Upcoming Classes

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Class List Calendar

Feb 9, 2016

copy your clothes : how to create patterns from your favorite garments

three 2-hour classes // $240 + supplies

do you have a favorite dress, skirt or top that you absolutely love and just know that it can’t be hard to sew? (who doesn’t, right?!) if the only thing standing in your way of making a dozen more is the pesky pattern, than this is the class for you! we’ll show all of the best tips and tricks for creating an original and sewable pattern in this 3-part workshop.

please bring 3 “dream” garments to our first meeting. we’ll pick the one that will be the most sucessful and develop a strategy for producing a toile or sample.

note: this workshop is most suitable for graduates of our fashion lab and/or equivalent sewing experience. please email us if you have questions about your skill level.

Feb 10, 2016

fashion lab: learn-to-sew series

with make workshop founder diana rupp,
author of SEW: sew everything workshop

New York Magazine

seven 2-hour classes + “free” intro to sewing machine = 16 hours // $500 + supplies

by popular demand: a 3-part learn-to-sew series that teaches all the basics of fashion sewing in one easy package!

the plan is to meet for two hours once a week for seven weeks. this structured curriculum is offered for those of you who want an intensive and progressive introduction to the world of fashion sewing, with a focus on:

  • how to read (and successfully follow!) a commercial pattern
  • layout and cutting fabric the right way
  • developing good machine sewing skills and working habits
  • professional seam finishing and pressing techniques
  • the ability to install an invisible zipper with complete confidence
  • making simple adjustments to patterns for a perfect fit
  • the ins-and-outs of lining a garment
  • and handsewing skills for couture-quality hems!

note on sewing skills: if you’re more or less comfortable threading a sewing machine, you’re ready for this class. if you’ve never worked on a sewing machine, or don’t remember how to (which is not uncommon) then you’ll need to take an intro to sewing machine before starting fashion lab.

after you have registered for the lab, email us the date you’d like to attend the intro, and we will add you to the class list for free! ($80 value; this offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.) if you have any questions about your skill level, please refer to the intro class description (click on link above) or send us an email. we’ll be happy to advise you!

Feb 10, 2016

2-hour pillow making workshop

one 2-hour class // $80 + supplies (see below)

one of my all-time favorite classes! sew the kind of high-end throw pillows you see at ABC and anthropolgie–only better! you’ll pick up all the skills you need for making at least one envelope pillow cover from start to finish, and be able to make many more at home.

beginner sewing machine experience required; please be able to wind a bobbin and thread a machine. if you don’t know how, sign up for an intro to sewing machine class first (see above) and you’ll be good to go!

intro to sew package: sign up for an intro to sewing machine and take 25% off this class. use coupon code intro25.

if you have any questions, please email us. we’re happy to help!


1 yard fabric (linen, cotton prints, silk duponi or similar; no stretch, knits or velvet). if you’d like to use different fabrics on the for the front/back buy two 1/2 yards
16″ pillow form (not required to bring to class)
scissors (new or only used on fabric)
all-purpose thread to match fabric
tailor’s chalk in contrasting color to fabric or air-soluble fabric marking pen

Feb 10, 2016

tokyo tie bag

from SEW: sew everything workshop with make workshop founder/author diana rupp

one 2-hour class // $80 + supplies

take your fabric prep and machine skills up a notch by learning how to cut and layout a pattern, pivot, stitch around curves and make a fancy french seam. the end result? a super cute bag that’s an ideal gift, and it only takes 2 hours to stitch!

before enrolling please know how to thread a machine–if you’re a bit rusty that’s okay. this learn-to-sew project is suitable for complete beginners and can be taken as the first part of the fashion lab series (see schedule) or on its own.

Feb 13, 2016

shoemaking 101: moccasins

as seen on Daily Candy

two 6-hour workshops (12 hours total) // $375 + supplies (to be emailed upon enrollment)

we’ll take you through all of the steps of creating a custom pair of shoes from inspiration to patterns to hands-on making that results in a soft leather shoe that fits your foot perfectly. the technical skills you gain can be applied to any future shoemaking or leatherwork.

our guest instructor, shoemaker and educator kat roberts, has taught at FIT and 3rd Ward.


Feb 17, 2016

sewing I: make a skirt (naughty secretary)

three 2-hour classes // $200 + supplies

ready to get started with your first fashion project? we’ll show you how to make a cute and very wearable naughty secretary skirt. you’ll shop for fabric and gather a basic sewing kit together before class, and then be taught how to layout, cut, and follow a pattern, as well as basic sewing techniques like darts, seam finishing, installing an invisible zipper and how to handstitch a couture-quality hem. elementary tailoring tricks will also be demonstrated to adjust the pattern to fit your body if need be.

note: this is a project-based workshop. please be acquainted with winding a bobbin and threading a machine before signing up. the intro to sewing machine class will teach you all you need to know! this session can also be taken as part of the fashion lab series.

Feb 19, 2016

one-day crochet: simple scarf

one 2-hour class // $80 + supplies (list to be emailed upon enrollment)

learn all the basics of crochet! perfect for first-timers or those needing a refresher. we’ll teach you how to work the foundation chain and the basic stitches like single crochet and double crochet, as well as increasing/decreasing to create a shaped piece of crocheted fabric. after this class you’ll be able to use your new skills to start your first “real” project, a fashion-forward neckwarmer as shown here or a classic scarf or you’re welcome to bring in a pattern for a project you’d like to make and we’ll get you started.

Feb 20, 2016

intro to sewing machine

if you’ve never ever touched a sewing machine, or the last time was in junior high school home ec, here’s the perfect workshop to develop some basic machine sewing skills. identify the parts, what to look for when purchasing a new machine, and how to make a simple fabric wallet.

note: feel free to bring your own machine if you’d like to learn how to use it, otherwise we have have one for you!

good news: this class or equivalent experience is all that’s required for signing up for beginner project classes like pillow making, our sewing I workshops or the fashion lab

Feb 20, 2016

zip-o-riffic pillow (with French seams)

one 2-hour class // $80 + supplies (view supply list)

the pièce of résistance: a pillow cover with an invisible zipper and tidy French seams that would rival any similar style found at high-end home furnishing boutiques. magnifique!

this workshop is designed to teach a number of valuable sewing skills from invisible zipper installation with an emphasis on professional-looking results.

beginner sewing machine experience required; please be able to wind a bobbin and thread a machine. if you don’t know how, sign up for an intro to sewing machine class first (see above) and you’ll be good to go!

Feb 20, 2016

tote bag workshop

with make workshop founder diana rupp, author of SEW: sew everything workshop

one 2.5-hour class
$80 + supplies (to be emailed upon enrollment)

yay for totes! this is a project that’s fun, functional and fashionable. in addition to leaving with a bag that will make you proud, you’ll learn a variety of valuable sewing skills including:

  • how to read–and successfully follow–a pattern
  • layout and cutting fabric the right way
  • making perfect seams and hem(s)
  • seam finishing basics
  • attaching handles using webbing or leather
  • tricks and tips for professional-quality results

intro to sew package: sign up for an intro to sewing machine and take 25% off this class. add both dates to the cart and use coupon code intro25.

if you have any questions, please email us. we’re happy to help!

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