I took the “simple sundress” sewing class at Gather Here in Cambridge recently. It is a two-part class (3 hours each session for a total of 6 hours) and I love the little dress that we made. I made a little dress for our baby-to-be at the time last July, but it was so much better having guidance and professional help step-by-step this time which ultimately resulted in a much better made dress.
Part of what I like about taking classes at Gather Here is that the class sizes are kept small on purpose (usually 4 students max). I learned how to crochet by taking a class there and it’s really nice when the instructor is able to help each student along the entire process. Of course, it also helps that the instructors are super patient and very knowledgeable of the specific crafts too!
What I really liked about this particular class was how Virginia (the awesome store owner) designed the pattern and that she taught us how to make the dress every step of the way. I know that to some people the $75 class fee sounds like a lot, but let me tell you – it’s worth it! Not only do you get to leave your sewing machine at home and get to use one of the store’s Bernina machines (they’re unbelievably quiet! and you can actually go slow on them, unlike my Singer at home!), but you get Virginia for 6 hours! Not only was she patient with my gazillion questions but she encouraged us along the way throughout the whole class.
When you take this class you get to choose whether you want sleeves or ruffles on your dress. I opted for the sleeves and will admit that I found them to be the most daunting part of putting the dress together (mostly because they’re to fit such tiny arms so the armholes are small to sew in!). And although mine are far from being perfect, they were a little bit easier than I thought they would be (note: just breathe and know that you can always rip out the stitches if you mess up and start over again!). I love how the ruffles turned out in the dresses that the other students made, so I am definitely going to try that too.
And as you can see, I’m already on my way to starting dresses #2 and #3! I have all the pieces cut out for dress #2 from some cute fabric I had in my stash with fruits and veggies all over it. And then I found this super cute green pattern at Gather Here. Dress #2 will have sleeves (I want to see if I can make it as nice by myself at home without Virginia’s help!) and I think I’ll try making green ruffles on dress #3. Wish me luck and stay tuned for the results!
Cambridge, MA 02155