86 Responses to “Jeans Workshops for 2018!”

  1. Mary January 8, 2018 at 9:47 am #

    Man I wish you’d come to N.C.!! I’d love the Ginger Jeans class!!

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 10:00 am #

      I actually do have something planned for NC, but it doesn’t involve jeans!

      • tinygoldenpins January 9, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

        what???? WHEN??? where????? Just give us a hint and give the vague location….come one!!!!

        • tinygoldenpins January 9, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

          I mean, come ON!!!!

        • LLADYBIRD January 10, 2018 at 10:16 am #

          I don’t want to say anything until it’s officially announced! But it’ll be in Durham, and in April haha

          • tinygoldenpins January 10, 2018 at 10:27 am #

            OKAY…..Durham….I know where you’ll be! πŸ™‚

  2. Jan Littrell January 8, 2018 at 9:47 am #

    You owe me a drink!

  3. morningsprite January 8, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    HOORAY! I am even more excited now. See you in April in Old Town!

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 11:22 am #

      Yay! it’s gonna be SO GOOD! πŸ˜€

  4. Sarah January 8, 2018 at 10:24 am #

    Oh, I do hope you can do one on the west coast! Maybe Hart’s fabric in Santa Cruz or Drygoods Design in Seattle? I love hearing about your process!

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 11:23 am #

      I would LOVE to come out there, just trying to make arrangements right now. I loved visiting the west coast a couple of years ago and it would be so rad to go back!

      • catherine January 8, 2018 at 9:47 pm #

        OK, I made it through the post and now have gotten to the West Coast, a drink is in order. πŸ™‚ I’d travel to Santa Cruz!! Or Seattle!!! And when I’ve fully recovered from my #timeoutfromtheuniverse ….. We’ll talk about Encinitas and The Dome…. πŸ™‚

        • LLADYBIRD January 9, 2018 at 9:26 am #

          I WOULD LOVE TO GET A DRINK WITH YOU! Need to get a west coast thing to happen this year for sure!!

    • kristonlion January 19, 2018 at 11:03 am #

      I am so in if you come to seattle!

  5. Aleksandra January 8, 2018 at 10:59 am #

    Way to go, lady! This sounds awesome. I am definitely going to think about trying out one of the Alexandria classes. I haven’t been out to Stitch Sew Shop yet, but I hear it’s really cute. Also, great tip about combining that class with MD Sheep and Wool. I am planning to go to that, and would be fun to make it a week of sewing/knitting wonderfulness. πŸ˜€

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 11:24 am #

      Yeah, I’ve heard great things about the shop and I am excited to visit! (and buy stuff, as I do hahahahaha). I am totally going to MDSW, which is exactly why I’m going to stay that week haha. Cannot wait!

      • Aleksandra January 8, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

        Alright, I’m sold! Going to do the May date and make a crafty week of it. Looking forward to it! ❀ I've been intimidated by jeans (mostly picking a size — it's a lot of work for something you can't really make a muslin of!) so it'll be nice to work on with help. πŸ™‚

        • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

          Hell yeah!! I’m so excited!! I think it’s going to be a really fun class – and I’m stoked that I get to see you againnnn yay! πŸ™‚

  6. Elisa January 8, 2018 at 11:17 am #

    Yay! See you in April at Stitch Sew Shop! Cheers to you coming out to VA, after putting you and the shop together on IG awhile back.

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 11:24 am #

      Thank you so much for that! I am looking forward to it πŸ˜€

  7. Abigail January 8, 2018 at 11:44 am #

    Well, you owe me a drink when you come to Dallas or Fort Worth! Hope it happens soon!

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

      I hope you like whiskey cos that’s what I’m buying! πŸ˜›

  8. Deborah January 8, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

    Love your comments about the differences that making a larger versus a small size makes in one’s understanding of sewing and the pattern. I sewed everything that I or my kids wore from the age of 16 to age 30 . . . at the time I was a slim size 10. Started to sew years later when I was a size 20 . . . and it was all different with the fitting. Lost 60 pounds about four years ago and am now back to a size 10. My fitting is once again working for a waistline that is smaller than my bust and hip line–familiar territory again. Would love to create a muslin in the same pattern for all 5 of the family member females that I might potentially sew for just to see the difference. Perhaps not in jeans, but a t top or a simple dress would be valuable for fitting.

