​​Here you will find a list and description of all of our current Advanced classes. Scroll down to see all the options and when you see the one you want to take follow the Book Now link to be taken to our Booking site to reserve your spot.

The following prerequisites and class policies apply to all Advanced Classes. Please familiarize yourself with them. Please refer to each class below for a list of required supplies.

Prerequisites:

  • Intermediate Sewing or equivalent +
  • Experience successfully completing several sewing projects. This class will not cover basic sewing machine operation such as threading a needle, switching needles, how to adjust stitch length, locking stitches, reverse stitching, pivoting corners, winding bobbins etc. Students should be capable of performing these procedures without assistance.
  • All fabric and supplies can be purchased in store or provided by yourself.  It is recommended that you launder fabric appropriately before the beginning of class.
  • Minimum registration for this class is 3 students. Maximum is 6 students.
  • These class are for those ages 16 and up.

Space in our classes is limited, therefore in order to reserve your seat, a 100% non-refundable deposit is required. You may register for a class in person, online, or over the phone (613-854-9091) with a credit card.

There are no refunds for classes. Please note that we reserve the right to postpone and reschedule a class because of unforeseen circumstances. ​We will make every effort to contact our students to inform them that a class has been cancelled and arrange makeup classes.

Please refer to our Class Policies for more information before scheduling a class.

Advanced Classes 


Alder Shirtdress
The Alder Shirtdress is an amazing spring/summer/fall dress!  Equally perfect for layering with a cardigan and boots, and with strapey sandals and a sunhat!
Learn how to make a collar stand, and button placket, inseam pockets, and and create a smooth hi-lo hem.
Supplies:
  • 2m - 3.25m of Light to medium weight fabrics ranging from silk charmeuse, crepe de chine, cotton shirting, poplin, chambray, sateen, lightweight to midweight denim, linen, linen blends, and flannel. Extra fabric may be needed to match plaids, stripes, or one-way design prints. 
  • 1.25m of lightweight fusible interfacing such as Pellon SF101
  • nine 3/8-1/2inch buttons (more if you want to lengthen the dress)
  • coordinating thread

April 2, 9, 16, 23rd

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Sienna Maker Jacket
Make the Maker Jacket in our maker class!  Say that 3 times fast!
The Sienna Maker Jacket from Closet Case Patterns features a slightly dropped shoulder, a crisp notched collar, deep hip pockets, a hidden breast pocket and waist-cinching belt with D ring closure. It is unlined and finished with durable seams.  Choose from three different lengths.
Learn to make welts, button holds, and some optional seam allowances finishes.
Please note that your class registration includes a copy of the printed pattern in sizes 0-20.  If you require sizes 14-30, please let us know when you register and we will provide you with a printed out copy of the PDF pattern.
Supply List:
  • 2m to 4.5m durable woven fabrics like denim, twill, canvas and heavyweight linen depending on width of fabric, version, and size
  • Lightweight non-stretch fusible interfacing (View A = 1.25yd, View B = 1 yd, View C = .75yd)
  • Pocket lining (View C = .25yd)
  • Polyester thread (Topstitching thread optional)
  • View A & B only: D rings or belt slider (1.5" / 38mm)
  • View C only: Buttons or snaps - 9 x 5/8"
  • Optional: One set of snap buttons for collar
  • Optional: Bias tape for finishing seams
  • Optional: 5"/13cm twill tape or ribbon for hanging hook loop

February 6, 13, 20, & 27th

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Pants that FIT! Weekend Intensive with Paddye Mann

 

Come join Paddye Mann as she shows us how to make that dream come true.

Paddye Mann is a renowned Canadian fashion designer and fellow of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.  She is the winner of numerous design awards, including the Clairol Award for Top Canadian Designer.

Working from her studio in Pakenham with a dedicated team of talented artisans, Paddye has spent the last three decades dressing women from Canada and around the world. She has a unique philosophy about why we dress the way we do, and why it’s important to understand the choices we make about what we make and wear.

In this weekend intensive course, using the True Bias Lander Pants pattern as a base, she'll show you how to correctly measure your body, choose your size, sew a muslin, and fine tune the fit until it's perfect! Once that's done, you'll move on to making your pants!

The weekend will also discuss ways to adjust the pattern to make wide or narrow legged trousers, change the front button fly to a side or back zipper, substitute slash pockets for the pattern's patch pockets and lots more!
The pattern will become the base for any style you can imagine. There will also be an ongoing discussion about fabric choices and styles.
The registration fee includes the Lander Pants pattern, muslin, and catered lunch on both Saturday and Sunday.
Supplies: 
  • 3metres of 114cm/45inch wide fabric 
  • or
  • 2.5m of 137cm/54inch wide fabric
  • choose medium to heavy bottomweight fabrics with little to no stretch such as twill, linen, corduroy and denim.  Alternatively, you can also use 100% wool or wool blend suiting.
  • 0.5m of light to medium weight woven fabric for the front pocket linings. Appropriate fabrics include rayon bemberg, cotton voile, quilting cotton, linen, or standard lining fabrics.
  • 1metre medium weight woven fusible interfacing
  • 4 jeans buttons or regular buttons (5/8” wide) if you are going to make the exposed button fly.
  • 1 seven inch zipper if you will be making a zipper fly

Space is limited to just 6 participants.

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Common Bodice Alterations

In this technique class we will cover 12 common bodice and upper arm alterations. Mastering these alterations will allow you to evaluate patterns of your choice, determine which alterations are needed, and perform them with confidence. This class will cover small and full bust, wide and narrow shoulder, forward shoulder, long and short torso, full bicep, full and short arm scythe, and sway back adjustments.

Students won't complete a full finished top in this class, with most of the garment being simply basted in order facilitate fast fitting.

We will use the Colette Sorbetto free downloadable pattern as our template. Please download your copy here.

Supplies:

  • 1.75m of muslin or light to medium weight woven fabric
  • notebook
  • the free downloaded pattern and printed off pages of Version 3 (with sleeves) with pattern pieces already taped together