FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where are your classes held?
La Movida Fashion Design Academy is located in the heart of Kitsilano at 3625 West Broadway. There is plenty of parking in the back alley and we have two entrances to the studio. It is conveniently located along several bus routes and is in walking distance of a great neighborhood filled with cafes, restaurants and shopping.
What will we be learning?
You will learn how to use a sewing machine and machine sewing techniques.
- How to choose appropriate fabrics for your designs and how to read and layout a pattern.
- How to alter a pattern for proper fit.
- Hand stitching, seam finishes
- And design students might create flat drawings, illustrations, and spec sheets. Do costing analysis and learn about industry standards, pattern drafting and production.
How large are your classes?
Sewing classes have a maximum of 8 students per instructor. Workshops can have up to 12 spots available depending on the project with a second instructor assisting. We require a minimum of 4 students for each class.
What do I need for my first class?
Just want to try it out?
Come by for a studio tour. Kids can enroll in a Pro-D workshop and adults can take our ‘Intro to Sew’ class.
What is your class/course registration and payment policy?
To guarantee your enrollment in all workshops, classes/courses, payment is required in full. To secure a birthday party or special event, payment is required in full.
We accept Visa, Master Card online and Debit, cash and cheques in person – we love e-transfer.
La Movida is willing to provide prorated fees for those students joining a class later in the term, providing space is still available.
There is a one -time $5 administration fee for new students.
Can I transfer to another class?
If you have signed up for a class or course and then can’t make it, you may transfer your tuition to another class up until 10 days before the start date. This gives us enough time to contact a waiting list person so we can offer them your spot.
To transfer, call or email us, or feel free to stop by. There is a $15 administration fee for any transfer. All class transfers are based on availability.
What happens if I miss a class?
Adult Classes: La Movida Fashion Design Academy DOES NOT offer make up classes or refunds for adults who miss their scheduled classes.
Youth Classes: LMFDA will do our best to accommodate a missed class with an alternative class. This will be based on availability and must be made up within 14 days of the missed class. All makeup classes are $15. LMFDA can accommodate up to two makeup classes per session.
Fashion Design Classes: Missed design classes can only be made up based on availability in another design class. All makeup classes are $15. LMFDA can accommodate up to two makeup classes per session.
What if a class is cancelled?
We do not want to cancel good classes but if everyone waits until the day before to sign up, the class will most likely be cancelled. If a class is cancelled all students will be notified in advance by email, and full refunds will be issued. Students choosing to transfer from a canceled class can do so free of charge.
What are your methods of payment?
You can pay by cash, cheque, Visa, Mastercard both online and in the studio. We are now offering e-transfer as a payment option
When registering online you have the option to skip the credit card payment and use e-transfer instead. Juts call us to confirm the transaction. Remember the enrollment wont be confirmed until the transaction has been completed.
Do you provide fabric for the projects?
Yes, sort of. You can purchase a fabric package from us for each project – we have everything you need in the studio and a carefully chosen selection of fabrics. Depending on the project it will be between $10-$25 each, for fabrics and notions. This is a great price and very convenient. We will let you know before each new project how much it is going to cost and we only charge you for the fabric you are going to use – no extras like in the store!
We have researched which kinds of fabric will result in a high quality project. Sometimes the print does not work, or the fabric is too difficult or not the right weight/stretch/quality for the pattern. We have a curated selection of specialty fabrics available at the studio or for purchase that will be waiting at the studio on your first day of class. Just let us know if you would like to purchase fabric from us. You can purchase the required fabrics and sewing kit from us in the studio or online at any time. We have taken all the guess work out of shopping for fabric and want to make your introduction to sewing as painless as possible. It is not required that you purchase supplies from us, but is a service provided for your convenience.
Do I need to bring my machine? I don’t have a machine of my own.
The studio is fully equipped with 18 top of the line sewing machines, 3 sergers, 4 cutting tables, as well as a small retail for fabrics and notions. So let’s have fun and sew us what you’ve got!
Have a great idea or something you want to share?
Contact us if you have any suggestions, would like to be our featured artist, host a workshop or see something we don’t offer but you think we should – we are happy to arrange a class or workshop for you and your friends. Need a minimum of 4 students for each class.