Bring in your hand sewing, mending, and clothing/housewares/soft toys that need repair. I’ll bring my full kit, and we’ll get you all set up. You’ll also learn a lot from your fellow students!
Visible Mending July 28 from 11 AM – 2 PM, Wingwalker Brewing at 235 W. Maple Ave in Monrovia, CA. $45
Let’s mend the world instead of trashing it.
Visible mending makes repair fun, meditative, and beautiful. We’ll use techniques inspired by classic Japanese Boro and Sashiko hand sewing and turn your worn out clothing into wearable art. This is a great way to keep old clothes out of the landfill and learn a new skill in good company.
A. Laura Brody has 30 years experience as a costume crafts person, designer, and maker. She’s made costumes for LMFAO, the Black Eyed Peas, and Rhianna, among others. She has worked for Netflix, Disney Imagineering, the LA Opera, Disney and Nickelodeon TV, Diavolo Dance Theatre, and many specialty costume houses. Her relaxed, encouraging, and adventurous approach to teaching makes pattern making, draping, crafts, and sewing accessible and fun.
If you can dream it up, she can make it- and show you how to make it too.
Other classes offered:
Get Your Stretch On- Alter Your Stretchy Clothes
Fast and Dirty Alterations- Alter Your Clothes TV Style
Knock It Off and Make Your Own Pattern
Politics of Pockets and…
Staple Drape Your Own Designs
Staple draping is sculpting on the body, using repurposed fabric, a stapler, staples and scissors. It’s a fun, fast and sustainable way to create shapes. Take the drape and use it to make a pattern or take out the staples and sew it up. You can do this if you’ve never sewn a seam, or if you sew all the time and want a fresh way to create your textile art.
“ I took Laura’s Staple Draping Class and absolutely loved it! If you appreciate fashion and being creative you will really enjoy this class. I learned so much and Laura has lots of knowledge about construction, draping, fabrics, etc. We made four outfits in less than an hour and they were all unique. I had a terrific time with Laura and I’m looking forward to taking another one of her classes!” -Suzi Lohr
“Wow – a really fun and fast way to make a pattern by just having fabric draped on you, cut and then stapled together! Laura helps with cutting and marking the fabric, and then stapling where the seams will be. You can leave with a garment that just needs the seams sewn in later. Laura has the best short-cuts and suggestions, and make sewing fun and accessible.” -Patti Harrison
“Who knew that you could build a garment without a pattern? I didn’t until I learned about A. Laura Brody’s class and technique on staple draping. If you’ve watched Project Runway, you’ve watched them drape mannequins. In this class you learn how to drape a live model, yourself! What fun, and I have two garments from class and will work to practice and make more on my subjects! So worth it, I would take it again in a heartbeat.” -Gillian Efros