Every so often, nostalgia settles in and we wish we had a better handle on a few key domestic talents, like baking the perfect piecrust from scratch or whipping up a new dress by hand. Pins & Needles, a chic crafting shop, makes developing one of these skills a little easier.
Rather than spending hundreds on a sewing machine (that inevitably eats up apartment space), rent one for an easy $20 an hour. All you need is some basic knowledge and an appointment to use a workspace. Or if you?re a total beginner, get a jump start with private or semiprivate lessons (starting at $75 an hour).
More skilled sewers should look into useful workshops like the weekly Make a Pattern from Your Favorite Garment, which starts Tuesday, December 4 ($280 for the three-class series). Say you have a classic Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress that fits you like a glove: Learn to recreate it and watch your wardrobe multiply.
The shop is also stocked with a well-edited selection of fabric, trim, tools and embroidery and needlepoint supplies for a range of crafting projects to release your inner domestic goddess.
1045 Lexington Ave. (at 75th St.), 2nd fl.; 212-535-6222 or pinsandneedlesnyc.com