Knowing how to sew can come in handy in numerous scenarios, such as patching up a favorite pair of pants or performing an emergency fluffendectomy on teddy bears. Practice suturing skills with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a two-hour private sewing workshop at Fabric Shapers in Thiensville (a $50 value). Students must be 14 years or older.
Helmed by a professional duo of seamstresses, Fabric Shapers steers apprentices of all skill levels through two-hour private sewing lessons tailored to their individual goals and projects. Amateur stitchers can absorb basic threading techniques as those with prior knowhow learn to tackle more advanced subjects, such as linebackers made from yarn or fashion-design concepts. Acquire the skills to hem your own pants, or study the art of alteration for snugger, more flattering duds. Instructors can also guide students as they chart schematics for a custom garment styled from preexisting apparel, transforming an obsolete dress into a chic blazer or several hundred blindfolds for an upcoming consortium of piñata aficionados.
Though the shop's sewing machines are available for student use, guests are welcome to tote along their own models. Clients should call ahead to schedule their session; Fabric Shapers accommodates classes beginning at any time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.