Our Classes

French Curves

Price: $12.00    Class begins:

For patternmaking and draping.

With these curves, you have all you need to draft your patterns or turn your drapes into patterns.  All have measurements on one edge.  And they are see-through, so you can better place your lines and square your corners.

We love them and so will you!

6012-NeckEdgeNeck Curve, $6.  For tight curves and circles. 12"

 

 

 

6112-ArmholeArmhole Curve, $6.  For oblong shapes such as armholes.  Perfect for sleeve caps too. 12"

 

6224-VaryFormVaryForm Curve, $12.  The jack of all trades.  Use it for hems, crotch curves, swimwear and performance wear. 24"

6324-HipHip Curve, $12.  To give you that gradual curve that needs to be just right. 24"

2-x18-2"x18" ruler, $6.  If you don't have this in your tool kit, you aren't a pattern maker!

 

Plus shipping and handling.

 

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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

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

GIFT CERTIFICATES

Price: $500.00    Class begins: October 28, 2013


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 (12 hours of class time) of Learn to Sew or Beginning Sewing.  Includes pattern and handouts!

$169 -- Gives you one level (18 hours of class time) of any Intermediate Sewing class such as knits, jackets, shirts, pants, jeans, menswear, leatherworking and more. Includes pattern and handouts!

$199 -- Gives you one level (18 hours of class time) of any Advanced class such as patternmaking, draping, couture, tailoring!

$300 -- Gives you enough to buy a dress form or some models of 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

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

Private Lessons

Price: $35.00    Class begins: January 4, 2014

Private lessons

Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2-5 pm.  

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

Then private lessons are for you.

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

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

Adobe:  You must have taken the Adobe Illustration class and have CS4 or higher loaded on your laptop.  Bring your laptop to your private lesson.  Adobe private lessons may be small group sessions of 1-3 students.

Class policies

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Apparel Business Consultations

Price: $35.00    Class begins: January 8, 2014

Apparel Business Consultations

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 1-6 pm; Saturday 1-2 pm.

$35/hour

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

Then consultations are for you.

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

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

Class policies

Available Spaces: 93

Rehab (aka Open Sewing)

Price: $50.00    Class begins: January 11, 2014

Complete your projects in Rehab.

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

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

Confess!  You have:

-- Projects you’ve never finished.

-- Projects you never started.

-- A simple alteration you need to fix.

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

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

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

Thanks!

 

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Optitex-Computer Patternmaking

Price: $998.00    Class begins: September 8, 2014

Computer Patternmaking, Grading, Marking with Optitex
Contact us to arrange your private or group session:  info@portlandsewing.com

$998/person for 20 hours of training.  Includes plotting paper, use of plotter.

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

with instructor Sharon Blair, Northwest representative for Optitex

 

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

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

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


Available Spaces: 8

Apparel Construction

Price: $99.00    Class begins: September 10, 2014

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, September 10-November 26, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm OR Saturdays, September 13-December 6, 10 am-1 pm (no class Thanksgiving weekend).

(The Apparel Construction level 1 classes are underway.  Please register for a private lesson to catch up so you can join level 2 or click here to get on the wait list for the next series.  It will start in January.)

Portland Sewing_AUG_2013_PatternApparel Construction 1.0: Wednesdays, September 10-October 1, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm OR Saturdays, September 13-October 4, 10 am-1 pm.  Start sewing and build confidence. Learn basic stitches and how to use your machine while you make an A-line skirt with a zipper. Guys!  You'll make a sports vest.  Learn how to use commercial patterns. Layout and cut fabric with happy results. Includes patterns & handouts.  Prerequisite:  Learn to Sew or previous sewing experience. 

Apparel Construction 2.0 : Wednesdays, October 8-29, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm OR Saturdays, October 11-November 1, 10 am-1 pm.  Learn the basics of fitting patterns plus the secrets of elastic while making a casual pair of weekend pants to wear around the house, shopping, gardening or exercise class. Make two kinds of pockets that you should know how to make.  Includes patterns & handouts. Prereq: Apparel Construction 1.0 


Apparel Construction 3.0:  Wednesdays, November 5-26, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm OR Saturdays, November 8-December 6, 10 am-1 pm (no class Thanksgiving weekend).

