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Candace Kling's 2014 classes are complete. Class schedule for 2015 will be posted when confirmed.


Expert Help: FREE 15 minute sessions with Jacque Goldsmith
Must sign up in-person at the store.
Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, July 3
Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, August 7
Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, September 4
Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, October 2
Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, November 6
Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, December 4

ABC – Absolute Beginning Construction, $265
Mondays, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, June 16, 23, 30, July 7
Tuesdays, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, July 29, August 5, 12, 19
Sundays, 10:00am – 12:30pm, August 31, September 7, 14, 21
Sundays, 10:00am – 12:30pm, October 12, 19, 26, November 2
Sundays, 10:00am – 12:30pm, November 9, 16, 23, 30

DEF: Intermediate Construction, $200
Sundays, 10:00am – 12:30pm, August 3, 10, 17, 24
Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, October 8, 15, 22, 29
Mondays, 5:30pm – 8:00 pm, November 10, 17, 24, December 1

Apron Party! $75
HEY SAILOR apron, Tuesday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, July 22
HEY SAILOR apron, Thursday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, July 31
CAN DO apron, Sunday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, September 21
HOLIDAY PARTY apron, Sunday, 1:30pm – 4:30pm, December 7
HOLIDAY PARTY apron, Sunday, 1:30pm – 4:30pm, December 14

The Bettie Bomber Jacket, $235
Mondays, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, September 15, 22, 29, October 6
Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, November 5, 12, 19, 26

The Bias Slip(dress), $180
Sundays, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, June 15, 22, 29
​Sundays, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, August 3, 10, 17

Catch-up! Open lab with expert help, $120
Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, December 11, 18

Classic Trench Coat, $235
Students must come into Nancy's 2 weeks prior to confirm pattern sizing
Mondays, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, October 13, 20, 27, November 3

The Clutch Coat, $235
Tuesdays, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, September 16, 23, 30, October 7
Sundays, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, November 9, 16, 23, 30

Fabulous Frock, $235
Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, July 30, August 6, 13, 20
Tuesdays, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, November 3, 10, 17, 24

Fine Tune Your Fit: Intermediate, $120 
Sundays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 13, 20
​Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, September 18, 25
Mondays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, December 8, 15

Fundamentals of Pattern Alteration: Advanced Beginning, $220 
Tuesdays, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, June 24, July 1, 8, 15
​Sundays, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, October 12, 19, 26, November 2

It's-a-Wrap! Wrap Dress: Advanced Beginning, $195 
​Thursdays, 5:30pm – 8:10pm, August 14, 21, 28

The Jack Bermuda Men’s Shirt, $175
Mondays, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, August 4, 11, 18, 25

Jegging Perfection, $100
Sunday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, December 7
Sunday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, December 14

The Kate ½ Circle Skirt, $145
Mondays, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, July 14, 21
Sundays, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, August 24, 31
Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, December 3, 10, 17

The Mia Shift Dress, $195
Sundays, 10:00am – 2:00pm, September 28, October 5

Motorcycle Jacket, $235
Thursdays, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, October 9, 16, 23, 30

Pencil Skirt Secrets, $145
Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, September 17, 24, October 1
Tuesdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, December 2, 9, 16

Perfect Pleated Skirt, $165
Tuesdays, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, October 14, 21, 28

Pick a Project, $120
Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, July 10, 17
2-day workshop: Tuesday & Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, August 26 & 27
Sundays, 2:30pm – 4:30 pm, September 28, October 5
Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, November 13, 20

Sewing with Japanese Pattern Books: Intermediate, $165 
Sundays, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, July 6, 13, 20


No classes scheduled at this time

Cancellation/Transfer Policy: A $10.00 per class transaction fee applies to all class cancellations and transfers. Sorry, no refunds for missed classes. To receive a refund for a cancelled registration, notification must be given one full week prior to the class start date. (Of course, more time is always appreciated.) If we must cancel a class, you will receive a full refund, or you may apply the fee to another class

Nancy's Sewing Basket
To speak to our knowledgeable staff, please call 206-282-9112 or 800-443-2964

Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30-6, Thur 'til 8, Sun 12:30-5

Nancy's provides a sewing machine, thread, and tools for all students to use during class. Sewing machines courtesy of Pfaff and Quality Sewing and Vacuum in Ballard
Let us know you are purchasing supplies for class we offer a 10% discount to students for their class project

All Jacque Goldsmith sewing classes have a maximum of four students. 

