Our Classes

Ruler Packs for patternmaking

Price: $89.99    Class begins:

RulerPack

Keep your pattern tools safe in our ruler packs. Made in Portland Oregon.


A student favorite:  The best way to carry your pattern rulers and tools.  They are safe and protected here.  Features:

-- Fabric outer

-- Waterproof nylon liner

-- Three pockets to hold all your tools

-- Cover to keep tools from slipping out of the pouch

-- Reinforced to be sturdy

-- Made in Portland, Oregon.

Buy the ruler pack alone for $29.99.

Or buy it fully loaded with all the pattern tools you'll need to do your job, including:

-- Notcher to mark guidelines and dart legs

-- Wood-handled tapered awl to mark dart tips and details

-- Stiletto tracing wheel to copy your patterns

-- Skinny tape measure to measure curves

-- 4 sandwich line rulers:  Neck, armhole, hip, varyform for crotch and hems

-- 2"x18" C-through ruler.  Your most important tool.

Buy the ruler pack fully loaded for $89.99, a 15% discount over buying the tools separately.

Ruler Pack Fully loaded

Inside pockets hold and protect your tools.

Pattern Tools

Fully loaded packs come with 5 rulers and 4 tools -- all essential to patternmaking.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Litter critters

Price: $19.95    Class begins:

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Serger litter critter with compact design.

Keep a "litter critter" underneath your machine. It's your personal wastebasket to help you with trimmings and good thread hygiene. (Made in Oregon. Available at Portland Sewing for $19.95.)

Litter critters are made for sergers with a compact design or for sewing machines with an extra arm.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

SIMFLEX BUTTON SPACER

Price: $24.99    Class begins:

Image 3Need a quick way to evenly space your buttons and buttonholes?  Choose a Simflex expandable sewing gauge.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Sewing Kits

Price: $34.99    Class begins:

Organizer bag Lg

Organizer Bag - Large - Loaded

Organizer Bag

Our favorite way to tote our tools to and from class.  Makes you feel like the doctor of stitchery.
-- Large unloaded ($64.95) or loaded ($84.95) with seam gauge, tape measure, glass head pins, scissors, nippers, tomato pin cushion, seam ripper.
-- Small unloaded ($39.95) or loaded ($59.95) as above.

Stitcher's Tool KitStitcher

Zippered clear plastic pouches pretty and all rolled up with a tie to 7.5"x11" closed size ($34.99).

Sewing kit
Wicker Sewing Kit

Wicker Sewing Kit

Your traditional wicker or cloth basket with organizing shelves.
-- Small unloaded ($36.99) or loaded ($56.99) as above.
-- Large unloaded ($45.99) or loaded ($65.99) as above.

 

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Sergers

Price: $699.95    Class begins:

PDXSew_Class_Serger2Get your sergers from Portland Sewing.  We carry only well-built machines that can stand the test of time.  All of the machines  are made of ballistic plastic and metal in Japan or Taiwan.  No cheap plastic parts.  No "made in China."  And they are all EASY TO THREAD!

Looking for a starter machine?  Try the Janome 634D with a lever to help you thread your lower looper.  Reliable 3-thread overlocking for knits.  Reliable 4-thread overlocking for wovens plus rolled edges and more.

Want to step up to more feet options and a lower looper threader?  Go for a Baby Lock Eclipse.  All the above in the Janome plus.  Speed through your serging at 1600 stitches per minute.  Serge slippery and stretchy fabrics with ease.  Match plaids!

Ready for the fabulous self-threading machines in an overlock?  Start with a Baby Lock Imagine.  Automatic tension settings that sense the weight and type of fabric.  A dial to help you lift over thicker fabrics.

Want to add coverstitch and coverlock to your overlock machine?  Time to try the top of the line:  Baby Lock Evolution with push-button self-threading.  Create a sew line plus overlock the edge in one pass through your machine.  Or switch the settings to do each operation separately.  No machine has more options.  Great lighting too.

For a coverstitch/coverlock alone, buy the Baby Lock Coverstitch.  Create hems to give your garments the professional look.  Drill decorative stitches -- shadow work, flat lock, faggoting and more -- within the garment edges.  Many users prefer to buy the Coverstitch with an Imagine for a more dedicated sewing suite.

All machines are backed by Montavilla Sewing Center.

Want to test-drive these sergers?  Just want to learn how to use the one you have?  Register for our quarterly Sergery class.  Make that serger your friend while you make a tote, a knit top and a decorative scarf -- all in four sessions.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Class fee balance

Price: $219.00    Class begins:

Here's where you can pay your class balance.  Just let us know which class you're taking.  You'll get your supply list upon full registration.

