Our Classes

Ruler Packs for patternmaking

Price: $89.99    Class begins:


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


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


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: $30.00    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

Private Lessons

Price: $35.00    Class begins: January 6, 2015

Private lessons

Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2-5 pm.  No private lessons Spring Break week (March 29-April 4).

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.  No Rehab April 4-18.

$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.



Available Spaces: Unlimited

Apparel Business Consultations

Price: $65.00    Class begins: February 15, 2015

Apparel Business Consultations

Tuesday-Saturday 1-6 pm.


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

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 (FULL)  OR
Saturdays, April 11-May 2, 10 am- noon
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


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



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Available Spaces: 17

Learn to Sew

Price: $99.00    Class begins: April 6, 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, April 6-June 29, 6-9 pm OR Tuesdays, April 7-June 23, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm  (No class on Memorial Day).

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

PDX_SEW_PATTERNS_2014-646Learn to Sew 1.  Mondays, April 6-27, 6-9 pm OR Tuesdays, April 7-28, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm.  (Sorry, the Monday class is full.  Please register for one of the Tuesday classes.)  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.  

PDX_SEW_PATTERNS_2014-649Learn to Sew 2.  Mondays, May 4-June 1, 6-9 pm (No class Memorial Day) OR Tuesdays, May 5-25, 10 am-1 pm OR 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.  

Learn to Sew 3.  Mondays, June 8-29, 6-9 pm OR Tuesdays, June 2-23, 10 am-1 pm OR 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. Prerequisite: LTS 1 & 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

Available Spaces: 8

Flats & Technical Packages

Price: $219.00    Class begins: April 6, 2015

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

Flats & Technical Packages with Megan McGugan, Nike

Mondays, April 6-May 11,  6:30-9 pm


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

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Available Spaces: 9

Draping 1 & 2

Price: $429.00    Class begins: April 6, 2015


Learn to create garments on a professional dress form.

Draping Series with Adam Andreas, Columbia Sportswear

Mondays, April 6-June 29, 6-9 pm. (no class Memorial Day)

$219  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.

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Available Spaces: 6


Price: $249.00    Class begins: April 6, 2015

Portfolio with Emily Weltman, design manager for Big Giant, Nike

Mondays, April 6-May 11, 6:30-9 pm, $249

Create a portfolio suitable for applying for an apparel industry job or a major fashion design school.  Use it to enter competitions.  Select a project.  Create a cohesive story around that project using a mood board, fashion illustrations and photographs of garments you’ve created.  End the class with a hard copy as well as digital version plus a resume and basic branding of yourself..

Pre-requisites:  Fashion Design, Adobe. 

Available Spaces: 10

Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design

Price: $319.00    Class begins: April 7, 2015

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

with Rebecca Hatton, Columbia Sportswear

Tuesdays, April 7-June 9, 6-9 pm

$319 for 10-week class 

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

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Available Spaces: 4

Knitting by Machine

Price: $419.00    Class begins: April 7, 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, April 7-June 23, 6-9 pm

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

 Featuring Shibui baby alpaca yarn.


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. 

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Available Spaces: 0

Pants & Jeans

Price: $189.00    Class begins: April 7, 2015


Choose from one of 6 pants styles from pants to jeans to flares to high waisted to palazzo to zumba.

Tuesdays, April 7-May 12, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm

$189 or $359 if combined with Dresses (includes patterns)

At last, a pair of pants that will flatter your figure! Choose the waist (high, faced or low-rise), leg (skinny, straight or flared) and length (full-length or capris). Learn all about fitting patterns to you. Stitch four different kinds of seams, two kinds of zippers and three kinds of pockets.  You can even learn how to line pants.  Choose from skinny jeans, flared or stovepipe, trousers, palazzo or zumba.

Prerequisite: Apparel Construction

Available Spaces: 5

Apparel Construction

Price: $289.00    Class begins: April 8, 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, April 8-June 24, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm OR Thursdays, April 9-June 25, 6-9 pm OR Saturdays, April 11-June 27, 10 am-1 pm. 

