I currently teach the three Introduction to Sewing classes at Darrell Thomas Textiles: 101-1 Tote Bag and Apron, 101-2 Pyjama Pants, and 101-3 Fitted Skirt.
Darrell Graham is the owner of this fabulous store in Ottawa, and he is a trained fashion designer (as are most of his staff). Darrell’s classes are focused on garment sewing and on professional techniques used in industry. I’ve taken every single one of his classes and I would recommend them all! Below is a description of the three classes which I teach. For a complete list of all of the classes he offers, current schedule, availability and pricing, please visit his website.
I also provide one-on-one sewing lessons, usually conducted at your home. I can teach a variety of sewing techniques from beginner to advanced. Please contact me for more details.
Introduction to Sewing 101-1: Lined Tote Bag & Apron (4 week class, 2 hour sessions)
Everyone can learn to Sew with the proper instruction. This class is entry level. We will teach you everything to get you started sewing. This Class will be a 100% hands on experience. Sewing will be done in our classroom. In this class you will learn….
- All about your sewing machine
- Proper threading techniques
- Pressure feet and their purposes
- Different stitches and their uses
- Controlling your machine to make straight seams
- Seam finishing
- Create a Designer Tote Bag
- Make a designer Apron
- Proper pressing techniques
Introduction to Sewing 101-2: Pyjama Pants (4 week class, 2 hour sessions)
Everyone can learn to Sew with the proper instruction. This class is entry level. Prerequisite: 101-1 or equivalent experience. We will teach you everything to get you started sewing. This Class will be a 100% hands on experience. Sewing will be done in our classroom. In this class you will learn….
- How to read a Sewing Pattern
- Understanding pattern markings
- Laying out of fabric
- Proper cutting of fabric
- Following Pattern Instructions
- Choosing Appropriate Fabrics
- Operating a Serger
- Constructing the Pyjama Pant
Introduction to Sewing 101-3: The Designer Fitted Skirt (4 week class, 2.5 hour sessions)
In this course, students will learn all of the elements to create a professional looking skirt. The Skirt will have facings and an invisible zipper. All of the students will learn how to create a muslin from their measurements, read a pattern and alter your pattern for future use. The Skirt can be created in approximately 1 hour after all of the tips are learned. Sewing machines are provided and sewing will be done in our classroom. Prerequisite: 101-2 or equivalent experience.