It's a 2.5 hour class, one night a week for six weeks. The first class was a little bit dull - we didn't even get to touch a machine. It kind of made me think of Phoebe's guitar lessons for Joey (Friends, anyone?). :) But we covered the basics of all the equipment we would need (or "notions" if you will), how to take measurements (what fun to have a perfect stranger measure your boobs - at least it was all women), and how to buy a pattern and fabric. I was hoping that we'd be able to choose our sewing project, but the teacher strongly "recommended" that we all make boxer shorts or pajama pants. I guess it's easier for her if we're all working on something similar, and those are fairly basic projects. However, I have no need for either boxer shorts or pajama pants for myself, so I'm going to make a pair of pants for Annika. We went to Fabricland today and got the pattern and the fabric. Here's a little sneak peak - isn't it cute?
The pattern I bought also includes patterns for a skirt, jumper, vest and jacket, so hopefully after I master the pants, I'll be able to make a few more things for Annika. The jumper is next on my list. Hopefully I can find some more good deals on fabric (my mom had a coupon for 50% off fabric, so this fabric today only cost $4.50 for a meter). I think sewing your own clothes used to be a lot more economical, but now it seems to be almost as expensive as buying ready-made. Some of the fabric we saw today was $20 a meter! And it wasn't really anything fancy - it was flannel (but it was Christmas prints). However, there's just something about being able to say "I made that" that makes you feel good. Perhaps I'll have to also take a few lessons from a friend of mine who is quite skilled in "upcycling" old clothing into new creations.
So I'm looking forward to next week - actually using the machine! :)