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Kelly N.
Round Lake, Illinois
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Kelly N.
Round Lake, Illinois
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Learn to make your own costumes and clothes with the power of sewing.
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Kelly has an MFA in Costume Design and Technology. She has been sewing for more than 20 years and takes a project based approach to teaching sewing. Classes are tailored (pun intended!) to your skill level and interests so you'll never get bored! Lessons are offered in your home in the Chicagoland area (she is fully vaccinated against Covid-19) or online so you can work on your own equipment and with your own tools. Kelly's lessons are individualized to what you want to learn and move at whatever pace you need.
About Kelly N.

I have been sewing in Chicago for more than 20 years and take a practical approach to learning sewing. I like to have students start with a project that is going to be achievable. If you've never sewn before we usually start with something simple (pillowcase, pajama pants) and then work up to more and more complicated projects, learning new skills with each project. I have a good sense of humor and believe that as long as we all remember that sewing is not a matter of life and death (unless you're making space suits for astronauts!) so if we all calm down and take a breath everything is gonna be okay! :)

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 2018

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Costume Design & Technology (MFA)

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Teaches ages 14+

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I had the most wonderful experience with Kelly and Hawthorne Custom Sewing! When I started taking sewing lessons with Kelly, all I had was an idea in my head of making beautiful costumes for my husband, son and myself for our special Star Wars LARPing adventure at the Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World. Did I mention that I had no experience with using a sewing machine? Kelly effectively guided me to create an easy/beginner project, which looked extremely professional and fancy. Over the course of several lessons, she encouraged me to stick with it, even when it was challenging. Bottom line: if it hadn’t been for Kelly’s patience and knowledge there is no way I would have been able to accomplish what I did! Everything turned out AMAZING! We had professional photos taken in our costumes and I had a book made on Shutterfly to have a permanent memory of our fantastic experience. Thank you Kelly - you’re a terrific teacher and mentor!

Posted Oct 20, 2022
Teacher's Studio

Kelly is an awesome teacher! As a beginner, she helped me through an issue with my machine, the basics on hemming various clothes (my biggest need), reading and using a pattern to make clothes, and many other random questions. She’s patient, personable, fun and very knowledgeable, which all make for a great teacher. I highly recommend Kelly.

Posted Oct 11, 2022
Teacher's Studio

Kelly was really fun to work with. She helped me learn how to put a zipper into pants. It was exactly what I needed and I am definitely signing up for more lessons. She has a great personality and it’s fun to learn from. highly recommend.

Posted Sep 19, 2022
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Owner
Aug 2018 - Present
Hawthorne Custom Sewing
I own and operate a company where we build custom clothing and costumes as well as do alterations and teach lessons.
Costume Design & Technology (MFA)
Aug 2012 - May 2015
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Elementary Education
Aug 1996 - Dec 2000
Illinois State University
English
Native Proficiency

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Sewing
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90 minutes
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New Student Special
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