Below is the Registration Form for Classes and Specialty Workshops. Sign up for the Class and we will send you payment options and any additional information.

Past the form is a description of our classes. Please, check out our Schedule Page for dates and times.

All of our classes are held at our Fullerton Location~

109 East Commonwealth Avenue, Fullerton CA 92832 (714)-686-1788

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Introduction to the Sewing Machine         (ISM)                                   2 ½ Hours Total

If you have never touched a sewing machine before or just want to just refresh the fundamentals this class will get you going in just a 2 ½  hour session. Starting with how to thread a machine, fill and insert a bobbin, sew straight seams, understand a variety of stitches and try your first project. We will go over some of the most common challenges you encounter when learning to sew, how to trouble shoot, making sure that frustration doesn’t get in the way your new hobby. Sewing machines are provided but you are welcome to bring in your own machine.

Class time: 1 session, 2 ½ hours

Maximum class size: 8 people

Supplies needed: None (everything included)

Prerequisites: none

Fee: $35.00                 September 8, 2018                             1:30-4:00 pm                         

                                   October 13, 2018                               1:30-4:00 pm                         

                                   November 10, 2018                            9:30am-12:00 noon

                                   December 29, 2018                            9:30am-12:00 noon

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Intro to the Overlock Machine        (IOM)                                                   3 Hours Total

It has so many THREADS!!!???? How do I thread it? How does it work?

Is your overlock still in the box? Have you used it a few times then had to stop once a thread broke? Have you never touched an overlock machine before because of fear or intimidation (or both)? Then this is the class for you. We will take the fear out of the equation and introduce you to a machine that can be your best friend. Or if you know the machine, but just want to refresh the fundamentals, this class will get you going in just one 3 hour session. Starting with how to thread the machine. Where do they go?! Then onto understanding care and learning valuable techniques.  Finishing off the class with a small project! 

We will go over some of the most common challenges you encounter when using an overlock and how to trouble shoot them. Making sure that frustration doesn’t get in the way of using your machine.

*It is recommended you bring your machine but a limited number of machines are available to learn on. 

Class time: 1 session, 3 hours                                      

Maximum class size: 4 people

Supplies needed: None (everything included)        

Prerequisites: none

Fee: $30.00                 September 8, 2018                             9:00am-12:00 noon

                                   December 29, 2018                            1:00pm-4:00pm

 

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Beginning Sewing

Once you feel comfortable threading and operating a sewing machine, add to your skills with any of these projects or series.

 

Beginning Series           (BSBS)                                                             10 Hours Total

Over the course of four weeks, you will learn how to use the sewing machine to make two starter projects and then make a pair of pajama pants in your size. You will learn how to select the correct size pattern, adjust your pattern to fit and read a pattern for instructions while you sew your pants. The goal of this series is to learn the basics of sewing so you can feel confident to embark on further sewing adventures.

Class time: 4 sessions, 2 ½ hours each

Maximum class size: 8 people

Supplies needed: 1 ½ yards of cotton blend fabric and matching thread for apron, 1 ½ - 2 ½ yards of cotton blend or flannel or fleece fabric and matching thread for pajama pants, thread and a basic sewing kit of shears, seam ripper, pins and chalk. All other materials provided.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine

Fee: $125.00                   September 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2018                6:30pm-9:30pm

                                       November 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2018                 6:30pm-9:30pm

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Sewing a Mid-Length Skirt         (BSMS)                                               7 Hours Total

Whatever the length you want, (at the knee, below the knee or mid calf) everyone looks great in one of these lengths and a flattering skirt. Choose from several of our patterns or bring in one that has been approved by our instructor before the class. You will learn how to lay out a pattern, cut your skirt, sew the seams, insert a zipper, add a waistband and hem your skirt.

Class time: 1 session, 7 hours including a lunch break.  It is suggested you either bring a sack lunch or visit one of the many wonderful restaurants within walking distance.

Maximum class size: 6 people

Supplies needed: 2 5/8 yards of 45” wide cotton or cotton blend fabric or 2 1/2yards of 60” wide fabric, matching thread, a 9 inch regular zipper and a basic sewing kit of fabric shears, seam ripper, pins and chalk. Interfacing and pattern options provided.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine or the ability to thread a sewing machine and sew a straight line.           

Fee: $75.00                      September 22, 2018                        9:00-4:00 pm

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Dapper Day Skirt         (DDS)                                                                 7 Hours Total

Using one of three 1950’s skirt patterns that can be worn with or without a petticoat (Simplicity 8446, 8458, 8250), we will help you make a skirt perfect for Dapper Day, Disney Bounding or just a great day skirt. This skirt is cut from full gores which mean there is very little fullness at the waist but a very full hemline. So flattering for everyone!

