Brooklyn Stitchery offers sewing workshops taught by professionals who are experts in their fields. Other creative events are also hosted at Brooklyn Stitchery. If you have a creative event or workshop idea call Catherine or Gina at 718-833-1996.

Get your creative on in 2017!

WANT TO LEARN HOW TO DRAFT YOUR OWN PATTERNS?

See all of our Pattern Drafting Workshops listed below along with our new offering for Pattern Drafting Open Level.

WANT TO LEARN A NEW TECHNIQUE AND ENHANCE YOUR SEWING SKILLS + A GREAT NIGHT OUT?

Check out our Project Workshops taught by local designer, Amara Felice.

FEELING LIKE YOUR CREATIVITY NEEDS A BOOST?

See our new Concepts in Fabric Workshop taught by local designer, Julian Guthrie.

 

Pattern Drafting Workshops:

If you have ever wanted to learn how to draft your own patterns for sewing clothes to fit your body then these are the workshops you will want to take. You will start by taking one of the Foundation Workshops (see below) in which you will learn how to draft a block (sloper) that will fit your body like a second skin. You will then transform your block into a pattern that you will cut and sew in muslin to make fit corrections. Once you have a fitted sloper pattern, you can continue to the Pattern Drafting Open Level in which you will learn how to draft other styles from your sloper pattern. Our classes are small and limited to 4 students.

Materials needed for pattern drafting workshops (we sell them):

1 – 36″ metal ruler

1 – 18″ x 2″ C-Thru ruler

1 – 24″ metal french curve

1 1/2″ yards of unbleached cotton muslin

1 yd. of pattern paper

1 yd. of tracing paper

 

Basic Bodice Foundation:

In this workshop you will learn how to draft a custom-fit bodice block (sloper) using your own measurements then transform your bodice block into a pattern. After making your pattern, you will cut and sew a personal sample bodice in muslin fabric and then make appropriate fit corrections to your original sloper. Once you have completed this workshop, you can continue to learn how to make different bodice styles using your custom-fit sloper pattern in the Pattern Drafting Open Level classes.

COST:

$300 for an 9 hour workshop

SUMMER THURSDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS:

July 13th, 20th & 27th*

10:30 – 1:30

SUMMER WEDNESDAY EVENING WORKSHOPS:

August 2nd, 9th & 16th*

6:00 – 9:00

*You must take the workshops on all dates listed.

 

Basic Sleeve Foundation:

The basic sleeve is the foundation in which all other sleeves are based.  In order to achieve a well fitting sleeve, it needs to allow for flexibility and movement.  In this workshop you will utilize your new patternmaking knowledge and skills to draft the basic sleeve sloper and attain a comfortable fit.  The basic sleeve is a set-in sleeve drafted to fit the armhole of the bodice created in the Basic Bodice Foundation Workshop.  Once the draft is complete, you will make a pattern and construct the first “test” sleeve to be sewn to your bodice muslin (previously created in the Basic Bodice Foundation Workshop).  We will fit the sleeve according to your body and make necessary fit corrections. Once you have completed this workshop, you can learn how to make different bodice and sleeve styles using your custom-fit sloper pattern in the Pattern Drafting Open Level classes.

Please come to class with your completed bodice muslin as we will be sewing the test sleeve to it.

COST:

$200 for a 6 hour workshop

NO CLASS DATES AT THIS TIME

 

Basic Skirt Foundation:

In this workshop you will learn how to draft a custom-fit skirt block (sloper) using your own measurements then transform your skirt block into a pattern. After making your pattern, you will cut and sew a personal sample skirt in muslin fabric and then make appropriate fit corrections to your original sloper. Once you have completed this workshop, you can continue to learn how to make different skirt styles using your custom-fit sloper pattern in the Pattern Drafting Open Level classes.

COST:

$300 for a 9 hour workshop

SUMMER THURSDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS:

August 3rd, 10th & 17th*

10:30 – 1:30

SUMMER WEDNESDAY EVENING WORKSHOPS:

July 12th, 19th & 26th*

6:00 – 9:00

*You must take the workshops on all dates listed.

 

Basic Trouser Foundation:

The Trouser Foundation is the basis for all trousers, pants, jeans and shorts and jumpsuits (if you have already drafted the bodice – see Basic Bodice Foundation above).  In this workshop you will learn how to draft a custom-fit trouser block (sloper) using your own measurements then transform your trouser block into a pattern.  Once the trouser pattern is made, you will then cut and sew a personal sample pair of trousers and make appropriate fit corrections that you will transfer back to your original sloper. Once you have completed this workshop, you can learn how to make the different pant styles (as mentioned above) using your custom-fit sloper pattern in the Pattern Drafting Open Level classes.

COST:

$200 for a 6 hour workshop

NO CLASS DATES AT THIS TIME

 

 

NEW!!

Pattern Drafting Open Level:

These classes are for those of you who have been making your custom-fit foundation patterns for the skirt, bodice with sleeve or trouser. You can learn how to manipulate your sloper in class into a style that you would like to make. For example, you can learn how to take your basic skirt sloper and make an A-line skirt with a waistband. You must have a custom-fit sloper pattern to work from (see Foundation Workshops listed above).

