Sewing 201: Making Clothing from Commercial Patterns

Sewing 201: Sewing and Fitting Commercial Patterns


Learn how to read, sew (and fit!) from a commercial sewing pattern.


In Sewing 201 we focus on sewing (and fitting!) a commercial pattern. We’ll cover the basics (how to read the pattern, what all the terminology and symbols mean and how to navigate the instructions without frustration) and then we’ll work through fitting this pattern to your body measurements. In this session you’ll be making a button down blouse! After four short weeks you’ll leave with a one of a kind garment that you’ll be proud to show off to your friends and family.

Cost: $300 course fee, includes 10 hours of instruction, paper pattern and some supplies.

Prerequisite: This class assumes that you’ve completed our Sewing 102 course or have equivalent skills

Skills Learned: how to read a pattern, terminology, symbols, taking proper body measurements, pattern layout, cutting, fitting and adjustments.

  • November AM: class meets Mondays November 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd from 10am-12:30pm
  • November PM: class meets Mondays November 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd from 7-9:30pm

We also offer private lessons (in-person and virtual) for adults and kids. If you’re eager to get started or our current class times don’t work for your schedule, email us to compare calendars.

For questions, email us at [email protected] with SEWING 201 in the subject line.

Supply List

  • Sewing machine
  • Basic sewing kit
  • Fabric: 2 – 3.5 yards depending on size and length (see photo of pattern back above, or email us if you’re uncertain)
  • (6-11) 1/2″ buttons
  • coordinating thread
  • 1.25 yards lightweight fusible interfacing (Pellon 906F recommended)