Class time: 1 session 7 hours including a lunch break.  It is suggested you either bring a sack lunch or visit one of the many wonderful restaurants within walking distance.

Maximum class size: 6 people

Supplies needed: 2 5/8 yards of 45” wide fabric or 2 ½ yards of 60” wide fabric, (We recommend a cotton blend, linen, linen like, soft wool or if you want to make a traditional “poodle skirt”, you will need 2 1/8 yards of 72” wide felt along with matching thread, a 9 inch regular zipper and a basic sewing kit of fabric shears, seam ripper, pins and chalk. Interfacing and pattern options provided.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine or the ability to thread a sewing machine and sew a straight line.           

Fee: $75.00                       October 28, 2018                          10:00-5:00 pm

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Sewing a Pleated Skirt    (BSPS)                                                             9 Hours Total

*Basic Hogwarts or Anime School Girl Skirt    

You will learn how to lay out a pattern, cut your skirt, sew the seams, pleat, insert a zipper, add a waistband and hem your skirt.

Class time: 3 sessions, 3 hours each                                        

Maximum class size: 10 people

Supplies needed: 2 1/2 yards of cotton or cotton blend fabric, matching thread, matching 9" long zipper and a basic sewing kit of shears, seam ripper, pins and chalk. All other materials provided.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine or basic sewing skills.          

Fee: $90.00

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Sewing a Cosplay Blouse    (BSCB)                                                          9 Hours Total      

*Anime School Girl Blouse                          

You will learn how to lay out a pattern, cut your blouse, sew the seams, insert sleeves with cuffs, add a collar with tie and hem your blouse.

Class time: 3 sessions, 3 hours each

Maximum class size: 10 people

Supplies needed: 2 1/2 yards of cotton or cotton blend fabric, matching thread, and a basic sewing kit of shears, seam ripper, pins and chalk. All other materials provided.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine or basic sewing skills.          

Fee: $90.00

 

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Sewing 1

For those who have moved beyond beginning sewing and are ready for the next level, try these projects to strengthen your skills.

 

Fit and Flare Dress       (FFD)                                                            7 ½ Hours Total

Every women looks great in a dress that flairs out from their waist and falls below their knees. Using Decades Everyday pattern No. 101, the E.S.P. Dress, you will sew a dress with short sleeves, darts and a slightly gathered skirt. We will start by making a toile (a muslin fitting) for the bodice to get the perfect fit. After correcting your pattern to fit, we will cut, sew and refit your dress so that when you insert the zipper and finish the hem, your dress will look ten times better than anything you can buy at the store.

Class time: 3 sessions, 2 ½ hours each

Maximum class size: 6 people

Supplies needed: 3 yards of 45” wide or 2 ¼ yards of 60” wide of light weight wovens such as quilting cottons, shirting, voile, lawn, seersucker, chambray or light weight cotton blends. Ideal for novelty prints! Also need is matching thread, one 22” long matching zipper and a basic sewing kit of shears, seam ripper, pins and chalk.

All other materials provided (interfacing and pattern)

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine and Beginning Sewing or equivalent sewing experience.

Fee: $100.00  

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Dapper Day Fit and Flare Dress     (DDFFD)                                          12 Hours Total

Disneyland opened in 1955 and women wore cotton or linen dresses to visit the park. Today, Dapper Day recreates those early years as 16,000 people attend “dressed to the nines”, many recreating the look of the 1950’s. Every women looks great in a dress that flairs out from their waist and falls below their knees. We will start by making a toile (a muslin fitting) for the bodice to get the perfect fit. After correcting your pattern to fit, we will cut, sew and refit your dress so that when you insert the zipper and finish the hem, your dress will look ten times better than anything you can buy at the store. You will have a perfect dress to wear to either Dapper Day, the Dapper Day Expo or to your next event when you just want to look great!

Class time: 2 sessions, 6 hours each, including a lunch break. It is suggested you either bring a sack lunch or visit one of the many wonderful restaurants within walking distance.

Maximum class size: 6 people

Supplies needed: 3-4 yards of cotton woven fabric, matching thread, one 22” long matching regular zipper and a basic sewing kit of sewing shears, seam ripper, pins and chalk or fabric marking pen.

All other materials provided including muslin for toile, pattern, and interfacing.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine and Beginning Sewing or equivalent sewing experience.

Fee: $100.00                   October 20 and 27, 2018                    10:00 am-4:00 pm

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Hogwarts School Robe- Pick your house colors!    (HSR)                       10 Hours Total

Using our pattern, cut and sew up your Hogwarts School robe learning how to insert sleeves and add a lining along with hand sewing on your frog closures and provided House patch.

