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

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

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

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

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.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 9

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.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 7

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: 8