• Jeans! Make your own with Heather Lewenza of Closet Case Files! •

• Jeans! Make your own with Heather Lewenza of Closet Case Files! •



Would you like to make your own jeans? Heather Lewenza, the designer of the Ginger jeans pattern , which is ALL over the internet, is coming to A Gathering of Stitches to work her denim magic for a small group. We all wear jeans, hell, we all live in jeans. But until recently the idea of making your own pair seemed unrealistic. Heather Lou changed all that! Take a short trip through an online search for the Ginger jeans pattern and you will see hundreds of handmade jeans being shared with fanfare and celebration.

In this two and a half day workshop Heather will guide you through the process of fitting and constructing a pair of jeans that you will be proud to wear. She will start with adjusting her already very well-fitting pattern to your particular curves. Then she will lead you through the specific construction tips and tricks for working with denim. You will cover zipper insertion, pocket bags, topstitching, belt loops, rivets, and finally your buttonhole. At the end of the workshop (most likely) you'll have a pair of jeans to wear home!  (some may still need to do their hemming at home)

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Thursday Evening, October 20th through Noon Sunday October 23rd, 2016

Teacher: Heather Lewenza of Closet Case Files

Participants: Ten

Location: 54 Cove Street, our Portland studio.

Skill Level: This is an Intermediate level retreat. You should be very comfortable with your machine, and have completed a couple of garments that you wear....

Once you have registered I will send you the supply list. You will need to prep your fabric, cut out your pattern pieces, and baste it together for fitting before the first session. You will have the option to make either the Ginger jeans or the Morgan jeans. If you choose the Morgan jeans you will need to do the zipper fly, there will not be time to teach the button fly.

We will gather at the studio on Thursday evening for a introductory pizza and libations reception. Friday and Saturday we will have a catered lunch. Sunday morning will be dedicated to finishing up your jeans.  Please alert me to any dietary restrictions when you register.

The fee for this workshop includes the use of our facilities, including sewing machines, sergers, irons, cutting tables and more. You can bring your own sewing machine, or use one of ours- just let us know if you need ours. 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..... 


Heather says....

I’m Heather Lou, a Montreal based sewing blogger, pattern designer & teacher. I rediscovered sewing a few years ago when I realized my relationship with shopping was financially, environmentally and ethically unsound. I was sick of being in debt, and sick of being enslaved to the fast fashion cycle. Learning to sew changed my life; few things in life give you as much pleasure as making things. As a result of my personal sewing revolution, in 2013 I left a career in commercial interior design to focus on designing chic sewing patterns for the modern maker. Closet Case Patterns are elevated basics, wardrobe necessities designed to push your sewing skills to the next level.

I am extraordinarily passionate about sewing and the power it can have over your creativity, body image and general well being. Building your skills and powering up your sewing practice doesn't just benefit your wardrobe; it's a tremendous confidence and self esteem booster, with a quantifiable trickle down effect into other areas of your life. I love teaching people how to tap into that sewing mojo and am so excited to share everything I've learned.