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Coming up in our Sewing Room: Special Events with Johanne Brousseau

January 24, 2014

Johanne BrousseauWe’re thrilled to have Johanne back with us this winter at our Surrey store with her popular classes!

Johanne Brousseau has always loved to sew and since 1978 has shared her enthusiasm and knowledge by teaching sewing and pattern making. Her career began as a pattern maker/designer for a local jeans company, and 8 years later, Johanne founded Creation Unique: a couture studio sewing custom-made evening and bridal wear that evolved later into a successful retail sewing machine business. Johanne is a fashion sewing expert with industry experience. Her extensive sewing knowledge combined with her easy-going pace makes her classes extremely popular. Sign up soon – most of Johanne’s previous special event classes at A Great Notion sold out!


Bathing Suits that Fit

Bathing Suits That Fit

Get ready for swimsuit season with a new stylish bathing suit that is fit for your figure. Johanne will teach you to adjust and modify your pattern according to YOUR measurements, and you’ll get tips on serging and handling the most stretchy seams. Learn how to insert foam cups and how to apply and topstitch elastic as well. The techniques you learn in this class can also be applied to gymnastic, skate, dance and yoga wear. One 7-hour class: $95 plus supplies.

Friday, February 14; 9:30-5:00




Bra MakingBra-making Level One

Eight out of ten women wear the wrong size bra and it seems that no matter what you are willing to pay or what size you take, it is difficult to find a bra that fits. In our 2-day day Bra-making Workshop, you’ll learn to sew a bra for yourself and have it professionally fitted to your unique body. This classic full band bra can be made with or without underwires and has great lift and support. It has been specially designed to use with low-stretch fabrics, which give the best support and a flattering profile. Once you have a basic bra that fits, you can make a second bra to really strengthen your bra making skills. You’ll end up with the best fitting bra you’ve ever owned! This is one of the best classes you will ever take. With Johanne’s expert fitting you will go home with bras that fit, are comfortable, and look good. Bras are fun and easy to make once you have your own fitted pattern. If you can set in a sleeve, you can sew a bra. $250 class fee includes fabric and findings to make 2 bras.

Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16; 9:30-5:00    or

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 18 and 19; 9:30-5:00 


Sewing and Serging with Knits

Not just for active wear, knits are used in all types of garments and Johanne is here to teach you all the ins and outs of sewing with knits in this lecture/demo-style class. Learn how to sew stretchy seams that do not pucker, make narrow straps, hidden pockets, and decorative bindings. You’ll be able to achieve “ready to wear” looks on every garment you make. All you need to bring with you to class is a pen and paper for note taking. $32

Monday, February 17; 9:30-12:30


Panties & Sports Bra Making

Panties and Sports Bra Techniques

Making underwear is simple – come to this lecture/demo class with Johanne to find out how easy it can be! Panties and sports bras that look stylish and fit well are simple to make once you understand how they are constructed. Johanne will show you the techniques used to give that professional look to your garments including inserting elastic and finishing seams.  All you need to bring with you to class is a pen and paper for note taking. $32

Monday, February 17; 2:00-5:00



Jean Making

Johanne’s Perfect Fit Jeans

Have fun making a pair of perfectly fitting jeans. Johanne’s has a background in designing and making jeans for a large commercial jean company. Using a pattern that Johanne developed from her years in the garment industry you will learn to sew jeans that rival ready to wear. Using garment industry techniques you will learn a quick way to insert a fly front, make belt loops, and specialty seam finishes. With this basic pattern you will be able to replicate any new fashion jean. $220 class fee includes pattern; supplies extra.

Thursday and Friday, February 20 and 21; 9:30-5:00



To register for any of these classes, click on the pictures above or call us at 604-575-9028.

See you there!

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