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:

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Organizer Bag - Large - Loaded

30% OFF!  ALL SEWING KITS!
SUMMER CLEARANCE SALE:  SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 10 AM-5 PM
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

Application Fee

Price: $50.00    Class begins:

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Here's where you can pay the fee for your certificate program application.  Please make the payment at the same time you send in your application.  Click here to download a copy of the application.  Complete it, scan it and e-mail it to info@portlandsewing.com.  Then contact info@portlandsewing.com (503) 927-5457 with your questions and to set an appointment to discuss your fashion hopes and dreams.

To read more about the program, classes and class costs, click here.

Available Spaces: 98

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

Private Lessons

Price: $35.00    Class begins: January 6, 2015

Private lessons

Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2-5 pm.  Sorry, no private lessons June 27-July 5.  Happy Independence Day!

$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

Rehab (aka Open Sewing)

Price: $50.00    Class begins: January 10, 2015

Complete your projects in Rehab.

Rehab (Open Sewing): Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm.  Sorry, no Rehab July 4.  Happy Independence Day!

$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

GIFT CERTIFICATES

Price: $500.00    Class begins: June 17, 2015


Give the gift of creativity!  

Buy a gift certificate for the fashion designer in your life.

Certificates are e-mailed as a pdf.  Let us know if you'd rather have it mailed within one week of receipt of check and sent in a decorative Portland Sewing envelope or if you'd rather pick it up at Portland Sewing instead.

Suggestions:

$35 -- Gives you three hours of Rehab or Pattern Lab or a one-hour private lesson.

$50 -- Gives you a private lesson plus some supplies.

$99 -- Gives you one level (4 sessions) of beginning sewing.  Includes pattern and handouts!

$169 -- Gives you one level (6 sessions) of any Intermediate Sewing class such as knits, jackets, shirts, pants, jeans, menswear, leatherworking and more. Includes pattern and handouts!

$219 -- Gives you one level (6 sessions) of any Advanced class such as patternmaking, draping, couture, tailoring!

$289 -- Gives you enough to buy a beginning sewing series (12 class sessions), or some models of dress forms or  sewing machines!

$500 -- Go wild!

Have another amount in mind?  Send an e-mail to info@portlandsewing.com and we'll make special arrangements for you.

Be sure to tell us your name and e-mail plus the name, address (street, city, state, zip) and e-mail for your loved one.

Gift certificates are good for one year from date of purchase and are redeemable for Portland Sewing classes and items from the Portland Sewing supply store.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Fashion Illustration Intensives

Price: $219.00    Class begins: July 11, 2015

Fashion Illustration2Fashion Illustration Intensives with Jennifer Baggett, Art Director, Fred Meyer Corporation

$219 each

Level 1:  Become a fashion artist & start thinking like one.  In one day, you will start with a simple pencil and paper and end knowing how to draw the fashion figure. Add hair, hands, faces, feet and poses. Saturday & Sunday, July 11 & 12, 8 am-2 pm.

Level 2:  Use markers to add clothes and textures.  Create fashion illustrations suitable for a portfolio. Prerequisite:  Level 1.  Saturday & Sunday, July 11 & 12, 2:30-7 pm.

Level 3: Draw ¾ views with more detail on clothing: sleeves, collars, plackets, pleats, ruffles.  Prerequisite: Level 2.  Look for this class in Fall.  Click here to get on the wait list.

Mens Fashion IllustrationMen’s: Get the proportions for a man’s fashion figure. Create a croquis, clothes. Prerequisite: Level 2.  Look for this class in Fall.  Click here to get on the wait list.

Available Spaces: 1

Learn to Sew

Price: $289.00    Class begins: July 13, 2015

Beginning-Sewing

Learn to Sew is beginning sewing for those who have never used a sewing machine.

If you’ve never or barely touched a machine, LEARN TO SEW is the class for you!  If you’ve done some sewing but want to improve your skills, click here for the Apparel Construction class.

SUMMER CLASSES!  Learn to Sew Series:  Mondays-Thursdays, July 13-30, 6-9 pm  ONE SPOT LEFT!

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

In Learn to Sew, you make an apron (Level 1), robe (Level 2) and nightshirt (Level 3) as you build you skills.

In Learn to Sew, you make an apron (Level 1), robe (Level 2) and nightshirt (Level 3) as you build you skills.

Learn to Sew 1.  Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, 6-9 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 to Sew 2.
 Monday-Thursday, July 20-23, 6-9 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.  (Pre-req: LTS1)


Learn to Sew 3.  Monday-Thursday, July 27-30, 6-9
pm.  
Make a comfy nightshirt. Sew buttons and buttonholes with your machine. Find out the secrets of interfacing. Sew a professional pocket and collar. Includes pattern, handouts. (Prereq: LTS 2)

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
"I loved learning all the seams and how to use my buttonhole maker." -- Jean
"Lots of great information & tips/tricks!  Fun, fulfilling class." Katie

Available Spaces: 1

Apparel Construction

Price: $99.00    Class begins: July 13, 2015

Apparel Construction is beginning sewing for stitchers who want to improve their skills.

