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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Get your name on just about anything!
We have five different adorable fonts to choose from and you can choose whatever thread color you desire.
Perfect for the holidays!
And get your orders in NOW for the custom Christmas stocking. It's $29 Complete with embroidered names.
Check it out here.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
M Avery Designs is now offering crafting classes for 4, 5, & 6 Year Old's on Saturday Mornings. Kids will learn how to trace patterns, how to cut fabric & felt, how to hand sew using plastic sewing needs and embroidery floss, as well as basic design & construction skills used in making the described crafts.
Each one hour class will be project oriented and each student will leave classes with their finished projects. There are only 10 spots per session.
$40 for the series of four classess + One Parent Volunteer Help Day
(Each parent is asked to choose one class per series to help with instruction)
If there is space, you may register on a class by class basic for $15 per class. Please note, first priority will go to students registering for all four classes in the series.
All Supplies are included.
Class 1 Upcycled Sweater Felted Mittens
Class 2 Owl or Butterfly Hats
Class 3 Animal Pillow/Pajama Bag
Class 4 Snow Globes
nov 21, dec 5, 12 & 19 10-11am
3 spaces left
jan 16, 23, 30 & feb 6 10-11am
sign up now
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Students of the M Avery Designs Sewing & Design classes will be creating purple purses to model in the "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" Fashion Show during the October 24th, 2009 Matinee Showing put on by the Mile Square Theater.
Each fashion show participant gets a free ticket to see the show and then gets to walk the runway to show off their very own purple purse creation.
Space is limited, so please let us know if you would like to participate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can work on your purple purse designs on your own or at the M Avery Designs Fashion Lab Afterschool classes.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
So do it!
There is a new Burdastyle.com sewing contest that just started where they are challenging to make your own version of this skirt:
Here are the details from the website:
Three winners will be chosen:
2nd Prize- An autographed copy of Twinkle Sews, sewing accessories by Coats & Clark, $500 Gift Certificate from Twinkle by Wenlan.
3rd Prize-An autographed copy of Twinkle Sews, sewing accessories by Coats & Clark.
Check out the Burdastyle Website for all the contest rules.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
What has been the M Avery Designs Studio & Boutique is now sharing their space with the Hoboken Handmade Collective.
We'll still be teaching our classes, hosting our parties and selling our wares at 266 7th Street in Hoboken, but we'll be selling our things along side of SO many other great designers.
Come check out all the handmade goodies at our Launch Party on Oct. 15th, 2009 starting at 6pm.
Here is the invite:
We had a couple of brave souls tackle the ottoman project, and one member even of the class even took a thrift store end table and turned IT into an ottoman. I don't know about you, but I find when making a project, it's even more special when it's taking something un-use-able and making it use-able again. Love that! I guess that is why my apartment is full of mismatched chairs ; )
Anyway - we had another great class and I wanted to share the photos so far with you! Here they are, Enjoy!
If this is looking like something you would like to try, we still have spaces available for the next Fashion Lab Home Decor Class Starting Oct. 22nd! Here are all the details.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Today I was lucky enough to spend most of my afternoon making bias tape from scratch. I needed about 9 yards of bias tape to create piping that would match the fabric I am using to cover a cushion for a customer. The cushion, which will be used to cover a storage unit on her enclosed porch is, no doubt, going to be gorgeous, but it has been such a pain the neck to create the piping.
I thought it was pretty funny that I just read this review in my latest Sewing Savvy Newsletter that just appeared in my in box and I thought I just had to pass it along:
I first saw the Simplicity® Rotary Cutter and Bias Tape Maker during my visit to the Pittsburgh Quilt Show this past spring. I watched as the demonstrator showed the process of creating yards and yards of bias tape in minutes and was intrigued. Would it be quite so simple if you did not have all of the items prepped for the demonstration? How long does it actually take to make three yards of bias tape the old-fashioned way of cutting the strips, inserting them through the hand-held bias tape maker and pressing while pulling the fabric end through the tape maker. I decided to explore the art of making bias tape using the Simplicity machines.
