for Adults



Adult classes are open to people ages 13 and older. By registering for a class it is assumed you have read and agree to the Lounge's Registration and Cancellation Policies.




This is initially how Sewing Lounge came to be -- I wanted to offer sewers a resource for sewing support. If you can't figure out a sewing project I offer professional guidance. If you need the use of an overlock or industrial machine there are a fleet of home overlocks, 3 industrial straight lines with buttonhole and binding attachments, an industrial serger, coverstich and blind hemmer all at your disposal. Sewing camaraderie is also be a nice way to spend productive leisure time, sometimes presenting the opportunity to learn vicariously.

Prerequisite: You must know how to operate a sewing machine

Times: Whenever the Calendar says "Store Hours" and nothing else is scheduled. Check the Calendar for exact dates and availability
Cost: $12/hour
Instructor: Maggy












It's a lot of fun to sew clothes for yourself that actually fit and I've been having great personal success since I began utilizing the skills and services of Louise Molin! She's a truly professional designer and pattern maker and will be at the Lounge from 6 - 8 on the second Thursday of the month to adjust patterns, fit test garments and make style changes to existing patterns.

Minimum Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Times: July 10 from 6 - 6:30 (booked), 6:30 - 7 (booked) 7 - 7:30 (open) and 7:30 - 8 (open)
August 14 from 6 - 6:30 (open), 6:30 - 7 (booked) 7 - 7:30 (booked) and 7:30 - 8 (booked)
Cost $35/half hour
Instructor: Louise Molin







Students are welcome to use Lounge machines at no extra charge
and receive 20% off fabric and sewing supplies











•All classes will be held at Sewing Lounge. The maximum class size ranges from three to six students so everyone gets lots of individual attention. Three is the minimum number of students required for most classes to run.

•If you don’t see what you are looking for or the time a class is offered doesn't work with your schedule consider Create-a-Class or inquire about private lessons.

•Skill levels indicates the minimum skill required to take a class and are as follows:
Beginner - You are a clean slate
Beginner Plus - You can operate a machine but need to learn skills and build
confidence. Commercial patterns seem confusing.
Advanced Beginner - you can operate a sewing machine, know some basic terms
like grain line and seam allowance and can sort of navigate pattern instructions and
yardage information.
Intermediate - You are halfway there. No longer a beginner but not yet totally
accomplished and feel you’d benefit from some guidance.
Incredible - You are a self-sufficient stitcher and can handle complexity in

•Class and workshop fees cover the times a class or workshop is scheduled and are non-refundable unless the class is canceled due to insufficient enrollment. If you miss a class and would like to make it up you can schedule a private lesson with the instructor which will be subject to their rates.

Registration Information and Policies

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Experience the joy of fearless stitching at Sewing Lounge, your home for sewing support in Saint Paul.
Sewing & Design Services • Private Lessons • Camps • Classes & Workshops • All ages and skill levels


If you have never operated a sewing machine, your skills are rusty beyond belief or you've just switched from a mechanical to a computerized machine this may be the class for you. Learn the parts and functions of your machine and become confident in your ability to operate it. You will leave class with your first project, a lined drawstring pouch. (There are a lot of basic sewing techniques in this little project that you can apply to future sewing endeavors.) If you don't have a machine you can use a Lounge machine at no extra charge. Fee includes supplies.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: from noon - 4 on May 3 (full) and July 12 (full)
Cost: $53
Instructor: Maggy



Discover how to transform a simple rectangle of fabric into a unique spiral dress! This incredible 20's retro dress design is inspired by the fashions of master couturier Madeleine Vionnet.
The spiral dress is sleeveless with no zippers or buttons; it can hang loosely on the body or be tied with a belt or long tie for a more fitted silhouette. The dress is sewn on the straight grain but wraps around the body so it hangs on the bias which makes it incredibly flattering for all figure types. Your fabric selection determines whether it is dressy or very casual. Students will learn the basics -- from fabric and color choices to pattern making, construction and finishing.

Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: May 13 and 20 from 6 - 9 (6 openings)
Cost: $72
Instructor: Ella Ramsey















Whether you are a seasoned sewist or are just starting out, Irreverent SEwing can help you see things in a new way and create unique garments with artistic flare. Mix unusual fabrics, finish edges in unorthodox ways, apply scraps-of-fabric-as-trim with abandon. We ill take a fresh look at working with grain line, securing seam and garment edges as well as embellishing and closure options. There will also be discussion about fabric sourcing and salvaging. Bring patterns, a ready-to-wear garment you'd like to jazz up or a scrap of fabric you want to incorporate into a project and we'll discuss your options.

Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: May 17 from 1 - 3 (8 openings)
Cost: $24
Instructor: Elinor Auge












Bring the item we discussed on May 17 or something you have started from a previous Irreverent Sewing Workshop and work on finding the most interesting ways to finish up your project. Bring your sewing machine, threads, trims, fabric scraps, buttons or anything you think might add a bit of excitement to your piece.

