My name is Ana Sullivan. I have been providing sewing lessons with a variety of sewing camps for children for many years. I began to see the landscape of sewing changing. I started Sullivan Sewing School in 2017 as a way of providing personal, individual sewing instruction to those seeking to learn to sew in the Santa Barbara area.
I have continued to change the way I teach sewing. I teach to the student. Children each learn a bit differently and at different rates. Some sewing techniques cannot physically be learned until some fine motor skills are developed.
Children have changed in the way they learn. Years ago, I would teach a week-long camp and make clothing from a pattern. Now children live in an instant world. I begin my teaching with a quick tour of a pre-threaded sewing machine and dive right into my “Instant Gratification Pillow”. I continue with a set of Pre-Cut Sew Kit projects. Children learn basic sewing skills quickly while making actual projects. Then the love of the art of sewing begins. I introduce a series of mini projects that teaches patterns, cutting, instructions, and assembly. During this time of learning, definite interests and design options flourish into what they want to learn and where their sewing skills to go.
Adults now have the luxury of many online mediums to learn to sew. But for many, the fear of the sewing machine keeps them from taking the first step. I have found that a one-on-one lesson of the sewing machine is all they need to go from Pinterest Pinner to Maker. Many adults are quilters or have made simple home decor projects but want to make the leap to garment sewing but the fear of a “real pattern” keeps them from trying. A consultation and guidance is all that is needed.
If you want some guidance on your sewing journey, contact me: Email Me.