**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.**
The Go Your Own Way Tunic is more a concept garment than a strict pattern… especially in this class where we will show you how to take custom measurements and adapt this pattern to fit your body and your life.
This is, by far, our most exciting garment design class to date! We are combining our love of improv and abstract fabric piecing and bringing them back to our garment design roots to create new panels of fabric unique to each maker. Those panels are then used to create the Go Your Own Way Tunic. The resulting garment is loose, drapey, and easy to wear, vibrant, exciting, and as individual as you are.
If you’ve come along with us for one of our improv fabric classes, this is a similar process but presents its own unique challenges that come with using recycled garments to create new, composite fabrics. Step-by-step we will show you how to create these new fabrics all the while avoiding those challenges. We will then use our FAB new fabrics to craft a unique, one-of-a-kind garment that is sure to become your new favorite item in your closet.
Please note that this is a 3-session class. Sessions 1 and 2 will begin at 10:00 AM, break at 12:00 PM for lunch, and resume at 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Session 3 will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Thanks to the generous folx from Eileen Fisher Renew, students close enough to pick up fabric packs at the BARN facility OR choosing to have them mailed, will be able to use pre-sorted selections of upcycled Eileen Fisher garments as their base fabric for the tunic. We’re talking lightweight cotton and linen and blends of similar weight and content … gorgeous fabrics! Kits are available on a first-come-first-served basis. The number of Eileen Fisher Renew fabric kits is limited, so jump in there fast and reserve yours today! And remember, you can use your own fabrics or upcycled clothes for this tunic. If you want a kit when you register, please choose whether you want your kit mailed or will pick up locally at BARN.
Things you’ll learn
- How to take proper measurements for a perfect custom fit
- Apply your measurements to the base Go Your Own Way Tunic template
- Deconstruct high-end retail garments into usable fabric pieces
- Re-construct those fabric pieces into large panels suitable for pattern pieces
- Make variations in length, neckline, shoulders, and armholes to fit your body and style
- Add POCKETS!! (Not mandatory but … come on … pockets!!)
Things you’ll need
*You could do most of the sewing for this project on a serger/overlocker. We will be using an overlock or zig-zag stitch on our BERNINA 790+ sewing machine for piecing. This will give you a finished edge to your piece work.
- Fabric marking pens/pencils
- Fabric shears
- Fabric pins and/or Wonder Clips
- Embroidery scissors
- Rotary cutter/ Cutting mat
- *Sewing machine
- 50 wt thread in medium-light neutral color
- Iron and ironing station
- Quilting ruler or straight edge at least 24” long
- Quilting ruler or straight edge at least 18” long
- A good sense of whimsy (not required, but suggested)
Things you’ll see us using during class you might like to use
- Important: If you would like the Eileen Fisher fabric kit, please choose during registration whether you want your kit mailed or will pick up locally at BARN.
- Registration will close on Friday, September 10th at 12:00 PM. Refunds or credits will not be issued after September 10th.
- This class will be taught via Zoom video conferencing program. You will need a laptop, desktop or tablet to use Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial. Please make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
- A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to the class. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.
- Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
- Skill Level: Beginning
- Ages 14+ Welcome
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz, the inspired creators of Shibaguyz Designz studio.
The Shibaguyz’ award-winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of dozens of domestic and international publications. Together, the Shibaguyz team currently has over 300 published patterns and 11 books credited to their name since their first design was featured on a magazine cover in 2010.
Their fashion and portrait photography work can be seen in four of their books. They are sought-after freelance book-packaging designers having created books for major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, and Creative Publishing. The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 30+ years. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought-after teachers in both local and national venues like STITCHES Events, Vogue Knitting LIVE, and DFW Fiber Fest. They also have a wide range of online classes available from Blueprint and Interweave.
Shannon and Jason are proud ambassadors for Aurifil, Clover, BERNINA, Soak Wash, and the Daylight Company. In December 2020 they published their newest book from C&T Publishing, Boro & Sashiko, Harmonious Imperfection: The Art of Japanese Mending & Stitching.
Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington, with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures in sewing, stitching, and crafting … so long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.
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