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Cloth into Clothes

June 9 - 14, 2024

Sonya Philip  ·  100actsofsewing.com

Workshop at a glance

Transform cloth into clothes with this beginner friendly workshop.


  • Tracing and cutting pattern pieces
  • Sewing basic seams
  • Garment assembly
  • Fabric manipulation


  • Fabric
  • Thread


  • Basic construction
  • Pattern modifications
  • Finished garments

Artist Bio

Sonya Philip is an artist, designer and teacher. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and a BFA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2012, she started a project called 100 Acts of Sewing, making dresses while documenting the process. Since then Sonya has made it her mission to convince people to sew their own clothes, teaching workshops across the country. When not covered in bits of thread, she can be found knitting, gardening or walking her dogs. Sonya lives in San Francisco with her family.

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Workshop Description

Before mechanized production, cloth was a precious commodity. In this workshop students will learn basic garment sewing, in addition to strategies for cutting fabric and incorporating piecework into whole cloth patterns. Students will discover a variety of modifications and fabric manipulation techniques in order to alter length and to create different necklines and pocket styles. This class is ideally suited for handweavers and textile lovers, however simple patterns offer easy entry to those sewing clothes for the first time. This class is open to all skill levels, however previous experience using a sewing machine is required.


The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority at Arrowmont. To that end, a Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy has been adopted to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the detailed Policy.


In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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