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. Get your finger on the pulse and some thread with today's Groupon: for $69, you get four introductory sewing classes, including machine rental, at The Sewing Studio, located in Old Town Pasadena (a $150 value).
The Sewing Studio's experienced needlenauts are FIDM alumni who help novices navigate yards of fabric with style and finesse. Choose one of three projects: the tote bag, the classic shift dress, or the tiered skirt. Graduates go home with a newborn item of their own creation (check out examples on the website); marking, cutting, and stitching skills; and a license to perform minor surgeries. 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 eight-inch fabric scissors, 100 dressmaker pins, assorted hand needles, and marking pencils. See the schedule for class availability.
Five Yelpers give The Sewing Studio an average of five stars:
- The learning experience at The Sewing Studio is very hands on, which I feel is the most effective way to learn the art of sewing--it becomes so much less intimidating. – Shaina L.
- The class…gave me not only the skills to follow a pattern, but the confidence to know how to read a pattern on my own, cut it with confidence, and trust that if I want to make it, I can. – Mrs C. W.
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.
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