Class time: 4 session, 2 ½ hours each, for a total of 10 hours

Maximum class size: 6 people

Supplies needed: Fabric kits available for sale in house colors OR purchase the following: 4-5 yards poly bottom weight or wool, 4-5 yards lining in “house color”, matching thread and a basic sewing kit of fabric shears, seam ripper, pins and chalk.

*All other materials and pattern provided.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine, Beginning Sewing or equivalent sewing experience.

Fee: $90.00                  October 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2018                      6:30 pm-9:00 pm

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Holiday Sewing Series       (HSS)                                                           9 Hours Total

Over the course of three weeks, Gina will guide you through three holiday projects to be determined by the end of September. Check back October first for full description and pictures!

Class time: 3 sessions, 3 hours each

Maximum class size: 8 people

Supplies needed: Supply list will be emailed to each student upon registration, but some materials will be provided.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine, Beginning Sewing or the equivalent

Fee: $120.00                   December 4, 11, 18 2018                             6:30pm-9:30pm

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1920’s 1 Hour Dress     (19201HR)                                                       7 Hours Total

In 1924 there started a fad for using the sewing machine and “making a dress in an hour”. If you have made several of these dresses, you could make a very simple one in an hour but we will take the day and add those little touches that make it have more style. A reprint of the original booklet is included in the class fee.

Class time: 1 session 7 hours including a lunch break.  It is suggested you either bring a sack lunch or visit one of the many wonderful restaurants within walking distance.

Maximum class size: 8 people

Supplies needed: 3-4 yards of cotton, rayon or synthetic woven (NO STRETCH!) fabric, matching thread and a basic sewing kit of shears, seam ripper, pins and chalk.

*All other materials provided.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine and Beginning Sewing or basic sewing skills

Fee: $100.00

 

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 Intermediate Sewing

These classes are for those students who have successfully sewn several items of clothing, understand the basics of reading a pattern and can continually sew a straight seam even on curves.

 

Regency Petticoat Bodice Workshop Series    (RPBS)                          10 Hours Total

Want that Jane Austen gown to look more like the fashion plates? Want the correct period support but not ready to make a Regency corset? This is the workshop for you! Startling with a custom petticoat bodice fitted to you, you will then create a period support garment able to be worn under most dresses 1795-1829. This is a three week series designed for the sewer comfortable with sewing on a sewing machine and has assembled a garment before.

The following will be needed when registering for the class:

Bust measurement (around the fullest part)             Under bust measurement

Bra size                                                                  Under bust in front to floor

Week 1 - As each student is being fit with a personalized bodice “muslin”, the rest of the class will be cutting out and assembling the skirt portion of the garment. A clean pattern will be made for each student to cut out in class or at home. Gusset Insertion will also be demonstrated.

Week 2 - Gusset insertion will be demonstrated again, how and where to add bone casing, along with neck and armhole finishing.

Week 3 - We will do one last fitting of the bodice portion and attach the bodice and skirt to the “waistband.”

Week 4 - Back closures, hemming and any finishing details not already completed.

Maximum class size: 6 people

Supplies needed: ¾ yard coutil, heavy canvas, duck or drill in white or cream, 4-5 yards cotton or cotton blend broadcloth in white or cream for “skirt”, 1 package of single fold or extra wide fold white or cream bias tape, 1 yard bone casing, 1 yard ¼” white or crème ribbon , 36” heavy duty electrical zip tie or imitation whalebone or Ridgeline

Full materials kit in white available with a preorder at $40.00

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine, Beginning Sewing     

Fee: $100.00                September 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2018               6:30pm-9:00pm

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Victorian Corset     (VC)                                                                   14 Hours Total

You will learn how to make a Victorian corset designed to be worn under an 1850-1900’s ensemble or on the outside (Steam Punk style) complete with a front busk closure, boning channels with spiral steel bones or industrial zip ties (the closest thing we have to whalebone today) and a back lacing closure with grommets. You corset kit included in the workshop includes everything you need to complete your corset in white coutil.

Class time: 2 sessions, 7 hours each day (with an hour for lunch) for a total of 14 hours

Maximum class size: 8 people

Supplies needed: A basic sewing kit of shears, seam ripper, pins and chalk. Please plan on either bringing a sack lunch or eating at one of Fullerton’s many restaurants.

All materials provided. We will need bust, under bust, waist and hip measurements along with modern bra size a week before the class so that a mockup can be ready for you.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine, Beginning Sewing

Fee: $150.00                    September 9 and 16, 2018                         10:00am-5:00pm

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Halloween/Cosplay Sewing Lab/Panic Night    (HALLO)

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Halloween is almost here and the costume/s aren't finished!

