Teacher Spotlight: Marla Kazell

local dressmaker and instructor, Marla Kazell.

local dressmaker and instructor, Marla Kazell.

We are so excited about our continued collaboration with renowned local dressmaker and sewing instructor, Marla Kazell. Marla has more than 50 years experience sewing, she learned at a young age from her mother and in Home Ec in school. Marla teaches a handful of skills clinics with us, and her classes are always popular.

Marla believes, “When it comes to sewing, doing is best. That's why I love teaching individuals and small groups. It is very rewarding to work with a student and help them solve problems and develop their skills. And I love being able to give everyone in a class individual attention and help as well. In small hands-on classes, students get to focus on the techniques and details. I see real improvement in both their sewing and self-confidence.” We agree! We love the small class sizes in our classroom, and we love to see our students getting individual instruction from our teachers.

This summer Marla is teaching two sessions of her Zipper Clinic, one on June 29th and one on July 14th. In this class students learn how to install 3 different types of zippers: a lapped zipper, a fly front pants zipper and an invisible zipper. Marla guides the class with hands-on tips, tricks and techniques.

In the Handstitching Primer Clinic, students will learn the basics of sewing by hand, and which stitch to use for basting, marking construction lines, hemming, making invisible stitches, and sewing on a button.

In Simply Perfect Seams and Edges, Marla will teach students which techniques to incorporate to ensure perfect seams and edges. Just say no! to puckered, crooked seams!

It really is all in the details, and in It’s All in the Details Marla will teach students alternate finishing techniques, helping boost their confidence and add creative design touches to their garments.

Marla believes that, “having a wide repertoire of skills - knowing more than one way to do anything - construct a welt pocket, insert a lining or make a buttonhole – is invaluable. You will have the ability to make the best choices for each fabric you choose; for each garment you make.” So, join her for one of her upcoming classes, expand your skill base, and become a more confident and accomplished sewist!