If a rip in the fabric of time is what allows time travel, then sewing a patch on that rip is the only thing preventing Franklin Pierce from riding a steam train right back into being our most forgettable president. Mend the fabric of time and the fabric of pants with today's Groupon: for $40, you get $100 worth of tailoring, fitted shirts, and textile art classes at Nonpareil Studio in downtown Ann Arbor.
The skilled craftspeople at Nonpareil Studio train students in everything from mending their own clothing to the details of fiber artistry. For those who previously believed that bonding fabrics involved a series of elaborate trust falls and long road trips, the single-session Fundamentals of Sewing I ($35), taught by owner Michelle Moenssen, covers simple stitching. Advanced offerings such as The Perfect Skirt class ($95), spanning four sessions, send budding fabricologists home with a fitted garment of their own construction. Moenssen, who has studied under European tailors and has done alterations for Barneys New York and Gucci, also offers her garment morphing skills for tailoring services (starting at $12, depending on the garment) for resizing otherwise sensible pantsuits or exposing evocative amounts of ankle and wrist, and for custom-shirt making, which allows customers to pick their own fabric, collar, placket, and cuffs. Made based on each person's specific measurements, these custom shirts will fit like a second, less mosquito-bite-prone skin.
Nonpareil Studio was featured on AnnArbor.com.
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