Garment Construction and Finishing Techniques

for Weavers and Other Fiber Artists with Daryl Lancaster

2 Day Workshop, Virtual on Zoom

A crash course in garment construction, embellishment, piecing, fit, finishing, and all-around fun! For weavers or anyone interested in learning to construct great looking and great fitting garments. Learn to be creative with your seam finishes, buttonholes, closures, linings, and embellishment. This is a terrific class for those wanting to learn to sew clothing from their hand-woven or other special fabric, as well as for those more experienced wanting polished and professional results. This class is both PowerPoint lecture and hands on!


SKILL LEVEL:  All levels are welcome, some knowledge of the sewing machine is expected.

PARTICIPANTS SHOULD HAVE AVAILABLE:

  • A SMALL ROTARY CUTTING BOARD AND ROTARY CUTTER (optional)
  • TAPE MEASURE
  • IRON AND IRONING BOARD. Iron should produce good steam.
  • SEWING MACHINE PREFERABLY WITH INSTRUCTION MANUAL, EXTRA
    NEEDLES (size 14), AND BOBBINS. TRY TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH ITS
    OPERATION (especially if you are borrowing one ) AND OIL IT OR HAVE IT
    SERVICED IF YOU HAVEN’T IN A LONG TIME! Optional: If you have a
    walking/dual feed foot, please include it. If you don’t know what that is, don’t
    worry about it.)
  • SERGER (optional)
  • 6″ SEAM GAUGE (the kind with the sliding marker)
  • THREAD (use long staple polyester like Gütermann)
  • BALL HEADED QUILTERS PINS
  • TAPESTRY NEEDLE and a CREWEL/EMBROIDERY NEEDLE (Eye should fit 5/2
    cotton)
  • SKEIN OF EMBROIDERY FLOSS
  • A SMALL CONE OF 5/2 PERLE COTTON
  • GOOD SCISSORS OR DRESSMAKERS SHEARS (Bent trimmers)
  • EMBROIDERY SCISSORS
  • SEAM RIPPER
  • HAND SEWING NEEDLES AND THIMBLE (if you use one)
  • CAKE OF BEESWAX
  • NOTEBOOK AND PEN (a highlighter is helpful too)
  • PRESS CLOTH (I prefer a large square of silk organza or an old men’s
    handkerchief)
  • AN INDEX CARD OR PIECE OF CARD STOCK OR OLD GREETING CARD
  • A SMALL STEEL CROCHET HOOK 1.15 – 1.75mm (if you crochet)
  • A COUPLE OF RANDOM BUTTONS, ¾” – 1” (2-2.5cm)
  • A 5/16” – 3/8” wide QUILTER’S PRESS BAR. Sets of press bars are available
    from Amazon and in most quilting supply shops.
    https://www.amazon.com/Clover-4052-Loop-Pressing-Bars/dp/B001HZWGMW
    https://www.amazon.com/Sew-Easy-Quilters-StripsVarious/dp/B007D18902/ref=pd_lpo_1?pd_rd_i=B007D18902&psc=1
  • 1 yard of fabric for making bias trims. Something that can take a press.
    Examples are Quilt fabrics, linings with body, light weight cottons, silks with body.
  • LOTS OF SCRAPS for making samples of techniques. An old pair of denim
    jeans to cut up works well. Bring handwoven scraps, quilt fabric scraps and lining scraps too. Scraps should be at least 6” square.

OPTIONAL KIT:
A kit is available of some of the items needed for this workshop.
**Registration by March 10, 2024 is required to get it to you in time for the class.
The kit is $11 if picked up in the Charlottesville, VA area & $15 if you need it shipped (within the US). The kit cost is added as an option on the registration form below.
Included: ½ yard of Fusiknit, 8” square of Woven Cotton Fusible Interfacing, 2 yards of bias-cut tricot, 1 yard of cording, and a snap with a square of Silk Habotai.

YOU WILL NEED ACCESS TO THE EXTENSIVE HANDOUT. This will be sent after you have registered. If it is unrealistic to print such a large file, download the PDF on a device such as a laptop or tablet to use as reference when you work independently.



CLASS SIZE:  25 Maximum
WHEN:  Saturday & Sunday, March 23–24, 2024
WHERE: Virtual via Zoom. The class will be recorded and the recording available to students for a period of two weeks.
TIME:  9 am–4 pm ET each day (including a lunch break)
COST:  $150 CVFG Members & $175 Non-CVFG Members

Specific questions about the class, email Daryl, theweaver@weaversew.com

Any other questions, please email programs@cvfg.org


Daryl Lancaster, a hand-weaver and fiber artist known for her award-winning hand-woven fabric and garments, has been constructing garments for more than half a century. She has given lectures and workshops to guilds, conferences, and craft centers all over the United States. The former Features Editor for Handwoven Magazine, she has written more than 100 articles and digital content and frequently contributes to various weaving and sewing publications. She now has a YouTube channel, The Weaver Sews where she shares her extensive experience sewing handwoven garments. Daryl now offers a complete line of digital sewing patterns for handweavers. https://www.weaversew.com/shop/sewing-patterns.html.
She maintains a blog at www.weaversew.com/wordblog and a website, www.daryllancaster.com