Sewing Basics: Hems, Copies & Creative Clothing Recycling with Alexis Schaffer

Upon looking up fun events in Philly that I wanted to try, I stumbled across Sewing Basics: Hems, Copies, and Creative Clothing with Alexis Schaffer. I have always wanted to learn how to properly sew and be able to alter, fix, or add new things/details to my clothes, so seeing this seemed like a great opportunity to finally achieve my goal.

This class was held on Tuesday, July 31st from 6:30-9:30pm at the Queen Village Art Center @ 514 Bainbridge Street in Philly. As I learned, you learned how to sew, as well as how to recreate/redesign your own fashions. Another huge bonus of this class is that it taught you how to do alterations and hemming, bring in waistlines, and other sewing basics for those like me who have always wanted to learn but never got the chance. They ask if you have a sewing machine to bring it in, however they provided them for those who don’t own one so that you are able to get familiar with one (that includes me who has no one idea how to work one although I’ve always wanted one!). This class also provided other materials, but you had to go out and purchase and bring in some of your own.

Something I really liked about what this class offers is that in the second hour you bring in a favorite piece of clothing and learn how to reproduce and recycle it from start to finish. You also do your own knock-off project, which is entirely unique and individual; you make it your own and have control over the design, style, pattern, etc. For anyone who is interested in how clothes are made or is passionate about fashion and clothing in general, this part is right up your alley! This event sounds like it will be a great, educational class where you can learn a lot but still have fun without it being too difficult.

It is a creative and inventive arts and crafts class, and perfect for those fashion lovers out there like me or for those who dream of being a designer but aren’t sure where to start; it was a great first step if you have trouble sewing, with alterations, etc or simply just want to feel inspired. It’s also a good way to learn how to be economical and eco friendly, and meet other people who are interested in the same things you are. If you have any interest in sewing or clothes/fashion, check this class out! It’s very easy to go and get involved and proved to be a very exciting and unforgettable class. For those who couldn’t make it but still want to learn, check out this short video!

Written by: Nicolette P.

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