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What You'll Get
Sewing circles were once a popular place to exchange rumors about the area's handsomest fireman, which of neighboring towns' mayors were secretly left-handed, and the fate of the Crumb brothers. Put your child's finger on the pulse and some thread with today's Groupon for kids' or teens' sewing classes from The Sewing Studio in Old Town Pasadena. Choose between the following options:
For $125, your child (ages 8–12) gets to attend either a consecutive five-day three-hours-per-day American Girl sewing camp that teaches kids the basics to complete outfits and accessories for themselves and their American Girl dolls or five classes of a once-a-week one-hour Kids Can Sew introductory fashion-design and sewing class (a $290 value).
For $150, your teen (ages 13–19) gets to attend three-hour sessions either a teen fashion sewing camp (meeting on five consecutive days) or a teen fashion series (meeting once a week for five classes), which both teach the basics of designing and constructing clothing (a $300 value).
The Sewing Studio's experienced needlenauts are FIDM alumni who help novices navigate yards of fabric with style and finesse. Each class available with today's Groupon will teach your budding child, tween, or teen the needle-pointed pointers necessary for designing and fabricating stylish original clothing pieces, whether for personal wear or for suiting up giant teddy bears brought to life by mad scientists. While the American Girl camp will focus specifically on the art of personalizing the miniature companions, all classes will cover similar lessons of fabric layout, cut, and construction. Fabric and a basic sewing kit are required for class but not included in this Groupon. Fabric can be purchased at the studio for $5 per yard, or at an outside fabric shop for approximately $7–$15. A basic sewing kit can also be purchased at the studio for $15. The kit includes a seam ripper, pin cushion, tape measure, thimble, sewing gauge, and needle threader, as well as 8-inch fabric scissors, 100 dressmaker pins, assorted hand needles, and marking pencils.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 6, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required, subject to availability. 24hr cancellation notice required. Supply fee not included. Non-transferable. May redeem across visits. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About 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.