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Tie-Front Top
Pattern Prep Workshop Part 1




3 Hours

About the Class

Pattern Prep and Fabric Cutting Workshop for:

Woven Top using Simplicity 8655, View A

Pattern Included

Learn to prepare, lay out, mark, and cut your fabric in preparation for sewing a woven top. 

In this class you will:

1. Learn how to take accurate body measurements.

2. Learn to understand information on pattern envelopes, including sizing, fabric requirements, and notions.

3. Choose and prepare the pattern pieces you need for your chosen project.

4. Learn to make simple design or fit changes. Examples: lengthen or shorten sleeves, shorten tie ends, lengthen or shorten bodice length.

5.  Learn to lay out your fabric and pattern and mark it properly to prepare for cutting your fabric. 

6. Cut out your fabric.

7. Stabilize seams.

Skills Required:

  • Sewing 101-103 or equivalent skills. Equivalent skills would be knowing how to confidently thread and use a sewing machine as well as the experience of having sewn a few beginner projects, such as drawstring/tote bag, pillow/pillowcase, or similar. If you are unsure, just ask! You can email us at

Supply List:

  • 2.5 - 3 yards of 60 inch wide fabric; prewashed and dried. Wash and dry it the way you intend to wash and dry your finished garment. Iron your fabric before class, if needed. You’ll get the most out of class if your fabric is prepared ahead of time.

  • Suggested fabric: Lightweight woven fabric, such as cotton lawn or voile, lightweight chambray or shirting types, lightweight linen or blends. Call or email if you are unsure about what to purchase. You want a fabric that is a little “drapey”, but as a beginner you should avoid loosely woven, or very sheer fabrics, as they are more difficult to sew. Do NOT bring knit or stretchy fabric for this class.

  • Fabric Shears

  • Pins, or pattern weights if you are proficient with using them.


  • Pattern: Simplicity 8655, View A

  • Tables

  • Marking tools: pens, tailors chalk, tracing paper and wheel 

  • Measuring tape

  • Seam stabilizer

Your Instructor

Kristin Gipson

Kristin Gipson

Kristin is the owner of Easy Going Sewing and has been sewing by machine since the age of ten. Kristin loves to share her passion for sewing with others and believes that creating or building things by hand empowers a person and bolsters self-esteem. Kristin is a Burda Certified Sewing Instructor and has been teaching people to sew since 2014.

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