Sewing Lessons - level 2

updated 8/09/08

Level two can be split into two: a series of classes to make a pull-on top, and a series of classes to make pull-on shorts.

Lesson plan outline:

Beginner 2 Sewing Lessons

 

 

 

Beginner level two classes will introduce you to casings, facings, and curved seams. Using woven cotton fabric, you will create a sleeveless pullover top and pull-on pants or shorts with pockets.

 

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Don't bring your sewing machine for the first class (except Saturday class).

 

 

 

1.

Class One: Measuring, Pattern Selection, Planning, Pattern Tracing

 

a.

Supplies:

 

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Book with patterns: "Easy Sewing the Kwik-Sew Way" by Kerstin Martensson

 
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pattern adjustment charts (see teacher notes)

 

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Scissors and 5/8-inch wide Tape measure in good condition

 

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Instructor provides: 2 yards Pattern Ease, fine-line markers, clear plastic ruler

 
b.

Measuring each other

 
c.

Track and plan for pattern adjustments

 

d.

Pattern Tracing and pattern markings (top pcs 11,12,18 neck B, pants pcs 20,21,23)

 

e.

Making your own facing patterns for neck and armscyes.

 

f.

Cut out your pattern pieces, cut out the notches

 

 

 

2.

Class Two: Cutting Out and Marking

 

a.

Supplies:

 

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3.5 - 4.5 yards woven cotton fabric; zigzag cut edges and wash (no fabric softener)

 

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One-inch elastic for pants/shorts (buy extra)

 

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One new size 70/10 universal sewing machine needle

 

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Thread to match fabric, or one shade darker

 

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One yard fusible lightweight knit interfacing

 

b.

Finding lengthwise grain, selvedges, and cross-grain

 

c.

Laying out the fabric and pattern pieces

 

d.

Cutting the fabric

 

e.

Marking the notches and other landmarks

     

3.

Class Three: Making the Sleeveless Top

 

a.

Working with fusibles

 

b.

Attaching the facings, sewing inside curves

 

c.

Understitching and stitch in the ditch

 

d.

Making a top-stitched hem

 

 

 

4.

Class Four: Making the Pull-on Shorts

 

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with pockets

 

a.

Attaching pockets, sewing side seams

 

b.

Making the "cheater" pockets, sewing outside curves

 

c.

Making the "cheater" hem

 

d.

Sewing the crotch curves

 

e.

Sewing the inseam

 

f.

Making the casing

 

g.

Inserting the elastic

 

 

 

 

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without pockets

 

a.

Sewing the inseam

 

b.

Making the "cheater" hem

 

c.

Sewing the crotch curve

 

d.

Sewing side seams

 

e.

Making the casing

 

f.

Inserting the elastic

Teacher Notes:

 

Suitable patterns might be:

 

a.

K2675 view b

 

b.

K2833 view c

 

c.

K2864 dress view c larger sizes

 

d.

K2627 view b/c