Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Big Announcement! I'm Teaching!

For those of you that follow Tasia's blog over at Sewaholic may have noticed there's a new fabric shop in my neck of the woods.  The shop is called Sew Main Street and I'm happy to announce I'm now on the teaching roster!  Yay me!

Easy as Pi: Drafting and Sewing a Circle Skirt

Did you know that (x−h)2+(y−k)2=r2 can be used to draft a pattern? Using this little formula and your waist measurements, you can create your own pattern for a circle skirt, designed to fit you perfectly! Don't worry, its not complicated at all.
If you're ready to move past the basic elastic waist skirt, Elizabeth will show you how to create your own patterns for a tailored, custom fit.
In the first class, you will draft the skirt as a 1/4 pattern piece and mark your pattern piece for a 1/2, 3/4 or full circle skirt. By the end of the first class, you will have your pieces cut and a little sewing done! Your second class will walk you through inserting the zipper, adding the waistband, hemming the skirt. Once you have drafted this pattern, you will be able to use it over and over again to create more skirts for yourself, and you'll have the knowledge to draft a new pattern for others!

I'm really excited because I've had this idea of somehow incorporating math into sewing for a long time as a way to help get more young ladies interested in both.  It first peculated in my head while attending a "Women in Science" panel at Dragon*Con. One of the things that came up is how even the examples in science tend to be gendered.   Thankfully, the wonderful owner, Debi, also thought that bringing sewing and math together a great idea and hence my first class! So you if you live in the Atlanta area and are curious, come on down! This class will be two Friday evenings the second half of August.

Circle skirts are cool. 


  1. Cool, congrats on the teaching gig!

  2. Congratulations. It sounds like a fun class.

    1. I hope it is a fun class. I'm working on it and also really nervous.

  3. Congratulations on the class. If I lived close I would totally sign up.