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Construction with Pat Moyes at Apparel Arts (Sewing Class Review)
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Posted on: 11/23/05 3:30 PM
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Learn approximately 48 sewing techniques such as buttonholes, zippers, button fly, bias tape, mitered corners, topstitching, flat-felled, French seams, slot seams and many more. Students sew a sample of each and come away with a complete construction sample binder with notes and sewn examples. This class is for beginning as well as advanced sewers. Students attend 3 hour classes once a week for 8 weeks.

Athough this class is part of the curriculum for students of fashion design at Apparel Arts, it is also open to hobbyists (I was the only non-design-student in the class). The class was limited to about ten students, who had varying levels of sewing experience. Each class is devoted to approximately 6 techniques, which we observed, discussed, then practiced in muslin. Each muslin sample is accompanied by a sheet of instructions -- together with your notes, this becomes your own ‘manual’ when you perform these techniques in the future.

The instructor, Pat Moyes, taught at The Sewing Workshop for years and is the author of a wonderful sewing book, Sewing basics : creating a stylish wardrobe with step-by-step techniques. She is a patient, kind, and enthusiastic instructor and takes great pains to keep anyone from feeling intimidated or klutzy. She is also extremely knowledgeable and could answer virtually any question (be it about technique, fabric, needles, or notions) with a thorough explanation.

Here is an example of the materials I brought home from the last class, which was on Button Fly and Hem Finishes.

The class is described as being appropriate for beginners as well as experienced sewers, and I agree. If you miss a class, you are permitted to make it up in the next semester. The cost is $395 and payment can be split in two. I enjoyed this class tremendously and intend to take more classes (‘Sewing with Difficult Fabrics’ with Lynda Maynard and ‘Sewing with Knits’ from Fred Bloebaum) here next year. Classes fill up fast so if you are interested, contact them as early as you can
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nibs'n'needles said...
Thanks for writing this review and uploading the pic! I'm on the list for some of their 2006 classes, and glad to hear they're worthwhile. Maybe we'll meet in a class there soon. :-)
11/24/05 2:45 AM
Stitchology said...
That school looks great. Just another reason I wish I lived in SF.
11/26/05 7:55 AM
ncegbu said...
Pat Moyes is an excellent instructor and talented sew-er! I took several classes with her at the Sewing Workshop when I lived in SF ages ago. Boy I sure miss SF!
11/30/05 7:14 PM
dalepaints said...
I am interested in giving sewing lessons to my daughter as an Xmas gift ( A bit on the LATE side) but none the l;ess...she lives in Sf and I live on the east cost so would appreciate more info reccommending teachers in the SF area ASAP!
12/22/11 11:35 AM

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