Tips and Tutorials: Summer Sewing Workshops

Summer is almost here! Have you made your plans? Perhaps it is time to add some sewing skills to your tool box. Summer registration is open. Here is where you can find me teaching! 

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BEACH COVER-UP: THURSDAYS JUNE 8-JULY 6 // 6:30PM-9:00PM // JCC MANHATTAN

Simplify your summer wardrobe with an easy-to-make, easy-to-wear caftan-style dress. In this workshop you will learn gathering techniques, facings, and delicate hemming. Great for the experienced beginner who wants to practice sewing and learn dressmaking techniques. Make this in a cotton voile and it's a great beach cover-up or in linen for a summer dress. Sizes 0-28 available. A pattern for you to keep is included. Supply list for fabric and notions will be emailed in advance. 

BEACH BAG: TUESDAYS JULY 11- AUGUST 8 // 6:45PM-9:15PM // JCC MANHATTAN

Perfect for bringing along the essentials to the beach or a weekend getaway. In this workshop you will make your own tote with interior and back pockets, a zipper top, and shoulder length straps. Perfect for intermediate sewers or adventurist beginners. Experience with zippers is helpful. A pattern for you to keep is included.

ADULT OPEN LEVEL: TUESDAYS + FRIDAYS ONGOING // 10:30AM-1:30PM // BROOKLYN STITCHERY

From beginners to advanced you chose your project- I assist and teach you new techniques! Open level is a great way to incorporate learning with projects based on your own interests, your own sewing level, and your own pace. Runs year round, you choose which classes to attend! 

I hope to see you at a sewing machine this summer! I am also available for private sewing lessons as well as knitting and crochet! Contact me or leave a message in the comments if interested in learning more! 

xo,
Karen

Photo credit: Karen LaPorte

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Shop News: Deauville Tote and Céret Purse

New handmade items have been listed in the shop! I've been busy revamping the handmade selection to include retro inspired handbags and purses to complement your vintage wardrobes! The result, two new handbag styles in two colors that are perfect for your spring/ summer/ resort style! 

Deauville Tote

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Named after the resort town where Coco Chanel once frolicked this is the Deauville Tote! Hand crocheted and completely lined in a striped linen reminiscent of the beach cabanas. The handle is striped linen as well. Available in Natural and Dandelion

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Céret Purse

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A few years ago I made myself a fat bottom bag with cherries on it. I don't know why it took me so long to make them for the shop. Thankfully, I finally did! Crocheted in a sturdy but soft wool and holds a lot more than it seems! This purse is complete with bamboo handles and TWO crochet pins; cherries or a bow! You get to choose how you want to wear it! The Céret Purse is named after a charming town in France known for its cherries! Available in Dandelion and Natural. 

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I had a lot of fun choosing fabric for the linings! The Natural Céret Purse is lined in a green floral Liberty cotton print. The Dandelion is lined in a vintage calico cherry print. I can't decide which I like best!

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Which one is your favorite? 

xo,

Karen

Photos: copyright: Bobbins and Bombshells.