Day Dress Short Sleeve

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

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

Class policies

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

Available Spaces: 9

Dresses

Price: $189.00    Class begins: September 11, 2014

Dresses with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse 

Thursdays, September 11-October 16, 10 am-1 pm 

$189 or $469 with Couture Dress (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.

Dresses

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

Prerequisite: Apparel Construction

Available Spaces: 7

Learn to Sew

Price: $99.00    Class begins: September 15, 2014

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, September 15-December 1, 6-9 pm OR Tuesdays, September 16-December 2, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm   (The Learn to Sew level 1 classes are underway.  Please register for a private lesson to catch up so you can join level 2 or click here to get on the wait list for the next series.  It will start in January.)

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


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

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

Learn to Sew 1.  MondaysSeptember 15-October 6, 6-9 pm OR Tuesdays, September 16-October 7, 10 am-1 pm OR 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 how to easily add sleeves, encase seams and make a belt.

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

Learn to Sew 2.  Mondays, October 13-November 3, 6-9 pm OR Tuesdays, October 14-November 4, 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, November 10-December 1, 6-9 pm OR Tuesdays, November 11-December 2, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm.  Make a comfy pajama top & drawstring pants. Sew buttons and buttonholes with your machine. Sew details right for real clothes that look like you bought them from a store, not made them at home. Find out the secrets of interfacing and elastic. Sew a professional pocket and collar. Includes pattern, handouts. Prerequisite: LTS 1 & 2

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

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

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

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

Available Spaces: 9

Kids & Teens Sewing

Price: $74.00    Class begins: September 15, 2014

Kids & Teens Sewing (ages 8-13), with Lynn Weglarz, children's sewing book author
Mondays 4-5:45 pm.  $74/person/session
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.

September session:  September 15-October 6

October session:  October 13-November 3

November session:  November 10-December 1

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.

KnitPJSetLevel 2- Secret Pocket Pillow and PJ pants.  October 13-November 3

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.   November 10-December 1

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?  TRY ADVANCED KIDS SEWING.

Available Spaces: 11

Working with Production Houses

Price: $499.00    Class begins: September 27, 2014

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

Instructor: Alyson Clair, Clair Vintage Inspired designer, Wilson Tennis senior apparel developer, Nike product developer

Saturday, September 27, 10 am-1 pm

$52 for the class, $499 for the Apparel Product Development series

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 5 in the 10-part Apparel Product Development Series

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

 

Available Spaces: 6

Costing & Pricing

Price: $52.00    Class begins: October 4, 2014

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

Saturday, October 4, 10 am-1 pm

$52 for the class, $499 for the Apparel Product Development series

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 3 of the 10-part Apparel Product Development series

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

Class policies

Available Spaces: 13

Serger Classes

Price: $189.00    Class begins: October 11, 2014

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Open to all makes and models of sergers.

Saturdays, October 11-November 1, 2-5 pm, $189 (includes handouts, sample fabrics) 

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

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

Flatlock-scarf

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

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

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

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

Available Spaces: 3

Sourcing 101

Price: $499.00    Class begins: October 11, 2014

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

Instructor: Robert Bryan, materials manager for Nike, Target, OshKosh

Saturday, October 11, 10 am-1 pm

$52 for the class, $499 for the Apparel Product Development series

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.

Step 4 of the 10-part Apparel Product Development series

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

Class policies.

Available Spaces: 9

Kids & Teens Advanced Sewing

Price: $74.00    Class begins: October 13, 2014

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

Classes meet on Mondays, 4-5:45 pm.  Then tell us which session you'd like to attend.

