Monday, September 25, 2023

Tabitha Sewer Studio Seeks to Reinvigorate a Lost Art

Tabitha Sewer of Tabitha Sewer Studio holding up one of her many creations on display in her studio (WYDaily/Jillian Appel)

WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg’s newly-opened Tabitha Sewer Studio offers classes in a variety of crafts and projects for all ages.

Owner Tabitha Sewer is a veteran, sewing influencer, and undergraduate business professor who began blogging after over ten years of service in the U.S. Air Force. She grew up around sewing thanks to her mother, who went to fashion school in the Philippines. Sewer would watch her mother make dresses and other clothes for family and local celebrities.

A few years ago, Sewer’s mother suggested she buy a sewing machine, and the rest was history.

Sewer opened up her sewing and craft studio over a month ago with the goal of being a place where children and adults can come learn sewing and other crafting techniques.

“Sewing is a lost art, and not a lot of people know how to sew nowadays. So I’m trying to bring that back into Williamsburg,” Sewer explained. “I think it’s really important to learn how to sew, so that is something I offer here in the studio.”

Sewer teaches basics for both children and adults, as well as how to make clothing. Additional instructors offer a variety of crafting classes, as well as several taught by Sewer. Classes include crocheting, how to use Cricut machines, shoe making, a ladies’ culinary night, painting, art history, and reading sewing patterns to list just a few.

“For each class, a guest will walk out with a project that they made by themselves,” Sewer explained. “It’s a fun time, people who come in here will sometimes come in with little to no knowledge of sewing, and it’s really exciting at the end of the class seeing the joy on their faces.”

“A lot of the moms here in Williamsburg, a lot of young women without kids, they all messaged me and called me and told me what they wanted to see as far as crafting and art goes — so that’s what I’m providing here,” Sewer added.

Classes range from just a few hours to week-long camps. Birthday party bookings are also available at the studio, with the choice of a sewing party or a craft party.

One of the crafts being taught at the studio (WYDaily/Jillian Appel)

Eventually, the studio will be offering an “Open Sew” membership which will allow people who purchase memberships to come on select days and times to work on their own personal projects at their own pace — taking advantage of the studio’s available equipment.

The studio currently holds a monthly “Sip and Sew,” where sewers can come and work on their own projects while getting to chat with others.

“A lot of people are excited to find others who sew in this area, because we don’t know each other,” Sewer said. “I’ve been sewing for 11 years and I don’t know anyone in the area that sews, so I’m excited.”

Classes can be booked online in advance. For more information about the Tabitha Sewer Studio, visit its official website.

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