Classes Up Close: Sewing

IMG_0907-0.jpgAs part of our series where we take a closer look at all of our exciting course offerings for 2015-2016, this post will focus on another new class starting this fall:… Create It: Sewing Classes

“Create It” classes with A Work in Progress are for those students who consider themselves very hands-on. This school year we are starting with sewing classes, and hope to one day include art classes, scenery & set construction as well. Our sewing classes, below, are being added this year by popular demand. Many have watched in awe as our costume department has designed and created the costumes for our productions over the years. Now, students can learn for themselves, and create their own unique piece under the guidance of Pam Macbeth.


Raised in the midwest, Pam Macbeth learned to sew under the loving instruction of her grandmother Nina, who made clothing from feed sacks and newspaper patterns. Pam began her theater and sewing experience in high

Pam Macbeth working on an original costume

Pam Macbeth working on an original costume

school by making her own costume for Guys and Dolls. As a homeschool mother of five delightful daughters, creations continued to be stitched from smocked baby clothing, matching holiday dresses, quilts, Civil War reenacting garments, costumes for play and home dec items. She continues to pass on the love of sewing and creating through mentoring, charity sewing workshops and teaching. Two daughters have pursued professional opportunities in the sewing field with much success. “Alice in Wonderland” was Pam’s first costume department theatrical experience with Jen Roca and it was the perfect marriage of the love of creating and the stage. “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Annie” followed as well as numerous smaller children’s productions. Pam looks forward to imparting the excitement to the next generation of creative stitchers!


There are three options. The first two will meet on Tuesdays at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Attleboro, and the third is an independent study, with times to be worked out between the instructor and student.

Sewing-Resized11The options are-

Sewing 1 — Act One Stitchers (Age 11+)

Beginners.  In a warm and encouraging environment, this class will focus on the basics of using your machine, how to layout and cut, straight stitching and construction.  Starting with a pillowcase to take home, the class also includes creating an AWIP Production Apron to be used by the Crew for The Wiz, and ultimately to be included in the AWIP costume inventory.  Supply list will be provided; many materials will be included in the class. Machines will be available for rental – more information as class approaches in the fall.

Sewing 2 — Act Two Stitchers (Ages 11+)

For Intermediate Level Seamstresses. This is for students who are already comfortable with a machine, basic terms, and construction techniques.  Class time will be used to plan, design, and create ensemble pieces for The  Wiz to be included in the AWIP costume inventory.  Students will also create their own unique piece to take home.  Some sewing at home required. Supply list will be provided; many materials will be provided in class. Machines will be available for rental (more information as class approaches in the fall).

Sewing 3 — Spotlight Stitchers (Ages 14+)

Independent learning program.  Students (and parents) work through a ‘lead’ costume from conception to completion under tutelage of costume department team leader.  No ‘set’ class time, but schedule TBD with instructor on individual basis.  In addition to class time, shopping trips as well as home research required.

To learn more – click here!


Till next time,

Jen for the rest of the #Progress gang


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