Our latest Sew-Along features the Cielo top by Closet Core Patterns.
A perfect Autumn blouse. This class is suitable for beginners who have one or two projects under their belt. We will guide you through everything from how to sew a dart to inserting gathered sleeves. This time we have also allowed for a session covering choosing your size and cutting out. We will make our top using a regular sewing machine. Unlike pre recorded classes you can ask questions as you go along, and we will also send you a link to the recording afterwards so you can replay any bits you want to.
We will be sewing together View B featured in the image above. A semi cropped top with a dramatic gathered sleeve. The top has a slightly dropped shoulder, angled shoulder yoke and roomy fit, with a faced neckline finish. This pattern has a choice of cup options for a better fit and can look really different depending on the fabric you use.
The class runs over a series of 4 weeks with one 2hr class every week allowing you enough time to digest each stage in between classes and maybe make another one alongside.
What skills will I learn?
How to choose the right size
How to lengthen or shorten the pattern
How to layout the pattern pieces to make the most of your fabric
How to cut out
Tips on applying interfacing
How to sew and press a darts
How to sew a detailed back yoke
Sewing a facing
How to gather sleeves
Inserting gathered sleeves
Stitch in the ditch
Sewing a double turned hem
What’s included in the price of the course?
4 x 2 hour tutorials guiding you through each step of your cielo top/dress
Help in-between session if needed
Membership of our closed Facebook group
How will it work?
The class will take place in a ‘virtual classroom’ using the video meeting software Zoom. You will need to have Zoom installed on the device you intend to use for the class, it’s free and easy to use. If you haven’t used Zoom before we suggest you have a practice before the class. Please download the free version via this link https://zoom.us/meetings
We also suggest choosing a quiet area to set up your machine next to your device. To achieve the best internet connection please reduce as many items as you can that are connected to your router.
You will receive an email link once you have signed up that will take you directly to the class. All you need to do is click on the link just before we are due to start. We suggest signing in 10 mins before the start time, you will be held in a virtual waiting room.
We encourage you to turn on your own video and audio so we can interact, and you can ask us questions – the idea is that it’s as much like an in-person class as possible!
What do I need to prepare in advance of the course?
Purchase your pattern, fabric and haberdashery using the links in the Cielo Course Kit below.
Cielo Course Kit
We have selected a range of fabrics and haberdashery which we would recommend for this course.
Please select from the kit options below. If you are a newcomer we would suggest you start by selecting a more stable woven fabric for example chambray. For inspiration and to see other makers versions of the Cielo Top check out #cielotop and #cielotopanddress on instagram.
Custom make your kit by only selecting what you need using the list below. Just click on each item and you will be taken to the relevant section for you to choose from and add to your basket.
Fabric – This pattern can be made with a variety of fabrics depending on the desired effect. For a more structured shape, use light to medium weight woven fabrics such as linen, or chambray. For a drapier effect, use viscose or crepe. Please see specific amounts for the version you are making in the fabric requirements section below – please remember to choose your size based on your measurements NOT your dress size in ready to wear garments)
Access to an iron and ironing board for pressing your fabric.
Your usual sewing haberdashery including all the basics (see Dressmaking Kit)
All of these items in italics including sewing machine needles can be purchased from our website in advance of the workshop.
Please see linked items below
We have handpicked a collection of premium Germany haberdashery equipment from the Prym range, which complements this course. If you would like to purchase this kit, please click here for more details and to buy.
Skill level – Confident Beginner
This course is suitable for those who have used a sewing machine before, can confidently thread the machine and bobbin and who have made at least one garment before.
Our sewing classes are relaxed and friendly. Class sizes are kept small (this also applies to online courses) to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need. This does mean that booking is essential. The course will only run if there are sufficient numbers. Please note online course are open to all levels of beginners and confident beginners and it is hard to estimate timings need to complete.