Introduction to Sewing
Online Workshop with Live Instructor
Next class August 12-13, 2023
Love costumes? Want to make your own clothes?
Don't know where to begin?
Learn to sew!
Join instructor Chantal Filson for an online workshop that walks you through the process every step of the way on-camera with a live teacher.
Students will complete numerous sewing samples in class under teacher supervision (both hand and machine-sewn) to learn:
-various machine stitches
-various hand stitches
-types of seams
-3 types of hems
-2 types of pleats
-creating a shaped edge with a facing
-how to make and use bias edging
-how to make and use piping
-tips & tricks
The instructor will explain and demonstrate:
-various brands of sewing machines & how to use
-types of sewing machine feet & how to use
-various types of thread, needles & sewing tools
-identifying & working with various fabrics
-tips & techniques for ironing
-types of glues, boning and interfacing
-flatlining and bag lining
-appliques and working with trim and elastic
-draping vs drafting
-choosing & using patterns (paper & digital)
-mockups, fitting & alterations
-tips for velvet, knits, fur, leather, vinyl & embroidery
-brief overview of specialties (corsetry, historical costuming, costuming for film/performance, couture, millinery)
Reference examples provided will include antique garments, clothing items and photos of projects from the instructor's 25 year career in film & television.
Supply list and pdf handout with links/info will be provided in advance, teacher will demonstrate techniques on camera and assist students as they work along at home. Master Class tuition includes Student Orientation and follow-up assistance as needed.
**Sewing machine is highly recommended but not mandatory for class. If you would like to purchase one to use in class, please contact me for a consult in advance**
The course is geared towards beginners, but all levels of experience are welcome. Costume On is body-positive, beginner-friendly and a staunch supporter of inclusivity/bipoc/lgbtq/costuming for any gender.
*Please note that students are required to purchase/prep the required supplies in advance of class*
AUGUST 12-13, 2023
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PACIFIC (LOS ANGELES)
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM CENTRAL (CHICAGO)
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM EASTERN (NYC)
2 DAY ONLINE WORKSHOP
6 HOURS EACH DAY + 1 HR LUNCH BREAK
$100 + SUPPLIES
PDF HANDOUT & SUPPLY LIST INCLUDED
Chantal is a chihuahua parent, professional costume designer and the Founder/Dean of Costume On.
As a professional costume designer/seamstress/milliner she has designed and constructed clothing and costumes for every type of media and project, from space suits for film to 19th century replicas for a museum. She has taught for Costume College, Costume On, Costumers Guild West, Grant Larson Productions, Genesee Country Village & Museum and others.
Her first garment was a pair of shorts made out of a towel, and they were absolutely terrible.