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


Price: $264.00    Class begins: May 30, 2013

Footwear with Jennifer Holcomb, accessories designer

Tuesdays, May 20-June 24, 6-9 pm

$214  + $50 kit fee ($264)

At last!  A shoemaking class for fashionable shoes in Portland -- one that you can afford!

In this class, you will spend the first three weeks constructing a pair of flat leather soled flip flops, then work on a leather wedged sandal with straps of your own design. Learn how to create patterns from your own foot tracings, then work through the steps of building the sandals as well as how to finish the edges of your soles. Kit includes all leather for soles and straps, glue, tools needed for sole construction, product for finishes sole edges, and step-by-step project handouts on patterning and construction.

Prerequisites:  Beginning Sewing, Leatherworking 1

Available Spaces: 3

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

Adobe Private Lessons

Price: $35.00    Class begins: October 3, 2013

Adobe Private Lessons

Wednesdays, 6-8 pm, $35/hour

Brush up on your Adobe skills with the help of an apparel industry professional.

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.

Please register at least 48 hours before class start.  Tell us which Wednesday you wish to attend.

Available Spaces: 98

Optitex-Computer Patternmaking

Price: $998.00    Class begins: October 28, 2013

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

$998/person for 12-weeks of 3-hour sessions.  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.

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.

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: 6


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.


$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

Sewing, Machine Knitting & Patternmaking:  Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2-5 pm.

Adobe Illustrator:  Wednesdays, 6-8 pm

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


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: 89

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.



Available Spaces: Unlimited

Learn to Sew

Price: $99.00    Class begins: April 7, 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, April 7 -June 30 6-9 pm OR

 Tuesdays, April 8-June 24, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm

$99 each level or $289 for the series of all 3 levels.  Includes $10/session kit fee for patterns/handouts. Each level lasts 4 weeks. 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.  Mondays, April 7-28 OR Tuesdays, April 8-29 .   Sorry, the Learn to Sew 1  classes are full.  Click here to get on the wait list for the next classLearn 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, May 5-June 2 OR Tuesdays, May 6-27.  Each day 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. Prerequisite: LTS 1

Learn to Sew 3.  Mondays,  June 9-30 OR Tuesdays, June 3-24.  Each day 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: 4

Draping 1 & 2

Price: $219.00    Class begins: April 7, 2014


Learn to create garments on a professional dress form.

Draping Series: Mondays, April 7-June 30, 6-9 pm

$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 7-May 12, 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, April 19-June 30, 6-9 pm

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

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

Class policies

Available Spaces: 7

Kids & Teens Advanced Sewing

Price: $74.00    Class begins: April 7, 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.  Then tell us which session you'd like to attend.

April session:  April 7-28

May session:  May 5-June 2

June session:  June 9-30

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: 7

Kids & Teens Sewing

Price: $74.00    Class begins: April 7, 2014

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

April session:  April 7-28

May session:  May 5-June 2

June session:  June 9-30

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- PJ pants and decorated knit top.  May 5-June 2

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 decorate one of your t-shirts. Wear your outfit on spirit day or around the house or sleepovers!  Prerequisite:  Kids & Teens level 1


Level 3-Comfy robe

Winter session:  March 3-17

Spring session:  June 9-30

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

Available Spaces: 2

Costume Design & Construction

Price: $199.00    Class begins: April 9, 2014

Portland Opera's Jason Bray teaches you how to design and create costumes for the theater.

Portland Opera's Jason Bray teaches you how to design and create costumes for the theater.

Costume Design & Construction

with Portland Opera's Jason Bray

Wednesdays, April 9-May 14, 6-9 pm, $389

Costume Design:  Wednesdays, April 9-May 14, 6-9 pm.  $199.  Create costumes for fun, film and theater -- the way it's done in the entertainment industry.  Analyze scripts.  Formulate design concepts. Develop costume renderings.  Students will have an opportunity to go behind the scenes and view a dress rehearsal of a Portland Opera performance.  Prerequisites:  Fashion Illustration

Costume Construction: Wednesdays, May 21-June 25, 6-9 pm, $199.   Transition your two-dimensional designs into functional stage costumes.  Adapt apparel  construction skills to that of the theatrical design world.  Students will have an opportunity to  give presentations before a panel of theatrical costuming professionals.

Prerequisites: Beginning Sewing, Patternmaking, Costume Design.

Available Spaces: 8

Apparel Construction

Price: $99.00    Class begins: April 9, 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 weeks. Priced per person. Includes patterns.

