Catskills Sewing Retreats

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You're invited for a long weekend of sewingrelaxing, & 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.

"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.

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

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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

Sewing Separates Boot Camp

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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.

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.


Price: $329

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.

Kids School Break Camps

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Kids After School & Saturday Sewing

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In our After School & Saturday Sewing Classes for Kids in Kindergarten to 6th Grade we focus on:

  • Teaching basic sewing machine usage & proficiency, as well as hand sewing, when applicable.
  • Improving our students fine motor skills including pinning, cutting fabric, sewing on the line.
  • Creativity in designing individualized sewing projects.
  • Teaching our students how to follow basic sewing patterns and instructions.
  • Completion of sewing projects include things like stuffed animals, toys, purses, fashion accessories, clothing and more.
  • Every child working at their own pace. Beginners are ALWAYS welcome! More advanced skills will be taught to more advanced students.

Now Enrolling Spring 2019 Starting in March - See Schedule tab for dates & times.

Up to 8 students per session.  Classes meet weekly for 1 hour.

10 Week Session + 1 Makeup Class = $230

Price includes all tools, supplies and fabrics.

For more detailed schedule information, check out the schedule tab.

We have 3 different sessions each school year Fall, Winter  & Spring.

Schedule
Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm - 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Grade

Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm - K, 1st & 2nd Grade

Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm - K, 1st & 2nd Grade

Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm - 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Grade

Saturdays 12-1pm - K, 1st & 2nd Grade

Saturdays 1-2pm - 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Grade

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