MAY 2016

Here I am showing one of many shirt samples I brought to Santa Rosa in April for a trunk show and workshop, Fabulous Shirts and Blouses, with the American Sewing Guild (ASG) chapter there. Starting with a basic shirt pattern, I showed the group how easy it is to change a front placket, draft simple collars, transfer darts, create yokes and add fullness - all without changing the fit of the pattern. Endless possibilities...
My new collaged shirt is a perfect example. I added yokes - front and back - transferred the bust dart into a princess seam, changed the front placket to a separate piece, reduced the size of the collar, and added fullness to the back with an inverted pleat.
A few members met with me before and after the workshop to fit their patterns, or to put into practice some of the techniques I showed them. They have a head start on their shirts and blouses, and I hope to see photos of their new creations soon.

I will be teaching this class again at the ASG conference in Indianapolis this summer. Let me know if you would like me to teach it for your chapter!

While I was in the area, I spent a day in San Francisco so I could see the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the de Young museum. It was clear that his goal of making every woman "feel wonderful about herself" was met as I viewed over 100 beautiful garments and saw how he was inspired by gardens, Russia, Eastern cultures and Spain, where he began his career at the couture house of Balenciaga.

His polka dot dress and ruffled bolero are perfect examples of the influence of flamenco dancers on his designs. You can re-create this look, as I did a while back for a client, with this jacket from Vogue 8957. Fifty eight silk organza circular ruffles top the red body-hugging dress.
I am so excited to announce that I will be teaching with Diane Ericson at her Design Outside the Lines Retreat in Ashland, Oregon, October 23-27, 2016. Diane has a wonderful artist's eye and creates beautiful textures and designs. I am bringing to the party my sewing and technical skills, and together we will work with students to create their perfect fall jacket or coat. Can't wait to see what develops in our classroom!

Happy Sewing!

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