Let us know if you have questions.  Thanks for thinking of Portland Sewing!

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Dress Forms

Price: $499.00    Class begins: June 25, 2013

Dress Forms -- Mark your form with style lines to make garments that fit you.

Dress Forms -- Mark your form with style lines to make garments that fit you.

Get your professional dress form from Portland Sewing.  These are the same forms used by Parsons and FIT.  If they are good enough for New York, they're good enough for Portland!

Features of our professional dress forms:

-- Pinnable linen padded surface
-- Collapsible shoulders
-- Sturdy wire cage on bottom for skirt measurements
-- Adjustable height
Your dress form is assembled and ready for you to use within two weeks of your order.

Full Body Front

Choose the form based on your smallest of your bust, waist or hip measurements.  Click here for the size chart.  Then make your purchase below.  Prices range from $350-$525 based on size.  Price includes shipping from New York & handling.  You'll pick up your form at Portland Sewing.

Looking for a full body form with legs instead of a cage?  Click here for that price sheet.

Want to learn how to pad out your dress form to meet the rest of your measurements?  Click here for our Body Double class.

Ready to use your dress form in our Draping classes?  Click here to go to that page.

For questions, contact info@portland sewing.com.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Sewing Machines

Price: $249.95    Class begins: November 19, 2013

Janome DC2013

Get your sewing machines from Portland Sewing.  We carry only well-built, mid-range (no fancy embroidery) machines that can stand the test of time.  All of the machines  are made of ballistic plastic and metal in Japan or Taiwan.  No cheap plastic parts.  No "made in China."

Looking for a starter machine?  Try a Baby Lock Anna or Molly.

Want some variety in stitches and automatic buttonhole?  Step up to a Baby Lock Rachel.

Looking for a good all-purpose machine that will last you many years?  Look at the Janome QS30.  It has extra feet.  The plateau that wraps around the arm of the machine gives you a larger flat sewing surface for faster sewing.  Or choose the most popular machine of all, the Janome DC2013.

Think you might want decorative stitches for christening gowns?  You might want to start with a Viking Emerald 116.

Getting serious about apparel sewing?  Then Pfaffs are for you.  We have the Ambition Essentials and Ambition 1.0.  These are the most powerful machines with their metal motors and built-in walking foot -- they have a need for speed.

Click on the links to read all the details about each machine.

Choose your favorite.   Make your purchase below.  Pick up your machine at Portland Sewing.  Then sign up for a sewing class!

All of our machines are backed and serviced by Montavilla Sewing Centers with 4 locations for your convenience.

For questions, contact info@portland sewing.com.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Book: Building Patterns

Price: $75.00    Class begins: December 31, 2014

Building Patterns

 

It's the text we use in Pattern Intro (P1&2) and Pattern Design (P3).

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Learn to Sew

Price: $99.00    Class begins: January 5, 2015

Beginning-SewingIf you’ve never or barely touched a machine, Learn to Sew is the one for you! If you’ve done some sewing but are a bit unsure about your skills or want a refresher and are ready to make apparel, then try Apparel Construction.

Learn to Sew Series:  Mondays, January 5-March 23, 6-9 pm OR Tuesdays, January 6-March 24, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm  NEW:  Saturdays, January 10 - March 28.

$99 each level or $289 for the series of all 3 levels.  Includes patterns/handouts. Each level lasts 4 sessions. Priced per person.

NEW!  Learn to Sew on Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm.  Register below!

Sorry, all other Level 1 sessions are full.  Please register for Saturday am or click here to get on the wait list for another session.  Or ask us (info@portlandsewing.com) about taking private lessons so you can join a Level 2 class.


Learn how to use your machine and sew basic stitches while making an apron.

Learn how to use your machine and sew basic stitches while making an apron.

Learn to Sew 1.  MondaysJanuary 5-26, 6-9 pm OR Tuesdays, January 6-27, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm.  NEW!  Saturdays, January 10-31, 10 am-1 pm.  Learn to sew in this first level of beginning sewing. Bring your machine or rent one from us. Learn basic survival stitches — as well as the way professionals sew — while you make an apron. Sew quickly and painlessly. Learn to read and understand commercial patterns. No sewing experience is required. Includes pattern & handouts.  


Learn how to easily add sleeves, encase seams and make a belt.

Learn how to easily add sleeves, encase seams and make a belt.

