Curricula Ideas for Class Study

My favorite thing to do is teach you what you want and/or need to learn, not for me to tell you what you need to learn.  I like for you to be really excited about sewing, and the best way to do that is to sew what you want to learn.  We may modify it a bit for the time and availability of notions and items you need to make up your garment, but I want this to be something you will be excited about.  Here is a listing of some of my favorite classes – if you have another subject or garment you want to make up, email me and we will work your class time around that.

Here is a listing (not in any particular order) of curriculum ideas for classes.  I like to customize each class so that each student can learn what they want.  Additionally, as you want other students working and completing other projects, you will be watching other projects and hopefully get other ideas about what you can do with your sewing.  For more information about classes, contact me here, or you can sign up for current classes at Bernina of OKC at 405.840.8911.

Index

Blouse Chanel Jacket
Evening, Formal Special Event Fashion Sewing
Little Black Dress Lingerie
Mannequin Pants Pattern
Copying a Favorite Garment Heirloom Restoration

Pants Pattern


This is one of my students’ favorite classes.  You will learn how to fit your shape and learn a lot about your shape and what you like and what you don’t.  As amazing as this sounds, many of, at the mercy of ready-to-wear, do not even know what we like  in the fit for our pants.  there are a lot of fittings in this class, but you will leave with a pair of pants that are seated well on you, hang well, are comfortable, yet you won’t look like you play for the NBA.

You will leave with a pants pattern that you can use over and  over, but also variations on the pattern for side slant pockets, fob pockets (faux and real),

Pants Pattern Class
Requirements:
Level Beginning sewing
Equipment Sewing machine, Iron will be provided
Other Anything you use to sew with, and especially seam ripping
things.

Mannequin

Another favorite, in this class you will fit the mannequin to your shape “warts and all”.  This way you will take home a very close duplicate of your body.  The class finishes with Claire instruction on how to use the mannequin and lessons on fitting your particular body style.  This is a lot of instruction for the class.

Mannequin Class Requirements:
Level Beginning to Advanced sewing skills
Equipment Sewing machine, Iron will be provided
Other Anything you use to sew with, and especially seam ripping
things.

You will need a Uniquely You Sewing Kit, this can be purchased at  AllBrands.com, or SewVac.  You will need to check these sites to see their latest stock as some of the stock goes in and out.  Also, make sure you check shipping cost because that can add a lot to your total.   Also, check Amazon as they have the Uniquely You form in stock from time to time.  This link may not work, but it will take you to Amazon, and do a search for “Uniquely You Dress Form” and that should bring up the results you need.  Be aware some places charge separately for the form (inside) and for the cover (outside).  You will only need the form for class.

NOTE:  I do not believe the cover that comes with this mannequin is very sturdy, and I recommend that you purchase some muslin canvas (at Jo-Ann’s or Hobby Lobby or Walmart),  and get Vogue 1004 (size this according to your shoulder measurement) and use this as the cover.  Other great shell patterns are: Butterick 5627 or 5628, McCall’s 2718  which can all be purchased at Joann’s.  The only downloadable version I found was from Burdasyle bodice and skirt for basic sizes and bodice and skirt for plus sizes.   For the BudaStyle patterns, you will need both the bodice and skirt in your size.   In this case, you will also need a very long upholstery zipper (about 36″ to 40″ long and separating if possible).  This makes a much longer-lasting, and durable cover that will hold your shape much better.

Use the chart below to select your size.  Make sure that you choose the size larger or get the largest size if you are larger than the largest size. Size Chart

 

Copying a Favorite Garment

 Do you have a favorite garment?…. dress?…. blouse?  Something that you have worn for many years, and want to update or copy it?  Claire can teach you the fundamental skills involved in copying the garment, and often working to make adjustments for a better garment.

Copying a Favorite Garment
Class Requirements:
Level Beginning sewing
Equipment Sewing machine, Iron will be provided
Other Anything you use to sew with, and especially seam ripping things.

Chanel Jacket

This is a three, two-day class session (six days in all over 3 months) and is the updated Karl Lagerfeld Chanel Jacket style.   Karl Lagerfeld has also done a marvelous job of updating the style without losing the reason it was so innovative and not only maintained the style of the original jacket but updated it to become still one of the world’s most favorite and beloved jackets.  Why? Because this jacket is so fabulously stylish and yet incredibly constructed.  The jacket lining is actually “quilted” to the jacket fabric then pieced together.  This technique allows the jacket to be very comfortable, yet stylish, which is why the jacket is easily worn with a cocktail dress as well as jeans.

