October 4, 2012

Make Your Own Custom Hoop With Me!

Need a hoop skirt for Dickens Faire, Halloween, reenactments or just because?  Can't find one with the proper shape?  Want to make your own hoop skirt but too nervous to try it on your own?  Come make one with me!

I'm teaching a Make Your Own Custom Hoop Skirt workshop at TechShop Menlo Park on Saturday, October 20th at 10:00am.  I'll walk you through the whole process of drafting a pair of hoops that are shaped and sized exactly as you desire, then help you turn your paper pattern into fabric and steel reality.  By 5:00pm you'll swish out the door in your very own custom drafted and sewn hoops!

The nitty gritty details-
  • You don't have to have passed the usual TechShop safety courses to take this class, but you do need to know how to turn on a sewing machine and sew a straight line. (Pretty sure everyone reading this can do that!)
  • We will provide all the tools and materials you'll need, including sewing machines, steel hoopwire, fabric (it'll be white), etc.  All you need to bring is your own lunch, or I you prefer I can point you to some good grub nearby.
  • The actual class will be 6 hours long, but there's a one hour break so you can go get lunch, so the grand total shows as 7 hours.
  • We'll be making round style hoops.  You can customize the width, length and shape (cone shaped, U-shaped, funky wobbly shaped, etc) but this method will not work for bustles, panniers or elliptical hoops.  
  • We need a minimum of 3 students to go ahead with the class, so don't wait, sign up now! 

My fabulously drawn example of some of the styles of hoops you could make.  
I have a hankering to make that third pair!

I'm so excited to teach this class and I hope to see you there!  Much love to anyone who wants to boost the signal by telling your friends or linking to this post :)


  1. Ahhhhh why is every seamstress I follow far, far away from me? I mean, Menlo Park is better than, say, New Zealand but it's pretty unlikely that I'll be out in California at the same time you're teaching such an awesome workshop (I live in NJ). Even I were out there, I'd be at my uncle's place in Los Angeles - the plane ride there would be shorter than the drive to Menlo Park once I arrived! Doesn't anybody do this stuff in NJ?! I flat-out refuse to go to New York City for anything at all, even to visit relatives (you would not believe how close I came to not attending my dear cousin's wedding in Brooklyn). Anyway, I hope you have a great time teaching... I'm just a little bitter that I don't get to join you!

    1. I guess I'm pretty lucky to be surrounded by tons of Bay Area costumers, huh? So sorry you're on the wrong coast, it would be great to have you!

  2. Argh. I wish I had known this date a week sooner, before I promised to do something else that day :(

    1. Ahh boo! Oh well, I'll probably twist their arms into letting me do another one next year, and when that happens we'll actually get the listing posted early rather than late!


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