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The Little Sewing Room presents

The Tudor Tailor

Join us for a weekend of lively and educational workshops and talks covering 16th century dress by the internationally renowned Tudor Tailor. Jane Malcolm-Davies and Ninya Mikhail will bring their expertise in research all the way from London and give practical guidance with the aim of making reconstructed 16th century dress accessible to all. The Little Sewing Room will welcome The Tudor Tailor with a talk on Friday evening, August 14, 2015 and all day workshops on Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16, 2015.

The program will consist of the following :

Friday evening talk at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church: Court Life and Country Lore

06:15pm – doors open for arrivals; visit the Tudor Tailor shop

07:00pm – Court life and country lore – a presentation by The Tudor Tailor

Newly-married Lady Mary Talbot believes herself to be with child and has summoned a wet-nurse from the country to see if she if suitable to care for her infant when it is born. Goodwife Nan Gotobed has a long history of suckling other women’s children, although none so grand as Lady Mary’s. Nan has strong opinions on what a mother-to-be should wear and do and is keen to share her words of wisdom. Lady Mary has been attentive to advice from her relations and manuals on childrearing. This presentation looks into the wardrobe of an Elizabethan court lady and the clothing of a country woman. An entertaining dressing demonstration reveals how women managed their clothes as pregnancy progressed and they prepared themselves for motherhood.

08:15pm - Questions from the floor

08:45pm - Light refreshments offered, mingle and chat with Ninya and Jane, buy at the Tudor Tailor shop, examine reconstructed garments, and photo opportunities.

10:00pm - Close

Saturday workshops at The Little Sewing Room:

Gather Thy Thoughts (gain an insight into The Tudor Tailor’s research process)

Investigate The Tudor Tailor’s approach to detective work in this hands-on opportunity to examine reconstructed garments based on a range of sources.  Assess the evidence for Items used in Friday’s presentation and current works in progress for future publications. This exploration of an evidence-based approach suggests ways to create convincing historic dress with a story to tell.


Discover how the sixteenth century tailor made the most of limited resources. This demonstration of the tailor’s skill in piecing reveals how to make Tudor garments in an economical way. Experiment with sewing techniques which achieve significant savings on cloth and provide an accurate sixteenth century look.


Learn how to assess the appropriateness and accuracy of modern materials for reconstructing specific Tudor garments on a virtual sixteenth century shopping trip. Write a fabric wishlist to participate in activities focusing on fibres, colours and patterns with clues to cost-effective compromises to keep a project within budget. Each participant is invited to bring swatches or samples of fabrics they are considering using for a garment project. Please bring information on the price, availability (where and how easy it is to buy) and the fibres in each fabric.


Explore long-forgotten specialist techniques including hot printing, ravelling and pinking to transform plain materials into visually impressive textural delights. Discover how this attention to detail improves the visual impact of reconstructed sixteenth century clothing. Each participant is invited to bring fabric remnants (approximately a quarter of a yard) of silk (taffeta or satin), velvet and/or wool to share among the group.


Sunday workshops at The Little Sewing Room:  will repeat the Saturday series for those who missed the first presentation.


Cut thy cloth (discover how the sixteenth century tailor made the most of his limited resources)


Participants experience all four activities during the day. Lunch and refreshments are provided. It would be helpful if locals could book the Sunday leaving Saturday places for people who are traveling from further away and need to stay overnight to attend the lecture and workshops.


Spend thy shillings (assess the appropriateness of modern materials for reconstructing specific Tudor garments)


Slash thy sleeves (explore long-forgotten specialist techniques for transforming plain materials into visually impressive textural  delights).


Surface Design Holiday Camp for Kids and Teens

Monday, December 28 – Thursday December 31, 1:00 – 5:00PM

$160.00 per week or $50.00 each day (minimum of 3 students required for camp)


Join us for 4 afternoons of exploring surface design of fabric. Each day we will learn 2-3 traditional embroidery stitches and in addition we will learn the following:


Monday: traditional Japanese shibori folding (resist) techniques and dyeing with currently trending indigo dye.


Tuesday: experimenting with fiber reactive dyes and Indonesian inspired batik (wax resist) techniques.


Wednesday: creating designs using discharge (releasing the color) and applying textile paint with stencils, stamps and trying our hand at an unusual marbling technique.


Thursday will culminate in creating a drawstring backpack from our samples. If time permits we may even give nuno felting a try!.


All supplies are included in cost of camp. Please have your child come in clothing that can get stained. Student interest will guage how many techniques we will cover each day.



Junior Design Collections for Tweens

In this four week course, we will demonstrate the exciting step by step process of designing a collection. You will pick colors and fabrics based on your chosen theme, create beautiful inspiration boards and learn to use shading, layering and highlighting techniques to create lively illustrations! At the end of the course, you will have designed your very own mini collection!


