DIY Fashion and Accessory Classes to Take this Fall

Bring out your inner designer with these style courses that will have you sewing, knitting and jewellery making all season long.



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Forget math and science, go back to school for style, even if it is just an evening or weekend workshop. From September to December, several businesses and institutions are offering a variety of single or multiple day courses that will unleash the designer within you. Learn to sew one-of-a-kind wearable garments or handcraft beautiful jewellery pieces. Personalize your style with one or more of these creative classes, but be sure to sign up quick, as space is limited.  There are options for all experience levels. 

 

Sew Your Own Purse

Cost: $65
When: September 8 and 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. 
Location: My Sewing Room, 8228 Macleod Tr. S.E. 
Register: 403-252-3711

Make a professional-looking bag using vinyl, foam interfacing and rivets. This step up from the classic beginners tote bag allows you to design a purse or bag that holds its shape.

 

Knit A Big Hat

Cost: $90 
When: Select evenings and weekends available starting September 14 until November 30
Location: Stash Needle Lounge, 1237 9 Ave. S.E. 
Register: stashlounge.com, 403-457-0766

Knit a soft and cozy hat, perfect for nippy autumn months. In this two-part class you’ll use super bulky yarn and circular needles to knit a hat, further advancing your knitting techniques. Top your hat with the cutest toppers of all, as you’ll learn how to knit pom poms the size of grapefruits. Knitters should know how to cast on, knit, and purl. Also be sure to check out some of the studios other advanced knitting classes like, Bold BriocheCute Lil’ Socks, and more. Or, if you are a beginner, sign-up for Learn To Knit.

 

Make Jem Stone Bracelets

Cost: $58
When: September 15, 27 and October 11, 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Outside the Shape, 1222 10 Ave. S.E.
Register: dropsofgratitude.ca

Use semi-precious jem stones as well as lava stones to create a bracelet in line with your personal flare. Throughout the two-hour course, you’ll learn the practice of gratitude and intention, and how to incorporate it into your life. You’ll receive lessons in essential oils and jem stones. Price includes all supplies, one bottle of essential oil, a special gift and wine. 

 

Sew Your Own Wallet

Cost: $45
When: Saturday, September 16 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: My Sewing Room, 8228 Macleod Tr. S.E.
Register: 403-252-3711

Design a usable wallet with a zipped coin compartment, card slots, cash section and an ID window. Using Kraft tax paper – a material that looks, cuts, and sews like leather – you will learn how to sew your own stylish wallet in a few short hours. Add optional embellishments or ribbon to make it truly unique.

 

Wire Wrapped Crystal Jewelry

Cost: $45 to $50
When: Wednesday, September 20 from 7:00 pm. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Bourbon Room, National on 10th, 341 10 Ave. S.W.
Register: makeryyc.com

Head to National on 10th to eat, drink, and craft with Maker YYC. Relax in the trendy atmosphere of the Bourbon Room while you create stylish wire wrapped crystals. Make multiple pieces with your crystals, or use them all to make one large staple piece. Eat before, during or after.

 

Learn to Sew

Cost: $399
When: Tuesdays, October 3 to November 21 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Central Memorial High School, 5111 21 St. S.W.
Register: chinooklearningservices.com 

Have you always wanted to alter your own clothes but don’t know how to sew? You can sew a button but hemming your own pants is just out of the question? Learn to sew using a sewing machine in this eight-week course. No experience is necessary. You’ll learn how to sew by making your own pajama bottoms and tote bag, all while learning how to read and pin a pattern. Learn the tips and tricks to handling a sewing machine. Bring your own machine or use their provided machines.

 

Sewletics

Cost: $299
When: Wednesdays, October 18 to November 22 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Crescent Heights High School, 1019 1 St. N.W.
Register: chinooklearningservices.com

If you’re familiar with a sewing machine and love lounging around in comfy athletic wear, Chinook Learning Services’ new course “Sewletics” is for you. Learn how to sew leggings, yoga pants, tank tops, crop tops, sports bras, and more. Learn sewing techniques for sewing stretchy materials, incorporating zippers and adding elastic bands. An understanding of sewing is required, or the completion of one of CLS beginner sewing courses.

 

Shibori Dying

Cost: $210
When: November 4 and 5 from 9 to 4 p.m.
Location: Alberta College of Art and Design, 1407 14 Ave. N.W.
Register: acad.ca

Learn the ancient Japanese resist-dyeing technique that produces indigo patterns on fabric. By using different binding techniques like twisting, compressing, and folding to cause different and beautiful patterns within the fabric. Test out your favourite designs and dye a scarf that shows off your personal style.

 

Learn to Silkscreen on Fabric

Cost: $446.25
When: Saturday and Sunday, November 25, 26, December 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Alberta College of Art and Design, 1407 14 Ave. N.W.
Register: acad.ca

Learn how to print your own designs on fabrics using dyes, pigments, and hand cut stencils. Through the use of a provided silkscreen, you will be able to create designs on a variety of fabrics. Imagine altering any piece in your wardrobe to make truly one-of-a-kind garments. Price includes most supplies, but be sure to check the course supply list online.

 

Yarn Painting

Cost: $90
When: Sunday, September 10 or Sunday, November 26 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Stash Needle Lounge, 1237 9 Ave. S.E.
Register: stashlounge.com, 403-457-0766

Is there a cozy sweater or scarf you’ve always wanted, but could never find the right colour? Dye your own yarn, then knit it yourself. In this unique class brought back by popular demand, you’ll learn the technique and art of yarn painting. After a demonstration on how to properly and safely prepare dyes, you’ll then be able to give it a try yourself, creating colourful yarn exclusive to your pallet. No prior experience necessary. 

 

Design A Wrap Bracelet

Cost: $79
When:  Saturday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to noon
Location: Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate S.W.
Register: mtroyal.ca

Make a perfect piece for your jewelry box or a gift for a special someone. By using leather, chain, and cotton cord, you will create a bracelet that can be worn on the wrist or around the neck. The technique taught can also be used for other jewelry pieces such as earrings. Buy a girl a bracelet and she’ll only have one, teach a girl how to make her own and she’ll need another jewelry box.


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