Boxy tee/Drapey tunic with Cal Patch

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,” but 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 dip your toe in the water, and the sewing couldn’t be simpler. This basic t-shirt shape makes a lovely “blank canvas” pattern to use as a foundation for all sorts of techniques: piecing, quilting, embroidering, dyeing, eco-printing… and of course you can combine and layer the treatments to create the most special garments.

We all have fat quarters or other smallish cuts of precious fabrics, too small to use for garments – until now! You can play around with different seam placements and piece together smaller scraps of fabric, placing some of those treasured morsels front and center.

In this workshop, we’ll begin by drafting the basic pattern to your measurements, then cut + sew a quick muslin (fit sample) to check fit, and tweak the pattern if necessary. Next you’ll either continue by turning your sample into a wearable muslin, or cut a new one, perhaps adding extra seams or pockets. Beginner stitchers will keep it fairly simple, and those with more advanced skills can customize to their hearts’ content. Everyone will leave with a shirt that reflects their personality and ideas to make endless variations!

Please have at least advanced-beginner sewing skills, with a few simple projects under your belt.

Cal Patch has been a maker since she was a Girl Scout in the seventies. She sews, crochets, spins, embroiders, knits, prints, makes patterns, dyes… hence the name of her clothing label: *hodge podge*. Cal has been teaching the textile arts since 2000, at shops and retreats across North America, and now offers online workshops in Pattern Drafting, Sewing and Crochet via Creativebug. After seventeen years of being a New York City dweller, Cal now resides in the Catskills where she is becoming a crafty farmer and growing her handmade wardrobe. Her first book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes, Patternmaking Simplified, was published by Potter Craft. You can see what she’s up to at

Class fee is $200 which includes lunch and snacks. Your materials are not included and can be purchased at Make It Sew with a 10% discount. Materials list will be provided upon registration.

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Apr 26 2020


10:30 am - 5:00 pm




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121 South Main Street, Lexington, VA


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121 S MAIN ST.


(540) 458-1477


TUE: 10:30AM TO 5PM
WED: 10:30am TO 5PM


FRI: 10:30AM TO 5PM
SAT: 10:30AM TO 5PM