Spring Break Sewing Session for Kids

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Mon. April 6th | Tues. April 7th | Wed. April 8th | Thurs. April 9th | Fri. April 10th

Fashion Lab Spring Break Session for Kids is Hoboken’s only 1/2 Day & full Day of fashion design & sewing classes for Boys & Girls ages 6-14. We focus on teaching basic sewing machine usage, project construction, creativity & more.

Students will learn how design their own clothing, stuffed animals, fashion accessories, how to read basic patterns and instructions, how to use the sewing machine as well as other sewing & design tools and skills. All brand new projects. No repeat projects from other classes.

Each 1/2 day session is three hours (with time for a snack) and will create at least one awesome sewing project to take home in that time. You can sign up for 1/2 day or full day. For full day students, we break for 1 hour of supervised group BYO lunch from 12-1pm

Half Day 9am ‚Äď 12pm or 1-4pm $50

Full Days 9am ‚Äď 4pm $75

Before care 8-9am & after care 4-5pm or 4-6pm is available from the Monroe Movement Space. Contact them directly to set it up.

Monday April 6th, 2016

Project Theme: Save the Earth: ¬†Projects with the “green”, recycled theme!

Morning – FULL
Afternoon – FULL

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Tuesday April 7th, 2015

Project Themes: Fashion Accessories: Bags, Hats, Scarves, & More!

Morning FULL
Afternoon FULL

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Wednesday April 8th, 2015

Project Themes: American Girl Doll Clothing & Accessories

Morning FULL
Afternoon FULL

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Thursday April 9th, 2015

Project Themes: Modern Quilting: We’ll make a class quilt to hang in the studio using today’s modern quilting techniques.

Morning FULL
Afternoon FULL

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Friday April 10th, 2015

Project Themes: Stuffed animals & toys

Morning FULL
Afternoon FULL

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SIGN UP ONLINE  or Call 201-876-1198

There are only spots for 8 kids per day. First come, first served. Once spots are filled, that’s it. Don’t miss out!

All Supplies are Included

Sign up Online or Call 201-876-1198 to Register

Additional Terms
– Due to the seasonal nature of kids class programming and the set limitation of spaces offered, no refund shall be provided for absences, changes, withdrawals, or dismissal for cause.
-Upon sign up, permission is hereby granted for photographs to be taken of the student and M Avery Designs has the right to utilize these photographs in promotional brochures or on website and display material.


Bag Lab

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Ever wanted to learn how to design and create your very own handbags, totes & purses? This class will show you how. You'll learn all the design & sewing secrets behind making your own bags with all the pockets, zippers & straps you can dream up!

We'll be making a zippered clutch/cosmetic bag, reversible shopper tote & a backpack.  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.

All supplies are included in the price of the class.

In this 3 week workshop you'll learn the following:

  • How to construct the bag exterior & lining using different shape variations.
  • How to work with different materials including interfacings, different weights of bag making fabrics, even some faux leather & faux suede.
  • How to add pockets (zippered, open, flaps, etc) where you want them.
  • Techniques for different types of closures (zippers, snaps, buttons, velcro, etc.)
  • Adding straps & handles.

Meet Christen – Our Newest Instructor

1378539_10100537595196820_1158794870_nChristen has been wrapped up in fashion for as long as she can remember.

The granddaughter of a textile examiner and a sample maker, Christen learned to sew at a young age and was taught an appreciation for fine quality apparel. Unlike most children her age, Christen knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up.

Raised at the Jersey Shore, Christen spent her childhood learning as much as she could about fashion and dreaming of her future as a designer.

In 2002, Christen received a degree in fashion design from Marist College. She also traveled abroad where she studied at the London College of Fashion and completed an apprenticeship with designer Ben di Lisi.

Christen has put her knowledge and experience to work as a designer for Tommy Hilfiger for the past 12 years. She was also co-founder and designer of Hera Couture, a specialty dress company that made its home right here in Hoboken.

Christen has recently discovered a new found passion in teaching her craft and looks forward to sharing her skills and experience with future fashion designers.

Christen teaches classes on nights and weekends and is available for private & duet sewing lessons.