Learn to Sew 2.  Mondays, February 2-23, 6-9 pm OR Tuesdays, February 3-24, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm .  NEW!  Saturdays, February 7-28, 10 am-1 pm.  Improve on the skills you have learned in LTS 1 or sewing at home. You will make a robe with band, pockets and sash. Match your pockets and make them even. Learn the proper way to make a faced front. Work with large volumes of fabric and tricky layouts. Includes pattern & handouts.  


Learn to Sew 3.  Mondays, March 2-23, 6-9 pm OR Tuesdays, March 3-24, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm.  NEW!  Saturdays, March 7-28, 10 am-1 pm.  Make a comfy pajama top & drawstring pants. Sew buttons and buttonholes with your machine. Sew details right for real clothes that look like you bought them from a store, not made them at home. Find out the secrets of interfacing and elastic. Sew a professional pocket and collar. Includes pattern, handouts. Prerequisite: LTS 1 & 2

Learn about interfacing and elastics plus how to sew collars, lapels, buttons and buttonholes.

Learn about interfacing and elastics plus how to sew collars, lapels, buttons and buttonholes.

Don't have a sewing machine?  Rent one of our nice, new machines for $10/class meeting.  Apply your rent to owning to machine when you buy your machine from us.

"loving it!!  [This class] has inspired me to pursue something I've wanted to do for years... thanks" -- Jim

Available Spaces: 5

Private Lessons

Price: $35.00    Class begins: January 6, 2015

Private lessons

Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2-5 pm.  

$35/hour/person
Have a special sewing project where you need expert help? Have a new sewing machine or serger and don’t know how to use it? Need a one-on-one session to learn or brush up on fashion design, draping, patternmaking or illustration skills?

Then private lessons are for you.

All sessions are one-on-one with the appropriate experienced apparel professionals.

You must register at least 48 hours before attending.  Book your spot now! Just let us know which day and time you prefer, the project you have in mind and, if you’re learning a machine, the make and model of your machine when you register.

SEWING PARTIES!  Please contact us if you'd like to arrange a private lesson at Portland Sewing for your group of 6 or more.  info@portlandsewing.com

Class policies

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Knitting by Machine

Price: $419.00    Class begins: January 6, 2015

Make knit garments in hours instead of days.

Make knit garments in hours instead of days.

Machine Knitting for Fashion Design with Lisa Silveira, Wandering Muse

Tuesdays, January 6-March 24, 6-9 pm

$419.  Includes kit of practice yarns and swatch notebook.

 Featuring Shibui baby alpaca yarn.

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Machine Knitting Level 1.

Learn the basic machine knitting techniques and stitches including cast-on, cast-off, stripe, increasing, decreasing, ribbing, and cables.  You will put together a notebook of knit swatches.  No need to own your own machine, Portland Sewing provides the machines and tools for this class.  No experience required, just enthusiasm and desire to create your own knits in far less time than hand-knitting.


Machine Knitting Level 2.

Shape knits and make garments in Machine Knitting 2.

Shape knits and make garments in Machine Knitting 2.

Learn advanced shaping and contouring techniques including godets, short row circular sections, short rows technique, bust shaping, oval shapes, and short row darts to add beautiful contours to your knitwear.  You will construct a hooded sweater vest using these techniques as well as those from Machine Knitting level 1 on mid-gauge single bed machines and a professional linker.  Curious about double bed knitting?  You’re in luck!  Introducing the double bed machine, you’ll learn how to easily make different types of ribbing as well as some circular/tubular knitting. 

Class policies

Available Spaces: 0

Apparel Business Consultations

Price: $55.00    Class begins: January 6, 2015

Apparel Business Consultations

Tuesday-Saturday 1-6 pm.

$55/hour

Need advice for your apparel business?  Need help with product development and refining your product ideas?  Need help finding the right sources for your fabric and labor?

Then consultations are for you.

All sessions are one-on-one with the appropriate experienced apparel professionals.  Thanks to our non-disclosure policy, your ideas are safe with us.

You must register at least 24 hours before attending.  Book your spot now! Just let us know which day, what time, the business needs you have in mind.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 98

Apparel Construction

Price: $99.00    Class begins: January 7, 2015

If you’ve never or barely touched a machine, Learn to Sew is the one for you! If you’ve done some sewing but are a bit unsure about your skills or want to learn professional techniques and are ready to make apparel, then try Apparel Construction.

Apparel Construction 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 
$99 each level or $289 for a series of 3 levels. Each level last 4 sessions. Priced per person. Includes patterns.

