the wrap coat look like.

    • Yeah – we all have those problems, but I contend (as does Tim Gunn BTW, see my blog on this) that just because you are not the size of Cara Delevingne doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish, fresh, modern and with it! Now, you will have a helluva time finding those clothes in stores, but you CAN make them – this is the fab thing about being a sewists. Most of these patterns are fairly straightforward, however because we will be detailing the coat/jacket doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be without style or can not be worn for a long time (style-wise and quality-wise).

      So patterns, I have a great choice of patterns that I like for this project in class, and that’s part of what I talk about in class and why I chose those patterns and what the have and don’t have that I liked for this project and class. I’m teaching more of an approach to sewing rather than the step-by-step on making a coat or jacket. So that by the time students finish with class they can take the materials they get in class (and the knowledge of a few well-chosen techniques) and go home and in a day or little more, make a garment that will last for a long time AND be fashionable AND fit!!!!

  2. Is this the burda black jacket? I was thinking about that jacket yesterday
    my mind was wandering while at dialysis training.

    • Euuuuuw…dialysis – what are you doing there?….for you or Jak?

      Actually this is a wrap coat that has one closure – button, belt or tie. What I’m trying to do is a simplified design but not sacrificing style or quality, which I know sounds impossible, but that’s what I’m trying to teach with “Commando Sewing!”

  3. What patterns are you looking at working on. Sounds like a fun class.

    • I didn’t go through and select the first coat/jacket patterns that came up, but went through and selected only those patterns that fit the criteria of “Commando Sewing”. That’s what I teach in class so that you can go out and select patterns that will make the most of the resources you have. This class is specific for coats/jackets, but you can also use the same technique for dresses, tops, tunics, skirts and other clothing items. I choose coats cause it’s that time of year we need them! With the class you will receive some demos and some hands-on techniques all included with the CD that comes with the class.

  4. Hi Claire! Just wanted to say, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing you on The Sewing Blab earlier tonight. Like you, I grew up obsessed with creating the fashion runway items for myself.
    Unfortunately, I do not live in OKC so cannot attend your coat class. Would have loved to.
    Just subscribed 🙂

    • Hi Samina – hope you enjoy the weekly freebie….and I love hearing from you all – there’s a link at the bottom of the email I send out, if you would like to ask a question in private, or of course
      commenting here or on my Facebook page, SewingArtistry page, or Instagram. Warning – we have a new puppy, so lots of puppy pictures on there!!!! And if you want more you can always invest in the newsletter which comes out once a month with 2 minis during the month for free for two months to see if you like it. This also gives you access to the member library with gobs of sewing information
      resources. The interview last night was gobs of fun and glad you enjoyed it!

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