Apparel Construction is beginning sewing for stitchers who want to improve their skills.

If you’ve done some sewing but want to learn professional techniques, you are ready for Apparel Construction.  If you’ve never or barely touched a machine, click here for the LEARN TO SEW classes.

Apparel Construction Summer Series: Monday-Thursday, July 13-30, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm.

$99 each level or $289 for a series of 3 levels. Each level last 4 sessions. Priced per person. Includes patterns.

In Apparel Construction, you make an a-line skirt with zipper (Level 1), beach pants with pockets (Level 2) and princess seam dress/tunic/blouse (Level 3).

In Apparel Construction, you make an a-line skirt with zipper (Level 1), beach pants with pockets (Level 2) and princess seam dress/tunic/blouse (Level 3) as you build your skills.

In Apparel Construction, men can make a vest (Level 1), board shorts (Level 2) and camp shirt (Level 3)

In Apparel Construction, men can make a vest (Level 1), board shorts (Level 2) and camp shirt (Level 3) as they build their skills.


Apparel Construction 1.0:
Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 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 : Monday-Thursday, July 20-23, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 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:  Monday-Thursday, July 27-30, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm.  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!  You'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.

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"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

"Lisa is great.  I learned so many helpful techniques and little tricks to make things easier or more efficient." -- Melissa

Available Spaces: 2

Patternmaking-Intro

Price: $425.00    Class begins: July 13, 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

SUMMER PATTERN INTRO SERIES:  Mondays-Thursdays, July 13-23, 9 am-2:30 pm

After just eight days, 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 series  for $819 or $425 for each Series includes pattern papers and textbook “Building Patterns” by Suzy Furrer and special handouts.


Patternmaking 1.  Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, 9 am-2:30 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.  Monday-Thursday, July 20-23, 9 am-2:30 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

Available Spaces: 6

Kids & Teens Summer Camps

Price: $120.00    Class begins: July 13, 2015

Summer Fashion & Sewing Camps for Kids & Teens ages 8-13

Happy graduates of Portland Sewing's 2014 Summer Fashion & Sewing Camps wear their creations and eat cake to celebrate!

Happy graduates of Portland Sewing's 2014 Summer Fashion & Sewing Camps wear their creations and eat cake to celebrate!

-- Fashion Camp:  Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, 10 am-noon.  $120.  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. Then make simple sketches to create a trend-appropriate look to showcase your style as a designer.

-- Use one of your sketches to make your own fashion garment.

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

Prereq:  Kids & Teens Beginning Sewing

-- Sewing Camp:  Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, noon-2 pm.  $120.

TwirlySkirtMake a twirly skirt.  Learn how to sew straight lines and hems.  Sew on elastic.  Add trims and sparklies.  Make your skirt one layer or several or add tiers.  Wear your new skirt home!

Taught by Lynn Weglarz, author and teacher for kids sewing.

Each class priced per person.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 9

Make Your Body Double

Price: $169.00    Class begins: July 16, 2015

Jason Bray, fit expert, Portland Opera

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

Make Your Body Double

Tuesday-Thursday, July 14-16, 6-9 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: 3

Summer Machine Knitting Seminar

Price: $250.00    Class begins: July 17, 2015

Image 1Summer Machine Knitting Seminar with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse

Friday-Sunday, July 17-19, 9:30 am-4 pm, $250

The advanced machine knitting class you've been waiting for!  Bring in your single bed knitting machine, yarn and a project. Dive into the world of punchcard pattern knitting, advanced stitches, garter bar, additional cast-on/off methods, troubleshooting your machine, plus new garment details like pockets, necklines, hems and more!   Pre-req MK 1&2

Available Spaces: 4

Basic Draping

Price: $219.00    Class begins: July 20, 2015

Draping-RachaelBasic Draping with Adam Andreas, Columbia Sportswear

Six days over two weeks: Monday-Wednesday, July 20-22 & 27-29, 6-9 pm, $219.  Includes pattern paper.

Work with fabric on a dress form to turn your ideas into real garments.  Arrange your fabric into folds, twists and style lines to create dresses, tops, skirts and daring necklines.  We provide the dress forms.  You supply your creativity!

Available Spaces: 3

Couture Vacation!

Price: $429.00    Class begins: July 20, 2015

StephanieD dress

Stephanie D Couture appears on many runways and the covers of national magazines.

