2017 CLASSES

At Camp Workroom Social, we specialize in teaching adult learners in a fun and social environment. Our classes are noncompetitive, casual, and productive, and we teach in a friendly, inspiring, motivational way. We are professional designers and makers who do not focus on perfection. Rather, we want you to learn and to participate in class with a creative and curious spirit. We know great sewing comes with tons of practice, and our goal is to give you the skills and the confidence to continue your sewing journey at home.

Camp Workroom Social’s intensive classes are designed for students who have some experience sewing. We want to help you develop your sewing skills, pushing them from good to great! Are you an absolute beginner? Don’t worry! You’re still welcome to register as you’ve got plenty of time to build up your basic skills before Camp. Not sure if our classes are right for your skill level? Email us! We are excited to talk Camp with you.

Each class caps out at about 14 campers and in addition to your main instructor, most classes have at least one extra camp counselor assisting. We want to make sure every camper gets an opportunity for one-on-one time with instructors and camp counselors.

When registering, you will select one of six tracks:

Please read through all class descriptions carefully. Once registered, classes may not be changed, transferred, or cancelled. Please read our Camp Policies before your register. When you register, you agree to our policies and regulations.

Campers will receive Class Guides with tools and supplies lists and sourcing resources at least one month before the event. For select workshops, Camp Workroom Social may offer supply kits for purchase. Campers will be notified when kits are available.



SOLD OUT—Bra-making with Amy Chapman of Cloth Habit

Learn to cut, sew, fit, and alter a custom underwire bra with Amy Chapman of Cloth Habit.

In this class campers will create the Harriett bra designed by Cloth Habit in a huge range of sizes, from 28A to 42H (UK cup sizes). Learn professional sewing techniques and the basics of bra fitting. Our goal is to help students develop skills to empower their decision-making in future bra-making projects. Amy will demonstrate the key areas of fit and share practical, unique methods of adapting bra patterns to various different body shapes and measurements.

In this sewing intensive, you will learn…

  • Professional bra sewing techniques adapted from ready-to-wear.
  • How to sew sheer fabrics and stretchy knit fabrics.
  • How to work with and apply elastics.
  • Methods for finishing bras including with or without scalloped lace cups.
  • Basic pattern adjustments.
  • How to choose the best fabrics and notions for bra-making.

You will receive Cloth Habit's Harriett bra pattern in this course. The Harriett bra is a 3-piece-cup, underwire bra pattern with a supportive U-back band style. The sewing pattern comes in sizes from 28A to 42H (UK cup sizes). Campers are responsible for purchasing and bringing their own tools and supplies to Camp. Due to the unique nature of this course, campers are required to purchase the their bra-making fabrics and notions from Camp Workroom Social prior to Camp at a special camper rate.

This course is perfect for campers who want to learn how to sew their own bras.

This is an intermediate level course, and you will need the following skills to be successful in our Bra-making Intensive...

  • Must know how to operate and troubleshoot a sewing machine.
  • Must know how to sew straight and curved seams.
  • A general understanding of sewing patterns.
  • Basic garment construction experience.
  • Feel comfortable with, or ready to learn how to sew sheer fabrics and stretchy knit fabrics.

Are you an absolute beginner? If you are committed to learning garment construction before Camp, we encourage you to register for this course. In fact, we've developed an at-home sewing training to help you prepare for your intensive. Want more details about our at-home training? Contact us for info.

Not sure if our classes are right for your skill level? Email us! We are excited to talk Camp with you.



SOLD OUT—Couture Hand Sewing Skills with custom wedding dressmaker Brooks Ann Camper

Have fun learning the fundamentals and benefits of hand sewing with Brooks Ann Camper! Campers in our Couture Hand Sewing Skills Intensive will practice and get comfortable with a wide variety of temporary and permanent hand stitching techniques. Campers will see real examples of techniques used in clothing construction while creating a useful resource notebook full of samples to reference for all your future projects.

In this sewing intensive, you will learn…

  • The best tools for successful hand sewing.
  • Tricks for threading needles and tying successful knots.
  • How to avoid or remove thread tangles when hand sewing.
  • How to use a thimble for faster hand sewing.
  • How to sew a wide variety of temporary and permanent hand stitches and when to use them.
  • How to sew various closures including buttons, hooks, and zippers.

And couture techniques such as…

  • Underlining, including why to use it and how to sew it.
  • Various hem finishing techniques including invisible hems, rolled hems, and horsehair hems.
  • How to use petersham in waistbands, curved hems, and more.
  • How to sew tacks and thread chains and when to use them.