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

      Oh man, definitely, teaching these classes to all the different shapes and sizes has really opened my eyes to how fit differs depending on your size and where you carry your weight. I feel like I learn something new with each class, too! I think you can certainly learn a lot by even doing a simple top in a bunch of different sizes, for all the women in your family.

  9. ANGELA MARMADUKE January 8, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

    But of course you must come to the entertainment capital! AKA Las Vegas! I would love to come to a class, but am quite sure hubby would frown if I wanted to fly across the country for a sewing class, LOL!

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

      I am going to try to make it out to the west coast if I can find a shop to host me πŸ™‚ I’ve actually never been to Vegas – are there shops out there?

  10. Caroline January 8, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

    Gutted that I can’t come to the workshop you’re running on my birthday in April, but maybe if you make it over to the UK…I’m put off by the idea of not-fun classes so am purely blog/book taught. But loving it! Really enjoyed the video 😊

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

      Well, if you enjoy my blog/Instagram I can promise you’ll also love my classes πŸ™‚ I would love to come out to the UK if I can arrange something… we’ll see! πŸ™‚

  11. katiemakesadress January 8, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

    So, how would you feel about a trip to Australia? πŸ˜‰ Jeans are my final frontier.

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

      Ugh I’d LOVE to come to Australia! (and NZ too, for that matter!) The hard part is the cost to fly over there… although if I could get enough shops on board to help subsidize, it could totally work. Open to any shop suggestions you may have πŸ™‚

      • katiemakesadress January 8, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

        I know. Stupidly expensive. Let me have a think about shops….

  12. Alexandra Cheshire January 8, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

    You just convinced me to go to a jeans workshop, but the weekend one around the corner from me in Alexandria is already sold out with a waiting list! I’m so sad 😦

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

      I’m so sorry! I didn’t even realize it had sold out until a couple of hours ago 😦 There is another one during the week if you can swing the time off (although I totally understand if that is not an option).

  13. mserinvanhandel January 8, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

    Hey, I like your time lapse, especially the kitten creeper. 🐈

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

      Thank you! I didn’t even realize my cat was in it until I was editing the video. She has a great cameo πŸ™‚

  14. Alexandra Cheshire January 8, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

    I’m happy for you that it’s sold out. Just sad for me πŸ™‚ Keep us up-to-date about new workshop additions. I love reading your blog. It’s very inspiring!

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

      I have several more in the plans, so watch this space πŸ™‚ And thank you!

  15. Elizabeth January 8, 2018 at 5:16 pm #

    Now I want a tour of your new sewing room – video please!

  16. Wrenna January 8, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

    Yikes, missed the opportunity to join you in Alexandria, but I’m now intent on taking this class somewhere! Thanks so much for this!

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 7:29 pm #

      Hopefully something will be planned later in the year that you can attend! πŸ™‚

  17. Becky Thompson January 8, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

    Please PLEASE schedule others later in the year in Nashville – not around some massive concert if possible so the hotels are reasonable. I have scads of SW Air Miles so my travel will be free but I need to book leave in advance from work. Hint: My birthday is mid-November so hubs would go for it as a gift. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

      We’ve already filled out our calendar at Craft South for all of 2018, so it’s highly unlikely that I’ll teach this class again in Nashville this year. I am however planning other classes in other areas of the US later in the year, so perhaps you’ll be able to attend one of those? πŸ™‚

  18. shannon applegate January 8, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

    I would so love to take your class in San Diego or Orange County!

    • catherine January 8, 2018 at 9:50 pm #

      Yassssss!!!!! San Diego!!!!! Encinitas!!!!!!!

    • LLADYBIRD January 9, 2018 at 9:21 am #

      I would love to come out there if you have a shop that you can recommend! πŸ™‚

  19. Xavier & Kateri January 8, 2018 at 9:33 pm #

    Ah man…I just moved from Alexandria to Oklahoma around Thanksgiving. I would have LOVED to have attended. Jeans are one of my goals for this year. Any plans of teaching anything in Oklahoma or north Texas in the next year?

    • LLADYBIRD January 9, 2018 at 9:22 am #

      I haven’t considered those areas, but I’m open to any shop suggestions you may have πŸ™‚

  20. bethnegrey January 8, 2018 at 9:54 pm #

    Beautiful soundtrack and I LOVE those windows in your sewing studio! What incredible light — and your cat obviously agrees πŸ™‚ .

