We flipped when we read that Cynthia Rowley was hosting a sewing class at the New York Public Library ... until we realized it was a children's Young Cubs program. However! Adult Project Runway wannabes can get in on some sew-crafty goodness too.
Taking inspiration from the fashion designer, lifestyle guru-slash-goober and Swell series and Slim: A Fantasy Memoir author, Cynthia Rowley, and parlaying our aspirations of competing on Project Runway (it aint happening, like, ever, but a girl can dream), we're in our own back-to-school mindset with visions of Home Ec. in our fall futures. Learning how to craft one's own wardrobe is both cost-effective and a great way to get a custom wardrobe, so it seems only natural to take initiative and hone one's skills at the sewing machine. And the craft movement has become seriously chic in recent years, meaning less dowdy and more, well, just plain cool.
New York is bustling with places to learn and shop your way to your own couture, including with the perennially hip Diana Rupp at make workshop, whose classes span sewing, knitting and lingerie-making. Supplies abound at The Point in the West Village and Brooklyn Mercantile in Park Slope. Any of you craftistas out there (you know who you are!), by all means, tip us off! Drop a comment with your own favorite spots.