Shaerie Mead has been teaching sewing and patternmaking classes since 2005. From 2007 - 2015 she owned Sew L.A. in Los Angeles, a fabric destination and classroom for crafters and sewists from all over the country. Before that she was a professional corset maker, and currently she is a patternmaker for her own company - IONA Clothing - and the apparel industry.
Engaging, knowledgeable and precise, Shaerie brings over 30 years of sewing experience to the workshops she teaches. Many people who are drawn to sewing are visual learners and need to see steps demonstrated to understand what's going on - that's where classes help! A little investment learning step-by-step will save a lot of time and ruined fabric in the long run.
Private lessons are also available for specific projects not offered as classes. Virtual lessons are offered at any time, and in-person is currently case-by-case due to Covid-19 restrictions. Email Shaerie here to schedule a lesson or a private group class! Her studio is located at the Eno Arts Mill in Hillsborough, NC and she can also meet students at Freeman's Creative in Durham, NC.
Shaerie is thrilled to be the instructor for Sew Liberated's Learn to Sew Your Clothes online course! Sew Liberated's patterns are already thoughtfully designed, and these classes bring another level of care to any sewing journey. She'll be teaching a real live student - the amazing Sophia -
so students will have a companion on the way who is learning (and making mistakes) right alongside. Look forward to a new project and pattern every 6 weeks, and emerge from this course as an intermediate-to-advanced sewist - ready to tackle any garment sewing project!
She also teaches virtual, in-person and hybrid workshops at Freeman's Creative in Durham, NC - head over to their website to find the latest class schedule! When the pandemic hit, Amelia at Freeman's set up a fantastic virtual studio for Zoom classes, and students have really loved the overhead shots, sewing machine close-ups and the ability to re-watch demonstrations. Scroll down to see some of the independent patterns workshops are based on!
You can find Shaerie's classes for Sew L.A. patterns on the CreativeLive website, available anytime. Purchase patterns and kits for these classes here.
Some patterns used for our workshops at Freeman's Creative:
INTRO TO SEWING MACHINES
LUNA PANTS by Made By Rae
ELODIE DRESS by Closet Core Patterns
GYPSUM SKIRT by Sew Liberated
ILFORD JACKET by Friday Pattern Co.
CIELO TOP and DRESS by Closet Core Patterns
QUICK MARKET BAG by Sew L.A. Patterns
HINTERLAND DRESS by Sew Liberated
TOASTER SWEATER by Sew House Seven
HUDSON PANT by True Bias
And lastly, a moment to remember Sew L.A. in Los Angeles: to all the wonderful students and teachers, to all the amazing fabric and the fun that was had from 2007 to 2015. Gone but certainly not forgotten!