1120 SE Main St., Portland, OR 97214   info@portlandapparellab.com

Class Catalogue

Ready to take your work to the next level? PAL classes get straight to the heart of the industry’s best sewing practices. Polish your process with professional techniques that will bring a consistent leading edge to your work. Get more worth out of your garments and learn skills you can apply to any project you imagine.

Classes are taught by PAL founder and industry expert, Dawn Moothart, and by local designer Heather Treadway. To learn more about our experienced instructors, click here. All classes include free Open Studio time on the day of the workshop. Bring a project or practice your new skills!

Class Descriptions

Workshop: Crash Course in Industrial Machines

Instructor: Heather Treadway

Ever wondered what it would be like to upgrade from your table-top sewing machine? Feeling a need for speed? This hands-on class will introduce you to every Industrial Machine in our shop. What each one does, how to thread and troubleshoot, and operate each one safely.

Machines include: Lockstitch, Overlock, Coverstitch, Walking Foot and Buttonhole.

For Novice to Advanced Level stitchers. 

Upon completion, you’ll be certified to use our Industrial Sewing area of the shop.

Workshop: Sewing in 3D (ditch those pins!)

Instructor: Heather Treadway

Ever been frustrated trying to pin a sleeve into an armhole? Want to know how to sew two curves together the easy way? We have the class for you. Conquer your curves and ditch your pins in this 4 hour workshop. We will start with simple curves and advance to princess seams and sleeves. By the end of the class you will gain curve confidence and understand how convex and concave curves fit together. 

For Novice to Intermediate Level Stitchers

Workshop: Zip It Up!

Instructor: Heather Treadway

Are you designing your garments around elastic and velcro, just to avoid the dreaded zipper insertion? Cut your “teeth” on this 4 hour zipper tutorial. Learn how the professionals sew in different types of zippers including: Invisible zippers with facings, separating zippers, lapped zippers and regular old center seam zippers. Elevate your bag-making skills with this new-fangled, modern-day closure.

For Intermediate Level Stitchers. 

Workshop: Knit Knowledge

Instructor: Heather Treadway

So you want to “stretch” your knowledge and confidence around sewing with knit fabrics? Awesome. Sewing stretchy fabric requires different techniques and tools. If you’ve got a grasp of wovens, but still feel iffy about knits, we’re here to help de-mystify this new jersey world for you. 

For Intermediate Level Stitchers. 

Workshop: In The Pocket

Instructor: Heather Treadway

A simple pocket can simply elevate a garment from ho-hum to classy. Stylish and functional, learn how to put a professional polish on all your pockets, including single- and double-welts, hidden side-seam and exposed zip-pockets. We’ll show you how the pros get theirs to lay neatly without fail.

For Intermediate Level Stitchers. 

Workshop: Dress Up Your Shirt

Instructor: Dawn Moothart

In this class we will unlock the mysteries of the classic oxford dress shirt. We’re talking: Collars, collar stands, cuffs, cuff plackets, and button holes! Join us for some dressy, shirt-based fun.

For Intermediate to Advanced Level Stitchers. 

Teacher Bios

Heather Treadway

Sewing Teacher

Our resident sewing instructor, Heather Treadway, has been designing and sewing for her independent label, HT, since 2002. In her design life, along with making ready-to-wear sportswear and wool capes, Heather creates costumes for dance companies, bands and television shows. She also plays in the band Explode Into Colors! Heather teachers private and group lessons at PAL.

Dawn Moothart

Pattern Making Teacher

From her first franken-pattern 25 years ago, to honing her skills in the digital age, Dawn brings her love of geometry and easy-to-remember analogies to the PAL pattern making shop. She strives to make CAD patternmaking accessible, from a brief overview of “what can I do” to in-depth private lessons.

Your Name Here

Guest Instructor

PAL welcomes input and talent from across Portland. Do you have a workshop in mind you’ve always wanted to teach? Send us an email and tell us about it! We’re always looking to add new and interesting content to our workshop schedule, on either a one-time or recurring basis.

Request a Private Lesson

Want to learn at your own pace? Sign up for private instruction! Lessons are individualized: make apparel from a pattern, tailor existing garments, or work with your instructor to create a new design! We also offer private training on Optitex CAD pattern making software. Sign up for solo lessons or with a buddy. Fill out the form to get started.

I would like to learn:
Sewing on home machinesSewing on industrial machinesPattern making with paper and penPattern making with CAD (digital)

I have my own sewing machine(s).

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