This four session class is designed for those with little or no sewing experience. You will learn about fabric selection, how to use a sewing machine, cut out a pattern, and basic sewing techniques. You will finish four projects in four weeks:a small zippered bag, a tote bag, a skirt out of woven fabric and a top out of knit fabric. All sewing is done in class. 
Price includes all materials for all projects.

This two session class is designed as a continuation of ABC. You will learn to sew darts, put in a skirt zipper, apply a waistband, drop in a lining, and hemming techniques. You continue to use a serger to finish seams. All sewing will be done in class.
You will pick out and purchase fabric during the first class or bring possible fabrics from home and decide on suitability with Jacque. Sizing and fitting adjustments will be done during class.
Pattern is included in the class fee. 

If you have basic sewing skills, this is a perfect class to work on one or several projects of your choice.  You will receive help with fitting and sewing techniques during class. You can sew both in class and at home. This class is a great opportunity to work on a more challenging project such as a suit or prom dress. 
Sorry, home decor projects not allowed.

Using Butterick pattern 5032 
You will learn about sewing darts, zippers, facings, and gathers​ while making this fun Retro dress pattern. You can pick out and purchase fabric during or before the first class, or bring possible fabrics from home and decide on suitability with Jacque. Jacque will also provide a template if you would like to change the neckline to a scoop neck. All sewing will be done in class. 
The pattern is provided with the class. Yardage required: 45" = 4.75 yd, 60" = 3.75 yd.

Make your wardrobe fit you. Learn different pant hems, jeans, cuffs and tapering. Take in or let out a waist, shorten sleeves, or restyle an out of date garment. Jacque will walk you through fitting and altering your own clothing with professional results.

Fit a pattern in two 2 hour class sessions. A great class to get the perfect fit on a jacket, dress or blouse. Most sewing will be done outside of class as the focus here is fitting. Ideally come to class with your pattern basted up in muslin or inexpensive fabric. You don't need to finish the details like the cuffs and collars. It is helpful to mark the grainline, waistline, and bustpoint on your garment before basting together. If you aren't that far along, bring the pattern you want to sew, with the pieces cut out, ready for a tissue fitting.
Plan to work on your garment between classes so that you can perfect your fit in the second class.

 to decides which size is best for you and then go forward to make samples of all of the different aspects of a skirt. Jacque shows you how to make a lining if using a pattern for an unlined skirt, specialty waistbands, several different ways to make vents, how to contour darts for your figure, different ways to put in a zipper, and multiple seam treatments. Class will be samples only but you can sew your skirt at home alongside your instruction. skirt that fits and hangs beautifully. You will try on muslin samples of the skirtThis in-depth class takes you through all of the aspects of making a 
Pattern is included with class.

Make a Sloper for Perfect Pants

Is the thought of making pants that fit sending you into the Twilight Zone? This is a hands on fitting class. Using the Vogue 1003 basic pant sloper pattern and 1" gingham check fabric, you will go thorough the fitting and perfecting process with Jacque to achieve a perfect pants sloper. She will show you how use your sloper to adjust any pant pattern to fit.Fabric and pattern supplied.

Tee or Tank?  A knit Dress for Summer 

A basic sewing with knits class. Learn neck finishes, serging, and working with knits basics. Pattern provided Kwik Sew 3394 or Burda 7250

Trench Coat
Learn how to make a coat that never goes out of style! You will learn to sew the special features of a double breasted trench coat, fully lined, including yoke flaps, button bands on the cuff, epaulettes, back vent, belt and buckle, a collar with a tab and different pocket treatments.
We will provide you with Mc Calls 5525, which you can use to sew along at home as you practice new techniques on samples in class. 

Shirt Making Techniques 
You will learn the best methods for making a standing collar with perfect points, front placket, cuff and sleeve placket, buttonholes, shaped darts, pockets as well as seam finishing techniques and other construction tricks for structured shirts. 
You will make samples in class and will receive a shirt pattern (Kwik Sew 3799) to sew along at home.

Beyond the Tidy Edge
Learn to make the most of your serger, so that your garments look ready made. You will make samples as you learn techniques for seaming, hemming, inserting elastic, gathering and much more. You can use our sergers or use your own, as long as it is in good working order and you bring along your manual.

