LEVEL 1  -  beginner basics

If you haven't sewn before or you did eons ago and want to start  up again, this class is for you. We’ll start by getting to know how sewing machines work and then get comfortable actually using them. All supplies and fabric are included to make your first project, a pretty-cool butcher's apron (male, female, child sizes). Only one piece of advice, DON’T WAIT TO REGISTER: Only four (4) stations are available in order to give you maximum attention.  By the end of the 10 hours of lessons, over a four week period, you will appreciate why digging deep into the basics is so very important when producing professional looking garments. This very informative class will make you fall in love with the art of sewing, while preparing you for bigger and better things to come in Level 2.


LEVEL 2  -  summer robe

The project selected for this class is a robe, lounging or bath type.  A natural progression from Level 1, but, if you are just rusty or need motivation to get back into sewing, this is the class for you.  The pattern is provided along with the fabric which you can select from the studio stash.  The focus on the most important part of every sewing project, the pattern itself, from deciphering the envelope and instructions to laying out and cutting the pattern.  Mastering this is the first step toward the completion of a well made garment. Four lessons over 4 weeks, 3 hours per week.  From here you will be ready to take on whatever challenges Level 3 has to offer. 

LEVEL 3 -  Confidence builder

Here is where some trickier steps come into play.  Pajamas, a casual shirt and pants, are the projects perfected in this class.

Pattern and fabric are again included in the registration fee.  More intricate details are dealt with like, casing waist bands, sleeve insertions, collars and button holes.  At this stage, you will be able to sew without doing samples first and are better able to follow visual instructions.  The sky is the limit upon completion of these 4 weeks as your confidence soars.  You'll love it!


LEVEL 4 -    You will make a stylish skirt from the pattern and fabric of your choice in this class, geared toward the experienced sewer.  Inserting lining, underlining, zippers and formed waist bands, are techniques you will use to complete your project.  You will also be introduced to alternative seam finishes, serged edges for example, and get a taste of the intricate art of fitting like a professional.  Again, only 4 participants, so, don't wait!

LEVEL 5  fitting - class in highest demand - and for good reason

You set out to sew the perfect outfit with gorgeous material, sew each step with precision then find it doesn't fit right.  With each adjustment you make, something else goes askew.  During this class, we concentrate on getting that outfit, and everything you make from here on in, to fit just right, using the Palmer/Pletsch tissue fitting method. You will be taught how to customize patterns so they are perfectly suited to your body type without making muslins or taking and recording miles of measurements.  If you are generally 'hard to fit', you won't be after this course.  You will take away a map of your personal body type to use time and time again. A Palmer/Pletsch perfect fit pattern for a sheath dress and fabric from the Studio stash is included. Only four sewers can participate in this class that is chock-full of instruction, action and fun, so don't miss out... CALL THE STUDIO NOW TO DISCUSS DATES AND TIMES AND GET YOUR NAME ON THE REGISTRATION WAIT LIST.

ATD  -  Attention to Detail - Couture Techniques

This class is the creme de la creme of finite sewing.  Try your hand at couture sewing and expand your skills with techniques you would like to perfect.  Everything from putting in collars, pockets, plackets and cuffs, to inserting a variety of zippers and using designer seam finishes are covered, plus more. This class is for experienced sewers, Level 3 or equivalent.  Dates for this class are set on demand and there is a waitlist for these lessons.  4 sewers per class can attend, so call the studio and put your name down right away.

Workshops   Ron Collins / Sandra Betzina, Alexandra Morgan, Patti Palmer / Helen Bartley

If you are a sewer, you know these names.  How would you like to learn from these experts, in person? Soon, you can!

Over the years, I traveled throughout Canada and the US participating in workshops on pattern drafting, advanced sewing, and fitting techniques taught by these well known professionals.  I know the value of learning from the best and was pretty sure there were others who would also like to, but, without having to travel at great expense. Thus, the Sewing Studio was born and is now promoting training workshops by such professionals, who will be presenting on a variety of sewing specialties, right here, in the Okanagan.  Pattern drafting, designer jeans, bras and lingerie, costumes, sewing with knits, etc.

So, if you would like to advance your sewing abilities by learning from the best, be of the first to receive information and dates on these workshops.  Email or call the studio at 250-545-8372. Attendance will be limited so don't be disappointed, get your name in now!