The first part of the test was to open the box of the Rotary Cutter machine, read the instructions and give it a try. I give it high marks as I managed to obtain great results the first time around with only a small adjustment having to be made, raising the blade for a perfect cut. I was able to change out the blades in the machine in minutes, and the serrated blade worked just as smoothly as the straight blade. The sliding adjustment bar is clearly marked, and with just a little practice, I was able to feed the fabric through the machine perfectly.
Conclusion: If you are in need of yards of pre-cut fabric strips, whether straight cut or bias, this machine is fast, and you have the ability to cut continuous yardage for your project. Just imagine one continuous strip, no seams in sight.
The second test came when I opened the box containing the Bias Tape Maker. Once again the instructions were pretty clear and I did not have to wait too long for the light to come on indicating the machine was ready. I liked the fact that I can choose the heat setting, and the indicator light lets me know when everything is ready to go. After rolling the fabric onto the spool and fitting it into the machine, I used a straight pin to insert the end of the strip into the bias tape maker. I find cutting the end of the fabric strip at an angle is extremely helpful when feeding it through the taper maker. I snapped the heat cover over the fabric strip and was able to create perfectly pressed bias strips in no time at all. I am told that the spool is able to hold 12 1/2 yards of fabric strips, which is enough to bind a king-size quilt.
Once again, if multiple yards of pressed bias strips are needed, this is the way to go. I quickly learned just how fast I could press the fabric strips with not one burned finger. The key, I believe, is to have a designated location for your machines, which eliminates the need to set them up each time they are called into service.
I have heard from my Simplicity® sources that new blades in a variety of cutting shapes as well as additional sizes for the bias tape maker are on the horizon. This is welcome news as I think I am addicted and eagerly await their arrival.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saw this How To on Cut Out & Keep (dot) com - and had to re-post on my Blog:
1.Find an old wallet or clutch that you don't mind getting a little bit messy, (or stitch a small fabric cluch - try the Heather Clutch, from my book!) as well as enough cassette tapes to cover the desired area on your accessory. I recomend finding ones with bright colors on the front.
2.Cover one side of your wallet or clutch with Shoe Goo (which can be found at craft stores or some shoe stores) or with Gorilla Glue (which can be purchased at craft stores or hardware stores). Quickly arrange your cassettes on the sticky stuff and press firmly for about two minutes.
3. Let sit for an hour or two...
4. Enjoy a night on the town at some cool concert or club and be sure to let your new statement accessory be seen by many.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Supposedly filled to the brim with great stuff and the best part is, it's ALL HANDMADE!
Here is the information from their website:
A weekly outdoor independent artist and designer market in Brooklyn's McCarren Park in partnership with the Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn (OSA) to benefit McCarren Park. The Market in McCarren will feature independent designers of clothing, jewelry, accessories and handmade crafts and will include an array of traditional and non-traditional visual artists. The Market will also co-host an outdoor café (care of the good folks at Brooklyn Label), live music and a weekly calendar of events, entertainment and programming.
Open Saturdays 10am-6pm. McCarren Park (adjacent to the McCarren Field House in the northwest corner of McCarren Park)
L Train to Bedford; G Train to Metropolitan; JMZ to Broadway. Click Here for more info
And if you are into Vintage there is a nearby VINTAGE MARKET as well!
Here is the information from their website about that:
The Vintage Market
This vintage only showcase is a vintage lovers paradise. Containing 15 hand-selected vintage collectors and their collections of men’s & women’s clothing, furniture, prints, posters, housewares, jewelry & accessories and more. An on-site seamstress is available to make alterations, recommendations and repairs.
Open Every Saturday & Sunday 12-8pm. 125 N. 6th Street (between Bedford & Berry) – next door to the Indoor Artist & Designer Market
L Train to Bedford; G Train to Metropolitan; JMZ to Broadway. Click Here for more info
Monday, August 3, 2009
I want you all to know, the pricing structure IS a bit different. Now participants in the classes pay for the workshop when you sign up and either bring your own supplies (everything you need is listed on the class page) or you can purchase them at our studio at the time of the workshop.
