Fair Fit is a private studio in Mid City that offers sewing classes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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Summer is approaching, and this year, we are going to grow together. I have created a new kind of sewing curriculum, and its designed to accommodate busy summer travel schedules! Introducing... our new Fair Fit Fundamentals curriculum with programs to teach you how to sew and make your own clothing, not just while you are in class with me, but in these comprehensive courses, you will learn how to build a personal practice of sewing with the confidence to sew on your own. Check out my course descriptions to learn more!
Our classes are designed for adult learning styles. You are welcome to register your children over age 15, but if you are seeking to register a person under age 15, you must contact me first.
If our group classes do not work for your schedule, or you need individualized attention and the ability to work at your own pace, private lessons are also available. And if you are looking for more in-depth courses in fashion design,
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The How to Make Clothing Program
The How to Make Clothing Program
The How to Make Clothing Program: A six week course designed to teach you the process of sewing basic garment construction, and how to use, read, and understand a sewing pattern.
One of the most critical skills you need to know and understand when it comes to sewing your own clothing is the ability to read, understand, and use a sewing pattern effectively. In fact, in garment construction, half the work you do is sewing, and the other half is using the pattern and knowing how it relates to your body, sense of style, and the process of sewing a garment.
And this course is designed to walk your through that process step by step.
The How to Make Clothing Program is part of the new Fair Fit Fundamentals curriculum and it is a mixture of online and offline learning designed to set you up with an actual practice of sewing your own clothing, so that when you leave class you have the confidence to tackle your sewing projects at home on your own.
I want my students to have tools to keep learning as they grow in their sewing, so over the past year, I have been developing and implementing mixtures of online and offline learning. Because sewing, especially sewing your own clothing is a complex topic, I have found that having videos of what we cover in class helps you to be able to revisit the lessons as needed- you don't have to worry about forgetting what you learned in class, rather, you will have a set of video lessons you can reference as often as needed, at your own time, and on your own pace for as long as you need them.
This course is 6 weeks, however, its designed to accommodate busy summer schedules. The program officially begins June 20, and the advantage is that a lot of the work for the course is completed through weekly video lessons and homework that you can complete before our in person class on July 18th. Please see below for the class syllabus and outline to see the schedule and confirm your availability.
To participate in this course, you will need to be able to access a computer and internet to watch the video modules. You will also need to buy 2 yards of fabric and a sewing pattern.
Please see my video below for more information and for answers to frequently asked questions. I can't wait to help you get started sewing your own clothing.
You can register below - Please note, registration for this course closes on Monday, June 12th with no exceptions.
Here's how it works! Each week I will check in with you and send you weekly video lessons to watch and a short homework lesson to complete. It will take about an hour of your time and you have a week to complete each module. The first part of the course is best taught on video, so you have it to reference for all of your future projects, and is designed to teach you all that you need to know about a sewing pattern, how to read and use it, and how to prepare your fabric for cutting out your garment.
We will meet for our in person class on July 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. We will sew our garment together, teaching you the process and and order in which a garment is sewn. You will learn essential garment construction methods for beginners that apply to most garments, and Ill walk you through your project from start to finish.
And after that, our final module is designed to set you up with next steps so that you can practice on your own before moving on to our more advanced garment construction classes. I want you to know how to practice on your own, and I have a proven methodology to share with you to make sure you practice and implement the investment that you have made to learn how to sew.
THE HOW TO MAKE CLOTHING PROGRAM - CLASS SYLLABUS AND SCHEDULE
Please note: the dates indicate the week you will have to watch your videos and complete homework, each video is approximately 5 minutes, and weekly modules should take 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
WEEK 1: HOW TO PLAN A CLOTHING PROJECT - June 20 through June 29th
Video Lesson 1: Four resources to find great patterns
Video Lesson 2: How to choose the right pattern for your project
Video Lesson 3: Selecting fabric and notions for your project
Homework: Complete the lesson worksheet for lessons 1-3 due June 29th
WEEK 2: UNDERSTANDING YOUR SEWING PATTERN - June 29th through July 3rd
Video Lesson 4: How to read a pattern
Video Lesson 5: How to cut out your pattern to size
Video Lesson 6: Pattern symbols and what they mean
Homework: Complete the lesson worksheet for lessons 4-6 by July 3rd
WEEK 3: PREPARING YOUR CLOTH FOR CUTTING - July 5th through July 11th
Video Lesson 7: Prewashing and Pressing
Video Lesson 8: Understanding Fold and Selvedge
Video Lesson 9: Matching Selvedges Demo
Video Lesson 10: Grain of the Cloth
Homework: Go buy your fabric, wash it, and purchase your pattern.
