Core classes are a collection of classes that are designed to give students training how to construct clothing properly for wearing and are foundational for the specialty courses.
This class teaches students different techniques of sewing clothing with an overlock machine. The Course has applied sample work and a function overview of the machine. Students produce one to two garments with instructor’s guidance while exploring knit, woven, stretch, and no stretch fabrics. Clothing constructed with the overlock machine will be wash and wear.
5 weeks//3-hours class session//Prerequisite: Elementary Sewing ($250)
This course teaches students techniques taught through sample as well as a finished garment. Sample list includes: patch pocket, cuff, placket, yoke, band and collar application. Instructor advises pattern selection for men’s shirt project. Course explores fit and includes a fabric shopping trip. Shirt sewing project can be made for a man or woman. Pattern for women’s shirt: McCall’s M5433 and Men’s shirt V9220.
This interactive course is designed to help students perfect their construction skill and produce professional wedding and evening gowns. Special emphasis is placed upon achieving professional look and fit. These skills are taught through a combination of assignments that include sample work and finished garments. Students are welcome to make their gowns for a bride-to-be or for themselves.
This interactive course is designed to help students perfect their construction skill working with wool. Special emphasis is placed upon achieving professional look of a wool tailored jacket. These skills are taught through combination of sample work that includes: welt pocket with flap, bound buttonhole, keyhole buttonhole, notched collar, and two piece tailored sleeve. Course explores inter-construction techniques and how to design and make contoured shoulder pads. Course pattern: V9099. Female students have option of the short or longer jacket style.
10 weeks // 3 hours class session // Prerequisite: Fine Sewing // Invite only class ($600)
Fashion Corset Making
Students learn the rare and fine art of fashion corset making. This class explores the different facets of making a corset, such as spiral boning, boning placements, eyelets, tipped lacings, bias binding techniques, bias making tools, and couture style hand finishing techniques.
This very rare and unique course helps students understand the fundamentals of decorative draping for ruching and pleating to achieve a couture designer look to clothing making. This class requires a dress form and is available upon request only.
4 weeks // 3-hours each class session // Prerequisite: Mid-level Sewing ($500)
Chanel Inspired Jacket
“Ready to wear” course version
This course enables students to achieve the modern Chanel inspired jacket with ready-to-wear look; using tweed fabric, trim, pocket placements, and buttons. The course is a one-project jacket class with no sample work. Students learn inter-construction techniques such as: shaping twill tape for an armhole, fusible interfacings, pattern & fabric selection, muslin fitting, and minor designing to get the desired look.
10 weeks // 3 hours class session// Prerequisite: Fine Sewing // Invite only class ($550)
Chanel Inspired Jacket “Couture” Course Version
This highly specialized interactive course is designed to help students perfect their fine sewing construction skills, hand finishing techniques, and to create a couture sewn inspired Coco Chanel jacket. Special emphasis is placed upon achieving professional look and fit. These skills are taught through a combination of technique, fine hand sewing, muslin master pattern, and finished jacket. Recommended patterns: Claire Shaeffer’s Custom Collection Vogue pattern V8259.
10 weeks // 3 hours class session // Invite only class ($1200)