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"BEST OF NEW YORK: SEWING"
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 in a row on a weeknight or as a weekend intensive (*dates and times listed below). 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!
part I: tokyo tie bag
one 2-hour class
take your basic machine threading and sewing 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!
part 2: sewing I: naughty secretary skirt
three 2-hour classes
ready to get started with your first “real” garment? we’ll show you how to make a cute and very wearable straight OR pencil skirt–it’s your choice!–from start to finish. 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 commercial-style 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 and we can adjust the pattern to fit your body if need be.
part 3: sewing II: girly go to dress
three 2-hour classes
an original design by make workshop founder diana rupp: the girly go to dress! review and improve upon all the skills and techniques taught in the previous workshops from staystitching to darts to the invisible zipper, plus you’ll learn to install a completely finished bodice. the best part? you’ll know how to make many more after the class is over and your wardrobe will be complete!
After you have registered for the lab, email us the date you'd like to attend the intro to sewing machine, and we will add you to the class list for free! ($80 value; this offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.)
seven 2-hour + "free" 2-hour intro to sewing machine = 16 hours total
$500 + supplies (list emailed upon enrollment)
Mon 9/24, 10/1, 8, 15, 29, 11/5 + 12 // 7-9pm
Wed 11/7, 14, 28, 12/5, 12, 1/9, 16 // 7-9pm (*skips 11/21, 12/19 + 26)
Wed 1/23, 30, 2/6, 13, 20, 27 + 3/6 // 7-9pm