Couture Vacation with Stephanie D of Stephanie D Couture

Mondays-Thursdays, July 20-23 & July 27-30, 2-5 pm, $429

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Stephanie D -- Bridal and couture dress maker

Make the dress of your dreams -- whether its for your wedding, a reunion or a special event.  Once Stephanie D teaches you these couture sewing techniques, you will have the skills to adapt the included pattern or bring your own pattern to create whatever dress you need.  Start by creating, modifying and perfecting a muslin version of your pattern.  Then complete the dress with underlinings, and with flawless details including waist stays.  End with the skills to create whatever dress you want in the future.

Available Spaces: 6

Textiles: Secret Life of Fabrics

Price: $289.00    Class begins: September 14, 2015

Textiles with Jade Carlin, materials manager for Nike

Mondays, September 14-October 19, 6-9 pm.

Are you confused when you walk into a fabric store? Have you spent hours on a project only to discover that the fabric you chose wasn't the best one for the design? There are more than 100 different fabrics out there and more coming every day. Learn to recognize fabric types as you are given swatches of fabrics to examine and test. Learn which fabrics to use, when, where and how. Find fabric sources beyond the local fabric store. Make a notebook that will be your guide to better results. This class benefits beginner and advanced students.

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 12

Draping 1 & 2

Price: $239.00    Class begins: September 14, 2015

Draping-Rachael

Learn to create garments on a professional dress form.

Draping Series with Adam Andreas, Columbia Sportswear

Mondays, September 14-November 30, 6-9 pm.

$239  per  6-week class or take the 12-week series  for $429.  Includes pattern paper and handouts.

As seen on Project Runway, learn how to work with fabric on a dress form to turn your fashion ideas into real garments.  Arrange your fabric into folds, twists and style lines to create dresses, tops, skirts, coats and daring necklines.  We provide the dress forms.  But in the first session, you will find out where to buy a good quality, inexpensive dress form, alter it to your size and how to put on style lines — so you can start designing your ideas!

Draping - Intro

Draping 1. Mondays, April 6-May 11 6-9 pm

Learn the fundamentals of draping as a method of designing garments and a patternmaking alternative.  Work on a professional dress form to create bodices, skirts, and dresses.  Transfer the drape to a paper pattern. Required pre-requisites: Patternmaking Intro.

Draping 2.  Mondays, May 18-June 29 (no class Memorial Day), 6-9 pm

Expand on techniques learned in Draping I.  Learn to drape asymmetrical designs, bias and cowl necklines and knit fabric.  Create your own designs.  Prerequisite: Draping 1.

Portland Sewing sells dress forms!  For more info, click here.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 10

Knitting by Machine

Price: $419.00    Class begins: September 14, 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

Mondays, September 14-November 30, 6-9 pm

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

 Featuring Shibui baby alpaca yarn.

SHIBUI logo

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: 5

Industrial Machine Sewing

Price: $269.00    Class begins: September 15, 2015

Learn how to use professional machine.

Industrial Machine Sewing with Valerie Furcron of Columbia Sportswear

$269.  Includes kit of bobbins, bobbin case and sewing machine needles.

Tuesdays, September 15-October 20, 6-9 pm

Learn to sew on those ultra-fast commercial sewing machines — from lockstitch to coverstitch — and learn the fast, professional way to make apparel. Sew at up to 6500 stitches per minute instead of the 250 per minute on the typical home sewing machines. You’ll learn on the latest, most competent machines: Juki lockstitch, Pfaff overlock, Juki double-needle walking foot, Kansai coverstitch and Consew blindhem. You’ll learn how to thread the machines, understand and use sewing terminology, troubleshoot problems and how to handle fabric.

Pre-requisite:  Apparel Construction.

 

Available Spaces: 6

Sewing Knits

Price: $189.00    Class begins: September 15, 2015

Ava DressSewing Knits with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse
Tuesdays, September 15-October 20, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm.
$219 or $394 with Activewear (includes patterns)
Here are tips to sew and fit  knits, make ripple-free seams and necklines. Learn about knits, stretch ratio and which to use where.  Start with tops and tees with your choice of neckline: V-neck, overlapped, jewel or turtleneck. Move on to your choice among four dress patterns.  Finish with your choice among five sweater knit patterns.  Wear your knits home!Prerequisite: Apparel Construction

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Available Spaces: 16

Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design

Price: $383.00    Class begins: September 16, 2015

See and draw garments using a computer and your Adobe program.

with Rebecca Hatton, Columbia Sportswear

 Wednesdays, September 16-December 2, 2015, 6-9 pm

$383

Learn the basics of of how to use this powerful computer program to design apparel. Follow the same steps used at major apparel companies.  Create a concept or mood board.  Design a simple ensemble, following your concept, then put on finishing touches.

