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1. WHAT IS THE FASHION CLASS?

The Fashion Class is an after school, weekend, and summer program designed to teach children all about Fashion Design and Sewing. We specialize in sewing classes, camps and birthday parties for children starting at age 6 through teenagers up to age 17. We also offer private sewing lessons for all ages including adults.

2. WHERE IS THE FASHION CLASS?

We have two main studios: one in NYC's Garment Center at 21 West 39th Street between 5th and 6th avenues and one on the Upper East Side at 311 East 81st Street off of second avenue opening July 2019.

3. WHAT AGES DO YOU TEACH?

Our class/camp age groups are children 6-12 years and teens 13-17 years old. We've had lots of success with mixed-age groups as everyone works at their own pace and on their own projects. Our projects are designed to encourage creativity in children of all ages!

We also hold private classes for children and adults.

4. WHAT KIND OF INSTRUCTION WILL MY CHILD RECEIVE?

In a sewing class students begin using sewing machines day one. Instructors will teach the class how to safely use a sewing machine, thread a machine and actually sew garments. Our sewing classes also cover how to use simple patterns and measuring. Student make an article of clothing or accessory every 2-3 classes that they can take home and actually wear!

5. WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS NO SEWING EXPERIENCE?

We love teaching new students how to sew that's why each fashion class, camp, party and workshop begins with a lesson on safely using the sewing machine! Our projects range in difficulty so that beginners can learn to sew while more advanced students can make something fabulous and wearable.

6. HOW LARGE ARE YOUR CLASSES?

A fashion design and sewing class holds up to 10 children in one class group. Our minimum class size is four students.
A typical camp size is up to 15 students.

7. WHAT IS YOUR STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO?

In sewing classes and camps we always have one instructor per six children. Our sewing birthday party ratio is 1:5.
A typical sewing class of ten will have one lead instructor and one assistant instructor.
Art classes and craft classes have one instructor.

8. HOW MANY SEWING MACHINES DO YOU HAVE?

In our The Fashion Class studios a class, camp or party of 10-15 students will work on 10 sewing machines.

Sewing is not only done on a machine, there's a lot of prep involved before sitting down to sew. The non-sewing machine work of cutting fabric, patterns and pinning fabric pieces together creates a good work flow around the classroom.

9. WHO WILL BE TEACHING MY CHILD?

All of our staff members are friendly, creative individuals who love and work in fashion! TFC lead staff members are graduates of design and art programs while assistant teachers are current students in art & fashion programs from schools like FIT and Parsons. Each teacher and assistant teacher goes through training and a full background check.

10. WHAT DOES YOUR CLASS FEE COVER?

Our sewing class fee covers the entire course (fall, winter or spring), staff, all course supplies and two tickets to our seasonal fashion show.

Please note our one-hour non-sewing classes do not participate in the fashion show.

11. WHAT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU WORK WITH?

We work on easy to use and safe, digital Singer Quantum Stylist Touch Sewing machines. Our machines are equipped with needle guards to protect small fingers and speed control. We also use scissors, pins and low temperature glue guns.

12. HOW MANY PROJECTS DO YOU MAKE IN ONE COURSE?

Students are assigned a new project about every two weeks. Children's classes make about 4-5 items in a ten week course. Teen classes work on more in depth projects and make 1-3 items in a ten week course depending on the project's intricacies.

13. WHEN DO YOU HAVE CLASS?

We have class options Monday - Sunday after school and on weekends. Students may sign up for one or more classes that meets one time per week for 8-13 weeks.

14. WHAT IF MY CHILD CANNOT TAKE A FULL COURSE?

We recommend a student miss no more than two classes during a course and we do not pro rate the course fee. If a student cannot make a full course we regularly offer one day workshops, private lessons and camp programs that require less of a time commitment.

15. WHEN IS YOUR FASHION SHOW?

Our fashion show takes place at the end of a course; on a Saturday or Sunday. We combine 2-3 class groups into one show so that the students have the experience of a real fashion show with a full audience. Fashion shows take place in our studios on a real, raised, 24 foot light up runway!

16. CAN MY CHILD CONTINUE TAKING CLASSES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR?

Yes! We design our curriculum so that students can continue to build on the skills they've learned. Each new season or course comes with a variety of brand new projects that teach a different set of skills; we never repeat projects.

17. CAN I SIT IN THE CLASSROOM AND OBSERVE?

We encourage parents to let their children learn independently in the classroom setting without the distraction of pleasing mom or dad. But don't be discouraged, our classroom doors remain open and peeking in is a-okay!

18. WHAT IS YOUR MAKE-UP CLASS POLICY?

We allow two make up classes per course. Make up classes must be taken during another class time but we do require advance scheduling so that we're ready with your child's project.

Our make-up class policy is for multi-week classes only offered during the fall, winter, and spring terms. We do not offer make-ups for workshops or special events. Please see our refund and cancellation policy for more information.

19. HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CLASS?

You can register for a class by signing up online or calling us at 646-329-6663. Please call ahead before dropping by our studios as our hours change seasonally.

20. HOW MUCH IS YOUR NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT?

Our non refundable deposit is thirty percent of the course, camp, or party fee. The full balance is due the day class/camp begins or at the end of the party.

21. WHAT METHODS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

We accept all major credit cards, Paypal, cash, check or money order.

22. DO BOYS EVER ATTEND YOUR CLASSES?

Yes! We love having creative boys in our classes who are interested in sewing. Boys can choose to work on the same project as the class or a project of their own choosing.

23. DO YOU PARTNER WITH PRIVATE OR PUBLIC SCHOOLS?

Yes, we have a full fashion program for schools that can run up to 16 weeks. Our program is an overview of fashion that includes a illustration, design, and sewing. It's very affordable and we provide all supplies. Please contact us for more information.

We also offer discounted weekday classes for children in home school groups and school field trips.

24. DO YOU OFFER SEWING CLASSES FOR GIRL SCOUT TROOPS?

Yes! We regularly have Girl Scouts and other school groups visit our studio to learn to sew or design fashion. Contact us for the discounted Girl Scout and Brownie rates.

25. WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS FOOD ALLERGIES?

Each student is required to fill out a waiver/medical condition form prior to attending class; if your child has food allergies or a serious medical condition please make us aware of it both on the form and at drop off - we'll make sure our staff is aware of your child's condition. At TFC we strive to maintain a peanut and tree nut free environment.

26. ARE BATHROOMS LOCATED INSIDE YOUR STUDIO?

Yes! We enjoy a loft style setting in our Bryant Park location with bathrooms located inside our fourth floor studio. Our Upper East Side studio is on the full ground floor with a bathroom located inside of the facility.

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