Twins N Needles 2020: Focus on Fit

Dear Students:

Following Gov. Tim Walz press conference declaring a peacetime state of emergency in Minnesota due to COVID-19, our host site in Minneapolis, the Textile Center, is closing to the public beginning March 15, through Sunday, April 5, 2020. Please note the following:

Registrations for all Textile Center classes taking place through the end of April have been suspended. Textile Center’s World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale (set for April 16 through April 18, 2020) will be postponed until June, with dates to be determined.

In light of this, we have decided to postpone the Focus on Fit event. We hope to be able to coordinate with the Textile Center to match the new Garage Sale dates in June.

Please let us know by 5pm on March 19, 2020 if:

1) You want to use your ticket as a deposit/ pre-sale on another Twins N Needles class, or

2) You would like to use your registration fee to confirm registration for the rescheduled Focus on Fit, or,

3) You want a full refund.
We have suspended our administration fees during this emergency, so refunds will be issued in full.

If we do not hear from you by March 19, 2020, we will fully refund your ticket.

We are thrilled to collaborate with J Stern Designs and Dittoform to bring you Twins N Needles 2020: Focus on Fit!

Twins N Needles 2020: Focus on Fit will be on April 18-19, 2020.

Registration is $350/ person. Registration will be open until April 18, 2020 or until the course sells out.

Note: Some students have reported problems with the payment system when registering online. If your registration payment isn’t loading properly, please contact us directly at or through the contact us page and let us know so we can help you and confirm your participation.

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Registration includes:

  • Full weekend of sewing instruction (see topics below)
  • DittoForm 3-D Body Scan and printed measurement report ($100 value)
  • From J Stern designs: Happy Pants pattern, fit workbook, muslin, Grading for the Home Sewer Workbook, grading ruler, half scale pattern pieces, How to Adjust Non-Stretch Pattern for Stretch Fabric Workbook and tracing paper ($85 value)
  • One of a kind, handmade pincushion brooch by Ashton Designs
  • Entrance into door prizes (watch our Instagram and Facebook feeds for news on our door prizes)

This year’s sessions are appropriate for confident beginners and experienced sewists interested in improving their understanding of and use of fit in garments.

Our topics will include:

  • Measuring to get the best fit and understanding your figure (any fabric)
  • Essential Undergarments: Choosing/ adjusting patterns and tips for sewing panties (or underpants) that will become your favorites (stretch fabric)
  • Making Pants that Fit You (woven fabric)
  • Sizing patterns to Fit you (grading for any fabric)
  • Adjusting a Non-Stretch Pattern for Stretch Fabric (stretch fabric)

Students will leave this weekend with: a completed pants fit muslin and adjusted pattern pieces ready to sew with, a set of grading rules with samples of graded patterns, essential tools to adjust patterns designed for woven fabrics to use knit fabrics, and their personalized Favorite Undergarments pattern. Students willing to do homework on Saturday night may leave with several pairs of their new favorite undergarments.

Your registration fee for this event includes a 3D body scan and a printed copy of the DittoForm measurement report. DittoForm has adapted their standard process to include the measurements you will use on Sunday in the grading classes. You will have the option (no obligation) to place an order for a DittoForm – to be delivered to your home within 6-8 weeks following the class. Orders placed that weekend will receive a $50 discount.

Please visit: for information on what students can expect from their free scanning session. Scans will be taken in private and students will have access to private changing facilities.

This event will be held at the Textile Center at 3000 University Ave, SE in Minneapolis, MN  55414. Situated near the confluence of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Textile Center is located in the Prospect Park neighborhood across the street from the Prospect Park Station of the METRO Green Line light rail.

The Textile Center has on-site parking and is a fully accessible facility.

The Textile Center has a very helpful note about hotel accommodations on their website:

“For our out of town guests, we have lodging and accommodations available right down the street, and the Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport just a 15-20 minute drive away, or at the Prospect Park light rail stop (no car necessary)!
Our official hotel sponsor, the new Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton is just one block from Textile Center at 2812 University Ave SE, and offers a preferred nightly rate of 10% off the room rate for Textile Center patrons (any room). This rate includes wifi, free hot breakfast, nightly parking, fitness center, and shuttle to and from Textile Center. To receive this rate, please call the hotel’s front desk directly at 612-259-8797, and ask for the Textile Center rate. (Instructions from hotel: when calling, don’t press 1 for reservations. Allow your call to be transferred to front desk. Let the attendant know you are calling for the Textile Center rate.)”

More information on the location is posted at:

Those interested in attending the 20th Annual World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale and our event, tickets will be available for the April 17 Friday preview sale through the Textile Center. Please visit: for more information.



7AM: Setup/ problem solving

8AM: Dittoform Measurements and Mannequins (Presentation)

8:30: Pattern Grading for the Home Sewer

10:30: (10 minute break)

12:30: Lunch, 45 minutes

1:15: How to Adjust a Non-Stretch Pattern for Stretch Fabric

10 minute break in the middle

5:15: Lara presentation on Your Favorite Underpants (45 minutes)

Adjourn/ cleanup at 6pm


7AM: Setup/ problem solving

8AM-9AM: Lara Sit and Sew on Your Favorite Underpants

9AM- 5PM: Happy Pants with lunch/ coffee breaks

5:00-6:30 Breakdown/ cleanup/ au revoir

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