Friday, November 4, 5PM – 8PM & November 5-6 10AM - 6PM
The weekend intensive with included lunch on Saturday and Sunday is $450.
Join us for a 3-day fitting and sewing intensive! In this course you will receive professional instruction, from Caroline Cook, UVA Department of Drama costume designer. Expand your sewing skills by learning how to properly fit a bodice and use couture finishes in your sewing. This will be a fun weekend to learn with other makers, in a supportive and friendly environment. Come away with a professionaly, finished dress, just in time for the holiday season!
Working from a darted bodice dress pattern, students begin the class by fitting their bodice in muslin, learning what adjustments need to be made, and then transferring them back to the paper pattern. When ready to move into their final fabric, Caroline will review couture seam finishing, gathering methods, sewing darts, collar insertion, zippers, and hemming.
Students can chose any dress sewing pattern but it must have a fitted or semi-fitted bodice with a center back zipper closure. The pattern should be designed for woven fabrics. Here are some patterns that we recommend:
This is by no means a comprehensive list, so don't hesitate to use a pattern you particularly like. Please call or come by the shop if you want help choosing a pattern or fabric.
Friday November 4, 5pm - 8pm
- Welcome and weekend overview
- Students will fit their bodice muslin and make pattern corrections
Saturday Nov 5, 10am-6pm
- Cutting, seam finishing and construction
- Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided by EWE Fibers
Sunday Nov. 6, 10am-5pm
- Closures, hemming, and finishing
- Finished Garment photos against the EWE "magic wall"
- Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided by EWE Fibers.
This class is held in the sunny EWE Fibers shop studio on West Main St. in Charlottesville. The sewing studio is outfitted with sewing machines, sergers, pressing stations, and cutting tables. Students have the option of bringing their own sewing machine from home or using a EWE shop machine.
The shop is centrally located in a walkable part of town, and is surrounded by some of Charlottesville's best restaurants and bakeries. We are across the street from the Amtrak station with a multitude of hotels nearby for those who are interested in joining us from out of town.
About the Instructor:
Hi, I'm Caroline Cook, and I have worked as a costume designer and technician since 2006. I am currently the resident Costume Designer and Technician for the University of Virginia's Department of Drama.
I have been developing my classes and teaching skills over the last 15 years and I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to work with fellow sewists to develop their skills and highlight the importance of good fit.
With my classes, I seek to offer other makers the opportunity to learn about proper fitting techniques, how to modify their patterns based on fit, and how to elevate the way we finish our garments. The series of tips and tricks I integrate into my sewing weekends help students to elevate the quality of their makes and enhance their confidence in their own abilities. The opportunity to teach and sew in community is a gift and my aim is always to give back more than I have been given.
- This is an advanced beginner / intermediate level class. Students must be confident using a sewing machine, and should have some experience sewing finished garments.
Patterns and materials are not included in the price of the class. Students will need to purchase,
- sewing pattern (we can print PDF patterns in the shop)
- fabric to make a muslin
- fabric to sew the dress
- interfacing, zipper, and other notions
*Students receive 10% off any supplies purchased for or on class day.
Students should arrive to the first class with a muslin of their dress bodice sewn independently in advance. More instructions will follow after registration.
Please familiarize yourself with our class policies before enrolling.