(512) FULL ~ Pattern Draft a Boxy Tee/Drapey Tunic. Part 1 of 2

NOTE: This is a 1-day, 2-session class. Sewing your own clothes is satisfying and practical. Drafting your own patterns goes one step further and puts the entire design process in your hands. Cal will teach you how to draft a pattern for a simple woven top that can easily be customized in myriad ways. As a shorter, loose-fitting top, it’s a “Boxy Tee”; make it longer, with a bit more ease, in a fabric with good drape like linen, and it’s a “Drapy Tunic”. This is a perfect intro to pattern-drafting if you’ve been wanting to try it! The basic shape makes a lovely “blank canvas” pattern to use as a foundation for all sorts of techniques: piecing, quilting, embroidering, dyeing, eco-printing or to sew from your hand-woven textiles!

We’ll begin by drafting the basic pattern to your measurements, then cut and sew a quick muslin (fit sample) to check fit, and tweak the pattern if necessary. Finishing techniques will be shown, as well as ideas for playing with piecing and design. Learn how to play around with different seam placements and piece together smallish cuts of precious fabrics, placing those treasured morsels front and center.

Please have at least advanced-beginner sewing skills, with a few simple projects under your belt, and be comfortable using your machine.


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Experience Level:


Class Length:

One-day Class

Class Day/Time:

Saturday Morning

Maximum Class Size:


Student Supplies:

  • Basic sewing kit: Fabric shears, pins, marking tool, seam ripper

For the pattern:

  • Pad or roll of paper, at least 14 inches wide (newsprint, drawing paper, etc).
  • Notebook.
  • Pencil, eraser and sharpener.
  • Ruler (18 inch x 2 inch clear sewing ruler is best).
  • Tape measure.
  • Paper scissors.
  • Clear tape.

For the muslin:

  • 2+ yards of muslin or inexpensive woven fabric for fit sample (can become a “wearable muslin”).
  • Thread to match.
  • 2 yards 1/2 inch single-fold bias tape.