Supplies needed:

11x14 Drawing Pad

Colored Pencils and/or Markers

#2 Pencils

White or Pink Pearl eraser

Glue Stick


Minimum age requirement for children: 10 years old

No prerequisites are required

Shibori Indigo Workshop

Sunday, May 22, 2015


Instructor: Melissa Hernandez, Textile Artist and Fashion Designer

Cost: $75.00


Come experience the magic of indigo and shibori. Indigo is an ancient dye made from plants. The dye has been used by cultures around the world to transform fabric into amazing shades of blue. Come and learn more about indigo and it's history. During our workshop, students will get the opportunity to dye items of their own using an all natural indigo vat and will learn various shibori techniques which is an ancient Japanese method of folding and clamping fabric to create beautiful designs and patterns.


Bring in three personal items* to transform including apparel or small home goods. Ideas include a pair of napkins, a tee shirt, pillowcase,a summer dress, linen pants, a scarf, a tote bag or a small table runner. Loved, gently used, or stained items are also a great choice.


*Note: Unfortunately large and heavy items such as bedding and rugs cannot be accommodated at this time and will not be dyed.


Check the labels of the items you wish to dye to be sure they are made from natural fibers such as cotton, linen or silk. Synthetic dyes do not dye as easily so aviod anything with polyester, acrylic, nylon, items with low amounts of spandex will be okay but may not dye evenly (can be interesting). Wear clothing that you do not mind getting a drip or two of indigo on.


We wil provide:


All dyes and necessary equipment

Extra fabric squares and tshirts for purchase


Workshop will run from 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Shibori Indigo shirts

Come join us for a fun time and see what’s happening on our runway. Our participants will include members of the kids, teen and adult classes from the last year. Preview our entries in the L.A. County Fair and get information about our summer program.


When: 1:00 pm, Saturday, June 11, 2016. (No classes will meet so we can prepare for the event.)

Where: The Little Sewing Room


Parking available in the lot in front of the shop.


Light refreshments will follow the show.

First Annual Little Sewing Room Fashion Show

Imagine It; Create It

Tired of ugly, uncomfortable, ill-fitting bras?  Then this class is for you!  With over 23 years experience in fit, design, and construction of bras, Monica Bravo will guide you on a journey to creating your own beautiful bra.  Learn to fit yourself and make pattern adjustments according to your personalized fit. Then cut out and sew a bra!


Friday, September 30,2016, 6:00-9:00pm

Bra Basics lecture (everything you ever needed to know about bras and more!)  Attendance is open to all but attendance at the lecture is highly encouraged for those who are attending the workshop.  Information necessary for fitting and constructing your bra will be presented and you may be unable to finish if not in attendance.  


Saturday, October 1, 2016

8:30 – 5:30 (lunch break 11:30 – 12:15)

We will start with the basics of fit with Monica and each student will experience a personalized fitting session.  Using the results of your fitting session, you will be guided to take a pattern and make the necessary adjustments to customize it just for you.  Next you will learn about fabrics and findings and, with your new custom-made pattern in hand, take the first step in making a bra. You will leave class with your first bra cut-out, ready to sew!  Fitting sessions will be in front of the group. The purpose of this is to not only learn how to fit yourself, but also the basics of fitting others so that as you change sizes or want to make a bra for a friend or family member you have the skills you need.


Sunday, October 2, 2016:

8:30 - 5:30 (lunch break 11:30 – 12:15)

Ready, set, SEW!!!  It’s time to put it all together!  This day, you will be guided step-by-step by Monica through the construction of a bra.  Learn the basics of construction, plus lots tips and tricks.  Before you leave class there will be one more chance for another fitting session, this time to check the fit of your new pattern.  Any additional adjustments can be made to your pattern at that time, and you will leave class with your pattern, enough materials for two more bras, and a completed new bra!


Skill level: Intermediate/advanced

Supply list: Will be sent upon registration.  You should plan to bring your machine and basic sewing supplies.  A few machines will be available for use.

Class Fee: $250.00 for the weekend

Lecture only Fee: $15.00 (included in workshop fee)

Other Fees: Kit fee of $18 and pattern of $12-$20 (depending on the style, if you already have a pattern, bring it!)

Registration: $100 non-refundable registration fee to hold your spot in the class.

Class Size: Limited to 12 people.


To register, please call or email The Little Sewing Room and provide the following information:

Your name, address, phone number, and email address

Your $100.00 deposit check can be mailed to The Little Sewing Room to hold your spot.  Outstanding balances must be paid before September 16, 2016.


