The Sewing Studio

Old Pasadena

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Kids' camps teach the basics of sewing and fashion design

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Sewing is a skill acquired through hours of practice or an immediate need to patch up the human you took apart. Perfect stitching skills on your own timeline with this Groupon.

Choose from Six Options

  • $20 for a one-day Sewing Machine Fun camp (a $40 value)

This camp is designed for absolute beginners. Taking place on Mondays and Saturdays, the 90-minute class introduces pupils to the basics of operating a sewing machine and basic sewing skills.

  • $99 for a three-day On-the-Go mini camp (a $200 value)

Taking place for two hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, campers learn to work with patterns and will complete three projects of their choice. Materials are included.

  • $99 for a three-day Art to Fashion camp (a $200 value)

Running for two hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, campers can craft a drawing in the studio or bring in a favorite photo or piece of artwork, then craft a T-shirt and tote bag or pillow based on it.

  • $147 for a five-day American Girl camp (a $300 value)

During the five-day camp, taking place Monday–Friday for three hours a day, students create matching outfits for themselves and their favorite American Girl doll, based on a simple pattern. Materials are included, and there’s a pizza party on the last day of class.

  • $147 for a five-day Fashion Sketching for Kids camp (a $300 value)

Running for three hours a day Monday–Friday, the camp teaches students the basics of fashion design. At the end of camp, students will have the beginnings of their own portfolio.

  • $170 for a five-day Junior Fashion Designer camp (a $350 value)

Taking place for three hours a day Monday–Friday, students learn how to create their own clothing, learning to drape fabric and sketch their own designs. Students will get a miniature Harumika fashion styling mannequin set.

Weeks for each camp vary; see more information about each camp here.

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.

Customer Reviews

This was a great class for my 13 year old daughter. She really enjoyed the class and thought the instructors were very helpful, informative and nice. I am planning on signing her up for future classes. Keep up the good work!
Cheryl P. · August 13, 2013
nice atmosphere, friendly staff, am considering signing up daughter for more classes
Livier M. · August 12, 2013
Very nice staff and great class!
Shelly V. · August 6, 2013

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