Thought that Unicorn would be easier? Promised your son Batman and have no idea how that's going to happen?! Need help finishing your costume for the costume contest?

Keep Calm and Sew ON! This class is to give you the resources, advice, energy and positivity to work on and perhaps finish your Halloween projects. 

Just breathe and bring your bag, bags or pile to this class. We'll get you through it. You can sign up for 4 nights for $125.00 or one night for $40.00. No matter which you select, an accomplished sewer will be there to assist you, answer your questions, and help you fit yourself or that wiggly child! The only thing we don’t do, is make your costume for you.

Maximum class size: 8-10 depending on room and project space

Supplies needed: Whatever you are working on, it's a personal project class.

Prerequisites: All Levels

Fee: $125.00 (4 nights)                            Fee: $40.00 (one night)

October 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2018               6:30pm-9:00pm

October 26, 2018                                     5:00pm-10:00pm

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Regency Dress Workshop Series     (RDS)                                          10 Hours Total

We will lead you through patterning, fitting and creating a dress perfect for your next Jane Austen/Regency ball, picnic or tea.  This is a four evening series, which will require some “homework” in-between, usually hand sewing or cutting out and is designed for the sewer comfortable with their sewing machine and assembling a garment.

The following will be needed when registering for the class:

Bust measurement (over the fullest part)            Under bust measurement

Around upper arm                                             Bra size including cup

Week 1 - Wear/bring the underpinnings you plan on wearing under this dress (Regency petticoat bodice, Regency corset or a well supporting bra. Larger busted women without period underpinnings often wear a well supporting sports bra}. A pre-made by us, canvas fitting bodice will be fit on you and altered to create a “personal” pattern, discussion of your personal dress design (we will have plenty of pictures!), demonstration of how to cut from your fabric including 2 “skirt” and 3 sleeve pattern options.

Week 2 - We will help those who haven’t cut out their dress to do so and start everyone on sewing their bodice and sleeves. Neckline finishes will be demonstrated.

Week 3 - As each of your bodices is being individually fit and the sleeves checked that they are correctly inserted; the rest will be sewing up their skirts, adding a placket and attaching the skirt to a band. Neckline finishes will be demonstrated again for those still needing them.

Week 4 - We wrap up with attaching the bodice to the skirt band from the top, closures, and hems. You’re finished!                               

Maximum class size: 6 people

Supplies Needed: 4-5 yards of dress fabric or one sari and matching thread, 1 yard bodice lining (cotton, cotton blend, silk), hook & eyes or ¼ yard hook & eye tape

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine, Beginning Sewing     

Fee: $125.00                    November 1, 8, 15, and 29, 2018                 6:30pm-9:00pm

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1920’s Jazz Age Dress Workshop Series    (1920JDS)                           9 Hours Total

Are you ready to start on your “Miss Fisher” wardrobe? Have nothing to wear to this year’s Gatsby themed holiday or New Year’s party? This workshop series will help you create a 1920’s day or evening dress based upon your choice between two Decades of Style patterns (1920’s Baltimore Dress or 1925 Zig Zag Dress).

Week 1 - We will cut and fit a muslin of your dress and create the perfect pattern. While you wait your fitting turn, help will be given to cut and seam your skirt portion and show how your pattern can also create a slip to go under your dress if needed. After your fitting, you will be able to cut out the top of your dress.

Week 2 - As each dress will be different, we will work with each of you to seam up your dress, insert the sleeves if your design has them and deal with neck and arm hole finishing.

Week 3 - This is time for a final fitting, attachment of the skirt to the bodice, hems and any finishing details your dress may need.

Maximum class size: 6 people

Supplies needed: 2 yards of muslin for initial fitting, 2 ¾ yards - 5 yards (Zig Zag dress) dress fabric depending on fabric width and students dress size or 2 yards of main fabric and 1 yard of contrasting fabric (Baltimore dress), matching thread for dress, notions as dictated by your pattern choice.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine, Beginning Sewing     

Fee: $125.00                    December 6, 13, and 20, 2018                      6:30pm-9:30pm

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Under Bust Corset or Waist Cincher        (UBC)                                      7 Hours Total

You will learn how to create an under bust corset designed to be worn on the outside complete with a front busk closure, boning channels with spiral steel bones and a back lacing closure with grommets. You corset kit included in the workshop includes everything you need except for the outside fashion fabric and matching thread. This fabric should be woven (NO stretch!) and preferably a cotton or cotton blend.

