Oooh, Spool’s got their spring sewing class schedule up; you can learn how to make simple skirts, shirts and dresses to fit your particular measurements as well as various bags and the pretty quilted pillow above. I know watching Project Runway (yeah, I continue to watch it despite its constant disappointments) always makes me wish more than anything that I could sew as well as even the most Kors-excoriated (exKorsiated?) designers; perhaps this will be the year I take advantage of one of the many quality learn-to-sew classes here in Philly.
In addition to Spool, which has a bunch, there’s also Pterodactyl, all the way up by the Allegheny stop on the El, which has two sewing classes (including one promisingly named “Their pattern to your pattern,” which goes straight to the heart of my motivation, wanting to rip off things I can’t afford).
In Fishtown, there’s informal $10 classes at Piranha Betty’s every Monday night from 6-9.
And of course a lot of the stores down on Fabric Row offer classes but aren’t quite up on the internet yet; for lessons from the old school, just take a walk down 4th Street past Bainbridge and keep an eye out for signs in windows.