Do you want to learn to sew but don't know where to start? Do you know how to sew some but want to get better? Are you a Seattle Central Apparel Design and Development (SCCC AD&D) student and need help or want to skip a prerequisite? Do you have a specific project you want to try but feel overwhelmed? Do you know how to sew but want to use high quality industrial machines? I can help you!
A little about me: My name is Rex, I have 6 years experience in the apparel design industry, and an alumni of SCCC AD&D program. I work as a production seamstress/technical designer/social media director for an small local outwear company. I have a beautiful studio located centrally in Ballard/Lower Phinney.
The studio: My studio is in the attic of an early 20th century 3-story home. It is fully stocked with an industrial coverstitch, industrial overlock serger, industrial single needle lockstitch, as well as two vintage (single and double needle lockstitch), and two home sewing machines (lockstitch and serger). There is a pressing (ironing) table, patternmaking table, dressforms, and fabric for you to use, as well as general supplies like thread, rulers, rotary cutters, tape measures, pencils/pens, etc.
Services: I can help with you with most things you need regarding apparel design and development. I can help you start from scratch, or just supervise as you work through a garment on your own. I can help you learn how to use a sewing machine: vintage, home, or industrial. I can help you learn how to read and follow commercial patterns, or alter previously made garments. Additional services available (ex: more advanced topics like block/sloper building, corsets, or patternmaking, etc.): if what you're looking for isn't listed, please inquire.
Course A – Pillow and Pillowcase: Pattern and create a pillow and a case! Starting completely from scratch decide to make a couch pillow, decorative bed pillow, microwavable eye mask, or neck soother. Usually takes 2-3 hrs. Fabric and findings included or bring your own, rice/stuffing NOT included. Recommended for beginners (level 1) or higher.
Course B – Waist Apron: Pattern and create a short waist apron (bigger can be negotiated ;). Start completely from scratch deciding to make a tool apron, cooking apron, or utility apron. Usually takes 3-5 hrs. All materials provided, or bring your own! Recommended for beginners (level 2) or higher.
Course C - Alterations: Bring your sons worn out pants that could be shorts, that dress thats too big for you, or any other garment altering project, or I can provide one for you. Learn useful techniques like hemming, taking in/out, replacing a zipper, or adding trim! Learn to fix your own garments, or how to earn a few bucks on the side helping out your friends and family! Time varies. Some materials provided, or bring your own! Time varies, 1 hr minimum. Recommended for beginners to intermediate (level 3) or higher.
Course 1 – Commercial Patterns: Find/bring a commercial pattern to work through together, or I can find one for you. I recommend being realistic about your skill level, however I can help you do most patterns. The more difficult, the longer it will take. Create a costume for that theme party, or finally cosplay as your favorite character! Or just make a cute dress for brunch, or leggings unique to you! Time varies. Pattern and materials not provided, unless arranged, but I will guide you with what to buy/bring. Recommended for intermediates or higher.
Course 2 – Sewing Bootcamp: Sewing and patterning drills to help hone your skill, or prep you for production style work. Time/length up to you. Recommended for intermediate to advanced or higher. Materials provided.
Pricing: Courses are $20/hr, with a 2 hour minimum, and 5 hour maximum, per session, unless otherwise noted. Mobile sessions and low-income pricing available, please inquire. Cash, credit/debit card, paypal, and venmo accepted. Payment due at start of lesson. Please contact me to schedule. Nights and weekends available, daytime negotiable.
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