Our events team is heading back to Fredericksburg, VA this fall for our next School of Art Fashion Boutique! The fun begins Oct. 2, and we have five terrific class retreat options for you. You can become a licensed Martha Pullen teacher with Kathy McMakin and Alicia Welcher; make an adorable little girls outfit with Connie Palmer; expand your serger skills with Pam Damour; make a collection of travel bags with Katie Bartz; or join Cynthia Guffey for a skirt fit and design workshop.
Let’s take a closer look at the classes:
Martha Pullen Teacher Licensing EXPRESS: The Perfect Mix with Kathy McMakin & Alicia Welcher
Want to become a licensed Martha Pullen teacher — in person — in only a few days? Join us for ‘The Perfect Mix’ Licensing EXPRESS. You’ll receive the whole Perfect Mix curriculum, along with the experience of a face-to-face retreat, as you spend your time sewing and embroidering, plus some serging. The curriculum includes more than 30 projects with 15 specifically selected kits. We’ll teach you the best techniques and all the tricks for certain success as you have more fun than you can even imagine, culminating with joint ownership of this fabulous curriculum with a certificate to prove it! You will also have lifetime access to watch the videos and review all the lessons and techniques when The Perfect Mix appears as an online licensing course.
Thoroughly Modern Marjorie with Connie Palmer
Remember Connie Palmer’s popular Marjorie girls dress pattern? Well… wait until you see this new version of it! She’s added all sorts of wonderful details, turning an already cute dress into a work of art. It’s on-trend, extra-fun to wear and a great way to discover how to make use of sewing machine accessory feet and a serger, too. Working with whimsical prints, Connie turned one small lower hemline ruffle into tiered, multi-layered “fluff” at the lower back, each tier carrying contrast rickrack. The front bodice features a double ruched overlay, created using two different fabrics and two different sizes of rickrack. One of those prints is also found at the waistline, armhole and neck edges in perfect piping, emphasizing the lines of the dress and creating a high-end finish and look. Finish with leggings (with ankle ruffles, of course), for a complete outfit.
Pack It In: A Travel Collection with Katie Bartz
Katie Bartz is a genius at designing projects that help us travel, organize and “keep it all together.” She’s designed a wonderful collection of projects for this retreat, including an expandable, quilted duffel bag; a quartet of project portfolios (perfect for organizing and transporting your retreat projects from place to place); and a fabric toolbox – a roomy wire-framed zippered box that’s the perfect size for storing all your sewing tools. Coordinate your travel collection in matching fabrics, or make each piece unique – either way, you’ll learn so many sewing and embroidery techniques and helpful hints during your time with Katie.
Power Serge! with Pam Damour
Want to take your serging skills to the next level? Here’s your class! Using just cover and overlock stitches, Pam will teach you how to make ruffles and gathers, prairie points with a twist, serger lace, pintucks, pleated windows, quilting by serger and much more. You’ll create four projects during your time with Pam: a pillowcase, a “Clamshell Tool Caddy” (you’ll quilt and install a zipper on the serger as you make it), a textured table runner (showing off surface design textures and piecing techniques borrowed from the quilt world) and a gorgeous pillow (featuring ruching, piping, a zipper and pintucks) – all created with the serger.
The Skirt: A Fit and Design Workshop with Cynthia Guffey
Whether you live in skirts or haven’t worn one in years (but would love to!), this is your chance to become a confident designer of wonderfully fitting, flattering skirts for all occasions. You’ll begin with Cynthia’s legendary fitting expertise, as you create your waist-to-hip shape — the starting point for designing all styles of skirts that fit you well. You’ll explore the all-important issue of grain: how using fabric on the bias influences the drape and ‘flirtiness’ of a skirt, and how to control shape by using the straight-of-grain. You’ll come to an understanding about darts, too – where they are, why they are, and how to move them (and even remove them) to achieve the style you’re after. Learn to add fullness in just the right places, take it away in the wrong ones and more, as Cynthia helps you find your most flattering silhouettes, so you can create your very best looks right away. Consider just some of the options: maxi, midi, knee and mini; pencil, A-line, flared, gored, pleated, gathered, tiered and circle; waistband (contour or not), faced waist and yoke. From fast and easy summer delights to tailored, business-ready fashion, your skirt options can become limitless!
All School of Art Fashion students will receive free general admission to the Fredericksburg Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO, which will be held immediately afterward in the same venue on Oct. 5, 6 and 7. At the EXPO, shop at the Martha Pullen retail booth, see fashion shows and take more classes with your favorite MPC teachers.
The Martha Pullen Team