SEW LAS VEGAS

with Mary Ann Racheau

 

Face Masks

After making and donating over 200 fabric face masks, I have found that many people have contacted me asking to purchase masks from me for themselves and their families.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now advising Americans to voluntarily wear a basic cloth or fabric face mask when they go out to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus. For this reason, I will be making my double layered, fabric masks available to purchase for a price that is affordable for everyone. Every mask should be washed before using and after each use.

My masks are available to purchase for $5.00 each. I will continue to make and donate masks to the facilities that are in need of them, at no charge.

All masks are made from 2 layers of new, cotton blend fabric and are washable.

    Mask prices are $5.00 each

    Golden Knights, Raiders and specialty fabrics are $8.00 each.

 

    Sizes include:

       Men

       Women

       His and Hers

       Children

   

To order, text 702-581-5715 or e-mail wracheau@aol.com.  Be safe and happy.

For those of you who sew, I am including links to mask-making tutorials for you.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgHrnS6n4iA   JoAnns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIR1tLAz8RM    Sew Yeah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhDFaulAgoA

Mary Ann Racheau has over 30 years of experience in costume and fashion design and construction. In the past, Mary Ann spent 8 years as a Costume Technician and Shoe Technician for Cirque du Soleil’s KA at the MGM Grand. Her background includes 14 years as a Seamstress and the Lead Seamstress for the Siegfried & Roy show at the Mirage and 6 years as the Costumier for Nevada Dance Theatre, Nevada Opera Theatre, the Mickey Finn Show and various Las Vegas productions.

She is a designer of her own unique line of collectible teddy bears, dolls and quilts. Skills include teaching, pattern cutting, designing, alterations, dyeing, design and construction of garments and costumes, leather work, jewelry making, teddy bear and quilt making. Mary Ann has assembled model garments for Quiltique in Henderson and Cloth World and teaches privately and in classrooms.

Mary Ann is certified as a “Trained Sewing Instructor” through the Sewing and Craft Alliance.

She has studied one-on-one with Kaye Wood and holds a “Quilting the Kaye Wood Way” Teacher Certification.

Mary Ann has achieved the “Master Certified Sewing Educator” award from the Sewing Educators Alliance, SDTA. She has been featured in Notions Magazine, the Sewing Educator’s Yearbook and in several articles offered by SQE Professional Magazine.

 

She teaches all subjects related to sewing, costuming and quilting, to adults and children.  Mary Ann is a member of the American Sewing Guild, Las Vegas Chapter.

      During the yearly convention that was held in Las Vegas in July, 2018

Mary Ann taught full day classes on the following:

*Techniques of Theatrical Costume and Fashion design and construction

*Beyond the Basics, Sewing Techniques

*Reading, Sizing and Fitting a Pattern

*Beyond the Footlights, The Birth of a costume.

She is also available for project completion. It is her wish to pass on

her love of sewing to all enthusiasts.

Mary Ann can be contacted at: 702-581-5715,

wracheau@aol.com

 

Topics taught include:

  • Beginning, intermediate and advanced sewing;

  • Kid’s classes and instruction

  • Costume design and construction

  • Quilting

  • Serging

  • Home décor; pillows, curtains, holiday crafts, etc.

  • Bags and accessories

  • Hemming, mending, and clothing alterations

  • Working with a pattern - Garment construction for men, women, children and pets

  • Creating patterns from existing clothes or items

  • Pattern making and draping for clothing and accessories

  • Hand sewing

  • Toy making and jewelry making

  • Issues that come up with your specific projects

All classes and lessons include 14 invaluable, printable handouts covering

all aspects of sewing.

Required supplies to bring from home for sewing lessons:

Sewing machine

Regular, zig-zag presser foot

¼ yard of muslin or a lightweight fabric (for sample sewing)

Thread

Size #14 sewing machine needles

Fabric shears

Small scissors or clippers for cutting threads

Ball headed, quilting pins

Seam ripper

Plastic, transparent, gridded 18” ruler and a tape measure

Notebook and a #2 pencil

Personal Project Completion.   Choose any project that you would like to get personal sewing assistance on or just another capable set of sewing hands to meet a deadline. Mary Ann will sew with you to get your project finished no matter what the project may be. Two days prior notice is appreciated to work out a suitable schedule if a deadline is being met.