PDX_SEW_PATTERNS_2014-603Apparel Construction 1.0:
Wednesdays, April 8-29, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm OR Thursdays, April 9-30, 6-9 pm OR Saturdays, April 11-June 2, 10 am-1 pm.  (Sorry, the Wednesday morning AC1 session is full.  Please register for one of the other sessions.)

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, May 6-27, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm OR Thursdays, May 7-28, 6-9 pm OR PDX_SEW_PATTERNS_2014-606Saturdays, May 9-June 27,  10 am-1 pm (no class Memorial Day weekend).  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 


Men's Camp Shirt

PDX_SEW_PATTERNS_2014-614Apparel Construction 3.0:  Wednesdays, June 3-24, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm OR Thursdays, June 4-25, 6-9 pm OR Saturdays, June 13-27, 10 am-1 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

Available Spaces: 16

Pattern Design (Pattern 3)

Price: $319.00    Class begins: April 8, 2015

Mariko completes details on her dress pattern.

Pattern Design (Pattern 3) with instructor Cindy Persson, StudioSKB

Wednesdays, April 8-May 13, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm

$319 for Pattern 3 or $599 for both Pattern 3 & Pattern Knits (Pattern 4).  Includes pattern paper, handouts.

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

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Available Spaces: 12

Industrial Machine Sewing

Price: $249.00    Class begins: April 9, 2015

Learn how to use professional machine.

Industrial Machine Sewing 

$249.  Includes kit of bobbins, bobbin case and sewing machine needles.

Thursdays, April 23-May 28, 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: 3


Price: $399.00    Class begins: April 9, 2015

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

Introduction to Patternmaking Series (Pattern 1&2) with Christine Van Abkoude of Carson Footwear

Pattern Intro Series: Thursdays, April 9 - July 2, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm.

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: Thursdays, April 9-May 21, 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: Thursdays, May 28-July 2, 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: 7

History of Fashion

Price: $429.00    Class begins: April 9, 2015

History of Fashion with Adrianne Hranko of Columbia Sportswear

Thursdays, April 9-May 14, 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

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Available Spaces: 5


Price: $229.00    Class begins: April 9, 2015




Sustainable Fashion: Alabama Chanin Style with Lisa Silveira, Wandering Muse

Thursdays, April 9-May 14, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm

$229 (includes $20 kit)

The return of this popular class.

Learn the principals behind the American made brand Alabama Chanin. From field to garment, organic cotton made in the USA. Create your own beautiful Alabama Chanin style garment using their feminine patterns, stenciling methods and time honored hand sewing and applique techniques.

Or just continue your project from the Winter 2015 class.

Available Spaces: 15

Sewing Knits

Price: $189.00    Class begins: April 10, 2015

Ava DressFridays, April 10-May 15, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm.$189 or $359 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

Class policies

Available Spaces: 9

Difficult Fabrics/Couture Sewing

Price: $189.00    Class begins: April 10, 2015

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with Stephanie D, Stephanie D Couture

Fridays,  April 10-May 15, 6-9 pm

$189 or $359 if combined with Sew Vintage.  Includes handouts, patterns, sample fabrics of nap, bias and plaids.

Stephanie D Couture will share her couture techniques to create your own luxury wear using fine silk and simple techniques to control slippery fabrics. She will guide you through the proper layout, cutting, marking techniques. Achieve the skills to shape your garment by properly handling and sewing smooth seams, darts and proper pressing techniques.

First week of class - You will learn to perfect hand sewing skills on samples before undertake sewing a full garment. Learn to perfect edge finishes, hems, facing, bindings, and French seams on bias and more.
Remainder of class - Bring in your most difficult project.

Learn steps in taking a high-end garment from concept to completion. Control the construction of your garment precisely.

Prerequisite: Beginning sewing.

