2021 Jeans Workshop Dates (+ a FAQ)!

5 May

Hey friends!

Hope everyone is hanging in there after that doozy of year we’ve just been through. Allow me to grace your feed with a workshop announcement! Yes! We are gonna do some workshops this year, god-willing!

Please note that not all the classes are listed as of this posting (I will update as they are!). I strongly recommend that you follow the shop hosting the workshop, to be notified when the class is listed so you can sign up quickly and hopefully secure a seat! I will update my classes page as workshops as listed, however, I cannot guarantee they won’t be sold out by that point (this appears to be a common theme with my workshops LOL).

All dates and links are listed on my WORKSHOPS page, as well as at the end of this post. For more information, including pricing, please visit the shop’s website or send them an email!

For COVID-19 precautions, most shops are limiting class size to allow social distancing. Also, ya girl is fully vaccinated! Yay!

I also wanted to share with y’all some Frequently Asked Questions, as these tend to pop up regularly any time I announce my workshops. If you’ve got a burning question, please check the list below as I may have already answered it!


What can I expect to learn in this workshop?

My Sew Your Own Jeans Weekend workshop primarily focuses on construction – you will learn all the details that go into making a pair of jeans, including order of construction, seam finishes, topstitching, inserting a fly zipper, attaching a waistband, and loads and loads (and loads) of little tips and tricks sprinkled throughout the weekend. The knowledge you obtain isn’t just jeans-specific – you can use what you learned to apply toward all sorts of future sewing adventures (Denim jackets!! Rad pants! Skirts! Dresses! Bags! Your possibilities are endless!). You will leave with a great pair of jeans, plus the confidence to go home and make more!

Does this workshop cover fit?

We will go over fit, although this is not a fit-specific workshop. The first half day is devoted to choosing our size (including trying on samples!), adjusting our preferred fit, and preparing our fabric for sewing (cutting, marking, etc). We *will* go over minor fitting adjustments as needed for each individual body. We will *not* spend a long time fussing over fit, nor can I guarantee that your first pair will be ~the most perfectly fitting pair of pants you’ve ever worn~. There simply is not enough time in class to allow for us to make multiple muslins for a perfect fit – and to be completely honest, this is hard to obtain without wearing the pants around for a few days to really get an idea of what needs to be adjusted. I don’t say this to discourage you, but rather, to set the expectation of what you will get out of your weekend. We will tweak the fuck outta your pants throughout the weekend (if it needs it – most students find they get a great fit right out of the envelope! #magicpants) and you will leave with something lovely and wearable that I promise you’ll be proud of. Should you need future adjustments, you will be armed with the knowledge to make it happen!

Is this class suitable for plus sized sewists?

Yes! The Closet Core Ginger Jeans pattern is available in sizes 0-32 (up to a 63″ hip). Need a bigger size than that? Holler at me and I’ll get it sorted. This class caters to EVERY size, no butts left behind!

I’m a dude, can I take your class?

Of course! Men (whether cis or trans) are absolutely invited to join us for the weekend! The Ginger jeans pattern can be adapted with minor tweaks for a less feminine fit, or we can adapt a men’s jeans pattern for you. Please contact me in ADVANCE of the workshop so that I can be sure we’ve got the perfect pattern ready for you!

What experience level should I be at in order to take this workshop?

Believe it or not, this workshop is actually quite beginner-friendly! You don’t need to be a sewing superstar with years of experience under your belt. The prerequisites for class are that you should be comfortable threading and operating a sewing machine, and have experience sewing at least one sewing pattern. That’s it, that’s all you need to take this class!

If you are a very experienced sewist with lots and lots of sewing (and maybe even jeans making!) under your belt, I still believe you will learn a lot in this workshop! I have had a vast array of skill levels in my classes – from the total beginner to the seasoned professional – and everyone leaves with more knowledge than they came with.

I don’t like the pattern, can I use a different one? Can I modify it?

I hate to be a fun sponge, but we really don’t have time in class to make huge design changes to the pattern or try to work with something entirely different. That being said, there are downloadable pattern hacks for the Ginger Jeans that you are welcome to bring to class – Ginger Mid-Rise Jeans and Ginger Flares. We can make additional small fit tweaks (such as opting for a looser fit or straight legs, if you’re not a skinny-jeans kinda sewist), but plan on saving the major changes and additional patterns for your home sewing practice!

Will you ever offer this workshop as an online class?