APPAREL CONSTRUCTION SERIES: Wednesdays, January 7-March 25, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm OR Thursdays, January 8-March 26, 6-9 pm OR Saturdays, January 10-March 28, 10 am-1 pm. 

Portland Sewing_AUG_2013_PatternApparel Construction 1.0: (FULL.  Please consider taking private lessons to cover the AC1 material so you can join AC2.  Or click here to get on the wait list.)  Wednesdays, January 7-28, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm OR Thursdays, January 8-29, 6-9 pm OR Saturdays, January 10-31, 10 am-1 pm.  Start sewing and build confidence. Learn basic stitches and how to use your machine while you make an A-line skirt with a zipper. Guys!  You'll make a sports vest.  Learn how to use commercial patterns. Layout and cut fabric with happy results. Includes patterns & handouts.  Prerequisite:  Learn to Sew or previous sewing experience. 

Apparel Construction 2.0 : Wednesdays, February 4-25, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm OR Saturdays, February 7-28, 10 am-1 pm.  Learn the basics of fitting patterns plus the secrets of elastic while making a casual pair of weekend pants to wear around the house, shopping, gardening or exercise class. Make two kinds of pockets that you should know how to make.  Includes patterns & handouts. Prereq: Apparel Construction 1.0 


Apparel Construction 3.0:  Wednesdays, March 4-25, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm OR Saturdays, March 7-28, 10 am-1 pm.

Day Dress Short Sleeve

Learn more about how to fit patterns and garments plus the secrets of making a professional garment while you make a princess seamed day dress in blouse, tunic or knee length.  Construct interfacing, collars, buttonholes and sew on buttons.  Guys!  MansCampShirtYou'll make a camp shirt.  Includes patterns & handouts.  Prereq: Apparel Construction 1.0 & 2.0

Don't have a sewing machine?  Rent one of our nice, new machines for $10/class meeting.  Apply your rent to owning to machine when you buy your machine from us.

Class policies

"I don't know if you're the one who encouraged [my daughter] to take this class but whoever it was gets a big thanks from her grandmothers (who both sew) and me (who doesn't). Thank you!" -- Kathryn

Available Spaces: 10

Patternmaking-Intro

Price: $399.00    Class begins: January 7, 2015

Learn the professional way to make patterns for commercial or personal use.

Introduction to Patternmaking Series (Pattern 1&2) with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB

Pattern Intro Series: Wednesdays, January 7 - April 1, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm.

Sorry, the Pattern 1 class is full.  Please  click here to get on the wait list.

After these classes, you will be ready to design clothes — for yourself or others.  You will have patterns that fit and you’ll be able to turn it into innumerable designs for skirts, shirts and blouses, dresses and pants.

Take the whole 13-week series  for $819 or $445 for Pattern 1, $399  for Pattern 2. Series includes pattern papers and textbook “Building Patterns” by Suzy Furrer and special handouts.


Patternmaking 1.  Seven weeks: Wednesdays, January 7-February 18, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm

Draft slopers made to your measurements.  Start with a torso sloper that you can use for dresses, jackets and coats.  Create a bodice sloper for blouses and shirts.  Go to sleeves.  Then create a skirt sloper.  Finish with pants.  Prerequisite: Beginning sewing, experience with commercial patterns.


Patternmaking 2.  Six weeks: Wednesdays, February 25-April 1, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm.  Use your slopers to make patterns for garments made from woven fabric:  Bodices, sleeves, skirts and pants.  Learn how to manipulate darts into tucks, gather, flares and seams to make more creative designs.  Draft necklines and collars. Prerequisite: Beginning sewing, Pattern 1.
“I wanted to let you know I made another dress from pattern class, it’s an evening gown with a boat neck front and v back and bell sleeves and I’ve worn it twice now. I’m now working on making the boot cut jeans, and successfully put the front fly in. Thanks for the class, it was awesome.”  – Karen C, Fall 2013 pattern intro class

Available Spaces: 6

Lingerie

Price: $189.00    Class begins: January 9, 2015

Bias Charmeuse Slip CU

Level 1: Slip, cami, tap pants.

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Level 2: Bra, panties, teddy.

Fridays, Jan 9-March 27, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm.

$189 per class or $359 for series.  Includes all patterns.

Level 1: Plan for a romantic evening with a camisole, tap pants and embellished slip.  Work with difficult woven fabrics, such as silk charmeuse.  Learn how to apply elastic and lace. Cut and sew on the bias.

