Sewing is a skill acquired through hours of practice or an immediate need to patch up the human you took apart. Perfect stitching skills on your own timeline with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $34 for a three-hour creative sewing workshop (a $70 value), including a rental sewing machine (a $7 value; a $77 total value)
- $135 for a 5-week series of teen fashion sewing classes (a $300 value), which are held from June 23 to July 21 and July 30 to August 3; more dates to be added
Experienced instructors welcome up to 10 pupils for sewing workshops, which broach everything from Sewing Basics—such as how to thread a machine and decipher a pattern—to creating a convertible tube dress or fabric clutch. The teen fashion classes span 5 consecutive weeks, during which six students identify this season's fashion trends, such as vibrant jewel tones and striking silhouettes, and incorporate them into an outfit they design and create. Both classes are appropriate for aspiring seamstresses of all levels. There is an extra fee for fabrics, materials, and the basic sewing kit, which can be purchased at the studio ($7–$15).
The Sewing Studio
Cynthia Harvey has been designing fashion-forward ensembles since she was a kid. “At 9 years old I literally and figuratively looked up to my aunt, a professional model who made most of her clothes. She encouraged me to use the scraps of fabric to make my Barbie doll clothes and eventually my own clothes," says Harvey. Her interest in current trends led Cynthia to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA, where she studied and eventually ascended to the post of professor. Though she's spent her time doling out fashion tips to the likes of George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, and Janet Jackson, it was her time as an educator that inspired Cynthia to cofound The Sewing Studio. She aimed to counteract a decline in local arts programs, due largely to the great popsicle-stick and glitter fire of 1996. She explains, “I wanted to offer fashion sewing classes that are fun and affordable, with an emphasis on looks inspired by current fashion designers."
Her classes, which cater to the novice seamstress and advanced sewing student alike, achieve that aim. Led by Cynthia and other experienced teachers, the sessions range from introductory classes where pupils of all ages learn basics and stitch together totes or dresses to fashion design and sewing programs. Camps, workshops, and other learning sessions culminate in handcrafted apparel and accessories that students can take home and incorporate into regular wardrobe rotations.