New Class List!

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If you're familiar with our classes, you will surely notice the absence of Lupine as a teacher on this list.  Lupine is being kept busy with organizing the opening of the new Modern Domestic down the street.  We are super excited getting all this put in place and ready to go and will keep you informed of the progress.  Lupine will be teaching at that location and we expect to see the first list of classes in a month or so.  In the meantime, you will still find Lupine's posts here, filling us in on her latest project, technique, ideas. 


If you're interested in taking a class or two, stop by, or give us a call to get yourself signed up.  If you're planning on using a gift certificate to pay for your class, we will need to receive the certifiicate (either by mail or in person) to secure your spot in the class.  The list goes out to folks on our e-mail list first, so some of these may have filled up.  Give a call and find out!  And, if you want to get yourself signed up on the e-mail list, go here.


Belle Skirt

Date/Time: Sundays 1/31, 2/7 4:30-6:30 pm

Instructor: Sally

It’s not too early to get started on a spring skirt. This popular skirt looks great made up in the heavier home dec fabrics or lightweight wool! With a bias cut yoke and narrow elastic at the waist, it has a flattering fit with the ease of an elastic waist. Choose up to three different fabrics for this fun skirt or give it a classic look by sewing it up in one solid color. We will talk about lengthening or shortening the skirt without losing the tiered shape, as well as fitting on the bias.

Skill level: Novice

Instruction Cost: $45


Chic and Simple Trench

Date/ Time: Tuesday 2/2 and Wednesday 2/10, 6:30-9:00 pm

Instructor: Autumn

Make a great coat that will keep you warm through these chilly days.  Using the pattern in the book Chic and Simple Sewing we will make a simple trench. Use some of Bolt’s wool, a patterned canvas, or upholstery weight fabric for your trench. We will also talk about different ways we can dress up this simple trench coat.  In this class, we will be veering away from the pattern in the book and adding a lining to your coat to make it chic and warm for the winter.  Check out the store sample--you're sure to fall in love!  The skills you will be enriching are cutting fabric using a pattern, follow along with a pattern, sewing a basic seam, lining an item, and topstitching.  This class is for the novice sewer.  You know how to sew a straight line and are ready to sew a garment for yourself.  For this class you will need a sewing machine, scissors, Chic and Simple Sewing Book, thread, and fabric for your trench.

Skill level: novice

Instruction cost: $57


Basic Handstitching/Embroidery

Date/Time: Wednesday, 2/3 6:30-9:00 pm

Instructor: Shelly

In this class you will learn the basics of hand stitching. You will learn the blind stitch, backstitch and the running stitch.  We will create an embroidered dishtowel, napkins or any other fun object you would love to embroider with your own personal drawing or pick up a Sublime Stitch packet for ready-made iron on patterns.  Here you will find a few samples of what we can create.

Skill Level:  Learn to Hand Stitch/ Beginner

Instruction Cost: $30


Little Sleep Well PJ’s

Date/Time: Thursdays, 2/11 and 2/18 6:30-8:30 pm

Instructor: Shelly

Adorable, cozy and stylish pajamas for your little one or “tween”.  The low-rise pants have an elastic waistband and an optional drawstring.  Pajama top sleeves can be hemmed with a deep hem, ¾ length or regular length.  Pick bottoms, tops or both.  In this class you will learn how to use elastic, hemming methods, buttonholes (optional), ties or snaps (optional). 

Skill Level: Novice

Instruction Cost: $45


Zippers I 

Date/Time: Sunday 2/14 4:30-6:30pm

Instructor: Sally

Are you ready to learn zipper applications? Come learn easy ways to sew zippers in your garments and craft projects. In this hands-on class, we will cover centered zippers as well as lapped zippers, making you ready to tackle any project that calls for a zipper, from a throw pillow to a prom dress.

Skill Level: Novice

Cost: $25 + $7 materials fee


Proper Pillow Covers
Date/ Time: Tuesday, 2/16 6:30-9:00 pm

Instructor: Melissa
Does the new year have you looking for a new look, too?  It's time to slipcover your throw pillows!  This one night class for beginners covers a basic piped edge cover for a 18" square decorative pillow.  We'll sew a completed cover together as well as go over different methods of customization and embellishment.  Your couch will never looks so good.  
Skill level: Novice

Instruction cost: $30

School House Tunic

Date/Time: Wednesdays 2/17 and 2/24 6:30-9:00 pm

Instructor: Autumn

You will love the School House Tunic by Sew Liberated.  This tunic is flattering and has a charming design.  This tunic is cute layered with jeans or leggings.  Use the shirt variation and turn your tunic into a top.  It will look great in a variety of fabrics.  Choose a fabric with nice drape, such as a cotton, lightweight corduroy, or linen.  Some skills you will be enhancing are how to do a gather, sew pleats, sew on sleeves, and make an elastic casing.  This is a class for the moderate sewer who wants to brush up on some of these skills.  You will need a sewing machine, the School House Tunic pattern, fabric, scissors, and thread for this class.

