Catskills Sewing Retreat 2018

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You’re invited for a long weekend of sewing, relaxing, & making some new friends who love sewing & creating 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!

Where Retreat is Taking Place:The sewing retreat will be taking place in an adorable chalet style home that is set on 4 acres of land in the Western Catskills town of Harpersfield NY approximately 1 hour from Albany, NY/3 hours from New York City.

The house has 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The house has a large open space for sewing on the first floor where we’ll also eat some of our meals. It also has a giant great room on the second floor with a fireplace.

We’d like to keep the group intimate so the retreat will be open to a maximum of 6-8 guests.

1 Spot Double Occupancy $375 – Sharing a Bedroom     Sign up

2 Spots Double Occupancy $340 each ($70 savings) Sharing a Bedroom  Sign up

Single Occupancy  $600 – Private Bedroom  Sign up

If you are signing up with a friend and would like to share a room,  just let us know when you sign up. Otherwise we’ll find you a roommate.

What’s included:

  • Three nights stay in our accommodations.
  • 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.
  • check Megan’s personalized sewing assistance & fit expertise with any sewing project you’re working on from 12 – 5pm on Friday & Saturday.
  • check 2 Hour Macrame Class taught by Megan (optional).
  • check A wonderful time time making beautiful things & meeting new people in a gorgeous country setting.
  • check Lunch on Friday & Saturday.
  • check Breakfast on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
  • check Additional refreshments to keep us fortified while sewing (you’re also welcome to bring any food & drinks you’d like).

We ask that each participant help host prepare one of the lunches or breakfasts while we are on the retreat.

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

BYO sewing machine & sewing tools. Sewing machines (and all related tools) can be rented from M Avery Designs for the weekend for $50.

Tentative Weekend Retreat ScheduleThursday Thursday Evening Arrival Approximately 8 – 10pm

Friday Friday Morning Arrival Approximately 7-9am 8-10am Breakfast Available9am-12pm Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting12-2pm Lunch Available12-5pm  Free time for Sewing (with instruction), Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting6:30pm Dinner8pm-Midnight Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting

Saturday 8-10am Breakfast Available9am-12pm Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting12-2pm Lunch Available12-5pm  Free time for Sewing (with instruction), Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting6:30pm Dinner8pm-Midnight Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting

Sunday8-10am Breakfast Available9am-12pm Sewing & Free time for Sewing, Relaxing, ChattingCheck out is at 12 noon

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. We’ll provide you with address and direction after you sign up.

You can also take a bus from New York Port Authority to Harpersfield, NY.

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 projects you would like to sew (and all related patterns, fabric, tools and items needed to make these projects)
  • All personal items you would need for a weekend in the country. Be sure to check weather forecast in order to pack appropriately. Please keep in mind It’s always about 10-15 degrees colder than downstate NY.

“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.”

“Just finished a fun/productive sewing retreat in the Catskills. Megan was so patient and helpful. I finished several projects (bags, dress, fixed shirt, and cut out a tunic). The accomodations were great, very comfortable. I’m planning on returning next year.   P.S. loved the butternut squash pizza.”

Catskills Weekend Sewing Retreat – Invite Only

You’re invited for a long weekend of sewing, relaxing, & making some new friends who love sewing & creating as much as you do!

Mark your Calendars for Thursday September 27, 2018 – Sunday September 30, 2018

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 of Harpersfield NY, located in the gorgeous Catskill Mountains.

Where Retreat is Taking Place:
The sewing retreat will be taking place in an adorable chalet style home that is set on 4 acres of land in the Western Catskills town of Harpersfield NY approximately 1 hour from Albany, NY/3 hours from New York City.

The house has 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The house has a large open space for sewing on the first floor.

We’d like to keep the group intimate so the retreat will be open to a maximum of 8 guests.

Double Occupancy $275 for 2 or 3 Nights (Sharing a Bedroom)
Single Occupancy  $500 for 2 or 3 Nights (Private Bedroom)

If you are signing up with a friend and would like to share a room,  just let us know when you sign up. Otherwise we’ll find you a roommate.

What’s included:

  • Three nights stay in our beautiful accommodations
  • 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 from 9am – 5pm on Saturday & 9am to 12pm on Sunday.
  • 2 Hour Macrame Class taught by Megan
  • 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 (you’re also welcome to bring any food & drinks you’d like).
  • A wonderful time time making beautiful things & meeting new people in a gorgeous country setting.

I will ask that each participant help Megan prepare one of the lunches or breakfasts while we are on the retreat.

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.

