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Beginner Garment Sewing - The Bondi Top

Learn the basics of garment sewing! Learn about grainline of fabric, properly laying out a pattern so your garments hang beautifully, cutting fabrics, and following a pattern to make a quick and easy casual top.  Proper seam allowance finishing and pressing will also be discussed.  These foundational skills are the beginning steps to successful garment construction. 

Class will be held in two consecutive 3-hour weekly sessions.  

This class is for a beginner garment sewist, however, students should be comfortable with using a sewing machine and sewing a consistent seam allowance.

The classroom will be equipped with:

  • Sewing machines (no need to lug your machine to class!)
  • Ironing boards and irons
  • Cutting mats
Students will need to supply the following items.  It is highly recommended that students purchase their supplies from High Sewciety Boutique so that we can help you choose the proper fabrics so that you have a finished product that you love. Class students will receive a 20% discount on all products purchased before class or the day of the class.

  • The Bondi Top Pattern (required with registration)
  • 2 yds woven light to medium-weight fabric (NO knit fabrics, and NO stripes or plaids) Buy 1/4-yd extra and pre-shrink your fabric before class.  It will likely shrink some.
  • Coordinating 50-weight polyester thread
  • Rotary cutter with extra blades
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • Small scissors or thread snips
  • Straight pins
  • Pin cushion or magnetic holder
  • Tape measure
  • Seam ripper
  • Hand sewing needles
  • Reading glasses if you need them to see close up

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Students should be comfortable with using a sewing machine. and able to confidently sew a seam at a consistent width. .
Instructor: Jeanette Bussard
Instructor Bio: Jeanette Bussard is a wearable artist and couture fashion designer. She began her journey in sewing in the 4-H program in Anderson, Indiana at the age of eight-years-old. The ten-year 4-H program provided the basic garment-sewing skills that Jeanette has built on for over 40 years. The self-proclaimed "Bound Buttonhole Queen" has furthered her sewing education by pouring over books and magazines, attending countless sewing seminars and conferences, and just plain experimenting on her own. Jeanette has created wearable art ensembles and couture garments that have won her many awards at such competitions as the Pacific International Quilt Festival, Nancy's Notions Creative Jacket Contest, the American Sewing Guild National Sewing Contest, Make It With Wool, and the Illinois and Wisconsin State Fairs. Now retired from accounting, Jeanette looks forward to devoting herself full-time to passing on everything she knows to other sewists, learning from others, and providing the supplies and inspiration necessary to help others reach their creative potential through her new studio and online store, High Sewciety Boutique.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.