ABC – Absolute Beginning Construction, Beginner $265
Sundays, 10:00am – 12:30pm, September 24, October 1, 8, 15
Sundays, 10:00am – 12:30pm, October 22, 29, November 5, 12
Sundays, 10:00am – 12:30pm, November 19, 26, December 3, 10

DEF: Advanced Beginning Construction, Advanced Beginner $235
Sundays, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, October 22, 29, November 5, 12

Pattern Alteration: Fitting a Simple Top or Jacket, Advanced beginner, $170
Sundays, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, September 24, October 1, 8, 15

Mrs O's Sheath Dress, Intermediate $180
Sundays, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, November 19, 26, December 3, 10

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Class Policies: 
Preregistration is required for all classes and payment is due in full at time of registration. In some cases, day-of sign up is available.
Once a class is purchased, it is non-refundable. You own your seat in the class and may send someone in your place.
You may cancel your registration with 7 days notice and have one opportunity to transfer your fee to another class with a $10 per class transaction fee. If cancellation is made with less than 7 days notice or if you do not show up to class, your fee is forfeited. Sorry, no refunds for missed classes.
We reserve the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment or illness. In the event this occurs, you will receive a refund of full class fee, or may apply the fee to another class.

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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
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.

Ribbon Flowers
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.

ABC – Absolute Beginning Construction
Beginner level
This four class session 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 materials and tools for all projects.
DEF: Advanced Beginning Construction
Advanced Beginner level
Patterns: KwikSew 3877 and KwikSew 3601
This four session class is intended as a direct follow up to our ABC course. In this class, you will complete two projects in four weeks: an a-line skirt and a pop-over style blouse. With the skirt, you will learn how to sew darts, put in a skirt zipper, apply a waistband, drop in a lining, and a variety of hemming techniques. For the blouse, you will sew bust darts, create a set-in sleeve, and make hem vents. Construction will be completed in class, using both the sewing machine and the serger.
Fabrics will be purchased or provided by students. Selections can be made in store during the first class or students can bring potential fabrics from home to review for suitability with Jacque.
Patterns are included in class price.
Alterations Clinic
Intermediate level
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.
Amazing A - Line Skirt
Advanced Beginner level
Pattern: KwikSew 3877
This two session class is great for students who have recently completed 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. The cost of the patterns is included in the class fee.

Bettie Bomber Jacket
Advanced Beginner > Intermediate level
Pattern: Folkwear 251
This class is a great opportunity to update a classic silhouette in fun, fashionable fabrics! Make it casual in a cool embroidered mesh or dress it up in a luxurious brocade. 
Following Folkwear’s Varsity Jacket pattern, Jacque will teach you how to set in a sleeve, sew a lining, apply a separating zipper or set snaps, create patch or welt pockets, and add knit collar and cuffs.
Pattern is included in class fee.
Learn more about this class on our blog!
Bias Slip(dress)
Intermediate level
Pattern: Folkwear 219
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!
Pattern is included in class fee.
Catch-up! Open lab with expert help
All experience levels
Come in and spend some time on your works-in-progress and have questions answered by an expert. This is a great opportunity to finish up any projects that have been loitering in your sewing space!
Clutch Coat
Intermediate level
Pattern: Decades of Style 3101
Looking for a new style of coat for the fall & winter? Check out the Clutch Coat! This reproduction of a 1931 Parisienne style is both fashion forward and charmingly vintage. This closureless coat features a series of tucks on the sleeves, a relaxed body, and an optional flounce on the bottom. The oversized collar can be made of the same body fabric or a gorgeous contrast; perhaps a fabulous faux fur?
An extremely versatile silhouette, we think this pattern will make up especially well in a cozy sweater knit or a classic, colorful tweed.
Pattern is included in class fee.
Fabulous Frock
Advanced Beginner level
Pattern: Butterick 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.
Fine Tune Your Fit
Intermediate level
Learn to fit a pattern in just four hours. A great class to get the perfect fit on a jacket, dress, or blouse. There is not much sewing done in class as the focus is on fitting. Ideally you will 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.
It's a Wrap Dress
Advanced Beginner level
Pattern: Vogue 8646
The wrap dress is a classic, popular since DVF created it forty years ago, inspired by a ballerina's wrap cardigan. The construction of this style can make it a difficult garment to fit. You will try on sample garments in the first session of this class and alter your pattern for a gapless fit. You will learn to make and apply knit binding, techniques for sewing and finishing knits, different methods for fastening the waist, how to add a collar and move a shoulder pleat to the waist.
Pattern is included in class fee.

Demystifying Japanese Pattern Books
Advanced Beginner > Intermediate level
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 the projects in any of the English translated pattern books EXCEPT the Pattern Magic books, as they are just too complex to include in this class.
The books are available for purchase at Nancy's or you are welcome to bring your own copies.
Students will need to bring their book and preferred tracing paper for first class. 

Essential Leggings
Advanced Beginner level
Pattern: KwikSew 3770
In one-day, make the perfect leggings! You will try on sample leggings in class, then make pattern alterations, cut out and construct the leggings in a single day. The class will cover correcting crotch depth and length of the pattern, serging an elastic waistband, seam treatments, and twin needle hems
Pattern and fabric is included in class fee. 
Kate ½ Circle Skirt
Advanced Beginner level
Draft a custom pattern
Make a cute and comfortable skirt, just for you! In this class, Jacque will teach you how to draft your very own pattern. The fit and flare of this ½ circle skirt makes it a wardrobe staple and it looks great in a vast array of fabrics - you’ll want a new one for every season!

