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Aug 4, 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

Aug 5, 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!

 

Aug 5, 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.

Aug 5, 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

Aug 6, 2015

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.

Aug 8, 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

Aug 8, 2015

make your own printed fabric or paper by hand

one 2.5-hour class // $80 (supplies are included)

we’ll explore various ways of printing on fabric and paper, using simple materials easily obtained at your local art supply store. the focus will be on techniques anyone can use at home without special equipment, and we’ll explain all of the basics of textile design from creating a repeating pattern to combining colors.

Aug 8, 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!

Aug 10, 2015

sewing II: make a dress

three 2-hour classes // $240 + (supplies)

(psst! you can also find a pattern and instructions for this dress in
SEW: sew everything workshop)

an original design by make workshop founder diana rupp: the girly go to dress! this project was created to teach you all the beginning-to-intermediate sewing skills you’ve been wanting to learn, with professional-looking results:

  • how to follow a pattern
  • stitch darts
  • tips and tricks for the perfect fit
  • install an invisible zipper
  • insert a bodice lining

the best part? you can make many more after the class is over, so your wardrobe will be complete!

this is a level II class so basic sewing machine experience is mandatory; please be comfortable threading and stitching on a machine and a ideally few simple projects under your belt before enrolling. homework is sometimes required for this class. if you have any questions or concerns about your skill level, please email us. this class can also be taken as part of the fashion lab series.

 

Aug 10, 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.

 

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