Sewing with Specialty Fabrics
Chiffon, velvet, sequins, charmeuse and other silks can be intimidating. Come learn the best way to select these beautiful fabrics and practice the skills and tricks you need to transform them into beautiful garments. You will make a bias silk scarf as part of the class, so plan to purchase a yard of silk, or use some from your stash.

Coco’s Jacket
The classic collarless jacket shows up in Paris every year, this year Nina Ricci did a beautiful version. This jacket is like high end ready to wear; it is not the couture version, with a quilted lining and lots of hand sewing. 
You will learn techniques for edge trims, pockets sleeve vents, adding overlap for center front buttons, and using a zipper or hook and eyes for a front that meets in the center. You will also learn to set in a sleeve with shoulder pads and insert a lining.
The pattern is Burda 7303. You will try on samples in the first class and make adjustments to your pattern. When you finish the class you will have a classic jacket pattern that fits you perfectly, and the techniques to make many versions.

Perfect Pleated Skirt
Pleated skirts have been turning up on the runway for the past few seasons. A pleated skirt can be made again and again, in cotton voile for summer, wool for winter, and everything in between.
You will learn to make a contour waistband, insert an invisible zipper, make sewn down and released pleats, how to create a lining for an unlined skirt and special techniques for hemming pleats.
The pattern is McCalls 5591. You will try on samples in the first class and make adjustments to your pattern. When you finish the class you will have a skirt that you can make in many fabrics and pleat variations
Sew a Slim Sheath Dress
Using  McCalls 2401, a classic sheath dress that has three necklines and can be made with or without sleeves. You will try on samples in the first class and alter your pattern. You can sew along at home as you learn techniques in class. In the end you will have a versatile sheath pattern that fits you and lots of techniques and ideas for making different versions.
You will learn methods for facings, underlings and linings, darts, hem techniques and mitered corners for vents and slits as in high end ready to wear, You will cover set in sleeves and a ready to wear lapped zipper with a clean finish inside the dress.

There is no pattern with this class and no fitting. We have scheduled it for three afternoons following the pants sloper class, so if they want to work on fitting, they should take both classes.

The class covers techniques that are used in pants, including:
Slant pocket
Fly zipper
Different waistbands
Belt loops
Double welt back pockets
Hems, including cuffs and slits (like on capris)
Seam finishes

It is a one-day class where they will try on sample leggings, make pattern alterations, cut out and construct their leggings in a single day. This class includes Kwik Sew 3776 and enough prewashed black cotton/lycra fabric to make a pair of leggings. 

The class will cover:
Correcting crotch depth and length of the pattern
Serging an elastic waistband
Seam treatments
Twin needle hems

Motorcycle Jacket
Motorcycle jackets are always in style, there is always a version on the runway! This class includes Kwik Sew 3764. They will try on samples and alter their patterns in the first class. This class is NOT focused on sewing leather, though if people have leather related questions Jacque will answer them.

The class will cover these techniques:
Lining an unlined jacket
Inserting zippers with a godet (sleeves)
Making a zipper pocket
Inserting the front zipper
Making a collar
Making the optional waistband
Applying snaps to the epaulets and waistband


This class includes Vogue 8829. It is a very versatile pattern with a tie or stand collar, sleeveless or with cap, short or long sleeves, and two different skirts. The first day of the class they will try on samples of the flared skirt version and alter their pattern to fit. (Jacque will talk about the pleated version, but they won’t have a chance to fit it.)

This class will cover:
Collar with stand,
Tie collar,
Two layer yoke with hidden seam allowances
Cuff with continuous placket
Bound edge sleeveless bodice
Set in sleeve
Small rolled hem

​If you enjoyed taking one of Jaque's classes but didn't quite finish your project. this afternoon class is designed to get any help you need to finish.

Dress Maker's Jacket
Burda pattern 7248 is listed as one of their Vintage patterns circa 1950-1955. The Jacket has the 'New Look' sensibility and is so classic in styling it works well today as a wardrobe basic.

