Sewing Camp is Real!

Brooks Ann Camper shares photos from Camp Workroom Social 2016I’ve been putting off writing this post because it’s so hard to figure out what to say. I always end up sounding super cheesy!

So first, let’s just start with the facts:

In October, I taught a new class in Upstate New York at Camp Workroom Social.

Camp Workroom Social is a 4-day sewing sleepover camp for adults!

This means that not only are there 2 full days of sewing intensives from 6 incredible instructors that I’m amazed and humbled to be in the same group with, there’s also zip-lines, campfires, raptor centers, hiking, yoga, archery…

Camp Activities at Camp Workroom Social

Mid October in Upstate New York also provided peak season for gorgeousness and one evening there was even a spooky haunted trail!

Colorful trees at Camp Workroom Social in October 2016

But wait, there’s more! There’s also the Me-Made Fashion Show (with ice cream sundaes!), knit night (with cake!), and a Pajama Party (with wine!).

Camp Activities at Camp Workroom Social

All this while getting to know and learning with 100 others who share the same passion as you!

Camp Workroom Social 2016

As I tried to describe the experience to my friends and family, I found myself with a lack of words. I even had someone ask if it was part of my contract that I say all the ridiculously positive things that were coming out of my mouth. (The answer is no.) It’s hard to know what to say when you’ve been a part of something that is kinda unbelievable.

I noticed a camper on Instagram (I wish I could remember who) exclaiming “Sewing Camp Is Real!” I feel ya.

Don’t believe it? Here’s the Camp Highlights video:

The class I taught was a Couture Hand Sewing Intensive. This amazing group of women and I spent more than two full days together upping our hand sewing skills…

The Hand Sewing Students at Brooks Ann Camper's Couture Hand Sewing Intensive at Camp Workroom Social
This class selfie was taken at the END of the class and everyone was still smiling!

…and I’m thrilled to be asked back to teach this class again this October!


Bonus Field Trip

And did I mention that Camp also comes with a fun bus ride from New York City? And it just so happened that the drop-off point is on the same block as Lynne Mackey Studio the theatrical millinery studio where I used to work? And that after Camp, I took my hand sewing students (and my camp roommate Amy Chapman) on a tour?! Everyone loved seeing hats bound for Broadway!

Brooks Ann Camper takes her Camp Workroom Social Hand Sewing Students to Lynne Mackey Studio in NYC

Brooks Ann Camper takes her Camp Workroom Social Hand Sewing Students to Lynne Mackey Studio in NYC

I hope we can work something like this out again for CWS 2017!


Camp Workroom Social 2017

At Camp this year, a few teachers will be back with the same class: I’ll be teaching Couture Hand Sewing again, Christine Haynes will be back teaching Jacketmaking, Amy Chapman will be back teaching Bra-making, and Melissa Watson will be back teaching Tissue-Fitting (switching from dresses to pants this year)! The new classes and teachers for 2017 will have Fleur Hoare teaching Swimsuits and Kristiann Boos teaching Advanced Sewing Techniques.

Camp Workroom Social 2016 Staff
Camp Workroom Social 2016 Staff – Allyson Dykhuizen, Whitney Crutchfield, Melissa Watson, Erin Proud, Elizabeth Olwen, Lauren Taylor, Kelli Ward, Jennifer Wiese, Amy Chapman, Christine Haynes, Kristiann Boos, Carrie McGowan, Devon Iott, Dani Maheux, Suzanne Beaubien, Brooks Ann Camper, Jen Beeman, and Sarah Hurwitz.

Learn more about the 2017 staff here:

Learn details about the 2017 classes here:


Jazzed? There’s good and bad news!

Camp Registration opens first to Camp alums and then to those on the Camp mailing list before it opens to the general public. I recently started getting tagged in excited Instagram posts from those who had already enrolled in my class, so I knew this process had started. I chatted with Camp Director Jennifer Wiese and she me know that Camp 2017 is already completely sold out. This is before registration even opened!

So, if Camp sounds like your jam, I advise you get on the Camp Workroom Social mailing list so that you can be on this year’s wait list and have a chance to get in early for Camp 2018! Hopefully I’ll be asked back to teach again!




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4 Responses

  1. Hi Brooks Ann, I will be in your class in the fall :o)
    Currently I’m working on a bias cut prom gown for my daughter, just cut it this week and still playing in my mind about the lining/under structure.
    I had looked at “Katie’s gown” but there was not a lot of info about the inner workings and was hoping you could blog about that a little.

    1. Yay! Can’t wait to work with you at Camp! And congratulations on making your daughter’s prom gown. She is a lucky gal! Katie’s dress was the first wedding dress I ever made and was a few dresses before I started the blog. Without making another bias cut gown, it would be hard to blog about it, but there isn’t really any understructure or innerworkings. It is just the fashion fabric and the lining (both silk charmeuse). The fabrics conform exactly to the body because they are cut on the bias. I know I hand basted all the seams similar to how they describe in this article before heading to the machine. It’s slow sewing but with extra care this look can be super slinky and sleek for your daughter’s dress. Hope this helps at least a little Jeanette!

  2. I signed up for the waiting list for Sewing Camp and am on the mailing list so I might be able to get in in 2018. Just one question, how much is the camp? I want to start saving, now! If I get in, it will be my 70th birthday present to myself!

    1. Hi Pat! What a wonderful 70th B-day gift! I’m just one of the instructors hired to teach at Camp. I don’t know a lot of details about camper pricing etc. Jennifer Wiese, the Camp Director/Creator, will be happy to discuss that with you though! Shoot her an email at

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Hi there! I'm Brooks Ann.

I’m a former professional costumer and couture dressmaker for one-of-a-kind bridalwear located in Hillsborough, North Carolina, who teaches custom garment sewing too the sew-curious online.

My blog mostly follows along with the couture process of how each heirloom-quality custom wedding dress was made from idea to wedding day, as well as other interesting tidbits related to sewing, weddings, and body positivity.

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