48min beginner Resources

In this sewing and design class, talented teen-designer Ruby Mac empowers kids to take their first steps into the world of fashion. From customizing clothes to designing a collection to sewing a simple skirt, Ruby shows you how fun and easy it is to express yourself through style!

Episode descriptions

Customizing Your Clothes: Distressed Denim Jacket
1. Episode: Customizing Your Clothes: Distressed Denim Jacket
5min

Meet Ruby Mac! With some time and a little skill, you can add fun embellishments to jeans, denim jackets and shorts using a few low-cost supplies such as ribbon, fabric and beads. Ruby shows you how!

Customizing Your Clothes Cute Patched Jeans
2. Episode: Customizing Your Clothes Cute Patched Jeans
3min

Add a pop of color and funky stitching to your favorite pair of old jeans to make them fun and functional again.

Customizing Your Clothes: Chic Sweatshorts
3. Episode: Customizing Your Clothes: Chic Sweatshorts
3min

Sweatpants? Boring. Sweatshorts? Cute! Ruby shows you how to hem and cuff those pants, replace the drawstring with a colorful ribbon and add pearls for comfy yet stylish look.

Customizing Your Clothes: Pom-Pom Pants
4. Episode: Customizing Your Clothes: Pom-Pom Pants
2min

Customizing Your Clothes: Pom-Pom Pants

Designing a Mini Collection: Making a Mood Board
5. Episode: Designing a Mini Collection: Making a Mood Board
3min

Follow along as Ruby walks you step by step through designing a mini clothing collection, from collecting inspiration to making a mood board to drawing your first sketch.

Designing a Mini Collection: Sketching Ideas
6. Episode: Designing a Mini Collection: Sketching Ideas
6min

With the croquis (body drawings) provided in your class materials, sketch along with Ruby to start designing shirts, skirts and pants, then combine them to create complete outfits for your mini collection.

Designing a Mini Collection: Completing the Look
7. Episode: Designing a Mini Collection: Completing the Look
5min

Color is a critical component of your mini collection, but choosing the hues can feel more like play when the colored pens come out. Consult your mood board for your favorite fabric shades and patterns as you color in your croquis, then add fashion details and model features to finalize your fantasy runway.

Sewing a Circle Skirt: Cutting the Pattern Pieces
8. Episode: Sewing a Circle Skirt: Cutting the Pattern Pieces
4min

Using a simple commercial pattern, Ruby takes you through her process of creating a cute circle skirt using neoprene knit fabric. If you're familiar with sewing machine basics, this project is a great introduction to garment sewing. Begin by choosing your size and cutting out the pattern pieces.

Sewing a Circle Skirt: Cutting the Fabric
9. Episode: Sewing a Circle Skirt: Cutting the Fabric
4min

Ruby demonstrates how to lay out your skirt fabric, pin the paper pattern pieces to it and cut it out. You'll also add markings to a few important spots that will help you put all the pieces together later.

Sewing a Circle Skirt: Making the Waistband
10. Episode: Sewing a Circle Skirt: Making the Waistband
5min

Ready to start sewing? Begin with the skirt's waistband and sew the two long pieces together, leaving a gap for elastic. Ruby shares some tips for using your sewing machine and for pinning and pressing your seams.

Sewing a Circle Skirt: Finishing the Skirt
11. Episode: Sewing a Circle Skirt: Finishing the Skirt
6min

Your skirt is almost done! In almost no time you'll have the side seams sewn and the waistband attached. Just add a little elastic and you're ready to twirl!

About the Teacher

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1. Episode: Customizing Your Clothes: Distressed Denim Jacket 5min
2. Episode: Customizing Your Clothes Cute Patched Jeans 3min
3. Episode: Customizing Your Clothes: Chic Sweatshorts 3min
4. Episode: Customizing Your Clothes: Pom-Pom Pants 2min
5. Episode: Designing a Mini Collection: Making a Mood Board 3min
6. Episode: Designing a Mini Collection: Sketching Ideas 6min
7. Episode: Designing a Mini Collection: Completing the Look 5min
8. Episode: Sewing a Circle Skirt: Cutting the Pattern Pieces 4min
9. Episode: Sewing a Circle Skirt: Cutting the Fabric 4min
10. Episode: Sewing a Circle Skirt: Making the Waistband 5min
11. Episode: Sewing a Circle Skirt: Finishing the Skirt 6min

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