Probably not! Due to the extremely hands-on nature of this course (including the availability of pre-sewn samples for students to try on!), it isn’t very well suited for online. Also, I don’t wanna do online classes! Sorry, I’m selfish!

Will you ever come to _____________ (city / state / country / planet) to teach this workshop?

I get this question a lot, and the short answer is – I’d love to!! My best advice to make this happen is to holler at your local sewing shop and tell them you want to take a LLADYBIRD Jeans Workshop, and encourage them to reach out to me (lladybirdlauren AT gmail DOT com). This allows the shop to recognize that there is already interest in a workshop, which means they are more likely to get the ball rolling in terms of planning one!


So you signed up for a jeans workshop! Yay! We are so excited to have you in class and I can’t wait to make a lil’ denim believer out of you!! Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your class weekend:


Folks, I cannot stress this enough. Please, please… spend the extra money and buy the kit that I recommend for class. Please do not use this as an opportunity to “use up that old Joann’s denim that’s been languishing in the stash for several years.” On the flip side, for your very first pair of jeans – you maybe don’t want to dish out and use something really precious that you’d be devastated to not have turn out exactly right. I chose the materials in my kits specifically for their affordability, reorderability, and the fact that the shop can sell them directly to you (which in turn supports the shop). My samples are sewn with the exact same materials, so you can get a good idea of what your finished jeans will also turn out like in terms of sizing, ease, etc. If you want the best possible results, please buy the damn kit!


I know this can be really hard for a lot of sewists – but in my workshop, I really encourage you to let go of any ideas of perfection and just enjoy the learning process! By allowing yourself to make mistakes, you take a lot of stress out of class. Believe me, you are going to have some wonky topstitching, and maybe your first go at bartacks will be kind of horrifying. But rather than spend your time stressing and seam-ripping and hyper-focusing on small details – I encourage you to let it go and embrace the fact that you are learning something new! As you continue your practice at home (on your own machine, with no rushing), you’ll further develop your skills and, yes, continually improve! Furthermore, there’s something really sweet and lovely about looking back on your first go at something and recognizing the vast improvement you’ve made over time.


Don’t be skeered, y’all! Can you operate a sewing machine? Do you want to make jeans? Congratulations, you are qualified for this class! In addition to being your (super fun, super awesome) teacher, I’m also your personal cheerleader. I’m here to encourage you throughout the weekend, to tell you that you got this. Bring a notebook (or plan to film lots of video), wear comfy underwear, tell your inner naysayer to shut the fuck up and come sew with us!!


Sew Your Own Jeans Weekend Workshop
May 21 – 23, 2021
Pintuck & Purl, North Hampton, NH

Sew Your Own Jeans Weekend Workshop
June 4 – 6, 2021
Josephine’s Dry Goods, Portland, OR

Sew Your Own Jeans Weekend Workshop
June 11 – 13, 2021
Josephine’s Dry Goods, Portland, OR

Sew Your Own Jeans Weekend Workshop SOLD OUT
June 25 – 27, 2021
Domesticity, Baltimore, MD

Sew Your Own Jeans Weekend Workshop
June 30 – July 2, 2021
Domesticity, Baltimore, MD

Sew Your Own Jeans Weekend Workshop
July 9 – 11, 2021
Darrell Thomas Textiles, Almonte, Ottawa Canada

Sew Your Own Jeans Weekend Workshop SOLD OUT
July 16 – 18, 2021
Pintuck & Purl, North Hampton, NH

Sew Your Own Jeans Weekend Retreat SOLD OUT
August 5 – 8, 2021
Maker’s Hideway, Stanwood, WA

Sew Your Own Jeans Weekend Retreat SOLD OUT
August 12 – 15, 2021
Maker’s Hideway, Stanwood, WA

How To Sew Jeans Weekend Retreat SOLD OUT
September 3 – 5, 2021
Madalynne Studios, Philadephia, PA

Sew Your Own Jeans Weekend Workshop
September 17 – 19, 2021
Fancy Tiger Crafts, Denver, CO

Sew Your Own Jeans Weekend Workshop
October 1 – 3, 2021
Stitch Sew Shop, Alexandria, VA

Sew Your Own Jeans Weekend Workshop
October 29 – 31, 2021
Pintuck & Purl, North Hampton, NH

Sew Your Own Jeans Weekend Workshop ONLY 3 SEATS LEFT
November 12 – 14, 2021
Domesticity, Baltimore, MD

Sew Your Own Jeans Weekend Workshop
December 4 – 6, 2021
Sew With Sonia, Menlo Park, CA

Note: All images in this post were taken by Madalynne, at her studio workshop this past April! If you are a Philly local and would like to take a workshop in a very beautiful, very pink environment with your own personal paparazzi that makes you look like a sewing model with every shot, come join us this Labor Day Weekend! 🙂


18 Responses to “2021 Jeans Workshop Dates (+ a FAQ)!”

  1. itsmhuang May 6, 2021 at 12:20 am #

    Did you make that sweater and is there a blog post about it? The tiger is super cute!

