Welcome to The Sewing Room
At THE SEWING ROOM we specialize in Apparel Sewing and Fashion. Our instructors have experience with garment fit, construction, design in both the fashion industry as well costuming. We love to share our expertise with our students and believe that sewing is SUPER FUN! And it’s also a great skill that may save you money, challenge your brain and give you a terrific wardrobe. Additionally, we find that students gain more CONFIDENCE, both with their sewing skills and also within themselves, once they start a regular sewing practice. We believe it is essential for students to choose what they work on (within their skill level, of course). This allows them to be CREATIVE and it also helps students stay invested in the project at hand. Whether you are interested in pattern making, designing apparel, sewing doll clothes or creating unique and useful things for the home, we are here to help you through the process. Come share our joy and passion for the needle arts! Please check out our Weekday Schedule, Weekend Schedule and Sewing Camps Schedule pages, where you will see class descriptions and schedules for specific age range and suggested skill levels.
We LOVE sewing with interested students of ALL ages. Our Kid's Classes follow the same format as our Sewing Studio Classes for Teens and Adults. Students of all skill levels and project diversity are welcome in these weekly classes, however some classes are geared towards specific levels of proficiency. You can find all of our regular WEEKLY classes for Kids, Teens and Adults on our CLASSES page listed in chronological order.
THE SEWING ROOM also offers sewing camps, workshops, special events and even garment fitting clinics. These can be found on our CAMP SCHEDULE and WORKSHOPS pages, also listed in chronological order. Check it out and be sure to scroll down as we usually schedule at least 6 months ahead of time.
If you are NEW to sewing, a Machine Basics Class or one of our Weekly Studio Classes might be the best place to start. Our instructors have been trained to guide you through the process of using a sewing machine (your own or one of ours)and reading a pattern. A private lesson provides you with one-on-one hands on instruction, giving you the confidence to move forward. The next step would be weekly sewing classes or perhaps a workshop.
In our Classroom you will find everything you need to start sewing. We have sewing machines for 10 students and several large cutting tables in addition to scissors, pins, measuring tapes and plenty of seam rippers. The use of our machines and tools is included in the price of classes and camps at THE SEWING ROOM (we do charge a rental fee if we are bringing machines to a different location).
The SEWING ROOM stocks an assortment of Baby Lock SEWING MACHINES, PATTERNS, FABRIC and pre-assembled Fabric & Pattern KITS. We can also special order PGM Professional Dress Forms. Let's get YOU started today! Email Jennifer@TheSewingRoomAlameda.com for more information.
WE’VE ADDED NEW CLASSES!
Learn how to Sew Bras
November 4th & 11th 2018
In this two-day workshop, instructor Linda Sepeda walks you through the process of sewing your own bra. Linda uses a Beverly Johnson Pin Up Girls Classic underwire bra pattern & each student will be measured for correct size.
It shouldn't hurt to wear a bra. Nor should wearing a bra cause "divots" in the shoulder area or the ribcage. Many women wear the wrong size bra, and doing that can hurt for a number of reasons. It can also affect circulation and cause numbness. The shoulders and back can hurt. Wires could constrict or poke. A properly sized bra can alleviate many of these conditions, and might even make you look younger and slimmer.
If you think you might be wearing the wrong size, have pain when you wear a bra or have trouble finding the right size when shopping, this is a great opportunity to learn more about making your very own bras.
Linda Sepeda is owner of Violet's Valentines (www.violetsvalentines.com) - She fits, makes custom bras and teaches others to make their own. Linda trained in Canada with Bra Specialist Beverly Johnson and has extensive knowledge of Mastectomy and nursing bras, Asymmetry, Prostheses, Shapewear & Other unique foundation garment needs.
In this class, you will receive:
Sewing instruction & demonstrations for how to sew your bra
Personal assistance from Linda with your individual bra
All the materials you will need to make your bra - Fabric, elastic, underwires, findings & more ($40 value) (There is usually enough fabric to make two bras but you will need to buy an extra set of findings if you want to make a second one)(all students will make a "Beige" color for this first bra)
Experience Needed: You should be able to operate a sewing machine, sew straight lines and curved lines and know how to sew opposable curves. There is no special machinery needed and all tools will be provide.
There is also an option for a custom fit bra pattern that will be created based off of your exact body measurements, using the same pattern as others in the class. This fit session will take place on Sunday, October 21st and takes about 45 minutes. There will be a $50 charge for this custom fit and we will set up appoints beginning at 10am.
In this class we will focus on the clothes we wear & how they get made, from concept through creation. Each month students are given a different theme, creating mood boards and sketch designs for each theme, throughout the month. The first half of each class will focus on Design Skills - Drawing, fashion sketching, color palettes and putting a collection together. The second hour will focus on sewing skills and garment construction, which may or may not relate directly to the monthly theme…..Read more
The Sewing Room Voted Best of Alameda 2018
Best Sewing Circle
Super-chic Alamedan Jennifer Serr has created an inviting spot for aspiring fashion designers of all ages by building confidence through sewing at her sewing studio, The Sewing Room. Seamstresses, seamsters, and fashionistas of all levels and abilities benefit from her years of fashion industry experience. Serr honed her pattern-making skills for years at The Gap in San Francisco. The Sewing Room has a full and diverse sewing schedule, offering summer and holiday camps, workshops, special events, and garment fitting clinics. Sporting a chic vintage personal style of her own, Serr also serves up alluring fashion and styling tidbits regularly on The Sewing Room blog.
THE POWER OF CLOTHES / THE MAKING OF A RUNWAY SHOW AT WORLD WIDE WOMEN’S GIRLS FESTIVAL, OCT 15TH
“Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say,