Class time: 1 session, 7 hours

Maximum class size: 8 people

Supplies needed:  1- ½ yards of a woven cotton or cotton blend fabric for outside of corset, matching thread, basic sewing kit with shears, pins, seam ripper, hand sewing needle, fabric marker, measuring tape, ruler. All other materials provided.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine, Beginning Sewing

Fee: $150.00

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Hogwarts (Select your house colors!) or Steam Punk Corset   (HC)         14 Hours Total

You will learn how to make an over the bust corset designed to be worn on the outside complete with a front busk closure, boning channels with spiral steel bones and a back lacing closure with grommets. You corset kit included in the workshop includes everything you need to complete your corset in black and your house colors for Hogwarts or select from an assortment of steam punk browns, blacks and greens. Get your corset done before your next Con!!!

Class time: 2 sessions, 7 hours each including a lunch break, for a total of 14 hours. It is suggested you either bring a sack lunch or visit one of the many wonderful restaurants within walking distance.

Maximum class size: 8 people

Supplies needed: A basic sewing kit of shears, seam ripper, pins and chalk.

All materials provided but note house colors or steam punk selection when registering. We will need bust, under bust, waist and hip measurements along with modern bra size a week before class to ensure the proper mock-up is ready for you.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine, Beginning Sewing or equivalent sewing experience. Must be able to sew smooth curves on a sewing machine correctly.

Fee: $150.00

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Open Sewing Night

Would like to cut out that pattern somewhere other than your dining room table or bedroom floor? Would you like to sew somewhere with good light and good machines? Then look no further than Opening Sewing Nights at Atelier Mela. For $5 an hour you can have a open, safe and productive area to sew and work. Please call at least 24 hours in advance to reserve a spot.

Come be creative and productive, we'll see you here!

September 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2018               6:30pm-9:00pm

October 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2018                   6:30pm-9:00pm (until 10:00pm on the 24th)

November 7, 14, and 28, 2018                      6:30pm-9:00pm

December 5, 12, and 19, 2018                      6:30pm-9:00pm

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Open Sewing with Assistance

Understand how to sew that summer dress but could use a little advice, fitting help or someone to mark the hem?  Have a big project and need room to spread out? Or are you just tired of sewing alone and would love to join other like minded sewers and crafters? Our sewing lounge is available by the hour with an accomplished sewer there at all times and to offer guidance if needed. The usage of the sewing machines, sergers, cutting tables and irons are included in your hourly fee and the tea kettle is always full with mugs available. Open sewing times are listed each month on our website and at the shop but other times can be made available upon request as long as the room is not already booked for a workshop or event. Management does have the right to limit the number of sewers at any given time.

Supplies needed: Sewers need to bring their own projects and supplies; we provide the space, cutting tables, irons, sergers and sewing machines with machine needles and bobbins.

Prerequisites: Ability to thread a sewing machine and make it go forward!

Fee: $10.00 an hour or purchase a punch card for $100.00 for 12 hours (need to use all 12 hours by the end of 60 days from date of first hour used. Larger punch cards are available with a greater discount for those working on large or longer projects. Please set up a time to discuss your needs with Mela.

Please call the shop at least 24 hours in advance to set up a time for us to have someone to assistant you with your project.

 

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Millinery

These classes are for those students who have successfully hand sewn and can thread a sewing machine along with continually sew a straight seam, even on curves. Millinery uses more hand sewing than machine sewing.

 

Millinery Trimmings I    (MTI)                                                              7 Hours Total

Once you have learned to block a straw or felt hat, the next thing to learn is how to create simple or striking trims with felt and straw remainders, sashing and bows in elegant fabrics and several methods of attaching flowers. Most work will be done by hand with some light use of the sewing machine.

Using off cuts from both fur felt, parasisol straw, sinamey and silk fabric (all provided) you will learn how to make multiple styles of leaves, loops, bows, spirals, pods and more. How to separate purchased millinery flowers, mix with other flowers, arrange into a pleasing “corsage” and attach to a hat will be demonstrated. A variety of ways fabrics can be used to sash or create bows and loops will be demonstrated and you will have opportunity to practice. We will not be blocking in this class but it is useful to have one or two untrimmed hats too experiment with the trims on. There will be untrimmed hats to experiment with or to purchase.

Class time: 1 session, 7 hours with a lunch break.  It is suggested you either bring a sack lunch or visit one of the many wonderful restaurants within walking distance.

Maximum class size: 12 people

Supplies needed:   Basic sewing kit with sewing shears, pins, seam ripper, hand sewing needle, thimble, small ruler (12-18”) and measuring tape. All other materials provided.

