Thursday, December 16, 2010

My New Gig: Teaching!

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know how excited I am about this: I was recently hired to teach sewing! This is a dream gig for me, at a dreamy place: The Sewing Studio, right here in New York City. You may know of The Sewing Studio's orginal Toronto location, and they've recently opened up a fabulous new location in Manhattan, right near the Garment District.

While I was being considered for the job, I was invited to the studio to chat and I knew right away that it was the place for me. Friendly, inviting, and hot pink! I just love the vibe of the place: clean, spacious, and pretty. The teachers are awesome and so is the owner, Denise. It's a large, airy space outfitted with brand new Janome machines and sergers. There's an always-full jar of chocolates. And the cutest little sitting area!

I'm teaching a couple classes a week, starting with the 8-week Introductory Sewing course. It's super fun: the students learn the correct techniques for all the basics and make three projects, culminating in the skirt pattern of their choice. I'm only a couple weeks into it, and I've discovered that I love teaching. What fun it is to share my biggest passion! With plenty of chocolate nearby! Sure, it's a lot to take on with a full-time job, a blog, and a book in the works, but I'm having such a blast I've hardly noticed.

So, anyway. I will keep you updated on my teaching schedule in the hopes that some of you locals might come sew with me in person. (Visit the classes page for lots more details on the school and curriculum.) I'll also be taking on private students in the future. Fun fun fun!


59 comments:

  1. How fabulous - congrats! And, it's never hard work or long-hours if you are enjoying yourself - which it sounds that you are :)

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  2. Well done! I hope you hook a whole new crowd on sewing- you're just the woman to do it!

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  3. congratulations on the teaching job! I've no idea how you manage to combine everything but if you're enjoying it, that's all that matters.

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  4. It would be nice if some correspondence or on line classes would be developed to help those of us who are not local but would like to improve the quality of sewing. Your explanations are excellent.

    Marie

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  5. Wow, congratulations!! If only I didn't live in England. . .I'd definitely join your class if I could! :)
    Ashley x

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  6. How excellent, looks like a fabulous place to teach! I just wish I lived in NYC so I could benefit from your abundant knowledge!

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  7. Congratulations! I took classes at The Sewing Studio here in Toronto, and it was lots of fun. It's a great sewing school with a friendly atmosphere, and I am sure you will enjoy working there.

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  8. *sigh* That looks wonderful, well done - I don't suppose you're planning a European teaching tour any time soon are you?
    And I'll second the request for an online course!

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  9. Congratulations. I wish I lived in New York so I could learn directly from you. However I think that might be a bit of a trek for this Brit :o) Looking forward to your book coming out though, hope to learn lots from that.

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  10. You go, Gertie! The place loos awesome and I can see you as a great teacher. Chocolate, sewing machines and hot pink- what could be better?

    -Chedva

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  11. This is AWESOME news!!!! Congrats!

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  12. Wow...that's the neatest (as in clean and not messy) sewing classroom I've ever seen. I was looking for stray bits of thread but I didn't see any. My classroom of choice is the one at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL, if it's rented for the Sewing Salon...it will set you back...get this....$5.... a day! Yes, 5 bucks! Plus do it 10 times and you get a $20 gift certificate, a deal that's hard to beat.

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  13. Wow! This is such fantastic news, Gertie!!! Congratulations on a teaching job (how you juggle everything--I am in awe! ;)--it looks like an amazing spot to sew in!

    ♥ Casey | blog

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  14. How fabulous! Congrats, Gertie. I'm sure you'll make a stellar teacher.

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  15. I was in the area once and I spotted the school. I looked it up and put it on my things to do list. Now I'll definitely check it out.

    Congratulations!

    ~Sewjourner

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  16. Wow, congratulations, that's fantastic!

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  17. Congrats!! your going to be a great teacher I've learned a lot from you!!
    pinupdolls01.blogspot.com

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  18. It's good to hear that people WANT TO LEARN TO SEW! It's good that teachers are passionate about their subject and you certainly are passionate!!! Good luck.

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  19. Congratulations! How I wish I had access to a good sewing class here. I'd love to take a multi-class session.

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  20. This is soo cool, Gertie! My ultimate dream as well! And I love the studio - you will enjoy it for sure. It's a sewing spa, actually ... CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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  21. Congratulations Gertie, such a beautiful space! After following you on the lady grey sew-along I know you're going to be a great instructor. :)

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  22. Congrats! That's so lovely! If I ever get a real sewing room (as opposed to my kitchen table), I'm definitely stealing the style from this place. Hot pink and chandelier decals!