And much more including…

  • The value of hand sewing and how it can be used to upgrade the quality of your handmade sewn projects.
  • How to use your resource notebook at home for future projects.

Campers are responsible for purchasing and bringing their own tools to Camp. Due to the unique nature of this course, campers are required to purchase a hand sewing skills kit from Camp Workroom Social prior to Camp at a special camper rate. This kit includes some of Brooks Ann’s favorite hand sewing tools, as well as prepared samples in a variety of fabrics. Samples will allow for campers to jump right into the coursework without having to do any of the advance prep.

This course is perfect for campers who want to improve their hand sewing skills, who want to learn couture techniques for fine sewing, or who want to learn strategies to elevate their current sewing skill set to get better results out of their garment sewing at home.

This is course is appropriate for all skill levels.

Not sure if our classes are right for your skill level? Email us! We are excited to talk Camp with you.



SOLD OUT—How to Sew Swimwear with Fleur Hoare of Maison Fleur Patterns

Sewing your own swimwear might seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be! In this course, campers will learn how to sew professional finishing techniques for swimwear, and learn how to choose and work with stretchy swimwear fabrics like Spandex and Lycra. While this is not a fit-focused class, Fleur will demonstrate the key areas of fit and share practical methods of adapting swimsuit patterns to your shape and measurements. Our goal is to give campers the skills they need to practice sewing swimwear over and over again at home. With these skills, we hope campers will be ready for summer in their custom-made swimsuits. The techniques learned in this class can also be applied to sewing other kinds of stretch fabrics like activewear or lingerie.

In this sewing intensive, you will learn…

  • How to cut and handle technical stretch fabrics.
  • How to sew stretchy knit fabrics on a home sewing machine, focusing on techniques to keep fabric from stretching out or slipping away.
  • Specialty stitches, seams, and edge finishes adapted from ready-to-wear for sewing swimwear at home.
  • How to work with and apply elastics.
  • How to sew foam swim cups to your swimsuit..

You will receive Maison Fleur Pattern’s 8101 Halter-neck Swimsuit sewing pattern in this course. This pattern comes in 3 different cup sizes. The 8101 is a flattering halter silhouette, with soft gathers at the bust and ruching ties on the hips that can be worn down for a vintage style low-cut leg or scrunched up for a modest bikini cut leg. Campers will sew the one-piece version at Camp and discuss how to sew the two-piece version at home.

Campers will also receive a swimwear fabrics and notions swatch reference in advance of Camp to help source supplies for this course. Campers are responsible for purchasing and bringing their own tools and supplies to Camp.

This course is perfect for campers who are interested in learning to sew their own swimwear, or campers wishing to learn techniques when working with stretch fabrics.

This class is designed for an advanced-beginner to intermediate level sewer, and you will need the following skills to be successful in the intensive...

  • Must know how to operate and troubleshoot a sewing machine.
  • Must know how to sew straight and curved seams.
  • A general understanding of sewing patterns.
  • Basic garment construction experience.

Are you an absolute beginner? If you are committed to learning garment construction before Camp, we encourage you to register for this course. In fact, we've developed an at-home sewing training to help you prepare for your intensive. Want more details about our at-home training? Contact us for info.

Not sure if our classes are right for your skill level? Email us! We are excited to talk Camp with you.



SOLD OUT—Jacketmaking with Christine Haynes of Christine Haynes Patterns

Start your adventures sewing outerwear by making a fully lined overcoat that will help you transition from fall to winter.

In this class campers will create the Ellsworth coat designed by Christine Haynes. Learn techniques to improve your construction skills and your stitching abilities while making this classic lined jacket. Designed with subtle curves that make this coat flattering on a woman’s body, this class is perfect for sewists who want a helping hand while making their first jacket. Christine will walk campers through all the steps necessary to construct an overcoat that looks professionally made.

In this sewing intensive, you will learn...

  • How to install and bag a jacket lining.
  • How to install a jacket notched collar.
  • How to sew a set-in sleeve.
  • How to topstitch accurately.
  • How to use interfacing correctly to shape a jacket.
  • General tips and tricks for making outerwear that can be applied to other projects.

You will receive Christine Haynes's Ellsworth coat pattern in this course. The Ellsworth Coat is a fully lined classic 1960's-inspired double breasted overcoat. The coat features elegant topstitching down the front, around the notched collar, down the center back, at the yoke seams, and on the sides of the deep patch pockets. Side panels provide a comfortable and flattering fit with subtle curves. The set-in sleeves land at the wrist bone, and the coat hem extends to mid-thigh. The coat is designed with plenty of ease to wear over your favorite layer. Or choose to size it down for a closer fit. The choice is yours! Campers are responsible for purchasing and bringing their own tools and supplies to Camp.

