• Design (AND MAKE) Your Own Clothes with Cal Patch •

• Design (AND MAKE) Your Own Clothes with Cal Patch •



Want to take your me-made to the next level? Spend five days with renowned teacher/designer/maker Cal Patch at our Portland studio with tons of time, and all the tools you need, to make your very own capsule wardrobe! 

If you have always wanted to make the clothes YOU envision in your head, here is your chance! Using the techniques from her book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes, Cal will teach you how to draft your own basic patterns for a T-shirt, skirt and shift dress based on the measurements of your unique body. Then you will learn how to take those patterns and stylize them into endless variations. For each of the three styles, you will make a muslin, fit and correct your pattern, and finally sew one or more finished garment(s). Before you know it, you'll have a whole new handmade wardrobe! Students must be at least competent beginner-level sewers, and comfortable using a sewing machine. Intermediate and advanced sewers are also welcome and can take on more challenging projects. No previous patternmaking experience is necessary.

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~Monday through Friday, July 11th through the 15th~  We'll gather on Sunday night for an get-to-know-you pizza party!

Teacher: Cal Patch

Participants: Ten

Location: Our Portland studio, 54 Cove Street in East Bayside, Maine!

Fee includes all instruction, catered lunches every day, a special farm meal at The Well, use of the all the equipment and tools at the Studio. You will need to secure your own lodgings but we have all sorts of suggestions. Go HERE to see a list of our favorites, contact us if you're looking for something else.  Our studio is a 15 minute walk from a number of hotels, and there are more a little further, including many AirBnB options. Portland is easy to get to, being serviced by most of the major airlines, a bus line, and Amtrak. Go to our Travel page for more details about getting here. Just as an aside, Portland, ME is only a short 50 minute flight from NYC and the Garment district, in case you wanted to swing through on your way in or out..... 

Please check your schedule before you register. Refunds will only be given up to June 1st, 2016, minus a $55 administration fee, and requests must be received in writing. After 6/1/16 there are no refunds without exception, transfers will considered on a case-by-case basis.

Supply List:  

Sewing Machine (we have a limited number of machines for your use, if you're coming from too far to bring yours...)
A pad of 18 x 24″ paper, or a roll at least 12″ wide (newsprint or drawing paper)
Pencil, sharpener, eraser
See-through 18″ ruler
Tape measure
Scissors (for cutting paper)
Clear tape
2+ yards medium-weight cotton or other woven fabric (for skirt)
3+ yards medium-weight cotton or other woven fabric (for dress)
2+ yards cotton jersey or similar knit fabric (for T-shirt)
4 yards muslin (or inexpensive cotton woven fabric which could become a "wearable muslin")
2 yards inexpensive jersey/knit (for t-shirt muslin)
Thread (all-purpose) to match all fabrics
14″ or longer invisible zipper to match dress
7" invisible zipper to match skirt
Invisible zipper foot for your machine (I recommend the YKK brand or the brand of your sewing machine)
1 package single-fold bias tape to match dress (1/2″ wide)
1 package single-fold bias tape to match skirt (1/2″ wide)

Basic sewing kit: scissors, pins & cushion, tape measure, seam ripper, tailor’s chalk

~AGOS has scissors, rotary cutters, pins, needles, rulers, marking tools, and most other notions you could need. So if you forget something you will not go without. I just recommend you bring your own tools to emphasize each participant's learning pace.

 Cal Patch

Cal has been a maker since she was a Girl Scout in the seventies. She sews, crochets, spins, embroiders, knits, prints, drafts patterns, dyes… hence the name of her label: Hodge Podge. Cal has been teaching textile arts for over 15 years, and loves showing people new skills. She designed clothes for several big names in the fashion industry before leaving to forge her own path as an independent artisan and create one-off handmade pieces. Cal owned a boutique in Manhattan and later opened one of the first indie craft schools in 2002. After seventeen years of designing clothes in New York City, she recently relocated to the Catskills, where she is becoming a crafty farmer. Her book on drafting sewing patterns, Design-It-Yourself Clothes, was published in 2009. Currently she teaches at various shops, studios and retreats around the country and sells her work at craft fairs and online in her Etsy shop. You can see what she's up to at hodgepodgefarm.net.