Still No Sewing

But lots and lots getting done. I’m busy prepping for the first Saturday Series Class this weekend. Yesterday, I went to get my mail and found the most delightful surprise waiting for me! Barbara of Cat Fur Studio sent me the most wonderful, drool-worthy book,


THANK YOU BARBARA!!! This book is to die for, and I’ll dive into it this weekend.

I’m also reading a guilty-pleasure book,
How can you resist? It’s the classic Jane Austen story, punctuated by encounters with the undead. What’s not to love? I have to admit, I was immediately sucked in when I read the full title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

As I say, how can you resist? I’m giggling myself to sleep at night, reading the adventures of the Bennett girls as they negotiate the zombie-infested waters of 19th century romance. I’ve never been a big vampire fan. Twilight and its ilk leave me cold. But zombies? Love it! One of my favorite movies ever is Shaun of the Dead.

And speaking of geek chic, how happy am I that Simon Pegg, aka Shaun of the Dead himself, is playing the role of Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the new Star Trek movie??? I am very happy. My weekend plans are set. Teach class on Saturday morning, perform as featured soloist at the Wakefield Chorus’ concert on Saturday night, go see Star Trek on Sunday. Sounds like a good weekend, and I may even get some sewing in!

Happy Trekkin’!

I've Ordered the Marfy

Thanks for your input folks! I think Phyllis pegged it for me when she said the Burda, fabulous though it is, is more Armani than YSL. I really want the YSL sharp shoulders look. So I ordered two Marfy patterns: the green one in my previous post and this one:

I’ll evaluate both of them and make a final decision when I have them in hand. Though I’m probably going to stick with my first choice. I have lots of fabrics that I can make into this jacket. And for fun, I ordered this skirt

I love the seaming detail on it, and it will be a nice change of pace for the summer. I even have some appropriately garish bright orange poplin for it. With a little tee or tank, it could be lots of fun for summer.

Boston Area Class Alert
For those of you in the eastern Mass/southern NH area, I’ll be offering a “Saturday Series” starting in May. It’s going to be a series of 4 classes, each two hours long, from 10AM to noon on Saturdays running May 9 to June 6 (no class on May 23, Memorial Day weekend). Each class will be self-contained and will teach one technique or related set of techniques. The four classes are:

Hand Picked Zipper with embellishments
Foolproof Welt Pockets
Designer Seam Finishes
Padstitching techniques for tailored jackets

The classes are $35 each or $100 for the series of four. Classes are limited to 6 participants. If you are interested and you’re not on the class mailing list yet, drop me an email at ann “at” gorgeous fabrics(all one word) “dot” com. I’ll send you the email with details.

Happy sewing!

What I Did Today

I taught a Brownie troop to sew!

This was so much fun. I was contacted by the leader of Troop 1608 here in town. This is a troop that consists of 1st to 3rd graders. They wanted to get a sewing badge, so I got the requirements and put together a class. We made tote bags. I have to tell you, these girls were SO CUTE! There were five of them, and they were so attentive. They were also incredibly fast learners! I told them all that I wanted them to come to my adult classes to show off for my students. They all decorated their bags and after we were finished I let them each pick out a fabric from the remnants I keep in the sewing studio. The nicest thing at the end was that they all started shouting, “I love sewing!” And they asked if they could come back in the spring to make something else.

I don’t have any pictures, but suffice it to say that it was one of the most fun sewing experiences I have ever had, and that is saying something. I’m still smiling from ear to ear. If you ever have the chance, and want to totally energize your sewing mojo, get yourself a Brownie troop and give them a class. You will be so glad you did.

Happy sewing!

Classes and S&Bs

Attention all metro-Boston and Southern New Hampshire sewers! If you’re interested in getting on the mailing list for classes and Stitch ‘n B****es at the studio, please send me an email with the subject line “Sign Me Up” and I’ll put you on the mailing list. The next S&B is next Saturday. I think we’re at capacity. But I’ll be holding more, and I’ll be offering classes starting in the fall. Send your contact information to ann “at” gorgeousfabrics “dot” com.

Happy sewing!

What Classes Would You Want to Take?

I have a great space for teaching small classes, and my landlord and insurance company both have okayed it. So now I have to decide what classes I want to teach. The great news is that I can teach whatever I want to teach. Unlike when I teach for other organizations, I don’t necessarily have to have 7-10 students for the class to be a go. So here are some ideas I have already come up with:

Fitting a Bodice
Fitting a Skirt
Fitting Pants
Embellishment Techniques (that will be Sewing Diva Phyllis’ baby)
Sewing with Knits
Tailoring Techniques
It’s All in the Details
Sewing Evening Wear
Copying Designer Details
Quick Gifts to Make
Sewing with Leather
Couture Jacket Seminar
Sit ‘n Sew (Independent Project)

That’s just a partial list. All classes are fashion-sewing oriented. I don’t do home dec or quilting. I’ll probably keep teaching the beginner classes through other outlets. This is for more advanced classes that would draw smaller groups. So what other classes would you want to see offered? Leave a comment and let me know.

Thanks, and happy sewing!