Theater NorthWest’s costume department is excitedly preparing for the return of this popular program, which will have several updates from last year.
The sewing camp is offered again this summer at the NorthWest Theater! Classes for different skill levels will run from July 4 to August 5, and registration is open now!
Theater NorthWest’s costume department is excitedly preparing for the return of this popular program, which will have several updates from last year. New projects and completely new courses are in the works. Our courses are designed to be skill-based rather than age-based – the notable exception being Sewing for Young Children, offered in August.
In the past, it was common for young children to be placed in the beginner class and teenagers in the advanced class, regardless of their experience. This year, however, to better serve students, enrollees are strongly encouraged to select the class that best matches their level of sewing experience. Beginners are for anyone with very little or no sewing experience. advanced is for those comfortable with sewing and ready for more difficult techniques and complicated projects; and intermediate is for those who fall somewhere in the middle. The only age-based course is Sewing for Young Children, which is a beginner’s course specifically for children aged 7-10.
Students who have attended camps in the past are encouraged to level up if they feel up to an additional challenge. If they prefer to stay at the same level to gain confidence, they will have new projects to test this year, because the courses have been updated.
In addition to sewing classes for toddlers, beginners, intermediate and advanced, three entirely new classes are coming this summer. These are upcycled ties, upcycled old clothes and sewing, aimed at experienced/advanced seamstresses.
Tie recycling will be a fun week to incorporate old ties into various new things, including an apron, skirt, tote bag and placemats. Students will also learn how to sew a tie from scratch, which can be handy for creating thoughtful (and fashionable) gifts. This class might appeal more to adults than children, but all ages are welcome. It runs from July 11 to 15, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Upcycling Old Clothes will explore several DIY fashion trends, many of which are popular with young people on social media. For this class, students will need to bring their own old clothes to use in the projects. The class will explore several ways to modify clothing, such as turning narrow-legged pants into unique bell bottoms, adding decorative trim to hems, adding lace inserts to t-shirts, and turning a men’s dress shirt into a stylish top. for women. Students will also make a memory pillow from clothes that are no longer worn but have special meaning. These projects are suitable for a wide range of people, including DIY teens and crafty parents who want to extend the life of baby and toddler clothes. This course takes place from July 4 to 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The third new course is an introduction to sewing. For this course, students will need to purchase one of three pre-approved garment designs and enough fabric for the garment. The class will be guided through the building process throughout the week. When creating a dress, students will learn how to take the correct measurements, follow directions from commercial patterns, and evaluate and modify the fit of the garment. This course is for any budding clothing designer who wants to create something beautiful, but might need some help navigating some of the many stages of a big project. This course runs from July 25 to 29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Have any of the new courses piqued your interest? If so, join a fun and welcoming group and get creative this summer! Visit tickets.theatrenorthwest.com for more information and to register. Any questions can be directed to [email protected] Also, be sure to follow Theater NorthWest on Instagram (@theatrenorthwestpg) for previews of the projects on offer!