Private Parties & Workshops

We have an adorable, creative space that is perfect to hold your next Girls Night Out, Birthday Party, Networking Event, Private Class, Baby Shower or whatever type of awesome get together you’re looking to have.

  • Or just about any project you’d like

Contact us with questions or to find out availability or call us at 201.876.1198.

Check private party availability online.

Stitch ‘n Sip Sewing Class

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Come get creative and learn to make a cool, new project. No sewing experience required. 

You’ll be sure to improve your sewing skills as well as make some new sewing friends! Join us, won’t you?¬†We suspect this sewing class ritual will become habit once you see what an awesome way this is to unwind after the work week. Grab your favorite beverage & snack and head to the studio. ¬†All you have to do is show up. The supplies for the featured project are included in the price!

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$40 | Drop in Class | Buy

$100 | 3 Class Pack (good for 4 months) | Buy

$150 | 6 Class Pack (good for 8 months) | Buy

The class packs can be used interchangeably with the the¬†Pinterest Fanatic Sewing Class,¬†Sip ‚Äėn Stitch Class,¬†Garment District Tour,¬†Intro to the Machine/Hem Workshop¬†or the¬†Dress Makers Club.


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Upcoming Dates

Founder Megan Avery

A quilted jacket with frog toggles. That was the first thing I ever sewed. It was a project for my 4H Club Clothing Review when I was ten. I can‚Äôt say for sure if I ever wore it in public‚ÄĒor if it was even remotely fashionable‚ÄĒbut I remember feeling a such a sense of pride and accomplishment when it was completed.

It would be another decade before I got hit again with the sewing bug, but it came‚ÄĒright after college‚ÄĒand I experienced the creative fulfillment I‚Äôd been looking for. I began designing handbags and selling them online (this was in the days before Etsy). Clients from as far as Australia ordered these custom designs. But soon the demand exceeded my output, and I was again left wanting something more.

It was time to take a leap of faith.

So I left behind my office job and started Megan Avery Designs in 2000, and, three years later, my studio in Hoboken opened its doors. Located in Hoboken’s Monroe Center for the Arts, and just minutes from my home in Jersey City Heights, M. Avery Designs Sewing Studio hosts after school classes for kids, private sewing parties and lessons for all ages, and boot camps to introduce novices to the craft. And our daytime summer camps for tweens and teens are so popular, we happily welcome back familiar faces year after year.

Sixteen years on, M. Avery Designs‚ÄĒand sewing‚ÄĒstill brings me the same pride I felt at ten with the 4H Club. I‚Äôve tried to pass that on to my students, from kids as young as six to adults who have never picked up a needle and thread. And it has also inspired my latest endeavor, HipStitch Academy, which aims to reach as many young people as possible through sewing patterns, curriculum & training for those wishing to have a business teaching others to sew.

Now more than ever, with computer and smartphone screens dominating everyday life, it‚Äôs essential to remind people what it‚Äôs like to make something from scratch. And the sooner we start, the better. Imagine a garment you can touch, hold, and use‚ÄĒone you made yourself!‚ÄĒrather than something that exists only on a hard drive. And the benefits of sewing‚ÄĒdeveloping motor skills, learning responsibility, expressing creativity, and making decisions‚ÄĒfoster a healthy sense of independence and appreciation.

I look forward to you joining our sewing circle.

Hat Master Class – Sewing Workshop for Beginners & Intermediate Stitchers

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How do you like the idea of one day hat class? Check out this amazing hat style, made from stretch fabrics.

It can be made in a couple of hours easy, even for beginners.

Stretchable, washable, reversible, adorable… lots of fun. Join the real “Hat Master” Irina Dritva for this one day, 2 hour workshop. She’ll teach you her secrets for creating this adorable & versatile hat.

Megan will have loads of stretch remnants on hand for the taking (free) so come give hat making a whirl from someone who is considered an expert in her field. Irina doesn’t teach classes that often, but when she does it’s such a treat. Don’t miss this one.

Sunday February 23rd 2-4pm

$40 All Supplies included

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Irina Dratva¬†is a freelance accessories designer and patternmaker, whose clients include Coach, Still life NYC, and Marc Jacobs, among others. Last summer’s Reed Krakoff pilot collection showcased her hand-draped headbands and hats.

