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.
Pricing: 1 Spot Double Occupancy $375 - Sharing a Bedroom
1 Spot Single Occupancy $600 - Private Bedroom
Bring a Friend - Double Occupancy $305 additional ($70 savings) - Sharing a Bedroom
If you are not signing up with a friend but requesting double occupancy, we'll find you a roommate.
If you are signing up with a friend, please follow up via email with friends full name & email address of second person so we can add them to the retreat roster.
Three nights stay in our accommodations.
Two and 1/2 days of uninterrupted "me" time in a beautiful country setting.
Ample space for sewing, cutting, crafting, reading, relaxing, hiking, laughing and just about anything else you'd like to do during the weekend.
Megan's personalized sewing assistance & fit expertise with any sewing project you're working on from 12 - 5pm on Friday & Saturday.
Optional: 2 Hour Macrame Class
A great time making beautiful things and meeting new people
Lunch Friday & Saturday
Breakfast Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Additional refreshments to help keep us fortified while sewing.
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.
Thursday Thursday Evening Arrival Approximately 8 - 10pm
Friday Friday Morning Arrival Approximately 7-9am 8-10am Breakfast Available 9am-12pm Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting 12-2pm Lunch Available 12-5pm Free time for Sewing (with instruction), Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting 6:30pm Dinner 8pm-Midnight Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting
Saturday 8-10am Breakfast Available 9am-12pm Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting 12-2pm Lunch Available 12-5pm Free time for Sewing (with instruction), Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting 6:30pm Dinner 8pm-Midnight Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting
Sunday 8-10am Breakfast Available 9am-12pm Sewing & Free time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting Check out is at 12 noon
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.
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."
Learn the fine art of flat pattern drafting in one of our upcoming 4 hour workshops.
Join us for Skirt Drafting where you'll learn how to draft the perfect customized skirt based on your exact body measurements.
Or join us for Bodice Drafting where you'll learn how to draft the perfect customized top or jacket based on your exact body measurements.
This course will include a thorough understanding of skirt or bodice flat pattern construction, dart creation & construction, as well as simple adjustments that can be made to your patterns to add design elements to your sewing projects.
You'll leave the class with basic fitted skirt or bodice pattern that you can use over and over again to design & create your very own tailored skirts, shirts, dresses and/or jackets. We will provide instructions that outline the step-by-step process creating patterns for a perfectly fitting customized skirt of bodice.
Use code draft20percent at checkout get discount when you sign up for both workshops.
Please note: Discount does not apply when only purchasing one workshop. If used, you'll be required to pay difference at the time of your workshop.
Please note: There is minimal sewing in this course. This is an instructional class where we'll be creating customized paper patterns during each class time. Each student is encouraged to participate in Sew Club to create muslins of each of the patterns that you create in class and really customize your fit properly.
I just want to drop a note saying I loved the pattern drafting classes. I took both the skirt and bodice. Rachel was so knowledgeable, articulate and helpful. I learnt a lot and it was fun!! Lavanya - Hoboken NJ
"I just wanted to say how incredibly enlightening and awesome the bodice drafting class was today. I had a great time and feel like I've taken a major step forward in understanding how clothing works! Thank you for all your hard work."
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.
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
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.
Price of Sew Club is $20 for 2 hours.
Sew Club is FREE for those currently enrolled in a class and up to 1 month past the last class of the session.
Please use any of the studio tools, sewing machines, thread, etc.
Fabric is for sale for the prices listed.
Please feel free to use any of our sewing books and/or sewing patterns while in the sewing studio.
The instructor is ALWAYS here to help you with projects related to the class you are enrolled in.
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.
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.
Feel Free to Eat, Drink and Make New Friends! Have Fun!
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.
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.
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
Please note: Wednesday Summer Class - No Class on July 3rd.
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). Buy Now | Send email to schedule
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.
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.
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.
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.
[slider id=”stitch-n-sip-slider”] 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!
Everyone who sews absolutely loves fabric! But how much do we really know about it?
