The School of Making is founded on the ideas of cultural preservation of education and the living arts. We host a variety of workshops that teach sewing and maker skills and supply chain transparency. The workshops act as a platform for the open exchange of ideas and inspiration.
Be a part of the growing movement and join us at The Factory for a unique learning experience with our team.
Contact Bonnie at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or with questions, or call: 256-760-1090 Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm CST.
This 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 Book, Alabama Studio Style, Alabama Studio Sewing + Design, or Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. 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, and a studio tour.
Classic Studio Week
June 6th – 10th
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 and Drawstring Pant pattern, making alterations to existing The School of Making patterns, and reviewing how to create and adjust commercial garment patterns for cotton jersey. The Physics of Sewing and The School of Making Construction lessons help participants understand best practices when working with cotton jersey, and with hand-embroidery techniques from The School of Making.