Presenting School of Sewing and Investigational Arts (SSIA), a community based sewing school located in the burgeoning neighborhood of Beacon Hill in Kansas City, MO.
SSIA is dedicated to teaching its students to understand and value the role of garment design, production, and consumption in their lives, as well as hand and machine based sewing techniques. Courses offered will include all levels of garment design and construction, with special emphasis placed on the social aspects of fashion as well as on the empowering nature of sewing for one’s self.
SSIA Fall/Winter course offerings:
1. SEWING SURVEY, a basic level sewing and garment construction intro course. In SEWING SURVEY, beginning students will gain entry-level sewing skills.
2. SEWING SOPHOMORE is an intermediate level technique development course which will teach students to build upon the basics outlined in Sewing Survey. In SEWING SOPHOMORE, students will develop skills relating to garment construction, including pattern alteration, textile selection, and fine garment finishing methods. Students will leave the course with a garment pattern as well as a muslin, tailored specifically to their own body.
3. I WANNA MAKE...is a course which will allow students to make WHATEVER they want (as approved by the instructor) and build upon the basics outlined in Sewing Survey; although it is not necessary to have taken Sewing Survey to sign up for this course a basic understanding of sewing is required. Students will develop skills relating to garment construction, including patterns, textile selection, and fine garment finishing methods. Students will work on projects specific to their choosing with one-on-one guidance.
4. TWO Person Sewing Session is a personalize instructional session with Hadley in her studio with you and a friend, family member, etc. The class will be tailored to the skill level of the two students, from beginner to advanced, with sewing machines provided and a two hour minimum.
5. PRIVATE SEWING SESSION is personal one-on-one sewing instruction with Hadley in her personal studio on West 18th Street. The class will be tailored to the skill level of the student, from beginner to advanced, with a sewing machine provided and a two hour minimum.
6. ALTERATION NATION Workshop
An intimate Saturday Workshop that will focus on TOPS : shirts, blouses, button-ups, top of a dress, etc. (DATE TBA) at the shop/studio. Hadley will be demonstrating HOW your piece should fit, as well as sharing the skills to alter your garment. You will be able to take those techniques home to "fix" the others just like it in your closet. We will also go over basic skills like hand sewing a button, hand sewing stitches for hems, seam ripping and the like.
9. TUESDAY TEXTILE TUNE-UP (FREE & ongoing)
The First Tuesday evening of every month (5:00 -8:00pm) this year Hadley will open her studio to all individuals in need of mending/repairing any of their garments in need of a fix. Hadley will be on hand to assist anyone who has questions about their pieces; although she will also be mending her own garments. This is not an instructional evening but a time to gather and mend our wears. FREE + OPEN TO ALL
Students should plan to bring their sewing machine with them to each class, as well as a short list of basic supplies which will be sent to each student upon registration.
*Instructor will hold office hours once per week for students who are unable to attend that weeks’ session. Selected day will be announced the first day of class.
A nonrefundable $50 deposit is required at registration to hold your slot + full payment will be due by the first day of class. We accept CC, paypal, check and cash.
Enrollment is capped at 4 students per session.
SEWING SURVEY SCHOLARSHIP
SSIA offers one scholarship per SEWING SURVEY course section, for students who exhibit special promise in their own practice or who maybe be unable to attend class due to financial hardship. Scholarships are awarded when the class is at the capped status.
In exchange for partial tuition, the SSIA Scholarship winner will help the instructor maintain classroom setup and cleanliness before and after their class. In order to apply for the SSIA Assistantship, students should:
1. Register for the section day/time they are interested in and make the non-refundable $50 deposit.
2. Submit a letter detailing their interest in this course and how the skills obtained would benefit their life and community. (300 word max) Letter should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE : The SUNDAY before the first day of class by MIDNIGHT. *If class takes place on Sunday the deadline will be the Sunday before.
Hadley Clark has been working in garment construction for 10+ years. Clark graduated with honors from Parsons Paris | The New School with a BFA in Fashion Design in 2010. During her four years living in Paris she studied French couture draping, garment construction and concept development with Sibylle Klose, a designer who has worked for Chloe, Givenchy and Kenzo; Katarina Rimarcikova, a freelance designer with a work history at Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Sharon Wauchob. Since returning to her hometown, Kansas City, she has opened her own showroom in the Crossroads Arts District. Clark designs, constructs and sells all garments in this location. She has learned in her time with a public space that education around garments and construction is the first step in changing our relationship to what we wear and what we own.