Events - Pattern Testing Workshop in Cleveland

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Join Betsy, Erin & Alex for a 3-day event in Ohio! Plus, esteemed teacher Nancy Shriber will be joining us, showcasing her giftings in the art of hand-stitching. 

The Sewing Workshop team will be hosting a Pattern Testing Workshop in a lovely Brunswick, Ohio venue where you will work exclusively with The Sewing Workshop's newest pattern, which is yet to be released. 

The Sewing Workshop is stepping back into its origins by offering a 2024 version of a previously sought-after event; a Pattern Testing Workshop. In the early 90s, students would meet with Linda and work alongside her to master the techniques of new Sewing Workshop patterns, getting an inside look into the pattern development process and receiving exclusive access to the new pattern. In this Pattern Testing Workshop, students will receive the newest pattern of The Sewing Workshop before it is released to the public! The pattern and guidesheet will be provided. Betsy, Erin, and Alex will teach specific techniques within the pattern. Enjoy three full days of unhindered sewing, instruction, and technique mastery alongside other sewing enthusiasts. Participants can sew at their own pace, sewing the new pattern at their desired speed. Leave with a finished garment or confidence to complete the project at home. Evenings are unscheduled so that you can explore Cleveland or the surrounding area, enjoying dinners or visiting local sites & favorite spots recommended by a Cleveland-loving local, Alex. 

Nancy Shriber will be taking this garment and "playing" with it using her stitching techniques. She will host a trunk show of some of her favorite hand-stitched garments, where you'll be able to see a blend of sashiko and simple embroideries to take your garment to the next level. She'll be teaching her hand stitching techniques which is a perfect inclusion for added intrigue in this garment. 

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What is the pattern you'll be working on?

The pattern (tentatively named the Lakewood Shirt) is currently in production and will be finalized for attendees in Cleveland, but here's a little bit about the style and elements within the garment. The drawing you see is a loose sketch of the garment.

  • A hip-length, round-neck buttoned shirt
  • Traditional, slightly tapered long sleeves, no cuff
  • Front folded plackets
  • Semi-hidden buttons
  • Raw-edge hem detail (optional)


When: Tuesday, April 9th - Friday, April 12th
Where: Cleveland, Ohio | Bethel Cleveland: Brunswick - Lobby - 197 N. Carpenter Rd Brunswick, OH 44212
Total Cost: $700 | $150 non-refundable deposit due at registration to secure your spot
Machine Options: 1. Bring your Sewing Machine or, 2. Rent a Sewing Machine $100 (limited availability)
How to Register: Pay your non-refundable deposit using the button below

What you will learn & gain in the class:

  • First access to The Sewing Workshop's newest pattern – included in the workshop! 
  • How to gain confidence in basic sewing skills
  • How to cut out a garment pattern confidently & effectively
  • Various techniques & lessons for sewing will be demonstrated, including seam finishes and achieving the perfect hem
  • Various fitting techniques, including narrowing shoulders, lengthening a garment, adding a bust dart
  • An exclusive discount on fabrics and materials for the event
  • The opportunity to explore the pattern details and guidesheet and offer The Sewing Workshop team feedback
  • The opportunity to name the newest pattern before anyone else!
  • Hand-stitching and sashiko inspiration and teaching from Nancy Shriber


Evening: Tuesday, April 9th, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Private trunk show and aperitifs - Alex’s House - Lakewood, Ohio


Day 1: Wednesday, April 10th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

10:00 am-12:30 pm Lesson + Garment construction

12:30-1:00 pm Lunch

1:00-4:00 pm Garment Construction


Day 2: Thursday, April 11th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

10:00 am-12:30 pm Lesson & Garment Construction

12:30-1:00 pm Lunch

1:00-4:00 pm Garment Construction


Day 3: Friday, April 12th, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

10:00 am-12:30 pm Lesson + Garment Construction

12:30-1:00 pm Lunch

1:00-3:00 pm Garment Construction, Shopping, Pack Up

3:00 pm Workshop Ends

 Materials Needed:

  • Sewing Machine - This is a bring-your-own sewing machine class. If you do not have a sewing machine, you can rent one through the Sewing Workshop for an additional cost. You will need a sewing machine that has been cleaned and oiled and is in good condition. If your machine also embroiders and has a 9mm throat plate, you may want to invest in a 5mm-wide throat plate. If you have the even feed feature on your machine, engage it. If not, add a walking foot, if possible.
  • 1 spool polyester or cotton thread (to match)
  • 3 spools of polyester or cotton thread for serging (to match, optional)
  • Cutting shears or scissors
  • Trimming scissors or snips
  • Rotary cutter (optional)
  • Pins
  • Chakoner or chalk marker
  • Seam ripper 
  • Ruler
  • Hand Sewing Needle
    Walking Foot 
  • Edgestitch foot


The Sewing Workshop provides: 

  • The garment pattern
  • Trunk Show on Wednesday night
  • Cocktails and appetizers at Alex's house 
  • Lunches for 3 days
  • Drinks & snacks throughout the event
  • Tables, chairs & stations for sewing & cutting
  • Irons and ironing boards
  • Sleeve boards
  • Tailors Hams
  • Cutting mats
  • Pattern paper
  • Manilla File Folders / Tagboard
  • Sergers (2)
  • Fusi-web

 Hotel Options:

Comfort Suites: 1464 Town Center Blvd, Brunswick, OH 44212
Residence Inn by Marriott Cleveland Airport/Middleburg Heights 

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport