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Written by Julia Burks   
Thursday, 14 July 2011 07:04

Sew Cool
Cincinnati fashionistas looking to create their own ensembles are in luck - the Brush Factory offers two classes for aspiring seamstresses. Keep reading to learn more about their tres chic sewing classes.


Creativity and adventure are the seams holding together any great outfit - and the Brush Factory, a specialty clothing and home goods manufacturer, can teach local women how to incorporate these principles into any outfit.


"Brush Factory is a design and manufacturing company with a focus on offering limited quantity runs or one-of-a-kind handmade items to customers. We solve problems, make clothing, soft goods, home goods, furniture, teach classes and develop new ideas for lasting quality products. We are experimenting all the time!" said Chelsea Cuttrell, a sewing instructor for Brush Factory.


In December 2009, Rosie Kovacs and Hayes Shanesy opened the Brush Factory, in what is now their Brighton location. They were spurred to open the Brush Factory with the purpose of making high-quality items with a vintage inspiration. Eventually, the pair 071811FASHION2.jpgopened up a second location in Oakley. The Oakley location is now their retail store - open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Brighton location is now a studio for sewing and other projects.


Cuttrell has created some pretty adventurous garments, including a kimono-style sweater and clothing that has been hand-dyed and illustrated by Kovacs using Turmeric and other plant matter.


The Brush Factory also offers sewing lessons and fashion design classes, which are enhanced by the studio environment, Cuttrell says. "Being in the studio brings out the creative juices. It's a very inspiring workspace," she says.


The classes Brush Factory has to offer will give locals the tools they need to be able to create their own garments. The Vorkurs I class, or Sewing 101, is a class that helps students get to know their sewing machines. Once students have mastered the basics, they move on to the Vorkurs II, or Garment Design 101, a class that will help to bring outfit ideas to life.



This class transforms "inspirational ideas into a garment that fits," according to the company's website. Students will learn how to design, choose the right fabric, silhouette, drape and practice techniques for construction, along with how to measure the human body accurately, Cuttrell says.


"Enrolling in either of the classes would be a perfect way for Cincy Chic readers to become adventurous!" she says.


Cuttrell has some basic advice for sewing novices. "Keep the silhouette simple, and master the construction of such simple shapes first. Then, graduate to more challenging pieces as experience and confidence increase," she says. "Don't let the fear of messing up hold you back."


Another way to bring adventure to your closet without going to class is visiting, says Cuttrell. This site has tips, patterns and sewing meet-up groups. Another site that she suggests for new sewers is This website allows users to upload a document and then choose from different fabrics to have the pattern printed on.


For more information on what Brush Factory is doing, check out its website or, a catering website and blog that partnered with the Brush Factory to create Arts and Lettuce, a dinner collaboration project.

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