SERIES: Wednesdays, April 9-June 25, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm OR Saturdays, April 5-June 28, 10 am-1 pm

Portland Sewing_AUG_2013_PatternApparel Construction 1.0: Wednesdays, April 9-30, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm OR Saturdays, April 5-26, 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.  (Sorry, the Level 1 classes are full.  Please click here to get on the wait list  for the next class.)

Apparel Construction 2.0 : Wednesdays, May 7-28, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm OR Saturdays, May 3-31, 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

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

Day Dress Short Sleeve

Learn more about how to fit patterns and garments plus the secrets of making a professional garmentwhile 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: 12

Fashion Design Scholarship

Price: $0.00    Class begins: April 22, 2014

Win a future in fashion design

Portland Sewing announces its fourth annual Fashion Design Scholarship for Teens


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 Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 5 pm to submit applications.  The winner gets $2,000 worth of fashion design classes and a summer internship at a local apparel company.  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 Tuesday, May 27, 2014.  To apply, go to Fashion Design Scholarship Application.

Stephanie Linn of St. Mary’s Academy won the 2011 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

Burda Style

Price: $159.00    Class begins: April 25, 2014



Burda Style with Lisa Silveira

Fridays, April 25-May 16, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 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: 7

Mommy & Me - Apron

Price: $96.00    Class begins: April 26, 2014

Mommy & Me ApronMommy & Me Sewing

Saturdays, April 26 & May 3, 2-5 pm.

$96 for the two of you (includes patterns)

Make an apron for each of you 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!

This class will likely be the first of many sewing adventures together in the future.

Available Spaces: 7

Apparel Business Plan

Price: $279.00    Class begins: May 7, 2014

Create an Apparel Business Plan

Wednesdays, May 7-June 25, 6-9 pm., $279

Instructor:  Kim Dawson, Partner & Co-Conspirator, Revolution Business & Life Design

This hands on class will walk you through writing your own business plan.

Each week, you will complete different sections.  You will pull together any of the strategic marketing planning, research, costing, sourcing, branding, communications and other work you may have done. You will write the narrative of your business and back it up with detailed facts and figures.  You will create Excel spreadsheets for your financial section -- the very thing lenders want to see.

You will think through your business thoroughly, research facts you are unsure of and examine your ideas critically.  Come prepared with your laptops and all the relevant info you’ve collected.  Roll up your sleeves and leave class with a viable plan that could get you financing and on the path to your dreams.


Available Spaces: 7

Screen Printing

Price: $96.00    Class begins: May 10, 2014

Screen Printing with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB

Saturdays, May 10 & 17 2-5 pm; $96 

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.


Available Spaces: 12

Pattern grading

Price: $52.00    Class begins: May 10, 2014

Pattern grading by hand

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

Basic grading, May 10, 2-5 pm, $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, July 13, 2-5 pm, $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: 18

Pattern 4 (Knits & Stretch)

Price: $319.00    Class begins: May 20, 2014

Patternmaking 4 (Knits & Stretch)

with instructor Sharon Blair, BA, MA, PAA

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

$319  Includes pattern paper, handouts

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

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

Prerequisites: Patternmaking 1 & 2

Class policies

Available Spaces: 14

Fashion Illustration

Price: $219.00    Class begins: May 21, 2014

Fashion Illustration Intro Series (Levels 1 & 2), Wednesday, April 7-June 25, 6-9 pm

with Rebecca Hatton, Columbia Sportswear

$428 for the series or $219 per class.

Level 1: Wednesdays, April 9-May 14, 6-9 pm

Become a fashion artist & start thinking like one. Learn how to draw the fashion figure as a croquis. Get your fashion designs on paper so you can share your ideas with others. Draw face, hands and feet, hair; front, side and back views. Move the body. Put a garment on it. Create your own style.

Level 2: Wednesdays, May 21-June 25, 6-9 pm

Become a fashion design professional. You will create professional fashion illustrations suitable for a portfolio. Learn to use the latest tools of the fashion illustration trade. Learn to use markers and pens. Add skin tones and shading – giving your form definition and light. Add fabric textures and learn direction and drape. Finally, you will create designs on the figure and learn layout, background and composition. For your final project, you will bring it all together on a display board. Prerequisite: Level 1

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Advanced Fashion Illustration Intensive with Jennifer Baggett, art director for Fred Meyer:  TBA

Draw ¾ views of the woman's body.  Learn methods for drawing feet.  Draw details in clothing: sleeves, collars, plackets, pleats, ruffles.  The final project is a couture garment. Create a collection suitable for display and your portfolio.  Prerequisite: Level 2

In one weekend, learn to draw men's fashion.