Or you can learn how to make a pattern from a garment that you would like to copy (we call it a rub-off) in this workshop. It is not necessary to take a garment apart to copy it, so bring your favorite garment to learn the techniques of creating your rub-off!

Classes are limited to 4 students, so pre-registration is required. All materials needed for the class are provided by the student.

COST:

$100 per class | $360 for 4 classes | $680 for 8 classes | $960 for 12 classes

 

FRIDAY MORNING CLASS:

July 14th (4 spaces available)

July 28th (4 spaces available)

August 11th (4 spaces available)

August 25th (4 spaces available)

11:00 – 2:00

You can take the class on any available dates.

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS.

 

 

NEW! Concepts in Fabric: Weaving

Woven Handbag Project:

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Woven Handbag – Inside view

Explore the concept of weaving your fabrics and how you can implement that into your garment sewing. Julian will get you thinking of the different ways to change your weaving samples by using color, texture and scale. In the first session you will learn a few basic techniques of weaving fabrics and will make a sample of each technique. In the second session you will complete your woven handbag.

Basic supplies for making your initial samples will be included in the price of the class. Should you choose a specific fabric for your finished sample, you will need to supply that for the second class. This workshop is taught by local designer and teacher, Julian Guthrie.

COST:

$200 for a 6 hour workshop

NO CLASS DATES AT THIS TIME

New! Project Workshops:

We know that some of our students like to learn how to make a specific project in one class, so we will be offering Project Workshops over the next coming months. Here is the first in our series of different projects taught by local Bay Ridge designer, Amara Felice! You can check out her designs here on her etsy website.

Applique Pouches:

 

Silver Oilcloth Pouches

Silver Oilcloth Pouches

In this workshop you will learn the technique of applique by making 2 different sized zippered pouches. Both pouches are fully lined with matching ykk zippers and pull tabs. The medium sized leather pouch (5.5” x 7”) will have a cut out fabric applique and can double as a clutch for an evening out. The small oilcloth pouch (5” x 4”) will have a heart applique and can hold cash and cards or other small items. Taught by local Bay Ridge designer, Amara Felice.  All materials are included in the price of this 3 hour workshop.

NO CLASS DATES AT THIS TIME

COST: $100 for a 3 hour workshop

 

Toiletry / Travel Case:

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In this workshop you will make a beautiful denim toiletry/travel case that you will use for years to come! Sewing experience is a must for this class and you will learn some new techniques that you can use when making other small bags or cases.  The bag measures 8″ long X 4.75″ wide X 3.75″ tall. It has a 3/4″ strap, a matching nylon YKK zipper with pull tab and is lined in a waterproof fabric. Taught by local Bay Ridge designer, Amara Felice.  All materials are included in the price of this 3 hour workshop.

NO CLASS DATES AT THIS TIME

COST: $95 for 3 hour workshop

 

 

Starting a Clothing Line?

Learn the steps to bring your concept to life.

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In this workshop we will discuss the process of designing your garments, merchandising your collection and the steps involved in bringing that design into a tangible sample to show buyers. Learn what a techpack is and why you need one to create your garment. Find out what is expected when working with pattern & sample makers. Discover how to take that one sample and turn it into a full production by working with a grader & marker.

Our 3-hour, intimate workshop will allow you to discuss your specific endeavor regardless of what stage in the process of starting your line you are in and will bring you one step closer to obtaining your goal.

Pre-registration is required with payment in full to reserve your spot in this class.

This workshop is taught by, Dinna Soliman, a fashion veteran with 15 years of industry experience. She currently works at Spil Creative, a branding and design agency, and is an adjunct professor at The Fashion Institute of Technology. She is also the founder of  www.TheFashionProfessor.com, a leading fashion industry resource to learn Adobe Illustrator online.

NO CLASS DATES AT THIS TIME.

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS.

 

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator:

A Fashion Industry Must

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Taught by FIT professor, Dinna Soliman

Get an overview of how Adobe Illustrator can make your life easier and help you accomplish so many important tasks throughout your fashion career. Whether you want to land a design job or start your own company, this skill is essential to have on your resume. We will discuss how you can save time and money by using Illustrator to draw digital garment flats, develop techpacks to get your products made, design textile patterns and create linesheets & mood boards. We will begin with drawing a basic t-shirt.

Class requirements: Each student must bring their own laptop to class (MAC or PC) and have the Adobe Illustrator program pre-loaded onto your laptop. A 30 day free trial of the program is available.

Bringing a mouse if you have one to this class is suggested but not mandatory.

NO CLASS DATES AT THIS TIME

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS.

 

Art gallery at Brooklyn Stitchery

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In collaboration with the Stand Project Brooklyn Stitchery turned into an art gallery for the month of April 2014. The Stand Project is a curation project that invites local businesses to hosts artists in their space. It’s all about making art more accessible locally and exposing the community to themed shows by working artists. The theme of the Brooklyn Stitchery show was “A Thousand Tiny Threads”. Participating artists included: Heidi Lanino, Peter Wadsworth and Jeannine Bardo and many more.