Want to take a class? Sign up for our Handmade Holidays classes on November 11.
Here are all the classes we’re slated to offer this year:
- Basic Machine Sewing – Bag Projects
- Corsetry and Pattern Drafting
- Sewing Machine Care & Feeding
- Sewing Patterns 101
Sewing for Geeks is also the name of a series of classes.
Aimee started teaching classes at GenCon on the topic of corsetry, sewing, and sewing machines and teamed up with Alice The Fabric Ninja in 2014 to be able to accommodate more students and different skill levels. Aimee now teaches locally by request, and occasionally offers the classes at SCA events, too. Topics include:
- Care and feeding of your sewing machine
- Basic hand-sewing
- Intermediate Sewing (choosing fabrics, using commercial patterns)
- Advanced Sewing (pattern drafting, corsetry)
Aimee Rose Formo has been sewing since she barely had any hand-eye coordination. She learned to sew from the same grandmother whose recipes involved measurements like, “about a handful or two” and “just keep pouring it in until it looks right,” and while she’s successfully taught many beginner sewing courses formally and informally, she’s never taken formal stitchery classes herself. When she stitches, she usually foregoes anything that adds time to the process, including pinning–and she eyeballs most seam allowances (ironing, however, is never optional). Aimee’s specialty/happy place is making small stuff, for dolls, babies, and children. She prefers to buy commercial patterns, work with period patterns, or drape directly onto a dress form rather than bother with the math to create her own. If you like to cook without a cookbook, you’ll love to sew without too many rules, too! Contact Aimee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alice Smith-Goeke, The Fabric Ninja, has been sewing since she was a child, taught by her mother, a quilter and seamstress. She started with Halloween costumes which was a perfect gateway to historical reproductions and character reproductions. Alice has most of an Apparel and Textile Design degree from Michigan State University and has worked on a theater costume crew. Alice specializes in corsetry and pattern drafting. She sews & drafts commission items for individuals and local museums and teaches sewing classes. She is also involved in her local SCA group and teaches historic dancing. You can contact her at email@example.com