Getting compliments on your clothes is one thing, but getting compliments on clothes that you make yourself is completely rewarding. Living in New York and being surrounded by inspirational fashion made me want to dabble in making my own clothes. After a while of monitoring the deal sites (because, of course, I never do anything without a Groupon or Groupon-esque deal), I found a deal for an Introductory Sewing Class at The Sewing Studio New York.
The course was 2 hours a week and lasted for 8 weeks. They taught us how to make three projects: a drawstring bag, a zippered pouch, and a skirt. The instructors were great and extremely patient with us (by us, I mean me — don’t ask how many times I needed to be shown how to thread a bobbin). The class was a ton of fun; even the homework was exciting. We had to go perusing the garment district to find our own patterns and fabric before class. There were only 8 other girls in the class with me, and it was awesome to see them complete their projects as well.
The only set back was that the studio was not very flexible with make up classes. Each make up class was $35, and you have to schedule the make up within the same week that you are going to miss the class. This was especially difficult during the summer to schedule with vacations and weekend trips out of the city.
Sewing is a lot harder than I thought, but a lot more forgiving than I expected as well. I didn’t expect for so many steps to go into making what looked like a simple skirt. However, when I did mess up, correcting my mistakes was not particularly difficult. I fell in love with sewing so much that I signed up for sewing hours at the studio, and expect to make some more wonderful pieces on my own.
Review by Mili Shah
Introductory Sewing Classes run for two hours once a week for eight weeks, Monday through Friday, at various start times: check the registration schedule for details. No prior experience is necessary. Prices for one eight-week course are $390, not including fabric and supplies (to be supplied by the student).
The Sewing Studio is located at:
134 West 29th Street, Suite 804
New York, NY 10001