BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Aspiring fashionistas can perfect their cross-stitch this summer though a series of eco-friendly sewing classes.
Sew Green Summer Camp returns for a second year in Bedford-Stuyvesant in August to introduce kids and teens to the fashion industry.
Brooklyn nonprofit Black Girls Sew will offer new workshops in this year’s program, including field trips to city showrooms and guest speakers who will provide behind-the-scenes perspectives on the trade.
“I try to help children understand that not only is sewing a fun thing you can do, but you can also turn it into a business,” said Hekima Hapa, founder of Black Girls Sew.
Classes will cover an introduction to style, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, photoshoots, sketching and needlework.
Hapa, the youngest of 12 children, learned to sew from her mother out of necessity, she said.
She took her skills to a variety of fashion jobs, and currently spearheads classes for children and adults in local schools and Bed-Stuy’s 375 Stuyvesant Ave. mansion.
Summer camp attendees will work on DIY projects based on their own suggestions, restyle old clothes and create reusable shopping bags.
“I just think anything that can keep kids’ attention that is not electronic-based helps them think, become problem-solvers and gain patience, especially from sewing,” Hapa said.
“This requires you to stop and pay attention for a little bit of time. It's sort of a meditation.”
Sew Green Summer Camp will be held from Aug. 10-21 at 375 Stuyvesant Ave. The session costs $500 and is open to children and teens aged between 10 and 17.
For more information, visit the Black Girls Sew website.