Learn to Sew

COST: $600

DETAILS: $300 deposit due at time of registration with remainder due on or before 9/1/17. Full refunds accepted through 8/10/17. Any wait listed students will be notified of availability after this date.


♥ Make 1, take all 3 Mix & Match pattern sets for a multitude of sewing options
     - 3 Fitted Bodices (darts, princess, and midriff seam)
     - 3 Sleeve options (set in, raglan, and kimono sleeve)
     - 3 Skirt choices (pencil, circle, and flared)

♥ Become inspired to create! Review my extensive research library

♥ Option to customize your vintage design and recieve guidance with fabrics

♥ Individual Fitting, Expert Instruction

♥ Catered Lunch & Refreshment Breaks Provided

♥ Additional Sewing Time with Evening Sit & Sew from 5-8pm

♥ Sewing Machines Provided (or bring your own!)

♥ Saturday Finale Lunch Celebration

♥ Surprise gift basket and group "vintage girl" photos

♥ Limited enrollment

♥ Additional Group Discounts on All Purchases at Fabric Depot

♥ Nearby Hotel & Transportation Options


Day 1

After introductions, we will begin our school with an overview video. Our main focus will be to measure for size, make all initial pattern changes for fit and complete our pattern check with tissue fitting. After lunch we will tour Fabric Depot and discuss notions and fabric types, weaves, and fiber content as it relates to sewing vintage styles. Our goal is to complete all the pattern work and get our shell fabric cut out. (That's RIGHT! NO muslin needed!) Need more time to be ready for the next day? For additional help, join me in the classroom each night between 5-8pm to work on your project outside of official class time.

Day 2

The morning will be spent pin fitting and finalizing our bodice and skirt shell in fabric and then begin sewing. After lunch we will take any time needed for additional pattern work to complete our custom vintage look. Become inspired from my samples, notebooks, and other resources. Our goal for day 2: complete the fitting process and finish sewing the shell. Use your sit and sew time to complete all but the finishing work. Need more time to be ready for the next day? Come to the classroom for a sit & sew session anytime between 5-8pm

Day 3

Finishing techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. These include, but are not limited to hems, zippers, and buttons/buttonholes. Our goal today is to complete our finishing steps so that you go home with a completed dress and many other pattern options that can be fit and assembled in exactly the same way. You will leave with many good friend, fond memories, a completed pattern that fits, and a knowledge of fit and dressmaking that you will carry with you and use throughout your life!



For questions, to pay by check or credit card by phone, call 541-929-9000.

Hotel/Motel/Inn Information

If you are flying into Portland International Airport (PDX), the following hotels are the closest to Fabric Depot with some of the highest ratings on Trip Advisor. With one exception, all locations offer
- free breakfast (except Nordic Suites)
- free parking
- wifi
- non-smoking rooms and air conditioning
- Some have pools and fitness centers
All have nearby restaurants for a variety of dinner options. Please see listings for distance in miles from our classroom at fabric depot. Click name to follow link to website.

Best Western Pony Soldier Inn | 5.0 miles
9901 Northeast Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97220-3323
Direct Phone (503) 256-1504

Hampton Inn Portland East | 4.7 miles
3039 NE 181st Ave, Portland, OR 97230,
Direct Phone: 503-669-7000

Nordic Inn & Suites | 4.0 miles
11942 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97219
Direct Phone: (503) 217-2857

*Comfort Inn | 3 miles
8225 NE Wasco St, Jct. 82nd & I-84, Portland, OR 97220,
Hotel Direct Phone: (503) 408-8000

**Ramada Inn | 1.5 miles
9707 Southeast Stark Street , Portland, OR 97216
Direct Phone: (503) 252-7400

This budget friendly motel offers free parking and wifi:

Motel 6, Mall 205 | 1.5
9225 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97216
Direct Phone: (503) 255-0808

Transportation Information

Uber & Lyft

An economical and reliable transportation option throughout Portland on your own schedule is through Uber or Lyft. With the App downloaded to your phone, you may arrange for transportation at your convenience when you need it. For those who choose to stay at the Ramada Inn (as designated by the ** above), an Uber XL will be arranged to come for daily morning pick up Thursday-Saturday at aproximately 8:30am to drive those waiting to Fabric Depot. Alternatively if you are staying at Motel 6, the Ramada Inn is an estimated 5 minute walk down the block and across the street to meet the shuttle.

MAX Light Rail

The MAX light rail system runs aproximately every 15 minutes and costs $2.50 per trip. If you would like to use the light rail system for transportation, Portland International Airport is along the RED LINE and will take you directly to the Comfort Inn (as designated by the * above). The BLUE LINE runs to and from the Comfort Inn to Fabric Depot. Both BLUE and RED lines will also take you to Downtown Portland and back.

Copy and paste the Stop ID's to quickly plan your trip:

Airport Airport: Portland Int'l Airport Station Stop ID: 10579
Comfort Inn: NE 82nd Ave MAX Station Stop ID: 8371
Fabric Depot: E 122nd Ave MAX Station Stop ID: 8368

Quickly Plan your Trip with Max HERE
See the Rail System Map HERE


Most hotels at this distance do not provide free shuttle service to and from the airport, but do ask when calling for a reservation. Oregon Super Shuttle can be reserved in advance. Call Oregon Super Shuttle at least 2 days in advance to reserve: Phone number: (503) 484-4646


The taxi's in this area are not highly rated, but are available and plentiful at the airport.

Now let's go shopping!