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We believe in hands-on learning by making, especially when it comes to the creative arts. Fashion design and sewing, though very technical, is a process with no one set of rules or style – just look at the runways today! The Fashion Class aims to teach children and teens the art of sewing, design and…

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We believe in hands-on learning by making, especially when it comes to the creative arts. Fashion design and sewing, though very technical, is a process with no one set of rules or style – just look at the runways today! The Fashion Class aims to teach children and teens the art of sewing, design and…

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Looking for a sewing machine? There are several machines we recommend that are great for kids and easy to use. The Fashion Class is a Singer Sponsored Sewing Studio. Our students work on state-of-the-art touch screen sewing machines.

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Overview

Our creative classes for children and teens take place after school and on weekends for multiple weeks throughout the school year. Students learn to sew real and wearable clothing in our signature Fashion Design and Sewing class over an 8-12 week period. Additional courses offered include accessory, illustration and fashion branding/marketing. All classes are offered seasonally…

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Sewing and Fashion Design Classes in Manhattan

Our sewing courses for kids run for 8-12 weeks throughout the school year. Children and teen students will learn how to use the sewing machine while they create real and wearable clothing for themselves! Other design classes, like fashion design and illustration also available. Sewing classes end with a free fashion show!

Sewing and fashion classes for Kids

Overview

Create with Sewing and Fashion Design Camp! We offer children’s fashion design and sewing camps during summer break, winter recess, spring break and for 1-day during most school holidays in our Bryant Park Manhattan and Upper East Side NYC studios. Our students learn everything from sewing, fashion illustration, accessory design and even fabric science! Each…

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Fashion Camps in Manhattan

When school is out Fashion Camp is in! We offer one-day camps during all school holidays and week-long camps throughout the summer for ages 6-8, 9-12 and 13-17 years old. Our campers learn to use the sewing machine to create real clothing and accessories. We round out the day with fun fashion lessons like creating a fashion business and jewelry making!

Sewing and fashion classes for Kids

Overview

Join us for fun sewing and fashion workshops offered monthly at The Fashion Class. Perfect for trying out sewing for the first time to see if your child would like to take a longer course or for seasoned sewers who want to make a specific project! We offer Halloween costume making in October, American Girl doll…

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Sewing Workshops in Manhattan

Join us for fun and fabulous sewing and fashion workshops offered seasonally at The Fashion Class! Perfect for trying out sewing for the first time to see if your child would like to take a longer course or for seasoned sewers who want to make a specific project.

Sewing workshops for Kids

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Looking for an amazing birthday party that all the parents can’t stop talking about? Our Fashion Design Birthday Parties for girls and boys allow your birthday child and their guests to actually sew real clothing! Our creative parties for kids feature different make and take projects in the areas of  Sewing, Fashion Design or DIY/Crafting….

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Party Extras

Photo Booths $15 per guest – Adds 30 minutes to end time Send the birthday girl to Paris this year with our Eiffel Tower photo backdrop or have each guest appear on the cover of a magazine! Party goers dress up is satin gloves and feather boas (optional) and pose for our photographer. Each guest…

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Request a Party

Please fill out the form to request a birthday party at The Fashion Class! Our event coordinator will get back to you to plan your child’s special event.

Overview

Our group lessons for children, teens and adults cover a wide variety of sewing and creative lessons! We cater directly to Girl Scout troops with discounted “badge-earning themed” sewing lessons and other creative projects like entrepreneurship and recycled jewelry making. Join us for your child’s play date or tween group hang out with their friends…

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Girl Scout Fashion Activities

We offer a variety of creative activities for Girl Scouts! Sewing, design and illustration are the perfect activities for Girl Scouts, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors to earn key badges! Our projects are educational, rewarding and fabulously fun. Plus TFC regularly teaches courses with themes like Entrepreneurship and Product Design; all geared toward fashion. Girl…

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Play Dates and Group Lessons

Need a cool place for your child and friends to spend a few hours? Want to host a birthday activity without the extra party stuff? A group lesson is perfect for play dates and groups of kids who love to create! Our activities are for 2 or more children who want a fun and fab…

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Visiting NYC?

This is a fun group activity for children, teens and adults interested in Fashion Design or fans of the show Project Runway! Meet us at our Manhattan Studio as we channel Tim Gunn and give you your next fashion challenge. After we arrive at Mood Designer Fabrics (where the designers shop on Project Runway) you will have thirty minutes to select and purchase your fabric. Back at the studio it’s time to design, sew and decorate your project. Will you be in or out?