We have added this brand new class to help you all become fabric experts. We’ll help you identify all different kinds of fabric and we’ll help you determine which fabrics are best for which projects. You’ll see up close and personal what each of the fabrics looks like, feels like and the ways to determine the fiber content.
Swatches of each fabric discussed (over 40 different fabrics) will be provided to all students attending the class. And we’ll provide you with a handy take home information sheet including each fabrics properties, how to work with it, how to care for it & little known hints and tips.
Some of the fabrics discussed include naturals (cotton, denim, chintz, chenille, poplin, corduroy, etc) silks (shantung, taffeta, brocade, tulle, etc), manufactured (acetate, acrylic, nylon, polyester, rayon, etc) sustainable (hemp, organic cotton, tencel, etc) & more.
This 2 Hour Class is $20 Per Person | All Supplies Included
The very first M Avery Designs Sewing Retreat is finally here and we have found the perfect place to host it.
Join us for a weekend of sewing, crafting, relaxing, enjoying nature & getting to know other people who love to sew. We’ll be offering mini classes and demos all weekend long and you can enjoy them without the interruptions of every day life!
You’ll also have the opportunity for tons of open sewing time, so bring a project or two that you’ve been meaning to tackle. You’ll have almost 48 hours of uninterrupted sewing time in the wonderful natural setting of the Turqoise Barn Bed & Breakfast, located in Bloomville NY.
The B&B is set on many beautiful acres in the Western Catskills. You’ll have ample time to explore the grounds and commune with nature, if you so choose.
Turquoise Barn is a Green Certified, eco-friendly Bed and Breakfast, Retreat, and Education Center located approximately 3 hours from NYC on an organic farm in the Western Catskills. The former dairy farm is home to 3 historic buildings which are now the residence, studio, workshop, and gallery (Turquoise Barn) of two artists formerly of East Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY – Michelle Premura & Michael Milton.
Living Arrangements The retreat will be open to only 8 guests. We’d like to keep the group intimate and have the sewing classes and groups remain small. There are are 4 gorgeous rooms at the B&B, each with their very own bathroom equipped with shower so everyone will be sharing a room. If you are coming with a friend and want to share a room just let us know when you sign up. Otherwise we’ll assign you a room-mate. Anyone who wishes to have a room all to themselves will have to purchase 2 spots.
Rosa Room | Mountain & Pond View | Private bath with claw-foot bathtub | King size bed and full-size futon
Moss Room | Mountain & pond view | Private bath, queen bed and full size futon
Sunset Room | Mountain & Pond View | Private Bathroom, Queen Bed, two single beds
Sunrise Room | Mountain & Turquoise Barn View | Private Bath, Queen Bed, two single beds
Beds & Rooms are available on a first come first serve basis! Book early to get the bed of your choice!
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Sewing demos by Megan & assistant instructor on a variety of topics, with an emphasis on clothing & accessory creation
Mini classes throughout the day Saturday & Sunday with topics including garment & accessory construction, sewing tips & tricks, new sewing skills
Sewing instructions and guidance throughout the entire weekend on any sewing projects you choose. There will not be more than 8 students. With 2 instructors for the weekend, that’s a 4:1 ratio of student to teacher!
Megan’s personalized fitting and sewing help with any garment project you bring along
Additional Refreshments to keep us fortified while sewing
An old fashioned good time making beautiful things in a beautiful setting & you might even make a new friend or two
Vegetarian Breakfast & Lunch on Saturday & Sunday are included in the price. There is a vegetarian kitchen in the house we’ll be staying in so feel free to bring snacks and extra beverages. We’ll be heading into town for a group dinner on Saturday at one of the tasty local restaurants.
The main area of the B&B is big and open and gives us plenty of room for sewing machine tables, design space & cutting room. We recommend that you bring your own sewing machine, but machines can be rented from M Avery Designs for the weekend for the low cost of $20.
We’ve done our best to keep the price very reasonable. We’ll be offering the low introductory price of $475 per person if you commit by paying the $225 non-refundable deposit before March 15th, 2014.
All spots for the retreat are now full – Please send us an email if you’d like to get on the waiting list
We’ll follow up with you regarding your room choice as soon as we get your registration.
