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Atlanta Sewing Academy 2015

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We teach beginning through advanced sewing.   Classes are held in North Atlanta, Kennesaw and Smyrna locations.  Sunday afternoon classes are scheduled.  Contact for updates and additional classes.  Private lessons are available.  Home school classes and kids sewing camp  are in the planning stages.  Basic sewing and knits classes are presented by Lucylle Shelton. Additional classes in men's shirts, sewing with knits, designing from your fitted blockfine dresssmaking and trench coat are being prepared.  2017 class schedule is below.





Private lessons

Sewing 101 part 1
February 21 to April 4, 2016
Tuesday 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Ashby Sewing, Kennesaw

Moulage to Master Pattern
Personal Fitting class requires intermediate to advanced sewing skills

2 PM to 4:30 PM

Sewing 101 Part 2
April 18, and 25; May 2, 9 and 23
10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Ashby Sewing, Kennesaw

 Private lessons 

Garment Sewing  Sept 5  to November  7


Classes are 10 weeks 2 1/2 hours each week of instruction and lab. Part 1 and 2 of Ashby class are $250 each.  Purchase both classes for $430.
Private lessons are available in groups of 4 two hour lessons.  Basic Sewing, garment making and lined jacket are $295.  Private lessons in fitting and pattern making are $360.
Class fees are $450 to $540
contact for class locations and registration information


The class includes instruction and lab work on accurate measuring and cutting, how to plan your sewing projects, seams and seam treatments including french seams and how to choose the appropriate seam treatment for your project and fabric, closures, zippers, buttons and buttonholes, how to apply facings and interfacing, darts, bias bindings and piping, waistbands, fitting a skirt, lining and hemming.  In the class you will make a throw pillow with a zipper and learn how to turn corners, make a tote bag and learn how to plan, make and apply pockets, add lining and handles with interfacing, make a scarf using jersey or chiffon and how to handle those fabrics.  You will take your measurements, apply those to the skirt pattern and make a lined skirt with a zipper, darts and hand sewn blind hem. 

This program is designed to give you the skills to sew beginner to advanced beginner projects.  Although there are class projects each project is specifically designed to systematically build your skills and proficiency.  The objective is to provide the skills and knowledge to complete your own sewing projects. The class is 25 hours of instruction and lab.  The cost is $450 plus $25 for class samples kit.   Ashby classes are available in two sessions at $250 each.  You can purchase both sessions for $430.   Contact for registration.  Registration closes one week prior to class start date or when the class fills.  The class size is limited.   Please contact instructor at  or deannesmith. with any questions.

Moulage to Master Pattern: This is an strong intermediate to advanced class designed for students to learn to fit and make personal master patterns to use in sewing for themselves.  Prerequisite are Basics of Sewing and Garment Making classes or approval by instructor.

This is a personal fitting and pattern making program. Students will achieve a CUSTOM fitted block for themselves and tools to understand how that was achieved. They will then use the bust dart block developed in the class to make the shoulder seam and armscye princess patterns.

From the fitted bust dart block students will make a top or blouse and learn how to make facings, add button plackets and collars. A copy of this custom fitted pattern will be used to develop the shoulder seam and armscye princess patterns. With these patterns students will make a top or jacket. Instruction includes how to add ease and make adjustments for a jacket as well as discussions about silhouette and proportions. A pattern analysis process will be explained a well as how to add details from commercial patterns to the custom pattern. The lab portion of the class will include making three garments, one jacket and two tops.

This class requires intermediate to advanced sewing skills. Please contact instructor at for questions or more information. The muslin of the block is sewn from Connie Crawford's 1201 bust dart blouse block. It can be ordered from

Students must be proficient in garment sewing, sewing terminology, applying zippers, making darts, setting sleeves, facings and interfacings.


This class includes Pattern Theory: How to select and use patterns for successful garment sewing. Why to draw in seam lines on your pattern pieces. Reviewing patterns for technical quality. How and why to check patterns for general ease, balance, sleeve ease, side seams, and walk in the sleeves. How to add or subtract ease as desired. Reading and interpreting pattern instructions. Tips on how to choose the right fabric for your project. Choosing the lining or interlining and interfacing. Learn about drape and hand as well as weight and weft and warp. Learn how these interact with your garment. Learn how to identify the suggested fabrics. Discussion of sources of fabrics; local retail and online retailers. In this class students will learn about cutting and grainlines, staystitching and understitching as well as planning seam allowances and seam treatments in making a top or blouse and an unlined jacket with hong kong seams.

This class is appropriate for a beginner that is proficient on the sewing machine and is familiar with sewing and pattern terminology. More advanced students will learn advanced sewing techniques as well. Contact instructor at for questions and more information.  Class fee $450 plus $50 kit fee for pattern and interfacing.  


Students will prepare a custom straight skirt pattern drafted to their measurements. The skirt draft is then stitched in muslin to tweak the fit. From the final draft the student constructs a straight skirt or a styled skirt using the custom draft. Students will learn to make style changes from this draft, then plan the skirt construction details: seam allowance and seam treatments, interfacing, lining, fashion fabric and notions needed. The skirt will be cut and sewn using such quality dressmaking techniques of interlining, lining, tailor tacks to mark darts and hand sewn blind hems that are appropriate for their projects.

This class is appropriate for advanced beginner students as well as more advanced students. Students should be proficient with machines and basic garment construction techniques and terminology.

Contact instructor at for questions and more information.


Students will make a lined jacket with collar, lapel and set in sleeves. Class discussions will include selection of fabrics and construction techniques. Choice of appropriate interfacing, interlinings, linings, closure treatments such as bound buttonholes, welt pockets and sleeve vents will also be discussed. Some hand stitching will be included. Project planning procedures will be used to determine which techniques to employ. In the lab students will construct a muslin for final fitting and cut and sew the jacket.

This class requires intermediate to advanced sewing skills. Contact instructor at for pattern selection and any additional information.


In this class students will fit and make a classic lined dress. A muslin will be sewn to check the fit and make any needed adjustments. From this the dress will be sewn. Project planning procedures will be used to determine fabric selection, appropriate lining, interlining and interfacings as well as construction techniques. Lab work will include cutting and sewing the garment.

This class requires intermediate to advanced sewing skills. Contact instructor at for pattern selection and any additional information. 

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