Available Spaces: 4

Fabric Painting

Price: $219.00    Class begins: April 11, 2015

Fabric Painting:  Screen Printing, Batik Painting, Shibori (Japanese fabric dying) with Cindy Persson, Lisa Silveira and Lynn Weglarz

Saturdays, April 11-May 9, 2-5 pm, $219 + supplies

Open the door to three creative ways to print 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, April 11 & 18


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.


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

Shibori (Japanese painting) with Lynn Weglarz, April 25

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.


Screen Printing with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB, May 2 & 9

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.)

Available Spaces: 12

Mommy & Me

Price: $96.00    Class begins: April 11, 2015

Mommy & Me Sewing -- PJ PantsMommy&MePajamas

Saturdays, April 11 & 18, 2-5 pm.


Make a PJ pants in this 2-session class.  In the first session, learn about sewing machines, patterns and fabrics.  Lay out your pattern and cut it.  In the second, sew!

Available Spaces: 7

Leatherworking 1

Price: $279.00    Class begins: April 21, 2015

LeatherworkingLeatherworking with Carol Risley, handbag designer

Tuesdays, April 21-May 26, 6-9 pm



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: 8

Textiles: Secret Life of Fabrics

Price: $289.00    Class begins: April 22, 2015

Textiles with Jade Carlin, materials manager for Nike, Columbia Sportswear 

Wednesdays, April 22-May 27, 6-9 pm

$249 + $40 kit fee ($289). Includes handouts and the fabrics you’ll need for testing and building your fabric library.

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: 1

Lace Shaping

Price: $69.00    Class begins: April 25, 2015

Draped Lace Lace Shaping

with Stephanie D of Stephanie D Couture

Saturday, April 25, 2-5 pm

Have you ever wondered how the dresses and blouses get those shaped laces into beautiful designs? In this class, you will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for independent shaping lace. Learn
-- How to inset laces into your projects using curves, miters and darts.
-- Couture hand stitching techniques to attach lace seamlessly onto a base garment.
-- How to apply beads, pearls, sequins and motifs to add unique elements to your garment.
Become familiar with common shapes used. Build your dictionary of laces from Alencon and Chantilly to Venise.


Available Spaces: 3

Burda Style

Price: $169.00    Class begins: May 2, 2015



Burda Style with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse

Saturdays, May 2-16, 2-5 pm


Ever wanted to try a Burda Style magazine pattern?  In this class you'll learn how to trace off the patterns from the magazine insert (the most intimidating part!), fit it, interpret the pattern instructions, and sew your garment!  Bring in your Burda Style magazine and start taking advantage of their fabulous styles now!

Available Spaces: 8

Fashion Illustration Intensives

Price: $219.00    Class begins: May 2, 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, May 2 &3, 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, May 9 & 10, 8 am-2 pm.

Level 3: Draw ¾ views with more detail on clothing: sleeves, collars, plackets, pleats, ruffles.  Prerequisite: Level 2.  Saturday & Sunday.  Saturday & Sunday, May 9 & 10,  2:30-7 pm.

Mens Fashion IllustrationMen’s: Get the proportions for a man’s fashion figure. Create a croquis, clothes. Prerequisite:  Level 2. Saturday & Sunday.  May 2 &3, 2:30-7 pm

Available Spaces: 1

Fashion Design Scholarship

Price: $0.00    Class begins: May 15, 2015

Scholarship LogoWin a future in fashion design

Portland Sewing announces its fourth annual Fashion Design Scholarship for Teens

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Click here for an application.

Portland, Ore. – Ever dream that you could be a famous fashion designer?  Here’s your chance to get your start.

Portland Sewing today announced its fourth fashion design scholarship contest for teens.  The contest is open to Portland area high school juniors and seniors.

Students have until Friday, May 15, 2015, 5 pm to submit applications.  The winner gets $2,000 worth of fashion design classes, experience at fashion shows and a summer internship with a local apparel designer.  The goal:  To build a portfolio so the student can gain entry into a fashion design college of their choice.

