Uptown Atelier

Uptown Atelier Uptown Atelier is an NYC based, woman owned business helping you create extraordinary artistic experiences and exceptionally beautiful garments.

Custom couture sewing services, group and private sewing and art lessons in upper Manhattan. Online lessons coming soon!

Mission: Creating exceptionally beautiful garments and extraordinarily meaningful artistic experiences.

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Sometimes it pays to be picky ... compare this photo to yesterday’s to see what difference good fitting makes!I must adm...
09/10/2020

Sometimes it pays to be picky ... compare this photo to yesterday’s to see what difference good fitting makes!

I must admit that this picky thing I have might be an impediment to me wanting to sew at times, but boy am I glad I resized this top, even if it was more work to unpick the binding to access the side seams and finish properly. Now it fits like a glove and I’ll enjoy wearing it! I didn’t have nearly enough tops that work well with my beloved yellow floral circle skirt, and now I have one more. It was challenging to fix since it had once gone wrong, but so gratifying to get something out of the unfinished objects box and into my closet. Though now I’m ready for a new gratifying project of the faster variation 😂 🏃‍♀️ 🧵

09/10/2020

How to thread your serger! No tie-on, I’m doing it “from scratch” - take two!

Unfinished object ... finished! ... kind of! I discovered after finally finishing a project gone wrong from like ten yea...
09/09/2020

Unfinished object ... finished! ... kind of! I discovered after finally finishing a project gone wrong from like ten years ago (that I’d half redone a few years ago, made a hole ripping a seam, and left it to fester for several more years) that it’s actually still too big, partly because I’m realizing I lost weight since I’d fit this a while back but also because this fabric just grows as you handle and doesn’t snap back 🙄 Le sigh! Oh well, despite being a bit loosey goosey, it’s wearable. And most important I am getting unstuck and back in the swing of sewing again after a long absence from it while I was ill for many months. I’m one of the people who wound up getting neurological symptoms from covid in addition to airway inflammation and residual fatigue, so it’s been a battle, and I was anxious to start sewing again. Both excited and scared I had somehow lost my touch. But even if we get rusty it quickly comes back. Maybe this isn’t the perfect project, but today I got the better of procrastination and anxiety both by actually finishing something (even if it now needs to be altered down to fit me a size smaller than I was before!) #choosejoy #covidsurvivor #staystrong #newbeginings #sewingproject #instasewing #sewinglove

09/09/2020

What to do when you get stuck? I’m talking openly today about my three best “tips in progress” for getting unstuck, whether it’s just on a project or a deeper sense of being stuck. I am just getting unstuck after not sewing much during a serious illness (long term covid). While I talk I’ll be showing you on the fly how I’m fixing one of my unfinished objects I got stuck on years ago! Rose

Going live in a few minutes to finish one of those unfinished objects we all have in our project box! It’s so easy to ge...
09/09/2020

Going live in a few minutes to finish one of those unfinished objects we all have in our project box! It’s so easy to get stuck sometimes - on a project or in general. I’m also going to talk openly about getting unstuck with sewing after having a serious illness (long term covid).

Oh my beauties... I can’t wait to see you up, lovely new/old vintage sewing patterns I just won on eBay 😍 🧵 💖 #vintagese...
08/01/2020

Oh my beauties... I can’t wait to see you up, lovely new/old vintage sewing patterns I just won on eBay 😍 🧵 💖 #vintagesewing #vintagedresses #sewinglove #instasewing #sewretro #happysewing #sewpretty @ New York, New York

08/01/2020

Cutting out the pleated pillow

Making a perfectly straight edge quickly and without fuss will help you cut your fabric more efficiently and exactly on ...
07/29/2020

Making a perfectly straight edge quickly and without fuss will help you cut your fabric more efficiently and exactly on grain! If you want to know how to do it, my latest Facebook Live replay will teach you. (facebook.com/uptownatelier) I also reviewed my amazing new purchases of an eco-friendly, non-stinky, gorgeous aqua and turquoise cutting mat from @ecopecoart and my rotary cutters from @havels_sewing, which are smooth, also a beautiful turquoise, and cut beautifully! I also love that the blade is covered until you press down, as I feel it’s less likely to accidentally cut yourself! Yay for safer rotary cutters, they’re so efficient but, ya know, keeping your fingers on is useful. Also, I was wary of ordering a mat online because once I did from another company and it was in a poorly fit box, got warped, and never flattened out. These came instead in a box perfectly fitted to the product inside another box, so they were perfect and ready to roll. I don’t usually do product reviews, I just sew, but these are both worth a shout out.

