Beginning Garment Sewing Workshop

Saturdays, March 16th, 23rd & 30th from 3:30pm to 5:30pm - FULL


$120 plus supplies


Hilary's very first Shirt No. 1 out of Cotton + Steel English Garden Monarch


Our Beginning Garment Sewing Workshop uses patterns from The Act of Sewing by Sonya Philip. The Act of Sewing workbook offers great basic patterns that will empower you to express your personal style and make clothes that are comfortable and stylish. The book covers introductory concepts of sewing and construction, then provides suggestions for mixing the patterns together to create new garment iterations as you gain confidence. Also provided are a range of possible alterations and embellishments including sleeves, pockets, hems, and more. The Act of Sewing encourages experimentation and customization.

Learn how to read and trace a pattern and then sew one of the garments from The Act Of Sewing. You can choose from a simple top, pants, skirt or dress. Previous experience with a sewing machine is required, and beginner lessons and classes are also available. In this workshop, you will receive direct instruction and work at your own pace. You may bring your own machine or use one of ours. We will meet for 2 hours over three sessions. Between sessions you will need to work on your project in order to complete your garment in the three week timeframe. If you need additional time or help with the project, you may add on a private lesson.



The Act of Sewing by Sonya Philip - $26.95

1 1/2 - 3 yards mid-weight cotton or linen fabric - $13.50 and up (suggestions: quilting cotton, hemp, linen, linen blends, denim, corduroy, poplin, or flannel)

1 - 2 yards 3/4" elastic - $3 (for pants or skirt)

coordinating thread - $2.50

2 yards pattern tracing paper - $8.50


Also needed:

fabric scissors, pins or wonder clips, large safety pin or bodkin, chalk pencil or heat erasable marker


Supplies must be purchased before the date of the first class, whether in store or online. We are happy to assist you in person or via phone at 773.486.8996. Fabric needs to be pre-washed and ironed so you are ready to sew for the first class. All students must have sewing experience with a machine and be ready to learn new skills. If you've never sewn on a machine before, we recommend our beginner class or a beginner sewing lesson.


Shirt No. 1

Sizes Available: XS - 5XL


Pants No. 1

Sizes Available: XS - 4XL


Dress No. 1

Sizes Available: XS - 3X


Skirt No. 1

Sizes Available: XS - 4XL


Please be sure to view our class policies here.