Fall 2017 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.)

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.

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.

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.

Level 2 Hoodies

  • Suitable fabric.* If the student used polar fleece when making their robe, they are encouraged to select a different type of fabric for the hoodie project. Traditional sweat shirt knits and French Terry are excellent choices for making a hoodie. Woven fabrics with a bit of Lycra stretch are also suitable. This could be baby corduroy, light weight twills, a baby canvas, or super lightweight denim (a 6 oz. denim would work). We encourage creative thinking here for a unique and individual look. Students are encouraged to be creative with their fabric choice and think beyond traditional hoodie materials. Knit fabrics only if the student has successfully completed the knit design class last spring. No “minky” please. When working with this fabric, all students would be required to wear a dust mask.
  • Thread to match fabric (multi-purpose sewing thread). Cotton thread works best. Gutermann multipurpose thread is the strongest.
  • A separating zipper. ** The zipper must say it is separating on it. This will enable the opening and closing of the jacket front. These zippers will come in 18” or longer. We cut them to size as we work. If you purchase them at a trim shop in the city, ask for the top zipper stops to fit the zipper you selected. If you purchase the zipper at some place like JoAnn Fabrics, they will not have stops. I do have stops in the room but only in silver tone.
  • Draw cord and Draw cord stoppers. Both of these items are optional and needed only if the student desires to have them on the hood.

*The largest selection of polar fleece and sweat shirt fabrics can be found at JoAnn Fabrics on Old Country Road. Local shops do carry some but the colors are usually limited. Last year the locals had a few more interesting things than previous years, but no guarantees on what might be there. Spandex House on 38th street in the city usually has a fair selection as well as a few small shops on the north side of 39th street.

**There are a few separating zippers left in the studio from a donation a few years ago. Very random colors. No neutrals like black or white left. Students are welcome to them if they find something that works. Let me know the color your looking for and I can check, or let me know if you want to stop by and look.

Level 3 Tailored Shirts

  • Woven cotton fabric in a shirt weight. Consider poplin, broadcloth, cotton lawn, handkerchief linen, cotton blends, eyelets, clip dots, fine seersucker or shirt flannel (think plaid). Solid, printed, yarn dyed stripes, checks or plaids are all fine.  Color blocking or adding contrast color, cuffs, pockets is fine. No knits please!
  • The average shirt takes 2 yards for a smaller size and up to 2 ½ or 3 yards for a taller or closer to adult size. For contrast collar/cuffs/pockets get ½ yard.
  • Thread to match fabric (multi-purpose sewing thread). Cotton thread works best. Gutermann multipurpose thread is the strongest.
  • 10 to 12 shirt sized buttons are needed for a long sleeve shirt with cuff. Approximately 8 buttons for a sleeveless shirt. Pound on snaps may also be used.

Level 5 Patternmaking: Drafting Trousers

  •  Five yards of unbleached muslin. The muslin will be used to test the pant sloper as well as the final design. If you cannot find muslin, a poplin or broadcloth will suffice.
  • An 18” clear plastic patternmaking ruler with 1/8” grid. These can be found in most sewing stores. In the city at Sil on 38th street in the city. If the student has an L square or yard stick available, they may want to bring it along. There are two of each in the studio that can be shared.
  • Pencils: #2 lead or graphite pencils and a hand held pencil sharpener. If they have a pouch for this it helps so they don’t get broken in the bin. A pen or fine sharpie is also good for marking the final patterns.

Project fabric: In the later half of the session each student will design and draft their own pant idea through pattern manipulation techniques. Fabric for this project should be purchased after the initial design, draft and test pant are complete.  This will ensure the correct fabric and the right amount are purchased for the project.