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THE MOST ULTIMATE JEAN FITTING WORKSHOP Wednesday - Saturday April 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

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$600.00 + HST

Wednesday - Saturday April 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

This workshop will be started by Ron’s detail in his jeans and jean jackets in various fabrics from traditional denim, twills and linen to faux leather and gabardine. You will see great techniques from seams, zippers, waistbands and more. Learn the different stitches that are used for topstitching and how to use heavy top-stitching and decorative stitches in your sewing machine and how to cut down the bulk in the waistband to avoid a lumpy front closure. Ron will teach some time saving techniques for professional results in bar tacking, belt loops, hems and rivets.

The workshop will continue with the students trying on the jean pattern in the Closet Core “Ginger” jean in a total of 28 sizes (0-20) in both views with the additional size 22-32 in view A. Ron has sewn the “Ginger” pattern in both views A (low rise) and B (high rise) for you to try on! Ron then will identify your fitting problems and give you the necessary alterations (flat seat, protruding seat, low seat, knock/bowed legs, gaping waistband, length, etc.) for your jeans before cutting into your pattern. Also learn how to sew a hidden stay front to create a smooth and clean silhouette, giving the appearance of a flatter front. Sew the world’s best fly zipper technique that moves the zipper further into the garment and prevents the zipper being exposed at the center front.

The Most Ultimate Jean Fitting Workshop supply list

  • Pattern: Closet Core “Ginger” (Available Online @

Ron will bring fitting shells for all sizes. View A in sizes 0-32 and view B in sizes 0 – 20. Size range for 22 –32 is only available in PDF format for view A only. (pdf must be printed and taped together prior to class)

View A features a low rise, straight "stovepipe" leg and traditional fold-over front pockets. View B has a high rise, skinny leg and pocket stay sewn into center front.

Please note: View A of Ginger in sizes 14-32 is closer to a mid-rise. In addition, the PDF version of this pattern includes bonus pattern pieces for interchangeable leg shapes with both rises.

  • Your sewing machine in good working order with usual accessories (you must know how to use your machine)
  • Thread for you sewing machine
  • Serger (if you have one)
  • Thread for serger
  • Fashion Fabric (Washed and dried – twice)- suggestions: denim, linen, corduroy, gabardine, and twills. Ron used an 8 oz (10 oz also works well) stretch denim (2% lyrca) which is a great fiber content for this cut. Denim options are available at Triangle.
  • Pocket Lining (broad cloth or quilting weight fabric)
  • Thread
  • Interfacing: I suggest to use a medium weight weft interfacing like “Style Maker 602”. Available at Triangle
  • Contrasting top stitching thread (optional)
  • Schmetz Denim (H-J) Needles for Sewing Machine and Serger
    • 8 oz. denim – needle size 80/12
    • 10 oz. denim - needle size 80/12
    • 12 oz. denim - needle size 90/14
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Marking Pen
  • Measuring Tape
  • Zipper: You can use a dress weight zipper or if you prefer a metal teeth zipper
  • Steam-a-seam- lite (1/4” wide)
  • Rivets (optional)
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