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Ready to design your own clothes? Learn how to create new styles without starting from scratch. Change the neckline, move a dart, add tucks or pleats, make it a princess line….experiment with endless possibilities. This flat pattern method used by industry pros is easy and fun. Practice on paper samples and then transfer what you learn to a favorite pattern.


Make the most of your sewing time with these time-saving tips that will change the way you sew. Topics include fit, interfacing, cutting and marking, stitching, avoiding mistakes and even how to get organized. This informative slide presentation that will help you achieve better results in all of your sewing projects.


What to do when you buy clothes that almost fit, but not quite? Learn how to alter them for a custom fit and more flattering look. Mary McCarthy is an alterations specialist with over 25 years of experience fitting and altering garments from jeans to bridal gowns. Apply basic fit principles and great techniques to let in, take out, or even restyle your favorite ready to wear garments. Topics covered include: hems, side seams, shoulders, sleeves and much more.


Afraid to take your serger out of the box? Or do you just need to brush up on the basics? This class will get you started on how to use this great addition to your sewing room. Mary will walk you through the process of threading, tensions dials, and practicing basic stitches. Don’t miss this opportunity to conquer your serger!
Companion Book: Sewing with Sergers: The Complete Handbook for Overlock Sewing by Pati Palmer, Gail Brown and Linda Wisner.


“I just wanted to say thanks for the great instruction in the pattern fit class. I really learned a lot… I am currently making a shirt using the Palmer/Pletsch method and I actually know what they are talking about! Oh, and yes, you were right about the bodice sizing too. Thanks again!”
Rebecca Griner, Titusville, Florida

After fitting hundreds of brides, Mary can show you how to fit your bodice for the most comfortable and flattering look possible. Are you using the right size pattern? Is the neckline (front and back) comfortable? Are your bust darts/seams in the right place? This class will empower you to identify and solve your fit challenges before cutting out your next project.

Companion Book: Fit for Real People by Pati Palmer.


“Thank you for all the extra effort to fit my pants. It really seems possible that I might make some that fit! Looking forward to the next class.”
Patrice Pilate, Mims, Florida

Tired of pants that don’t fit? Solve your pant fitting challenges with this step-by-step process to create great-looking pants with any commercial pattern. Learn your correct pattern size, and how to change the pattern to match YOUR unique fit variations. It’s logical, easy, and it works!

Companion book: Pants for Real People by Pati Palmer.


Got a garment you love? Then copy it! Make a pattern from a ready-to-wear favorite without taking it apart. You can even make design changes as you go, and you’ll discover what makes your favorite garments feel and fit so well. You will have a complete pattern ready to cut. A camp shirt and pants will be demonstrated.

Companion book: Copy It! by Mary McCarthy.

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Discover the attitude, creativity, and inspiration that make a garment "couture" (high sewing). Mary will guide you through the process of custom fitting your pattern, working with fine fabrics, utilizing the best sewing techniques, and much more. This is a wonderful opportunity to work on a special project to take your sewing skills to the next level.


“Thank you for the instructions on the invisible zipper. Now I can really get started. I learned a great deal from your class.”
Patricia M., Orlando, Florida

One of the most useful skills to master is to insert a zipper and get it right the first time. Learn the best way to apply an invisible zipper in a lined garment, a lapped zipper with a unique neckline finish, plus a fast and easy “five minute” traditional zipper. You will enjoy this fun and practical workshop, and come away with perfect zipper samples for your next garment.

Companion book: Mad About Zippers by Mary McCarthy.

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Your personal appearance sends a powerful message to others about your self-confidence and personal performance. This dynamic and informative presentation will show you how to transform your wardrobe with visual tricks of line, proportion, color, and good fit. Learn how to emphasize assets and minimize flaws. Identify flattering styles for your unique body type. You will be amazed at how small changes can make a BIG difference.

Companion book: Looking Good by Nancy Nix-Rice

Current 2016 Teaching Schedule

January 30, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Smart Stitching Presentation
The Sewing Studio
9605 S. Hwy 17-92, Maitland, FL

March 5, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Sewing Studio
9605 S. Hwy 17-92, Maitland, FL

May 5-7, 8 AM - 5 PM

Trained Sewing Instructor Certification Workshop
Sewing & Craft Alliance

Reston, VA

May 14, 9:30 PM - 4:00 PM

One Day Bodice Fit Workshop
The Sewing Studio
9605 S. Hwy 17-92, Maitland, FL

June 17, 9:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Make A Custom Dress Form
The Sewing Studio
9605 S. Hwy 17-92, Maitland, FL

June 18, 9:30 PM - 12:30 PM

Alterations Workshop
The Sewing Studio
9605 S. Hwy 17-92, Maitland, FL

June 18, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Knock It Off
The Sewing Studio
9605 S. Hwy 17-92, Maitland, FL

September 17, 9:30 AM - 11:30 PM

NEW! The Beauty of Bias
The Sewing Studio
9605 S. Hwy 17-92, Maitland, FL

September 17, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

All About Fit
The Sewing Studio
9605 S. Hwy 17-92, Maitland, FL

For more information, call Mary at 321-635-8640
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Mary also offers private sewing lessons
to individuals or groups.
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