Camp Workroom Social Fall Camp

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AboutDatesLocationScheduleClass IntensivesWhat's IncludedRegistration Details • Lodging Options • FAQ • Terms of Service and Refund PolicyTravel InsuranceHow to Register


Hi! I'm Jennifer Wiese, your resident camp director, and I'm excited to tell you more about Camp Workroom Social's Fall Camp (also known as Camp). Camp is a four-day, three-night summer camp-inspired sewing retreat for adults, featuring intensive classes taught by contemporary experts in apparel sewing.

At Camp, you sign up for one intensive sewing class, designed to teach you new skills, develop previously learned techniques, and support you as you hone your own problem solving abilities. Campers get the chance to learn from one of our professional sewists who make fashion sewing approachable and fun, and all of our staff work hard to build Workroom Social's warm and friendly environment.

In addition to our sewing intensives, we've lined up lots of fun camp-inspired activities for you, from rock climbing to macramé. During down time, you can choose to relax or get to know their fellow campers. I created our Fall Camp experience to help you feel like a kid at camp again (or for the first time)! At Camp Workroom Social we learn, practice, try new things, make new friends, and challenge ourselves during a joyful sewing retreat in the woods.

All Workroom Social classes are noncompetitive, casual, and productive. Our instructors specialize in teaching adult learners in a fun and social environment, and I work with every instructor ensuring they're committed to teaching in a friendly, inspiring, motivational way. Our staff is made up of professional designers and makers who don't focus on perfection. Rather, we want you to learn and to participate in our classes with a creative and curious spirit. We know great sewing comes with tons of practice, and our goal is to give you the skills and the confidence you need to continue your sewing journey at home.


Friday, October 18–Monday, October 21, 2024


Takes place at Frost Valley YMCA—located on over 5,000 acres in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, just 2.5 hours north of New York City.

Want more information about traveling to Camp Workroom Social? Check out our Travel Guide, which includes information on getting to and from Frost Valley YMCA and flying in and out of New York City.


Schedule for planning purposes only. Exact event schedule subject to change without notice.

Friday, October 18, 2024

12:00 p.m. Bus departs Midtown Manhattan, NYC for Camp Workroom Social

3:00 p.m. Bus arrives at Camp Workroom Social and registration begins

4:15 p.m. All Camp Welcome and Orientation

5:30 p.m. Dinner in the Dining Hall

6:30 p.m. Sewing Intensive Orientation

7:30 p.m. Camp PJ Party

10:30 p.m. Quiet hours begin in lodges

Saturday, October 19, 2024

7:00 a.m. Early Morning Hike, Run, and/or Yoga

8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the Dining Hall

9:00 a.m. Sewing Intensive Day 1

12:15 p.m. Lunch in the Dining Hall

1:00 p.m. Sewing Intensive Day 1 resumes

5:30 p.m. Dinner in the Dining Hall

7:00 p.m. Maker Fair Periods 1 and 2

11:00 p.m. Quiet hours begin in lodges

Sunday, October 20, 2024

7:00 a.m. Early Morning Hike, Run, and/or Yoga

8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the Dining Hall

9:00 a.m. Sewing Intensive Day 2

12:15 p.m. Lunch in the Dining Hall

1:00 p.m. Sewing Intensive Day 2 resumes

5:30 p.m. Dinner in the Dining Hall

7:00 p.m. Me-made Spectacular and Fashion Show Celebration

11:00 p.m. Quiet hours begin in lodges

Monday, October 21, 2024

7:00 a.m. Early Morning Pack-Up and Move-Out

8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the Dining Hall

9:00 a.m. Camp Activities Periods 1 and 2

11:00 a.m. Closing Ceremony and Lunch in the Dining Hall

1:00 p.m. Buses depart Camp Workroom Social for NYC

4:30 p.m. Buses arrive in NYC

Class Intensives

Camp is designed for those who have some experience sewing. We want to help you develop your sewing skills, pushing them from good to great! Are you an absolute beginner? Don’t worry! You’re still welcome to register as long as you build up your basic skills before Camp. Not sure if our classes are right for your skill level? Email me! I'm excited to talk Camp with you.

Class sizes can range from 8 to 10 campers in a class, with one dedicated instructor.

