Scissors. Check. Sewing machine. Check. Pattern. Check. Excellent, skilled teacher, check. For the last year, I’ve been taking sewing lessons at Judy’s Sewing Center in Capitola, studying with the owner, Judy, on Tuesday nights and now branching into studying additionally on Thursday nights with Dresden Ericksen, a long-time master seamstress who attended fashion design school and has the chops to match her experience. At only $10 per class, Ericksen guides students in creating garments. Note: You need a good grasp on the basics of sewing.
This isn’t really a beginning class. with Ericksen at the helm, you’ll learn darts, zippers, buttons, button holes, tucks, setting in a sleeve, fitting a pattern to your body’s own proportions and much more. She provides individualized instruction and the classroom promotes a warm and friendly atmosphere. I’ve made several shirts so far in the class, and I have a long ways to go. But with Ericksen providing instruction, I have no doubt that with each class, my skills will continue to greatly improve. It’s a steal for just $10 and some of the best sewing lessons you’ll find in town.
For more information, visit judyssewingcenter.com.