Quick-fit morning
A single class version of our fitting class. Bring in your basted 'muslin' and have Jaque help you to a perfect fit. (If you want to fit pants check out our Pants Sloper class)

​Fundamentals of Pattern Alterations
Jacque will take a full set of measurements for you. She will show you how to compare your body's "landmarks" with the pattern measurements to determine your correct size. Next you will learn to alter the pattern to fit your body using the slash and spread technique.  You'll learn the correct order for pattern adjustments, and how to do a full or small bust adjustment - the most basic alteration for most women. Finally, you will make a muslin and tweak it for the best fit. 

Japanese Pattern Books
Several Japanese pattern books have been translated into English, but many sewers still need help understanding the diagrams and instructions for the patterns. In this class Jacque will help you copy your pattern, grade it to a larger size, if necessary, and lay it out efficiently.She will also teach the most common sewing and finishing techniques used in the books as well as teaching you alternative techniques that may give you better results. This class covers any of the English translated pattern books EXCEPT the Pattern Magic books, they are just too complex to include in this class. The books are available at Nancy's or you are welcome to bring your own copies.

Bias Slip(dress)
You will make Folkwear's Intimacies bias slip, a classic pattern from the 1930's. The first class will be spent trying on pattern samples and making pattern alterations, as well as learning the basics of working with the pattern and cutting out bias garments. In the following sessions, you will learn how to sew a garment with fabric cut on the bias, how to apply lace and trim, make straps and use lingerie sliders, make french seams and rolled hem. Silk can be a challenging fabric to sew, but you will learn to manage it in this class! The Folkwear Intimacies pattern is included with the class.

It's a Wrap Dress
The wrap dress is a classic, popular since DVF created it forty years ago. She was inspired by a ballerina's wrap cardigan - but since we don't all have ballerina figures, it can be a hard garment to fit. You will try on sample garments in the first session of this class and alter your pattern for a gap-less fit.You will learn to make and apply knit binding, techiques for sewing and finishing knits, different methods for fastening the waist, how to add a collar and move a shoulder pleat to the waist. We provide Vogue 8646, a flattering wrap dress with a slightly raised neck. This class is suitable for students who have completed our ABC class.
Bobbi Chase Classes

Little Round Pumpkin Pincushion
Make yourself an exquisite silk pincushion while learning a thing or two about silk ribbon embroidery, a bit of regular embroidery, and constructing a tough little pincushion. These are fun to make and make perfect gifts for stitching-friends. The cushion itself is of silk dupioni, embroidered with silk ribbon, stuffed and tufted with an antique button. In class you will receive all materials necessary to make one pincushion, along with written instructions and knowledge that will allow you to go make millions afterward!!

For those that have never embroidered before or are in sore need of a little refresher course, we will do some simple embroidery. We will be doing a very basic stem stitch (which is amazingly useful!), lazy-daisy, and french knots. Possibly more!! The idea is to build a confidence with some basic stitches and build upon that knowledge. We will be embroidering with DMC cotton floss. As you will learn, there is more to a successful embroidery project than just doing the stitches -- preparation is very important. This class will be given in two parts, a week apart, to allow for you to practice in between and come back with your problems and questions. I hope you will join in.

Listed below are all of the classes that Candace teaches; during a given session, we will offer a selection from the following.
There is a maximum of ten students per class. Most of the work is done using needle and thread. Nancy's will supply any necessary irons and sewing machines. You will receive a supply list approx one month before class begins.

1-day workshop
It’s always spring when you know how to make ribbon flowers. In this class, spectacular roses will bloom beneath your fingertips. You’ll learn to coax ribbon into a bounty of beautiful buds and blooms, with ruffled edges and pleated petals accented by gracefully dancing leaves.

1-day workshop
Open up a whole new realm of exploration for your ribbonwork bouquets with the introduction of luscious and luxurious fabrics. Add to your flower inventory with more buds, petals and leaves. Learn about the attributes of bias, the cult of selvedge, and the versatility of larger shaped petals and flowers. Watch as spectacular flowers reveal themselves through cutting, stitching, and shaping.

1 and 2 day classes
In this hands-on class, students will create a myriad of samples: strip trimmings, edgings, and surface finishes: pleated, folded, pressed, gathered and stitched. Although the origin of some of these ribbonwork trims dates back to the 18th Century, their application is amply evident in today’s exuberant fashion pages. Candace brings to class her many boards of ribbonwork examples. Come and refresh your memory or learn it all for the very first time.

