Fall 2016 Kids Runway Show Photo Gallery

Our sewing students work very hard on all of their their sewing & design projects.

Our students were beyond excited to participate in our fun & fabulous Fall 2016 Runway Show to celebrate all our hardworking & talented students.

Here are the photos of this Runway Show that was open to any & all students who take class either in our studio at the Monroe Center or in one of kids mobile sewing classes in local schools.

Catskills Sewing Retreat in Saugerties NY


Megan Avery, the founder of M Avery Designs Sewing Studio invites you to join her for a Sewing Retreat in the Catskills!

Mark your Calendars – Thursday January 26, 2017 – Sunday January 29, 2017

Join us this winter for a long weekend of sewing, relaxing, & making some new friends who love sewing as much as you do!  Unwind from the daily grind of normal life & take some time for yourself to work on all the unfinished sewing projects you’ve been meaning to tackle.  You’ll have almost 72 hours of uninterrupted sewing & ME time! The sewing retreat will take place in the wonderful natural setting Saugerties, NY, located in the gorgeous Catskill Mountains just 2.5 hours from NYC/Hoboken.

Where we’re staying:

The sewing retreat will be taking place at a big, beautiful country house set on 7 acres of land in the town of Saugerties NY. The town of Saugerties is in a wonderfully relaxed setting and is located in the Catskill Mountains, only 2.5 hours from NYC/Hoboken. The house we’ll be staying at is 20 minutes from the train station so you are able to take a train from Penn Station. We’d be more than happy to pick up and drop off anyone at the train station. The house has 5 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms. The house has a large open space for sewing on the first floor. The house also has a hot tub that guests are welcome to use anytime throughout the weekend. Retreat guests are welcome to hike/ski/explore/enjoy the 7 acres of nature that surrounds the house. 

We’d like to keep the group intimate so the retreat will be open to a maximum of 10 guests. If you are coming with a friend and want to share a room with your friend,  just let us know when you sign up. Otherwise we’ll assign you a room mate. Anyone who wishes to have a private room will  have to purchase multiple spots.

What’s included:

  • Three nights stay in our beautiful accommodations in Saugerties, NY.
  • Two and a 1/2 days of uninterrupted “me” time in a gorgeous country setting.
  • Ample space for sewing, cutting, crafting, reading, relaxing, hiking, laughing & just about anything you’d like to do during the weekend.
  • Megan’s personalized sewing assistance & fit expertise with any sewing project you’re working on over the weekend.
  • Breakfast on Friday, Saturday & Sunday including a selection of smoothies, quiche, yogurt, granola, fruit, pastries, toast, bagels & more.
  • Lunch on Friday & Saturday including homemade soup, sandwiches, salads & more.
  • Additional refreshments to keep us fortified while sewing.
  • A wonderful time time making beautiful things & meeting new people in a gorgeous country setting.

You are more than welcome to bring additional snacks and beverages of your choice.

We’ll head into town on Friday & Saturday night for a group dinners. Each participant is expected to pay for the cost of their own dinner & drinks for both days.

The main area of the house is big and open and gives us plenty of room for sewing machine tables, design & cutting space. BYO sewing machine & sewing tools. Sewing machines (and all related tools) can be rented from M Avery Designs for the weekend for $50.

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Tentative Weekend Schedule

Thursday January 26th

Arrive anytime between 5 & 8pm
8-12pm Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting

Friday January 27th

Breakfast Available 8-10am
Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting 9am-12pm
Lunch Available 12-2pm
Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting 1-6pm
Dinner 6:30pm
Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting 8pm-Midnight

Saturday January 28th

Breakfast Available 8-10am
Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting 9am-12pm
Lunch Available 12-2pm
Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting 1-6pm
Dinner 6:30pm
Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting 8pm-Midnight

Sunday January 29th

Breakfast Available 8-10am
Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting 9am-12pm
Check out is at 12pm

Getting There:

Please note: All guests are responsible for getting to & from the retreat for the weekend. We are happy to try to help facilitate ride shares if requested.

Suggestions for what to bring:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Sewing Tools & Supplies (thread, buttons, bobbins, iron, pins, needles, fabric, seam ripper, tape measure, etc.)
  • Ideas & patterns for what you would like to sew

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Here is what past M Avery Designs Sewing Retreat participants had to say:

“It was great to meet up beforehand especially since it was the first one! I enjoyed the laid back nature of activities, location was beautiful, I liked that you had the different types of fabric. That Megan and Lauren (instructors on the retreat) were available for questions / support was of the greatest value to me. I think encouraging retreat participants to challenge themselves with skills they don’t know is ideal. I certainly was a bit nervous about embarking on pants on my own and know I would have gotten frustrated had I not had the support of the instructors there.”

“Both instructors were very helpful & really nice people!!  I just wish I got further along w one of my projects (no ones fault but my own) wish I was more motivated to get help on certain things. So sweet & thoughtful of Megan to give necklaces & cards. I loved the retreat & I’m so glad that I went!!!”

“Amazing location and it definitely fostered a nice sense of community and relaxation.”

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Cost of retreat $650 per person

Deposit of $325 due upon sign up – Balance of $325 due by January 1st, 2017

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PK & Kindergarten Hand Sewing & Fiber Arts Class

We are pleased to announce a brand new class for younger kids class at the M Avery Designs Sewing Studio.

