Best Place to Make Your Own Clothes

Bits of Thread
1794 Columbia Road NW #6
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Ah, preindustrial America: when people were of a hardy stock and created things with their bare hands. Sure, those days were also rife with typhoid fever, but at least no one had to try on clothes under fluorescent lighting. If you’re feeling crafty, D.C. has its very own 21st century sewing studio that’s poised and ready to teach you how to work with patterns, mend your tattered garments, or even make a fancy schmancy hat. Bits of Thread offers classes, private lessons, and even sewing machine rentals. It’s just like the olden days, but with none of the typhoid.