Prerequisites: Hand sewing experience        

Fee: $100.00                  September 30, 2018                          9:00 am-4:00 pm

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Floral Headpieces and Wreaths      (FHW)                                              7 Hours Total

Whether it is for Dapper Day, a music festival, a wedding on the beach or a Renaissance Faire, join us while we create an over the top floral headpiece or wreath. We will teach you several ways to create the base for your creation using both machine and hand sewing techniques. Then using a wide variety of flowers, ribbon, leaves, butterflies, birds and more (rattan bracelets for Mickey ears anyone?), you will create a multi layered headpiece using a glue gun (Did we say glue? Yes, a first for us!). Wreaths will also be demonstrated and depending upon how elaborate you make your headpiece, it is possible to also create a wreath during the day.

Class time: 1 session, 7 hours with a lunch break. Lunch is included in the cost of this class.

Maximum class size: 12 people

Supplies needed: Basic sewing kit with sewing shears, scissors that you can cut non material items with, pins, seam ripper, hand sewing needle, small ruler (12-18”) or measuring tape. All other materials provided. We will have a wide variety of flowers and floral decorations in many colors from Shinoda/Michaels/JoAnns, millinery and binding wire, buckram, fabrics for covering your base, floral tape, tulle/net, artificial birds, butterflies, rattan bangles (Mickey ears), glue guns and glue and more for you to select from.

Prerequisites: Hand sewing experience

Fee: $100.00                  October 27, 2018                           10:00 am-5:00 pm

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Introduction to Fur Felt Hat Blocking     (FFHB)                                   12 Hours Total

You will be learning to block a fur felt hood to create a modern fedora style hat using one of our crown hat blocks. While your fur felt is drying, we will create your brim without a brim block, learning how to swirl a head size ribbon, insert your head size ribbon into a brim by machine and hand, and hand wire the outer edge. We will add the crease and front dents before you leave on the first day. The second day we will remove your hat from its block, decide on the finish for your hat’s edge and be shown several ways  to finish this edge including a fabric bias and a hand sewn millinery grosgrain binding. Several ways to trim this hat will also be shown. You should have a hat all ready for your own trimming by the end of this two day class. We will be using the book by Sarah Lomax & Rachel Skinner, “Millinery, The Art of Hat Making” as our inspiration.

Class time: 2 sessions, 6 hours including a daily lunch break, for a total of 12 hours. It is suggested you either bring a sack lunch or visit one of the many wonderful restaurants within walking distance.

Maximum class size: 12 people

Supplies needed: Basic sewing kit with shears, pins, seam ripper, hand sewing needle, thimble, and measuring tape. All other materials provided for one fur felt hat.

Prerequisites: hand sewing

Fee: $150.00                November 18 and 25, 2018                      10:00 am-4:00 pm

Lomax & Skinner - Bespoke Millinery

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Ladies Fabric Covered Cocktail/Small Hat     (LFCCH)                             12 Hours Total

You will be learning to block a buckram base to create a ladies cocktail/small hat perfect for the holiday or New Years Eve. While our buckram is drying, you will be taught how to swirl a head size ribbon, insert your head size ribbon into a small hat without a brim and create a lining. We will also learn how to make a couture bow/loop from French canvas and silk. To be used the following week as a decoration.

During the second class, you will take your buckram off the form, cover with ice wool and then fabric. Both a lining and a sweatband will be inserted and your hat is ready to trim. How to add veiling will also be covered.

Class time: 2 sessions, 6 hours including lunch break, for a total of 12 hours. It is suggested you either bring a sack lunch or visit one of the many wonderful restaurants within walking distance.

Maximum class size: 8 people

Supplies needed:   Basic sewing kit with shears, pins, seam ripper, hand sewing needle, thimble, and measuring tape. All materials provided for one cocktail/small hat will be provided. We will have a wide variety of silk fabrics but if you really want a specific color, we suggest you bring ¼ to ½ yard of the desired fabric.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine, Beginning Sewing or the ability to hand sew and sew on a sewing machine in a straight line.

Fee: $150.00                 December 1 and 8, 2018                     10:00 am-4:00 pm

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1910-1920’s Silk Velvet/Buckram Packable Hat     (VBPH)                   12 Hours Total

The “Teens” saw an increase in travel which continued thru the 1920’s, all helped by the automobile, larger and faster luxury ships, fancy trains, subways and early planes. Women needed more than ever hats that could “pack” and not be crushed. Using several of the 1910-1920’s original hats in Mela’s collection from her Grandmother and Aunts, she has created a pattern for a buckram brimmed hat covered in velvet with a silk or velvet crushable crown that fits low on the forehead and allows for bobbed or un-bobbed hair to be worn.

This pattern has room for variations in brim size and shape along with several ways to create the crushable crown. There will be samples of all options for you to try on and then select the one you wish to create. While this hat can be worn without any trimmings at all, several ways to trim in a period style will be demonstrated.