Skill level: Moderate

Instruction cost: $57



Uptown Coat

Date/Time:  2/21, 2/28, 3/7 4:30-6:30pm

Instructor: Sally

This fitted full-length coat or hip-length jacket has a double breasted design that looks great on everyone. It features a tall collar that can stand up in a mandarin style or fold over. There are pleats on the front and back to add a little flare under the flattering empire waist. Make this coat in corduroy, wool, or velveteen to stay cozy and chic this spring.

Skill level: Moderate

Instruction Cost: $67 Class meets three times


Pink Chalk’s Mail Sack

Date/Time: Tuesdays 2/23 and 3/2 6:30-8:30 pm

Instructor:  Shelly

This is the perfect bag for the woman/child that needs a hands-free bag.  This “Mail Sack” is a roomy cross-body bag with two interior pockets one zippered and the other divided—perfect for a cell phone and keys.  This pattern includes two sizes, adult and child.  You will learn how to insert a zipper, line a bag and create pockets. 

Skill Level: Novice (should know how to run your machine)

Instruction cost: $45  


Favorite Things Little Hooded Jacket

Date/Time: Thursdays 3/4, 3/11 and 3/18 6:30-8:30 pm

Instructor: Autumn

Learn to make The Little Hooded Jacket pattern from Favorite Things, for your little one.  This is a versatile pattern with lots of fabric possibilities.  You will learn to trace a pattern (so you can use it again and again), construct and line a hood, sew in piping, attach sleeves and put in a zipper. This is a novice level class for those who know how to use their sewing machine, but need a little help with sleeves and zippers.  You and your little one will love this little jacket.

Skill level: Novice

Instruction cost: $67


Rooibos Dress by Colette Patterns

Date/Time: Wednesdays 3/10 and 3/17 6:30-9:00 pm

Instructor: Shelly

This gorgeous Colette dress (brilliant local designer) has a vintage feel with a modern touch.  Take this dress out on the town with little gloves and fancy tights or pair with flats and cardigan for daywear.  The high inset waist and gored straight skirt creates a very slimming look.  The neckline and scalloped pockets add just the right amount of detail.  Pattern sizes range from 0 to 18.  In this class you will learn how to insert an invisible side zipper and piece together fabrics to create a gored skirt.  You can also learn the optional piping for the neckline and pockets.

Skill Level: Moderate

Instruction cost: $57


Zippers II

Date/Time: Sunday 3/14 4:30pm-6:30pm

Instructor: Sally

Are you curious about INVISIBLE zippers? Do you wonder when to use one, and how to make it look right? Come learn in this hands-on class! We will help install the proper presser foot on your machine and sew an invisible zipper in class.

Skill level: Novice

Cost: $25


Learn to Sew: Farmers Market Tote Bag

Date/Time: Sundays, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 4:30-6:30pm

Instructor: Sally

The same great Farmers Market Tote that we’ve offered before. This class is designed for the absolute beginner, even one who has never opened the box on that machine! Learn all the basics about fabric and pattern layout and basic sewing while making a medium size tote bag (approx. 14” wide x 16” tall x 4” deep). Use your unique bag for a trip to the Farmer’s Market, as a diaper bag or as a great craft tote.

Skill level: Absolute beginner

Cost: $67 Class meets three times


Skill levels are listed after each class description. We currently offer mostly beginning classes, because that is what we’ve been hearing from our customers. Please feel free to let us know of class ideas you would be interested in — tell us when you visit, or send an email to  If you’re unsure of which skill level you are, here’s where we’re coming from, and if you still are unsure, talk to us.

Learn to Sew / Beginner: you’ve learned to thread your machine and make the needle move. You know how to wind and change a bobbin, sort of.  If you haven’t yet taken your machine out of the box, ask us if this is an appropriate level for you.

Novice: You’ve sewn a little, mostly straight seams, read through a pattern, maybe could use some help with that, or just some more practice with keeping your stitches straight. You’ve finished your pillows and want to tackle a skirt — with elastic.

Moderate: You’re comfortable reading a pattern, have made a number of projects. Want to learn how to keep your zippers neat, make even darts, and successful alterations. You’re venturing into more complicated patterns (e.g., fitted and lined blazers, trousers, no elastic here).

Advanced: You use a pattern just as the starting point, and jump off from there. You want to learn to make patterns, be more precise with your alterations, do more detail work. You tackle challenging patterns with joy.