Catskills Sewing Retreat 2018

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.
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    Megan's personalized sewing assistance & fit expertise with any sewing project you're working on from 12 - 5pm on Friday & Saturday.
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    2 Hour Macrame Class taught by Megan (optional).
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    A wonderful time time making beautiful things & meeting new people in a gorgeous country setting.
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    Lunch on Friday & Saturday.
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    Breakfast on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
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    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 Schedule
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


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."


Skirt Pattern Drafting – Design Multiple Skirt Styles

Join us for our brand new one day intensive course on learning the art of flat pattern drafting. In this course you will learn how to create 3 different customized skirt patterns based on your measurements.

This course will include a thorough understanding of skirt flat pattern construction, dart 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, a-line, & pencil skirt pattern that you can use over and over again to design & create your very own clothing.  We will provide hand outs that outline the step-by-step process creating patterns for a perfectly fitting skirt.

Supplies Needed:  None

1 Day – 4 Hour Course $139

Please note: There is no sewing in this course. The is an instructional class where we’ll be creating customized paper patterns during each class time. Each student will be encouraged to participate in our monthly Sew Clubs to create muslins of each of the patterns that you create in class and really customize your fit properly.

Home Decor Sewing Boot Camp

Learn the basics of sewing beautiful things for your home in our 6 Week Adult Sewing Class.

Students will focus on learning basic sewing skills used to make items for your home. We’ve designed a six week (15 hour) sewing class including challenging projects that will fill your home with gorgeous items you custom make yourself.  This class is great for all levels of sewing. Beginners and intermediate stitchers alike will find themselves challenged and learning new things in this course.

Projects Options 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.


Week 1 Project:  Custom Pillow Covers with zippers

  • Breathe new life into any existing pillows you already own by creating custom covers that can be removed.
  • Learn to measure fabric accurately & create a perfect fit for your pillow cover.
  • Learn tips for cutting straight and with accuracy.
  • Learn how to insert regular zippers and/or invisible zippers so you cannot see them on your pillow cover.

Week 2 Project: Bedroom Pillow Case with French Seams

  • Review of cutting & measuring accurately.
  • The magic of french seams.

Week 3 Project: Bolster pillow with piping and zipper

  • Understanding and learning how to cut fabric on the bias.
  • Learn to create your own matching piping.
  • Mastering the technique of adding piping to any of your sewing projects.

Week 4 Project: Quilted Table Runner/Placemat/Potholder

  • Introduction to patchwork.
  • Working with quilt batting.
  • Using a regular sewing machine to do small scale quilting work.

Week 5 Project: Pouf Floor Cushion

  • Patchwork (non-square)
  • Working with Interfacing
  • Optional: Covered Buttons

Week 6 Project: Custom Curtain(s)

  • Learning how to accurately measure windows.
  • Learning appropriate curtain sizing for windows.

  • Cost of 15 Hour Workshop: $329


The price 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 if you think you’ll need a bit more guidance. 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.

Fabric & Notions Needed:

Week 1: Zippered Pillow Covers

Approximately 1/2 Yard Quilters Cotton, Linen, Home Decor weight or something similar for each pillow up to 17″ Square. Zipper – Length should equal the width of your pillow. Optional: Pillow Form (size of your choice)

Week 2:  Pillowcase Project

3/4 Yard Quilters Cotton for Body of pillow

1/4 Yard Quilter Cotton (matching other fabrics) for pillow cuff

1/4 Yard Quilters Cotton (matching other fabrics) for pillow band

Week 3:  Bolster Pillow – Suggested Size 16″ x 6″

3/4 Yard Quilters Cotton, Linen, Home Decor weight or something similar for bolster pillow project.

1 Yard of cotton piping (1/2″ or 1/4″ thick will work) for bolster pillow project.

16″ Zipper for bolster pillow project

Week 4:  Table Runner/Potholder/Placemat

At least four different fat quarter fabrics that go together.  More if making large table runner or multiple placemats.

1 Yard of quilt batting. More if making large table runner or multiple placemats.

Week 5:  Pouf Floor Cushion

Amounts coming soon.

Week 6:  Curtains 

Will talk about this in 1st  class. Amount of fabric needed is based on your your window size and curtain design.

Tween/Teen Summer Camp 2017

Full day Sewing & Fashion Design classes
For kids going into 7th – 12th grade

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Monday through Friday
9am drop off – 4pm pick up
12-1pm is BYO Lunch & Activities
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Rates:
$599 Per Person
$299.50 deposit due at sign up | Remaining balance due on first day of camp

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USE THE FOLLOWING PROMO CODES FOR MULTIPLE FULL DAY CAMP SESSIONS, & SIBLING DISCOUNTS:

  • Two weeks of Full Day camp (15% discount): 2fulldaycamp2017
  • Three weeks Full Day camp (20% discount): 3fulldaycamp2017
  • Four Weeks Full Day camp (25% discount): 4fulldaycamp2017
  • Five Weeks Full Day camp (30% discount): 5fulldaycamp2017
*Discounts used improperly will pay any remaining balance on first day of camp.