The contest is open to full-time students in Portland area high schools who have a GPA of 2.5 or more.  Each contestant submits an original apparel design idea with sketches, interviews of influential people and an essay on fashion design.  Judges are leaders in Portland’s apparel community from such companies as Nike, Merrell and Fred Meyer.

The winner will be announced Monday, June 1, 2015.  Classes start September 2015.

To apply, go to Fashion Design Scholarship Application.

Stephanie Linn of St. Mary’s Academy won the first contest.  After completing her classes at Portland Sewing and her internship at Nike, she studied at Parsons in New York.  Parsons is featured on the television show, Project Runway.

She recently has been accepted into the bachelor of arts fashion design knitwear program at London's prestigious Central St Martins after finishing a  foundation year at CSM.

Central St. Martins graduates include Stella McCartney, Zac Posen, the late Alexander McQueen and his successor, Sarah Burton.  Burton designed the wedding dress for Kate Middleton when she wed Prince William.

The second scholarship winner, Gillian Nash Miles, interns with Papermag in New York City. She studied experimental patternmaking at CSM.  The current winner, Katy Piwonka, finishes her work this year at Portland Sewing.

Schools such as Parsons, CSM, Fashion Institute of Technology in New York  and Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles expect a fashion portfolio as part of the application process.

Portland Sewing is a sewing and apparel design school in northeast Portland.  “We offer a range of classes from beginning sewing and patterning to how to start your own apparel business,” says owner and founder Sharon Blair.

“We see ourselves as a prep and finishing school for those seeking jobs in fashion design and the apparel industry.”

Blair studied in Paris, has a bachelors and masters, and advanced studies in apparel design and construction.   She also owns two clothing lines, Studio SKB and SKPDX.

More than 20 of her students have gone on to study at Parsons, FIT  and FIDM.  Four have competed on Project Runway.


Available Spaces: Unlimited


Price: $189.00    Class begins: May 19, 2015

Dresses with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB 

Tuesdays, May 19-June 23, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm

$189 or $359 with Pants & Jeans (includes patterns).

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 one of these lovely dresses: Vintage, Miranda, Donna or Morgan Wrap

Prerequisite: Apparel Construction

Available Spaces: 14

Sew Faux

Price: $189.00    Class begins: May 19, 2015

LeatherJacketSew Faux Leather with Sharon Blair, BA, MA, PAA

 Tuesdays, May 19-June 23, 6-9 pm, $189

Create a faux leather jacket. Learn how to choose materials from suede to pleather and plan a garment from design to cutting, sewing and lining. Go over sewing tools, techniques, stitches and seam treatments. Add hardware.  Practice foolproof ways to combine faux with fabric.

Available Spaces: 7

Pattern Knits & Stretch (Pattern 4)

Price: $319.00    Class begins: May 20, 2015

Knit-for-webPattern Knits & Stretch (Pattern 4) with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB

Wednesdays, May 20-June 24, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm

$319 or $599 if 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: 8

Advanced Technical Sketches and Spec Packs

Price: $219.00    Class begins: May 20, 2015

Spec PackAdvanced Specs with Adam Andreas, Columbia Sportswear

Wednesdays, May 20-June 24, 6:30-9 pm, $219

Live the day-to-day work of a technical designer or product developer.  Learn the product development process from beginning to end.  Start with technical sketches and design handoff and go through setting up a sketch library.  Know what details need to be called out and how to sketch for them. Learn about building the Bill of Materials from just looking at design. How to specify the BOM and required stitches on a technical package. Discuss and assign basic grade rules, and add measurement sheets. This learning is what you would do today in a company setting or if you are going create your own line and need to have it manufactured.

Available Spaces: 5

Bra Patterning & Construction

Price: $259.00    Class begins: May 21, 2015

Bra-LisaBra Patterning & Construction with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse

Thursdays, May 21-June 25, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm.  $259 or $429 with Shapewear

Uncover the mysteries of bra making.  Learn about the different types of bras, fabric & notions, fit, style lines and construction methods.  Learn to draft and sew your own custom sized bra, get the fit you want and create the styles you love in this advanced class.

