Countdown to Our Live Licensing Events!

Our two in-person summer licensing retreats are coming up next month! Oh what fun we have at these events, and we are so excited to see those of you who are joining us. If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time – join me, Connie Palmer, Alicia Welcher, Peggy Dilbone and Martha Pullen for a week of sewing, learning, catching up with old friends and making new friends. Both events will provide you with an exclusive, ready-to-teach curriculum of sewing projects that you will co-own the copyright to, meaning that you can make the projects for sale without limit, or if you are teaching, you can copy the project instructions for your students. How you choose to use the projects is totally up to you – you can teach classes, make for resale, enjoy for personal use or give as gifts.


The Perfect Mix: Sew, Serge and Embellish
July 21-26, 2015; Palm Harbor, FL
If you’re looking for a great variety of techniques and projects, The Perfect Mix was created just for you! We premiered this curriculum last fall, and it features 20 beautiful kits, several bonus sets of instructions and patterns and exclusive embroidery designs. You will master a variety of beginning to advanced sewing and serging techniques such as piecing to shaping trims, working with insertions and entredeux, creating ruffles and more.

Projects include a self-binding baby blanket; a Bargello tote bag; a woven lattice table runner; an organza banded pillowcase; a lacy heirloom pillow; a special licensing mug rug; sew, serge & flip placemats; two-colored mitered napkins; a pleated ruffle hand towel; a child’s backpack; a makeup bag; an heirloom techniques quilt; a christening gown or child’s dress; a christening slip or child’s slip; an 18-inch doll dress and slip; a matching dolly-and-me jumper & ruffled pants; a baby boy layette; a baby girl layette; a knit infinity scarf and flower pin; a lacy heirloom blouse; an overlay dress; and a baby pillow.


Children’s Garment Construction
July 28-August 2, 2015; Palm Harbor, FL
This licensing curriculum will give you 20 gorgeous children’s garment projects, with the teaching focus on designer-worthy construction techniques. We will teach you how to construct collars, plackets, hem finishes, sleeves, garment closures and more. The garments fall within a range of sizes 2-6 for many of the boy garments and 2-8 for most of the girl garments.

Projects include a backpack; purse and headband; two girls jumpers; a boys Jon-Jon; a Swiss panel sundress; two heirloom dresses; a boys pintucks and tatting shirt and pants; a “little miss” tank and skirt; a boys dress shirt and pants; boys applique shorts and a knit T-shirt; girls shorts and a knit top; a hand smocked dress for an 18-inch doll and girl; a high yoke slip; a chef hat and apron; a “kitchen diva” hat and apron; a boys camp shirt; a boys pajamas set; a classic button-on suit; a smocking in the hoop yoke dress; and a strappy top and a ruffles skirt.


Can’t make it to one of the July licensings, but still want to visit with us? We’re having an Afternoon Tea with Martha Pullen that will take place between the Florida licensing events on Monday, July 27. Registrants for both licensing events will get in free and the general public can purchase tickets. I invite you to join us for this special afternoon that will include time with Martha, a shopping area and great mini clinics from our licensing faculty and the teaching staff of Keep Me in Stitches, our partnering Baby Lock dealer.

We also have a School of Art Fashion Boutique in Fredericksburg, VA September 28-30 and two more in-person licensing events in Cosa Mesa, CA in November – the Serger II licensing will be November 1-6, and Vintage, Classic, Contemporary will be November 8-13. Vintage, Classic, Contemporary is sold out, but there is a wait list available!

We pray for the men and women serving our nation in harm’s way, and for all of you.

Much Love to You All & May God Bless,
Kathy McMakin

P.S. Want to learn new embroidery techniques? Our friends at RNK and Floriani offer classes across the country where you can discover valuable techniques and learn about embroidery machines, software and stabilizers. Check out their schedule here!