Sew Your Own Doll

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In this BRAND NEW 2 part sewing class, you’ll learn to make a huggable boy or girl doll and you can choose the hair, skin and features!

Open to stitchers ages 9 & up, as well as adults of all ages!

Just in time for the holidays!

Ellen Lumpkin Brown, Fashion Lab Instructor will show you how.

Part 1: Cutting out Pattern, Constructing the doll head/body and creating the hair
Saturday December 7th 8:30-10:30am

Part 2:  Construction of the limbs & attaching them to doll body. Designing the face and creating the clothing. You leave second class with your finished doll!
Saturday December 14th 8:30-10:30am

Price for all 4 Hours of Class is $50 + $10 Supplies Fee

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To see more of Ellen’s doll designs, visitwww.TheDollLoft.com.

Presidents Day Charity Sew Program For Kids & Teens

Join us for a half day or a full day sewing program for kids ages 8 & up on Presidents Day 2013, Monday February 18th.

We’ll be sewing & crafting projects specifically to donate to charitable causes!

Students who don’t already know how to sew by hand or with a sewing machine will learn. All students will  be making specific projects that will be donated to charitable causes. M Avery Designs will be donating all the materials and distributing all the finished projects.

Morning Session 9am – 12:30pm = $40
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Afternoon Session 1:30-5pm  = $40
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Full Day 9am – 5pm = $70
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Stay for Lunch (BYO) in addition to Morning or Afternoon 12:30-1:30pm =  Additional $10

Sign Up Online or Call 201.876.1198 to reserve your spot

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Charities & Projects for this Special Day Will Include: 

Mama to Mama’s Cap to Cap –  Haitian Newborn Cap Project

Little Dress for Africa

 

 

Caps, Gloves, Scarves & Other Cold weather items for our local shelters in Hoboken & Jersey City

Dog & Cat Blankets for the Liberty Humane Society

Stuffed Animals & Toys for kids at the The Children’s Society of NJ

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Please note: Our very reasonable rates for this program reflects our theme of charity. Our camps & classes typically cost about double this rate. We’d love to offer this class for free, but it is child care on a day when they are out from school 🙂 We must pay for our space and pay instructors. This class is sure to sell out fast. We only have room for 10 students per session, so don’t miss out.

 

 

Fashion Design Class Every Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm

Introducing our Fashion Design After School class specifically for Kids & Teens ages 7-18

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Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm
During the school year

This class is for students who are interested in fashion design. Our instructors will work with each student individually to create sketches of their fashions. Students will also learn the process of bringing their fashions to life by learning how to construct projects on the dress forms. And then will also learn how to create their pieces using the sewing machine.

Our studio where class is held is full of fabric, dress forms, sewing machines, cutting tables and all the supplies any budding fashion designer would need to create her own fashion line.

Each one hour class is project oriented and each student keeps their projects when they are finished. Each student in the class will work on different projects simultaneously, at their own pace. Anyone can start anytime.

Prices Ages 7-10
Drop in Rate = $25 per class | Buy Now
3 Class Pack = $65 | Use Anytime within 2 Months of Purchase | Buy Now
6 Class Pack = $115 | Use Anytime within 3 Months of Purchase | Buy Now

Prices Ages 11-18
Drop in Rate = $25 per class | Buy Now
3 Class Pack = $65 | Use Anytime within 2 Months of Purchase | Buy Now
6 Class Pack = $125 | Use Anytime within 3 Months of Purchase | Buy Now

Must call ahead to make reservation or reserve your spot online.
All Supplies are included.
Come on the weeks that you can make it.
Check kids class calendar to check if class is cancelled for holidays/school vacations.

 

Tee Parties for Kids, Tweens & Teens

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In this private party for kids, tweens & teens ages 7 and up, each guest starts with a plain t-shirt and turns it into any of our fabulous deconstructed styles. Our instructors will teach your group the basic design & sewing skills needed to play fashion designer for the day! Don’t worry, there is absolutely no sewing experience required! We’ll also provide you with lots of fabulous trim, notion & details to give your Tee the perfect original looks you’re going for.
You do the leg work, our staff will do the finishing touches to make sure your adorable deconstructed tee is sturdy and professional looking when you take it home after this two-hour private party.

 

Price is $275 for groups up to 8 participants. Each additional participant is $25 per person per 2 hour workshop. Max 20 Guests. All supplies included.  Feel free to bring in your own food or drink. Or just let us know and we can have it arranged for you.

Open for private parties during regular store hours, as well as later weekday evenings and weekends. Call or email to find out availability. 201.876.1198

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Cancellation Policy:
When you book your private party, the M Avery Designs representative will charge your organizer a deposit of $50. This means you are committing to the date and time you requested. Date and Time changes can be made up to 1 week of your private event date. Cancellations within 1 month of the reservation date will lose the $50 deposit. Cancellations made within 1 week of your reservation date will be charged an additional $100 for loss of business.

Valentines Day Vintage

This is what I woke up to this morning. I am a lucky girl and I have a super thoughtful boyfriend.

Over the weekend we headed out to Montclair to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of a friends Vintage Boutique called Garnish.

Talk about coveting everything in a store! I love my friend Lisa’s taste and the way she had the store laid out so neat and adorable totally gave me shoppe envy! I could have walked around in there for hours just looking at every last little detail of every item.

I seemed to have recently begun this obsession with old mechanical clocks. I think it has something to do with my obsession with old mechanical sewing machines, but who knows. They’re just pretty cute too.