Now, before you panic and think this is our way of raising prices without really raising prices, take note. Not one class price has gone up and ALMOST ALL CLASSES ARE LESS EXPENSIVE! Even if you decide to buy the supplies at our studio!!! WOOOOHOOOO!
Even better news? We are even offering some "sewing basics" classes that are $25 per class and absolutely no materials are needed! So here are the classes at a glance or Click here to see the different offerings and their descriptions. Sign up online, or give us a call.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Everyone wants to save money right now... and since we are our goal is saving money, we are staying home more.
What better reason to get our houses and apartments looking gorgeous.
And what is better than doing this on the cheap???
Well, if you agree, you are in luck!
We are going to be offering our first ever Home decorLab at the studio this fall! It's going to be four classes, 8 hours of sewing that will focus on cool home decor projects to help get your living space looking fabulous without breaking the bank.
Each two hour class will focus on a different home project:
|Class 1 ||Intro to Sewing Machine & Basic Sewing - Project: Coasters, Placemats and matching fabric napkins |
|Class 2 ||Review of Sewing Machine and Basic Sewing - Project: Basic curtains/ Window treatments |
|Class 3 ||Intro to Pattern Reading - Project: Pillows, Pillow Covers and/or stuffed fabric ottoman. |
|Class 4 ||Pattern Review & Sewing technique practice - Quilted Patchwork Throw |
And since this is our first class, we don't have a lot of project photos, but I put together a little slide show of examples of things we are going to be making in this class:
The 8 hour class is $149 plus the cost of materials and the really cool thing is that this class can work for complete beginners, as well as stitchers that have some sewing experience. Choose between two different difficulty levels on the project each eek. You are sure to go home with mad sewing skills when you are done!
Here is more information from our site.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Come on out and support two of Hoboken’s most important charities, the Hoboken Boys and Girls Club and Jubilee Center.
This coming Tuesday, July 14th, The M Avery Designs Team will be running (okay, probably jogging/walking) in the Party With Purpose 5th Annual 5k and Kids' Fun Run along the majestic Hoboken waterfront.
You won't be able to miss us! Look out for the group running in these cute stripey tank tops promoting our Fashion Lab 5-Week Sewing Boot Camp that starts on September 8th!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
We are branching out and expanding our options with clothing now! But not just any clothing!
There has to be something completely unique about any clothing we are going to offer and with these skirts, that certainly is the case!
Not only are the reversible skirts, yep, you guessed it, REVERSIBLE, they are just about the most comfy skirt you will where this summer!
The top part/waist band of the skirt is made of organic stretchy jersey knit so it's super soft and oh so comfortable on your belly & hips. The double layer of fabric, also helps to smooth out any bumps you may have in that area (holla!)
The skirt part is made of either cotton or rayon fabric that keeps it light, cool & casual, but substantial enough, that with the right job (of course) you could wear these cuties to work. And Bike riding is a cinch in these skirts (yes, of course I have already tried!) Heck, if you could do yoga in a skirt, these would be the skirt to do it in!
As with everything we offer, you can choose from an assortment of readymade skirts that are here in the store and ready to ship. Or if you would rather choose your own adventure, you can choose from an assortment of solid colored organic cotton jersey swatches for the top, and then of course choose from our vast fabric assortment in the fabric palette for your lower, skirt portions. Your skirt is then made for you and shipped within two weeks of your order date.
Seriously, all you need is one skirt and you have two completely different looks that you can wear twice as long without people wondering if you ever do laundry ; ) LOVE THAT!
Oooh, and did I mention how afforable they are? Just $32 for the readymade skirts and $38 to design your own. Come on, it doesn't get much better than that!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
If this looks like something you, or someone you know, would be into there is still some room in our second session starting on July 27th. Sign up soon, cause we are almost full. Here is the info.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Right! Well, if you are new to sewing and don't have one yet, here is a step by step on how to make your very own adorable pin cusion! This is a great kids sewing project!
Start by cutting out two 6" squares of some really cute fabric.