I need 16 panels of my pleated pillow, so it’s far more efficient to straighten two edges, fold twice, and match them for even quartered fabric. That way I can cut my panels four times instead of sixteen, and still trust my cutting will be precise!

#sewingtips #sewingtricks #sewinglove #howtosew #learntosew #sewinglessons #sewingtools

07/29/2020

A review of my new cutting mats and rotary cutter, how to straighten fabric, and next steps in cutting out my green pleated pillows!

You may have figured out by now that I really love the colors aqua and turquoise! My new cutting mats from @ecopecoart a...
07/27/2020

You may have figured out by now that I really love the colors aqua and turquoise! My new cutting mats from @ecopecoart and rotary cutter from @havels_sewing both match each other AND my room! #happysewing #sewingroom #matchymatchy #aquablue #turquoiselove

Up and at em! - the most annoying phrase my mom ever used, but I’m happy to be feeling better and better and gently back...
07/26/2020

Up and at em! - the most annoying phrase my mom ever used, but I’m happy to be feeling better and better and gently back to work! I decided I needed to feel like a new woman today so I did my makeup. Apparently I am a big glasses person now, which was news to me. Awesome green glitter glasses are from the amazing @seeeyewear and the fabric is from @joann_stores #memade dress from a couple years ago. Rayon jersey is so very soft, I can feel kinda posh and yet be more comfy than I’d be in jeans. Gotta make more knit dresses! #feelingfierce #ilovesewing #freshstart #nycgirl #knitdress #jerseydress #floralprint #sewinglessons #backtowork #patternmaker #fashiondesigner #ladyboss

07/22/2020

How to make a cool center diagonal pleat pillow

Aren’t these Poppin storage boxes poppin??? I feel so lucky that my beloved aqua was the only color left! Time to get my...
07/06/2020

Aren’t these Poppin storage boxes poppin??? I feel so lucky that my beloved aqua was the only color left! Time to get my sewing room ready. It’s certainly been a while ... I haven’t worked other than sewing some masks for myself for nearly four months, as the covid recovery was just a beast. I’ve had the energy again to start doing things like reorganizing a bit and it’s very motivational. Healthy home, healthy life, healthy heart! I’m thankful to the people who have supported me in getting well and to my art and sewing practices, which have helped me find intervals of calm amidst the fear and chaos. Next up: figuring out online learning so I can get back to my business and bring the sewing and art lessons back! But first I’m going to do some sewing just for me, specifically more summer dresses, because summer is my favorite season and I want to feel fully human again. This dress -my own design, with cotton jersey from @moodfabrics - is so comfortable on hot days because it’s loose and breezy, more comfortable than cut offs and tank tops really, which are all I’ve been wearing lately. Today I thought I’d fix myself up a touch even if I’m staying home. Going to make some more comfy but posh clothes like this so I can relax in style! #covidsurvivor #findingme #cultivatecreativity #calmyourmind #stayconnected #imakemyownclothes #nycgirl #femme #ladyboss #sewinglove #isew #instasewing #summerdress

06/21/2020

What sewing supplies should you buy when you’re starting out? Grab your notepad or sign on to the website of your choice (I list a few options in the video), and I’ll help you shop. This is a bit of an info-heavy video, but trust me, it’s easier than wandering in circles or wasting hours browsing all the supplies you don’t know whether you need or not! For example, if I just told you to buy “pins” you may be overwhelmed at all the types of pins! I’m trying to briefly explain my recommendation to condense the video somewhat, but I can explain any of these things in more detail if you have questions. Buckle up and let’s go!

*Most of these are beginner’s necessities, but I threw in a few extras for my students who want to start sewing garments, such as a tailor’s ham and a clapper.

*If you’re interested in patternmaking or higher level garment sewing you’ll need other supplies too. I’ll do a separate video for those students.