1-day workshop, 2-day workshop, or two 1-day workshops
Plain gathering and simple shirring? That’s just the beginning. Learn how Victorian seamstresses ruffled the ruffle, 1920’s milliners trimmed their hats with gauged ribbon, and how Parisian designers apply these skills today. Using ribbon and fabric, needle and thread, you will make samples of these and other techniques, from fancy edgings to surface designs. Pictures from Candace’s collection will give you a wealth of application ideas.

2-day workshop
Marvel at the spectacular forms that ribbon can take! In this workshop, students will use pleated and interlaced grosgrain ribbon to create beautiful French hat decorations called cockades or cocardes. The namesake of the cockscomb, these centuries-old geometric ribbon forms were especially popular during both world wars in the 20th century. They are used as military insignia, award ribbons, shoe bows, jewelry, as well as hat, dress, and home furnishing decorations. In class, Candace will share handouts filled with fascinating motifs: rosettes, fans, wings, pin wheels, sunbursts, and even buzz saws. Students will make samples of basic folds, and lots of variations on the theme.

1-day workshop
As the name implies, flatwork is flat! These clever folded ribbon trimmings are ideally suited to adorn clothes, pillows, or quilts, and to survive the laundering process. Most popular as dress decorations in the 1860’s and lingerie, hat, and children’s clothes adornment in the 1920’s, these trims lend themselves to a variety of ribbons and bias tapes and a host of applications. Candace has devised a simple method of teaching these folded geometric forms in this hands-on workshop.

1-day workshop
You’ll start simple and learn pansy basics. Then we’ll add a second smaller ribbon to create a more complex and realistic version, the pansy with the fancy face. We’ll master that graceful dancer, the fuchsia and expand our fuchsia repertoire with a host of fanciful friends, each dressed differently, with square dance ruffles and pencil skirts and fancy dancing shoes. Use beautiful fabrics and multiple ribbons pieced together to create larger more spectacular versions.

1-day workshop
Buds are the finishing touches of your bouquet. They lead a varied life. They droop and dangle and dance around the edges of your bigger, showier flowers. Sometimes they spring newborn from the top of your bouquet, other times they cascade like tassel tips below it. In her continuing research, Candace has come up with lots of new and old ideas. Most adapt easily to both ribbon and fabric. You’ll make as many as you can, adding stamens, stems, and calyxes as you go.

1-day workshop
The 20th Century designers Dior, Poiret, Lanvin, and Boue Soeurs, all used varieties of this versatile rose, a must in your ribbonwork repertoire. Some examples were formed on dome-shaped buckram discs; others were stuffed to give them their namesake “cabochon”. Nicknamed “cabbage rose” or “chou rose”, these domed beauties can be made with continuous ribbon, or many pieces of folded fabric. We’ll make them all!

1/2 day workshop
All thumbs when you tie a bow? Grasp the basics and beyond. In this class you’ll run the gamut from the simple to the sublime. You’ll create delicate baby bows using tiny ribbon and monster bows from fabric. You’ll learn about interfacing, wiring, and horsehair, and create a wide variety of loops and tails. Candace will share her collection of images of vintage and modern bows uniquely placed and inventively applied.

3 hour class
Learn to make tiny ribbon flowers with this picot-edged variegated ribbon. Fashion them into a diminutive ring. This ribbon called "rococo" is a copy of 18th century ribbon the bedecked the dressed of Marie Antoinette and her ladies. We'll make two different versions of this mini flower while learning the tricks necessary for success with little ribbon. Once you've got the knack (and the speed!), you can use these little gems like confetti in your larger and more ambitious ribbon flower creations. The pretty result of your efforts might decorate a sachet or pillow, a little girl's dress, your hat, or a lapel. You might even fashion it into a fancy buckle.
Supply list
$10 materials fee

3 hour class
Candace discovered little beauties like these on the sash of a Victorian bathrobe and The Oakland Museum of California. We'll start by making a basic puff, ruffled sphere, discussing the success of various fabrics. Patterns for many variations will be demonstrated. Bigger ball, mini ruffles, maxi ruffles, and multiple ruffles will all be discussed. Add some strands of multi colored ribbon and transform your bauble into a tassel. 
Supply list
$10 materials fee