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Design Challenge Theme

Students enrolled in the Design Challenge Theme will be given daily sewing & design challenges to complete throughout the course of the day. They will be given certain supplies and tools they will be allowed to use and must complete the challenge within the allotted amount of time. Creativity will be the key to this fun week of sewing & design camp. Students will also learn more advanced sewing techniques and have to use these techniques in their design challenges. Students will present their designs to the other students and instructor when they are finished.

Week of July 17th
Week of August 14th

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NYC Fashion Week

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.

Week of July 10th
Week of August 7th

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Dress Designer Theme

During the Dress Designer Week, students will learn basic sketching techniques to design their very own custom made dress. They will also learn how to read a sewing pattern, how to cut & sew the fabric for their dress, to operate sewing tools & sewing machine to create their dress. They also learn ways to adorn and add details including pockets, zippers, pleats & more. All students will have the chance to show off their dress on the runway if they choose.

Week of June 26th
Week of July 31st

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Knitwear Designer Theme

During the Knitwear Designer Week, students will learn basic sketching & sewing techniques to design their very own custom made knitwear items. They will also learn how to read a sewing pattern, how to cut & sew the fabric for their knitwear projects, to operate sewing tools & sewing machine to create their dress.  Projects will include various knitwear wearable items including leggings, t-shirts, skirts, dress, etc.

Week of July 24th

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The required deposit of at least 1/2 tuition shall be paid at time of registration and the balance is paid on the child’s first day of camp. You may also choose to pay the full balance at the time of registration.
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There are spots for 8 kids per week. We continue to sell out each summer, so secure your spot early to make sure you don’t miss out!
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All Supplies are Included. All admissions to museums and activities in New York for NYC Fashion Week are included.
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Sign up Online or Call 201-876-1198 to Register
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Monroe Movement Space on the 5th floor will provide before care from 8-9am, as well as we after care from 4-5pm or 4-6pm each day for those interested. We’re happy to pick up/drop off any kids up who will participate in this. If interested, contact Monroe Movement Space directly for more info and rates.

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Additional Terms
– Due to the seasonal nature of summer programming and the set limitation of spaces offered, no refund shall be provided for absences, changes, withdrawals, or dismissal for cause.
-Permission is hereby granted for photographs to be taken of the camper and M Avery Desigsn has the right to utilize these photographs in camp brochures or on website and display material unless parent makes other arrangements with M Avery Designs.

 

Kids Summer Camp 2017

You’re Child will LOVE our week long sewing & design classes!  For Kids going into 1st – 6th grade .

NOW until Week of August 28th, 2017

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We focus on teaching your child:

  • Basic sewing machine usage
  • Sewing Project construction
  • Improving fine motor skills (pinning, cutting fabric, sewing on the line,
  • Creativity in designing their own sewing projects (dependent on project themes)
  • How to read basic patterns and instructions

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Each 1/2 Day Summer Camp Session:

    • Is 3 hours long, with time for a snack.
    • Meets Monday – Friday
    • Completes a project in the 3 hour session.
    • Never repeats a project
    • Is led by competent, experienced instructors who are either in school for fashion/education or professionals in the field of sewing, design or fashion.|

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Morning Session 9am – 12pm
Afternoon Session 1-4pm
Full day session 9am – 4pm with BYO Lunch & Activities 12-1pm
Weekly Schedule – Keep Scrolling
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Rates:
$275 Per Person 1/2 Day Session
$137.50 Deposit (Due at Sign Up)
MULTIPLE WEEK & SIBLING DISCOUNTS
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To sign up for full day you must purchase TWO 1/2 day sessions and schedule accordingly.
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Use the following promo codes for full day camp, multiple 1/2 day sessions & sibling discounts:

  • One week of Full Day camp or Two 1/2 day sessions $495 (10% discount): fulldaycamp2017
  • Two weeks of Full Day camp or Four 1/2 day sessions $935 (15% discount): 2fulldaycamp2017
  • Three weeks Full Day camp $273 or Six 1/2 day sessions $1320 (20% discount): 3fulldaycamp2017
  • Four Weeks Full Day camp $338 or Eight 1/2 Day sessions $1650 (25% discount): 4fulldaycamp2017
  • Five Weeks Full Day camp or Ten 1/2 Day sessions $1925 (30% discount): 5fulldaycamp2017

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*Discount codes used incorrectly will result in balance being owed on the first day of camp.
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*Please use your child’s name when signing up! There will be spaces in the registration form to add family members. If you are signing up siblings, please make sure that both children are scheduled for the week you would like them to attend camp. If things get confusing, no worries, send us an email or give us a call!

