Best of Columbus 2015: A Project Runway of One's Own

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Have you ever wished you could take an inch off the hem of an otherwise perfect dress? Or jealously eyeballed your friend's hand-knitted scarf? Sign up for one of these classes, and you'll be making your own clothes and accessories in no time.

Sew it

At Sew to Speak in Clintonville, project-based, hands-on classes range from Sewing 101 (a pillowcase) to advanced garments like dresses (they'll even teach you to modify patterns to your liking). Bring your own machine or use one at the shop; when you register, you also get a discount on the store's selection of hip, modern fabrics that can't be found anywhere else in Columbus.

Knit it

Never picked up a pair of needles before? No problem. At Yarn It and Haberdashery in Grandview Heights, seasoned knitters will walk you through a project step by step in classes that cover knitting basics, plus more advanced skills like lace and cables. (Open knitting on the cozy window bench is also always welcome here.)

Print it

The Alternative Fashion Mob hosts classes on topics from sewing to modeling, but screen printing is the most popular offering. Learn how to create a design, burn a screen and transfer the design onto fabric. The fee covers all materials, and classes are at the Columbus Idea Foundry (at least for now; AFM is in search of a permanent home).