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 September 27th, 2018

5 – 8pm Arrive at house
8-12pm Free time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting – Your Choice

Friday September 28th, 2018
8-10am Breakfast Available
9am-12pm Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
12-2pm Lunch Available
1-6pm  Free time for Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
6:30pm Dinner
8pm-MidnightFree Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting

Saturday September 29th, 2018
8-10am Breakfast Available
9am-12pm Sewing (with instruction) or Free for  Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
12-2pm Lunch Available
1-5pm Sewing (with instruction) or Free for  Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
5-6pm Free Time
6:30pm Dinner
8pm-Midnight Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting

Sunday September 30th, 2018
8-10am Breakfast Available
9am-12pm Sewing (with instruction) or Free for  Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
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

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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Weekly Garment Workshop Series

NEW For Summer 2018 we’re teaching a bunch of brand new workshops to learn garment sewing.  All of the projects we are offering are great for beginners, as well as fun and challenging for experienced seamsters. 

Check the schedule below for project details.

Each project workshop is 2 hours long. You might finish, you might not.*
We do guarantee you’ll learn a ton and get pretty far into the process, no matter what your skill level is walking into the class.

We want to make sewing clothing accessible to everyone so we’ve made the classes quick and the projects easy, yet super wearable.

2 Hour Workshop $50

2 Spots $85**

All Fabric is Included – Just Show up! 

*Don’t finish? Don’t Stress! All participants can come to a free Sew Club within one month of class to finish, if needed.

**The two spots can be used by you and a friend or both spots by you. Please follow up with an email to let us know if it’s for one or two people. If only one, confirm which two classes. If two people, we’ll need name & email address of second person.  

Kids Runway Show – Spring 2018

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Our sewing students work very hard on all of their their sewing & design projects. We always like to show off all their hard work at the Runway Show!  (Not just clothing projects go down the runway, BTW!)

The Spring Kids/Tween Runway Show is open to any & all students who are taking or have taken sewing class either in our studio at the Monroe Center or in one of kids mobile sewing classes in local schools between January – April 2018.

Click here to check out photos from our last fabulous runway show.

We sincerely hope you, your student and your family will be interested participating in this super adorable event! Please reserve a spot for your student in the show by signing up at the link above! Participation is free for all participants in any after school, Saturday or homeschool kids sewing class.

Kids are dropped off at 2pm. Runway Show starts at 3pm.

There are only spots for 30 participants and we’ll need all sign ups by April 30th, 2018, so don’t delay.  Once we hear from you, you’ll get our updates with more details.  We hope that you and your family can attend this fun event!


Ornament Making – Free Holiday Workshop

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Come Celebrate the Holiday Season with us!

This Holiday Event is Free for all our Customers!

Sunday December 16th, 2018

This festive Holiday open house will go from 12-3pm.  This is a very popular event! Please sign up for a 1 hour time slot below and come at that time so we can comfortably accommodate as many people as possible.

There is absolutely no sewing experience necessary!

Children, accompanied by adults, are more than welcome!  No drop-offs please! 

Please bring your good cheer!


You must sign up below if you plan on attending. We have three time slots to accommodate as many people as possible. Please come only during the time slot you sign up for.

If you’re coming with kids, please sign up for everyone. If this is not possible, please send follow-up email saying how many will be in your group!

PK & Kindergarten Hand Sewing & Fiber Arts Class

We love to start teaching your kids how to sew and work with their hands at an early age! That’s why we started this handsewing & textile arts class for kids in PK & Kindergarten!

In this 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.

    • 10 Week Session + 1 Makeup Class = $199
    • 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 on Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm.
    • See below for Start Dates & To Sign Up.
    • Each student is invited to participate in the end of session Runway Show
    • View all the dates for FALL 2017, WINTER 2018 & SPRING 2018 school year. This includes class dates, makeup class dates & holidays when there is no class.


If a session has already started and you’d like to join late, this may be possible if we have space available. Send us an email to find out.

Sew Club

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Hang with us in the sewing studio and work on your sewing projects and other like-minded folks who love to sew! This isn’t a class, but more of a gathering for those who love to sew to work on any project they would like. Bring your own supplies or purchase them at the studio.

To attend Sew Club, one of the following must apply to you:

  • Completed a  recent private sewing lesson with one of our instructors.
  • Completed our Sewing Machine Basics class.
  • Are currently enrolled or have completed the Beginner Sewing Boot Camp. (Sew club is free for you, see below!)
  • You have a general working knowledge of how to sew & operate a sewing machine. This must be from within the last couple of years.  Sorry 8th grade home ec. doesn’t count.

Sign up for a class at get yourself qualified, if you’re not already.

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Come to work on the projects you didn’t have time to work on at home or catch up on our other M Avery Designs Sewing Class projects. The instructor can provide light instruction if you get stuck, but for in-depth projects you do not know how to tackle, we suggest you take a private lesson prior to attending Sew Club.

