Today, we have a new guest post by Koumori-no-hime. Everything below is taken directly from her Deviantart post. I suggest checking her out, as she has some awesome work and tutorials! 😀
Lurking around cosplay sites, I see a number of people who want to make costumes but don’t know how. Well, here are a couple ideas for those who prefer working with a human teacher instead of online videos and tutorials. There is no shame in taking sewing classes. I took an elective costuming class myself (which also helped raise my GPA). A thirst for learning is a wonderful thing!
FRIENDS AND FAMILY
If you have friends and family who sew, why not ask them to teach you the basics? Not only do you learn, but you get to spend quality time with Grandma.
MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL
Many schools offer home economics classes as electives that offer sewing as part of the curriculum. You can always stop by after school or email the teacher asking what kinds of stuff they teach. You can also ask the drama teacher if you can help with costumes and props for the school play.
COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Some universities offer sewing classes (check under “costuming”) as part of their theater departments. If you are looking for an elective class, why not try? These departments sometimes have specialized classes like corset and hat-making, as well. Your local community college may offer sewing classes. Many times you can just register for the class without having to be part of a degree program.
Some fabric stores host sewing classes, either for free or for a fee.
JoAnn Fabrics: [link]
Hancock Fabrics: [link]
Also try checking out your local-owned shops!