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
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!
Tuesdays, April 8-May 13, 6-9 pm
$214 + $70 kit fee ($284)
This six-week course teaches the fundamentals of leatherworking while you make a belt and tote bag. Learn how to cut, bevel, crease and burnish edges, plus how to skive. Wet form leather around a buckle, and learn how to apply dyes and finishes to your belt. The tote project will introduce several different seam types and edge finishes appropriate for leather. You will be introduced to the many different kinds of leather, its qualities and potential and become proficient at using and maintaining leather hand tools.
Kit includes leather for samples, belt and buckle, handles for tote, stitching awl, linen thread, harness needles, edge finishing tools, plus dyes and finishes to use in-class. You will buy a small amount of light leather for the tote bag. You also will bring basic sewing supplies and bring, or rent, a home sewing machine for three classes.
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
Machine Knitting for Fashion Design with Lisa Silveira, Wandering Muse
Machine Knitting Series: Tuesdays, April 8-June 24, 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, April 8-May 13, 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, May 20-June 24, 6-9 pm (Prerequisite: Machine Knitting 1)
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
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.
Get your tickets now for Portland Sewing's fourth annual showcase of emerging fashion talent. Seven new designers will show their debut collections to the Portland community including the city's premier retailers, buyers and media.
Joining them is Lisa Silveira, one of Portland's popular new designers, voted as the audience favorite from past Fashion Forward shows.
All proceeds from the event support Portland Sewing's Fashion Design Scholarship for Teens. The scholarship prepares Portland-area high school juniors and seniors for a career in the fashion industry.
Refuge PDX, Saturday, April 12. 116 SE Yamhill. Map.
VIP ($35) Doors: 7 pm. VIP tickets get early admission to visit the designer's showrooms and select early seating.
General Admission ($25 advance; $30 day of show) Doors: 7:30 pm. Show: 8 pm.
Lisa Silveira/Wandering Muse
and 7 hot new designers:
Claire Doody/Copper Union
Lucy Egging/Whiskey Ginger
Jessica VanHulle/Lady Jessica
Christine Van Abkoude/Perilous Activity
Beau Monde College of Hair Design
Saturday, April 19, 2-5 pm, $74 (includes Fiber Etch kit)+ supplies
This centuries old French technique is used by many top designers for fabulous looks. We will use a product called Fiber Etch which will remove only plant fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, ramie and hemp) but will not remove synthetic or protein based fibers. The fibers left behind in fabric blends create wonderful sheer areas. We'll experiment with different fibers/fabrics and try the fiber etch with a variety of tools (stencils, stamps, brushes). The obvious fabric is silk velvet, but also think about wool combinations, cotton/polyester or rayon/polyester combinations. Come ready to have fun and experiment!
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.
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.
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.
Use your serger!
Sergery 1: Basic Serger Techniques. Saturdays, June 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.
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!