Saturdays, March 7-28, 2-5 pm OR Saturdays, June 6-27, 2-5 pm
$189 (includes handouts, sample fabrics)
Start with Basic Serger Techniques. 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.
Move on to Flatlocked Scarf/Wrap: You’ve mastered your serger, now practice by making this one of a kind scarf/wrap. We’ll start by embellishing the velvet with heavy re-embroidered lace and pressing into the velvet to create a design that is uniquely you. Then we’ll piece the scarf together with decorative thread and the flatlock stitch. It’ll be finished up with an optional hook and button closure. Easy to make; could be the perfect gift for all your friends!
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!
Tuesdays, April 7-May 12, 6-9 pm
Widen your sewing skills by learning to select, cut, bevel, stitch and edge real leather. Learn about leather types and applications, hardware, dyes and finishes. Add your personal style and preferences to enhance basic belt and bag patterns with your new skills. You'll learn options for straps, pockets, lining, buckles, hardware and closures to suit your taste.
Prerequisite: Beginning Sewing
Machine Knitting for Fashion Design with Lisa Silveira, Wandering Muse
Tuesdays, April 7-June 23, 6-9 pm
$419. Includes kit of practice yarns and swatch notebook.
Featuring Shibui baby alpaca yarn.
Machine Knitting Level 1.
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.
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.
with Stephanie D, Stephanie D Couture
Fridays, April 10-May 15, 6-9 pm
$189 or $359 if combined with Sew Vintage. Includes handouts, patterns, sample fabrics of nap, bias and plaids.
Stephanie D Couture will share her couture techniques to create your own luxury wear using fine silk and simple techniques to control slippery fabrics. She will guide you through the proper layout, cutting, marking techniques. Achieve the skills to shape your garment by properly handling and sewing smooth seams, darts and proper pressing techniques.
First week of class - You will learn to perfect hand sewing skills on samples before undertake sewing a full garment. Learn to perfect edge finishes, hems, facing, bindings, and French seams on bias and more.
Remainder of class - Bring in your most difficult project.
Learn steps in taking a high-end garment from concept to completion. Control the construction of your garment precisely.
Prerequisite: Beginning sewing.
Fabric Painting: Screen Printing, Batik Painting, Shibori (Japanese fabric dying) with Cindy Persson, Lisa Silveira and Lynn Weglarz
Saturdays, April 11-May 9, 2-5 pm, $219 + supplies
Open the door to three creative ways to print your own fabric designs. Beautiful, quick and easy, you can do each of them in just one or two sessions.
Batik Painting with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse, April 11 & 18
Create a beautiful silk scarf through traditional methods of batik. This is painting, not tub dying. Your results will be much more delicate and controlled. Learn about the required tools as well as techniques to apply wax as a resist and different methods for adding color.
Shibori (Japanese painting) with Lynn Weglarz, April 25
There are so many beautiful patterns you can create using Shibori dyeing techniques. It's pretty incredible just how much you can change the look of a fabric by simply folding, twisting, and binding. We’ll try out some folding/clamping, handstitching, and wrapping/twisting around PVC pipe. You'll walk away with samples of different techniques. Use these to create yardage for your own garments.
Screen Printing with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB, May 2 & 9
Screen print a design of your choice onto fabric with a photo emulsion technique allowing you to create a durable screen quickly with an image with fine lines and detail. Class will begin with burning your image onto a pretreated screen. The rest of class time will be spent printing and experimenting with color and technique.
Instructor will provide copier to transfer your image onto acetate and light box to burn image onto screen. Students will need a few images they would like to use no larger than 10"x16", fabric to print on, screen printing paint suitable for textiles (red, blue, yellow, and white recommended for maximum color options) such as Speedball or jacquard, and an apron
(The screen printing class charges an additional kit fee of $50. Kit includes 12"x18" screen pretreated with photo emulsion, a squeegee and sheets of acetate. Pay the instructor the kit fee the first day of screen printing class.)
Wednesdays, April 22-May 27, 6-9 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.
with Stephanie D of Stephanie D Couture
Saturday, April 25, 2-5 pm
Have you ever wondered how the dresses and blouses get those shaped laces into beautiful designs? In this class, you will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for independent shaping lace. Learn
-- How to inset laces into your projects using curves, miters and darts.
-- Couture hand stitching techniques to attach lace seamlessly onto a base garment.
-- How to apply beads, pearls, sequins and motifs to add unique elements to your garment.
Become familiar with common shapes used. Build your dictionary of laces from Alencon and Chantilly to Venise.
Burda Style with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse
Saturdays, May 2-16, 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!
Thursdays, May 21-June 25, 6:30-9 pm
$219 or $429 if combined with History of Fashion
Learn to speak the jargon of fashion. Get a solid picture of the apparel design and manufacturing industry as a whole. Learn the various aspects of apparel product development, from design inspiration to making the sale. Learn about price points and market sectors, create a customer profile, keep a journal and find new online and in print resources. Get an overview of all the kinds of jobs available in the industry. Discover a wealth of career opportunities both locally and farther afield.
Saturday, May 30, 2-5 pm
$62. Includes kit of zippers and fabrics.
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.