Upcoming Classes

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Class List Calendar

Apr 20, 2015

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

Apr 20, 2015

home lab: learn-to-sew series

New York Magazine
“BEST OF NEW YORK: SEWING”
four 2-hour classes // $275 + supplies (see below)

by popular demand: a learn-to-sew series that teaches all the basics of sewing for your home in one easy package!

the plan is to meet for two hours once a week for four weeks. this structured curriculum is offered for those of you who want an intensive and progressive introduction to the world of home decor 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, pressing and hemming techniques
a first-time intro to patchwork/machine quilting
sewing with trim such as piping and bias tape
making one-step buttonholes
project I: fabric napkins or tea towels

take your basic machine threading and sewing skills to the next level by learning how to cut and layout a simple pattern on fabric and to measure, pin and press hems the right way–which is key for almost every type of sewing there is. the end result? super cute earth-friendly napkin(s) or tea towels for you or your favorite host or hostess. one 2-hour class.
project 2: cafe curtain

stitching a cafe curtain is the perfect continuation to the hemming-intensive skills gained with project I (see above.). although similar in terms of construction, this time around you’ll also be learning how to make a casing for a curtain rod, plus a few tips and tricks for working with larger pieces of fabric. the best part? although a cafe curtain is smaller in scale than a curtain you might need for a window that runs from floor to ceiling, you can simply use your new-found skills to scale up this version to custom fit ANY bare window. one 2-hour class.
project 3: patchwork potholder

a quick and fun intro to the basics of machine/patchwork quilting including how to bind raw edges of fabric with bias tape successfully and easily. one 2-hour class.
project 4: pillowcase/mini-duvet

a home lab series would be incomplete without learning to make a duvet cover. during this workshop we’ll make a scaled-down pillowcase-sized version of a full-sized duvet–this way the yardage will be manageable during the learning process but still leave with something you can use around the house. buttons and buttonholes for an enclosed closure just like the duvets you buy in the store will also be demonstrated as well as how to stitch french seams. one 2-hour class.
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 the home lab.

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!

SUPPLIES (FOR OUR FIRST MEETING):

1 yard cotton printed fabric (you’ll have extra material for making more napkins!)
all-purpose thread to match fabric
scissors (new or used only on fabric)
pins
pincushion
tailor’s chalk in contrasting color to fabric or air-soluble fabric marking pen
18″ transparent sewing ruler
sewing gauge (optional)

Apr 20, 2015

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. an intro class (see above) will teach you all you need to know! this class can also be taken as part of the fashion lab series.

Apr 21, 2015

sewing II: dress shirt

four 2-hour classes = 8 hours total
$275 + supplies (list to be emailed upon enrollment)

this workshop is for guys who want to sew their own clothes and/or ladies who are interested in making menswear-style garments for themselves or their loved ones.

we’ll be using the popular negroni pattern by colette. this design will teach you all of the sewing techniques that go into making a dress shirt including how to attach a collar, facings, a yoke, sleeves, cuff(s), stitch a flat fell seam and add an optional pocket.

please note that this is an intermediate-level workshop. ideally you want to have a few beginner projects under your belt and/or have taken our fashion lab series or similar. send us an email if you’d like to discuss your skill level before registering.

Apr 25, 2015

men's tie

power tie from SEW: sew everything workshop

one 2.5-hour class // $100 + supplies (view the supply list)

not sure what to give your favorite guy, but know you want to make something handmade with love? here’s your chance to spend a few hours on a sewing machine and whip up a dapper gift they’ll always remember. we’ll show you how to stitch a lined and interfaced tie and how to create custom labels for your project.

please note: this workshop is suitable for beginners, but be able to thread a machine. if you’ve never sewn before, simply take an intro to sewing machine first, and we’ll teach you the rest! note: you can make a hipster-friendly “skinny” version of this project!

Apr 25, 2015

zip-o-riffic pillow (with French seams)

one 2.5-hour class // $100 + supplies (see list below)

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!

Apr 27, 2015

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!

SUPPLIES:

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
pins
pincushion
tailor’s chalk in contrasting color to fabric or air-soluble fabric marking pen

Apr 29, 2015

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

May 2, 2015

sewing II: dress shirt

four 2-hour classes = 8 hours total
$275 + supplies (list to be emailed upon enrollment)

this workshop is for guys who want to sew their own clothes and/or ladies who are interested in making menswear-style garments for themselves or their loved ones.

we’ll be using the popular negroni pattern by colette. this design will teach you all of the sewing techniques that go into making a dress shirt including how to attach a collar, facings, a yoke, sleeves, cuff(s), stitch a flat fell seam and add an optional pocket.

please note that this is an intermediate-level workshop. ideally you want to have a few beginner projects under your belt and/or have taken our fashion lab series or similar. send us an email if you’d like to discuss your skill level before registering.

*please note this session skips sat 5/23 (memorial day weekend)

May 2, 2015

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

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