This course is perfect for campers who are nervous to try sewing outerwear on their own or for campers who want to learn sewing techniques used by professional designers and sewers.

This is an intermediate level course, and you will need the following skills to be successful in the intensive...

  • Must know how to operate and troubleshoot a sewing machine.
  • Must know how to sew straight and curved seams.
  • A general understanding of sewing patterns.
  • Basic garment construction experience.

Are you an absolute beginner? If you are committed to learning garment construction before Camp, we encourage you to register for this course. In fact, we've developed an at-home sewing training to help you prepare for your intensive. Want more details about our at-home training? Contact us for info.

Not sure if our classes are right for your skill level? Email us! We are excited to talk Camp with you.



SOLD OUT—Pant Fit with Melissa Watson for Palmer/Pletsch and Melissa Watson Patterns for McCall's

Learn the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fitting Method for pants with Melissa Watson. Melissa will teach you everything you need to know to tissue-fit a pair of pants and alter sewing patterns to fit your body. Campers will leave class with a fitted and altered pattern. Campers will work towards pin-fitting their pants fabric in class so they will have a pair of pants ready to sew up the minute they get home!

In this intensive, you will learn...

  • How to analyze fit in regards to both style and comfort.
  • Your most common pant fitting alterations needed, which can be applied to any other sewing pattern design.
  • How to tissue-fit pants sewing patterns before you cut your fabric.
  • Practical, logical, and useful fit methods for fitting yourself and others.
  • Pattern alteration methods that can be applied to future sewing projects and sewing other pant styles.
  • How to pin-fit in fabric and fit both sides of your body.
  • Tips and tricks to make sewing pants approachable and fun.

Campers will receive a Palmer/Pletsch classic trouser sewing pattern in this course, specifically designed for teaching and learning tissue fitting for pants. Campers are responsible for purchasing and bringing their own tools and supplies to Camp.

This course is perfect for campers who want to learn how to alter sewing patterns for fit, how to fit themselves, and how to fit others. This class is also good for campers who have difficult fit issues and who want help with their specific concerns regarding fit.

This is an intermediate level course, and you will need the following skills to be successful in the intensive...

  • Must know how to sew clothing and how to use sewing patterns. While there is no actual sewing in this class, you will not be successful fitting if you do not know how sewing patterns work.

Are you an absolute beginner? If you are committed to learning garment construction before Camp, we encourage you to register for this course. In fact, we've developed an at-home sewing training to help you prepare for your intensive. Want more details about our at-home training? Contact us for info.

Not sure if our classes are right for your skill level? Email us! We are excited to talk Camp with you.



SOLD OUT—Advanced Sewing Techniques with Kristiann Boos of Victory Patterns

Learn complex sewing techniques and concepts to take your sewing from good to great with Kristiann Boos. Campers in our Advanced Sewing Techniques Intensive will learn to sew a variety of challenging methods by creating technique samples. Campers will see examples of each method in real clothes and discuss when and how they can use these techniques in sewing patterns. Campers will create a resource notebook to take home for future reference.

In this sewing intensive, you will learn…

  • How to install single welt pockets.
  • How to install a fly front zipper.
  • How to install curved waistbands.
  • How to install cuffs.
  • How to sew a shirt sleeve placket.
  • How to ease fabric.
  • How to sew flat sleeves.
  • How to sew set-in sleeves.
  • How to install collars, both with and without stands.
  • How to sew shirt neckline placket.
  • How to sew a button down placket.
  • How to sew a blind hem on a home sewing machine.
  • Methods for stabilizing seams on both knit and woven fabrics.
  • How to choose and use interfacings, interlinings, and underlinings.
  • How to create better seams by reducing bulk. How to and when to grade seams.

Due to the unique nature of this course, campers are required to purchase a supply kit for this class from Camp Workroom Social prior to Camp at a special camper rate. This kit includes all of the exact supplies you'll need for the class, as well as prepared samples in a variety of fabrics. Samples will allow for campers to jump right into the coursework without having to do any of the advance prep. Campers are responsible for purchasing and bringing their own tools to Camp.

This course is perfect for campers who wish to learn more advanced techniques to add to their sewing skill set.

This is an intermediate level course, and you will need the following skills to be successful in the intensive...

  • Must know how to operate and troubleshoot a sewing machine.
  • Must know how to sew straight and curved seams.
  • Must know how to read and use sewing patterns to create clothing.
  • Must know basic garment construction techniques and have experience sewing clothes.

Not sure if our classes are right for your skill level? Email us! We are excited to talk Camp with you.