From your first week, learn to copy garments as computer illustrations starting with t-shirts and woven shirts to more complicated garments such as jeans and a jacket. Learn to turn them into flats. Learn to add fabric colors and textures.

Discover pen, vector, raster, brushes, lines and the protocol for modifying visuals. Create a design a week. Scan then modify your images. Use your new skills to design and draw fashion ideas. A must for anyone entering the apparel profession.

Prerequisite: Fashion Design: Sketching and Illustration or equivalent

Part of Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

Class policies

Available Spaces: 8

Concept & Development

Price: $368.00    Class begins: September 16, 2015

Concept and Development with Emily Weltman, design director for Big-Giant

Wednesdays, September 16-November 17, 2015, 6:30-9 pm

$368

Design for a specific customer. Refine your progressions.  Choose your fabrics, trims and colors. Critique your own work to define, edit and refine your collection.  Leave with finished illustrations ready for a portfolio or to start patterning and sewing your collection.

Prerequisite:  Fashion Illustration, Adobe

Part of Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

Class policies

"I wanted to let you know that Emily's class has been one of my favorites at PS. I really enjoy her teaching style and industry knowledge." -- Jessica C.

Available Spaces: 12

Leatherworking 1

Price: $279.00    Class begins: September 17, 2015

LeatherworkingLeatherworking 1

Thursdays, September 17-October 22, 6-9 pm, $279

Widen your sewing skills by learning to select, cut, bevel, stitch and edge real leather. Learn about leather types and applications, hardware, dyes and finishes. Add your personal style and preferences to enhance basic belt and bag patterns with your new skills. You'll  learn options for straps, pockets, lining, buckles, hardware and closures to suit your taste.

Prerequisite: Beginning Sewing

Class policies

Available Spaces: 10

Flats & Technical Packages

Price: $383.00    Class begins: September 17, 2015

Knowing how to make a technical package can land you a job.

Flats & Technical Packages with Adrianne Hranko, Columbia Sportswear

Thursdays, September 17-December 10, 6-9 pm (no class Thanksgiving weekend)

$383

Create computer-generated production packages consisting of size specifications, construction standards, materials and production methods with front, back and side flats of all your garments. Each week, you'll translate an illustration to a flat with a spec package. A must for anyone wanting to enter the apparel profession, to work for major apparel companies and to work with production sewing companies.

Prerequisite: Fashion Illustration, Adobe Illustrator

Part of Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

Class policies

Available Spaces: 12

Pattern Design (Pattern 3)

Price: $628.00    Class begins: September 17, 2015

Mariko completes details on her dress pattern.

Pattern Design (Pattern 3)

Thursdays, September 17-October 22, 10 am-1 pm or 6-9 pm

$349 or $628 if signing up for both Pattern 3 & Pattern 4

Bring in a picture or a sketch and make that garment!  Learn advanced techniques:  How to remove ease, add ease, eliminate darts, create jackets and  asymmetric styles.  Use the slopers you made in Patternmaking-Intro to design your own clothes.  Learn how to choose the right styles for your figure and how the pros judge a fabulous fit. Leave with patterns ready to take to a factory for production — or to your house for a new wardrobe of well-fitting clothes.

Prerequisite:  Pattern Intro (Patternmaking 1 & 2)

Text:  Building Patterns by Suzy Furrer

Class policies

Available Spaces: 16

Intermediate Sewing: Casual Jacket

Price: $394.00    Class begins: September 17, 2015

OLS Jacket

OLS Jean Jacket

Paris Moto Jacket

Paris Moto Jacket

$219 or $394 if combined with Dresses. Includes pattern & handouts.

Thursdays, September 17-October 22,  6-9 pm

Choose from one of two patterns to make a cool classic that’s suitable for any season of Oregon weather. You’ll learn how to work with denim and other thick fabrics, make bachelor buttons and buttonholes, and five different kinds of professional-looking flat fell seams.

Prerequisite: Apparel Construction

Available Spaces: 16

History of Fashion

Price: $219.00    Class begins: September 17, 2015

History of Fashion with Emily Weltman, design manager at Big-Giant 

Thursdays, September 17-October 22, 6:30-9 pm

 

$219 or $429 if combined with Inside the Fashion Industry

Where do designers get their ideas? How do they make these ideas a reality?  History of Fashion gives you the answers.  Learn about the history of fashion and the process of designing.  See fashion’s past, present and glimpse fashion’s future. Learn how fashion has evolved through time. Discover the influential fashion designers and trends that changed history. Get an overview of how the way we dress has changed from pre-history through today, with an emphasis on 20th century designers and trends. Learn to spot how contemporary designers are inspired by the past.

