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Class List Calendar

Jul 6, 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. 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.

 

Jul 6, 2015

home lab: learn-to-sew series

New York Magazine
“BEST OF NEW YORK: SEWING”

four 2-hour classes // $275 + supplies (see list below)

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

the plan is to meet for two hours once a week for four weeks. this structured curriculum provides an intensive-yet-progressive introduction to the 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
  • getting closure: zippers and buttonholes!

project I: fabric napkins or tea towels

take your basic machine threading and sewing skills to the next level by learning to layout and cut fabric as well as how 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. the best part? although a cafe curtain is smaller in scale than why you might need for a window that runs from floor to ceiling, this version can be scaled up to 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: zippered pillow/mini-duvet

a home lab would be incomplete without learning to make a duvet cover. as with the cafe curtain, we’ll be making a scaled-down/pillow-sized version of a full-sized duvet. two types of closures–an invisible zipper and buttons/buttonholes–will be taught, plus how to make a French seam for a clean finish. one 2-hour class.

note on sewing skills: if you’re more or less comfortable threading a sewing machine you’re ready for this series. if you have never sewn on a machine or want an in-depth refresher, we will give you 50% off an intro to sewing machine workshop upon registration in the home lab. just send us an email so we can hook you up with the discount!

SUPPLIES (FOR OUR FIRST MEETING):

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

Jul 6, 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

Jul 7, 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

Jul 10, 2015

sewing I: wrap skirt

two 3-hour classes // $200 + supplies + 50% off a 2-hour intro to sewing machine workshop ($40 value)

design a flirty wrap skirt that fits your measurements perfectly in this 2-week workshop. we will cover the basics of body measurement, simple pattern drafting, layout and construction. students should have basic sewing skills and feel comfortable working on a sewing machine to fully benefit from this course.

please bring the following to our first meeting: 2-3 yards of lightweight cotton fabric, 3 yards bias tape, thread to match project, fabric scissors, sewing pins, and seam ripper. pre-wash and press your fabric prior to class for best fit of finished garment.

note: this project is definitely suitable for beginners. an intro to sewing machine workshop is recommended if you’re not familiar with threading a machine as these skills are not taught in this workshop. please sign up for the skirt class and then send us an email if you’d like to attend a discounted intro session.

Jul 10, 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!

Jul 11, 2015

handmade sandals

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

in our first class you will measure your own feet in order to make a pair of custom fit sandals. you’ll build patterns based on your own design, then cut upper leather, assemble your pieces and create a lining. next, you’ll create a custom outsole shape, based on your feet, and an insole designed to meet your design and comfort whims. finally, you’ll attach your upper to your sole, and be all set for spring with your new kicks! please come to the first class prepared with 3 design ideas.

Jul 13, 2015

fashion lab: learn-to-sew series

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

New York Magazine
“BEST OF NEW YORK: SEWING”

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!

 

Jul 13, 2015

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.

Jul 13, 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!

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!

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
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