Wednesday, October 29, 2008

GET SCHOOLED: winter classes at Sew Be It

All of the following courses are available at:

Sew Be It Studio
2156 Yonge Street
Toronto ON M4S 2A8


Introduction to Corset Making

A corset is not only beautiful on your body, but it is sexy, and holds enormous feminine power. Learn the art of corsetry, from fitting to sewing to working with corset boning. Make yourself a corset that could be wearable art. This is a fantastic class if you are interested in theatrical costuming!

All corset making supplies are included in course fee. You just need to bring your fabric.
Intermediate Sewing Skills Required

Class runs for 8 weeks

Date: March 17, Tuesdays
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Price: $315.00 + GST


Fashion Design 101

This is the first level in our four part design series. It is designed for adults who have a busy lives and want to dive into the fashion design world. In this first level we start with skirts. Students will have the opportunity to begin their design portfolio with a skirt collection. We will cover fashion illustration, various construction techniques such as pockets, waistband, and pleats that apply to making the perfect skirt and pattern drafting.

Beginner sewing skills are a must

10 weeks. 3 hours per class. $395.00
Date: January 23, Fridays.
Time: 6pm - 9pm

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Introduction to Fashion Design for Teens

Do you have a dream of becoming a fashion designer? Ever wonder what it takes to be one? This is the opportunity for you to get a taste of the world of fashion design.

This is an intensive Fashion design training course. You will get an overview of fashion sketching, sewing techniques, fabrics, design concepts, creating a portfolio, and most of all designing a wardrobe! You will be challenged to take your design conception to make it into a reality.

Date: January 24, Saturdays
Time: 11am - 1pm
This session runs for 8 sessions
Price: $240.00 + GST


Sock Knitting 101

Who doesn't like a bit of near-instant gratification? Whether you're a novice knitter or a seasoned veteran, this class is for you! Come learn to knit two socks at once on one circular needle! We'll walk you through designing and knitting your own pair of custom-fit socks from start to finish. No circular knitting experience necessary! Beware though: Sock knitting is addictive!

You'll learn:
The Magic Loop method--no double pointed needles to lose!
Toe-up sock construction--never run out of yarn again!
Proper fitting
Short rows

Skills required:
Participants should already be comfortable with the knit stitch, purl stitch and binding off.
Students will need to bring their own knitting needles. Information will be given upon registration.

Date: November 18 & 25, Tuesdays
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Price: $75 + GST. Price includes yarn


Hats: Circular Knitting

Need a quick holiday gift? Take the mystery out of circular knitting and make your own winter hat, just in time for the snow! We've selected a variety of patterns to suit everyone on your list. Beginners looking to expand their skills and seasoned knitters looking for a rust remover, this is the class for you! Skip the mall, relax with your knitting and go home with at least one holiday gift crossed off your list.

We'll learn:
A stretchy cast on, perfect for hats!
How to knit in the round on circular needles. No seams to sew!
Conquering your fear of double-pointed needles (dpns)
Using stitch markers, row counters and other tricks to take the guesswork out of knitting!
Decreasing evenly in the round
Reading a commercial pattern and chart
Changing colours in the middle of your work
Twisting and turning with basic cables and pattern stitches
Picking up stitches along an edge

Skills required: Confident knowledge of the basic knit and purl stitches

Materials required:
Worsted weight yarn
1 set 5mm (US 8) double pointed needles
1 40cm (16") 5mm (US 8) circular needle

Date: November 22 & 29, Saturdays
Time: 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Price: $65 + GST


Vintage REVAMP

Want to turn a vintage bed sheet into a sexy summer dress? How about updating a frightening 80s tweed skirt, turning it into a figure-flattering new favourite? Do you see potential in that torn Dior suit your friend was about to toss in the trash? Almost anything can be revamped, updated and personalized. And at this workshop we can show you how.

We got the skirt pictured here from Value Village and revamped it. As you can, see the cut was totally outdated, not to mention the waist was too small. After spending approximately three hours cutting and re-stitching, the result is marvelous. The skirt went from awful to awesome! Now it's your turn to revamp.

Date:March 28, Saturday
Time: 10am - 1pm
Price: $55.00 + GST


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