Happy New Year!

I jumped right into 2018 with a Knit Know-How workshop for a private group of students. They produced some great tops, jackets and pants, and now feel much more confident about sewing with knit fabrics. Now, it's time to get the rest of the year organized.

My 2018 workshops are scheduled and up on my website. Join me for Winter or Summer Sewing Camp, where you can get help with pattern fitting, sewing techniques and questions, or just schedule some sewing time for you.

Other workshop topics include Shirts and Blouses, Practical Couture, Fitting Burda Patterns, Jackets and Pants Fitting. There are still openings in all workshops, but several are almost full. I only allow six students per workshop so everyone gets plenty of individual help. Get your registrations in soon before you miss your chance!
Travel is in my plans as well this year. Maybe I'll see you in Puyallup at Sewing & Stitchery Expo, or in Las Vegas at the American Sewing Guild (ASG) national conference. I'll be teaching buttonholes and closures at a retreat in the Seattle area in February, and a Bias Workshop for the Silverdale, Washington ASG Chapter in the fall. Contact me to book a workshop or presentation for your group or chapter! I'd love to come and share.

In my custom business, the list of client projects right now runs the gamut from elastic waist knit pants and bias cut dresses to a Chanel-inspired jacket and a cashmere coat. I'm lucky to have such a variety of projects to work on. Never a dull moment or boredom in my sewing room!

I'm making a list of my own sewing projects for 2018 as well. Some never got finished from last year's list and some are new. Reading Anne Marie Soto's cover story on bomber jackets in the ASG Notions magazine reminded me of some of the great fabric-zipper-rib trim combinations I have for several jackets. They may go to the top of the list. But there is also that pretty silk chiffon for a blouse, beautiful gray wool flannel for trousers, and that gorgeous gold jacquard for a jacket...
My thanks to all of you who read my newsletters. I will continue to share techniques, information and class opportunities with you this year.

And I am happy to announce that you can now follow me on Instagram @marlakazell. I'm excited about having another way to share photos of works in progress, finished garments, and tips and techniques you might want to try.

I hope your 2018 is also full of wonderful sewing projects and classes.

Happy Sewing!