Anyway – I saw this clock and fell in love. I  totally couldn’t justify my purchasing it cause I just don’t need it. I kept shopping around to find a little something a little more practical to spend my money on that night. (HA – practical.) Not sure if I can call what bought practical, but I guess they are a bit more useful than the clock

I wound taking home a baking book from 1961 and a mechanical egg beater. Again – am loving anything mechanical that is not electric these days!

Here they are:

Saturday Morning, I immediately had to make something from my new book. (see – totally practical!)
I knew I had some poppy seeds in my pantry, so lemon poppy seed pound cake it is.
Oops, no recipe for that in my new cook book. But that’s okay, I will happily make do.

I used the Basic Pound Cake recipe found on page 116 and added some lemon juice and poppy seeds and all was well and right in the world.

Here is the recipe in case you are interested:

Basic Pound Cake

A delicious, old-fashioned cake, especially good toasted (from the book, not me)

6 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
(I added the juice of one lemon, some zest & half a bottle of poppy seeds)

Set oven to 350 degrees. Grease a deep, 9 inch tube pan and dust with flour.
In a large bowl, combine eggs and sugar and beat for a minute. Set bowl over a saucepan of hot water. Place saucepan over low heat for about 10 minutes, or until eggs are slightly warmer than lukewarm. Don not let water boil. Stir eggs occasionally while they are being heated to prevent them from cooking on the the bottom of the bowl.

While eggs are warming, cream butter and flour till light and fluffy. Add vanilla.

When eggs are lukewarm, beat them until cool, thick and tripled in bulk.  Quickly stir 1/4 of beaten eggs into creamed mixture. Pour mixture over remaining beaten eggs. Fold in gently. Be careful not to overmix.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake about 50 minutes, or until cake is golden brown and pulls away from sides of pan.

Megan Side note: All that business about warming the mixture over the hot water was skipped in my version. I just made sure the eggs weren’t cold when I mixed them with everything else. I did this by letting them sit under warm water coming out of the tap of the sink. I also didn’t really beat the eggs as they said. I beat them with the sugar with my new beater, but then procedeed to add all the ingrediants and bake it.

The more I think about it, I really didn’t follow the directions at all (suprise, suprise). But my turned out okay. I had to take it out of the oven a bit early cause I had to head to work so there was some oozing batter when I cut into it later that day when I tried a pice. This was because it wasn’t quite cooked all the way through. But I have to say, I am a big fan of any cake just a little bit underdone. Is that gross?

Sewing TV for Kids – Martha & Friends

Just came across this new production from AOL kids. It’s cartoon webisodes of a new show called Martha & Friends that consists of a 10 year old Martha Stewart and her friends hanging out, cooking & crafting in their clubhouse.

I,  of course love the idea of any show promoting kids crafting and sewing. I just watched the episode where they all made some changes and embellishments to their favorite jeans. It was pretty basic stuff that most adults would know how to do to add some pizazz to your boring jeans, but I love the idea that it’s cartoon, 10 year old Martha showing you how to do it. And I especially got a kick out of her discouraging her friend from drawing in pen ink on her jeans. She immediately got out the stain fighting kit to help her friend try to get the ink out. How responsible of 10 year old Martha. But come on, even her cartoon hair cut is “responsible”.

Sewing TV for Kids – Martha & Friends

Just came across this new production from AOL kids. It’s cartoon webisodes of a new show called Martha & Friends that consists of a 10 year old Martha Stewart and her friends hanging out, cooking & crafting in their clubhouse.

I,  of course love the idea of any show promoting kids crafting and sewing. I just watched the episode where they all made some changes and embellishments to their favorite jeans. It was pretty basic stuff that most adults would know how to do to add some pizazz to your boring jeans, but I love the idea that it’s cartoon, 10 year old Martha showing you how to do it. And I especially got a kick out of her discouraging her friend from drawing in pen ink on her jeans. She immediately got out the stain fighting kit to help her friend try to get the ink out. How responsible of 10 year old Martha. But come on, even her cartoon hair cut is “responsible”.

Bell Bottomed Flower Children

A customer of mine came in the other day wanting to do something to extend the life of her toddlers jeans that she had grown out of. I think she came up with the most adorable idea! She’s not a stitcher herself, so she just needed some help wit the execution.


This blog post is all about what we came up with and how you can do it too!

Here is the before:

Here is the after:

Here is the How-To:

1. Cut the toddler jeans just below the knee, straight across. Do one first and then fold the pair of jeans in half to get the other leg even.

2. Cut two pieces of groovy fabric that are twice as wide as the jeans where you cut them off. The pieces should also be long enough to extend past where the too-short jeans stopped. Also add an additional 1 1/2″ for seam allowance & hem.

3. Hem the bottom of the fabric extension pieces with two small 1/2″ inch folds. Hemming cotton fabrics is best done with an iron. Stitch the hem at the top of the fold so both layers of the fold get stitched.

4. Put your sewing machine on the longest stitch length it has, and set your machine tension slightly loose. Sew along the edge of the ring that is not hemmed, leaving nice long threads at each end. Do not back stitch.

5. Gather this side of the fabric extension piece so it’s as wide as the cut off pant leg, plus an inch for seam allowance. Tie each end of the long thread pieces so the gather stays.

6. Fold this piece in half so the bottom hems & gathered ends touch each other and you form a ring with each of the fabric extension pieces.

6. Place the gathered extension fabric pieces, with right sides up onto the cut off jeans and match edges. Make sure the gathers are even all the way around the pant leg and pin the fabric to the end of the jean pant legs.

 7. With a 1/2″ seam allowance, stitch the fabric extension piece to the jean pant leg on each side.

8. Trim all your threads and you’ve got yourself some groovy bell bottoms for that flower child in your life.