Level 2: Step up your skills and work with knits and stretch fabrics while you make panties, a bra and a teddy.  Attach stretch lace, plush elastic and bra backs and straps.  Discover sources for bra-making materials.  Create garments that fit you.

Prerequisite: Apparel Construction

Class policies

 

The lingerie class was fantastic!  I loved learning the techniques and of course, working with gorgeous silk.  The cami/short set I made is so beautiful! -- Suzy, Spring 2014

Available Spaces: 9

Advanced Pattern/Collection

Price: $229.00    Class begins: January 9, 2015

Make your collection through Advanced Pattern & Construction with Sharon Blair, BA, MA, PAA

Portland Sewing and Sharon Blair have appeared in several articles for Threads Magazine.

Fridays, January 9-March 27, 10 am-1 pm or 6-9 pm. 

$229 for 6 weeks or $449 for 12 weeks

Bring your ideas and your patternmaking skills and take advantage of our guided lab.  Design, develop and produce the garments of your choice.  Produce your next clothing line. Do your work with the help of Sharon Blair.  Blair studied in Paris.  She has written several articles for Threads Magazine.  And she has taken many local designers through producing their collections and even helped some get on and win Project Runway.

Tackle more difficult projects.  Resolve fit issues.  Master tricky construction issues.

Let your ideas run free!  What do you want to create today?  Bring it here and we'll make it happen.

Prerequisites:  Intermediate Sewing classes, Patternmaking Series, Industrial Machine Sewing

Available Spaces: 6

Rehab (aka Open Sewing)

Price: $50.00    Class begins: January 10, 2015

Complete your projects in Rehab.

REHAB restarts January 10.  See you in the New Year!

Rehab (Open Sewing): Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm.

$10/hour:  Buy a class or buy a card of 6 for $50 — a $10 discount!

Confess!  You have:

-- Projects you’ve never finished.

-- Projects you never started.

-- A simple alteration you need to fix.

-- A favorite garment you'd like to copy.

Face your fears and get professional help!  Make patterns fit you before you cut out your fabric.  Bring in your latest project or those UFOs (unfinished objects!). Get help with difficult garment construction techniques or patternmaking projects that have you stuck.
You must register at least 24 hours before attending.  Let us know your project.

Minimum of 4 students per Rehab session.  Rehab is priced per person per hour.

Thanks!

 

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Kids & Teens Advanced Sewing

Price: $78.00    Class begins: February 7, 2015

Kids & Teens Advanced Sewing.  Gone through the basic Kids & Teens classes?  Then you are ready to make real clothes.  Choose the level:  Level 4/Skirts, Level 5/Pants, Level 6/Knit Dress.

$78/person.  Classes meet on Saturdays. Tell us which session you'd like to attend. 

February session:  February 7-28, 2-4 pm

March session:  March 7-28, 10 am-noon

TwirlySkirt

Level 4 - One or two layered TWIRLY SKIRT.  

Learn how to sew hems.  Sew on elastic.  Add trims and sparklies.  Make your skirt one layer or several or add tiers.  Wear your new skirt home!  Prerequisite:  Kids & Teens levels 1-3

Level 5 - REAL PANTS.  

Learn how to make belt loops, add a zipper and make pockets.  Make a fun tie belt to slide through your belt loops.  Prerequisite:  Kids & Teens levels 1-4

Kids Knit DressLevel 6 - KNIT DRESS.  

Everyone wears them.  You have the skills.  So go ahead and make a knit dress with elastic waistband in two different styles:  Long sleeve or sleeveless.  Prerequisite:  Kids & Teens levels 1-5

Class policies

Don't have a sewing machine?  Rent one of our nice, new machines for $10/class meeting.  Apply your rent to owning to machine when you buy your machine from us.

Available Spaces: 8

Use Your (Mystery) Feet

Price: $52.00    Class begins: February 7, 2015

Use Your (Mystery) Feet

Saturday, February 7, 2-5 pm.  $52

Are you confused by all the extra mystery feet that came in the accessory kit with your sewing machine?  We'll not only tell you what they are,  we'll put them to use and make a sweet gift -- just in time for Valentine's Day.

Common accessories include feet such as:

  • Blindhem
  • Decorative
  • Piping/Cording
  • Pearls
  • Rolled hem
  • Quilting and quilt extension
  • Zigzag
  • Zipper

 

 

 

Available Spaces: 7

Make Your Body Double

Price: $169.00    Class begins: February 7, 2015

Jason Bray, fit expert, Portland Opera

Jason Bray (right) creates a costume for a performer at the Portland Opera

Make Your Body Double

Saturdays, February 7-28, 2-5 pm, $169.

