Age 11-17 (Grades 5-12) - new to sewing or with foundation skills

Students at the apprentice level are able to follow more complex instructions and manipulate materials with increasing accuracy. At this stage we introduce knit fabrics, more complex garments, and specialty machines.

Each 7 week course covers a specific garment, accessory, or concentration in detail. Much like an apprenticeship in a design studio, we take students step by step through one project at a time introducing new techniques and building upon them in subsequent projects.

Students who are new to sewing or have little experience with garments take Intro To Fashion Sewing. This course walks beginners through sewing machine and serger basics, working with patterns, and following instructions in three fun projects.

After ITFS students are encouraged to take other apprentice level courses in any of the garments or accessories they like. Each course introduces new concepts and skills, on-trend seasonal garments, and fun ideas on how to alter and embellish.

Skills Acquired

  • use and mastery of the sewing machine, serger, and associated tools (iron, cutting tools, hand sewing, etc)

  • keeping even seam allowances, sewing accuracy, garment sewing techniques

  • working with patterns, following pattern instructions, attention to detail

  • fitting and measuring

  • materials properties, use and behavior

  • Intro to fashion illustration

  • Intro to styling, merchandising, and other aspects of the garment industry

  • creative risk-taking as skills progress

**All supplies and materials are included in the price of the class. Students receive a credit to choose their fabrics from the shop at the beginning of the course.


Artisan Advanced

The artisan level of our studio sewing program offers advanced students flexible, unstructured yet supported time to work on sewing projects of their choice in Fashion Club.

Much like a co-working space, Fashion Club members gain shared access to all of the tools and equipment at the studio, with the addition of an instructor on hand for guidance. The schedule is flexible and the cost is significantly reduced. The instruction is much less intensive and materials are supplied by the student or purchased separately from the studio.

If you have the skills to complete a project from sketch to finished garment on your own at home but value the support and camaraderie offered in the studio setting, then you’re in the right place. We created Fashion Club to support and challenge advanced students who are eager to push the boundaries of their creativity!

Are you ready for fashion club?

Intermediate / Advanced students in 5th grade and above who:

  • have completed at least 2-3 Apprentice level courses (or equivalent)

  • exhibit a high level of proficiency operating the sewing and serger machines, using patterns, and following printed and digital instructions.

How it works

$125 monthly studio access fee entitles you to 4 hours per week of studio time plus exclusive member benefits including:

  • A reserved sewing station during the Fashion Club session of your choice for up to 2 hours per week

  • Drop-in to other Fashion Club sessions up to an additional 2 hours per week

  • Premium fabric, and materials are available for purchase in studio at a 10% member discount

  • Fashion Kit patterns may be purchased a la carte for $15 each or in a four pattern bundle for $45.

  • Each member receives a sturdy Fashion Kit box to keep their work in and a Fashion Kit seasonal lookbook with on-trend fabric samples and croqui’s for sketching

  • First access to Seamsters Local youth program special events

*Fabric and materials are NOT included in the monthly rate

For a current Fashion Club schedule click here.


Master Portfolio

Coming Fall 2019!