Prerequisites:  Lingerie, Pattern Intro

Available Spaces: 2

Inside the Fashion Industry

Price: $219.00    Class begins: May 21, 2015

Fashion Work RoomInside the Fashion Industry with Adrianne Hranko of Columbia Sportswear

Thursdays, May 21-June 25, 6:30-9 pm

$219 or $429 if combined 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: 12

Sewing Activewear

Price: $189.00    Class begins: May 22, 2015

Sew stretchy technical fabrics without fear.

Intermediate Sewing: Activewear with Christine Van Abkoude of Carson Footwear

Fridays, May 22-June 26, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm 

$189 or $359 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: 15

Sew Vintage

Price: $189.00    Class begins: May 22, 2015

Sew VintageSew Vintage with Stephanie D of Stephanie D Couture

Fridays, May 22-June 26, 6-9 pm. $189 or $359 if with Difficult Fabrics

Master vintage sewing techniques and design details as you create classic dress that’s customized to compliment your figure.
Couture sewing expert Stephanie D guides you through pattern preparation. This includes multiple fitting sessions and personalized alterations to help achieve the perfect fit for your dress.
Stephanie leads you through every step as you construct your timeless vintage style dress. Learn to add waist stays, lapped zippers, contrasting trims, and simple hand-finish sewing techniques to complete details for your dress.

Available Spaces: 8

Conquer Zippers

Price: $62.00    Class begins: May 30, 2015

Conquer Zippers

Saturday, May 30, 2-5 pm

$62.  Includes kit of zippers and fabrics.

Take control when sewing your clothes! For anyone wanting to make or fix zippers. You'll sew samples of five kinds –centered, lapped, invisible, mock fly and faced fly – and learn which to use where. includes all fabrics, zippers and handouts.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 10


Price: $429.00    Class begins: June 1, 2015

Shape Wear BlackShapewear

Mondays, June 1-29, 6-9 pm

$189 or $429 if combined with Bra Patterning and Construction.  Includes Shapewear 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: 6

Fit & Pattern Alteration

Price: $169.00    Class begins: June 6, 2015

FittingFit & Pattern Alteration with Valerie Furcron, Columbia Sportswear

Saturdays, June 6-20, 2-5 pm, $169

Create clothes that fit and flatter you.  Through these three classes, you'll be able to spot figure types and know the right styling for each figure type to flatter the good points and hide the bad.  Bring your patterns and we can alter to achieve that fit you've always wanted for your body type.  Sew these up as a fitting shell or bring in a favorite garment, judge whether it's right for you and what to do to improve it.  It's a perfect excuse to do some closet cleaning and go shopping.

By the end of the class, you'll know how to:

− Understand the elements of proper garment fit.
− Evaluate garment fit to determine good or poor fit areas.
− Diagnose fit issues and know steps to correct them
− Alter a pattern to achieve desired results.
− Make simple adjustments to a garment to get to the right look.

Prerequisites:  Beginning Sewing, experience with commercial patterns

Available Spaces: 8

Knock it Off

Price: $96.00    Class begins: June 20, 2015

Knock it off with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB

Saturdays, June 20 & 27, 2-5 pm, $96

Bring in your favorite garment; we’ll help you make a paper pattern and coach you through making new versions.


Class policies

Available Spaces: 7

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 2013 Summer Fashion Design Camp wear their creations.

-- 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

Learn to sew and make a pillowcase.

Learn to sew and make a pillowcase.

-- Sewing Camp:  Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, noon-2 pm.  $120.  Learn to sew!  Bring your machine or use one of ours while you learn how to use a machine and sew straight lines.  Make a pillowcase, I-pod pouch and messenger bag -- perfect for Summer sleepovers!

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

Each class priced per person.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 20