What makes Center Studio 518 UNIQUE

  • My classes are unique, and my own. For a listing of other classes and workshops I created and instructed through Metropolitan Community College please click HERE.

  • Over 4000 TRUE vintage sewing patterns.

  • More than 75 original vintage sewing books and magazines.

  • Class size is limited to ensure proper learning.

  • Workshops long enough to bring projects to completion

  • Open lab days are included with paid fees.

  • Comprehensive learning-Center Studio 518 workshops are long enough to ensure completed projects.

  • Professional equipment and tools, including MALE and female dress forms in full and half-scale.

  • Friendly, non-competitive environment.

  • Free coffee and tea are always available in studio.

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In this comprehensive workshop participants learn basic couture techniques while constructing a garment from a true vintage sewing pattern.    

  • 5-Day workshop (4 hours each day): Construction of the muslin only and open studio day.


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A548 Mr. Blackwell

Mr. Richard Blackwell , yes the same Mr. Blackwell that issued the infamous "Worst Dress List" every January--or after the Hollywood Academy Awards show. Before that--he was a fashion designer. The House of Blackwell folded during the early 80s, but had its beginnings in the 1950s, but is responsible for many of the classic fashions American women wore of the day. He brought "Dior" elegance to the everyday woman.

Prominent Designers Patterns:  A548 Mr. Blackwell & A749 Oleg Cassini

McCall's Designer's Collection:  Jacques Tiffeau N/1021

Vogue Special Design:  A Sheath V4652

Vogue 7630 1970's Swank


Halston McCalls 7012,  McCalls 5538, McCalls 5734

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McCalls 7012


We're making Little Miss Revlon doll clothing using a official vintage doll clothing sewing patterns.  

The Shirtdress

Perfect for hometown places in deliciously flowing fabrics. We're making shirtdresses in broadcloth!

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fabulous fur

More information coming shortly. 

McCalls 2966

Vogue Special Design 4162

Simplicity 5922

More Vintage Maddness in the Mix

The Smock:  Simplicity 4471

The Jumpsuit : Vogue 9634

The Swimsuit:  McCall's 5829

American Designer Bobby Breslau

Yes!  We're doing the light of my year long obsession with Halston.  

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American Designer Bobby Breslau

Vogue 2124

When Children were Children

Butterick 3311 (Raincoat)

Simplicity 7157 (Nightgown & Housecoat)


We’ll explore the beautiful world of hand sewing by learning and then applying a variety of permanent and temporary hand stitches to pattern pieces.  Learn, not limited to, how to use a thimble, wax thread, attach underlinings, thread-tracing, tailor tacking and more.

A vintage sewing pattern is provided for use in class.  

These workshops are great for anyone wanting to learn how to sew by hand; even if you have no prior sewing experience.

We'll also explore beginning tambour, a beautiful form of embroidery often used on couture garments and fabrics. 

Beginning Tambour:  January 12 & 13  10am-2pm

Hand Sewing I:  October 27, 1pm-5pm

Hand Sewing II:  November 10, 1pm-5pm

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McCalls 6353

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One of the enduring elements of the simple little black “nothing”, always perfect in black silk crepe, is its ability to transform from nothing to something.

She’s perfect for all shapes and sizes, always elegant and never ever out of style. She can never be new again, because she never gets old. The “little black” is eternal.

During this workshop we’re constructing McCalls 6353, styling her up our way-maybe with an imitation gardenia, Chanel’s favorite. But, for certain we’re making our own pendant to bling her out; adding a touch of stylish vintage elegance.

As a topper, and in fulfilling our millinery endeavors, we’re making a silky turban—that’s sure to turn heads.

McCalls 6353 Sleeveless dress with scoop neck, dart fitted bodice and four-gore gathered skirt with a sheer overskirt.


In this workshop participants use a vintage sewing pattern as the muse for working up their own version of the jacket CoCo Chanel made famous.

Susan Khalje's French Jacket

In this workshop participants use Miss Khalje's pattern and video series as our muse.


The printed blouse is iconic, especially under the "Chanel" jacket lined in the same fabric.

In 1957 or so, Chanel glorified the shirt which is a logical accompaniment for many suits. It also does well on its own as a companion for the slim skirts that so many ladies like or a sleek pair of pants.

In this workshop participants will make a muslin and blouse of silk, cotton or chiffon in addition to making Chanel-like beads and vintage costume jewelry to adorn the shirt and make it alluring.

Wiggle while you walk:  THE PENCIL SKIRT

Couture Designer, Christian Dior set the world abuzz in 1954 when he introduced the “pencil skirt” from his H-Line collection.  Since then the pencil skirt has become a closet staple with its hemline raising or lowering depending on the trends of the day and season.

In this workshop participants mockup up a pencil skirt and make a paper pattern from their draping.  

Bring pins, 2 yards of muslin, fabric shears, clear ruler and tape measure. 

This is a #fashiondraping workshop.


This workshop attempts to bring millinery back!  

Hats help make women beautiful by lifting her spirits, framing her face and highlighting her personality.  It’s not the price of the hat that counts, it’s the style that counts.

In this workshop we'll make a hat from a vintage sewing pattern.  

Butterick 8880, Vogue 6930 (Halston), Vogue 7201 (Adolfo), Printed Pattern 4926


We're making gloves using an original vintage sewing pattern in this 3-day workshop.  Vogue 4260

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In this 2-day workshop we're making a classic pair of pedal pushers and ladies trousers using authentic vintage sewing patterns as our muse. Vogue 9095

coat series:  The Pea Coat, car coat & the Coat Dress

Car Coat:  Vogue 5120

Coat Dress:  Simplicity 8130

Peat Coat:  Vogue 7666

More Bags

McCall's 2378 (1970)-we're quilting it!