Leave the hectic pace of daily life behind and spend time in the beauty of the Catskills. Let nature clear your mind and soothe your soul. Our peaceful chalet sewing studio was built in 1968 and has ample room to be comfortable & get creative. Megan fell in love with this property and now she invites everyone to experience it.
The Sewing Classes at the Retreats are over two full days:
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Each guest stays at the Chalet in your own private bedroom.
Guests arrive Thursday evening, anytime after 6pm and stay until Sunday morning checkout at 9am.
Spring 2021 Dates Coming Soon
You are welcome to sew whatever you would like at the Sewing Retreat.
If you are a beginner, we suggest starting with some of our Beginner Sewing Boot Camp projects in order to solidify your sewing skills. If you have no idea where to start, just show up. We'll take care of the rest.
Please note: Fabric, tools & other supplies are NOT included in the price of the retreat. You are welcome to bring your own or purchase it at the studio prior to the retreat. Supplies can be purchased online and Megan can bring it to the retreat for you. Please purchase at least 4 days prior to retreat start date.
Bring any sewing tools you already have. Small tools like scissors, pins, thread, needles, measuring devices, writing utensils can be accessed at the retreat, but if you have your own it's recommend you bring with you.
Sewing machines can be rented and if you choose this option, Megan will bring it to the retreat for you.
We will have access to numerous sewing pattern options that you can choose from. These will need to be printed and taped together at the retreat.
If you're already have sewing experience, you're welcome to bring any sewing patterns and projects you'd like to work on.
Megan will provide sewing instruction on Friday & Saturday from 9am to 5pm only.
You are welcome to do what you please anytime before and after instructional time.
The retreat chalet is located in Harpersfield NY, approximately 3 hours north west of NYC. Address will be shared when you sign up.
"I just returned from an amazing weekend sewing retreat at Hipstitch Outpost - Megan Avery's lovely, comfortable and rustic home in the Catskills. We were blessed with terrific weather that let us sew outdoors in a safe and socially distant manner. After months of isolation from the pandemic, it was just what the doctor ordered.
Accommodations: The four-bedroom, two-bathroom house in Harpersfield, NY, sits on 5 acres of land and is set back from the road, ensuring a serene escape from the outside world. The rooms are all very comfortable and decorated in an eclectic vintage style that I found adorable. The house has been renovated but has a rustic feel to it, with lots of exposed beams and other details. The great room boasts deep sofas and exposed ceiling beams, not to mention a small library with (you guessed it!) sewing and crafting books as well as many other topics. The sewing studio has plenty of counter space for cutting, pinning, and sewing, and Megan has lots of patterns available if you forget to bring one. And you MUST try the outdoor shower!
Instruction: I had already taken several classes at M. Avery Studio with Megan, so I knew she was a great instructor. That was reinforced this weekend as I observed her guiding new and experienced sewists through some pretty complex projects. One attendee made a fitted shirt, another made a reversible apron with built-in crossover straps AND a trapeze style dress, and a third made a pretty complicated baby carrier and some masks. I used the weekend to focus on two quilt projects I was having trouble finishing at home due to daily distractions and lack of space.
Megan's style is laid back but her instruction is spot on. Her years of experience with sewists of every age and skill level have given her the ability to meet students where they are and help them get to the next level. She is very responsive but never intrusive, which allows her students to build confidence in a safe environment. Her sewing knowledge is vast
The Takeaway: The weekend wasn't just about sewing. It was about coming together with new friends with common interests, sharing some awesome bonding moments (campfire with peanut butter cup s'mores!!!) and relaxation.
Sewing instruction was available 9 to 5 each day and outside of that we could hike, relax, or swim in the local swimming hole. It was as much about escaping the pressures of daily life and living in the moment as it was about sewing. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to complete a sewing project in a gorgeous setting with a great teacher on hand for lots of individual attention."
-Michelle McGreivey North Bergen, NJ
"The entire weekend was so perfectly designed. From arrival to departure Megan made sure we were welcome at her beautiful chalet retreat. The rooms were so comfy and fun. BUT the sewing was the best part. I hadn't sewn anything since I was a teenager and I left having completed 5 complete projects, clutches, a t-shirt and an apron. Who would have thought! And I immediately bought a sewing machine when I came home. But I will be back to the Hoboken studio to learn more with Megan and her team."
-Beth C. Jersey City, NJ
"I'm pleased as punch with my placemats and napkins that I made at the sewing retreat! And so happy I had the opportunity to spend some time in such a beautiful setting. It was a great weekend"
-Denise J. Milwaukee, WI
"Megan helped me design a pattern from a vest I love, then I sewed the vest and it was perfect! Everything about the weekend was great! "
-Noreen G. Austin, TX
"I think the thing that made it extra special was having quiet unencumbered time in such a beautiful home. And you cooked so healthy too. Speaking to the full experience of it all - it was a vacation where we got to learn and do sewing in addition to the getaway, which made it even so much more fun."
Emily A. New York, NY
"I enjoyed the laid back nature of activities, location was beautiful, I liked that you had the different types of fabric. That Megan and Lauren (instructors) were available for questions / support was of the greatest value to me. I think encouraging participants to challenge themselves with skills they don't know is ideal. I certainly was a bit nervous about embarking on pants on my own and know I would have gotten frustrated had I not had the support of the instructors there."
"Both instructors were very helpful & really nice people!! I just wish I got further along w one of my projects (no ones fault but my own) wish I was more motivated to get help on certain things. So sweet & thoughtful of Megan to give necklaces & cards. I loved it & I'm so glad that I went!!!"
Laura L. New York, NY
"Just finished a fun/productive sewing class in the Catskills. Megan was so patient and helpful. I finished several projects (bags, dress, fixed shirt, and cut out a tunic). The accommodations were great, very comfortable. I'm planning on returning next year. "
Liz. D, Jersey City NJ