HEROINE JEANS • Advanced Sewing Class, November 2 (5-7 pm), November 3 & 4 (10-5 pm) Friday-Sunday

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We have been dying to make these new jeans by Merchant & Mills! As much as we would have loved to make them over the summer, we felt that waiting for fall's cooler temperatures was a better idea. 

The Heroine jeans are fitted to the waist with a straight, generous leg and a healthy turn up. This is a pattern that we would advise making a toile first, firstly to adjust the fit if needed but secondly to familiarise with the pattern instructions. Merchant & Mills has not used a traditional run and fell jeans seam; they chose instead to topstitch the seam, which is easier to achieve on a domestic machine. We have found that a heavy duty thread rather than a topstitch thread gives a more authentic look to the topstitching and is easier to use. You may find that you get a better stitch using a matching standard ‘sew all’ thread in the bobbin. We will discuss all of this and more in the first class session on Friday night. 

Merchant & Mills has put together kits that have everything needed to make these jeans with the option of selvedge or no selvedge. We have the kits in a variety of sizes as well as bolts of denim in various weights should you want to make another pair.

This project is definitely for the experienced sewer, but so totally achievable in this class with full support and guidance from our expert teacher.

• making accurate body measurements and pattern adjustments
• constructing a zip fly
• creating pockets

MATERIALS REQUIRED • 10% off at Cattywampus for class participants
• Merchant & Mills Heroine Jeans Kit
• Wonder Clips
• Swedish tracing paper

• Topstich sewing machine needles size 100 or 110
• basic sewing kit: seam ripper, tape measure, pins, tailor's chalk/marker, seam gauge, fabric scissors
• sewing machine (or rent one of ours for $10)

TIME • 16 hours

PREREQUISITE • Any two intermediate sewing classes or equivalent experience. You should be very comfortable and familiar with the features of your sewing machine, especially switching stitches and tension, button holes, changing needles, and threading the machine.

TEACHER • Kathleen Blackmur is an enthusiastic home sewer who happily shares her tips and techniques for making wearable, lovable clothes. She is working towards a predominantly handmade wardrobe and loves being so connected to the things surrounding her everyday. 

Classes and workshops can be refunded if the event is more than 5 days from the date of the refund request. Classes may be canceled within 2 days of the event if there are not enough registrations, in which case a full refund would be provided.