Today's side deal ups the garment-making game of budding fashionistas: for $12, you get your choice of a two-hour introductory sewing-machine, fashion-illustration, or fashion-paperdolls workshop at Camp Fashionista (a $40 value). Workshops are scheduled on Saturdays and take place at A Work of Heart Studio.
The hands-on experience at Camp Fashionista is led by the multi-talented Dori Duncan, a fashion-industry veteran who, among other stylish achievements and degrees, boasts the real-world experience of running her own label. Enjoy Dori's comprehensive instruction with a friend or daughter during her introductory sewing-machine workshop, where you'll learn machine basics including threading, winding your bobbin, selecting your stitches, and more. Bring along a 7-inch zipper and a quarter yard of a favorite piece of cotton fabric for each member of your sewing crew, and you'll each depart with a subtle yet practical zippered bag. In the fashion-illustration workshop, you'll be introduced to industry-standard techniques, including how to sketch a properly proportioned fashion figure and how to generate realistic shadowing on your 2-D runway star. Both the introductory-sewing and fashion-illustration workshops are geared toward two age groups (8–12 and 13 and up). The younger set (ages 5–7) can take a fashion-paperdolls workshop, where kids can make their own fashion figure who can pose in a student-designed wardrobe made from fabric, rhinestones, and fun trims.
With choices available for all age levels, you can purchase one Groupon for yourself and one more for each member of your familial sewing circle.
As a professional fashion designer and owner of Camp Fashionista, Dori Duncan empowers children and adults to bring their clothing ideas alive through design. Her classes span sewing and drawing lessons and camps that teach participants how to work with their inspiration from inception to physical creation. Beginner sessions start with foundational skills, imparting essential skills that teach students to eventually execute their own design ideas. Dori also runs parties for kids and adults in which groups choose a specific project to work on, like pajama pants or aprons, and everyone goes home with their finished piece.