Place both pieces together, with right sides touching and stitch (using 1/2" seam allowance) along three of the four sides. Should look something like this:
And here is a closeup of the stitching:
Next, turn the fabric right sides out and stuff with pillow fill. It should now look like this:
Now turn the raw edge over, tucking in about 1/2" and secure in place with straight pins. Should look like this:
Now, sew this last side either with a machine (using 1/2" seam allowance) or by hand, like in this photo. As you will see, you can sew it as neatly, as you would like. We like to do a nice big, messy handstitch, giving it that organic, home-made feel ; )
Voila! The perfect beginner sewing project that I guarantee any stitcher will use for years to come!
Monday, June 29, 2009
With a total of four Meetups under our belt, our group just keeps getting bigger and our Meetups just keep getting better! For this one, we stayed local and sewed together at the M Avery Designs Studio/Boutique and snacked on munchkins from DD.
Take a look at the photos from the process, as well as some of the finished aprons! Every single one came out amazing and members were proudly wearing their new cute aprons out the door when they left!
Not a member of Fashion Lab Meet Up Group yet? Click here to become a member. It's free and you will be in the know for all our Free Sewing Events!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Here are the photos. Just click the photos to scroll through the set of 18:
If you or some youngster in your life is interested in doing this too, we have another session starting on July 27th that still has openings! Check out all the details here.
And either call or email with questions!
email@example.com or 201-876-1198.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Most of our students today had never sewn before in their life and wound up leaving class with a new found confidence threading and using the sewing machine, as well as a brand spanking new, funky headband, they made all by themselves!
Everybody got their new Fashion Lab Summer Camp T-Shirt and instructions for their homework project they are to work on throughout the five weeks of camp.
Here are some more photos of this mornings group. Just click each photo to scroll through the set of 25 or so snapshots.
We started the Fashion Lab Summer Camp season with a bang and had a great first day! We took lots of photos (coming soon!) and even took our very first Fashion Lab Summer Camp Video.
We are pretty excited about the video so I wanted to get it up right away - So here is the video of one of our campers doing the finishing touches of her headband. It's short & sweet, but stay tuned for more:
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
All you have to do is design it and they will print it for you. Ahhhhh Spoonflower.com!
So, last week in one of the beginner Fashion Lab Boot Camp Classes, when one of my newly converted stitchers said, okay, so I want to get this fabric that has seahorses carrying flags with my initials on it. Where do I get that????
My first reaction was to kind of laugh to myself and think, wow that is kind of a TALL fabric order... She has a lot of things she wants going on on this fabric.... Not really sure about this one...
Now - I pride myself at having the ability to find my students and customers just about any fabric they can dream up. Between NYC's garment district and my resources online, I can find just about any fabric, but this one was going to be a doozy. But THEN i remembered about the Spoonflower Sight.
I haven't tried to design and print my own fabric yet (regretably) but check it out right now.
You design the fabric, send them the artwork for the design and then they send you a yard of it printed on quilt quality cotton for $18. Cheap if you ask me cause they have no minimums! And you can enter your fabric design in the fabric of the week contest! Good Stuff!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
...but who really cares?
I know I will still be watching. I think that Mizrahi has the potential to be just as much of a "charactar" as Tim Gund and Kelly Rowland has GOT to be better than Heidi Klum...
Premiers on May 7th, and I cannot wait!
Are you with me?
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From the Bravotv.com Website:
The Fashion Show premieres on Bravo on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Fifteen professional designers will compete in this fashion creative competition series for a chance to have their designs sold in the retail market and win a $125,000 prize.
Internationally acclaimed designer Isaac Mizrahi shares hosting duties with four-time Grammy Award-winning performer and actress Kelly Rowland. Mizrahi and Rowland will also serve as judges alongside fashion luminary and Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion, Fern Mallis.
Each week the designers will be put to the test and will have to face off in two challenges – the Harper's Bazaar Mini Challenge, judged by the magazine's Special Projects Director Laura Brown, and the elimination challenge. In the end, America will choose which contestant will have a clothing line available for retail and win the $125,000 prize.
Friday, April 3, 2009
& THE CITY OF HOBOKEN
proudly present the 15th annual
Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival
Sunday, May 3, 2009 • 11am to 6pm
ADMISSION IS FREE
Washington St. - Observer Highway to 7th St.
