April 23-27, 2020
Fairfield Inn & Suites - Lake Oswego, Oregon

Workshop Fee: $995

  • 5 days of design, fitting and sewing instruction
  • classroom equipped with pressing stations, irons and pressing tools
  • 6 foot table for each student
  • lunch each day
  • notebook of instructional materials

Going beyond basic pattern instructions, choosing alternative techniques and selecting the best design solutions to create the most beautiful garments - that's practical couture. Join Marla for this fun workshop designed to polish your sewing skills, add creative details to your garments and boost your confidence. Learn to sew with your head and without fear.
We'll go back to basics with lessons on graining up fabric, useful hand stitches, and sewing and pressing seams, hems and edges. Using Roberta Carr's book, Couture The Art of Fine Sewing, as a reference, you will practice sewing techniques that you can add to your repertoire, including 10 ways to use silk organza, applying bias binding, Hong Kong finishes, special bound buttonholes, and more.
Send your wish list of any techniques you'd like to learn. Bring pictures or photos that inspire you, and fabrics or patterns that challenge you. Marla will incorporate them into the lessons.

Practice your new skills by constructing a garment of your choice in class. Suggested projects include a silk shell or blouse, the perfect pencil skirt, a beautiful dress, or a lined jacket. Marla will consult with you on your pattern and fabric choices before class.

You may bring your own sewing machine or arrange with Marla to borrow one.

Workshops begin each morning at 9AM and finish at 5PM. The classroom is available to you in the evening and will be locked securely overnight.

Lunch is included each day. There are many restaurants within walking distance for dinner on your own.
This workshop will be limited to 6 students to ensure individual attention. A $100 non-refundable deposit will reserve a space for you.

The workshop will be held at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Portland South/Lake Oswego, located at 6100 SW Meadows Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Accommodations are available at the Fairfield Inn or other nearby hotels. Contact the Fairfield Inn directly at 503-670-7557 to make a reservation. Ask for the Kazell Sewing room rate.


To reserve your space, please send the registration form and a check for either the $100 non-refundable deposit or the total fee. The balance is due March 26, 2020. Please make checks payable to Marla Kazell. Return form to:

Marla Kazell
13333 SW 72nd Avenue, #10-E
Tigard OR 97223


For cancellations made 30 days prior to the workshop or earlier, any fees received (beyond the $100 non-refundable deposit) will be refunded or transferred to another workshop. There are no refunds or transfers for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the workshop. Workshops may be canceled if minimum enrollment is not obtained 30 days prior to workshop. All deposits and fees will then be refunded.
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