Sewing Instruction

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I am available for sewing instruction tailored just for you. Over the years I have taken many group sewing classes and while they are helpful and fun sometimes a personalized approach can be really useful.  My goal is to teach as the student requires - covering topics that of interested, skills you want to develop or garments you might be a little afraid to try. My style is informal, just you and I going over the techniques you need to take your sewing from frustrating to fun.

Here are some subjects you might want to tackle:

  • Zippers  - from a  basic centered to a hidden invisible side seam zipper, lots of techniques to make you fearless.  Fly-front on a pair of pants, hand-picked zippers on a vintage style.
  • Facings and Interfacings -  how to deal with pesky garment facings including eliminating them entirely. Fusible interfacings and when/where to use.
  • Pockets and buttonholes - they always appear on a nice tailored garment but can be stressful. I can help you conquer welt pockets and bound buttonholes.
  • Pattern preparation and cutting out your fabric -  I have lots of timesaving tips and ways to simplify this part of the project.
  • Linings - in any pattern. How to replace the facings or create a lining when the pattern does not have one. How to attach the lining and add extra comfort to the garment.
  • Sleeves - how to fit and insert the sleeve, also how to choose the right shoulder pads or other stabilizers in a dress or jacket.
  • Collars and Lapels - construction, trimming, pressing, sewing order. A necessary skill for shirts and jackets.
  • Fitting - help with fitting a specific style or pattern.
  • My favorite challenge - recreating a ready to wear look using a commercial pattern. 
  • How to copy your existing garment - those pants that fit or the most beautiful blouse you have worn to shreds, you can make a pattern from that garment to remake a new version
  • Help!  What is your sewing nemesis? Let me know and we can tame it.

If you are interested in one-on-one lessons with me here (San Francisco bay area)  email me to inquire about schedules and pricing: sunnygalstudio (at)


color zipsPocket marking bastedstand edge sewn

Grey suit sleeve head        Blue cord lapel        Sample Placket 8

Blue vintage inside back bodice            Color Block Part 2 Step 5             V1247 skirt waist inside

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