In one weekend, learn to draw men's fashion.

Men's Fashion Illustration with Jennifer Baggett, art director for Fred Meyer:  TBA

Get the proportions right for a man’s fashion figure. Create a croquis for menswear. Master styles and textures for casual wear, formal wear and outerwear. Learn creative ways to illustrate clothing and accessories, through a variety of media and techniques.  Prerequisite: Level 1


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Available Spaces: 2

Textiles: Secret Life of Fabrics

Price: $289.00    Class begins: May 22, 2014

Textiles with Robert Bryan, fabric research and development for Nike, Abercrombie&Fitch, Target, OshKosh B'Gosh

Thursdays, May 22-June 26, 6:30-9 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.

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Available Spaces: 9

Intermediate Sewing: Safari Jacket

Price: $319.00    Class begins: May 22, 2014

Safari JacketIntermediate Sewing:  Safari Jacket with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse

$169 or $319 if combined with Intermediate Sewing: Dresses. Includes pattern.

Thursdays, May 22-June 25, 10 am-1 pm or 6-9 pm

Make this classic that’s suitable for any season of Oregon weather. You’ll learn how to work with twill, supplex/ultrex and other interesting fabrics, make bachelor buttons and buttonholes, add snaps with a press, shape hems, add seam bindings, and create five different kinds of professional-looking flat fell seams.

Prerequisite: Apparel Construction

Available Spaces: 15

Lingerie: Intimates

Price: $169.00    Class begins: May 23, 2014

Lingerie: IntimatesBra-Panties

Fridays, April 11-June 27, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm

$169.  Fee includes patterns.

Lingerie 2: May 23-June 27, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm

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

Prerequisite: Apparel Construction

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The lingerie class was fantastic!  I loved learning the techniques and of course, working with gorgeous silk.  The cami/short set I made is so beautiful! -- Suzy, Fall 2012

Available Spaces: 16

Advanced Tailoring

Price: $169.00    Class begins: May 23, 2014

Advanced Tailoring Mens TopCoatAdvanced Tailoring with Ali Loverink, Duchess Clothiers

Fridays, May 23-June 27, 6-9 pm

$169 or $319 if combined with Menswear Jacket

Start getting your complete wardrobe ready. Make a topcoat with all the details you would expect: Fully lined with welt pockets, notched collar and peaked lapels. Learn hand techniques and methods of working with heavy weight fabrics or poplin for trench coats. Pre-req: Tailoring

Available Spaces: 7

Conquer Zippers

Price: $62.00    Class begins: May 31, 2014

Conquer Zippers

Saturday, May 31, 2-5 pm


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.

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Available Spaces: 7


Price: $199.00    Class begins: June 2, 2014

Mondays, June 2-30 6:30-9 pm, $199

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


Price: $264.00    Class begins: June 5, 2014

Backpacks with Jennifer Holcomb, accessories designer

Thursdays, June 5-26, 6-9 pm.  $214 + $50 kit fee ($264)

This classes focuses on technical backpacks. It includes a lecture on technical fabrics, how to choose the right fabric for a backpack, how to fit the backpack to your torso, plus where and when padding or frames are appropriate in a backpack. The class project is a daypack with padded straps and back, zippered front pocket, lapped zipper into main compartment, and a webbing handle. The project will also include binding, seam seal tape and findings.

Kit includes materials for straps, padding, webbing, binding, seam seal tape, findings & zippers, and patterns/handouts.

Class limited to eight students.  Pre-requisite: Industrial Machines

Available Spaces: 3

Serger Classes

Price: $52.00    Class begins: June 7, 2014

Open to all makes and models of sergers.

Use your serger!

Sergery 1: Basic Serger Techniques.  SaturdaysJune 7-21, 2-5 pm, $89

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.

Make a tote with 4-thread overlock in one session.

Sergery 2: DecoSerging.  Saturday, June 28, 2-5 pm. $52

Your serger is an awesome machine! Discover all the wonderful ways to use it. Add to your book of sample techniques. Create blocks of DecoSerging with flatlock, rolled edge, heirloom, beading, ruffling and other techniques.  Learn how to use specialty threads.  The blocks you create will be suitable for a lap quilt, pillows, totes -- or just for fun and practice.

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: 7

Mad for Plaid

Price: $129.00    Class begins: June 7, 2014

Mad for Plaid

Saturdays, June 7-21, 2-5 pm.

$129, includes sample fabrics & handouts.

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

Available Spaces: 12