Since March of 2020, all of us have learned to gather and share life virtually. This opportunity to connect across the globe has been one of the few benefits of this challenging year. In October, and in response to these new systems, we adapted our workshop model and began teaching virtual sewing workshops from The School of Making. What we’ve learned is that these virtual gathering opportunities are here to stay. Today, we announce three new virtual workshops where guests can work with The School of Making team remotely to connect, learn new techniques, and develop hand-sewing skills.  

New opportunities include the  Journal and Swing Skirt Workshops which focus on the development of new skills, including the physics of sewing, embroidery, an overview of construction, and other techniques from The School of Making. Each of these workshops is suited for beginners and experienced sewers alike, and guests will receive the materials and the instruction for their own hand-sewn project. Find the 2021 schedule and details below: 



Journal Workshop 

Friday, January 29th, 2021 
Friday, March 26th, 2021 

Our Journal Workshop includes a discussion of the physics of sewing, reverse appliqué, and other techniques from The School of Making. Participants will receive a Moleskine notebook and the materials needed to make a cover to fit the journal. The January workshop will be taught by Sunne Mayer, a certified instructor for The School of Making. Sunne learned to knit and sew at an early age from her grandmother and her love of making never subsided. Sunne taught for 13 years at Fancy Tiger Crafts, has classes with Craftsy, created knitting and stitching groups, and has taught at local and national retreats. She knits, hand stitches, and is the Director of Yarn Development for Madelinetosh. 


Swing Skirt Workshop

Friday, February 26th, 2021 

Learn to make our classic and flattering Swing Skirt from your home. Taught by our friend Sunne Meyer, and ideal for sewers at any skill level, this two-hour class includes discussion on the physics of sewing and instruction on construction and embellishment. Included with the workshop is a Swing Skirt DIY Kit in your choice of our curated colorways.  

Once enrolled, guests will receive workshop information and the form to choose your DIY Kit via email from The School of Making team. As the date of the class approaches, guests will be sent a Zoom link to join us virtually. 


Three-Day Workshop | May 20 ­– 22, 2021 
Three-Day Workshop | September 9 – 11, 2021 
Three-Day Workshop | November 4 – 6, 2021 

The Three-Day Workshop opens our studio doors at The Factory in Florence, Alabama, and allows participants to work with 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 Alabama Stitch BookAlabama Studio StyleAlabama Studio Sewing + Design, or Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. We offer a range of options that can be tailored to any skill level. This workshop includes materials, tours, instruction, lunch on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, plus small bites, snacks, and cocktails along the way.  

Our June Classic Studio Week and Weeklong Patternmaking are currently full, but we are accepting names on a waitlist.  

Contact Bonnie at or call +1.256.760.1090 ext 113 to register or for questions regarding our workshops. 

P.S.: If you purchase your class from the links on our website, we will earn a small commission from the product purchased through that link. This commission supports our business and helps us stock our 100% organic fabrics, pay our employees a living wage, and allows our teams to continue to design and create the products that you love. What might seem like a small gesture can go a long way for our business, so thank you.

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