Classes at my studio are all small groups (usually 4 students), which makes it possible for me to dedicate personalized attention to each individual. Whether you are coming for some weekly creative “me-time” or just want to learn a useful skill, my studio is designed to give you a fulfilling learning experience. I strive to make the classroom vibe fun, focused, and comfortable so you feel welcome to ask questions and experiment with this age-old craft.

Garment sewing is my particular area of expertise, so most of my group classes area clothing-focused.  However, if you are interested in home decor or other items like handbags, invention prototypes, pet gear, etc. my Tuesday Daytime Open Studios or private lessons would be a good way to go. 

SPECIAL NOTE: USING PRE-PANDMIC CLASS CREDIT
All class credit purchased before the pandemic is still valid! If you have a package code, gift certificate code, make-up class credit, or other type of credit with me from before March 2020, I will still honor it. Many of the codes in my scheduling system automatically expired after one year and there isn’t an easy way for me to make a global fix in my software, but I can still look you up and fix the problem manually. So don’t be shy, email me! We will get it sorted out. 

Beginner Sewing Course

These classes are designed for complete (or nearly complete) beginners. They are for people who have never used a sewing machine, or haven’t used one recently enough to feel comfortable knowing how to operate it.  You will learn the fundamentals of using a sewing machine, handling fabric, and sewing straight to complete simple projects.

If you’re interested in learning the basics of using a sewing machine to make simple projects, this is the place to begin! The adult beginner course introduces you to the sewing machine and guides you through the process.  The course will take you through the following projects:

  • a simple drawstring bag
  • a pair of PJ shorts
  • a zipper pouch or throw pillow cover

All classes will take place at my studio. Sewing machines and basic equipment (scissors, pins, etc) are available for you to use if you do not yet have supplies of your own.

The class follows this sequence:

Part 1:  In the first class, you will learn how to thread and operate the sewing machine independently and be introduced to important sewing concepts such as how to pin your material, what a seam allowance is, different types of stitches and what they are used for, understanding right and wrong sides of fabric, and a few basics of construction. You will leave with your first project completed, a small lined drawstring bag. You do not need to bring anything with you to this class.

Part 2: We will start the class with a brief tutorial on different types of fabric and what makes materials easier or harder to work with. Then you will learn how to lay a pattern on fabric and cut out your second project, a pair of PJ shorts. You will understand more about how patterns need to be arranged on fabric, and will practice techniques you learned in the first class, building on them to try curved seams, hems, and inserting elastic.

Part 3 : We finish up shorts and work on your throw pillow or zipper pouch.

Class fee: is $155 + two fabrics, thread and one invisible zipper (see details below)

Materials needed:

PJ Shorts: 1.5 yards of cotton fabric (like quilting cotton or flannel) and matching thread.

Throw pillow (18-20″) or zipper pouch/clutch: 1 yard of home decor fabric (a thicker fabric found in the home decor section of stores), 18-22″ matching invisible zipper, and matching thread

Fabric stores in the area include:

Max class size: 4 students

Schedule: 

Friday Mornings 10am-12pm 

Fridays Feb 2, 9, 16, 2024

Fridays April 5, 12, 19, 2024

Fridays May 3, 10, 17, 2024

Thursday Evenings 7-9pm

Thursdays Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 2024

Thursdays March 7, 14, 21, 2024

Thursdays April 18, 25, May 2, 2024

Thursdays May 16, 23, 30, 2024

If a class is full contact me to be added to a wait list.

Hemming, Mending, Alterations and Remixing

Learn how to tailor garments for a better fit, revive well-worn clothes through simple repairs and adjustments, and make something old into something new in this three part class. 

Session 1: Hemming and Mending: We will cover the basics of hemming and mending techniques through a combination of demonstrations and hands-on practice. You will learn:  how to measure and mark garments to shorten/lengthen, ways of hemming by machine and by hand, mending techniques for rips, tears, and holes, and how to sew on a button or fix some types of zipper fails. 

Session 2: Alterations and Remixing: This session will help you understand the process for making alterations on existing garments and mixing together two or more garments to make something new. We will cover the basics of fitting, marking, and measurement, and learn how to take apart seams and mark them for tailoring, how to add darts and pleats, how to approach the process of combining two or more garments into a new piece.