Find out more about Monica by visiting her website BravoBellaBras

Beginning Bra Fitting and Construction

Beginning-Bra-Fitting-and-Construction Tambour Beading

Tambour Beading Workshop


Robert Haven

Bead Embroidery and Design Studio


Tambour beading is best described as .a dance of the hands executed with the precision of the tango and the grace of the waltz. Since the 1880’s it has remained the favorite technique used by the Haute Couture Industry in Paris. Until recently the only place to learn the technique was at Lesage in Paris. This class offers a unique opportunity to learn the basics of Tambour Beading. The beginner class introduces students to the basic tools, supplies and techniques of Tambour Beading. After completing a professional certificate at Lesage in Paris instructor Robert Haven has taught tambour beading at his Bead Embroidery And Design Studio in Lexington KY. He has also taught the technique for fashion programs in San Francisco, Toronto as well as masterclassses around the US and in Mexico, Italy and England.


Friday July 21-Monday July 24

9:30 AM- 4:30 PM

Class is limited to 10 students

Tuition: $400.00

Link for tickets:


Tuition includes:

Tambour frame, tambour handle and hooks, silk organza, beads, sequins, and floss.


Instruction includes:

Dressing the frame, setting the hook, basic tambour stitch, applying beads in rows, applying sequins in rows, applying beads over sequins, surface chain stitch with floss, leaning sequins on beads, radiating pattern of sequins, and standing loops of seed beads.

Tambour Beading: A dance of the hands... executed with the precision of the tango and the grace of the waltz.

Tambour Beading Workshop

Corset Workshop

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00

Supplies required: pencil, see-thru ruler,

curved ruler, tape measure. TLSR will

supply pattern paper.


November 14: Sewing & fitting mockup.

Supplies required: sewing machine, thread, pins, seam ripper, and 1 yard of fashion fabric.


November 21: Cutting & sewing final corset

Supplies required: sewing machine, thread, pins, seam ripper and 1 yd of fashion fabric.


November 28: Finishing final corset


(finish before Halloween!)


Fee: $225.00


November 7: Patterning


This corset making class offers intermediate sewers and budding designers the opportunity to begin their journey in creating a custom corset to their own measurements.


In this class you will learn how to fit a corset mock-up and build a corset using the double layer construction technique. This includes inserting a busk, measuring for and choosing bones, marking and setting grommets. The class starts with drawing a pattern from measurements, making a mock-up and fitting it with the teachers guidance, transferring the changes to the original pattern (so you can make your next corset without a fitting partner) and putting the corset together.


This will be a hands-on class, with all supplies (except the outer fashion fabric) included in the cost of the class. You must have knowledge of sewing to take this class, and should understand garment construction.


Students must register in advance.


Workshop may be cancelled due to low enrollment (requires minimum 3 students).


Panty Workshop

Panty Party!


Get ready to work your butt off (and cover it with some gorgeous custom made panties)! Using your measurements, you will draft a basic brief style panty, sew it up, and check the fit. You will also learn how to change your panty block to different styles and different stretch fabrics and stretch laces, how to determine the stretch ratios of knits, working with knits on your regular sewing machine, and the array of elastics used in panty design.


Workshop fee includes enough white knit fabric for one panty brief (bamboo for its eco-friendly, microbe resistant, and wicking properties), stretch lace for the waist, and picot edge elastic for the leg openings. For the first night, you will need to bring a measuring tape, see-through ruler, curved ruler and pencil. For the second night, you will need to bring your sewing machine, light colored (or white) polyester thread, silk pins, fabric cutting shears, marking tools, seam ripper, and ballpoint needles for your machine.



Tuesday, September 5 and 12, 2017




The Little Sewing Room





Students must register in advance.



Workshop may be cancelled due to low enrollment (requires minimum of 3 students).


Special Workshop: Holiday Faux Fur Capelet

Workshop times:

1. Sunday, December 3, 2017.


2. Tuesday, December 5 and 12,

2017. 6:30-8:30

3. Tuesday, December 19, 2017.



Workshop Fee: $ 50.00


Take time out from the hectic holidays and create your own holiday treat. Learn to work with faux fur and create a fur caplet for the upcoming celebrations in this special workshop. Cutting fur can be messy but there is a trick to reducing the bits getting everywhere. Sewing it can be tricky too. Get the essentials of faux fur construction and create your own caplet. (You could also lengthen it for a full cape or shorten it for a collar.)


Workshop fee includes the pattern for the caplet. You will need to bring your sewing supplies which will include: a measuring tape, fabric weights or large washers, fabric cutting scissors, sewing machine, matching polyester thread, extra-long ball head pins or fabric clips, seam ripper, universal needles for your machine, and a walking foot. (A few machines will be available for use.) Fabric requirement: ½ to ¾ yd of faux fur and lining for caplet. Less if collar, more if longer cape. Students must register in advance.


Workshop may be cancelled due to low enrollment (requires minimum of 3 students).

