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Fit to Print: Truly Individual Fashion

July 17 - 22, 2022

Jen Swearington  ·  jennythreads.com

Workshop at a glance

Work from your own wardrobe to trace a favorite clothing item, fine-tune the fit to sew a new design, and print it with low-tech screen-printed surface design.


  • Create a paper pattern
  • Cut, sew, and a finish garment
  • Hand cut stencils
  • Low-tech screen printing in repeat pattern


  • Clothing items
  • Kraft paper pattern
  • Jersey knit fabric
  • Water soluble textile inks
  • Contact paper and tyvek stencils
  • Wax rubbing print textures


  • Unique completed clothing items
  • Screen printed fabric yardage
  • Skills to alter and personalize clothing at home

Artist Bio

Jen Swearington operates Jennythreads Studio in Charleston, South Carolina where she produces fine handmade apparel for women. She is the author of Printing on Fabric: Techniques with Screens, Stencils, Inks, and Dyes. Swearington has exhibited in Quilt National and is a former Arrowmont resident artist. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and has taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Penland School of Craft, and Haywood Community College. Her first museum-hosted solo exhibition of intricately illustrated papercut sculptures debuted at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston in 2021.
Arrowmont Connections

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Workshop Description

In this workshop students will create their own clothing designs and trick them out with low-tech screen-printed surface design. You will start with a rub-off paper pattern by tracing a favorite clothing piece and then work off that to inspire original, new apparel designs. After taking each other’s measurements students will use them to make the patterns that correspond to their bodies and then cut simple-to-intricate stencils to screen print on fabric including graphic imagery, delicate motifs, and repeat patterns to create truly individual fashion, creative beyond sewn clothes. The class will then finish their work quickly and cleanly without the use of a serger. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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