WEEK 4: HOW TO LAY OUT YOUR PATTERN FOR CUTTING - July 11th through July 18th
Video Lesson 11: Grainline and Foldline
Video Lesson 12: Pattern Layouts
Video Lesson 13: Pinning the pattern to the cloth and pinning for beginners
Video Lesson 14: Placing the pattern on grain
Homework: Pin your pattern and have it checked by Andrea
WEEK 5: MEET AT FAIR FIT STUDIO FOR SEWING THE SHIRT CLASS - JULY 18TH 6:30 PM
Sew the project with me from start to finish, learning the process of garment construction, sewn details, and question and answer session.
WEEK 6: PRACTICE PLANS FOR YOUR FUTURE SEWING - JULY 19TH - JULY 25TH
Video Bonus Lesson: Check Fit
Video Bonus Lesson: Pattern fit and alterations
Practice plans and resources
4 Important class FAQ’s
1. I signed up for a Fair Fit Class- What can I expect?
You can expect a small class, in a private studio- we aren't a commercial location, with fun people and a teacher who loves sewing and will show you how to work it into your life.When you sign up, I send you a welcome email with location, time, my cell for emergency texts, and instructions for the class. Our materials list goes out a couple weeks before the class so that you have time to shop for what you need. Often since classes are for beginners, I don’t require you to bring much, usually its just fabric and a pattern. For the special workshops, you will be sent info on supplies. If you need a machine, you can reserve one of ours. You can also learn on your own machine and I encourage that because I can help you with any problems you are having with it. Classes start on time, so if you are going to be late, please text me. You are welcome to come 5 to 7 minutes before class and get set up and comfortable. But since I do private lessons before class or am setting up the classroom for you before you come, if you make it any earlier, please text me. If I don’t answer, then we are finishing up a private lesson and will be ready in 5 minutes.
What can I learn from you that I can’t learn on YouTube?
I do get asked this, and its good. You can learn a lot from YouTube and I know people who learn how to sew by following online tutorials and I think that's awesome! I do believe class is helpful when you are trying to learn the process of sewing. Yes, you can google almost any sewing technique, but do you know when to use it, and in what order in the construction process? A lot of what I know about sewing is the way you use your hands. Its truly fabric manipulation- some of the best things I have learned is from watching expert seamstress and tailors is how they touch the fabric and work it with their fingers. In class, if you have coordination issues, I can stop you, help, and show you a way to correct. Also, I’m there to support you as a resource and you can ask any question. I see some people freeze on tutorials because of the commitment of cutting fabric, and I don't blame them, who wants to waste materials and money? Its nice to see the process, mimic it, and practice it with help. Pattern manipulation is often an individualized topic too- though there are rules, they are applied to unique situations dependent on the individual. Being in class is really fun too and you get to meet new people who share your interest.
Do you teach kids?
I do, and have taught all ages. Our group classes are designed for adult learning styles, so I do not allow individuals under age 15 to take the class unless they have taken private lessons with me and can implement and practice what I am teaching. If I see that after a few private lessons that they can take a class and get a lot out of it, I email the parent and let them know their child’s progress. Honestly, I have met some young sewing enthusiasts who can beat the adults, and I love their enthusiasm and fearless approach to the process. For some people who really want to take the group class, they register themselves and their child under the agreement that they help their younger one with any extra assistance or questions. I encourage you to email me, so that we can discuss the best option so your child can start sewing.
I can’t make class, what’s your cancellation policy?
Okay, here comes my teacher tone. I do want you to commit to the class, and write it on your calendar and make arrangements with your family to accommodate your attendance. We keep our class sizes super small, and they aren’t offered all the time, so when you reserve a spot, another student can’t take the class who really wants to learn how to sew too. To receive a refund, I need you to let me know 2 FULL WEEKS prior to the start date of the class that you can’t make it, and are subject to a 10% administrative fee to cover all the credit card transactions and admin work. Transfers and refund requests will not be accepted after this deadline, unless it is a medical emergency, death in the family, or a dangerous weather event.