    • LLADYBIRD January 9, 2018 at 9:24 am #

      Thank you! That band is a new discovery for me πŸ™‚ And yes, the windows in my studio are the best part! Love everything about this house sooo much!

  21. Heather Myers January 8, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

    I laughed out loud at your YouTube – and love the new sewing studio! And your cat there in the background. Thanks.

    • LLADYBIRD January 9, 2018 at 9:24 am #

      haha I’m glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

  22. Beckyjopdx January 8, 2018 at 11:58 pm #

    I made my first wearable muslin skinny Gingers in that Robert Kaufman denim and it’s fabulous! They’re going to love it. I’m shocked you don’t have a Dry Goods/Seattle Or Modern Domestic/Portland date yet! Weird.

    • LLADYBIRD January 9, 2018 at 9:25 am #

      Ooh I’m so glad to hear that! Mine are finished, just waiting on buttons and rivets (that I am waiting to have shipped – my first order was wrong, so it’s getting re-sent, wah). But I love them so far! I am going to look into those shops, bc I definitely want to make it out to the west coat this year!

  23. Beth January 9, 2018 at 7:19 am #

    Omg what a wealth of info. You are a true pro dedicated to your craft. And have to give you props for excellent writing skills. You’re able to convey lot of technical info in a fun interesting clear and concise way. I love all the details. You’ve inspired me to up my sewing game. Thanks!

    • LLADYBIRD January 9, 2018 at 9:25 am #

      Wow, thank you so much! ❀

  24. Ciara January 9, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

    This makes me feel a bit more confident that I will actually finish the three pairs of jeans I promised to make for a guest blog post by my February deadline. I’ll have about an hour & a half tonight between when my partner gets home from work & dinnertime. That should do it. (Just kidding!)

    PS–My favorite Gingers are made out of Robert Kaufman denim. But I bought a bolt of Cone Mills when they had their mill sale last year, so I’m giving it a try. Or, like, six tries, because a bolt is a LOT of denim!

    • LLADYBIRD January 10, 2018 at 10:11 am #

      You got an entire BOLT?! Ummm well I’m jealous! haha!

  25. Nina January 9, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

    Whoa, that’s a lot of jeans and so fast! (Although at some point in the amazing video I did stop watching you and start watching your cat…) I’m definitely going to be using that waistband epiphany when I next sew a waistband – thanks!

    • LLADYBIRD January 10, 2018 at 10:11 am #

      You are welcome! I hope it works for ya πŸ˜€

  26. Nichole Talbot January 9, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    Wow you’re a jeans-making machine! Super impressed. I’ll be even more impressed if you make it out to Portland, OR! I’d love to learn how to make jeans from you! Modern Domestic in Portland would be amazing for this. They already offer a jeans-making class, but it’s over a 3-4 week period. I’ll see what they say about your intensive class – would be nice for those of us who want to whip them up in a few days instead of a few weeks.

    • LLADYBIRD January 10, 2018 at 10:12 am #

      I have spoken with Modern Domestic and they are interested in doing a class, but not the jeans one since they already offer it. I didn’t realize it was over a 3-4 week period, though! You should definitely reach out to them – in my experience (as the class planner for a shop here in Nashville, ha), we really take customer requests seriously when deciding what workshops and classes to offer! I would assume they are the same way.

  27. Jennifer Lopez January 9, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

    You owe me a drink! LOL But no seriously I’d love to take a jean workshop. I’m on the west coast, living just south of Oakland, and while I can’t offer you a shop I can offer you a couch! You’re welcome to couch surf and to a plate of chilaquiles for breakfast! Keep us posted on any west coast workshops!

    • LLADYBIRD January 10, 2018 at 10:13 am #

      I am working on it! Going to try hard for those chilaquiles! πŸ™‚

  28. tinygoldenpins January 9, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

    I really would love to take a workshop with you and can’t wait to hear what the one in NC (I live in Raleigh) is. I do have my Ginger kit and my Cone stretch denim and I’m going to soldier on by myself (eventually), but what I want to know is….how in the world could you make 11 pairs in one week. I just can’t….I can’t hardly do a silly tunic in one weekend???? Did you sleep at all?