Featuring 3 stages of live music
& over 300 artists, sculptors, photographers, craftspeople, food vendors & local businesses
(That's Our Booth Circa 2000, Maybe? We've come a long way, baby!)
Special Children’s area on 3rd street with rides, games, creative activities, ponies, live performances and much more:
Live Performance on 3 Stages -
schedules are tentative and subject to change
Observer Hwy - (bet. Newark & Observer Hwy)
12:00pm - Mad Happy
1:00pm - Yung Wu
1:30pm - Wild Carnation
2:00pm - East of Venus
3:00pm - Val Emmich (of Ugly Betty fame)
4:30pm - The Boxtops with Alex Chilton
Sixth Street Stage -
12:30pm - Bandwidth
1;15pm - The Verdict
2:15pm - Second Fiddles
3:15pm - Clueless
4:15pm - Joe Taino
5:15pm - Orchestra C2
Kidz Stage (Third Street)
11:15am Hanna Valente
12:00pm Polka Dot Pals with aka Ron Albanese
1:00pm Frog & Toad - production of NJ Theatre for the Performing Arts
at DeBaun Auditorium
2:00pm Mother Goose
3:00pm Polka Dot Pals with aka Ron Albanese
4:00pm Frog & Toad
5:00pm Polka Dot Pals with aka Ron Albanese
Just 3 blocks from all public transportation: PATH, NJ Transit Trains & buses,
NY Waterway Ferries and Hudson Bergen Lightrail
radio station WRXP, PATH; Port Authority of NY & NJ; Optimum
The Hoboken Reporter & The Hudson Current,
The NJ Division of Travel & Tourism & NJ Transit
For more information: Geri Fallo, Division of Cultural Affairs
firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 201-420-2207
The City of Hoboken: At Work for You
See you there!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I am once again looking for a summer intern or two this summer. You must fill the shoes of the last summer interns (left), and that is going to be quite a feat!
Kerry, Heather & Sara were all hard workers who took on projects with ease and loved learning new things about having your own small design business.
Here is how the ad I posted on Craigslist reads:
Attention College students interested in a career in fashion, merchandising or someone looking to have their own DIY business. We are M Avery Designs, LLC and we design, produce and sell our line of bags and accessories in our studio / boutique in Hoboken NJ. We also teach sewing & crafting classes to kids and adults.
We are looking for a summer intern for summer 2009. Schedule is very flexible. You MUST be very comfortable using a sewing machine! We are willing to work with your school to get you credit for this internship.
Duties will include, but not limited to:
-Helping with production (ie Cutting fabric, ironing, cutting patterns, sewing piece work, etc)
-Helping with sewing classes, both for adults and kids.
-"Brick & Mortar" Store management and maintenance.
-Online store management & maintenance.
-Way more that we can talk about when we interview you
PLEASE spend some time on our website maverydesigns.com and get to know our business before you contact us.
PS: We do have a shop dog that hangs out occasionally. Please do not apply if you are allergic or afraid of dogs.
IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES, SEND ME AN EMAIL!
Well Hallelujah! They have come to some sort of agreement in court and the *already taped* 6th season of Project Runway will air. (Sigh of relief)
It's coming on this summer and it will be aired on Lifetime.
I suppose this is a little annoying because who likes to watch TV in the summer. But thanks to Adam, we have a DVR now and that is going to come in really handy!
Here is the article from the AP.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Found these two chairs yesterday when I was parking my car in Hoboken. Thought they had great lines and a kind of cool back. Since we have a dinner table that seats like 17, thought it couldn't hurt to give these babies a face-lift with some awesome upholstery fabric I had stashed.
Here is the result. Not a massive change, but it's amazing what a new new seat cover will add to a piece of furniture and it only took about 20 minutes!
And even though there are only two of them, they look great around the butcher block table with the other chairs, even if the other chairs are orange vinyl and metal ; )
These photos really don't do them justice. One of these days I will photograph them with my real camera (not the camera phone) and you can see for yourself, a little better.