Part of Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

Class policies

Available Spaces: 15

Corsets & Bustiers

Price: $289.00    Class begins: September 18, 2015

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Make a corset or bustier with all the fun details: busks, bones and lacing.

Corsets & Bustiers with Debra Bruneaux, Portland Opera

Fridays, September 18-November 6, 6-9 pm (8 weeks)

$289, plus supplies.

Create a beautiful multi-layered (coutil and fashion fabric) basic corset in the late Victorian style.  Choose from an over bust or under bust corset. Either has multiple fitting panels, spiral steel boning, front busk closure, waist stay, back lacing closure and bias bound edges. Add flossing and decorative details if time allows. Pre-requisite:  Apparel Construction

Corset supplies would cost about $70-85 for pattern, boning, busk, grommets, lacing, small notions, coutil and fashion fabric. This depends on size, style, and fashion fabric chosen.

Pre-requisite:  Apparel Construction or equivalent

Class policies

Available Spaces: 8

Menswear-Shirts

Price: $394.00    Class begins: September 18, 2015

Portland Sewing_AUG_2013_Patternwith instructor and tailor Ali Loverink of Wildwood Bespoke

Fridays, September 18-October 23, 6-9 pm.

$219  or $394 if combined with Menswear-Pants

Make a dress shirt with details suitable for a man to wear: Shirt with reversed front button plackets, pocket, standard sleeve and box cuff, collar and band and flat-felled seams throughout for a beautiful and durable inside.  Learn fitting tips for men.

Pre-requisite: Beginning Sewing or equivalent

"It's great to learn how to sew on sleeves without using pins." -- Kristy

"Julien loves the the shirt and pants I finished from Ali's classes. I am feeling proud." -- Amy

Available Spaces: 8

Start an apparel business

Price: $549.00    Class begins: September 19, 2015

How to start your apparel business: What you need to know

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 10 am-1 pm

Instructor: Sharon Blair of Portland Sewing

Learn the basics of setting up your apparel business: How to protect your name, set up your infrastructure, deal with the city, state and taxes, do business with other apparel businesses, get into textile and trade shows, find out about EIN, RN other acronyms, rules and regulations.

Step 1 of the 11-part Fall Apparel Product Development series

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward Programs

Available Spaces: 17

Surface Design

Price: $249.00    Class begins: September 19, 2015

Surface Design:  Screen Printing, Batik Painting, Shibori (Japanese fabric dying) and Devore (fabric etching)

with Lisa Silveira, Cindy Persson and Lynn Weglarz

Saturdays, September 19-October 24, 2-5 pm, $249 + supplies

Open the door to four creative ways to create your own fabric designs.  Beautiful, quick and easy, you can do each of them in just one or two sessions.

Batik Painting with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse, September 19 & 26

BatikPainting

Batik painting with wax resist lets you create beautiful, delicate designs.

Create a beautiful silk scarf through traditional methods of batik.  This is painting, not tub dying.  Your results will be much more delicate and controlled.  Learn about the required tools as well as techniques to apply wax as a resist and different methods for adding color.

Screen Printing with Cindy Persson, October 3 & 10

Screen print a design of your choice onto fabric with a photo emulsion technique allowing you to create a durable screen quickly with an image with fine lines and detail. Class will begin with burning your image onto a pretreated screen. The rest of class time will be spent printing and experimenting with color and technique.

Instructor will provide copier to transfer your image onto acetate and light box to burn image onto screen.  Students will need a few images they would like to use no larger than 10"x16", fabric to print on, screen printing paint suitable for textiles (red, blue, yellow, and white recommended for maximum color options) such as Speedball or jacquard, and an apron.  (The screen printing class charges an additional kit fee of $50.  Kit includes 12"x18" screen pretreated with photo emulsion, a squeegee and sheets of acetate.  Pay the instructor the kit fee the first day of screen printing class.)

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Try a number of Shibori techniques then design your own fabric.


Shibori (Japanese painting) with Lynn Weglarz, October 17

There are so many beautiful patterns you can create using Shibori dyeing techniques. It's pretty incredible just how much you can change the look of a fabric by simply folding, twisting, and binding. We’ll try out some folding/clamping, handstitching, and wrapping/twisting around PVC pipe. You'll walk away with samples of different techniques.  Use these to create yardage for your own garments.

 

Devore (aka, fabric etching) with Lynn Weglarz, October 24Devore

This centuries old French technique is used by many top designers for fabulous looks.  We will use a product called Fiber Etch which will remove only plant fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, ramie and hemp) but will not remove synthetic or protein based fibers.  The fibers left behind in fabric blends create wonderful sheer areas.  We'll experiment with different fibers/fabrics and try the fiber etch with a variety of tools (stencils, stamps, brushes).  The obvious fabric is silk velvet, but also think about wool combinations, cotton/polyester or rayon/polyester combinations.  Come ready to have fun and experiment!