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Monroe Movement Space on the 5th floor provides before care from 8-9am, as well as after care from 4-5pm or 4-6pm each day for those interested. We’re happy to pick up/drop off any kids up who will participate in this. If interested, contact Monroe Movement Space directly for more info and rates.
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The required deposit of 1/2 tuition shall be paid at time of registration. The balance (which includes multiple sessions) are paid on the child’s first day of camp. All discounts applied to deposit will also be applied to balances paid on first day of camp. You also have the option to pay the full amount at the time of registration.
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There are spots for 16 kids max per week. We continue to sell out each summer, so secure your spot early to make sure you don’t miss out!
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All Supplies are Included
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Sign up Online or Call 201-876-1198 to Register
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Due to the seasonal nature of summer programming and the set limitation of spaces offered, no refund shall be provided for absences, changes, withdrawals, or dismissal for cause.
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Permission is hereby granted for photographs to be taken of the camper and M Avery Designs has the right to utilize these photographs in camp brochures or on website and display material unless parent makes other arrangements with M Avery Designs.

Back to School means Back to Sewing Class

If you’ve got kids, we’ve got sewing classes for them!
(Well at least ages 4 & Up)

Pre-K & Kindergarden Handsewing & Textile Craft Class

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1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade Sewing Class

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4th, 5th & 6th Grade Sewing Class

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7th – 12th Grade Sewing Class

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Homeschool Sewing Class

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Sewing Dresses Boot Camp

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).
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.


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.

Sewing Separates Boot Camp

Learn more advanced sewing skills to make clothing in our 6 week class!

Students will focus on learning basic sewing skills to construct 2-3 articles of clothing that actually actually fit your body. We’ve designed a six week (15 hour) sewing class that will take your skills to the next level and have you sewing a top, pants and unlined jacket.

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.
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Some of the things you’ll learn in this class:

  • 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?
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    Projects in this Class:

How many garments 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 you work.
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Price: $329

Price includes free Sew Club classes during AND one month past your class.  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.

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There is 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

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

Please note: Fabric is NOT included in the price of the class. Fabrics are available for purchase at the M Avery Designs Studio for $12 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.

Fabric & Supplies Needed:

Top:

  • 1.5 Yards of fabric. Fabric can be any lightweight woven fabrics, such as cotton, cotton voile, lawn, rayon, linen, or cotton blends.

Fitted Trouser Pants: 

  • 2 Yards of medium weight woven fabrics with some stretch, such as stretch cotton twill, poplin, suiting, gabardine, pique, wool blends.
  • 8″ or longer invisible zipper

Unlined Jacket: 

  • 3 Yards of medium weight woven fabrics, such as suiting, cotton, linen and linen blends, poplin, twill, silk dupioni, wool challis, gabardine, crepe.

Quick note about buying fabric – If you have no experience purchasing fabric, don’t worry about buying any before the first class. We have plenty of selection for the first project that we sell for $12/yard. The instructor will go over what type of fabric for the following projects.

Open Lab – Come Sew in Our Studio

We all love to sew and create, but who has the space to do at home.

Now your can bring your projects to the M Avery Designs Studio and work on them here in a semi-supervised environment, with all the right tools at your disposal.

Open lab time is your chance to rent out workspace here at our studio to work on any sewing or crafting project you might have.

Open lab time is available if an instructor is in the studio working and/or teaching a class. See schedule below or send us an email.

Open lab is NOT a lesson.  Little questions can sometimes be accommodated, but the teacher on duty is there to teach a class, unfortunately not to help you. Please keep this in mind!

Rates are paid to instructor at the end of your time at the studio:
Up to 1 Hour $10
Up to 2 Hours $20
Up to 3 Hours $30
Up to 4 Hours $40

Upcoming Open Lab Schedule:

Closed for Summer break
Open lab is close for summer break until – Monday September 4th – no open lab during this time. Need to work on something? Book a private lesson. 

ALWAYS send an email to reserve space during the time you were thinking of coming in. We’ll get right back to you with availability.The time you rent is always supervised by a knowledgeable instructor and comes equipped with just about anything you might need to complete your project including:

Sewing Machines
Irons & Ironing Boards
Scissors, Rulers, Seam Rippers, Thread, Tape Measures, Pins, Needles,Pin Cushions, Tailors Chalk, Hand Sewing Needles, Large Cutting Tables, Adjustable Dress Forms, Patterns, Sewing & Crafting Reference Books & More.

Fabrics, Trim, Bag Making Supplies and other notions are always available to purchase.

Please Note: This schedule is subject to change based on our ever changing class & private workshop schedule. Be sure to check this page from time to time as it updates. When in doubt, call, text or email ahead of time to make sure open is happening. No heads  that you’re coming may result in a closed studio or not enough space to work in our open lab. MUST MAKE RESERVATION VIA EMAIL!

Please note: Anyone utilizing our open lab time must either have some sewing experience, have taken our Intro to the Sewing Machine Class or one of our Private Sewing Lessons prior to using our sewing machines.