‘Tis the season (to sew)

May your stockings be full!

May your stockings be full!

Tomorrow is Halloween. You know what that means. Costumes. Candy. Shenanigans. And the official start of the holiday season.

I know, I know. Most of us aren’t ready to start thinking about the holidays yet. Christmas seems like it’s months away. But if you plan to sew gifts or holiday decor, now is the time to start. My goal this year is to make matching Christmas stockings for my family, and if I have time, possibly a tree skirt. We’ll see!

Speaking of sewing, I won’t be teaching sewing classes again until the new year. I needed more time in my schedule to handle the details for GLAM Craft Show, the annual holiday craft show that I organize. Be sure to join us on Sunday, December 8 from 11am to 4pm. We’ll have 70 vendors selling awesome, handcrafted gifts, and there will be food, drinks, and even beer and wine for sale. Drinking and shopping? You can’t do that at the mall!

But back to sewing. If you have the itch to take more sewing classes, be sure to check out the upcoming classes my friend Shona is teaching at A-1 Sewing.

Learn to Hem Your Pants
1 Session: Friday, Nov. 1 — 6-9pm ($35)
Tired of paying to have all of your pants altered? Come to this class and learn how to do it yourself! You will learn how to hem a pair of trousers using a blind hem stitch. This can be done by machine or by hand. Bring a pair of pants that need to be shortened and some matching thread (you can purchase that here before class if you’d like). If you have a sewing machine with a blind hem stitch, bring it. You will also need the blind hem foot that goes with it. If you don’t have a machine, no worries! Bring a hand sewing needle or pick up a pack here.

Beginner Garment Sewing: Sorbetto Top
3 Sessions: November 6th, 13th, and 20th — 1 – 4pm ($55)
If you’ve ever wanted to make your own clothes, here’s your chance! In this class you will learn all the basics of sewing clothing and working with patterns.

This swingy, sleeveless top is a wardrobe staple that is easy to fit and easy to make. It’s the perfect first project for anyone wanting to learn how to sew clothing! In three sessions you will learn the basics of garment sewing. We’ll start with some basic fitting techniques, learn about sewing pattern sizing, fabrics types, and cutting from a commercial pattern layout. You will learn how to sew darts, pleats, and apply bias binding to necklines and armholes. Pattern will be provided with class fee. You will need to bring your sewing machine to the last two sessions and purchase materials.

Call A-1 Sewing at 352-371-9464 to sign up for either class.


So what about you? Do you have any special sewing projects on your to-do list for the holidays?

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