Chanel Jacket Class
Requirements:
Level Beginning sewing
Equipment Sewing machine, Iron will be provided
Other Anything you use to sew with, and especially seam ripping
things.

Little Black Dress

The Little Black Dress has always been in style from the first one created by Coco Chanel to the Audrey Hepburn classic in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to today’s version from Kay Unger to Alexander McQueen.  There isn’t a designer or couture expert who doesn’t argue that this is a staple for any woman’s wardrobe.  And if you don’t want to make it in black, but blue, red or a lively print, that’s fine too.  The idea behind this class is to get an understanding of your style and create a pattern for this classic style and to assemble the dress.  You will leave class with a dress from this wonderful pattern and your head filled with ideas of other great classic dresses to do.

Little Black Dress Class
Requirements:
Level beginning sewing
Equipment Sewing machine, Iron will be provided
Other Pattern, Fabric, Anything you use to sew with, and
especially seam ripping things.

Fashion Sewing

This class features current fashion trends and how to transform them into a pattern and the assembly of the garment.  Included in this class is a fashion preview for the upcoming season and how to incorporate that into your style, shape, and size.  This will include help with pattern selection and how to transform that pattern into the latest runway styles, as well as fabric selection.  This is a great way to keep your style up-to-date without having to pay the designer prices.

Fashion Sewing Class
Requirements:
Level Beginning sewing
Equipment Sewing machine, Iron will be provided
Other Pattern, Fabric, Anything you use to sew with.

Lingerie and Heirloom Sewing

This class contains some basic lingerie patterns and techniques, with classic embellishment techniques and then some assembly instruction.  It is easier to design the garment around the embellishment rather than the other way around.  Includes help with pattern selection and fabric as well as any embellishment supplies

Lingerie and Heirloom Class Requirements:
Level At least beginning sewing
Equipment Sewing machine, Iron will be provided
Other Pattern, Fabric, Anything you use to sew with.

Blouse

 One of Claire’s basic classes, this class will teach you how to sew a blouse or shirt to fit your body size, shape , and your life style. This class will include all sorts of wonderful skills and fitting techniques for fitting above and just below the waist.  Claire has fit a variety of figure sizes, shapes and lifestyles in her profession as a formal and special event designer for 30 years, and she has experience in fitting a myriad of different sizes and shapes.

Mannequin Class Requirements:
Level Beginning sewing skills
Equipment Sewing machine, Iron will be provided
Other Pattern, Fabric, Anything you use to sew with.

Evening, Formal and Special Event

Claire has spent the last 30 years designing and creating gorgeous formal, evening and special event garments for her clients in her design business.  This is her main focus, and if you have a special event coming up or you may want to make a family member’s wedding gown, this is the class for you.  This takes at least two to three class sessions to complete and includes everything from consultation with the bride (or whoever wants the formal garment) to pattern selection, manipulation, alteration and/or design, to assembling the garment.

Evening, Formal and Special
Class
Requirements:
Level Beginning to Intermediate Sewing Skills
Equipment Sewing machine, Iron will be provided
Other Pattern, Fabric, Anything you use to sew with.

Heirloom Restoration

For over 30 years Claire has been designing bridal and debutante dreams for her clients, and she also has done beautiful restoration and heirloom sewing for clients with special heirloom gowns.  If you have a gown you would like restored, or needs work and would like to learn the basics of this art, you can study how to do this.  Claire is also very generous with her knowledge of heirloom and exquisite lace and fabrics so that you can also understand the beauty of the dress.   Contact Claire (click here) for more information and details of this specific class.

Private Instruction

Claire also does private instruction if you wish to have one-on-one instruction with individual private lessons.  This will include whatever you want to bring to class and whatever project you have going.  Most students use this for “stuck” problems or for consultation on wardrobe, style, pattern/fabric selection, as well as any detailed instruction to your personal requirements.  Contact Claire here for more details.

Questions?…Ideas?…Not sure what you want to do?

As always Claire loves to have other ideas.  If you have a particular sewing dilemma that you need help with, Claire encourages this to be your choice of study in your class.  She loves to design the class subject around the student and what the student wants to learn.

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