BEGINNING SEWING

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

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: 4

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

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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

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: 11

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

Summer Camps: Kids & Teens

Price: $120.00    Class begins: July 8, 2014

Learn to sew and make a pillowcase.

Learn to sew and make a pillowcase.

Summer Camps for Kids & Teens ages 8-14

-- Sewing Camp.  Tuesday-Friday, July 8-11, 10 am-12:30 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!

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Happy graduates of Portland Sewing's 2013 Summer Fashion Design Camp wear their creations.

-- Design Camp.  Tuesday-Friday, July 8-11, 1:30-4 pm.  $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:  Beginning Sewing

Taught by Stephanie and Vivian D of Stephanie D Couture.

Both classes priced per person

Class policies

Available Spaces: 20