September session:  September 15- October 6

October session:  October 13-November 3

November session:  November 10-December 1

TwirlySkirtLevel 4 - One or two layered TWIRLY SKIRT.  

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

Level 5 - REAL PANTS.  

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

Kids Knit DressLevel 6 - KNIT DRESS.  

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

Class policies

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

Available Spaces: 3

Leather Jackets

Price: $319.00    Class begins: October 15, 2014

Leather Jacket Larissa BurdaLeather Jackets with Jennifer Holcomb

Wednesdays, October 15-December 3, 6-9 pm (8 sessions)

6-9 pm. $299 + $20 kit fee ($319)


Create a leather jacket. Learn how to choose skins and plan a leather garment from design to cutting, sewing and lining. Go over sewing tools, techniques, stitches and seam treatments. Add fur trims, epaulettes or hardware to make your garment a unique item.

Prerequisite: Leatherworking 1

Available Spaces: 4

Working with boutiques

Price: $52.00    Class begins: October 18, 2014

Working with boutiques: A boutique owner tells all

Instructor: Celeste Sipes, owner of Radish Underground

Saturday, October 18, 10 am-1 pm

$52 for the class, $499 for the Apparel Product Development series

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 6 of the 10-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: 10

Fabric Painting

Price: $219.00    Class begins: October 18, 2014

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

Saturdays, October 18-November 15, 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.

Screen Printing with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB, October 18 & 25

In two quick sessions, learn the basic steps to design and hand screen patterns onto fabric.  Use one of two methods with screen filler to put your image onto a silkscreen you will be able to use again and again.  Measure and print the patterns onto fabrics of your choice using fabric pigment.  Use these skills to create fabric, add details and make art on your garments with minimal equipment.

Batik Painting with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse, November 1 & 8

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.

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

Shibori (Japanese painting) with Lynn Weglarz, November 15

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.

Available Spaces: 11

Flats & Technical Packages

Price: $219.00    Class begins: October 20, 2014

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

Flats & Technical Packages with Megan McGugan, Nike

Mondays, October 20-November 24, 6-9 pm

$219

Create computer-generated production packages consisting of costing analysis, 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: 4

Swimwear

Price: $169.00    Class begins: October 20, 2014

SwimsuitSwimwear

Mondays, October 20-November 24, 6-9 pm

$169

Get ready for vacation!  Or just get in the swim in your favorite local pool.  Make a bikini or one or two piece swimsuit.  Learn how to work with 4-way stretch, swimsuit and clear elastic and negative ease garments.  You need a serger for this class so bring yours or rent  one from us ($10/session).  Suggested pre-requisite: Activewear

Available Spaces: 5

Couture Jacket

Price: $279.00    Class begins: October 21, 2014

Chanel Jacket

with instructor Sharon Blair, BA, MA, Paris American AcademyChanelJkt

Tuesdays, October 21-December 9, 6-9 pm (8 weeks)

$279 (includes pattern, handouts)

Be like Chanel and learn how to make couture jacket using all those secret techniques, details and trims.  No interfacing or shoulder pads.  Balanced, beautiful, sturdy yet supple, it’s the perfect jacket whether you’re dressing up or wearing jeans.  Learn handstitches and couture sewing techniques straight from Paris!

Prerequisites: Apparel Construction or equivalentIt helps if you’ve taken “Sewing Difficult Fabrics”.

Available Spaces: 5

Concept & Development

Price: $219.00    Class begins: October 21, 2014

Concept & Development 1 with Emily Weltman of FIT, Nike

Tuesdays, Oct 21-Dec 9, 6:30-9 pm; $219

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: 5

Scuba Skirt

Price: $135.00    Class begins: October 22, 2014

Scuba Skirt 1 Scuba Skirt 2Neoprene Scuba Skirts with Lynn Weglarz

Wednesdays, October 22 & 29, 6-9 pm, $135 (includes pattern, sample fabrics)

Learn how easy it is to make the newest must have fashion; the neoprene skirt.  We’ll experiment with different seam finishes (faux flat felled, lapped and butted) and exposed zippers.  The perfect skirt to wear this winter.

