Winter/Spring 2018 Supply Lists

General Supplies for all Students:
Project specific supplies are under each class title below.

  • Fabric cutting scissors (Recommend Fiskars)
  • Thread snips
  • Seam ripper
  • 6” sewing ruler or gauge
  • Hand sewing needles
  • Thimble if they use one
  • Zipper pouch or baggie to hold supplies (please no hard plastic containers to hold supplies. These will not fit in the bin.)

Beginners

The Quilt Project. (First 8 weeks)

  • The materials for the first project are provided.

For the pajama pant project: (4 weeks)

  • Woven cotton fabric such as flannel, poplin, broadcloth, or cotton lawn. Printed, yarn dyed or solid fabrics are all fine. No knits please!
  • The amount of fabric should be the desired length of the pant X 2.*
  • Matching thread. Cotton thread works best. Gutermann multipurpose thread is the strongest.
*If your child is planning to join a class after beginner sewing and would like to do their shirt project as a pajama top, buy an additional yard of fabric. (1 ½ yards if they are older or tall for their age.)

Beginner 2/Pajama Shirt or Crop Top:

  • Fabric scraps from pajama bottoms if you want them to coordinate OR 1 yard of woven cotton fabric.
  • 1/2 yard of contrast fabric if you want to color block your fabric scraps for an original design. Students may also utilize the scrap bin to find a coordinating fabric. (no guarantees of a perfect match.)
  • Matching thread. Cotton thread works best. Gutermann multipurpose thread is the strongest.

Level 1 Skirts

 The Gored Skirt Project: (approximately 6-week project)

  • Woven cotton fabric. Consider poplin, broadcloth, cotton lawn, handkerchief linen, cotton blends, seersucker or plisse or baby corduroy. Solid, printed, yarn dyed stripes, checks or plaids are all fine.  Students may choose to color block their skirt. In this case choose fabrics of equal weight to prevent stress on the seams. No knits please!
    • For an average length skirt (knee length or shorter) approximately 2 yards of fabric is sufficient. A good rule of thumb to measure the desired length and multiply by two. If the student is color blocking with two or more colors, purchase the desired length plus 5” in each color.
    • For a maxi skirt, much more fabric is needed as the skirt gets wider as it gets longer. Measure the desired length and multiply by 2.75 to get the total amount needed.
  • Thread to match fabric (multi-purpose sewing thread). Cotton thread works best. Gutermann multipurpose thread is the strongest.

Project #2 The Flounced Skirt: (6 weeks if time permits. Some students take longer on the first skirt so the second skirt will be cut depending on the speed at which they pick up the skills and complete the first skirt.)

  • Woven cotton fabric following the guidelines above. Multiple layered flounces maybe be color blocked by purchasing different two or three colors or printed fabrics in the same weight. No more than three colors please.
  • Single flounce skirt: Approximately 2 yards of fabric will be needed depending on the length chosen. Desired length X2 plus 5” is the best formula.
  • Double flounce skirt: Same measurement as above for the first layer. 1 yard is usually sufficient for the second layer. If your daughter is taller than average and wants a longer skirt, 1 ¼ yards for the second layer.
  • Triple flounce skirt (by permission of instructor): The third flounce would need the yardage for the first two flounces plus ½ yard for the top layer.
  • Thread to match fabric. Cotton thread works best. Gutermann multipurpose thread is the strongest.
*Second styles will be decided during the class period. The second fabric could be purchased at a later date if you desire.

Surface Design

  • Sketch book or notebook
  • Large scale rubber stamps if desired. (optional)

Level 1 Relaxed Shirts

The Casual Shirt Project: (approximately 6 week project)

  • Woven cotton fabric in a shirt weight. Consider poplin, broadcloth, cotton lawn, handkerchief linen, cotton blends, eyelets, clip dots, fine seersucker or plisse. Solid, printed, yarn dyed stripes, checks or plaids are all fine.  No knits please!
    • For the first shirt 1 1/2 yards* of fabric should be sufficient. (Larger sizes or taller students getting close to or wearing adult sizes add a half yard more.) If they would like contrast trim, get ½ yard of a similar weight fabric in a different color or pattern.
  • Thread to match fabric (multi-purpose sewing thread). Cotton thread works best. Gutermann multipurpose thread is the strongest.
  • A small bit of lace or ribbon trim may be added to the center front of the shirt or a ribbon belt is optional. 1 yard would be sufficient for trim. 1.5 yards to make belt ties. This is optional.

Second Shirt Project: (approximately 6 weeks depending on the progress of each individual student. Everyone may not get to the second shirt.)