Prerequisite: Intro to Irreverent Sewing
Time: May 22 from 5 - 8 (5 openings) optional time: 6 - 8 for $24
Cost: $36
Instructor: Elinor Auge




















Observe the adjusting demonstrations for students of the Basic Bodice class and see how a sloper is used.

Time: June 7 from 10 - 1 (2 openings)
Cost: $30
Instructor: Louise Molin



A basic pattern correctly fit to your figure is an invaluable tool for adjusting commercial patterns.
This class will focus on the bodice and consists of three sessions.

Session I. Measuring
The first step is to be properly measured and requires 15 minutes of your time. Once all the numbers have been gathered Louise will return to her studio and draft a custom bodice pattern for each participant. These can be picked up one week later at the Lounge giving you another week to sew a test of your bodice before returning for the next session.

Session II. Fitting
In half hour appointments each student will have their test bodice fit. Any changes will be transferred to their patterns.

Session III. Demonstration
Everyone returns with their basic bodice pattern and a commercial pattern that needs to be adjusted. Louise will demonstrate how each student will use their new "fitting tool" to adjust a commercial pattern. Since everyone will be present for the last session there is sure to be vicarious learning as you watch how your classmate's patterns are changed.

Please note: For the first two sessions it is important that you wear the same good foundation garments typical of what you intend to wear under your soon-to-be-adjusted patterns.

Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate
Times: Session I. May 17 from 10 - 10:15 booked), 10:15 - 10:30 (booked), 10:30 - 10:45 (booked), 10:45 - 11 (booked), 11 - 11:15 (booked) and 11:15 - 11:30 (booked)
Session II. May 31 from 10 - 10:30 (booked), 10:30 - 11 (booked), 11- 11:30 (booked), 11:30 - 12 (booked), 12 - 12:30 (booked) and 12:30 - 1 (booked)
Session III. June 7 from 10:00 - 1:00 (6 total openings, class is full)
Cost: $95
Instructor: Louise Molin



A fine shirt is a classic dress shirt that is made using the traditional methods of fine tailors around the world. Students will take a typical shirt pattern and elevate construction methods to the highest level, substituting techniques used to assemble the most equities custom-made dress shirts for the written instructions included with the pattern. The techniques you learn in this class can be applied to other types of clothing thus enhancing your garment construction skills. A supply list will be sent upon registration. Please note the following:

•This is an intensive workshop; additional work might be required outside of workshop hours to complete a fine shirt.
•Students must use an appropriate instructor-approved pattern which they will alter to accommodate the fine tailoring techniques taught in the workshop.
•Students must be able to sew precisely, understand garment construction, be familiar with reading a pattern and adjusting machine tension.

Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: Friday June 20th from 4 - 8, Saturday June 21st from 9 - 5 and Sunday June 22 from 10 - 4 (3 openings)
Cost: $270
Instructor: Steve Pauling










Susan came to Fitting Support with a mockup of the jacket she wanted to sew along with the fabric she planned to make it up in. Louise fit the mockup and transferred the changes to Susan's pattern. The final result was a spectacular success!





The 'Beyond the Arty T: Creative Sewing Weekend' is structured in a retreat format where participants stitch, paint and embellish, creating a garment or garments under Katherine's tutelage, inspiration and encouragement. The studio spaces - a stitching studio and a separate surface design studio - will be open to use Saturday night as well as during the workshop days. Expand your creative spirit in good company!







Beyond The Arty T: Expanding the
Creative Envelope

Immerse yourself in the creative soup! Join
Katherine Tilton and a group of other creatives making your own version of The Arty T. Our focus this weekend is on honing and improving our design skills.

You will learn about and have the opportunity to practice using silk screens with paint, discharge and foil; combine, create and apply trims; alter the size, shape and function of various tops, including Katherine’s sweatshirt-to-rocker jacket. Re-cycle, re-use, up-cycle your wardrobe with flair!







Can't find the sewing or crafting class you're looking for? Gather 3 or more people and we'll put it together for you! Email Maggy or call her at 651.645.7645 to work out details.


You will bring pre-cut or ready-made garments, fabrics and trim for embellishment that you can play with, sewing machines, threads, needles and sewing tools.

Paint, discharge paste, foils, silk screens, stamps and brushes will be provided. A more complete supply list will be emailed later to registrants.

Friday, June 27th, 12:30PM - 5:30PM AND
Saturday & Sunday, June 28th & 29th, 10AM-5PM both days, plus optional time Saturday night until 8PM. (6 openings)

Fee: $399.00 (includes a $25 supply fee)

Location: The Textile Center in Minneapolis
NOTE: This is a Katherine Tilton class and you cannot register through the Textile Center.
Call 651 645-7645 to register through Sewing Lounge.





























Sewing has become one of the things you love to do most. This workshop will give you the opportunity to polish your skills and learn some new ones as you try more challenging projects. Whether you use a commercial pattern or choose to up-cycle an existing garment this is sure to be a fun and productive week. Participants should bring $70 for supplies.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Time: June 23 - 27 (full)
Cost: $250
Instructors: Maggy and Elinor Auge