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How to Create Patterns that Replicate Your Closet’s Comfiest Clothes with Gynna Clemes

November 5, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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A slow and sustainable wardrobe doesn’t have to be uncomfortable! Join us at the Fibershed Learning Center and learn from Gynna Clemes how to create patterns from your favorite outfits, so that as they wear out, you can recreate them using sustainable materials.

Students will learn:

  • How to replicate clothing and make a pattern.
  • How to best disassemble and reassemble if necessary
  • How to draft a pattern using an existing garment. For this workshop, we will replicate a basic T-shirt as a class example.
  • How to best layout pattern pieces on fabric
  • How to measure garments and themselves correctly

Students will take home:

  • Pattern pieces and a plan to replicate their wardrobe’s comfiest pieces.

Experience – No experience needed, minimal sewing knowledge helpful

Instructor will provide:

  1. Paper and drafting supplies
  2. Simple Sewing Supplies
  3. Measurement Cards (handout)
  4. Cut Cards (handout)

Students should bring:

  1. Their comfiest garment to use as a pattern template. (please wash before class)
  2. Fabric to test their new patterns. Instructor recommends making a wearable muslin with similar fabric before cutting into precious/expensive fabric.
  3. Fabric suggestions: jersey knit fabric, flat sheets are a great source for inexpensive fabric options
  4. Notepad, pencil, pen, sharpie
  5. Optional – Sewing machine (in good working order)

Workshop Outline Schedule:

  • Introduction and preview
  • We will go through the whole process of taking an article of clothing and creating a pattern from it.
  • Creating a pattern from a garment without disassembling it
  • Tracing and creating a pattern
  • Layout and cut the pattern.
  • Tips and Tricks on how to sew knit garment
  • Optional: Sewing garments if time allows. Instructor will have a couple of machines for sewing samples. This is not a construction workshop.

Registration: eventbrite.com/e/697223964647

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This workshop will take place in the dye studio classroom behind the Learning Center.

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Instructor Bio:

Gynna Clemes received her first sewing machine at age 7, and began designing and drafting patterns and sewing her own clothing during high school. She taught herself to knit during college, and after college added weaving and spinning to her fiber journey.

A mostly self-taught maker, Gynna has a relaxed view on creating — there are many tips and tricks to learn but few steadfast rules. She enjoys learning from others and adding different views and tips to her arsenal.

Gynna’s latest clothing line — Hank and Momma Clothing — was born of necessity as an outlet to redefine and re-find herself after feeling lost under the role of being a new mother. Hank and Momma Clothing was truly the pivotal point in Gynna’s creative career. She’s passionate about creating comfy, cozy clothing that instills confidence and promotes creative exploration for all. Today you can find Gynna’s clothing lines on her website GynnaMade.com and on FibershedMarketplace.com.

Gynna believes that anyone can learn to create a wardrobe that helps ground them and gives meaning to their lives, wherever they are on their creative journey.

Rooted in smart fashion, she is excited to share her experiences, tips and tricks and creative process through her new SMART Fashion workshops.

IG: GynnaMade

Web: gynnamade.com/

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Tuition Scholarships & Transportation/Childcare Stipends

Fibershed offers one to two scholarships per workshop depending on the size of the class. In addition to scholarships for tuition, we are offering a limited number of stipends for transportation and/or childcare. If you would not otherwise be able to attend, and would like to be considered as a scholarship and/or stipend recipient, please answer a few brief questions on this Google Form. Responses will be reviewed by Learning Center staff and kept strictly confidential.

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Cancellation Policy: Refunds (minus Eventbrite fees) are available up to 7 days before the event. If you cancel after 7 days before the event, we are unable to provide refunds unless we can fill your space from the waitlist. If someone who is waitlisted purchases your space, we will refund your ticket, minus the Eventbrite fees. Otherwise, there will be no refunds. You are also welcome to transfer your ticket to someone who wishes to purchase it directly from you.

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Clothing Swap ClosetBONUS: The Clothing Swap Closet is now open during workshops and events at the Fibershed Learning Center!

Visit the Clothing Swap Closet when you attend a workshop or event at the Learning Center and exchange your 100% natural fiber garments and accessories. Your clothing contributions must be clean and in good condition. Each contribution entitles you to choose one item of comparable value. You may depart up to an hour after the workshop ends, to allow time to browse and try on items in the closet, and make your trade!


Photos: Gynna Clemes


November 5, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Fibershed Learning Center
14000 Point Reyes - Petaluma Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
(415) 455-3070‬
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Fibershed Learning Center
14000 Point Reyes - Petaluma Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
(415) 455-3070‬
View Venue Website