Corsets & Bustiers

Price: $279.00    Class begins: September 8, 2014


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

Corsets & Bustiers with Jason Bray, Portland Opera

Mondays, September 8-October 27, 6-9 pm (8 weeks)

$279, plus supplies.

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

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

Class policies

Available Spaces: 2

Women's Pants

Price: $189.00    Class begins: September 9, 2014


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

Tuesdays, September 9-October 14, 6-9 pm

$189 (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


Price: $189.00    Class begins: September 11, 2014

Dresses with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse

Thursdays, September 11-October 16, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 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.


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

Prerequisite: Apparel Construction

Available Spaces: 8

Sewing Knits

Price: $189.00    Class begins: September 12, 2014


Fresh from the runway: the Kattie Dress. In Knits class, you'll make a top, dress and sweater all in 6 weeks.

Fridays, September 12-October 17, 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: 5

Tailored Jacket

Price: $279.00    Class begins: September 12, 2014

Tailoring with instructor Ali Loverink of Duchess Clothiers

Fridays, September 12-October 31, 6-9 pm.


For men or women. Learn current and classic techniques to achieve stellar results while you tailor a jacket or coat. Find out how to prepare the fabric, choose the right interfacing, shape collars and lapels, make notched collars, set in sleeves, and a bagged lining with a jump hem.

 Sign up for this class and get the September 6, 2-5 pm "Make a Ham" class for free!

Prerequisite: Apparel Construction.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 4


Price: $169.00    Class begins: October 20, 2014


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


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: 7

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

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


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: 6

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: 15


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


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