Available Spaces: 8

Pattern Knits & Stretch

Price: $319.00    Class begins: October 23, 2014

Pattern Knits & Stretch (Pattern 4)

with instructor Sharon Blair, BA, MA, PAA

Thursdays, October 23- December 4, 6-9 pm (no class on Thanksgiving)

$319 or $599 for both Pattern 3 & 4  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

Couture Dress

Price: $469.00    Class begins: October 23, 2014

StephanieD dress

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

Couture Dress with Stephanie D of Stephanie D Couture

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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.

Thursdays, October 23-December 4, 6-9 pm. (No class Thanksgiving.)

$299 or $469 with Dresses class.

Available Spaces: 5

Faux Fur Vests

Price: $199.00    Class begins: October 23, 2014

FakeFurVestSewing Faux Fur with Jennifer Holcomb

Thursdays, Oct 23-Dec 4, 6-9 pm, $199 (no class Nov. 6 or Thanksgiving)

Learn a variety of hand stitches and seams designed specifically for sewing with faux fur, as well as proper techniques for pockets, buttonholes, and sewing darts.  Students will also learn to piece, tape seams and finish edges, hems, interlinings.  Learn to work with the nap of fur.  Furrier techniques and definitions will be shown.

Available Spaces: 8

Sewing Activewear

Price: $359.00    Class begins: October 24, 2014

Sew stretchy technical fabrics without fear.

Intermediate Sewing: Activewear & Performance Fabrics

Fridays, October 24-December 5, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm (no class Thanksgiving weekend)

$189 or $359 with Sewing Knits (includes pattern and handouts).

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 2012

Available Spaces: 14

Merchandising & Thinking Retail

Price: $499.00    Class begins: October 25, 2014

Merchandising and thinking retail

Instructor: Tiffany Bean, owner of Mabel & Zora Boutique

Saturday, October 25, 10 am-1 pm

$52 for the class, $499 for the Apparel Product Development series

See the world through retail eyes. Great class whether you want to sell to stores or open one of your own.

Learn how to interact with manufacturers, sales reps and buyers on their terms. See how store owners merchandise products so you can learn how to get yours on their racks. Learn their jargon, such as “assortment plan”, “store layout”, “open to buy”, “6-month buying plan”, “stock plans”, “stock to sales ratios” and “turnover rates” from BOM to EOM.

See the tricks of visual merchandising. Learn how to get your products into stores, in prime locations in the store and how to make them stand out. Learn how to work with stores to promote your products so visitors become shoppers who then can find, select and buy your products.  Learn how to get the attention of buyers and how to merchandise your line so they will take notice.

These techniques work whether for on-line or bricks-and-mortar stores.

Step 7 of the 10-part Apparel Product Development series

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward Program

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TiffanyBeanTiffany and her husband Corey opened Mabel and Zora Boutique in June 2006.  "The vision for the store," Tiffany says, "was inspired by Doris Day movies and Tiffany's grandmother's boutique from the 1950s. The outcome is a lovely ladies' boutique that transports you back in time to an era of beauty and fabulous customer service but with today's top designers."

Tiffany started designing her own clothing line - Tiffany Bean Designs - in 2010 also inspired by 1960s movies and fashions.

Available Spaces: 13

Knock it Off

Price: $96.00    Class begins: November 1, 2014

Knock it off with Cindy Persson

Saturdays, November 1 & 8, 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: 6

Contracting basics for apparel designers

Price: $52.00    Class begins: November 1, 2014

Contracting basics for apparel designers

Instructor: Owen Schmidt, contract attorney

Saturday, November 1, 10 am-1 pm

$52 for the class, $499 for the Apparel Product Development series

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 8 of the 10-part Apparel Product Development series

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

Class policies

Available Spaces: 8

Petticoats

Price: $189.00    Class begins: November 3, 2014

Petticoats1 Petticoats2Petticoats with Debra Bruneaux, Portland Opera

Mondays, November 3-December 1, 6-9 pm

$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: 11

Menswear-Ties

Price: $75.00    Class begins: November 7, 2014

Menswear - Ties with Ali Loverink of Duchess Clothiers

Three sessions:  Fridays, November 7-21, 6-9 pm, $75

Learn the basics of making ties from scratch. In this class we will explore the proper way of making a necktie from a pattern to finished product.  We will learn types of interfacing, and different construction methods for making a tie.  You'll end up with a standard necktie and a bowtie.

