Hey guys! I have some new workshops coming up this fall – check it out!
Join me for a super fun, pick-your-project sewing workshop weekend at Pintuck & Purl! Similar to my prior retreats at A Gathering of Stitches (which, btw, I will be back – but probably not until 2017, due to schedule conflicts. Wah!), this long sewing weekend is all about what YOU want to work on! Want to work on fine-tuning your fit so you can really nail that TNT pattern? Want to make a coat? What about a bra? Do you just want to hang out and sew with other awesome people who are also sewing and know that you have a teacher on hand for any last-minute oh-shit-I’ve-made-a-huge-mistake situations? I GOT YOU. This is *your* retreat, and you can spend it however you like! The class fee includes a welcome party, lunches, local excursions, signature drinks and a swanky dinner out on Saturday night. Turn that shit into a sweet-ass sewing vacation already!
Pintuck & Purl is a new sewing shop located in Exeter, NH, another gorgeous (well, so I’m told ;)) New England town that I am guessing is gonna be FUCKING AMAZING come October. The retail shop will be closed to the public during this retreat, so we’ll have the whole place to ourselves (who wants to join me for some pantsless sewing? Anyone?). Pintuck & Purl is also an authorized Bernina dealer – so if you’re hearing the siren song of the Bernina and want to spend some time sewing on one before you take the plunge – here’s your opportunity!
I love love LOVE these types of open-sewing workshops, and I am super excited for this one! You can sign up for the workshop here! There are a limited number of spots and I expect this one to sell out like all the others do, so register early 🙂
That’s right – I’m coming back to teach another class at my beloved Workroom Social, this time it’s all about the jeans!! Y’all have been asking for a jeans class, so we are here to deliver 😉 In this 2 day intensive at Workroom Social, we will be making a pair of Ginger Jeans (my fave jeans pattern, obvs) – including basic fitting and pattern adjustments, construction techniques, and everything you need to know about finishing (topstitching, installing hardware, etc). Jeans are one of those funny projects that look super intimidating, but are actually really fun to make. Not to mention – out of all the handmades I’ve ever made, jeans tend to top the list as far as what impresses people the most 😉 You can see my Gingers here – skinnies, Cone Mills 1, Cone Mills 2, gold denim, red stretch twill, and Jorts! The pattern that goes on forever, basically 😉
If you’ve never taken a Workroom Social class, you are in for a real treat! The class fee includes use of all the tools and machines in the studio (which, by the way, is the cutest little Brooklyn sewing studio ever), as well as a delicious catered lunch + end of day cocktail hour (both days!). We have all the sizes sewn up beforehand so you can try on a muslin before you cut into your fabric, which lets us jump straight into fitting and then sewing! These classes are LOADS of fun and an absolutely prime excuse for visiting NYC if you’ve been looking for a reason. Not to mention – you get to go home with a new pair of jeans THAT YOU MADE YOURSELF. Impress all your friends! Do it!
Like I’d go all the way to NYC without teaching a Weekend Pants-Making Intensive 😛 Are you kidding me – this shit is my bread and butter! 😉
So yes, we are running back-to-back pants classes at Workroom Social that weekend! After jeans, we will be immediately diving into our TNT basic Pants Making Intensive. Interested in making pants but don’t want to deal with jeans specifically? Then this is the class for you! In this class, we will be sewing a trouser-style pattern (don’t worry, it still includes all the fun details that make for a not-basic pair of pants – think slash pockets, front fly zipper, and a proper waistband – you can see the sample I made here) while going over basic fitting and pattern adjustments, construction, and the aforementioned trouser details. I loveeee teaching this class and I am so excited to be back for another round! PANTS!
As with the jeans class, this Workroom Social class includes all the same things with the fee – use of equipment and tools, lunch and snacks, dranks, endless giggles and crotch grabs (I hope you’re comfortable around me, lolz). T
Want to take a workshop with me but don’t know which one to shoot for? Here’s a breakdown:
Master Sewing Class at Pintuck & Purl
For those who want to sew, but hate being restricted to a particular class project – you get to pick your own! This will be a more intimate, relaxed sort of class, with fun excursions and lots of hangout opportunities. This is also a longer weekend, which means SEWING VACATION amirite.
Jeans Making Sewing Intensive
You don’t just want to make pants – you want to make JEANS! You all about those fun details and hardware that make jeans stand apart from a typical pants pattern. You can also take time off work – as this class runs on a Thursday-Friday. This also means you get an open weekend in New York City, should you choose to hang around for a few days! Again – SEWING VACATION amirite! Please note that prior pants-sewing knowledge is not necessary for this class – we will be covering all that while we construct the pattern – but it IS helpful, since you’ll then be able to focus more on the finishing and details.
Weekend Pants-Making Intensive
If you’re not particularly interested in making jeans, but you still want to get some pants knowledge crammed up in your head – this is the class for you! This class is all about PANTS, but is not restricted to jeans (so no topstitching or hardware, no sewing stretch denim, etc). We will still cover all the construction and fitting that you need to get you lookin super fly and pants’d, all while using a more traditional trouser pattern. You can definitely apply this knowledge toward future jeans, so don’t get too worked up if you’re having trouble deciding between the two.
For those of y’all who are asking about local classes here in Nashville – I do teach classes at Craft South, as well as offer private lessons (which you can sign up for on the website – please be aware that I *only* do private lessons on Fridays, and make sure you request me specifically if that’s what you want!). They are just 3 hour sewing basics classes, though – no big weekend workshops. Honestly, I use those as an excuse to travel 😉 So I’m not sure if that’s something I will offer in the future locally, but you are welcome to fill out a request form on the website – if there’s a demand, we are gonna fill it! 🙂 And if you are in another city and want me to come teach – get me in touch with your local sewing shop and maybe we can plan something fun! I am always down for checking out new cities! 🙂
Are you signed up for any fun classes this fall? Do I have anyone here crazy enough to sign up for two – or even all three! – of these classes? 🙂 If so… want to be my dinner and drinking buddy? 😉