    • LLADYBIRD May 6, 2021 at 9:54 am #

      I didn’t make the sweatshirt – it’s just an old thrifted RTW. I did sew the patch on it 🙂

  2. Judy Lenton May 6, 2021 at 1:16 am #

    Hello Lladybird!

    I used to follow your blog yeeeeears ago but dropped off blog reading because you know, life and stuff. Now I’m sort of back on that wagon and Bloglovin’ (bless it) threw your blog into my feed. And I feel as though I’m seeing an old friend again! Yes I am aware that that sounds completely weird.

    So it is lovely to see your blog again and I am following your Instagram too 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD May 6, 2021 at 9:55 am #

      Hello and welcome back!! ❤ ❤ ❤

  3. Deborah May 6, 2021 at 11:48 am #

    Sadly, I noticed that your Brooklyn class is also sold out. My daughter lives in Brooklyn so want to visit her and attend. Will there be another Brooklyn class in the future? Glad you are back on the blog. Have missed you.

    • LLADYBIRD May 7, 2021 at 11:24 am #

      I’m fully booked for 2021 so I won’t be adding any future Brooklyn dates this year. I haven’t started planning for 2022 yet but I hope to come back to Brooklyn! We’ll see!

  4. Mabel May 9, 2021 at 12:38 pm #

    Hope someday you’ll teach in Illinois! 👏💕💐

    • LLADYBIRD May 12, 2021 at 9:55 am #

      Get me in contact with a shop that offers classes and I would love to!

  5. Anonymous May 14, 2021 at 12:01 am #

    Sister! Just today I was thinking “I wonder if Lauren will start travel teaching again?” Yeah for you and all the sewists who are gonna take your class!!!!!!

  6. Nancy June 1, 2021 at 6:08 pm #

    Yay! I signed up for your Portland workshop (the second one). So excited! One thing I’m not clear on is how I go about buying the kit. Do I need to let you know in advance that I want to purchase one? Thanks!

    • LLADYBIRD June 1, 2021 at 6:11 pm #

      I don’t sell the kits, so you should definitely buy one before the workshop so you have time to prewash your denim. If Josephine’s Dry Goods doesn’t have them, you can reach out to Pintuck & Purl (in NH) and have one shipped.

      Excited for class!!!! It’s gonna be good!!

      • Nancy June 1, 2021 at 7:30 pm #

        Hmmmm. When I called Josephine’s they said they only had the hardware. I will try Pintuck & Purl.

      • Nancy June 1, 2021 at 7:46 pm #

        The Pintuck website says all kits are reserved for classes held there and if you are not on their class list the order will be canceled. Josephine’s didn’t send me a supply list so I’m not sure what I need to have prior to class. They only sent me a receipt. Help!!

        • LLADYBIRD June 2, 2021 at 6:56 am #

          Give Pintuck a call and tell them you spoke with me. They should be able to sell you a kit no problem. If that’s an issue for some reason, let me know ASAP (like, today, because I fly out at 6a tomorrow!), as I have some extra denim I can bring for you. It’ll get sorted, don’t stress! 🙂

          • Anonymous June 2, 2021 at 1:12 pm #

            Whew! Got it all sorted out. Josephine’s is putting kits together. The fabric was delayed but they should be receiving it today. They will wash it for me (and others) since I don’t live close to Portland.

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  8. LoriAnne January 25, 2023 at 4:34 pm #

    Boo Hoo!! Covid canceled the one in Florida that I was signed up for. So I got to ask are you planning on coming back down this way. I was looking forward to it. Nobody ever wants to come to Florida to give classes. 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD January 30, 2023 at 7:18 pm #

      As far as I’m aware, there aren’t really shops in Florida that do workshops – Vanessa’s was the only one. Now that she’s closed, I don’t think I will be back. I’m sorry!

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