How to sew clothes and create the wardrobe of your dreams!
Learn How to Sew Clothing | Sewing Class
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Includes the Fiore Skirt, Cielo Top + Dress, and Pietra Pants in PDF or print format.
Learn How to Sew Clothing | Sewing Class
Do you want to learn how to sew clothes for yourself? Are you looking for a deeply fulfilling creative outlet? Are you sick of the disposable fast fashion industry and want to make your wardrobe more sustainable?
Welcome to the class designed to to teach you everything you need to know to start sewing the wardrobe of your dreams! Spoiler alert: it's not as hard as you think, and the skills and techniques you'll learn in this online workshop will completely transform your closet AND inspire and engage your creativity as you discover the joy of sewing your own clothes from scratch.
Learn How to Sew Clothing is a comprehensive online class that guides you through the entire sewing process and teaches you how to sew clothes from first stitch to finished garment. The first section of the class will walk you through all the key information you need to know to get started. In the second section, we will show you how to construct all three of the garment patterns included with enrollment. You'll develop the skills necessary to sew a modern boxy tee or shift dress, a classic flared skirt, and chic pants or shorts, opening the door to your wildest fashion and sewing dreams. Heather Lou, founder of Closet Core Patterns, teaches each lesson in simple language everyone can understand, so whether you've never sewn a stitch or are simply looking to brush up on your skills, you will feel completely confident sewing and creating a totally unique wardrobe that fills you with pride.
Sewing isn't just a tremendously fulfilling hobby - it's a gateway to loving body acceptance, creative superpowers you never knew existed, and a soothing, mindful practice that helps you escape the ceaseless parade of fast fashion. Learning to sew will — seriously — change your life.
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- How to thread and operate a basic home sewing machine
- How to sew even, straight stitches and troubleshoot tension problems
- Professional seam finishes without a serger, including French seams and bias-bound seams
- How to choose the right fabrics for your sewing projects
- How to set up and stock your sewing space, and tools you need to get the job done
- How to decipher and easily work with sewing patterns (including how to assemble PDF patterns)
- How to take your measurements, choose a size, and do basic pattern modifications to get the best fit
- How to prepare fabric and cut out your pattern with confidence
- Basic hand-sewing skills for a flawless finish
- The key skills to construct the three patterns included with the class, including zippers, pockets, facings, waistbands, hems, darts, sleeves, buttons, and buttonholes, among many more!
- Everything you need to sew your wardrobe with confidence
The skills you'll learn in this class will help you sew just about any garment, but we wanted to include three simple-to-make patterns to help get you started. Our Rome Pattern Collection (sizes 0-32) is designed with beginners in mind, and can be mixed and matched endlessly to create a chic, modern capsule wardrobe.
Our Fiore Skirt is a classic A-line skirt with a twist; choose between a simple flared skirt, an asymmetrical wrap skirt, or a button front option. Our Cielo Top & Dress has a modern, boxy shape with multiple lengths and sleeve options. Finally, our Pietra Pants & Shorts are the comfy but sophisticated stuff of dreams, with a sleek, paneled flat front and elastic in the back for the ultimate in comfort. Whether you make one pattern or all three, by the end of this class you will have the skills to tackle all future sewing projects with confidence. Choose between digital PDF files (sizes 0-32) or print patterns shipped to your home (sizes 0-20). New to using PDF patterns? We have a lesson for that!
Cielo Top + DRess
Pietra Pants + Shorts
- The Fiore Skirt, Pietra Pants & Shorts and Cielo Top & Dress in print or PDF. Our PDF instructions include annotated instruction booklets to help you follow along while watching the class.
- A downloadable guide that accompanies the video content, which includes helpful resources like an anatomy of your sewing machine, sewing machine needle chart, and fabric and terminology cheat sheets
- A detailed supply guide to help you source fabric and supplies to help you sew clothes
- Resource lists to additional helpful books and online tutorials
- Watch anywhere video lessons with optional Closed Captioning
Meet Your Instructor
Heather Lou is the force behind Closet Core Patterns and Core Fabrics. As a pattern designer and sewing educator, she has been writing and teaching about sewing for over a decade, and has taught thousands of people to sew, both online and in sold-out sewing workshops across North America & Europe. Her work has been featured in Threads, Sew News, Seamwork, Love Sewing and Sewing World magazine.
With her contagiously positive attitude, Heather’s teaching style is fun, approachable, and filled with helpful tips and techniques to help you transform the outfits in your imagination into a self-made wardrobe you love — not one you’re limited to buying off the rack.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm pysched to learn to sew my own clothes! How do I sign up to get started?
Welcome to theclass that will easily teach you to make your own clothes! To get sewing, click on the button at the top or bottom of this page, choose your pattern format, and you'll be automatically enrolled in your course after checkout. The link to login to the course will be sent to you via email. Please check your spam folder if you don't receive it after finalizing your purchase.
When does the class start and finish?
The beauty of Closet Core Patterns’ onlineclasses is that you call the shots on when they begin and end. Learn to Sew Clothing is a completely self-paced, online course, which means you get to decide when you start, when you finish, and how many times you replay it.
What will I need to get started?
Before you get started, we’ll share a complete supply list, along with information about where and how to source everything on said list. At the very least, you’ll need a sewing machine, iron, scissors, pins, marking tool and fabric.
How long does the class take to complete?