Tenative Weekend Schedule
Friday May 2nd:
Arrive anytime between 5 & 8pm 8-12pm Dig right into some Sewing
Saturday May 3rd:
Breakfast 8am Sewing & Mini Classes 9am-12pm Lunch 12pm More Sewing, Mini Classes & Free Time 1-6pm Dinner 6:30pm More Sewing & Free time 8pm-Midnight
Sunday May 4th:
Breakfast 8am Sewing & Mini Classes 9am – 12pm 12pm Check out & Bag Lunch for the Road
Please note: All guests are responsible for getting to & from the B&B for the weekend. We are happy to try to help facilitate ride shares if requested.
More about the Turquoise B&B
Rustic . . Simplistic. . . Elegance……..Our 3-story 3,000 sq. ft, converted 1800’s Carriage House has large loft-style open spaces with high ceilings, artist designed & renovated with handcrafted furnishings and art throughout the house.Upstairs are four large bedrooms, each equipped with a private bathroom, tastefully designed and decorated, and each with AMAZING views of the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, mountains or pond.
Downstairs has an additional 5th full bathroom, open kitchen (vegetarian), large handcrafted dining table, radiant heat floors, wood stove and back sun porch.
NATURE THERAPY…….Outside are acres of meadows, mountains, wooded areas, organic flower & veggie gardens, a fishing/swimming pond and streams. Fire pit for evening gatherings and open large field for special events. Also on the property are chickens, roosters, ducks, & cats (outdoor only). Hiking in our backyard or up the mountain road and just minutes away from the Catskill Scenic Trail for biking/walking/running/skiing.
Taking the time to relax & create is very good for all of our souls! This M Avery Designs Retreat is designed for anyone who shares a love for creativity, no matter where your skill level lies. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or have yet to thread a needle, you’re welcome to join us for this weekend of sewing fun & creativity.
Interested in adding a special activity to your visit? Turquoise Barn offers a variety of additional services for our guests including:
Need a quick way to refresh your living room without spending big bucks? That is exactly what I was looking for when I decided to recover our well worn ottoman. The old ottoman has been been around about 7 years. It is covered with stains and I am just plain sick of it.
I began scanning upholstery fabrics on fabric.com and found so many that I fell in love with. That’s when I knew this was a must-do project. Sew easy!
Okay so here are the steps to creating your very own cover that can be easily removed for washing.
Step 1: Measure the length, depth and height of your existing ottoman.
Step 2: Cut your first piece of fabric, the top. This will be the size of the top of the ottoman, but you’ll add 1″ to the length & 1″ to the depth.
So in my case, my ottoman measured 45 1/2″ long x 27″ wide. So my first piece of fabric measures 46 1/2″ long x 28″ wide.
Step 3: Cut your front & back fabric pieces. Front & back will be the same size and will measure 1″ larger than the length x 3″ larger than the height.
Step 4: Cut your two sides pieces. The two sides pieces will be the same size and will measure 1″ larger than the depth x 3″ larger than the height.
Step 5: With 1/2″ seam allowance and with right sides together, sew the front piece to the longer side of the top piece. Then repeat with the back piece, sewing it to the opposite side.
Step 6: With 1/2″ seam allowance and with right sides together, sew the first side piece to the shorter side of the top piece. Then repeat with the other side piece, sewing it to the opposite side. Quick hint: Leave about 1″ on either side un-sewn, this will help make the corners more symetrical.
Step 7: With right sides together and using 1/2″ seam allowance, sew the side of the front piece to the side of the side piece. Repeat with the other side of the front piece and the other side piece.
Step 8: With right sides together & using 1/2″ seam allowance, sew the side of the back piece to the side of the side piece. Repeat with the other side of the back piece and the other side piece. Should start to resemble a 3D cube similar in size to your ottoman.
Step 9: Try it on your existing ottoman (after you’ve cleaned and febreezed it) and if it needs to be tighter you can reinforce your existing seams with slightly larger seam allowances.
Step 10: Fold up the bottom edge of the cover to just above the floor and pin in place all the way around the cover.
Step 10: Sew this hem in place all the way around and you are finished.
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.