Sewing 201: Tops & Dresses // 4 Weeks // Click for Dates

MAKE. YOUR. OWN. CLOTHES. Hey, we know you can do it. We demystify the garment making process through the construction of a satisfyingly simple women's dress or top. You'll learn how to read and follow a pattern and develop the skills you need to move on to more complicated pieces.

Skills learned:

  • Introduction to patterns, woven apparel fabrics, body measurements and size charts
  • Pattern layout and cutting fabric on-grain
  • Setting in sleeves & gathering
  • Cuff sleeve finish
  • Seam finishes
  • Neckline finishing
  • Darts for shaping
  • In-seam pockets
  • Sewing curves and hems

Pattern Options: 

  • Cielo Top or Dress by Closet Core Patterns. Sizes 0-30 with multiple cup sizes. This is a beginner friendly pullover top or dress. We will be completing the short sleeve version, but you will learn the skills necessary to make the gathered long sleeve at home. This is a pattern that can grow with you as it has multiple variations as you increase your skill set.
  • Benning Dress by Seamwork. Beginner friendly pull-over, calf-length dress (can be shortened or lengthened) with a drop shoulder and gathered tiers. High neck or V-neck variations. Sizes 00-26.
  • Unisex or men's scrub top. 
  • The Samson Top by Seamwork. Sizes 0-26. Beginner friendly, oversized top with dropped shoulders and a boat neck. Can be lengthened or cropped to style.

Skill Level: Beginner. You should feel comfortable threading a sewing machine and sewing straight seams, but may be new to using patterns or making clothing. You have taken our Sewing 101 class or have equivalent experience.

You may take this class even if you have taken Sewing 201: Pants.

Pattern & materials not included. You will be purchasing a digital copy of your pattern as well as your fabric & thread. You do not need to bring any materials to the first class. The instructor will go over everything you need for the second session.

Photos courtesy of Closet Core Patterns & Seamwork.

4 Weeks; 12 Course Hours


Section 1 (SOLD OUT): Sundays 5:30-8:30pm on November 12, 19, Dec 3 & 10 (skips Nov 26)

Section 2 (SOLD OUT): Thursdays 6-9pm on December 7, 14, 21 & January 4 (skips Dec 28)

Section 3: Sundays 1:30-4:30pm on January 7, 14, 21 & 28

Section 4: Wednesdays 6-9pm on January 31, Feb 7, 14, & 21

  • $285.00