Ink and watercolor sketch of one of my favorite places in Inwood Hill Park. #inwoodhillpark #inwood #inwoodnyc #uptown #...
06/13/2020

Ink and watercolor sketch of one of my favorite places in Inwood Hill Park. #inwoodhillpark #inwood #inwoodnyc #uptown #uppermanhattan #northernmanhattan #urbannature #watercolorsketch #watercolorsketchbook #sunsetpainting #sunsetshots #watercolorpainting #painting🎨

I don’t know why it is that I get so stuck when it comes to drawing and painting expressively! I can compose music, make...
06/12/2020

I don’t know why it is that I get so stuck when it comes to drawing and painting expressively! I can compose music, make my own recipes, and write a poem at the drop of a hat. Then it comes to art ... and I have pictures in my head all the time, but I never draw them. I always wind up painting teapots and dandelions and other things from real life, and painting them as accurately as I can. However, I’ve been determined to unblock this, especially because I’ve been feeling a deep call to do so for a long time. I carry quite a lot of trauma and grief, and I’ve had some of my most profound moments of healing through intuitive poetry. I feel called to intuitive art, but something about it scares me and I stay locked up! But two things helped me, or rather I should say, two people. @florabowley is a wonderful artist who has two amazing books on intuitive painting that I highly recommend! But today I still felt scared for unknown reasons, and in searching for “how to paint your feelings” I found a wonderful blog from an art therapist, @thirstyforartofficial - her videos and blog posts were just what I needed to give me a bit of hand holding and push. So grateful to both of these brilliant women! Thank you! I also lowered the expectations by working with super cheap materials (these are inexpensive student watercolor pastels) in my sketchbook. Funny enough, I like it enough I may actually like to turn it into a finished piece! What does it mean? Well ... that’s for us both to find out, as I did it from intuition! But it has to do with healing some of my trauma to my feminine being, in my most sacred spaces, as that kind of trauma can mishape your entire identity in tremendously painful ways. But maybe art creates a window for you to reshape your vision of yourself. #healingart #healingjourney #transformation #drawingsketch #spiritdrawings #therapeuticart #traumahealingwithart #traumarecovery #expressiveart #intuitiveart #embraceyourjourney

Confession: I’m sometimes too uptight when I paint. Super fast gestural paint sketches can be helpful both for banishing...
06/08/2020

Confession: I’m sometimes too uptight when I paint. Super fast gestural paint sketches can be helpful both for banishing perfectionism and training your eye to see key shapes, lines, shadows, and light, and leave out the rest. It’s ok if you restate lines and change things up a bit. After all this is meant to be art, which is by nature an interpretation of reality, not reality itself. For this sketch I used watercolor paints, waterproof artist pens, and a bit of clear wax resist crayon. #watercolorpainting #artlife #paintsketch #artistsoninstagram #teapot #stilllifepainting #gesturalpainting #practicemakesprogress #colorful #howtopaint #artoftheday #ilovepainting #inkdrawing

At a point, you HAVE to call it done. But I’ll tell you a secret! No artist (that I know) ever feels their work is done!...
05/27/2020

At a point, you HAVE to call it done. But I’ll tell you a secret! No artist (that I know) ever feels their work is done! I don’t feel like this is finished but that’s the thing, you have to embrace imperfection and just go with it, because life is short and there are more beautiful things to paint! Swipe to see my reference photo taken in beautiful Inwood Hill Park. I always say I’m going to work in a more fluid style and the next thing I know, there I am comparing the two and performing microsurgery on my paintings 🙄 Maybe I should paint a second rendition with more fluidity and expression just for fun. #iloveart #painting🎨 #watercolorflowers #paintingnature #urbannature #inwoodhillpark #inwoodnyc #embraceimperfection #mindfulpainting #joyofpainting @ Inwood, Manhattan

05/27/2020

Watercolor part finale ...

More midnight watercolor painting! I added more shadows and then focused on putting detail into the dandelion. All those...
05/23/2020

More midnight watercolor painting! I added more shadows and then focused on putting detail into the dandelion. All those little petals make it no easy feat! It’s coming along though I think. I can’t believe it’s been so long since I painted. Now I can hardly stop! #paintingflowers #paintingfun #watercolorpainting #urbannature #inwoodhillpark #dandelions #dandelion #ilovetopaint #quarantinefun #happyflowers @ New York, New York

Practice in progress! I haven’t painted in a long time so I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing anymore, but that’s ok...
05/22/2020

Practice in progress! I haven’t painted in a long time so I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing anymore, but that’s ok! I am mostly practicing and doing it therapeutically anyway. As I’m recovering from being very ill, having enough energy to enjoy the little things really matters to me. I took the picture of a dandelion today while walking in beautiful Inwood Hill Park. It was so cheerful I thought I’d paint it. Not done, but it’s time to take the sweet dog out for another walk and eat some food! I was having such fun I had to force myself to stop.