Bring your professional dress form and alter it to fit you the way the pros do.  Learn the tricks and materials from Portland Opera fit expert, Jason Bray.  In 3 sessions, you will leave with your body double.

Available Spaces: 6

Fashion Forecasting

Price: $52.00    Class begins: February 7, 2015

ABCFashion Forecasting

with Katy Hadad, Tati & me

Saturday, February 7, 10 am-1 pm

$52 for the class, $539 for the Apparel Product Development series

How are fashion trends spotted and forecasted months and even years ahead? This workshop will give an overview of the exciting world of fashion forecasting. Learn about the multitude of tools that are utilized in spotting trends way before they hit the runways and store shelves. Learn to identify sources of research, analyze past trends and apply the findings to the prediction of future trends, develop color palettes and much more!

Step 5 of the 7-part Apparel Product Development series, Winter 2015.

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs.

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Scan 38Katy Hadad-Dyler is a graduate of the Art Institute with a Master’s in Education from Argosy University in Seattle. She is presently an adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of Portland and the owner and designer of the children’s wear line, Tati & Me: Clothing for the Spirited Girl.

Available Spaces: 21

Start and Run a Retail Store

Price: $269.00    Class begins: February 14, 2015

Start and Run a Retail Store

Saturdays, February 14-March 21, 10 am-1 pm

with Celeste Sipes, Radish Underground

$269 for the class, $539 for the Apparel Product Development series

Open a store and make money!  Here's how you become a retailer and make a profit:

--Develop sales forecasts and track trends.

-- Decide on your retail image and create a retail strategy.

--Plan merchandise assortments and create floor plans.  Get tips on what store fixtures are best and where to get them.

-- Create a 6 month buying plan and set when you are open to buy based on market seasons.

--Prepare for a visit to a trade show as a buyer.  Learn how to deal with the flood of line sheets and look books that will come your way.

-- Find out how to select and negotiate with vendors then place an order.

-- Track inventory and turnover to get the most return on your investment.

These tips work whether you want to open a store through clicks or bricks.

Step 6 of the 7-part Apparel Product Development series, Winter 2015.

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs.

Available Spaces: 16

Lace Shaping

Price: $69.00    Class begins: February 14, 2015

CU-BeadedJktLace Shaping

Saturday, February 14, 2-5 pm, $69 (includes practice fabrics)

What are you doing Valentine's Day?  Learning how to shape lace.  Perfect class for such a day.

Use couture techniques and hand stitching while  you attach lace seamlessly to a base garment.  Build your dictionary of laces from Alencon to Venise.  Shape lace around curves without seams or darts.  Learn how to work with beads, pearls, sequins and motifs.

 

Available Spaces: 8

Optitex-Computer Patternmaking

Price: $998.00    Class begins: February 16, 2015

Computer Patternmaking, Grading, Marking with Optitex

$998/person

Mondays, February 16-March 23, 6-9 pm

Limited to 4 students/session.  Prerequisites:  Intro and Advanced Patternmaking (Pattern 1-4)

with instructor Sharon Blair, Northwest representative for Optitex

Computer Patternmaking.
Go from flat pattern to CAD (computer-aided design) in six sessions.  You'll learn to digitize your patterns, modify them, check and correct notches, armholes, necklines and seamlines, create variations and seam allowances.  You'll also learn the principles of grading and marking, then apply them to your pattern.  Use Optitex 12 -- the same software used by Nike and many designers -- and an Algotex digitizer.

Grading.
Learn the principles of cardinal points and grade rules on a flat pattern, then move to the computer program and apply them to your pattern. Size grading is the process of increasing and decreasing clothing sizes. Fashion designers work with a patternmaker to develop their first patterns. Samples are made from these patterns and when they are complete and ready to be produced, they need to be graded. The pattern pieces are increased and decreased at specific locations to create each size.  Need to know more about grading?  Take our basic grading class.

Marking.
Layout a size run of your patterns for the best fabric usage for your size runs and styles.  Learn the difference between mixed, single size and other markers and which to use where. A marker is a layout of the pattern pieces that a cutting service will place on top of the spread fabric. Your goal: The highest fabric usage while conforming to grainline and sizes per your company's requirements.   Need to know more about markers?  Take our advanced grading and marking class.


