Sewing lessons pay off in savings

March 11, 2009 9:42:15 AM PDT
The recession seems to be helping at least one local business. The Making It Sewing Workshop in Northeast Philadelphia now has waiting lists of people who want to learn to sew.

People like Minerva Baez, who just finished making a couture-quality tiered silk gown for her sister and is now following a 1957 Vogue pattern to make gown for herself. She says she's paid up to $300 for special occasion dresses in the past. For her current project, she spent just $60 on material and a pattern.

Jo Anne Bowes began sewing in October, after she was laid off. Now, she's making her own curtains. She says she spent close to $1500 for similar curtains for her dining room. She's making her new bedroom curtains for about $80.

Other students at the class we attended were making pants, dress suits, pillows and a skirt. Sewing students here pay $19 for each two-hour class. Adults usually start by making a T-shirt. Children start with pajama bottoms. But more advanced sewers can work on whatever projects they choose.

Owner Anna Bateman also gives advice on where to buy material and even sewing machines at good prices.

For more information about the Making It Sewing Workshop, click here.

For more information about sewing classes and instruction, check out the Philadelphia Sewing Collective.

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