Lesson and project completion price is $20.00 per hour per student.

T-Shirt quilts, Memory Quilts and Teddy Bears

Sewing Classes

 

Because of the health risk to our community, the Nevada governor's office has requested that all non-essential businesses close for at least the next 30 days. In these uncertain times it is most important that we all help each other, keep positive and stay creative. The classes that are listed below have been cancelled for the near future and will be rescheduled at later dates.

As always, you are welcome to call or e-mail me with your sewing, quilting and cosplay questions. It will be my pleasure to assist you from afar.

Mary Ann Racheau was formerly a Costume Technician for Cirque du Solei’s KA and the Lead Seamstress for the Siegfried and Roy Show in Las Vegas. It is her desire to pass on the love of sewing to all who want to experience the joy of creating.                                  Phone (702) 581-5715

Email – wracheau@aol.com

Sewlasvegas.com

 

Private Sewing Lessons, Freelance and Personal Project Completion

Private lessons give you the opportunity for one-on-one, personal assistance on the projects and topics that you desire. You will learn all of the skills that you need to sew like a pro!

 

Topics Taught

  • Beginning and advanced sewing

  • Costume construction

  • Quilting and serging

  • Home décor; pillows, curtains etc.

  • Bags and accessories

  • Hemming, mending, and clothing alterations

  • Working with a pattern - Garment construction for men, women, children and pets

  • Creating patterns from existing clothes or item

  • Reading and following the different types patterns

  • Pattern making and draping for clothing and accessories

  • Hand sewing

  • Issues that come up with your specific projects

 

Personal Project Completion.   Choose any project that you would like to get sewing assistance on, or just another capable set of sewing hands to meet a deadline.

 

Freelance Sewing for any project.

 

All classes and lessons include 16 invaluable, printable handouts covering all aspects of sewing.

 

Price: $20 per hour.  

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Hobby Lobby

Tropicana and Fort Apache

Sewing Classes  

All classes will be rescheduled when it is appropriate.

Embrace the love of sewing and the joy the joy of creating!

Phone (702) 581-5715                 Sewlasvegas.com

*Please contact Mary Ann for a supply list, printable handouts and details about each class.   E-mail: wracheau@aol.com

 

 

Class: Teddy Bear Making

Dates: Mondays

Time: 9:30AM - 12:00PM

Tuition $30.00 per class

Have fun breathing life into your very own Teddy creation. A new personality will emerge through your lovable design!

 

Skill Level:

  Advanced Beginner                                                                                               

Class Objective

  Learn to master a variety of essential Teddy  making skills including:

 The proper cutting method for fur

 Sewing the body

Inserting discs, washers and cotter pins to  create a fully moving, jointed Teddy

Learn how to insert eyes, embroider the nose and mouth

Understand the proper stuffing technique

Mastering the ladder stitch

Gain useful construction knowledge about various techniques of Teddy-making.

 

Class: Sewing or Quilting

Dates: Tuesdays

Time: 9:30 AM – 12PM

Tuition: $30.00 per person

          * Learn quick and easy ways of creating quilt stunning blocks

and assembling your quilt.

OR * Bring a sewing project for individualized assistance.

 

Class: Home School Students Sewing Class

Dates: Fridays

Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuition: $25.00 per person

          This unique class is designed for the home schooled student to advance their creativity and love of sewing.

 

Class: Personal Sewing Assistance

Dates: Saturday

Time: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Tuition: $25.00 per person

               *Choose any project that you would like to get personal sewing assistance or advice on, or just another capable set of sewing hands.

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Quiltique

13 N. Stephanie Street, Suite E, Henderson, NV 89074

Phone: (702) 563-8600

Email: info@quiltique.com

 

Basic Alterations

Date is to be announced

 

The student will sew samples that can be put into a notebook and saved for later reference along with step-by-step instructions on their construction.

Useful information is included on understanding the methods of basic clothing alterations.

 

Project Description

Garment alterations                                        

Alterations Class

Skill Level:  Beginner  

 

 Class Objective

Learn to operate a sewing machine.

Learn about sewing tool basics and terminology.

Gain useful alteration knowledge and master a variety of essential alteration skills.

