private sewing classes

have a project in mind that you’d like to make? make workshop founder diana rupp is available most days from 10am – 4pm now through august 12th. if you’d like to book a session please send us some info re the project as well as some good days/times to meet and we’ll be in touch.

pepper + her new pillow!

yesterday in our zip-o-riffic pillow (with French seams) workshop nancy mentioned that her dog pepper LOVES pillows, which is why she wanted to learn how to make one with a removable cover. I asked her to send us a pic of pepper with her new pillow, and here it is! seriously, too cute.

sew everything workshop : pattern index

I’ve had a number of people contact me lately to ask for a guide or index to the sewing patterns included in my book, sew everything workshop. here’s the 4-1-1 for where to find each design:

group 1A:
easy breezy wrap skirt, wear anywhere yoga pants, power tie + unforgettable elephant

group 1B:
foxy boxers + naughty secretary skirt

group 2A:
girly go to dress + tunic (or not tunic)

group 2B:
cape mod + knockout knickers



where to shop for sewing patterns in nyc’s fashion district

shopping for sewing patterns in new york city is a lot like looking for a needle in a haystack. so you can imagine how happy I was to discover that daytona trimming at 251 w. 39th st. sells simplicity, butterick and vogue in the heart of the fashion district between 7th/8th ave. (turns out they’ve had them for a while, which is my bad!) paron fabrics carries burda and kwik sew and they’ve just moved a few doors down at 257 w. 39th.

the start of the summer jacket

yesterday I finally started sewing the summer jacket I’ve been talking about for months. I used some shirting fabric that I’ve had kicking around the studio for at least a year, but I think it would look equally as nice in a drape-y crepe de chine or in a lightweight tweed for the fall. in about three hours, despite the incredibly pesky under collar, I was able to get this far and I’ve also already sewn the sleeves together. now all that’s left is attaching the sleeves, stitching the bottom hem(s) and some handfinishing steps on the collar. I’m definitely going to offer this project as a class in june, most likely with a boyfriend collar option. send me a note or post a comment if you’d like to know when the dates are scheduled! oh, and I promise I will post a pic of me wearing the jacket the minute it’s done.

new summer 2012 pattern : mccalls m6560

I am very proud to announce my new sewing pattern for mccalls, make by diana rupp m6560 is now available online and in stores. it’s a dress, maxi or top; all three patterns are included in one neat little package. let me know if you have any interest in learning how to make this project. I think it would make for a great class. you’d learn how to do gathers, sew buttonholes and more!