 

Available Spaces: 12

Kids & Teens Sewing

Price: $78.00    Class begins: September 19, 2015

Kids & Teens Sewing (ages 8-13), with Lynn Weglarz, children's sewing book author
SEPTEMBER SESSION:  Saturdays, September 19-October 3, 10 am- noon.
OCTOBER SESSION:  Saturdays, October 10-24, 10 am-noon
NOVEMBER SESSION:  Saturdays, November 7-21, 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.

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

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Available Spaces: 9

Fashion Forecasting

Price: $549.00    Class begins: September 26, 2015

ABCFashion Forecasting

Saturday, September 26, 10 am-1 pm

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 2 of the 11-part Fall Apparel Product Development series.

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: 25

Excel for apparel design professionals

Price: $52.00    Class begins: October 3, 2015

Excel for apparel design professionals

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10 am-1 pm

You must know Microsoft Excel to manage your costs, track your business and to create a spec sheet and have your garments patterned and sewn in a size run. In this class, you will learn:
- The basic structure of Excel
- How to create formulas and calculations
- How to format spreadsheets
- How to create a cost sheet
- How to create a tech pack with a spec sheet
- How to add grade rules for popular sizes

Step 3 of the 11-part Fall Apparel Product Development series

Part of the Apparel Design and Fashion Forward programs.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 12

Accounting Basics

Price: $52.00    Class begins: October 10, 2015

Accounting Basics/Retail Math

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10 am-1 pm

with Nancy Mitchell of Option-E

Instructor: Sharon Blair of Portland Sewing

Learn basic accounting terms such as revenues, expenses, assets, liabilities, income statement, balance sheet and cash flows. Get the basics of QuickBooks:  How to set up a business with a chart of accounts, make deposits and payments, create reports and do retail math calculations.

Step 4 of the 11-part Fall Apparel Product Development series

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward Programs

Available Spaces: 15

Costing & Pricing

Price: $549.00    Class begins: October 17, 2015

Costing & Pricing to make a profit in the apparel industry.

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 10 am-1 pm

What do things really cost? How much should you spend on fabric? Notions? Tools? Equipment? Get the basics of everything you need to know in order to set up a comprehensive cost sheet that will account for all of your expenses. Learn a costing strategy that will allow you to plan for what you can afford before you start designing your line or purchasing fabric. That will help you determine how much to charge for your product.  You’ll also receive handouts and tools to take home with you.

Step 5 of the 11-part Fall Apparel Product Development series

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

Class policies

Available Spaces: 15

Working with Production Houses

Price: $549.00    Class begins: October 24, 2015

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Working with Production Houses:  Finding someone to sew your garments and getting them to return your calls

Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10 am-1 pm

with Alyson Clair, Clair Vintage Inspired/AmerSports/Nike

Stop wasting your time trying to find who to call.  Stop wasting your time making calls that are never returned.

There are 25 production houses from Vancouver, Wash., to Eugene, Ore., with most of them in the Portland area.  But independent designers can't find them or get them to return calls.  That's because any quality production house is busy and won't waste time with you if you don't know how to talk to them.

This class will teach you how to talk the talk.  You'll find out what you need to have, what you need to look for and what you need to say in order to get your product sewn right:  At the right time, right way and right price.

Step 6 in the 11-part Fall Apparel Product Development Series

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

 

Available Spaces: 12

Color Theory

Price: $219.00    Class begins: October 26, 2015

Learn to put color to use in your designs.

Learn to put color to use in your designs.

Color Theory

Instructor: Jade Carlin, materials manager for Nike

Mondays, October 26-November 30, 2015, 6-9 pm

$219

Discover color and its implications for designers and artists. Study ideas of space and the use of color to solve spatial problems. Look at color harmony and the way colors interact, as well as color qualities and combinations.

Upon completion of the class, you will know how to:

  • Develop a working understanding of the essential traits of color.
  • Establish and demonstrate practicable strategies for selecting color palettes and concept-driven color harmonies.
  • Establish and demonstrate skill in color mixing and color discernment.
  • Understand contemporary color specification systems such as Pantone (PMS), RGB, CMYK, CIE.
  • Use of color in apparel design.
  • Apply the physics of color (light), the chemistry of color (pigment), and the impact of color (psychology).

Part of Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

Class policies

Available Spaces: 15

Sewing Activewear

Price: $394.00    Class begins: October 27, 2015

Sew stretchy technical fabrics without fear.

Intermediate Sewing: Activewear with Christine Van Abkoude, Perilous Activity/Carson Footwear

Tuesdays, October 27-December 1, 2015, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm

$219 or $394 if combined with Sewing Knits (includes patterns).