 

Required supplies to bring from home

Sewing machine and machine manual, regular (zig-zag) presser foot and zipper foot

·         (If available: blind hem foot and buttonhole foot)       

Thread: 100% polyester garment sewing thread, any color                                                                                                

Empty, extra bobbin

Fabric shears and a seam ripper

Small scissors or clippers for cutting threads

Pins (1 ¾” quilting pins are preferred)

18” clear plastic ruler; a 2” wide ruler divided into 1/8” grids.

A 60” tape measure and a seam gauge

1/4 yard of muslin or a lightweight fabric (for sample sewing)

Notebook and a #2 pencil 

Turning stick

**An old garment to use as a practice piece for techniques

 

 

Quiltique

13 N. Stephanie Street, Suite E, Henderson, NV 89074

Phone: (702) 563-8600

Email: info@quiltique.com

 

Intermediate Garment Sewing

Date is to be announced.

This class features an instructional sewing packet which provides the cut samples and instructions for sewing exercises created by Mary Ann Racheau, Las Vegas costume and fashion designer and Master Sewing Educator.

The student will sew samples that can be put into a notebook and saved for later reference along with step-by-step instructions on their assembly.

Intermediate Garment Sewing Class            Project Description            Pre-Class Preparation

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner                            Sewing 201                          None

                                                                        

Class Objective

Learn to master a variety of essential sewing skills including making corded piping, appliqué, hems and buttonholes. Insert a lapped zipper, practice hand stitches, a swing tack and properly finish seams.

Gain useful construction knowledge by sewing various decorative seams, pleats, and elastic insertions.

 

Required supplies to bring from home

 

Sewing machine and machine manual, regular (zig-zag) presser foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot          

Thread: 100% polyester garment sewing thread, any color                                                                                                

Empty, extra bobbin

Fabric shears and a seam ripper

Small scissors or clippers for cutting threads

Pins (1 ¾” quilting pins are preferred)

18” clear plastic ruler; a 2” wide ruler divided into 1/8” grids.

A 60” tape measure and a seam gauge

1/4 yard of muslin or a lightweight fabric (for sample sewing)

Notebook and a #2 pencil 

Hand sewing needles

Pre–Class Preparation

None   

Quiltique

13 N. Stephanie Street, Suite E, Henderson, NV 89074

Phone: (702) 563-8600

Email: info@quiltique.com

 

Basic Sewing

Date is to be announced

This class features an instructional sewing packet which provides the cut samples and patterns for sewing exercises created by Mary Ann Racheau, Las Vegas costume and fashion designer and Master Sewing Educator.

The student will sew samples that can be put into a notebook and saved for later reference along with step-by-step instructions on their assembly.

Beginning Garment Sewing Class            Project Description            Pre-Class Preparation

Skill Level:  Beginner                                  Sewing 101                          None

                                                                        

Class Objective

Learn to operate a sewing machine.

Learn about sewing tool basics and terminology.

Gain useful construction knowledge by learning to sew various darts and seams, insert zippers, apply facings, create bias bindings and master a variety of essential sewing skills.

 

Required supplies to bring from home

Sewing machine and machine manual, regular (zig-zag) presser foot and zipper foot           

Thread: Gutermann 100% polyester thread, any color                                                                                                 

Empty, extra bobbin

Fabric shears and a seam ripper

Small scissors or clippers for cutting threads

Pins (1 ¾” quilting pins are preferred)

18” clear plastic ruler; a 2” wide ruler divided into 1/8” grids.

A 60” tape measure and a seam gauge

1/4 yard of muslin or a lightweight fabric (for sample sewing)

Notebook and a #2 pencil 

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OLLI UNLV Spring Course

UNLV Paradise Campus (PAR) Room TBD

This class will be continued online for the remainder of the semester.

 

Reading, Following and Fitting a Pattern

This class features an informational packet covering all aspects of working with 3 types of sewing patterns, created by Mary Ann Racheau, Las Vegas costume and fashion designer and Master Sewing Educator.

The student will understand and follow the process of assembling a garment from a pattern.

Reading a Pattern                                      Project Description            Pre-Class Preparation

Skill Level:  Beginner                                  Sewing 101                          None

                                                                        

Class Objective

Learn to read a pattern envelope, understand the pattern instructions, terminology and pattern markings

Take proper measurements and choose the proper pattern size

Trace a pattern on to tracing fabric, transfer the markings Learn how to adjust the pattern: lengthening and shortening

Working with PDF, tissue paper and book-style patterns

Complete a simple project from one of the instructional patterns

Learn garment finishing techniques including the use of a serger.