Sew Club is FREE for any adult students enrolled (within 1 month ) in any of our  on-going Sewing Boot Camp classes or recently take one of our 2 Hour Garment Classes & need to finish your project. 

$20 per 2 hour Sew Club – OR free for current adult students (see above)

This gets you a sewing machine, use of all our wonderful sewing studio space, thread, use of all our other sewing tools (scissors, rulers, needles, you name it), patterns, books etc. Fabric is for sale in the studio. Feel free to bring any food or drink you’d like.

Please note – As with all our classes, if we do not have sufficient enrollment, we reserve the right to cancel the class (with full refunds) with at least 48 hours notice. 

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Rules of Sew Club

  1. You don’t talk about Sew Club. Just Kidding – Sew Club is a time to work on sewing projects independently and get light instruction from the instructor working.
  2. Price of Sew Club is $20 for 2 hours.
  3. Sew Club is FREE for those currently enrolled in a class and up to 1 month past the last class of the session.
  4. Please use any of the studio tools, sewing machines, thread, etc.
  5. Fabric is for sale for the prices listed.
  6. Please feel free to use any of our sewing books and/or sewing patterns while in the sewing studio.
  7. The instructor is ALWAYS here to help you with projects related to the class you are enrolled in.
  8. Sew Club is not a sewing lesson for projects that are not from one our sewing classes. You can work on these and we can answer a question here and there if you get stuck. But keep in mind we have private sewing lessons that you are welcome to schedule one-on-one with an instructor for projects where you not sure what to do.
  9. Again – If you’re working on something independently and you’re really stuck, an instructor can help you. Please don’t take advantage of this. See rule 9.
  10. Feel Free to Eat, Drink and Make New Friends! Have Fun!

Sewing Dresses Boot Camp

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Learn all the basics of sewing beautiful dresses that fit you in six weeks!

Students will focus on learning basic sewing skills to create 2-3 gorgeous dresses that actually fit your body. We’ve designed a 15 hour sewing class that will take your skills to the next level.  This is a sewing course is designed for the sewing student who’s had some basic experience.

As with all our sewing classes, all students work at their own pace and focus on learning new skills based on the skills they come to class with.

Projects in this Class:

Please note: The number of projects you complete in the class will depend on how much experience you come to class with, how much work you do at home and in Sew Club & the pace that you work.

Small, Personal Classes | There are only 6 spots per session.


Part 1:

  • Taking your own body measurements.
  • Review of Seam Allowance and why is it important?
  • Review of threading & operating the sewing machine.
  • Learning basic clothing construction.
  • How to read a sewing pattern.

Part 2:

  • Which patterns are right for me?
  • What adjustments do I need to make?
  • How do I take things in and let them out.
  • How can I make this fit better?


Cost of 15 Hour Workshop: $329

This includes free Sew Club classes during AND one month past your beginner sewing boot camp classes.  Sew Club is a great time to “makeup” anything you might have missed in a class, catch up on anything you fall behind on, or just sew whatever you’d like.  There are no makeup classes if you miss a session. Cost of Sew Club is normally $20/class.


There is also the option of taking a private lessons to make up a missed class. The rate for a private lesson while you are enrolled in a 6-week class is $40/hour (normally $65/hour).
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Please note: Fabric is NOT included. Woven Fabrics are available for purchase at the M Avery Designs Studio for $12 per yard. Stretch Knit Fabrics are available for purchase at the M Avery Designs Studio for $16 per yard. We have a variety of types, colors & prints, but keep in mind we are not a fabric store. Students also have the option of purchasing fabrics elsewhere before the class. Details & amounts are below.


Supplies Needed:

Dress 1: 

  •  3 Yards of light to medium weight woven fabric (no stretch or very little stretch). Some examples of suitable fabric types include silk or rayon crepe, shirtings, lawn, silk twill, light wool gabardine, wool crepe.
  • 22″ invisible zipper
  • one small hook and eye
  • 2 yards of bias tape
    We’re happy to provide the bias tape and hook and eye to each student free of charge. 

Dress 2: 

  • 3.5 Yards of light to medium weight woven fabric (no stretch or very little stretch). Some examples of suitable fabric types include cotton voile, lawn, rayon challis, batiste, dotted swiss, georgette, light to medium weight silks.
  • 1.5 Yards of bias tape
  • 1.5 Yards of 3/4″ or 1″ wide elastic.
    We’re happy to provide the elastic and bias tape to each student free of charge. 

Dress 3:

  • 3 Yards of medium weight fabrics such as poplin, denim, corduroy, velveteen, twill, flannel, wool crêpe or gabardine. Top is lined with same fabric as dress.
  • 22-inch coil zipper (not invisible)
  • Hook and eye – We’re happy to provide these.