Hey everyone! Just a quick update to let y’all know about a few workshops upcoming for the beginning of 2017! Just in time for the holiday-buying season, ha 😉
Join me for another open sewing workshop, this time in beautiful Leesburg, VA at Finch Sewing Studio! This is the same concept as my other open sewing workshops – there is no set project, you just bring whatever you wanna work on! This shorter weekend means less time off work, as well as a smaller price tag 😉 We will start on Friday evening with a meet & great, snacks and shopping, then spend Saturday & Sunday working on our projects! Whether you want to start a coat, focus on fitting, learn how to sew a perfect collared shirt, tackle your first bra, or just sit in a beautiful sewing shop surrounded by creative energy with a teacher on hand to answer any oh-shit-what-do-I-do-next questions – this is the workshop for you!
As of this posting, there are only 2 spots left for this workshop – so if you’re considering it, better act fast!
Jeans Making Sewing Intensive
March 2-3, 2017
Workroom Social, Brooklyn, NY
I’m coming back to NYC for another round of jeans and pants making (basically… I’m coming for your butts)! First up is the Jeans Making Intensive – where you will learn all the fun that goes into making a beautiful pair of professional-looking jeans. We will cover basic fit and alterations, construction, and all the finishing that makes jeans look like jeans. Think topstitching, setting rivets and buttons, flawlessly sewing a zip fly and perfect waistband. Like other Workroom Social classes, this includes pre-made muslins to try on (so you’ll know off the bat if those jeans are gonna fit!), use of all the sewing machines and tools (including separate machines threaded for topstitching, so you don’t have to re-thread your machine repeatedly), and really delicious catered lunches!
My workshops at Workroom Social tend to sell out pretty quickly – the jeans one in particular is quite popular! – so, again, if you’re considering this one, better snap that shit up ASAP 😉
Weekend Pants-Making Intensive
March 4-5, 2017
Workroom Social, Brooklyn, NY
I’ll also be teaching basic pants-making at Workroom Social, immediately following jeans-making! This class is similar to the jeans class in that they both result in a pair of pants – and that’s about where the similarities end. Where we focus on construction with jeans-making, pants-making is more about fit! This is a great class to get started on your fit journey for making pants that are perfect proportioned to YOUR body! You will also learn all the construction that goes into a pair of basic dress pants – perfect pockets and darts, sewing a zippered fly, attaching a narrow waistband, professional hemming, all that fun stuff! I have taught this class for a few years now, and it just gets better every time I come back! Yay for making pants!
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my workshops and classes, so here is a compiled list of FAQs if you’ve got a burning one you’ve yet to ask!
Q: Why are these workshops so expensive?
A: I actually don’t have any control over this! Since I do these workshops as a guest instructor, it’s up to the owner to determine the price – which is based on a variety of factors, including the cost of getting me over there to begin with. In addition to my teaching rates, I also have travel and lodging expenses. Like, I really really love you guys and I love teaching these classes, but I can’t afford to do this stuff for free. All those fees go into the cost of the class, not to mention whatever the shop/studio needs to charge in order to keep their doors open. I understand that not everyone can afford to spend so much money on a sewing weekend, but, that’s part of the deal when you bring in a non-local instructor.
Q: Will you come to (my state) and teach a workshop?
A: I would love to! 🙂 If you have a local shop that is interested in hosting me for a weekend workshop, let’s get in touch and plan something!
Q: You should come to (my country) and do a workshop here!
A: As much as I would love to travel to another country to teach some sewing, it’s honestly pretty unlikely. Travel fees are quite expensive for transcontinental, and most shops can’t cover the cost of that. In the past (lol once), I squeezed in a workshop while I was overseas and that was awesome… but I’m probably not going to do that again, as I kind of want to spend my vacation… well, vacationing! 🙂 However, if you are an overseas shop and you want to talk some numbers, get at me! 🙂
Q: Please come to (somewhere that’s not Brooklyn) and teaching the Pants-Making Intensive!
A: I get this question pretty frequently, and unfortunately my answer is always no. Here’s the deal – the Pants-Making Intensive is a Workroom Social class. Everything that makes the class happen – including that giant stash of pre-made muslins that students try on the first day – is handled by WS. I just show up to teach the class 🙂 I can’t take this class on the road because it’s not really my class to run off with (yes, I understand that “pants-making” isn’t exactly proprietary here; it’s more about being respectful for what Jennifer has built and not moonlighting it behind her back) Also, Jennifer is my assistant in that class – I can’t teach it without her! Also, those muslins? Yeah, I’m not about to sew all those myself – or drag them around with me on a plane. Nope! Come to Brooklyn and take the Pants Making class, ok? You will LOVE New York City! 🙂
Q: Why don’t you teach these workshops in Nashville?
A: You know, I’ve wanted to – but for whatever reason, local classes don’t really get a great turnout! I’ve spoken to other sewing instructors about this too, and that’s kind of the general consensus. I don’t know if its the scarcity factor that makes the out-of-state classes sell out vs the local ones have empty seats, or if the locals here just don’t like me 😉 At any rate, I like traveling for my classes and checking out fun new cities/meeting new people/sleeping in weird beds that are not mine – so I’m not complaining!
Q: Can I hire you to come up and teach a private workshop for me and my friends?
A: Sure! 🙂 Bonus points if you live somewhere FUN! haha
I think that about covers it! As always, let me know if you have questions and I will do my best to answer them! I am excited for this next round of workshops – I love meeting and hanging out with other sewists, and sharing my knowledge (and picking up new tips and tricks from my students, too!). Are you taking any workshops next year? What’s your sewing goal for 2017?