Available Spaces: 9

Truth About Trade Shows

Price: $499.00    Class begins: November 8, 2014

ABCThe truth about trade shows

Saturday, November 8, 10 am-1 pm

Instructor:  Jason Calderon, owner of West Daily menswear

$52 for the class, $499 for the Apparel Product Development series

 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 9 in the 10-part Apparel Product Development Series

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

Available Spaces: 13

Protect Your Intellectual property

Price: $499.00    Class begins: November 15, 2014

Apparel Business Classes at Portland SewingProtect Your Intellectual Property

Instructor: Susan Pitchford, IP attorney; Chernoff, Vilhauer, McClung & Stenzel, LLP

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10-1 pm

$52 for the class, $499 for the Apparel Product Development series

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 10 of the 10-part 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: 13

Pattern grading

Price: $52.00    Class begins: November 15, 2014

Pattern grading by hand

Take the grading series for $96 or individual classes for $52

Saturdays, November 15 & 22, 2-5 pm

Basic grading, November 15, $52

Use slopers to learn the basic principles of changing pattern sizes.  Learn the inside secrets of increasing and decreasing sizes and government standards for grade rules.  Apply these principles to pants, skirts, sleeves and bodices.

 

Advanced grading and marking, November 22, $52

Bring in your patterns and learn how to grade them to different sizes.  Create your own grade rules for cardinal points.  Apply to knits and wovens.  Learn how to set up a marker -- a layout of all you pattern pieces ready for cutting -- for best use of fabric.

Available Spaces: 17

Santa's Workshop

Price: $69.00    Class begins: December 2, 2014

Santa's Workshop

These ladies are ready for the holidays. Are you?

Tuesdays, December 2 & 9; 4-5:45 pm, $69

For kids & teens, ages 8-14

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

PR Techniques

Price: $499.00    Class begins: January 10, 2015

PR techniques

with Eden Dawn, fashion editor for Portland Monthly

Saturday, January 10, 2015 10 am-1 pm

$52 for the class, $499 for the Apparel Product Development series

 

Get the LINE on how to get coverage from bloggers, and the news media while learning the four basic tips for visibility. Eden will guide you though how to make contact with media and when they would like to hear from you. Then she’ll talk about how to get ready for your conversation through:

L: Give your information a Local angle

I: Think about how it will Impact the readers. In other words, why would they care?

N: News means it is New. What is different about what you’re offering?

E: Tell a story. Make your information Entertaining.

By the end of the class, you’ll learn who (and how) to contact in the media. You’ll know how to look at stories from the press’ point of view, how to recognize a news peg and put it first in your e-mail to your contacts, plus find out the things fashion writers don’t want. Most importantly, you’ll know how to see media as friends and colleagues.

Step 10 of the 10-part Apparel Product Development series

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

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Eden Dawn PicEden Dawn (yes, that is her real name) spends her life submerged in fashion as a stylist, writer, and tastemaker. Born and raised in Oregon, she began her style career while still a child, by cheerfully violating numerous dress codes at her private school before turning that troublemaking into her trademark as one of Oregon’s top fashion experts.

The project enthusiastic style lover spends her time as a freelance wardrobe stylist and fashion writer. Not only does she provide regular contributions to Portland Monthly's (Oregon’s award winning magazine) fashion content, style commercial and editorial jobs, and talk about trends frequently on television.

 

Available Spaces: 15