It’s up to you! To give you an idea of how long the entire class is start to finish, the first section of "beginner basics" runs just over 5 hours long and comprises 9 lessons total. The second section, which focuses on specific techniques for each pattern, has a runtime of 3.5 hours. Binge watch them in a weekend, or do a little at a time. You can return to the class as many times as you’d like, and there’s no time limit for you to complete in.
How do I get my patterns?
Please choose between PDF format (in sizes 0-30, which you can print at home or at a copy shop) or print patterns we'll ship directly to you (currently only available in sizes 0-20). If you select the PDF format, you'll be able to download your patterns immediately after checkout, or by using the download link sent to you via email. Print patterns will be shipped in 5-10 days.
Can I used any pattern when following along with class?
This class covers everything you need to know to sew your clothes, so feel free to use any pattern you like when following along! The second section focuses on techniques specific to the the three included patterns, but these tutorials can be applied to other patterns as well.
How long can I access the class?
All day, ‘erryday. But for real, this class includes lifetime access. After you enroll, the class is yours, which means you’ve got unlimited access for as long as you like, across all devices for all of eternity.
In April, I made a long-sleeved sun protection top with snaps and collar. The project went well, but shirt was too big, despite measuring self. I knew then, that to gain proficiency with pattern adjustments that I should study the topic of garment-making in full. I stumbled upon the Core Closet Class by Heather Lou. I thought about it for a few weeks. Then, took the plunge and signed up. It was about $150 (Canadian) total, which included three paper patterns sent care of Canada Post. This is a good value. The instructional videos are excellent, because you can listen first when you are tired, listen and watch when you’re paying attention, take notes, and re-watch. The camera gives a good close-up, so you can see what’s being taught. I learned valuable things, despite having been a sewer for a long time. Each lesson has additional resource links provided. I sewed my first skirt with invisible zipper. It fit nicely, and I have learned some new skills. It has been fun shopping for fabrics for the class project three patterns. I’ll share a photo when I complete all three (skirt, top, shorts in my case). I invested in new scissors, thread snips, universal sewing machine needles, sky blue glass headed pins, some beautiful buttons, and some lovely woven flannel from a heritage Mill in France (these items were from the core fabric store). I wanted to sew garments for many reasons. I would like to sew something special for my different family members, if they would like. Sewing is a bit of a lost art - but for those that do sew - there is a strong and vibrant sewing community of like-minded people that share the same interests. It is fun. Intended to slow you down & make you mindful, and be rewarding. I recommend this course, from Montreal, Quebec. I am still working thru the course, reading the resources, sewing away - I’m in not rush, and am planning some fall projects. Thank you Core Closet. Customer service is also good (efficient, kind, helpful)
This course hits the right balance between giving you enough content to get started without overwhelming you. I also really appreciated that the class starts with things like how to pick a sewing machine, what tools to buy, etc before jumping into sewing. It is truly a beginner course and doesn’t assume that you already have your supplies or know anything about sewing.
I've sewn for a number of years, but I do more sewing for costumes than for regular wearable clothing. I took this class to up level my skills for a more sturdy, finished, and polished look. The class helped me increase my confidence and I'm looking forward to taking the blazer class next!
I'm so glad I decided to enroll in the Learn To Sew Clothing course. Heather is an excellent teacher; not only does she really know her stuff, her passion for the subject shines through. This course is more than great value for the money, it's a bargain.
I have recently returned to garment sewing after a 3 decade break. I was mostly new to independent patterns although I had used some waaaay back when I made my daughter hand smocked garments. So I felt that this serious would help me brush up on my sewing skills and be a good intro to indie patterns. It delivered! And I learned so much that I never knew (I now know how to properly press a seam)! The info on sewing tools & other resources was also very helpful. I have enjoyed the patterns (thank goodness for the video helping with doing the Pietra pockets!)
This class is unbelievable. When I started I literally only knew how to threat my machine. By the end I had made so many pieces I was proud of! Now I watch design shows and giggle when people don’t know how to sew a French seem! The class focuses on practical skills and knowledge that can get you seeing clothes quickly! If you’re debating this.. don’t! Just take it and be amazed!
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This tumbled cotton is a wonderful find - the weight is perfect for a variety of garment types and I found it super-easy to sew with. I made a pair of Pietra wide-leg pants and am very happy with them.
I have been busy getting ready for a trip for Thanksgiving. Close to finishing my second pair of Mitchell pants. No time to sew with the waxed cotton or to use the buttons, but I will and I am very much looking forward to using everything. I am 81 and it takes me a bit longer to get garments made. My hands sometimes cramp. But I intend to keep making my clothes and Christmas presents for my family until I am dead.
I envisioned an Elodie out of a Core Fabrics deadstock for some time, and jumped at the sale of my beloved fabric. I’ve never had a pattern fit me pretty much from the envelope (made a few minor adjustments), even loose, flowy garments. This dress was the magical unicorn. Can’t wait to make up another! Don’t see the photo upload options, but here’s a link :) https://www.instagram.com/p/CxdrfC4pf0ZtfT6iXujCe6kWwGgkdDRSnNfYbg0/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==
This fabric is lovely, drapy, and works into the my wardrobe colors for a pair of wide leg pants that will coordinate with a wool hounds tooth blazer for fall. Highly recommend.
The cupro lining arrived quickly (I am on the US West coast, so I was surprised), and was exactly as advertised. A nice nude neutral that was perfect for my skirt. I trust Core fabrics for their high quality at a good price, and they never let me down.