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January 2021

Mix Up The Perfect Fabric Cocktail

January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Layer together the ideal combination of fabric, interfacing, underlining and lining to create your garment's perfect fabric cocktail. The result will be beautiful, well supported garments that will keep their shape for years of wear. Rae will explain when, why and where to use a particular interfacing, underlining or lining. A trunk show of everyday and special occasion garments will highlight, classical and adventurous fabric cocktails that will move your sewing to new heights. Follow along with the sample kit…

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February 2021

Get Ready to Sew Garments

February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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This class will equip you with the basic tools and fundamentals you will need to be successful as you enter world of garment sewing. You will look at your sewing machine with new eyes as you stitch up a comfortable wardrobe of clothes suited to your personal curves and lifestyle. The first session of this ongoing series will review tools, machines, patterns and more to help you get started. Advance registration required with the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo; register…

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What Fabrics Make the Best Clothes

February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Learn how to choose the best fabric for your next garment project. Rae will explain what fabrics work best for a particular garment, how to understand fiber content, which threads and needles work best for the chosen fabric and what machine settings to use. Follow along with the sample kit to consider the nature of a variety of fibers perfect for clothing including their care, hand and opacity.  Be sure to purchase the sample kit from Fit for Art in…

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Sew Distinctive Part 1 and 2

February 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Sew Distinctive Part 1: Transforming Your Stash into Clothes that Fit your Curves and Your Lifestyle WEDNESDAY, 2:00 - 2:45 PM (PST) FRIDAY, 2:00 - 2:45 PM (PST) Fun and functional clothing made by you combines beloved fabric and your favorites styles. This trunk show and demonstration will help you discover the garments just waiting in your fabric collection. Whether you have fine fabrics, vintage linens or cotton scraps, see ways to combine several fabrics into distinctive clothing creations using a few versatile core…

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Square Armhole Magic

February 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Try a new shape for your DIY jackets and tops. The square armhole design is just what you need to sew creative, comfortable clothing that flatters and fits every figure. In this trunk show, see how easy these woven and knit designs are to fit and construct with their neat shoulder line, side panel options and carefully crafted sleeves. Recently featured in “Threads Magazine,” The Armhole Squared offers endless wardrobe possibilities. Thursday 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. PST and Saturday 4:00…

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Sew Distinctive Part 1 and 2

February 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Sew Distinctive Part 1: Transforming Your Stash into Clothes that Fit your Curves and Your Lifestyle WEDNESDAY, 2:00 - 2:45 PM (PST) FRIDAY, 2:00 - 2:45 PM (PST) Fun and functional clothing made by you combines beloved fabric and your favorites styles. This trunk show and demonstration will help you discover the garments just waiting in your fabric collection. Whether you have fine fabrics, vintage linens or cotton scraps, see ways to combine several fabrics into distinctive clothing creations using a few versatile core…

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Square Armhole Magic

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Try a new shape for your DIY jackets and tops. The square armhole design is just what you need to sew creative, comfortable clothing that flatters and fits every figure. In this trunk show, see how easy these woven and knit designs are to fit and construct with their neat shoulder line, side panel options and carefully crafted sleeves. Recently featured in “Threads Magazine,” The Armhole Squared offers endless wardrobe possibilities. Thursday 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. PST and Saturday 4:00…

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March 2021

How Clothing Patterns Work

March 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Let patterns be your guide to sewing clothing that looks and feels great. Learn how to decipher sizing systems, take body measurements, prepare patterns, why to make a mock-up, how to place the pattern on the fabric, cutting, and marking. Rae will take you on an informative tour of the garment pattern as she explains the different varieties of formats, their symbols and other notations that help you construct with ease. Rae takes the mystery of sewing and replaces it…

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Garment Sewing Basics

March 17 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Garment sewing can be very rewarding and allows you to choose your best style and fit. Rae is here to teach you the best practices for sewing clothing before you sit down at the sewing machine. In this series, you have learned how to choose fabric and cut out a pattern, now Rae will cover the importance of following the directions . You will explore successful methods for pinning, sewing, clipping and finishing seams, and the importance of pressing as…

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Garment Openings and Closings

March 24 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Getting dressed is so automatic that we take for granted the ease of buttoning or zipping up our favorite clothes. It is essential to include appropriate openings and closings into your custom-made garments and they need to be supported to insure a long and happy life. During this class we will take a look at a variety of zipper options, buttons and buttonholes and other hardware to assure your clothes work well. Advance registration required with the Original Sewing &…

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