Use your patterns from your Pattern 4 class or use one of ours.  Learn to sew and fit high-tech stretchy fabric to make a complete ensemble, ready for action.  Start with hoodies.  Move on to leggings or yoga pants:  Comfortable pants to wear to the gym or shopping, high-rise or low-rise.  Finish with a sports bra or top.  Learn the right materials and stitches to use.

Prerequisite:  Sewing Knits

 

Just want to let you know how much I enjoyed the activewear class. I learned so much, and have two new garments to wear. . . .leads me to greater appreciation of the work the Nike designers do. -- Deb, Fall 2014

Available Spaces: 16

Couture Techniques

Price: $219.00    Class begins: October 27, 2015

Couture techniques

Create stitches used by all couture designers while you learn to control bias, chiffon, satin and velvet.

Couture Techniques

Tuesdays, October 27-December 1, 6-9 pm

$219.  Includes handouts, patterns, sample fabrics of chiffon, satin charmeuse, velvet.

Discover the basics of couture sewing techniques. You will study cutting, marking, hand sewing, construction and finishing techniques and end up creating a simple garment.

Along the way, you will:

  • The difference between ready-to-wear and haute couture.
  • Basic tools and materials needed to create a couture garment.
  • Basic construction techniques used to sew a couture garment.
  • How to use a toile to create a custom fit.

And, if you want to get into the business of custom clothing:

  • Materials and methods to recommend to clients and customers in order to achieve a desired effect.
  • How to cost materials to meet customer expectations and make a profit.
  • A greater understanding of couture and its place in society.

Prerequisite: Beginning sewing.

Available Spaces: 8

Pattern Knits & Stretch (Pattern 4)

Price: $349.00    Class begins: October 29, 2015

Knit-for-webPattern Knits & Stretch (Pattern 4) with Christine Van Abkoude of Carson Footwear

Thursdays, October 29-December 10, 6-9 pm (no class Thanksgiving weekend)

$349 or $628 if combined with Pattern 3   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

Class policies

Available Spaces: 10

Dresses

Price: $189.00    Class begins: October 29, 2015

Dresses with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB 

Thursday, October 29-December 10, 6-9 pm (no class Thanksgiving weekend)

$219 or $394 if combined with Casual Jackets  (includes pattern and handouts).

Choose from one of four styles to make a flattering fitted or flared dress.  And, yes, it will fit YOU.  Learn about surplice, fisheye darts, bias, binding, lingerie straps, combination facings and linings -- everything to make your dress your favorite go-to garment.

Choose from one of five lovely patterns:  Vintage, Miranda, Donna, Cordelia or Morgan

Choose from one of five lovely patterns: Vintage, Miranda, Donna, Cordelia or Morgan

Prerequisite: Apparel Construction

Available Spaces: 16

Inside the Fashion Industry

Price: $219.00    Class begins: October 29, 2015

Fashion Work RoomInside the Fashion Industry with Emily Weltman, design manager for Big-Giant

Thursdays, October 29-December 10, 6:30-9 pm (No class Thanksgiving weekend)

$219 or $429 with History of Fashion

Learn to speak the jargon of fashion.  Get a solid picture of the apparel design and manufacturing industry as a whole. Learn the various aspects of apparel product development, from design inspiration to making the sale. Learn about price points and market sectors, create a customer profile, keep a journal and find new online and in print resources. Get an overview of all the kinds of jobs available in the industry. Discover a wealth of career opportunities both locally and farther afield.

Available Spaces: 15

Menswear-Pants

Price: $189.00    Class begins: October 30, 2015

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Learn details suitable for a man's pants.

Fridays, October 30-December 11, 6-9 pm with Ali Loverink of Wildwood Bespoke

$219 or $394 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

"Ali is a great teacher -- so knowledgeable" - Viola P

Available Spaces: 8

Sourcing 101

Price: $52.00    Class begins: October 31, 2015

 Sourcing 101 for the apparel industry: Where to buy fabric & labor

Saturday, October 31, 2015, 10 am-1 pm

Where will you get your fabric and labor?  Answer your questions about where to buy locally, regionally and nationally plus the process and the pros and cons of going overseas. Discuss duty, quota, agents and agency fees, customs, NAFTA/CAFTA/WTO and going to textile markets.  Pre-requisites for this class:  Pricing & Costing, Working with Production Houses.

Step 7 of the 11-part Apparel Product Development series

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

Class policies.

Available Spaces: 11

Protect Your Intellectual property

Price: $52.00    Class begins: November 7, 2015

Apparel Business Classes at Portland SewingProtect Your Intellectual Property

Instructor: Amelia Forsberg, IP attorney; Chernoff, Vilhauer, McClung & Stenzel, LLP

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10 am-1 pm.