Irina’s passion for hats started with her first trip to London in 1994: inspired by Top Shop, upon return she made hats for the artists friends. Soon she became famous in her native Ukraine for her casual, understated creations. Innovative and resourceful, she was working with vintage and recycling materials producing original collections and fashion performances.

It was that experience that made her perfect for the job at Eugenia Kim Hats, where, starting in 2003, she was working on woven hats and headbands. There Irina created a lot of unique pieces for celebrity clients and runway collaborations, as well as many best-selling styles that one could now find in stores like Barney’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Currently residing in Hoboken Irina is working on DIY hat book. She is looking forward to work with a vibrant community of like-minded people and share the tricks of her trade.

Bye Bye Bell Sleeves – Sewing Tutorial


I have been putting off altering this dress for a long time. I love it, but just can’t stand the bell sleeves.

I had an extra few minutes (seriously that’s about how long it took) and I thought, let’s do this.

So here are the step by step instructions for how to get rid of the bell sleeves on a top or dress. (It took longer to write this post in WordPress then it did to alter both sleeves. Not kidding!)

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Step 1: Determine how big you want the arm opening. You can figure this out by measuring the circumference of your arm where the end of the sleeve is on your arm. Then divide this number in half to determine how big the sleeve opening should be. If the fabric has some stretch, you’re golden. If the fabric doesn’t have any stretch, you may want to add 1/2″ – 1″ just so it’s not cutting off the circulation of your arm. This is your preference.

Step 2: Make a line in pins (or tailors chalk if you have it handy) from the armpit seam to your sleeve opening point.


Step 3: Sew along this line. (Check out the photo below with the tape measurer showing you the line to follow.


Step 4: Repeat on the other sleeve. Don’t forget to back-stitch at the beginning & at the end. And voila – There you have it. A more tapered short sleeve. LOVE!


Please forgive the photography on this post. It’s not the best & I was a little lazy, not bothering to make my bed for the shots. Ah well. ¬†So much for the illusion that I am some sort of together person. Don’t hate me.

Sewing Boot Camp II – Clothing

Learn to sew wearable clothing like a pro in just a few weeks!

This is an 8 week sewing class where students will focus on learning intermediate sewing skills, in addition to basic fashion design techniques and pattern reading skills used in creating some of today’s fashion designs.

This course is designed for the intermediate stitcher. Perfect for those who have already taken our Fashion Lab Beginner Boot Camp.

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

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Class 1 & 2
Tailored Skirt –¬†Aline¬†Skirt¬†or¬†Pencil Skirt.¬†We’ll focus a bit more on fit for these sessions, creating a custom fitted skirt with darted waist, zipper closure & blind hem. A-Line Sketch¬†|¬†A-Line Photo¬†|¬†Pencil Sketch¬†|¬†Pencil Photo

Supplies Needed:¬†2 Yards of denim, linen, heavy cotton, light wool or something similar. 12″ Or longer zipper. BYO Supplies or purchase at studio.

Class 3 & 4
Knit Top¬†– This weeks focus is on sewing knits. We’ll create a¬†faux wrap top¬†& see knits aren’t as scary as we once thought. |¬†Wrap Top Sketch¬†|¬†Wrap Top Photo

Supplies Needed: 3 Yards heavy weight jersey knit or sweater knit. Or something similar with stretch that is not to thin and flimsy. BYO Supplies or purchase at studio.

Classes 7, 8, 9 & 10
Simple fitted bodice dress¬†that is lined. Gathered or pleated dress skirt at your desired length. Finally we’ll take everything we’ve learned in previous weeks to create a dress custom fit to your measurements | ¬†Dress Photo

Supplies Needed: 3-4 Yards of cotton, taffeta, linen or something similar. Yardage will be more if you would like to do longer length of have the skirt be more gathered. BYO Supplies or purchase at studio.

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

There are 8 spots per session.

Students should purchase their fabrics before the class or fabrics can be purchased at the M Avery Designs Studio.

All Supplies, besides fabric, are included.

M Avery Designs reserves the right to cancel any session due to insufficient enrollment. Decision to cancel a class will be made 1 week prior to the start date and all those signed up will be notified & registration fees will be reimbursed in full. Click here for all our registration policies.