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  23. Congrats! Wonderful gig for a such creative person.

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  24. Congratulations, Gertie! You'll be inspiring a whole new batch of sewers! You're awesome!!

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  25. Congratulations! I love teaching as well (environmental law) - it is very rewarding and inherently satisfying! That is fantastic. . . . now if I only lived in NYC. Pam in LA:)

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  26. Congratulations, Gertie! What a fabulous place to work...and doing what you love, no less. :)

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  27. congrats. Looks like such a fun place to work.

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  28. How I wish I could take your class! But since I'm in California it's too long of a commute. Sigh!

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  29. Congrats! What an awesome-looking place to teach and inspire people to sew!

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  30. Gertie, what you really need to share is the time machine that lets you get all these things done in a 24 hour day. You continuously amaze me with your productivity!

    Congrats on the teaching job, I'm sure you're a fantastic instructor!

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  31. New? Maybe a "new" gig, but you've been teaching me A LOT for many moons now... and I'm probably old enough to be your mother! Congrats! So proud of you!

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  32. True hotness for you! Congratulations!

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  33. That is wonderful news. Congratulations!

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  34. Great news! Where do I get one of those 'I love sewing' tank tops? lol

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  35. Congrats! Guess I need to move to New York!

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  36. I wish I could take lessons from you!

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  37. OHH!! Lucky ones the ones you teach!! that place looks very nice!!!!
    It is great you enjoy teaching!! perhaps if I go to NY I'll take a look to that place that would be like a dream to me!

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  38. This is so awesome! You really are a great teacher... patient and thorough.

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  39. Congrats! That's so exciting. I've learned so much by reading your blog and doing the coat sew along that your students must be having a blast learning to sew with such a fabulous teacher.

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  40. A BIG congratulations to you!! I am a follower of Denise's blog~ Fashion Force. I have been in love with her sewing studios from a distance, lol!!
    What a tremendous honor to be able to teach there! :)

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  41. I Wish I could take a class there!! It would be great to meet you; I've enjoyed your blog so much. You seem like you're living the dream now! lol

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  42. So exciting! I bet you are a great teacher in person (as you are online). Ooh and the studio looks delightful!

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  43. Congratulations! and such as cute place too!

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  44. Congratulations! I'd take the course if I didn't live in California. But I'm not sure that chocolates and sewing would mix for me. I'd have to keep letting out the garments if there was chocolate nearby.

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  45. Uber busy...uber productive...uber creative...that's our Gertie! Congratulations! If (or should I say when) you're asked to teach a weekend course in Toronto, remember we have chocolate too!

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  46. Congratulations! It's all about doing what you love that makes it easier.

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  47. Congratulations on your new job! Not only do you have a decent job at a cool place, you are doing something you love while at it! Not everyone can say that.

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  48. Wish I didn't live in the UK... Good for you :)

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  49. Oh, maybe it's time to give up the day job, this might be a new path for you! Good luck!

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  50. You are the bomb girl! I wish I could take a class from you and your pin-up prose! I'm sure you are just a treat as a teacher. And your style....you are going to have stalkers of your style if you're not careful. Not like you don't already! Love it Gertie!

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  51. Congratulations! And you are an absolute inspiration to the rest of us. I am thrilled for you and know it is all just going to keep getting even better for you!

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  52. Congratulations! I avoided teaching most of my life but when I finally did it I found it to be the most rewarding and envigorating job I ever had. You're going to have a blast!

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  53. What a gorgeous place! Even if I didn't sew, I would want to come and soak up the vibe in such a cool place and hang out with cool chicks like you! Good luck, I am sure this is going to be a blast! Congrats!

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  54. Oh, congrats, Gertie! It sounds wonderful...I'm tempted to jet off to NY to learn from you in person.

    How you do all of this as just one person boggles my mind.

    Way to go!

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  55. It is times like these I wish I lived in New York !

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  56. Congratulations !
    This sewing studio looks so elegant, yet fun and cute ! If I lived in that area, I would immediately start taking a course.

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  57. Congratulations!!!! I am leaving my job to do the same thing...I even have the same pink chairs. I'm currently looking for a place to teach what I love too; sewing. I'm a little nervous, but excited. I ran across your blog looking for clip art. I wish you much luck; from the looks of the studio, I don't think you'll be lacking in students. It's an inviting environment! All the best to you.

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