in 2008, i took my first sewing class at pcc while having a bit of a quarter life crises. i never looked back.
after a few sewing classes, i discovered pattern making and upon completing all the classes i could find in portland, i searched elsewhere for more advanced techniques which, in the winter of 2010, took me to Nicolas Caito, new york city's premier pattern making atelier for what was the most incredible experience. i was part of a small team of seasoned pattern makers and seamstresses that had the honor of spending a season creating the patterns that nyfw designers would go on to sew up in their runway fabrics for new york fashion week's s/s 2011 show. it was thrilling and i couldn't wait to come home to put my new skills to work.
this is what i will happily teach you; everything the last eight years and numerous jobs has taught me. the pattern house allows me the joy of combining the art of dream clothing craftsmanship and my love affair with portland's immensely rich diy community
S T A F F
Sara Moskovitz, founder & instructor
M A K E R F E E D B A C K :
from the mouths & sewing machines of previous students
I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to study with Sara one-on-one. The private lessons allowed me the luxury to fully focus on my specific project and Sara was really thorough in explaining the basics and answering all my questions (she even took time outside of class to answer questions I emailed her.) This was only my second experience working from a pattern but she helped me to customize a better fit, which resulted in an end product that I actually wear. Sara has all the qualities of a top notch teacher--compassion, warmth, communication skills, and serious talent and passion for her craft. She sincerely cares about your learning experience and makes a real effort to tailor the lessons to your individual goals. To top it all off, she is a lovely person and I always left class feeling a little brighter than when I arrived. I recommend her whole-heatedly. Definitely take a class if you can! -Alyna O'Hanlon
Hi Sara! I just signed up for your Pattern Manipulation class - I am excited! I actually did a bit of pattern manipulation on a really basic level - I altered the pattern for the PJ pants that we made, and a made a new pair. I shortened the top of the pants so that they hit lower than my natural waist. I am looking forward to learning more! Attached is a picture of the little doll I made for my niece. I am going to meet her and give the doll to her on Friday! The doll is not perfect, but I am proud of her. Thanks to you, my sewing skills went from not knowing how to thread my machine to making a little doll very quickly! - Colleen H.
I wanted to say thank you for a great class. You are an AMAZING teacher. Thanks for your patience. Believe it or not, even with my total and complete ignorance, I learned a few very important skills. You may eventually see some good work come from me. I will keep practicing. I'm so happy to have made your acquaintance. I will certainly keep in touch. Take good care. - Reid C.
Thank you so much for all your hard work in teaching us about pattern manipulation! I've learned so much, and am looking forward to putting my new knowledge into practice as I sew for myself, my daughters, and perhaps others as I might have opportunity. -Kristen H.
Just a few pictures of what I have finished since class! -Beth W.
Perfect course for absolute beginners. I was able to sew for the first time after I bought my sewing machine. Sara has been extremely helpful, always kind, explained things in a calm and respectful manner. I highly recommend this teacher for anyone who would like to learn sewing. - Yanki S.
Sara was a great instructor, really helpful and great at explaining the complicated bits! - Molly C.