First Civilizations

Learn to Sew with Our From Fig Leaves to High Fashion companion series!


Woman sewing a kimono, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, early 19th century.

In this section, we will be focusing on basic hand-sewing techniques so you will only need a few supplies to get started.

Supply List for this Class

Lesson 1……. Sumeria

      Introduction to Woven Fabric

Thread a Needle

Knot a Thread

Pinning Fabric

Running Stitch

Half-Back Stitch

Creating a Fringed Edge


Make an Ancient Sumerian Shawl

Lesson 2…….. Indus Valley

Double-fold Hem



         Make an Indus Valley Saree

Lesson 3……. Egypt

Introduction to Using Patterns

Laying out Pattern Pieces on Fabric

Transferring Pattern Markings to Fabric

Turning Ties Right Side Out

Applying Trim

Wrapped Kalasaris, Thimbles and Acorns Pattern #0000-03

Make a Wrapped Kalasaris Dress

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Lesson 4……. Minoa

Clipping Curves

Bias Tape Edging

Lace Edging


Make a Minoan Wrap Skirt and Blouse

Lesson 5……. China