Available Spaces: 8

Intermediate Sewing: Perfect White Shirt

Price: $189.00    Class begins: February 17, 2015

White shirts

Choose from one of four looks

Perfect White Shirt

 Tuesdays, February 17-March 24 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm

$189 or $359 if combined with Casual Jacket.  Includes for pattern and handouts.

It's the hottest thing on the New York runways:  The classic white shirt.  Choose from one of four styles.   Learn to adjust your pattern to fit you. Then learn techniques from the garment industry for perfect cuffs, collars, collar bands and pockets.  PS:  It doesn't have to be white!

Prerequisite: Apparel Construction

Available Spaces: 11

Shapewear

Price: $189.00    Class begins: February 19, 2015

Shape Wear BlackShapewear

Thursdays, February 19-March 26, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm.

$189.  Includes patterns.

Sreamline your silhouette, eliminate panty lines and flatten your tummy for a smooth look under your clothes.  Work with heavy duty 4-way stretch and elastic to make a body shaper and power panties with mid-thigh and high waist options in this advanced class.

Available Spaces: 15

Intermediate Sewing: Knitwear

Price: $199.00    Class begins: February 19, 2015

Knit Sportswear

Learn the tricks of sewing knitwear using the latest fabrics and techniques.

Intermediate Sewing:  Knitwear

Thursday, February 19-March 26, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm.

$199.  Includes all patterns.

Time to make an entire wardrobe of smart yet comfortable clothes.

Learn techniques from the sportswear industry while making a skirt and jacket and, bonus project:  capelet or dress with your choice of patterns.  Add details in your knits such as pockets, waistbands, buttons and buttonholes.  Use the latest knit fabrics.

 

Available Spaces: 6

Menswear-Pants

Price: $189.00    Class begins: February 20, 2015

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Learn details suitable for a man's pants.

Fridays, February 20-March 27, 6-9 pm with Ali Loverink of Wildwood Bespoke

$189.  $359 if combined with Menswear-Shirts. Includes handouts and pattern.

Make pants or trousers with details suitable for a man to wear: Welt pockets in back, slant pockets in front a faced fly, waistband curtain and partial lining as found in all well-made men’s pants.  Learn fitting tips for men.

Prerequisite:  Beginning sewing or equivalent

Available Spaces: 7

Pattern Knits & Stretch

Price: $319.00    Class begins: February 20, 2015

Knit-for-webPattern Knits & Stretch (Pattern 4)

with instructor Sharon Blair, BA, MA, PAA

Fridays, February 20-March 27, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm

$319   Includes pattern paper, handouts

Everybody wears knits.  So try your hand at making patterns for knits. Use the slopers you made in Patternmaking 1 and create new ones. Make tops, dresses, sweaters, activewear — including raglan sleeve hoodies — bras and swimsuits.  Learn how to adjust your patterns for different kinds of knits.  Patterns can be used for stretch fabrics too.

If you’ve taken Intermediate Sewing: Knits & Performance Fabrics, you’ll find yourself making the the pattern, cutting and sewing then wearing that garment to class the next week!

Prerequisites: Patternmaking 1, 2

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Available Spaces: 10

Mad for Plaid

Price: $169.00    Class begins: February 21, 2015

Plaid-Shirt-Back CUMad for Plaid

Saturdays, February 14-28, 2-5 pm.

$169, includes sample fabrics & handouts.

Get the right plaid-itude.  Bring your pattern and learn to lay out, cut and sew garments with perfectly matched plaids.  Good for shirts, jackets, skirts, dresses

Available Spaces: 10

Creating Line Sheets & Look Books

Price: $219.00    Class begins: March 4, 2015

Creating Line Sheets & Look Books

with Emily Weltman, Nike & FIT 

Wednesdays, March 4-18, 6:30-9 pm.  $219.

Create these key tools for selling your clothing line.  A must for anyone trying to sell their products to boutiques and stores.  Start with flats.  Use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign and create line art.  Learn about style numbers, photo shoots and paper choices.  End with a pdf ready to go to print.  Prereq:  Adobe Illustrator 

Available Spaces: 9

Serger Classes

Price: $189.00    Class begins: March 7, 2015

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Open to all makes and models of sergers.

Saturdays, March 7-28, 2-5 pm, $189 (includes handouts, sample fabrics) 

Make a tote with 4-thread overlock in one sessifabrics)

Start with Basic Serger Techniques.  Find out all your serger can do. Learn the parts of your serger, how to thread and manage the tensions and how to trouble-shoot problems while creating a book of techniques — from overlock to  rolled edge — in the first class. Serge a patchwork tote in the second class, a knit top in the third.

