Supplies & Suggestions

Bring to the first Class:

  • Commercial Pattern (such as New Look, Simplicity, Butterick, etc)
  • Thread
  • Fabric
  • Pins and pin cushion
  • Seam ripper
  • Cutting shears


If you have your own machine, you may use it in class. Alicia has computerized Janome Sewing Machines at the Studio. There is no charge for machine use at the Littleton Colorado Studio in the Tre Torre Building.

Alicia's Project Recommendations for Beginners

In general, patterns labeled "easy", "quick", "2-hour", or something similar are best for beginners. Patterns with fewer pieces will go together easier.

New Look™ Patterns are very beginner friendly! Try to avoid Vogue™ or Burda™ patterns for your first project.

  • Skirt with darts and a zipper
  • Pajama pants and shirts
  • Simple dresses
  • Un-lined jacket
  • Home decorator pillows
  • Tote bag
  • Bath Robe  

Alicia's Favorites

  • Readers Digest Guide to Sewing - a great reference book for all levels of students
  • Fabric Savvy and More Fabric Savvy by Sandra Bezina- An encylopedia of fabrics and all you need to know about when sewing with them.
  • Mr.Repair, inc.
  •  is my favorite online store for sewing parts, notions and they even carry sewing machines and accessories.  This site has a reliable tutorial section that you can learn from.
  • a great place to buy machines and other sewing things with competive prices and free shipping!  It is a mom and pop shop!  You can even call them and discuss machines.
  • Dachshunds!

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