In this 8 week class, kids aged 4 & 5 will learn hand sewing, weaving & fiber art crafts using embroidery thread, yarn, fabric & other related items. There will even be some limited highly supervised machine sewing to get kids ready for our 1st grade sewing class. Projects will include things like toys, accessories, wearable items, wall hangings, and more.

  • Price includes all tools, supplies and fabrics.

  • Every child works at their own pace.  Up to 8 students per session.

  • Sewing classes take place at the M Avery Designs Sewing Studio.

  • Class meets weekly for 1 hour (see schedule below)

  • 8 Week Session = $185

Each student is invited to participate in the end of session Runway Show.

All Make Up Class Details can be found here.
Click here to view all the date details for school year 2016-2017. This includes: class dates, makeup dates, holidays, runway show dates, etc.


NYC Fashion Week – Summer Session for Tweens/Teens

Students enrolled in the NYC Fashion Week will spend their week exploring the fashion hot spots of New York City! Destinations will include fashion exhibits at museums, high end store fronts, funky neighborhoods and fashion colleges to get inspired and learn about fashion and design! Group will meet at the studio in Hoboken at 9am each morning, take the bus into NYC each morning and return to hoboken at the end of each day by 4pm. At then end of the week, students will sketch a collection based on what they experienced on their travels in one of the worlds greatest fashion cities.

Meets at Hoboken Studio at 9am, Back in Hoboken by 4pm, $599

Tenative Week-Long Itinerary

Monday – Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Manus x Machina – Fashion in the Age of Technology

Tuesday – Museum of Art & Design: Multiple exhibits & Sketching in Central Park

Wednesday – Brooklyn Museum: Multiple exhibits

Thursday – MOOD Fabric shopping & FIT Museum

Friday – Cooper Hewitt: PIXAR: THE DESIGN OF STORY

Sign up Below. NYC Weeks are:

Week of July 18th

Week of August 1st

Sewing Knits Boot Camp

Learn all the basics of sewing with jersey & knit fabrics in just a few (super fun) weeks!

Students will focus on learning basic sewing skills using stretch knits. Everybody loves to wear knits because of the comfort they bring. Did you know that sewing knits really isn’t as hard as everyone seems to think. We’ve designed a 15 hour sewing class

This is a sewing course is designed for the sewing student who’s had some basic experience. The course is 15 hours in total divided up between 5-6 weekly classes, depending on the schedule – details below.

Each class is project oriented and each student will leave classes with their finished wearable projects.

Part 1:

  • Introduction to sewing with knit fabrics.

  • Which needle? Which Stitch? Seam Allowances for knits?

  • Review of threading & operating the sewing machine.

  • Learn basic clothing construction.

  • Project: Knit Skirt

    Part 2:

  • Review of sewing with jersey & knits.

  • Introduction to reverse applique with knits.

  • Introduction to reading sewing patterns

  • Project: Knit Top

Part 3:

  • Fabric School: Learning different types of knits, Which fabrics work best for which projects? Determining which knit is which?

  • Project: Leggings/Workout Pants

Part 4:

  • Introduction to sewing with knit fabrics.

  • Which needle? Which Stitch? Seam Allowances for knits?

  • Review of threading & operating the sewing machine.

  • Project: Wrap Dress

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Projects in this Class:

Price: $299

This includes unlimited Open Lab Time while your session is running (normally $10/hour).

Small, Personal Classes | There are only 8 spots per session.

Please note: If you are registering for Saturday morning class, each class is 3 hours and meets for 5 weeks. If you are registering for a weeknight class, each class is 2.5 hours and meets for 6 Weeks.

Please note: Fabric is not included. High quality jersey knit fabrics are available for purchase at the M Avery Designs Studio for $12 per yard. We have a variety of solid colors. Students also have the option of purchasing fabrics elsewhere before the class. Details & amounts are below.

Supplies Needed:

    • Skirt: Fabric that is 45″ wide – Approx. 2 yards. Fabric that is 60″ wide 1.5 yards.

    • Top: Fabric that is 45″ wide – Approx. 2 yards. Fabric that is 60″ wide 1.5 yards.

    • Leggings: Fabric that is 45″ wide – Approx. 2.5 yards. Fabric that is 60″ wide 2.5 yards.

    • Dress: Fabric that is 45″ wide – Approx. 4 yards. Fabric that is 60″ wide 3.5 yards.

If you are buying fabric from somewhere besides M Avery Designs Sewing Studio, be sure to purchase,  good quality knit jersey fabric made of cotton or polyester. Make sure it isn’t very thin knit fabric. Make sure the stretch is at least 50%.

Make Up Classes

Kid/Teen After School, Homeschool & Saturday Class Make Up Dates & Policies

We offer you many choices for make up classes when you sign up for our Home School, After School & Saturday Kid/Teen Sewing Classes.

  • For 1-Hour Kids sewing class 11 week session, you can choose a 1 Hour make up class option.

  • For 2-hour Teen Sewing & Fashion Design 8 Week Session, choose a 2 Hour Makeup Class, or 2 different 1 hour class options.

  • For 2-hour Home School Sewing Class 8 Week Session, choose a 2 Hour Makeup Class, or 2 different 1 hour class options.

Below please find all the date & time options.

Use the sign up buttons below to register for your make up classes.

Private Classes for your Group

If you’d like to set up a class or series of classes for a private group consisting of 6 or more people, contact us to discuss availability & rates

-Public & Private Schools
-Girl Scout Troops
-4-H Clubs
-Home Schooled Children’s Classes
-Moms Group
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-Church Groups
-Office Team Building