Machine Knitting for Fashion Design with Lisa Silveira
Tuesdays, January 7-March 25, 6-9 pm
$224 for six weeks OR $419 for the series. Includes kit of practice yarns and swatch notebook.
Machine Knitting Level 1. Tuesdays, January 7-February 11, 6-9 pm
Learn the basic machine knitting techniques and stitches including cast-on, cast-off, stripe, increasing, decreasing, ribbing, and cables. You will put together a notebook of knit swatches. No need to own your own machine, Portland Sewing provides the machines and tools for this class. No experience required, just enthusiasm and desire to create your own knits in far less time than hand-knitting.
Machine Knitting Level 2. Tuesdays, February 18-March 25, 6-9 pm
Learn advanced shaping and contouring techniques including godets, short row circular sections, short rows technique, bust shaping, oval shapes, and short row darts to add beautiful contours to your knitwear. You will construct a hooded sweater vest using these techniques as well as those from Machine Knitting level 1 on mid-gauge single bed machines and a professional linker. Curious about double bed knitting? You’re in luck! Introducing the double bed machine, you’ll learn how to easily make different types of ribbing as well as some circular/tubular knitting. Prerequisite: Machine Knitting Level 1
Portland Sewing Memberships
Tuesday-Saturday, 2-5 pm (Starts January 7)
Use Portland Sewing as your creative space. Become a Portland Sewing member for just $150/month. Take the prerequisite classes* to get qualified, then get access to our:
-- Large pattern tables
-- Professional dress forms
-- Home sewing machines and sergers
-- Knitting machines
-- Industrial machines.
Want to take your ideas from other classes to the next step? Need help creating your clothing collection? Then try Collection (Advanced Pattern & Construction). It takes place on Fridays, 10 am-1 pm and 6-9 pm.
* Prerequisite classes include:
-- Apparel Construction Series
-- Patternmaking Intro
-- Industrial Machine Sewing
-- Knitting by Machine
Thursdays, January 9-February 13, 6-9 pm
$214 + $60 kit fee ($274)
This six-week course teaches the fundamentals of leatherworking while you make a belt and tote.
Learn how to cut, bevel, crease and burnish edges. Mould leather around buckles and rings. Learn about skiving and channeling, plus techniques for applying dyes and finishes. Create a swatch library of handstitches. Sew hem samples by machine. Explore the many different kinds of leather, its qualities and potential. Become proficient at using and maintaining hand tools.
Kit includes leather for samples, belt, and part of clutch, hardware, stitching awl, linen thread, harness needles, burnishing tools, leather conditioner, plus dyes and finishes to experiment with in-class. You will buy a small amount of light leather for half of the handbag and the sewing machine samples. You also will bring basic sewing supplies and a home sewing machine for one class.
Class limited to eight students. This class is designed for people with little or no previous experience, and for those who want to go back to the basics in working with leather.
Prerequisite: Beginning Sewing
Saturday, January 11, 10 am-1 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.
with Elizabeth Mollo, fashion show producer and director
Wednesdays, January 22-April 9, 6-9 pm
$269 for 12 weeks
Learn how to produce a fashion show from managing time and budgets, publicity and promotions, merchandising, the booking of models and talent, choosing music and choreography, staging, lighting and set design, and other demands of a special event such as public speaking, equipment and venue rental, permitting and catering. Learn how to style your models.
Get ready for the Portland Sewing Fashion Forward show Saturday, April 12. After this, you are ready to create any fashion event.
Thursdays, January 23-February 27, 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.
Saturday, February 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.
Thursdays. March 6-27, 6-9 pm
$169. Includes handouts & patterns.
Learn techniques from the schools in Paris. You will learn the basics of couture hand stitching. Then in each of the following classes, learn how to work with velvet, sheer, silky and slippery fabrics – plus bias. You’ll learn proper layout, cutting, marking, and pressing techniques. You’ll discover how to sew pucker free seams – and end the class with a bias chiffon skirt and velvet pouch to show off your new skills. Great class to take if you plan to sew a wedding or party dress.
Prerequisite: Beginning sewing.
Use your serger!
Sergery 1: Basic Serger Techniques. Saturdays, March 8-22, 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.
Sergery 2: DecoSerging. Saturday, March 29, 2-5 pm. $48
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!
Saturday, March 8, 10 am-1 pm. $48
Learn a few new tricks to make your clothes go from ho hum to wow! Make corded accents using your 3 groove pin tuck foot (perfect to highlight collars/cuffs/hembands), channel stitched accents using your walking foot (perfect to highlight collars/cuffs), different types of binding finishes on necklines (banded V-neck on woven fabric, banded curved neckline, baby french binding) and surface design; couching and texturing your fabric. Great introduction to heirloom sewing.
Burda Style with Lisa Silveira
Saturdays, March 15-29, 2-5 pm
Ever wanted to try a Burda Style magazine pattern? In this class you'll learn how to trace off the patterns from the magazine insert (the most intimidating part!), fit it, interpret the pattern instructions, and sew your garment! Bring in your Burda Style magazine and start taking advantage of their fabulous styles now!