New two-day workshop

New two-day workshop ~

I am thrilled to announce I'll be teaching a two-day workshop in Gig Harbor, Washington August 13th and 14th with Kathie Vezzani. Kathie, Bellissima Art Escapes, hosts classes and workshops all around the world, and has been doing so for many years. Kathie creates a wonderful atmosphere, serves up fresh, delicious food, and knows how to bring everything together just right to provide a truly memorable experience for all.

Have you ever wanted to create your own beautiful, flattering, comfortable clothing?

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg.

Join me in this exciting two-day workshop as you cut, stencil and hand stitch your very own Alabama Chanin inspired garment from scratch. Using your Alabama Chanin master pattern and Pellon, you will make your sized pattern, then cut your garment from Alabama Chanin’s most wonderful organic cotton jersey fabric.

Next we’ll have fun with spray paint as you stencil your garment and a small sewing sampler with fabric paint.

The second day you’ll practice hand stitches and techniques on your sewing sampler, then progress to stitching your garment.

During this two-day workshop we’ll talk about tips and hints for a smooth sewing experience. You’ll learn about cutting fabric, stenciling, stitches, techniques, and construction. You will not have a completed project at the end of the workshop, but you will have gained key hands-on experience to complete this and other beautiful, heirloom hand stitched projects.

You may choose from these projects:

From the Alabama Stitch Book - corset, shawl, swing skirt
From  Alabama Studio Style - camisole top, tank top
From Alabama Studio Sewing and Design - T-shirt top (sleeveless, cap, short sleeved), bolero,fitted top, fitted tunic, short fitted skirt, mid-length fitted skirt

All books are by Natalie Chanin, and available at  or

Once you are registered with Kathie, contact me by July 25th with your project and color choices. I’m here to help you with any and all questions you may have. Please email me

The only thing you need to bring with you to class is your Alabama Chanin paper pattern with corresponding book and fabric scissors. I will have a couple pair of fabric scissors to share if you happen to be flying in and cannot bring them on the airplane. I will supply everything else, including Pellon (2 yards), Alabama Chanin organic mid-weight fabric (2 yards), foldover elastic (if applicable), 4 spools of thread, fabric for your sewing sampler. During class you will also have the use of:  Clover chalk, spray fabric paint, assorted stencils, spray adhesive, paper, rags, pins, healing mats, rotary cutters, rulers, assorted scissors, needles, etc.

Kathie will be working her magic in the kitchen and cooking up tantalizing meals for us, two lunches and a dinner, during our workshop.

Please contact Kathie Vessani at Bellissima Art Escapes for complete details.

I hope you can join us for this inspiring, technique-packed two-day workshop where you'll meet new friends, enjoy scrumptious food, all while learning how to create your own beautiful Alabama Chanin styled clothing.

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