Sewing, Quilting, Drafting, Designing & Fiber Art Classes
Tacoma, WA 98402
Sewing Classes & Workshops * Pattern Drafting and Design
Pattern Alterations * Quilting Instruction & Workshops
New York Fabric & Fashion Trips
The Sewing & Design School offers cutting edge classes with expert instruction on today’s latest techniques in garment and home decor sewing, pattern alterations and drafting design, quilting and fiber arts. From beginners to hobbyists and professionals, we have classes that will appeal to all skill levels. We’ll give you helpful tips on adjusting patterns to fit before you sew, eliminating the frustration of wasted time and effort. Our highly qualified instructors, well respected in the sewing and fashion industry, will teach you the most recent methods and trends available to help you achieve your sewing and designing goals.
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RYLISS BOD'S SKIRT FITTING ARTICLE IN SEW NEWS!
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Former student featured on HGTV 's Home, Strange Home
Apryl Miller, my friend and former sewing student, flew to New York carrying her old Singer sewing machine to study fashion. She graduated from F.I.T. and has continued to develop as an artist.
The art work of Apryl Miller was featured on HGTV Oct. 31, 2013 with host Chuck Nice. "Home, Strange Home" as stated by Hyperallergic, view "one of the most immersive, intricate, vibrant and habitable art installations in the city." hyperallergic.com/56367/living-in-your-art-apryl-miller-on-transforming-her-home-into-a-diy-installation/
She is a visual artist who tells her story through the poetry of bold patterns and vibrant color, freely and intimately taking the form of sculptural objects, fiber, furniture, collage, installations, prose and poetry. Her writing is intimately intertwined with her visual work and it speaks of our universal state of imperfection and how it binds us together.
She has been profiled on MTV, Salon.com and Milk Made of Milk Studios. Her work has been featured on HGTV and in international publications, including The London Sunday Times.rtwined with her visual work and it speaks of our universal state of imperfection and how it binds us together.
She has been profiled on MTV, Salon.com and Milk Made of Milk Studios. Her work has been featured on HGTV and in international publications, including The London Sunday Times.
It is important to remember in the process of designing and constructing a project, if you make a mistake, you have opened the door to more creativity. Apryl remembers Ryliss helping her out of difficult sewing situations with a positive attitude to open her eye to the new design. As Tim Gunn says on Project Runway "Make it work."
Kenneth's Interview with Threads Magazine plus advice for those just starting to explore sewing and/or design
Kenneth: My career right now is a mixture of teaching at FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology) and elsewhere, writing, and making couture. I still get thrilled when I reflect on the fact that I get paid to talk about, write about, and practice sewing, which I'd done for free for so many years. Having had the time over my 23 years of self-employment to explore different kinds of sewing has been a tremendous luxury, and one that I'm thankful for.
Threads: Did you always anticipate working in the "sewing" arena or did your life evolve in that direction at a later time?
Kenneth: When I started my business in the mid-80's, I hadn't planned on teaching and writing, but early on I was asked to teach at The Sewing Workshop when Marcy Tilton still owned it. (Sandra Betzina and Barbara Kelly did some arm-twisting to convince Marcy to contact me.) It was a lark on my part, but people seemed to like what I taught, and everything in the sewing world that I've done since grew from there.
Threads: Do you have any advice for people just starting to explore sewing and/or design?
Kenneth: With my teaching and writing, I've been fortunate to meet a lot of nice people. I'm often asked for advice for people who are just embarking on the journey called exploring sewing and design. If I were to say one thing and only one thing, it's this: perfectionism is a disease, and a form of fear!
When learning the craft of sewing (which I believe is absolutely necessary in order to know what's possible when designing), you should expect to destroy several acres of fabric before you get good. This is an acquired skill which can only be perfected by means of repetition - practicing over and over learning from mistakes, learning when you can save something, and when you need to cut your losses and start over.
If you are afraid to make a mistake, afraid to ruin some fabric, or afraid to waste some time, you won't ever get really good at this craft. It's the dues you pay for becoming proficient.
However, if you are willing to charge forward, cut into that fabric, try something different, and risk making a mistake, there will come one day when you realize that you're sewing without that knot of worry in the pit of your stomach, and the process effortlessly glides along.
Threads: I can't think of any advice that's better than this!
Great Spring Coat Pattern
Customize your Coat to Fit
Vogue Pattern 8884
Vogue Pattern 1329
Vogue Pattern 8943
Claire Shaeffer's Custom Couture Collection
Vogue Pattern 1365
Donna Karan Collection
Vouge Pattern 1363
New BurdaStyle 120
Top it off with a hat
Fabrics available in the Bookstore
New York Field Trip will include Mood Designer Fabrics
The New York City Field Trip is scheduled May 12-19. We will be visiting Mood, or should I say we will be shopping at Mood. In addition to Mood, we will be shopping at Metro Textiles, Paron, M & J Trimmings, visiting the Charles Fredrick Worth Exhibit at the Metropolian Museum, Apryl Miller's home and studio, Kenneth D. King's home and studio and the F.I.T Costume Gallery plus more exciting places.