Flatlock-scarf

Use decorative threads and fancy serger stitches to create something wonderful.

Move on to Flatlocked Scarf/Wrap:  You’ve mastered your serger, now practice by making this one of a kind scarf/wrap.  We’ll start by embellishing the velvet with heavy re-embroidered lace and pressing into the velvet to create a design that is uniquely you.  Then we’ll piece the scarf together with decorative thread and the flatlock stitch.  It’ll be finished up with an optional hook and button closure.  Easy to make; could be the perfect gift for all your friends!

Open to all makes and models of sergers. Let us know which one you have when you register. Don’t have a serger? Rent one from us!

" I'm really excited to make the tote. You are a wonderful teacher! I love to hear the history of sewing, serging and fashion. You are incredibly knowledgable, but more importantly you make it fun to learn. Thank you for spending your Saturday afternoons with us and your wonderful talent." -- Christine

Available Spaces: 12

Kids & Teens Sewing

Price: $78.00    Class begins: March 7, 2015

Kids & Teens Sewing (ages 8-13), with Lynn Weglarz, children's sewing book author
Saturdays, March 7-28, 10 am-noon.  $78/person
You will learn to sew! Become friends with a machine, learn basic stitches fearlessly and have fun!

Wendy, Claire, Molly, Phobe and their drawstring bagsLevel 1: Pillowcase, drawstring bag and digital music player case.

Get to know your sewing machine.  Learn all the parts, how to thread it and make a bobbin.  Sew straight lines and corners while making the perfect iPod purse.  We’ll make pillowcases for sleepovers or for a gift.  Then we'll make a drawstring tote bag, perfect for carrying books or carrying clothes for a sleepover.  No sewing experience is required.  Includes handouts.

Have you completed Level 1?  Then try:

KnitPJSetLevel 2- Secret Pocket Pillow and PJ pants.  

Make fun seams, easy hems and waistbands.  Learn about elastic and more complicated layouts.  Learn how to control fabric and the proper way to sew a pair of pants.  Save your leftover fabric to make a cool secret pocket pillow. Take your outfit to spirit day or wear it around the house or to sleepovers!  Prerequisite:  Kids & Teens level 1

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Level 3-Comfy robe. 

Make a comfy robe of cotton or flannel with band, pockets and sash.  Match your pockets and make them even. Learn the proper way to cut fabric and sew sleeves.  Improve on your skills.  Prerequisite:  Kids & Teens levels 1 & 2

GONE THROUGH THE BASICS AND WANT MORE?  CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT ADVANCED KIDS SEWING.

WANT TO DO SOMETHING TOGETHER?  SIGN UP FOR MOMMY & ME.

HAVE YOUR SEWING BIRTHDAY PARTY AT PORTLAND SEWING.  CONTACT info@portlandsewing.com FOR DETAILS.

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Available Spaces: 7

SPRING BREAK FASHION CAMP

Price: $120.00    Class begins: March 23, 2015

Spring Break Fashion Camp

For Kids & Teens ages 8-13

with Lynn Weglarz, ASG

Monday-Thursday, March 23-26, 2-5 pm

$120; priced per person.  Includes handouts and patterns.

Become a fashion designer!

Your client urgently needs your design expertise!  A new season has begun and she has nothing to wear.  She is looking for a new look and you are the only one she trusts to make it.

You will:

-- Cut and paste a mood board.

-- Make simple sketches to create a trend-appropriate look that showcases your particular style as a designer.

-- Use one of your sketches to drape and make your own fashion garment from the fabric of your choice.

-- Wear your garment home.  We'll have take pictures of your FABULOUS design.

Prereq:  Kids & Teens Beginning Sewing or equivalent

Available Spaces: 4

Find and hire a sales representative

Price: $52.00    Class begins: March 28, 2015

Find and hire a sales representative

with Erin Glanz, True Collaborative

Saturday, March 28 10 am-1 pm

$52 class, $539 for the Apparel Product Development series

Get  a rare opportunity to spend time with someone who can help you sell your clothes.  A sales representative’s job is to contact store buyers and find you new accounts. If you’ve never worked with one before, this class will teach you:

-- All about trade shows and how to attend as a buyer or seller.

-- All about showrooms and how to get your line into one.

-- What road repping is and how it works for you.

-- Where to find reps and how to select the right one.

-- How reps select a line. What they need from you. What you need from them.

-- What a typical contract should include -- and NOT include.

Step 7 of the 7-part Apparel Product Development series, Winter 2015.

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs.

 

 

Available Spaces: 11