Mend, Alter and Upcycle Sewing Boot Camp

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Let's use what we already have in our closet to create a brand new wardrobe.

In this brand new sewing class, we're teaching what we're really passionate about right now! 

The Mend, Alter & Upcycle Bootcamp will teach you how to take the clothing you already own and don't wear into your favorite pieces. In this 4 week class you'll learn important sewing techniques to mend things that are ripped, torn or not fashion functional. You'll also learn creative ways to make the things you don't love into well fitting fashionable clothing that will become  heavy in your clothing rotation. You'll also learn fun ways to take thrift store clothing and breathe new life into them, rescuing them from the landfill.

Skills you'll learn throughout the course of the 4 week class: 

  • Hemming, Blind hemming & jeans hemming
  • Replacing Buttons & zippers
  • Visible (Sashiko) Mending on Jeans
  • Darning & repairing worn fabric
  • Fixing Wear on the Crotch of Jeans
  • Creative Patchwork to Fix Holes
  • Fixing Torn Seams
  • Taking pants, shirts & skirts in
  • Shortening a skirt, dress or shirt
  • Tapering a pair of  jeans or pants into a slimmer fit
  • Turning felted wool sweater into a hat, mittens, accessories, etc.
  • Making shirt, pants, shorts, skirt larger

Please bring clean clothing you'd like to alter through the course of the class. No sewing experience necessary!

Only 8 spots - This one is gonna fill quickly!

For ideas of what you can do in this class, check out Megan's Mend, Alter & Upcycle Pinterest Board.

This class is 10 hours in total divided up between 4 weekly classes meeting for 2.5 Hours.

Check Megan's Blog Post about her current challenge of not buying any new clothes for 365 days.

Please note: The number of projects you alter, mend or upcycle in this class depends on a few things:

1.) If you come to class each week. this one is big! if you miss a class or classes, you probably will not finish all your projects.

2.) How much work you do at sew club and at home in between classes (if you miss class).

3.) Your experience coming into the class & the pace that you work.

HouseSmarts TV Feature on NBC

M Avery Designs Sewing Studio was proudly featured on the NBC TV show HouseSmarts on September 20, 2019.

Watch the full video below or Skip to 1:48 to see the good stuff.

Welcome to HouseSmarts

Dare to be different. Our mission from Day 1 has been to provide you, our viewers, with useful information to help maintain your home and enhance your lifestyle. We’re not going to show you how to make a lamp out of a copper wire, but instead will help demystify those aspects of home ownership that seem to crop up again and again. Everything from kitchens, bathrooms and design trends to plumbing, roofing and DIY projects … simply put, HouseSmarts is a comprehensive, home-related resource for YOU. Thanks for watching!

Indie Designer Sewing Retreat

When you sign up for the Indie Designer Sewing Retreat, you're taking part in a class that takes place at our Catskills Studio in Harpersfield NY.

This is 2 day sewing class where students can choose what to sew and work on themselves over the course of the 2 day class. The instructor will help you with whatever you'd like to work on, so the choice is up to you.

If you have an idea of what you'd like to work on, Megan is HAPPY to help you find patterns, fabric and help you in any way to achieve your sewing dreams. Just send an email to get started! 

You must bring your own projects, supplies and inspiration and the instructor will teach you the skills to make the projects you've always wanted to sew.

Click here to check the Catskill Studio Indie Designer Sewing Retreat Schedule.


All Catskills Adult Sewing Classes

Skirt Lab

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Supplies for these projects are not included in the price of the class. You can bring the required amounts & types of fabric (listed below) or purchase it from us at the studio.

Wrap Skirt:  For main fabric 1.5 Yards wool coating, medium-weight upholstery fabrics, herringbone, tweed, denim. For lining 1.5 yards Medium-weight fabrics such as poplin, twill, silk dupioni, gabardine, suiting, crepe.

Bias Cut 2 Layer Skirt: 3.5 Yards (45"wide) Medium to lightweight woven fabrics such as linen, chambray, cotton lawn, rayon challis, rayon crepe, and silk crepe. If you would like to use self bias binding, buy an extra 1/2 yard of fabric. If using 60" wide fabric 3 yards is enough. 14" zipper (not invisible)


Activewear Boot Camp

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Charity Sewing Workshop Kitten Bjorns to Socialize Stray Kittens

Anyone who loves helping stray cats & kittens is invited to attend our workshop to make these handy kitten carriers for local cat rescue organizations!

Inspired by the Baby Björn, the kitten björn is used to socialize feral kittens. The young kittens are cradled in the pouch of a hands-free kitten björn vest that foster parents will wear, so that kittens can safely adapt to human contact while their foster parents go about their day. 

Even if you've never sewn before, you are more than welcome to  join us!

We can teach you sewing and/or find other important jobs to help with.

Tuesday August 20th, 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm

This is a low cost night of sewing to support two active New Jersey non-profit organizations  JerseyCats & CAP (Companion Animal Placement) The $10 registration fee goes straight to JerseyCats & CAP. The carriers will also be given to both of these organizations.

All the supplies and instruction will be provided free of charge by M Avery Designs Sewing Studio and volunteers. We'll have some light refreshments.

Please join us! It's sure to be a fun night of sewing and supporting this very worthwhile cause!

Please sign up by clicking the link below so we can keep an accurate count of who will be coming! Please sign up all who will be attending.

There are only 20 spots due to the size of our studio, so sign up quick! 

Kids are welcome if accompanied by a sewing adult. One child per sewing adult. You only need to register yourself.