  • Woven cotton fabric following the guidelines above.
    • For the second shirt, 1 ½ yards* are needed. (Larger sizes or taller students getting close to or wearing adult sizes add a half yard more.)
  • Thread to match fabric. Cotton thread works best. Gutermann multipurpose thread is the strongest.

*If your child likes a longer shirt style, 2 yards would be safer. Styles will be decided during the class period. The second fabric could be purchased at a later date if you desire. Students taking the Surface Design class may elect to use the fabric they make for one of their shirt projects.

Level 2 Robes

  • Suitable fabric: to construct a robe with a tie belt. Fabric may be flannel, cotton poplin, terry cloth** or light weight polar fleece*.  Students are encouraged to be creative with their fabric choice and think beyond traditional robe materials. No knits please except polar fleece. Also please: No Minky. This fabric emits large quantities of microscopic fibers when working with it and would require everyone to wear dust masks in the room.
  • To determine amount of fabric needed, measure from the shoulder to the point where your daughter would like the robe to end. Multiply this amount by 2 and that should give you enough fabric for the robe. (This should be approximately 2 – 3 yards.
  • Thread to match fabric (multi-purpose sewing thread). Cotton thread works best. Gutermann multipurpose thread is the strongest.
  • Lace or trim if desired to put along top of pocket or edge of sleeve. Approximately 1 yard for each area. This is Optional.
*The best place to buy polar fleece is JoAnn Fabrics on Old Country Road. They have the best selection of patterns and solids. Local stores may have fleece, however the colors are limited.
** If your child has selected terry cloth for a bath or beach robe, please look for lighter weight terrycloths. Heavier towelings are too thick to put under the needle and create problems for the machines and frustration for the student. Thank you.

Students taking the Surface Design class may elect to use the fabric they make for their robe project.

Level 2 Dresses

Suitable fabric The choice of fabric is critical to the success of the dress. Please choose a woven fabric with a well constructed hand. No knits, tuille or sequins please. These are difficult to handle while learning. We like to set them up for success! A brief guideline below. If you have questions, please ask.

  • For a party look: A good “shiny” party fabric would be a hammered satin, or a crepe back satin. The shiny fabrics lend towards a more evening, formal look. Encourage them to think about where they are wearing the dress!
  • A garden party or a daytime party dress: look for a print or light weight solid cotton sateen or similar weight fabric. Consider a satin sash in a contrast color for a personal look. Look at cotton piques, printed baby canvas, light weight twills, seersucker, plisse, washed linen, handkerchief linen, etc. The weight of the fabric should be heavier than a shirt weight, but not too heavy. For the drapy look, try to find a crepe, a printed crepe, or a printed cotton lawn.
  • For a summer beach dress or everyday relaxed look, again we are looking for the crisp cotton with a sturdy hand. A more drapy, bohemian look would be a cotton lawn or washed handkerchief linen.

Students taking the Surface Design class may elect to use the fabric they make for their dress project.

Yardage needed: 2 ½ to 3 yards should be sufficient. Get at least 3 yards for long sleeves. If the fabric is narrow (less than 60” wide) get ½ yard more. If they want a maxi or super long look get 1 yard extra.
Zipper: Get a 16” to 18” regular or invisible zipper. Look for nylon coil zippers for a softer look. If they prefer an exposed zipper as a detail they may select a fine metal or vislon zipper. If you are shopping in the garment distric trim stores and the zippers are way too long get them anyway. We will teach students to adjust zipper length as needed.
Thread to match fabric (multi-purpose sewing thread). Cotton thread works best. Gutermann multipurpose thread is the strongest.

Lace or trim if desired

Level 4 Unconstructed Jackets

  • Suitable fabric.* A well-constructed woven fabric should be used when constructing a jacket. Basic fabrics like chino, high ridge cotton twill, bottom weight denim, canvas, brushed bottom weight twills, soft wools or wool blends are all acceptable. Woven jacquard, tapestry or damask fabrics are okay. Yarn dyed plaids/tartans in wools or wool blends are also acceptable. Pile fabrics such as corduroy, stretch corduroy or cotton velvet can also be used.  Please no knits, no rayon or polyester velvet or unconventional fabrics. These fabrics do not have a good hand for constructing a jacket.
  • 2 yards should make a jacket. 2 ½ yards if the fabric is narrow (48”) or for larger sizes.
  • Thread to match fabric. Cotton thread works best. Gutermann multipurpose thread is the strongest.
  • Closure (based on the jacket silhouette they select from above):
    • Buttons: 1 – 4 jacket sized buttons for the front of the jacket.  Sleeve cuff buttons are optional.
    • Zipper: 16” or 18” separating zipper (taller students get the 18”)
    • Denim/Jean style jackets may choose to get pound on snaps or metal jean pound on buttons.
  • Thin shoulder pads. Optional