Class time: 2 sessions, 6 hours each including lunch break. It is suggested you either bring a sack lunch or visit one of the many wonderful restaurants within walking distance.

Maximum class size: 8 people

Supplies needed: Basic sewing kit with sewing shears, paper or craft scissors to cut the buckram with, pins, seam ripper, hand sewing needle, thimble, and measuring tape. All materials provided for one 1910-1920’s silk velvet/buckram hat will be provided. While we will have several colors of silk velvet and coordinating silks available, we will have a larger supply of black silk velvet and black silk. This way, by using black as your hat color, you can trim your hat later in any color to coordinate with your ensemble.

Prerequisites: The ability to hand sew and sew on a sewing machine following a curved line.

Fee: $150.00               December 15 and 22, 2018                      10:00 am-4:00 pm

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Great Gatsby/Downton Abbey Inspired 1910-1920’s Headpiece   (GGH)     7 Hours Total

So many holiday parties have a Downton Abbey or 1920’s theme and every women needs a fabulous headpiece to finish off their ensemble. Using a multitude of trims, laces, silk fabrics, appliqués, sequins, diamantes, beads and more, we will show you how to create your very own head wear perfect for any themed 1910-1920’s party or classy celebration. We will start with  creating a base of either light weight buckram, net or organza, edged with millinery wire and then determine if it needs to be covered with a fabulous fabric or if the sheer fabric used just needs to be decorated. From there, the real fun begins! 

Class time: 1 session, 7 hours including lunch break. It is suggested you either bring a sack lunch or visit one of the many wonderful restaurants within walking distance.

Maximum class size: 12 people

Supplies needed: Basic sewing kit with shears, pins, seam ripper, hand sewing needle, thimble, and measuring tape. All materials provided for one 1910-1920’s headpiece will be provided. We will have a wide variety of silk fabrics, appliqués, trim, beads, etc. but if you really want a specific color or fabric, we suggest you bring ¼ to ½ yard of the desired fabric.

Prerequisites: The ability to hand sew and sew on a sewing machine following a slightly curved line.

Fee: $75.00                   December 16, 2018                               10:00 am-5:00 pm

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1940’s/Early 1950’s Ladies Straw Hat     (1940SH)                                    7 Hours Total

You will be learning to block a straw capeline to create a 1940’s to early 1950’s ladies hat perfect for Dapper Day or an event on the Queen Mary. While our straw is drying, you will be taught how to swirl a head size ribbon, insert your head size ribbon, wire and bias your brim edges which you will then do on your hat. We will finish up with showing you how to trim and finish your hat. This is a fast based class and you will probably be taking your hat home to finish trimming.

Class time: 1 session, 7 hours             

Maximum class size: 12 people

Supplies needed: Basic sewing kit with shears, pins, seam ripper, hand sewing needle, measuring tape. All other materials provided for one straw day hat

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine, Beginning Sewing or basic sewing skills    

Fee: $150.00

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1940’s Ladies Wool Felt Cocktail Hat      (1940WCH)                                 7 Hours Total

You will be learning to block a wool felt hood to create a 1940’s ladies cocktail hat perfect for dancing at the Cicada Club or on the Queen Mary. While our wool is drying, you will be taught how to swirl a head size ribbon, insert your head size ribbon into a hat without a brim and create trimmings from the off cuts of your hat.  After you get your hat to the trimming stage, we will finish up with showing you how to attach your wool felt trimmings, add veiling and finish your hat.

Class time: 1 session, 7 hours          

Maximum class size: 12 people

Supplies needed: Basic sewing kit with shears, pins, seam ripper, hand sewing needle, measuring tape. All other materials provided for one wool cocktail hat

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Sewing Machine, Beginning Sewing     

Fee: $150.00

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Ribbon Fringe Sunflower Pin taught by Arlene Baker                              7 Hours Total

Fun facts: The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas. Its name is derived from the flower’s shape and image, which is often used to depict the sun. The plant has a hairy stem, and large circular heads of flowers.

In this workshop, the lavish ribbon fringe petals that shape the flower are stitched by hand to a crinoline foundation. Molded and hand-cut silk and rayon velvet leaves on wire stems, a realistic hand-crafted flower center surrounded by stamens and a flocked stem all combine to make a unique sunflower pin or millinery decoration.

Class Time: 1 session, 7 hours with a lunch break. It is suggested you either bring a sack lunch or visit one of the many wonderful restaurants within walking distance.

