Moving into its fourth year, The School of Making has a robust schedule of workshops scheduled through the end of 2018. We’ve planned ahead, so you can too. Mark your calendars and join us.
Here’s an overview of what’s to come:
The Intro to Hand-Sewing Workshop is the perfect introduction to sewing and great for gift giving. The workshop includes discussion of the physics of sewing, reverse appliqué, and an overview of garment construction and other techniques from The School of Making. Work with The School of Making team to create a hand-sewn project from a selection of custom kits. After the workshop, join us in The Factory Café for lunch and stay for a free, guided tour of our design and production studios.
The Classic One-Day Workshop includes discussion of the physics of sewing, reverse appliqué, and an overview of garment construction and other techniques from The School of Making. This workshop is suited to beginners and experienced sewers alike. Work with The School of Making team to create a hand-sewn project from a selection of custom kits. Enjoy a locally sourced lunch from The Factory Café—a selection of gourmet sandwiches and salads, Southern-inspired sweets, and an assortment of teas and coffees.
Our popular Three-Day Workshop opens our studio doors at The Factory in Florence, Alabama, and allows participants to work with Natalie, our in-house team, a selection of our most loved DIY garment patterns, and our extensive DIY stencil library. Participants create a customized, hand-sewn garment or project of their choice from The School of Making Book Series. We offer a range of options that can be tailored to any skill level. The three-day schedule also includes a Swampette tour of the Shoals music scene, history of Alabama Chanin with Natalie, and a studio tour.
Studio Week Workshops
This week-long event invites participants into The School of Making’s expanded studio for a total immersion into our philosophies, methods, materials, and products. Participants will experiment with several different techniques in hand sewing and will be guided through each step in the process of creating a garment from The School of Making. Techniques include design basics and the physics of sewing, stencil design and creation, airbrush and stenciling of garments, fit and pattern alterations, discussion, and critique. This Monday through Friday event includes yoga sessions, time for sight-seeing, and some delicious, locally-sourced meals with optional time Saturday for any last-minute studio time, packing up, and checking out.
This workshop highlights Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns and focuses on taking measurements, creating a customized sloper using our T-shirt pattern, making alterations to existing The School of Making patterns, and reviewing how to create and grade garment patterns for cotton jersey. The Physics of Sewing and The School of Making Construction lessons help students understand best practices when working with cotton jersey and with The School of Making hand-embroidery techniques. Grading tools and tagboard are available for purchase. Pair this workshop with our weeklong Classic Studio Week for our most comprehensive experience
Don’t forget that Natalie will on the road in between our workshops at The Factory—be sure to check back on our Events calendar for added programming throughout the year. Prepare for London and beyond in 2018…