in love with: Sew Woodstock


ever since moving upstate, i’ve dreamed of having a local sewing shop where i could teach, shop, hang out with like-minded stitchers, and basically call my 2nd home. if i could conjure up this dream place, it’d look exactly like the picture you see above. lucky for me, it’s not a dream but a reality: meet Sew Woodstock.

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: : sigh : : this place! the lovely light, the sky-high ceilings, the divine plants, the comfy couches for hand stitching, the antique furniture, the enormous cutting table… Sally, the proprietress, has done a wonderful job making this place warm, inviting, and so inspiring.


they sell Alabama Chanin jersey, plus her books, kits and all the supplies required to make the projects. and we just *might* be planning some Alabama stitchery classes…

Sew Woodstock also sells found and recycled fabrics, patterns, and vintage clothing.


this is just a small part of the notions wall. one stop shopping! i need never go to that dreaded Big Box sewing store again when i run out of thread…


i just love the mix of open and spacious, but also a bit of (organized) clutter! i somehow didn’t snap a photo of the sewing stations, but they are always set up (along the huge, plant-filled front window) and if you live locally, you can join the sewing co-op for a very reasonable fee, and use the equipment any time!


should you need alterations or repairs, resident seamster Molly is your girl. she also designs a line of upcycled clothing called MoWear, and teaches private sewing lessons in the shop.   sw10

they carry the exquisite Merchant & Mills line of notions and patterns too. i covet everything on this table!

i am teaching 3 classes here this month:

Make Your Own Skirt — learn to draft a pattern and then sew your own custom skirt! Wednesday evenings 6-8pm (starts next week!)

Patternmaking Simplified — a one-day workshop in which you’ll learn to draft patterns for a skirt and shift dress

Befriend Your Sewing Machine — the ideal low-commitment introduction OR refresher class to get you sewing!



  1. Kristi Shreenan

    What a delight to see this entry on your blog as I was just there this past weekend! My dear friend lives in Woodstock and thought I might like the shop….and I loved it. I bought some Alabama Chanin jersey in lovely hues of grey and blue to make a pair of fingerless gloves as an introduction to the process. It is indeed a magical place. The Woodstock Film Festival is this weekend as I’m sure you know, and it is nothing short of amazing. Wish I was traveling from MA back to NY again this weekend.

  2. Dang, Cal, haven’t checked in for a while — sorry I missed your sewing classes in Dorchester (both items I love to wear and would love to learn to make). Hope you do it again sometime soon. Sew Woodstock looks pretty nifty too! Also, if Woodstock is anywhere near Kingston, you gotta check out Tarah’s place, Outdated Cafe — think you’ll like it. I imagine you’re going to Rhinebeck this w/e — have fun!

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