Maximum class size: 12 people

Supplies needed: ** Supply list will be sent via email after registration

Prerequisites: Threading a needle and basic hand stitching

Fee: $75                      September 15, 2018                           10:00 am-5:00 pm

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Lush Hothouse Flower taught by Arlene Baker                                       7 Hours Total

A partial definition of the word “lush” in the dictionary is….characterized by richness, abundance, or extravagance, as in ornamentation. Wouldn’t you agree it’s a fitting description for this elegant velvet flower?

General Information

Luxurious silk and rayon velvet, sized and laminated to silk organza, is heated to form between the flower and leaf molds. The velvet flower petals are molded, cut, trimmed, wired and then layered to make the flower. Silk organza sized with stiffener is molded to form light and airy petals. Glued one by one to the velvet petals, they add softness to the design. The leaves are molded, trimmed and stemmed with wire. Vintage-style embellishments similar to those found on vintage millinery flowers of the 1930s include a cluster of delicate stamens in the center of the flower, a hand-cut cotton calyx to finish the underside and stems wrapped with paper.

Class Time: 1 session, 7 hours with a lunch break. It is suggested you either bring a sack lunch or visit one of the many wonderful restaurants within walking distance.

Maximum class size: 12 people

Supplies needed: ** Supply list will be sent via email after registration

Prerequisites: Threading a needle and basic hand stitching

Fee: $75                      October 21, 2018                               10:00 am-5:00 pm

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Regal Rose Pin taught by Arlene Baker                                                      7 Hours Total

I love roses. I am not alone. Throughout history, art and literature turns again and again to roses as images of innocence, romance and beauty. Love-struck suitors, poets, and authors write sonnets and letters that can make you swoon. Innumerable artists, from weekend painters to the most accomplished masters, have tried to capture the subtleties of color, texture and shape apparent in this the most beautiful of flowers. This workshop offers you an opportunity to try your hand at creating, with sumptuous fabric, a glorious, ever-lasting rose that rivals the best of them. Enjoy the magic!

General Information

Luxurious silk and rayon velvet, sized and laminated to silk organza, is heated to form between the flower and leaf molds. The velvet flower petals are molded, cut, trimmed, wired and then layered to make the flower. Light and airy silk organza is sized with stiffener and molded while “wet”; the petals are then cut and trimmed the same way. Glued one by one to the velvet petals, they add softness to the design. The leaves are molded, trimmed and stemmed with wire. Vintage-style embellishments similar to those found on vintage millinery flowers of the 1930s include a handmade flower center, glittering “rhinestone” dew drops and leaf stems wrapped with paper. The back of the flower is finished with a hand-cut velvet medallion.

Class Time: 1 session, 7 hours with a lunch break. It is suggested you either bring a sack lunch or visit one of the many wonderful restaurants within walking distance.

Maximum class size: 12 people

Supplies needed: ** Supply list will be sent via email after registration

Prerequisites: Threading a needle and basic hand stitching

Fee: $75                        November 17, 2018                           10:00 am-5:00 pm

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Festive Velvet Holly taught by Arlene Baker                                                7 Hours Total

In this workshop you can make traditional boughs of holly to “deck the halls” or create a stunning pin with one elegant sprig embellished with shimmering beads and sparkling crystals…fa, la, la, la, la!

General Information

Luxurious silk and rayon velvet, sized and laminated to silk organza, is heated to form between leaf molds #20. The impressions are cut, trimmed and wired. Glass berries and stems wrapped with tissue-like paper finish the traditional holly “bough” while French beaded ferns, crystal rhinestone baby’s breath and rhinestone ball “berries” add an unexpected element of luxury to the pin or millinery decoration.

Class Time: 1 session, 7 hours with a lunch break. It is suggested you either bring a sack lunch or visit one of the many wonderful restaurants within walking distance.

Maximum class size: 12 people

Supplies needed: ** Supply list will be sent via email after registration

Prerequisites: Threading a needle and basic hand stitching

Fee: $75                        December 9, 2018                              10:00 am-5:00 pm

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Sewing Lounge Rental

Have a class you are teaching but not a classroom? Need a meeting space for your club, sewing group or lecture? Atelier Mela’s sewing space is rentable for a minimum of 2 hours at a time as long as it isn’t already booked with a workshop or class. An Atelier Mela employee will open, be there to help if there is a problem, and make sure there is coffee and tea, clean up the beverage area and lock up when you are done.

Class time: minimum of 2 hours

Maximum class size: 12 sewers or 24 crafters or 36-40 lecture/demo/meeting

Provided: Chairs, tables, projector, screen, up to 12 sewing machines, 3 irons, 2 cutting tables, 2 sergers, coffee and tea station with mugs

Fee: $30.00 an hour for the first 4 hours and an additional $20.00 an hour for any time beyond 4 hours.