Session 3: Project practice time! Bring garments you would like to work on for practice using all of the techniques explored in the first and second sessions. 

Class time: 6 hours total 

Maximum class size: 4 people

Supplies required: garments from your closet to hem, mend, alter or remix

Prerequisites: The Beginner Course or comfort threading and operating a sewing machine. 

Fee: $155

Schedule:
Thursday Evenings 7-9pm Feb 15, 22, 29, 2024
Monday Evenings 7-9pm April 8, 15, 22, 2024
Thursday Evenings 7-9pm June 6, 13, 20, 2024

If a class is full contact me to be added to a wait list.

Clothing Construction Newbies Prep Workshop

This 90-minute class is for those who have never made a garment before, or those who have started but got intimidated along the way (it happens!). The workshop will dive into the process of understanding how to begin constructing a garment from a pattern. This class is meant to be a preparatory class for the six part All Levels Clothing Construction Course (below). Once you take this prep workshop, you can get the supplies and materials you need for the Clothing Construction Course, if you choose to take it. We will cover:

  • Taking body measurements and choosing a pattern that is correct for you, as well as options for altering pattern sizing
  • Choosing fabric that is right for your skill level and desired garment
  • Determining how much fabric is needed for a project
  • Understanding what other notions (thread, zipper, buttons, etc) should be purchased. 
  • Decoding the markings and symbols on a pattern
  • Learning how a pattern in cut out and laid on fabric

Class time: 1 session, 90 minutes

Maximum class size: 8 people

Supplies required: none — but a notebook and pen for taking notes is recommended

Prerequisites: The Beginner Course or comfort threading and operating a sewing machine. 

Fee: $35

Dates offered:

 Monday 7-8:30pm Jan 22, 2024

 Monday 7-8:30pm April 29, 2024

If a class is full contact me to be added to a wait list.

Clothing Construction Series

This mixed-level class is for students looking to learn how to make clothes or how to improve their range of garment construction skills. Students may work with a commercial sewing pattern or create their own by copying an existing clothing item. Each student will receive individualized instruction on their particular project and have an opportunity to learn by observing classmates’ projects.

If this is your first time constructing a garment, the Prepping for Clothing Construction Class is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

Class time: 6 sessions, 2 hours each

Maximum class size: 4 people

Supplies required: Pattern and fabric 

Prerequisites: The Beginner Course and/or comfort threading and operating a sewing machine. If this is your first time making a garnet with a pattern, the Prepping for Clothing Construction Class is strongly recommended as a prerequisite

Fee: $275

Dates Offered: 

Mondays 7-9pm Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, 26, March 4, 11, 2024

Mondays 7-9pm May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10, 17, 2024

If a class is full contact me to be added to a wait list.

Open Studio – Bring Anything

In these classes you can build your sewing skills by trying a pattern for a more challenging garment or new type of material. You will gain confidence as you learn additional techniques and keep practicing your sewing skills.

Open Studios are designed for those who have taken the Beginner Course or who have had some experience making projects independently or in other settings and would like to become more proficient. Because you choose what garment to work on, you can take as many or as few classes as often as you like as you work through new styles.

Class fee: is $40/class + supplies or purchase a package of 6 for $210 ($35/class). If you are using the package, purchase it first and then schedule your dates.

Max class size: 4 students

Prerequisites:  Beginner Course or knowledge of basic sewing machine operation

Schedule:

Tuesdays 11am-1pm, every week unless otherwise noted

If a class is full contact me to be added to a wait list.

What if I want to become a fashion designer or get help preparing for fashion design school?

If you are interested in becoming a fashion designer, I recommend starting with a 1.5 hour private lesson so that you can share your ideas and I can help you understand the steps in the road ahead of you, whether that may be embarking on an entrepreneurial endeavor or preparing a portfolio for a fashion school. I operated a small production house in Washington, DC for almost three years and can work with you to explain the stages of product development, offer you resources for further learning, and help connect you with ways to begin production once you are ready.