Sharpen your pencils! Now that almost school is back in session, you might be thinking about heading back to class yourself to expand your sewing skills.
Check out these sewing schools, located around the country.
Stitch Lab in Austin
Stitch Lab is tucked away on South First Street in Austin, and it’s one of my favorite places in town. Stitch Lab offers a variety of sewing, knitting, crochet and needlework classes, including garment construction and quilting.
There’s also a retail store, which stocks gorgeous fabric, yummy wool felt and a variety of notions.
Stitch Lab is so awesome that another sewist in a recent class I took admitted she made the trip up from Houston just to attend.
Fabric Bliss in Denver
Located in the Santa Fe Arts District, Fabric Bliss combines a fabric store, yarn shop, sewing studio and knit lounge. Classes are offered daily, and there are introductory, beginner, intermediate and advanced classes to choose from.
The classes range from technique mastery to garment construction and working with tricky fabrics like oilcloth.
Fabric Bliss also lets you hang out in their studio for a reasonable hourly rate if you need space to spread out and make a mess.
CityCraft in Dallas
CityCraft is a modern fabric boutique and sewing school. They stock a gorgeous array of knit and woven fabric, including designs from Liberty of London, Naomi Ito and Lotta Jansdotter. The featured class this month is the Amy Butler Gum Drop Pillow course.
Modern Domestic in Portland, Oregon
They offer an open sew in their studio, complete with sewing machines and tool kits available for check out. I’m envious of the range of classes offered, including beginner quilting and beginner serging classes, in addition to fabulous garment and accessories classes, where you can learn to make a classic shirt dress or a leather clutch.
Making It Sewing Workshops in Philadelphia
Making It in Philadelphia has a motto: “never sew alone.” Classes range from sewing with patterns to DIY alterations and repairs. They also offer classes in quilting, knitting and crochet. The shop stocks fabric, patterns, notions and sewing machines.
Even if you don’t live near any of these sewing schools, luckily you can still head back to class with Craftsy's fabulous online sewing courses.
Maybe it’s time to pick up a new skill with Beginner Serging with Amy Alan, where you’ll make three great projects while familiarizing yourself with your new serger. Or you could master fit with Sew the Perfect Fit with Lynda Maynard. You’ll learn how to determine fit issues and adjust a muslin on your body. You could also try something completely new with Making Leather Bags with Don Morin, where you’ll get to customize a leather tote bag to your needs.