Cal Patch

Cal Patch has been a maker since she was a Girl Scout in the seventies. She sews, crochets, spins, embroiders, knits, prints, makes patterns, dyes… hence the name of her label: *hodge podge*. Cal has taught all of these subjects for the past twelve years, and loves showing people new skills. After seventeen years of being a New York City dweller, Cal recently relocated to the Catskills where she is becoming a crafty farmer.

Her first book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified, is out now from Potter Craft. You can see what she’s up to at her blog, hodge podge farm.

Lucky Star Classes:  Lucky Tunic, Sew Your Own Leggings, Stitch It, and Studio Apron

: : : : : Lucky Tunic : : : : : 

Class Description:

A simple linen tunic is a wardrobe staple, and can be customized in infinite ways. You will learn how to sew your own custom version, and you’ll want to wear it every day! This is a great introduction to creating your own handmade wardrobe. Cal will bring the simple pattern and you’ll make it your own, playing with design options like pockets, neckline, side slits or sleeve variations.

Class Offered: Full day [Dates and times coming soon!]

Level of Difficulty:  Advanced Beginner Sewer

Prerequisites:  Students should be comfortable using a sewing machine and have a few simple projects under their belt.

Materials List for Students:  If you can, please bring your sewing machine!

  • 2 yards linen or other woven fabric with a nice drape (linen/cotton or linen/rayon blends work well too
  • Thread to match
  • 1 package ½” single-fold bias tape
  • Basic sewing kit:  Scissors (for cutting fabric), pins + pincushion, seam ripper, tape measure, chalk

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: : : : : Sew Your Own Leggings : : : : : 

Class Description:

People are often surprised to learn they can make their own leggings, but guess what? YOU CAN! And you don’t even need a serger to sew with knits. Cal will bring the patterns and we’ll stitch up a pair of real-live custom leggings. You’ll never buy them off the rack again! Please have at least advanced-beginner sewing skills, with a few simple projects under your belt.

Class Offered: Half day [Dates and times coming soon!]

Level of Difficulty:  Advanced Beginner Sewer

Prerequisites:  Students should be comfortable using a sewing machine and have a few simple projects under their belt.

Materials List for Students: If you can, please bring your sewing machine!

  • 1.25 yds* of cotton/lycra jersey (it’s important that it has at least 5-10% Lycra or Spandex)
  • Thread to match
  • 1 yard 1/2″ elastic (or enough to go around your waist)
  • Basic sewing kit: Scissors (for cutting fabric), pins + pincushion, seam ripper, chalk

*note: Most stretch jersey is 58/60″ wide, and will be wide enough to cut both legs out of one length. If your thigh circumference is more than 30″, you’ll need twice the length (2 1/2 yards).

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: : : : : Stitch It : : : : : 

Class Description:

Adding a touch of embroidery can turn nearly any plain thing into an heirloom. You can stitch on pieces you’ve sewn yourself, or bought pre-made, clothes, or paper cards, paintings and collages. By embellishing on these items, you can make gifts more personal, commemorate events, hide mending or stains, or just give a tired old piece a new life.

We will learn 12-15 different classic embroidery stitches and experiment on a free-form sampler, or a project of your choice. Soon everything you see will seem to be calling out for some stitchery.

Class Offered: Half day [Dates and times coming soon!]

Level of Difficulty:  Beginner

Prerequisites:  None

Materials List for Students:

  • Embroidery floss in several colors
  • Assorted needles
  • Small scissors
  • Marking pen that disappears or washes out
  • Fat quarter or piece of cloth approximately 18 x 18” for practice sampler (gingham works great and gives you a grid!)
  • Optional: Finished item or cloth for project


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: : : : : Studio Apron : : : : : 

Class Description:

Haven’t you always wanted the perfect apron or smock to wear while you make? Whether you’re a painter, printer, sculptor, designer, potter, or cook, donning your protective layer can be the ritual that brings you into your creative space (or happy place!). Cal will bring the pattern for an easily customized cross-back apron, and you will determine your ideal pockets and details.

Class Offered: Full day [Dates and times coming soon!]

Level of Difficulty:  Advanced Beginner Sewer

Prerequisites:  Students should be comfortable using a sewing machine and have a few simple projects under their belt.

Materials List for Students:

  • If you can, please bring your sewing machine!
  • 2 yards denim, light canvas, linen, chambray or other woven fabric
  • Thread to match
  • 2 packages ½” single-fold bias tape
  • Basic sewing kit:  Scissors (for cutting fabric), pins + pincushion, seam ripper, tape measure, chalk

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