    • LLADYBIRD January 10, 2018 at 10:16 am #

      lol well if you consider that each pair took less than an hour (maybe 1.5 hours for 2), that’s really only about 9 hours total. Spread over the course of 6 days, that’s 1.5 hours a day (2 pairs), although some days I made more. It did not interfere with my sleep whatsoever πŸ™‚

      • tinygoldenpins January 10, 2018 at 10:30 am #

        I just can’t even make a tee shirt in that time — and I’ve tried. However, I fool around with streaming, stare out the window, make tee, etc. ADD sew woman! I’m really going to try, one day, to NOT do anything except the task on hand and see what happens. You are really really really uniquely fast!!! And confident!!!! Oh, right, most of all: skilled!

  29. DatPixieGirl January 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

    Quick note to say that the facing attachment tip is fuckin’ brilliant. I’ve always hated how uneven the edge looks on the inside when topstitching the usual way – thanks so much for sharing a much better way to put it all together. You’re my sewing hero. πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD January 15, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

      Yes!! That makes me happy to hear πŸ˜€

  30. AlexMarie January 12, 2018 at 2:22 am #

    this is amazing, you never cease to amaze me with your dedication. I lurk on you blog a lot, so I don’t think I have made a comment before. But you are an inspiration for home sewing, honestly.

  31. Lisa Carver January 12, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

    If you want to do a workshop in the Bay Area, I’d suggest speaking with Chase at Black Squirrel in Berkeley and A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland because they both do a ton of workshop, but no jean making intensives. Also, I can give you a list of smaller sewing spaces that hold classes, but are not retail venues. AND I’m going to miss you in NY as I’ll be there earlier in March, but I’m going to try to make it out to Nashville this spring!

    • LLADYBIRD January 15, 2018 at 3:20 pm #

      Ohhh sweet yeah I’ll definitely look into those. I’d love to come back to the Bay Area if I can make that happen this year πŸ˜€ And let me know when you come to Nashville, because I’ve got a lot of travel this spring but I want to see youuuuu please!!

  32. Kyema January 14, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

    I’m so excited to sew my own jeans this year and wish I were close to one of your workshops. 😦 I want to make the low rise gingers but Heather suggests not using denim that’s less than 8.5oz. All the Kaufman I’ve found is 8.5oz. Have you used that weight? Would it work for the low rise jeans?

    • LLADYBIRD January 15, 2018 at 3:21 pm #

      I am currently wearing the 8.6 weight Kaufman, and I love it! However, I can’t comment on whether or not it will work for the low-rise version, as I’ve never made them (I’ve had a few students make them and the general consensus is that they are TOO low – like Brittney Spears circa 2007 low. So my advice is to make a test version pair first and decide for yourself!). I’d definitely listen to Heather on that one, she’s familiar with that version of the pattern so she knows what she is talking about!

  33. Marcus Hall January 17, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

    I live in Knoxville and missed the Nashville class. I’m also a male and don’t see anything about a men’s style. Cool with making a female pattern just want to sew. Love traveling and thinking of taking the class in Brooklyn. Should I or when is the next class in Brooklyn.

    • LLADYBIRD January 17, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

      The next class in Brooklyn is March 24 – 25th (you can sign up for it here), and there is also one in the fall. You can definitely take this class as a dude – I’ve actually had 2 males students in the past πŸ™‚ One used the Ginger pattern to make jeans for his wife, and the other guy notified Jennifer ahead of time so she was able to get him a men’s pattern. He used the Jedediah Pants, although the Jutland pants pattern is also an option. I think Jalie may also have some options. Nearly all pants are put together the same way – regardless of size or gender – so you can definitely take this class using a different pattern. I definitely think you should take the Brooklyn class, it’s a load of fun and a great excuse to visit NYC πŸ™‚

  34. Karleen Huggins February 2, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

    I am another fan wanting to vote for West Coast swing. How about Portland – Modern Domestic may be a great spot!

  35. mertxelasierra December 6, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    Hello, Lauren! Have you got some tutorial about fly making? I can do it right enough, but the transition between bly and the self-enclosed J-under-crotch seam is a stone in my sewing shoe.

    • LLADYBIRD December 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi! I don’t have anything online for that; it’s something i offer in-person in my workshops. Likely the designer of the pattern you are sewing has a sew-along that can answer your questions.


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