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 to The Sewing Studio in Old Town Pasadena. Choose from the following options:
- For $34, you get a three-hour sewing-basics workshop with sewing-machine rental (a $77 value).
- For $65, you get four weeks of Intro to Sewing classes with sewing-machine rental (a $150 value). Classes meet once a week for four consecutive weeks. Courses may focus on any of the following projects:
- Tote bag
- Classic shift dress
- Tiered skirt<p>
At The Sewing Studio, novice needleworkers gleam sewing skills from school founder Cynthia Harvey, an alumnus of the distinguished Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. During a single three-hour sewing basics workshop, the pedagogue teaches pupils how to thread and operate a machine, read commercial patterns, and create clothing for the moon. Seamsters opting for the set of four Intro to Sewing classes man the included sewing machines and take to the creation of a stylish tote bag, shift dress, or tiered skirt over the course of 2.5-hour sessions. Each piece yields the expounding of singular sewing tricks: students learn to create pleats while constructing a tote bag, and the secret to making ideal buttonholes is tackled through tiered skirts. No matter which class is selected, students pick up basic sewing know-how such as the names of common instruments and machine-operating fundamentals through their hands-on work.
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.