2016 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.



Fit for Your Body and Style with Melissa Watson of Palmer/Pletsch and Melissa Watson for McCall's

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Learn the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fitting Method with Melissa Watson. Using the Palmer/Pletsch dress fit and fashion pattern McCall's 7279, Melissa will teach you everything you need to know to tissue fit a bodice, skirt, and sleeve; alter your sewing pattern; and fabric pin fit your dress. Campers will leave class with a fitted and altered pattern and with fabric pin-fitted and ready to sew up when they get home!

As a bonus, after campers complete their classic bust dart dresses, Melissa will show campers how to tissue fit and alter a more stylized wrap dress!

In this intensive, you will learn...

  • How to tissue-fit a pattern before you cut your fabric.
  • Practical, logical, and useful fit methods.
  • Pattern alteration methods that can be applied to future sewing projects.
  • How to pin fit in fabric and fit both sides of your body.
  • How to apply fitting skills to two different styles of dresses.

You will receive McCall's M7279 and M7246 sewing patterns in the course. 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 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.



Couture Hand Sewing Skills with custom wedding dressmaker and designer Brooks Ann Camper

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Learn the fundamentals of couture hand sewing with Brooks Ann Camper as you create a useful resource notebook full of samples to reference for all your future projects. Campers in our Couture Hand Sewing Skills Intensive will learn how and when to use a wide variety of temporary, permanent, mending, and decorative hand stitching techniques.

In this sewing intensive, you will learn…

  • Couture hand sewing techniques from threading a needle and tying a knot, to horsehair hems, invisibly seaming lace, and more!
  • The value of hand sewing and how it can be used to improve the quality of your projects.
  • How to use a thimble for faster hand sewing.
  • How to use your couture resource notebook at home on future projects.

You will receive pre-prepped samples in the course. Samples will allow for campers to jump right into the coursework without having to do any of the prep. 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 a hand sewing skills kit from Camp Workroom Social prior to Camp at a special discounted rate.

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.



Bra-making with Amy Chapman of Cloth Habit

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Learn to sew and fit a custom bra with Amy Chapman of Cloth Habit. In this class students will create a lovely, supportive, underwired bra using an exclusive pattern designed by Amy. Learn professional sewing techniques and the basics of bra fitting with the aim of developing skills that empower creative decision making in future bra projects. While this is not a fit-focused class, Amy will demonstrate the key areas of fit and share practical, unique methods of adapting bra patterns to shape 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 3-piece cup, underwired bra pattern with a supportive U-back band style in the course. The sewing pattern comes in sizes from 28A to 34H (British 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 discounted 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 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.
  • 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.



Surface Pattern Design with fabric designer Elizabeth Olwen

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If you love to sew you're probably also a fabric and pattern lover! In our Surface Pattern Design Intensive Elizabeth Olwen will teach you how to use Adobe Illustrator to transform inspirations and hand-drawn motifs into your very own seamless, repeating patterns for use in countless projects (including your own fabric!). She will take you through each step, from harnessing your inspiration, creating a mood board, drawing, digitizing and ultimately, creating your own repeating pattern. Elizabeth will empower you to create your own fabric designs, wrapping or wallpaper, cell phone cases—the possibilities are endless.

In this design intensive, you will learn…

  • How to find and use inspiration and create a mood board.
  • How to use that mood board to guide your drawing process.
  • How to develop a design concept.
  • How to digitize your drawings/artwork.
  • How to use color in your designs.
  • How to create repeating patterns in Illustrator.
  • How to approach the development of coordinates in order to create a whole pattern collection.
  • How to prepare digital artwork for printing (focusing on digital fabric printing).

Campers must bring their own laptops with Adobe Illustrator installed to participate in this course. Adobe offers a free 30-day trial of Illustrator. After 30 days, campers can get the application for $19.99/month at Adobe.com.

This course is perfect for campers who want to learn how to create their own fabric designs or who want to learn how to create repeating patterns for other applications.

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

  • Working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator. You don't need to be an Illustrator pro, but you should know how the application works.

No idea how to use Adobe Illustrator? If you are committed to learning the application before Camp, we encourage you to register for this course. Some great resources to learn the basics of Illustrator include the following:

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



Button-up Shirtmaking with Jen Beeman of Grainline Studio

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Learn how to sew a button-up shirt that looks store-bought, not homemade with Jen Beeman. Jen will teach you the skills necessary to make an entire wardrobe of button-ups. Plaid, striped, printed, and solid. Your closet will never see another RTW button-up again!

In this sewing intensive, you will learn…

  • A quick method for plaid matching that produces great results.
  • How to properly fuse fabric for fashion sewing.
  • How to install sleeves.
  • How to make continuous plackets.
  • How to install a shirt collar and collar stand.
  • How to make front button placket (button band) with buttonholes.
  • How to install shirt cuffs.
  • How to make and install professional looking patch pockets.
  • How to sew a shirt yoke.
  • Tips and tricks to improve your overall sewing skill set.

You will receive the Archer sewing pattern from Grainline Studio in the course. Campers are responsible for purchasing and bringing their own tools and supplies to Camp.

This course is perfect for campers who want to learn shirtmaking skills 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.



Jacketmaking with Christine Haynes of Christine Haynes Patterns

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Start your adventures sewing outerwear by making a fully lined overcoat that will help you transition from fall to winter. Campers in our Jacketmaking Intensive will make Christine Haynes's not-yet-released jacket pattern in this course. Learn right from the designer! Christine will show all the steps necessary to construct a jacket that looks professionally made.

In this sewing intensive, you will learn...

  • How to install a jacket lining.
  • How to install a jacket collar.
  • How to make buttonholes.
  • 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 jacket pattern in the course. 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.



BONUS CLASS! Knitting with knitwear designer and author Allyson Dykhuizen

Take a break from your sewing intensive and pick up a new skill!

Friendship bracelets are awesome, but let's start a new trend—the Friendship Hat! No matter what your knitting experience there is a Camp Workroom Social Friendship Hat for you.

Join knitwear designer and knitting teacher Allyson Dykhuizen as she helps you knit a Friendship Hat at Camp.

New to knitting and looking for a starter hat pattern to push your beginner skills into something fun and wearable? Choose the Camp Beginner Hat. Have a few hats under your belt but are new to knitting in the round, cables, or reading a chart? Choose the Camp Intermediate Hat. Allyson designed both hats just for CWS campers, and she's super excited to knit with you!

Throughout Camp you can learn…

  • Knitting skills to take with you into your next knitting project.
  • How to knit in the round using circular needles (intermediate level).
  • How to knit in the round using double pointed needles (intermediate level).
  • How to knit cables with a cable needle (intermediate level).
  • How to follow a chart (intermediate level).
  • How to read a pattern (beginner level).
  • Identify your knit and purl stitches (beginner level).
  • Creating a knit and purl rib (beginner level).
  • Creating stockinette stitch (beginner level).
  • Decreasing stitches (beginner level).
  • Seam (beginner level).

This is activity is appropriate for all levels. Required skills include…

  • Cast on (beginner and intermediate level).
  • Performing knit and purl stitches (beginner level).
  • Performing and identifying knit and purl stitches (intermediate level).
  • Reading a pattern (intermediate level).