2024 Class Intensives

[To be determined]


What's Included

  • One two-day intensive course taught by a sewing instructor who specializes in fashion and garment sewing. Tools and supplies not included. Select intensives may require supply kits for purchase. Please read class descriptions carefully.
  • Access to a sewing work space that considers the unique needs of our campers and their class projects, in addition to the limitations of our summer camp venue.
  • For classes that require a sewing machine, sewing machines for use at Camp. Campers may bring their own machines if they prefer.
  • For classes that require a serger, sergers for use at Camp. Campers may bring their own machines if they prefer.
  • Irons and ironing boards for use at Camp.
  • Various craft and sewing related workshops, which take place in addition to each camper's two-day intensive course. Select workshops may require supply kits for purchase to participate.
  • Camp activities including our PJ Party, Makers Fair, Me-Made Spectacular, and Fashion Show.
  • Additional Camp activities which may include hiking, rock climbing, ziplining, canoeing, nature workshops, and arts-and-crafts classes.
  • Roundtrip shuttle bus service from Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Campers may drive themselves to Frost Valley if they prefer.
  • 4-days/3-nights accommodations in our dormitory-style lodging with shared rooms of no more than 4 campers in single (twin-size) bunked beds. Exceptions can be made based on attendee request, see our Terms of Service for details. Double and single occupancy hotel-style lodging is available on a limited basis for an additional fee.
  • All meals from dinner Friday night through lunch Monday afternoon. All meals are served in the Camp Dining Hall, which hosts other guests at the same time. A variety of nutrition options are available at every meal, and we happily accommodate food allergies. For those with specific dietary needs, campers are put in touch with the Dining Hall directly to ensure every meal is safe.
  • A variety of snacks throughout each sewing day.
  • Access to Workroom Social's private online community, All retreat planning materials are located on Social Sewists, and campers can connect with each other before and after the event there as well.

Registration Details

[To be determined]

    Lodging Options

    Lodging options for Camp Workroom Social's Fall Camp, a sewing retreat for adults

    For Fall Camp, campers can stay in one of Frost Valley's "super lodges" or in their hotel-style building. The super lodge is a dorm-style building. Think ski-lodge meets summer camp. The 2-story building has 13 rooms sleeping 4 to 6 people in bunk beds with foam mattresses. Each room has a private bath. The lodge also features a large common room with a fireplace, where nighttime activities take place with drinks and dessert.

    Due to concerns about COVID-19, rooms in this lodge are limited to 4 campers, except in special circumstances when requested by two families bunking together. There are enough bottom bunks per room for every camper to sleep on a bottom bunk.

    Just like when you went to sleepaway camp as a kid (or when you sent your little ones off for their camp adventures), every camper gets basic bedding and a towel. Basic bedding includes linens and a pillow. Want to get extra cozy in your bunk? We encourage you to bring your own additional pillows and blankets to snuggle in at night. Past campers love bringing their handmade quilts to sleep under.

    Campers can also upgrade their stay to Frost Valley's hotel-style lodging, which features full-sized beds with spring mattresses. Each room has 2 beds and one private bathroom. Campers can book a private or shared room in the hotel-style building.

    Hotel-Style Lodge for Camp Workroom Social's Fall Camp, a sewing retreat for adults

    The ABCs of Camp (Our Campy FAQ)

    Got questions about the nitty gritty details of Camp? Check out The ABCs of Camp, a Frequently Asked Questions article. It's a fun way to learn a bit more about what to expect from your weekend at Camp.

    Terms of Service and Refund Policy

    Thank you for being a part of our community! Whether you are coming to see us in our Brooklyn studio, working with our fabrics or patterns, or joining us at Camp Workroom Social, we want to ensure that every Workroom Social sewist has the best experience possible. To help with this, please read and understand our Terms of Service and Refund Policy before you register for an event or buy a product from us. When you register for an event or buy a product from us, you agree to our Terms of Service and Refund Policy.

    Our Terms of Service and Refund Policy include important information and policies regarding COVID-19. Both are updated regularly, so please click through to read them in full.

    If you have questions about these terms and policies, please reach out before you register for an event or buy a product. You can email us at hello @ or call us at 646-481-1650. We are here and happy to help you!

    Travel Insurance

    Due to the unique nature of travel events like Camp Workroom Social retreats, we are unable to issue refunds due to delays or changes in travel plans. We strongly encourage all participants to research and consider purchasing a travel insurance plan to cover your Camp Workroom Social expenses. Research and understand how issues relating to COVID-19 are covered or not covered by different agencies and policies. Here are some resources to help get you started with your research.

    How to Register

    [Registration for Camp Workroom Social's Fall Camp is by random lottery and will take place sometime Summer 2024. If you'd like to know when the lottery opens, please join our mailing list.]