05/05/2020

Oops, sorry I deleted my last video - phone died. I’ll redo it when my voice isn’t so freaky, but I’ll still show you the end result and the fitting right now.

Ready to do a bit of sewing on this beautiful afternoon! I am beyond grateful to be feeling better the last few days. I ...
05/04/2020

Ready to do a bit of sewing on this beautiful afternoon! I am beyond grateful to be feeling better the last few days. I have just a bit of lung irritation still. But, I haven’t felt that inflammatory feverish feeling in about two days. One thing I’ve learned throughout all of this is that I am way more connected than I thought. Too often we can believe we are alone, especially if going through trauma or grief - but our lives are inextricably bound to each other’s with thread we can’t always see. Thank you to you all who have offered support in a myriad of ways. If you are going through this illness too, you are not alone. #onelove #ilovenyc #gratitude #weareinthistogether #thankyou

04/25/2020

Tell me, my friends - now that I’m getting healthy again (one day at a time) and can do tutorials again (hopefully this will continue!), what would you like to see? Obviously masks are important. And it’s also possible you might feel overloaded with seeing that all the time. How many of you want to see mask making help? Would anyone want regular sewing or art tutorials right now to get your mind on less stressful things? Is it even right to do sewing tutorials that aren’t about masks right now? What would you like to see? I’d love your insights. This is an isolating time, let’s unite and reunite to uplift each other!

04/25/2020

Thread loops to hold foam wire pad in place

04/25/2020

Fit hacks for the shaped mask - and learn from my mistakes!

04/25/2020

Mask upgrades!

The sweatshops are still open. Now they make masks
04/24/2020
The sweatshops are still open. Now they make masks

The sweatshops are still open. Now they make masks

Factories in Downtown L.A.'s garment district are switching over to mask production, while paying workers the same illegally low wages as always.

I miss normal life and silly things like doing my hair. I’m also grateful to have nearly recovered now from what probabl...
04/23/2020

I miss normal life and silly things like doing my hair. I’m also grateful to have nearly recovered now from what probably was a milder (but still not fun) case of this awful virus. You staying home helps. The lives saved matter. And you matter. We are in it together. #quarantinelife #ilovenyc #stayhomesavelives #stayhomestaysafe #missingnormallife #grateful

04/15/2020

How to make a foam nose piece to better seal air leaks on your mask

A small tweak for a better fit: try a strip of craft foam under the wire on the top edge of your mask, bridging the nose...
04/15/2020

A small tweak for a better fit: try a strip of craft foam under the wire on the top edge of your mask, bridging the nose. It helps anchor the mask to your face without slippage, and also helps seal those little air gaps. I have almost no air leakage at this point, a small miracle. For more info see the video on my page! (Same handle). #masklove #nyclove #facemaskselfie #facemaskhomemade #wearmask #savelives #stayhomestaysafe #loveoneanother #weareinthistogether #spreadlove #staysafeeveryone

04/15/2020

A small tweak for better fit on fabric masks!

Mask number 7, I think? This is the pleated style with a filter pocket added to the bottom seam (under the chin). Witnes...
04/04/2020

Mask number 7, I think? This is the pleated style with a filter pocket added to the bottom seam (under the chin). Witness the power 💪 of the humble shoelace! Best thing I’ve found for putting on your mask. Best news all day since elastic is now so very hard to find. And as long as you sew binding or a channel on the sides, you can remove the shoelace and move it from mask to mask. But here’s why I like it better than elastic or ribbon ties: it doesn’t slip. It is fast and easy to tie, has natural give to get a tight fit, and as long as your channel is the right size, it has a natural grip. Check out the second photo: I untied the mask behind my neck and even so it stayed put. Easier to get a good fit with minimal leakage! #facemask #mask #maskedup #facemaskselfie #diyfacemask #facemasktime #sewinglove #sewmasks #sewingmasks #sewingtutorial #nyc #nyclove #protectyourself #stayhomesavelives #staysafeeveryone #onelove #loveeveryday @ New York, New York

04/04/2020

Everybody makes mistakes ... how to open up a mask if you accidentally closed it before adding access to the wire or filter pocket (like I did 🙄)

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Sewistas and Sewistos . . . Rachel's House of Craft is now officially Atelier Savoir Flair! I'm incorporated and all! Thanks for your patience during this transition. I'll be back doing lives again soon, as well as launching NYC sewing lessons, online courses, and sewing patterns, as well as more fun free stuff. Sew away!