It was great to see so many familiar faces in Puyallup. Betty Brees, American Sewing Guild (ASG) Board of Directors Chair, stopped by our booth to say hello. I look forward to seeing all my ASG friends at the National Conference in Indianapolis in July. I'm teaching classes on some of my favorite topics – Burda Patterns, Fabric Collage, Tailoring, and Shirts and Blouses.
Spring is definitely in the air here in Oregon – time to get sewing some lighter fabrics and summer styles. I'll be working on some new shirts and blouses in preparation for my workshop later this month for the ASG Chapter in Santa Rosa, CA. Fabulous Shirts and Blouses will start with a basic pattern and show many different ways to change the details – collars, cuffs, front plackets, sleeves and dart manipulation. Who doesn't need some great shirts in their wardrobe? If you are in the area, come join us!
I'm combining the fun of fabric collage with a shirt pattern. This stack of fabric will soon be a new shirt.
Six students had a great time with fabric collage in my March workshop, Fabric Collage a la Koos, here in Oregon. Some traveled from as far as Iowa, Missouri and Vermont to learn the Koos collage techniques and create a work of art. I think they did an incredible job!
Some used the Koos Vogue patterns, dolman sleeve coat 1441 and swing coat 1277. Others used a simply styled pattern like the Saf-T-Pockets Patterns Wear With All or Rochelle's Reversible, and created their own design lines. We appliqued, couched, quilted, sliced and bias taped our way through five fun days.
I can't wait to get to New York and see what's new at the Koos boutique and workroom. It's always such an inspiration! If you've always wanted to go to the fashion district in NYC, join Marsha McClintock and me for the ASG Fall New York Fashion tour. There are still a few openings available.
Join me for my next workshop – Contemporary Tailoring: Coats and Jackets – June 16–21. Choose any jacket or coat pattern, and learn skills that can translate to all of your sewing. Make alterations for fit and adjustments to improve the details. Grain up your fabric and learn how and where to interface. Sew beautiful bound buttonholes and welt pockets. Learn the secrets to a notched collar and perfect set-in sleeves. Finish by sewing and inserting lining. With a maximum of six students, you will receive plenty of individual help on your project.