Special Workshop Holiday Faux Fur Capelet

Bralette Workshop

Friday, April 20, 1:00-4:00pm


Sunday, April 22, 1:00-4:00pm


Workshop Fee: $50.00


One of the biggest new fashion trends is the bralette. They are so easy to make, join us and learn how!


You can learn to make one of the 3 styles (we are working on a forth) in the picture. Class fee includes the patterns for all three and enough lace, elastic and strap to complete one white bralette. You choose the style to make in class and you will also learn the sewing steps for the others. We will review how to choose other laces for enhancing your bralette wardrobe.


You will need to bring note taking material, your sewing machine, light colored or white polyester thread, silk pins, fabric cutting shears, disappearing marking pen, seam ripper, ballpoint needles for your machine, and a walking foot and/or roller foot. Those knowledgeable with overlock/serger will be offered the opportunity to use ours.



(Workshop may be cancelled due to low enrollment (requires minimum of 3 students).


Introduction to Menswear

Pattern Drafting I for Woven Fabrics

Fridays 1:00-4:00 pm

6 sessions, 3 hours each, 18 hours total

July 6, 13, 21, 27, August 3, and 10



Having trouble finding great menswear patterns? Have ideas of your own that you want to create? This class is designed for those students with a desire to create custom-made patterns for themselves or others. It starts with creating a custom blocks for woven fabrics and continues from there. Projects are selected for lessons learned that can be utilized in other projects. Sewing experience is necessary for this class. Homework will be assigned each class. Follow up this class with Menswear Pattern Drafting II and Menswear for Knits coming soon!


Class 1 : Bring examples of menswear clothing for review. Create Torso block

Class 2 : Check torso, revisions, manila

Class 3 : Shirt block and sleeve

Class 4 : Pant block

Class 5 : Check pant, revisions, manila

Class 6 : Collars

Pattern Drafting

This is a unique opportunity to learn tambour beading and couture embellishment with International award winner The English Tailoress in Los Angeles USA!

This 2 day course gives an in depth approach to tambour beading and couture embellishments applied to haute couture fashion and high fashion for beginners. It will cover the tambour beading technique using silk organza, seed beads and bugle beads to cover the basic chain stitch and vermicelli design. The 2nd day will cover couture embellishments including ribbonwork, all techniques learnt will be applied to a design.


Day 1

Learn how to create a solid framework for beading using silk organza on a rotating frame. This technique can be applied to larger frames to bead panels for a garment.


The main focus is on the basic chain stitch using a tambour hook correctly set up for silk organza.

Learn how to create a secure knot and change direction.

Seed beads and bugle beads are used to start tambour beading with a variety of techniques including vermicelli.


Day 2

Couture embellishments including ribbonwork are taught using a beading needle and thread to create a variety of texture and dimension with 3d beadwork, clusters, raised beadwork and brickwork for trims and edging.


Please remember although you will be learning in a mixed technique group, your class is tailored specifically to your progress.


February 9 and 10, 2019

Sat: 10:00am - 4:30pm

Sun: 11:30am - 6:00pm


Limited spaces available


$310 All materials included



Tambour hook, handle & frame can be hired for $20 or purchased for $45 at the end of the class


$100 deposit required to secure a place please contact:


The English Tailoress

Charlote embroidery

In the world of fashion there are infinite numbers of designs that can be created.

Traditional techniques of communicating your design intent are still used to create fashion illustrations that represent and illustrate your concept and ideas. The 10 head Croquis technique is one of many utilized to represent the body. This technique is the most widely used one in the fashion industry. In this section the class will be using traditional mediums of pencils and tracing paper to generate these foundational illustrations that represent the human body.



Materials List; Tracing paper pad, Eraser, Mechanical pencil, Clear plastic ruler, 1/2” inch binder, clear page protectors.



Roosevelt Brown

Drawing Series 1/6

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019 (Saturday)

Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Minimum enrollment: 3 students

Full session enrollment: $100.00 or $30.00 per session


The designer of the Lotus Wireless Bra, Lily Fong, will join us for the hottest new trend in lingerie. Learn how to make your own wireless bra! The Lotus is perfect as loungewear in cotton, a night out in satin, or trendy casual wear in lace over a t-shirt.

Students will learn the techniques of how to fit and sew a comfy wireless bra with non-stretch cups. This course is suitable for beginners (some sewing experience is preferred) and a great introduction to the world of me-made bras. It is possible to make more than one bra in this class pending time available. The included pattern is particularly well suited for those who crave more support than the typical style of a bralette.


Prior to class, students will be asked to provide their size based on a measuring chart and instructions so the appropriate sized pattern will be available day of the workshop. A few sewing machines will be available - just let us know ahead of time.


Saturday, April 27, 9:00am to 6:00pm


Material Fee: $25.00

Class Fee:$100.00

Lotus Wireless Bra