JULY 2017

A little rain, a little sun, a lot of fun! That was our American Sewing Guild (ASG) New York City fashion tour in May. We started the week with a city tour and subway lesson with our guide, Matt. Some of the favorite activities were the Koos van den Akker workroom, the fashion history talk at FIT, and our get-together with an actress from War Paint (the play we saw) and wardrobe mistress from Wicked, who brought these wonderful costumes for us to see up close.
As rents go higher and higher, many fabric stores in New York are moving to upper floors or going out of business. Don't miss your opportunity to see the fashion district before it changes even more. Join Marsha McClinktock and me May 20-26, 2018 for our next New York City tour. Details will be available on the ASG website soon.

We certainly did our part to support the fabric stores! My fabric purchases included a cotton sateen in the perfect shade of olive green for pants that I made during my pants workshop in June. I also found this great printed lightweight denim and fun striped ribbing which will soon become a baseball style jacket – one of many variations from a basic jacket pattern that I will be teaching in my jacket workshop next year. Watch for all the details on the Classes and Workshops page of my website.
All of our New York tour participants marveled at the garments in the Koos boutique and got a glimpse of how and where they are made, when we visited the workroom. If you have admired the Koos van den Akker Vogue patterns or have wanted to try a fabric collage project, but don't know where to start, join me in September for my Fabric Collage workshop. Try one of the Koos patterns – one of my favorites is Vogue 1277, a great swing coat. Or start with a simple jacket or top pattern and create your own design. You'll learn how to combine prints, plaids, stripes, textures, colors and fibers to create your one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art. Let your creativity come out – yes, it's in there!

And here's a special deal for all of you who receive this newsletter. Write the magic words "bias tape!" on your registration form and receive $100 off your collage workshop fee!
A few spots are still available for my Summer Sewing Camp, August 10-13. Get advice on any sewing project or help with fitting patterns, or just come and sew with friends.

I am also teaching classes locally at the new location of Josephine's Dry Goods, located at 2609 SE Clinton Street, Portland OR 97202. Practical Couture Techniques: It's All in the Details... is a 6 week series of classes designed for you to brush up on basics, increase your skills in machine and hand sewing, learn fine sewing techniques beyond those you find in patterns and discover how and where to use them in creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind garments. A kit for sample making will be supplied for each class. Take one class or take the whole series. From "Fabric Fundamentals" to "Practical Couture Techniques", you'll boost your confidence and learn new skills. Register online or in the store.

If you are in the Portland area or nearby, put September 22-24 on your calendar. My friend and local fabric collage artist, Paula Marineau, is reducing her extensive inventory. This is your chance to pick up beautiful textiles - some no longer available anywhere. Shop for ethnic prints, Dutch batiks, cottons, wools, silks, leather, trims, buttons and notions. Also available: fashion artwork, vintage advertising pieces, sewing and fashion books, sewing machines, irons and pressing equipment. The sale will be held at 4120 SW 83rd, Portland OR 97225. Hours are 9AM-4PM on Friday and Saturday, 12PM-4PM on Sunday.

Buy some fabric, take a class, be creative!

Happy Sewing!