Learn how to protect what you know and what you've created.  Discover the  difference between patent, trademark and copyright.  Walk through the process and cost for getting each.  Find out what happens if you just put a “patent pending” or © or TM on an item without going through the process and cost.

Step 8 of the 11-part Fall Apparel Product Development series

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

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SusanPitchfordPitchford joined Chernoff Vilhauer in 2004 and became a partner in 2008. She has experience advising clients in matters involving a broad range of intellectual property issues.  Susan has substantial litigation experience and has represented clients in trials in both state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington, and at appeals to the Ninth Circuit and the Federal Circuit.

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Class policies

Available Spaces: 15

Petticoats

Price: $189.00    Class begins: November 13, 2015

Petticoat Red Deb Bruneaux

Learn 3 ways to make a petticoat -- from the experts at Portland Opera

 Petticoats with Debra Bruneaux, Portland Opera

Fridays, November 13-December 11, 6-9 pm (no class Thanksgiving weekend)

$189 (includes sample fabrics, pattern & handouts)

Learn couture techniques from the design houses of Paris and tricks from the pros at Portland Opera as you learn how to layer organza, tulle, net and batiste and eyelet properly to make a petticoat for your wedding dress, party dress, costume or to wear as a skirt!

Available Spaces: 12

Contracting basics for apparel designers

Price: $52.00    Class begins: November 14, 2015

Contracting basics for apparel designers

Instructor: Owen Schmidt, contract attorney

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10 am-1 pm

Owen will help you understand the basic elements of a contract. Interpret such phrases as “satisfaction guaranteed,” “best efforts” and more. Understand what you are reading before you sign that contract with a manufacturer, sales rep or buyer. Know what questions to ask. Learn the key phrases common to most contracts and what they mean. Find out what should be in a contract to protect you. In this class, you will prepare your own contracts you can use when acquiring the services you need to run your apparel business.

Step 9 of the 11-part Apparel Product Development series

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

Class policies

Available Spaces: 15

Truth About Trade Shows

Price: $52.00    Class begins: November 21, 2015

ABCThe truth about trade shows

Instructor:  Jason Calderon, owner of West Daily menswear

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 10 am-1 pm

It's where you go to meet with buyers, take orders and meet sales representatives.  But it can be expensive and take a chunk out of your travel budget and time.  Meet with an expert who has been there to discuss:

-- The pros and cons of doing a show.
-- The features of each show, including a list of shows.
-- What to expect.
-- What you should bring. What they should provide.
-- How to make the most of the experience.
-- The cost.

Step 10 in the 11-part Fall Apparel Product Development Series

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

Available Spaces: 15

Working with boutiques

Price: $52.00    Class begins: December 5, 2015

Working with boutiques: A boutique owner tells all

Instructor: Celeste Sipes, owner of Radish Underground

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 10 am-1 pm

Learn how to approach stores and make a sale – that will make both you and the store owner happy. Learn the five mistakes most designers make and how to turn them around to make a negative into a positive on such things as:

• Communication. How and when to approach the store.

• Presentation. What items stores expect to see.

• Quality, particularly fit and finish, so the garments are ready for purchase.

• Scheduling. What to show the store and when.

• Delivery. Making promises, making them stick. If you’ve never sold to a store before, this class will help you make your first impression a good impression. If you’ve been trying to sell without success, you will learn tips for turning it around.

End this class with a game plan for approaching boutiques with your product line.

Step 11 of the 11-part Apparel Product Development series

Part  of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

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Celeste SipesCeleste Sipes owns Radish Underground, a boutique at 414 SW 10th "in the heart of Portland's trendy West End."  When she and her former co-owner, Gina Morris opened Radish in 2008, "we set out to be detectives, finding independent lines you can feel good about supporting: designers/companies who give a damn about the world we live in and the people in it. Buying local is a great start, so we focus in on our Portland-based designers, but also believe local is everywhere and know that to truly live their dreams, small lines must reach a broader market.  We want to be part of the broader network, a conduit for people in all places to find an outlet for their thoughtfully made goods."

Available Spaces: 15

Santa's Workshop

Price: $69.00    Class begins: December 5, 2015

Santa's Workshop

These ladies are ready for the holidays. Are you?

Tuesdays, December 5 & 12; 10 am-12 pm, $69

For kids & teens, ages 8-13

Session 1:  Fleece Fun. Make scarves, a cute hat, or a fleece football.  Session 2:  Christmas Ornaments. Easy ornaments; perfect for gift giving, a hang tag on a present or hang on your Christmas tree. Plus, make a bag to hold your electronic toy, from IPod to an e-reader and everything in between.  The bags can also be customized to be a small wallet or purse.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 8