Home School Sewing Classes

Expand on your child’s creativity with home-school group lessons at The Fashion Class! Fashion Design and Sewing is not only super fun and fabulous – it teaches elements of math, science and the arts in a real-life hands-on way. At our fashion studios we welcome home school groups who’re curious about fashion design, sewing and…

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School Field Trips

With our large sewing and art studios The Fashion Class makes a wonderful field trip for school-aged students. We’ve hosted everything from pre-school children learning about types of clothing to college students learning to sew! With discounted pricing, day trips to our studio are filled with hands-on educational fun. Perfect for all age groups we…

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Adult Sewing Classes

Our Sewing Programs for Grown-Ups are perfect for groups of friends, a girl’s night out or a creative corporate team building exercise! With a room full of sewing machines and instructors who work in the fashion industry, your sewing aspirations can become a reality. We focus on teaching you how to use the sewing machine…

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Mommy & Me Sewing Lessons

Learn to a new skill and spend quality time together! Mommy & Me Lessons are perfect for Mother’s and Daughters, Sons, Fathers and anyone else in the family who’d like to learn to sew! Available in our Bryant Park and Upper East Side Studios in Manhattan. Our family based lessons will teach you and your…

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Overview

Our on-site enrichment sewing and fashion programs bring the design and creativity to you! Perfect for public and private schools, libraries or other facilities our programs can run during the day or after school throughout the year at your facility. Aside from machine sewing, The Fashion Class specializes in educating children and teens in other…

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In School Fashion Program

Our ‘in-school’ after school program brings fashion education to your students! Our program is fun, affordable, educational and easy to implement. The after school program can be customized for your school by amount of students, number of weeks and lessons. We designed the program to be: 90 minute classes  once per week 10-16 week long…

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Library Sewing Programs

Our Library Fashion Design and Sewing programs can be a one-day workshop or a multi-day course. With plenty of sewing and crafting lessons, guests will enjoy designing and creating a one-of-a-kind clothing, accessory or room decor item. Our professional and trained instructors will arrive day-of with all necessary supplies, set up the classroom, instruct your…

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Trends

May 14, 2019

How to Make Your Own Prom Dress

Prom season has arrived and with it the expense of tickets, flowers, a limo, corsage, the obligatory after party and of course the dress! Here at TFC we feel your (or your parent’s pain) that’s why we’re sharing our favorite DIY Prom Dresses that are just as fab as what you’ll find in the store but much less expensive. Because we’re in fashion we wont post anything here that looks cheap, tacky, requires pricey materials or is downright impossible to do. We’re also going to stay away from anything that looks too crafty, like dresses made from Duck Tape or tissue paper.

For the Gal who Sews:

Every pattern company has prom dress patterns that are actually pretty cute. If you sew (or can beg your grandma to sew for you) this is a great option. Check out options by McCall’s and Simplicity. Be sure to check the skill level required, some are very easy and other are for experienced sewers. Our favorite is this keyhole floor length gown by McCalls, no 7866.

If you’re not great at zippers no worries, purchase a fabric with 4 way stretch (stretch in all four directions, not just two) and nix the zip. Pro Tips: Heavier weight stretch fabric can be very forgiving – we love neoprene! Stay away from sequins and velvet as these are ridiculously hard to sew.

SEWING YOUR OWN: PATTERN $8 + FABRIC $20 = ESTIMATED COST $28-50

For the Thrifty Type:

You can find amazing things in thrift stores but the prom/evening section always seems to be lacking. In between bridesmaids dresses from the 80’s and 90’s are stained and ripped pieces. Most aren’t your size and you leave discouraged, thinking ‘What am I to do?!?’. Well, think of those dresses as separate pieces – maybe a top works for you and you can cut off the skirt or vice versa. Also check the basic tops sections and skirts.

Pro Tip: It’s all about shape and fit! Find something you love the shape of that also fits you, it can be an actual dress or even lingerie.Cut off the parts you don’t like and, like Dr. Frankenstein, connect them to pieces that you do like. Remember this dress has to last one night so there’s no shame in hot glue or even staples – but we recommend (especially if you’re going to dance) using some strong fabric glue. Use binder clips to hold the pieces together while they dry overnight. Cover any imperfections with a simple ribbon belt.

Combine separates that you love for one killer prom dress! Thrift Store Separates $20 + Glue $6 = $26-38

For the Bling Lovers:

Embellish, embellish, embellish. This is all about transforming something plain into something prom worthy! Go to your mall, pull something off of Charlotte Russe’s $10 rack and make it your own. You can do this to low cut shapewear too for a deep V top! Buy strong fabric glue and choose your embellishments:

Rhinestone patches or glitzy trim: Do your research because this can get pricey. Look at the size of each item – the photos can be misleading.

Regular Patches: For a non-traditional punky look.

Lace fabric: Lace is wonderful because you can cut it into shapes and the fabric will not fray. It adds luxury to any garment!

Pro tip: Be sure that whatever you’re adding allows you to still wear your garment; especially if there is no zipper and the fabric stretches.

Make it Shine: Cheap dress $10 + Embellishments $20 + Glue $6 = $36

For the Princess:

Tutu or full ballgown netted skirts are classic for prom. The shape looks amazing on everyone and you can choose one color or several colors of tulle to create different effects. The length of your skirt is also up to you, will you do a short cupcake dress, a midi length or a long ball gown? Pro Tip: Buy yards of tulle fabric and not the rolls they sell at craft stores – they’re much too thin.

Tulle Ball Gown: Tulle Fabric $8 + Elastic $1 + A Top = $9+

 

The best thing about all of these options is you can mix and match. You can bling up some lingerie and make this simple tutu skirt or cut off the bottom of a thrift store find and create your dream princess prom dress!

Email us with any questions and Happy Prom!