Full Hand-Sewn Garment


Nothing is more satisfying than sliding into a dress wrought entirely by hand. There is an ancient peacefulness to the weight of such a thing. And placing a hand-stitched garment into the hands of a loved one? Unspeakable gladness.

In a fast world, hand-sewn clothing can be a radical act of slow fashion. After all, what could be slower, more manual, more personal, more intentional, than stitching a garment entirely with one's own hands? In this class, we will empower ourselves with the skills to build clothes using the simple needle and thread. These skills are not limited to dainty finishing techniques, but can also be used for hard-working, durable construction seams and other places of strength. Sew clothes for work, exercise, errands, or even for working on a farm. Sew long and slow.

Reclaim the democratic, accessible, ancient power of sewing that needs no machine.

In this class, we will sew tiny garments (or you can bring in a full-size garment project of your own) in order to learn:

  • how to use hand-sewing tools

  • how to thread-trace pattern shapes onto fabric

  • how to create temporary stitches

  • how to create permanent stitches -- invisible, visible, strong, stretchable, removable...

  • how to stitch a beautiful seam and hem for every purpose

  • how to sew garments built to last and be altered over time

  • how to balance sustainability and creation

  • how to trust our hands and ourselves

No prior sewing experience is necessary.

Class A: Saturday November 9, 2pm - 5pm
Class B: Saturday November 16, 2pm - 5pm

Time:  2pm - 5pm
Location: TATTER Blue Library, 505 Carroll Street Suite 2B, Brooklyn NY 11215
Cost: $210 (Class Package - 2 Sessions)*
What To Bring: All materials are provided in this course. However, if you have sentimental cloth or fabric you would like to work with please feel free to bring it with you.

*Special Note: Students are required to take both sessions of Hand Sewing; (Classes A & B) to get an in depth understanding of the practice. Please keep this in mind when signing up!


Our Teacher: Louisa Owen Sonstroem


Louisa Owen Sonstroem believes there is little more powerful than working with one's hands, because manual skills are empowering, enduring, and slow. Whether she is drafting sewing patterns with a pencil and paper, hand-sewing "slow fashion" clothing, or foraging wild plant fibers to spin on a drop spindle, Louisa relishes using primitive tools in sophisticated ways.

Louisa holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and an additional degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she studied patternmaking and fashion design. She also studied patterns at RISD and MassArt. She has worked in the garment industry for several years, most recently in technical design at Macy’s and now Eileen Fisher. During her time at Macy’s she also ran a weekly employee mending workshop, building skills, community, and sustainable momentum.

You can find Louisa on Instagram @louisaowensonstroem