 

Required supplies to bring from home

 

**Any Simplicity pajama pattern #2290, #8022, #8179, or #1520

 

 

Sewing machine and machine manual, regular (zig-zag) presser foot, zipper foot,

Empty extra bobbin                                                                                                           

Fabric shears and a seam ripper

Small scissors or clippers for cutting threads

Pins (1 ¾” quilting pins are preferred)

Plastic, transparent, gridded 18” ruler

Hem (seam) gauge                             

Water erasable marker

 

Tape measure - 60”

Notebook and a #2 pencil

1/4 yard of muslin or a lightweight fabric (for sample sewing)

Tracing fabric (amount determined by the project chosen)

Fabric (amount determined by the project chosen)

Thread to match fabric

                 

 

**A series of 19 documents will be e-mailed to each student covering all aspects of sewing. The documents can be printed out and put into a binder making a complete sewing book or saved on the computer for your future reference. It is my gift to you.

 

10 Week Course                         

 

Day:Thursday

Time: 9:00 AM – 10:45AM

 

February 6           April  2

                13                    9   

                20                   16   

                27              

March     5                         

               12                         

               19

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Pincushion 

702-522-9551

4 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Cosplay

Date is to be announced.

Learn how to create your own cosplay costumes and fashions!

Cosplay classes are open to everyone of all skill levels. Learn everything that you will need to know to create your favorite cosplay character or your own fashion design. You are welcome to bring your costumes or fashion designs to work on. Bring your cosplay ideas to class, and we’ll work together to bring your ideas to life.

 

  • Learn the design process

  • Learn how to sew

  • Learn stitching techniques

  • Learn where to shop for your fabric

  • Learn how to read and alter a pattern

  • Create your own patterns and sketches

  • Create your own cosplay costume or fashion design

 

Pincushion 

702-522-9551

4 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Sewing Machine Maintenance

Date is to be announced.

 

This class features an informational packet covering all aspects of how to clean and maintain your machine so that it runs properly

The student will understand the process of sewing machine maintenance and become familiar with the parts of the machine and the tools used to clean it.

Sewing Machine                                          Pre-Class Preparation

Skill Level:  Beginner                                  None

                                                                       

Class Objective

Learn about the parts of the sewing machine and how it works

Learn how to clean and oil the machine

Learn about how to choose the proper needle and thread for the sewing project

Understanding the use of sewing machine maintenance tools and oil

Learn about proper thread tension adjustment

Understand the causes for the machine sewing improperly and the repair needed to fix the problem

 

Required supplies to bring from home:

 

Sewing machine, empty extra bobbin, foot pedal and power cord

Sewing machine manual

All-purpose thread

Scissors

Notebook and a #2 pencil

 

Pincushion 

702-522-9551

4 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104

“Knock It Off”

Date is to be announced.

 

This class teaches you how to make a paper pattern from your existing garment so you can recreate it in as many different colors and fabrics as your heart desires.

 

The student will learn the techniques used to re-create a garment: properly draw the paper pattern,

add garment construction markings on the pattern and prepare the pattern for cutting it out of fashion fabric.

 

“Knock It Off”                                                     Project Description            Pre-Class Preparation

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced                   Garment re-creation                           None

                                                                       

Class Objective:

Learn the techniques that are used to re-create a garment.

Learn how to copy an existing garment on to a paper pattern using an array of pattern making tools.

Learn the proper method of tracing the garment on to paper, adding construction notches and grainline.

Learn proper tracing techniques, copying darts and pleats, truing patterns and adding seam allowance and grain lines.

 

Required supplies to bring from home:

A simple garment to copy on to a paper pattern,
Enough fabric needed to create copied garment

18" clear plastic ruler (a 2' wide ruler divided into 1/8" grids)

Notebook and #2 pencil

Large pink eraser

Box of push pins

Fabric marking pen or pencil

Scissors to cut paper and fabric

Seam ripper

Sewing machine and thread

*Rotary cutter, if you own one

 

The class packet includes a French curve and a needle-point tracing wheel as well as instructional pages.

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