Catskills Sewing Retreat in Saugerties NY


Megan Avery, the founder of M Avery Designs Sewing Studio invites you to join her for a Sewing Retreat in the Catskills!

Mark your Calendars – Thursday January 26, 2017 – Sunday January 29, 2017

Join us this winter for a long weekend of sewing, relaxing, & making some new friends who love sewing 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! The sewing retreat will take place in the wonderful natural setting Saugerties, NY, located in the gorgeous Catskill Mountains just 2.5 hours from NYC/Hoboken.

Where we’re staying:

The sewing retreat will be taking place at a big, beautiful country house set on 7 acres of land in the town of Saugerties NY. The town of Saugerties is in a wonderfully relaxed setting and is located in the Catskill Mountains, only 2.5 hours from NYC/Hoboken. The house we’ll be staying at is 20 minutes from the train station so you are able to take a train from Penn Station. We’d be more than happy to pick up and drop off anyone at the train station. The house has 5 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms. The house has a large open space for sewing on the first floor. The house also has a hot tub that guests are welcome to use anytime throughout the weekend. Retreat guests are welcome to hike/ski/explore/enjoy the 7 acres of nature that surrounds the house. 

We’d like to keep the group intimate so the retreat will be open to a maximum of 10 guests. If you are coming with a friend and want to share a room with your friend,  just let us know when you sign up. Otherwise we’ll assign you a room mate. Anyone who wishes to have a private room will  have to purchase multiple spots.

What’s included:

  • Three nights stay in our beautiful accommodations in Saugerties, NY.
  • 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.
  • Megan’s personalized sewing assistance & fit expertise with any sewing project you’re working on over the weekend.
  • Breakfast on Friday, Saturday & Sunday including a selection of smoothies, quiche, yogurt, granola, fruit, pastries, toast, bagels & more.
  • Lunch on Friday & Saturday including homemade soup, sandwiches, salads & more.
  • Additional refreshments to keep us fortified while sewing.
  • A wonderful time time making beautiful things & meeting new people in a gorgeous country setting.

You are more than welcome to bring additional snacks and beverages of your choice.

We’ll head into town on Friday & Saturday night for a group dinners. Each participant is expected to pay for the cost of their own dinner & drinks for both days.

The main area of the house is big and open and gives us plenty of room for sewing machine tables, design & cutting space. BYO sewing machine & sewing tools. Sewing machines (and all related tools) can be rented from M Avery Designs for the weekend for $50.

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Tentative Weekend Schedule

Thursday January 26th

Arrive anytime between 5 & 8pm
8-12pm Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting

Friday January 27th

Breakfast Available 8-10am
Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting 9am-12pm
Lunch Available 12-2pm
Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting 1-6pm
Dinner 6:30pm
Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting 8pm-Midnight

Saturday January 28th

Breakfast Available 8-10am
Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting 9am-12pm
Lunch Available 12-2pm
Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting 1-6pm
Dinner 6:30pm
Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting 8pm-Midnight

Sunday January 29th

Breakfast Available 8-10am
Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting 9am-12pm
Check out is at 12pm

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.

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 what you would like to sew

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Here is what past M Avery Designs Sewing Retreat participants had to say:

“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.”

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Cost of retreat $650 per person

Deposit of $325 due upon sign up – Balance of $325 due by January 1st, 2017

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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?

Sewing Machine Basics

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"The instructor was very informative and she made us individually feel special."

Jacqueline M.

"It was perfect for me as a someone who never used a sewing machine!"

Dorit C.

"Great instructor! She was very knowledgeable and helpful! I like how the class was small, less than 10 people so she was able to help us one-on-one. Definitely recommend taking this class if you want to learn to sew!"

Cristin B.

"Great class!!!  I am sooo happy to have started my journey through sewing with M Avery Designs Sewing Studio. Megan was an excellent instructor. I definitely recommend."

Marilyn B.

"Megan is a super friendly instructor who explains things very clearly and in detail. She is extremely personably and welcoming. The class was informative and covered everything oh need to know about the basics of a sewing machine. We even made our own little pin cushion in the first day. It was a nice intimate group of 6 which ensured all our needs were met and questions answered. Awesome!!!"

Dani C.

"It was a surprisingly enjoyable experience. My daughter and I went on a Monday and learn a lot in a short period of time. Made some cute pin cushions in the end."

Felice A.

"I didn’t expect to learn so much in one sewing class. The instructor was wonderful. She was very thorough and patient with everyone’s questions. I look forward to taking more sewing classes."

Andrea B.