Local resources for sewing between semesters

Cañada College fashion department offers a few classes over the summer, but you may need to supplement these with private lessons or other offerings in the area. Or, perhaps, you’re looking for fun activities for a young person in your life. Either way, there are a number of sewing schools and teachers in the area, who can keep you learning and creating until the fall.

Marina Dulman, Marina’s Sewing School, Burlingame

Marina Dulman emcee’ing the school’s spring fashion show.

Marina’s teaching focuses on kid-friendly patterns for clothing they can wear. Besides learning sewing skills, she notes that her students have fun and make new friends. Summer camp information here.

Phone: 650-685-9744
Email here.

DeAnne Appleton, Appleton Sews, Palo Alto

DeAnne Appleton is a familiar face around the Cañada fashion department.

Lessons are held in DeAnne’s home and at the Palo Alto Adult School. DeAnne calls herself a “textile architect” as well as sewing teacher.

(650) 493-8940

Sonia Moroder, Sew with Sonia, Menlo Park

Sonia Moroder

Sonia offers week-long camps for kids, where beginners make draw-string pants. Sonia believes learning sewing gives children useful skills and builds confidence. More information here.

650) 888-0072

Ralph Garcia, Ralph’s Vacuum & Sewing Center, Redwood City

Information about classes for kids here. No adult classes over the summer.
Registration is through the Redwood City Parks & Recreation Department: https://apm.activecommunities.com/rwcpark

(650) 368-2841

Alexandria von Bromssen, Camp Couture, San Mateo

You may recognize Alexandria from Project Runway.

Founded in 2005 by Alexandria von Bromssen. Camp Couture is now in its 11th year. Alexandria’s specialty is teaching students how to upcycle old garments, fabric scraps and vintage clothing. She was first runner-up on Lifetime TV show Project Runway, Season 12.

Classes for adults and kids. Summer camp schedule here. Coming up: Special Wearable tech and Halloween workshops.

Pamela Moyce, Academy of Design, Belmont

Kids learning (and goofing off a little) at the Academy of Design.

Pamela Moyce teaches the entire fashion design process from concept to prototype. She offers one- and five-day summer camps for students 8-17. More information here. Adult classes also offered. See full calendar here.


Isabela Felix, Sewing Lessons in Redwood City

Isabela and her team offer positive, project-focused lessons to children and adults. Although no group “camps” are being offered this summer, private lessons are available. Go to www.sewinglessonsinredwoodcity.com for more information or call (650) 229-USEW to schedule a “meet and greet.”

NOTE: Cañada College does not endorse any company, program or product. Information is provided here for educational purposes only.