Jacketmaking with Christine Haynes
Christine was great. She had so much information and knowledge to share.
Anyone can sew their own clothes! It just takes a little imagination, some instruction, and practice.
Jump-start your handmade wardrobe with us in our Intro to Garment Sewing Weekend Sewing Intensive. Learn the basics of garment construction including how to use your sewing machine to sew your own clothes, how to read and use sewing patterns, and all the steps needed to make the Lottie Dress by Christine Haynes Patterns.
The Lottie Dress is a shift dress, which makes the perfect wardrobe staple for beginner sewists. The dress easily pulls over the head without the need for closures, making it a great project to learn the basics of fashion sewing.
As part of our Learn to Sew classes, sewing instruction is taught with an emphasis on key industry skills and techniques to create garments that look well-made. All of our sewing, fitting, and patternmaking classes are both fun and productive, instead of just one or the other. We encourage anyone who is interested in sewing clothes to join us for our sewing classes, whether you are strictly a hobbyist or interested in learning clothing construction skills to bring your original fashion designs to life.
Our Intro to Garment Sewing Weekend Intensive is like taking a 2-day sewing vacation, and we’ve taught wonderful students who have visited us from all over the world. We invite you to spend two days working with us in our inspiring and friendly studio. After this class you’ll start your week with lots of excitement to continue your sewing adventures at home!
- Refresher on how to use a sewing machine with emphasis on sewing clothing.
- How to read a sewing pattern.
- How to pick your sewing pattern size.
- How to prep, cut, and mark fabric.
- How to sew darts.
- How to sew bias facings.
- How to sew patch pockets.
- How to hem a dress.
- How to finish seams and the insides of clothes.
- Tips and tricks to make sewing clothes approachable and fun.
- Expert instruction from Workroom Social’s friendly teachers.
- Lunch and treats both days.
- Christine Haynes Patterns Lottie Dress pattern.
- Handouts and other supporting materials.
- Use of studio equipment and tools.
If you prefer to work on your own sewing machine, you are welcome to bring it.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies. Supply lists are emailed to enrolled students about two weeks before each class date.
This class is designed for new sewists who are interested in sewing their first garment.
Please be sure to read our Terms and Conditions before you register for class.
Our Expertise and Approach
At Workroom Social, we teach adults how to sew clothes that fit their individual styles and unique body shapes and sizes.
We create a supportive and non-competitive environment in all of our classes. Perfection is never our goal in the classroom. Students should expect that their skills will improve with practice over time.
Our team of professional designers and sewists make garment sewing approachable, and it’s our goal to provide students with the confidence and knowledge they need to continue practicing sewing at home.
Our Belief in the Power of Sewing
Through sewing we build communities, stimulate creativity, and help improve women’s self-esteem and confidence by empowering them to sew the clothes they want to wear.
We work hard every day to promote a sense of accomplishment in our students and customers by reminding them of their abilities. Together we learn from each #sewingfail and celebrate every #sewingwin, no matter how small.
We use our shared passion for sewing to connect with those we might not meet otherwise, and we create opportunities for our students to develop relationships that go far beyond sewing itself.
About the Instructor
Christine Haynes is a Brooklyn-based sewing author, teacher, and pattern designer. Christine grew up in Saugatuck, MI, a small beach community on the southwestern coast of Lake Michigan, where the arts were part of her daily life. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the department of Film, Video, and New Media. Her mother taught her to sew around the age of 10, and it grew from a personal hobby, until it became her main artistic outlet. After selling ready-to-wear garments for many years, Christine turned her focus to teaching others to experience the joy of making clothing for themselves through her patterns, books, and workshops. Christine can be found at www.christinehaynes.com and on Instagram at @christinehaynes.