make your own dress

i’ve got another class in Rosendale lined up for November: Make Your Own Dress! this is a great one to really get that handmade wardrobe going; the pattern can become the foundation for all sorts of garments.

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Make Your Own Dress

Tuesdays 11/7, 11/14, (skips 11/21), 11/28 + 12/5 from 6-8pm   $160

held at RosenSpace, behind the Big Cheese in Rosendale, NY

In this 4-part class, you’ll learn how to draft a pattern (using your own measurements) for your own custom shift dress with sleeves, make a muslin to test the fit, alter the pattern, and then sew a real dress! Skills covered will include French seams, bias tape facings,hemming, invisible zippers, and more. This classic and versatile style can also become a blouse or tunic, with infinite sleeve variations. Students must have some sewing experience and be comfortable using a sewing machine.

For the pattern:
At least 5 sheets of 18 x 24″ paper, or a roll at least 14″ wide (newsprint or drawing paper)
Pencil, sharpener, eraser
See-through 18″ x 2″ ruler
Tape measure
Scissors (for cutting paper)
Clear tape

For the muslin and dress:
Sewing machine
3+ yards medium-weight cotton or other woven fabric* (depending on desired dress + sleeve lengths)
3+ yards muslin
Thread to match dress fabric
1 package single-fold bias tape to match (1/2″ wide)
Basic sewing kit: scissors, pins & cushion, tape measure, seam ripper, tailor’s chalk

Optional: 12″ or longer invisible zipper to match
Invisible zipper foot for your machine

*Fabric should ideally be pre-washed and dried (as you will want to wash your handmade garment) to reduce or eliminate shrinkage.


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