Mrs O Sheath Dress
Intermediate level
Pattern: McCalls 2401
This classic sheath dress has three neckline options 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 shift 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.
Pattern is included in class fee.

Motorcycle Jacket
Intermediate level
Pattern: KwikSew 3764
Motorcycle jackets are always in style, with versions showing on the runway season after season! In the first class, students will try on samples and alter their patterns.
The class covers the following 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-
- Top-stitching
Class fee includes pattern. This class is NOT focused on sewing leather, though Jacque is happy to answer leather related questions.

Pants Techniques
Rather than follow a specific pattern, learn classic pants tailoring techniques, including
- Slant pocket
- Fly zipper
- Different waistbands
- Belt loops
- Double welt back pockets
- Hems, including cuffs and slits (like on capris)
- Seam finishes
There is no pattern with this class and no fitting techniques. For a comprehensive pant-making education, take this along with the Perfect Pants Sloper class. 

Secrets of the Pencil Skirt
Advanced Beginner > Experienced levels
Pattern: Burda 8155
This in-depth class takes you through all of the aspects of making a skirt that fits and hangs beautifully. You will try on muslin samples of the skirt to decide 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. Classtime will be devoted to making samples only, but you can sew your skirt at home alongside your instruction.
Pattern is included with class.
​We recommend taking Fundamentals of Pattern Alteration before this class.
Pants Sloper Perfected
Intermediate level
Pattern: Vogue 1003
Does the thought of making pants that truly fit send you to the Twilight Zone? This is a hands-on fitting class. Using the basic pant sloper pattern and 1" gingham check fabric, you will go through the fitting process with Jacque to achieve a perfect pants sloper. She will show you how to use your sloper to adjust any pant pattern to fit.
Fabric and pattern supplied.

Pick-A-Project Sewing Lab
Advanced Beginner > Experienced levels
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: due to space limitations, no home decor projects).

Shirt Making Techniques
Intermediate level
Pattern: KwikSew 3799
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.
This is a techniques focused class: you will make samples in class and will receive a shirt pattern to sew along at home.

Formation Shirtwaist Dress
Intermediate level
Pattern: Vogue 8829
Follow this versatile pattern that provides options for a tie or stand collar, sleeveless or with cap, short or long sleeves, and two different skirts. The first day of the class students will try on samples of the flared skirt version and alter their pattern to fit.
This class will cover:
- Darts
- 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
Pattern is included in class fee. For the pleated skirt version, Jacque will address construction, but there is no opportunity to fit it in sample form.

Hand Embroidery Basics
Beginner level
In this class, learn seven basic hand embroidery stitches and put them to good use right away! In the first class, you will learn foundational stitch styles and complete a stitch sampler for reference. In the second class, you will select an embroidery pattern and use to embellish a tea towel - perfect to keep or give as a gift!
All materials included in class fee. 

Saturday Morning Demo

Did you know that many of the classic Aunt Martha's embroidery transfers are done with just one stitch? Master the outline stitch and you are on your way to making impressive and useful gifts for the holidays and beyond! Using our beautiful towels/toweling and the kitschy designs will make you a very popular gift giver!

Kitrina will demo transferring the design, preparing your floss and stitching (almost) the simplest stitch of all.....

Luxury Faux Fur Pillow
Want something warm and cozy made out of our gorgeous, luxurious fur?  
Learn many useful tips for working with faux fur watching Kitrina demo a pillow.

The Infinity Scarf
.....everyone is wearing them. What a great gift! You can make them out of warm and cozy, or soft, silky and light....Twice around or just once. Learn out to figure out how best to utilize your fabric width to achieve your desired result.

Fanciful Felt Fairy Ornaments

Learn how to assemble and decorate fairy ornaments based on the figures in Sally Mavor’s book “Felt Wee Folk – New Adventures.” 

Kitrina, our terrific embroidery teacher, has mastered the craft of making these charming small figures. She will give you her tips on constructing the dolls bodies, embroidering their clothing and creating their faces and hair. Her techniques both simplify and improve upon the instructions provided in the book.

Along with Kitrina’s invaluable guidance and know how, you will receive a copy of the book and supplies for three fairy ornaments. To get the most out of the class, you should plan to work on your fairies during the week between the first and second session of class.


Embroidery Basics $40
Saturdays, 9:30am – 12:00pm, October 7 & 14

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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!!

Basic Embroidery
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.
Ruched Baubles
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
Rococo Ribbon Wreath
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
Bows! Bows! Bows!
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.
Fabric & Ribbon Cabochons
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!
Ribbon Buds & Centers
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.
Ribbon Pansies & Fuchsias
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.
Ribbon Flatwork & Tapework
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.
Ribbon Cockades
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.
Fabric Ruching 1 & 2
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.
Ribbon Trims
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.
Fabric Flowers
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.
Lotta Jansdotter Style
Work on a wardrobe from one of our favorite books. Jacque will help you fit garments from the book and suggest techniques, alterations and adjustments that will make your wardrobe even more flattering and versatile. Class price includes a copy of the book.
Measurements for Fit
Sign up for a fifteen-minute session to have a complete set of measurements taken, then spend an hour and a half learning about key fit points in garment construction. Jacque will cover the fit points for major pattern manufactures, so that you can compare your measurements to their standards and make basic adjustments for better fitting garments.

Beginner Basics
If you already know your way around a sewing machine or have taken our ABC class, this beginning class is be perfect for you. You will sew a simple top and skirt over four weeks, with lots of tips on embellishing and revising the patterns. All sewing will be done in class. The patterns are included with the class; we will be using Frou-Frou’s Mon Patron Couture Short Sleeve Top and My Skirt patterns.