Sunday, September 27, 2015

September 2015 Meeting

We talked a bit about sashiko

And then wonderful show and tell:

Ginny's lovely sashiko vest

Oh la, la! Silk knit

Beautifully constructed shirt, Jan!

Terrific fit, Susan (and Pam!)

Another beautiful blouse, Kathy

A sneak preview of some very cool purses to be sold Nov 7 & 8, SEFAA Sale

Such a pretty linen skirt!

They swear they did not plan this!

A pretty knit top

Barbara's own design - cool ruching!

Another cute top!

Beautiful top, Yolande!

Martha's Florence Top

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Couture Steps

In August our featured teacher was Martina. Here topic was awe-inspiring and maybe even a little daunting: “Couture Steps from pattern to finishing details." Martina did a wonderful job and left us wanting more.

The presentation started with a review of the definition of *couture* in the US, as well as an interesting contrast with the definition used in France. 

She brought in collectors' dolls with couture-styled garments. And she circulated tons of samples showing various couture techniques. 

Because of the size of this topic, Martina did not teach us the actual techniques but she certainly motivated their use, showing the lovely results.

Thanks so much, Martin. It left us breathless!

Some of Martina's beautifully constructed garments.


Our leader looks gorgeous in this color!

Couture doll collection

A few of the samples:

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rhanda Teaches Us All About Interfacings

Guide in NYC provides a sampler pack of various interfacing options
Many thanks to Rhanda, who bravely took on a VIP topic, use of interfacings in garments. Rhanda carefully researched a huge variety of applications, dispelling several myths about when and where and how to apply interfacings for good effect.

Light weight fusible appllied to a metallic fabric

Light weight knit fusible applied to slinky

Heavy and medium weight woven fusibles

And then, of course, there was fun and inspiring Show N Tell:

Jim wowed us with a dress for his granddaughter and an ensemble for his wife. These garments were submitted for consideration to participate in the 2015 Passion for Fashion contest at the American Sewing Expo in Novi, MI. Jim has been accepted and will participate in late September. 

We are all very excited and impressed. We are hoping for more news, perhaps at the October meeting of CWC. 

Last year he came in third! Here is a picture of the 3 winning garments from 2014. Jim's is the one on the left:

2014 Winners Passion for Fashion in Novi MI

And here is even more Show N Tell:

Bag that converts to a blanket for new grandbaby

Knit tops and a skirt (above and below)

Summer skirt

Beautifully fitted top

4th of July topper

Katherine Tilton shirt for summer

A summer dress for studio work

Lined knit top and linen pants

Perfectly chevroned stripes

Baby gifts

Convertable baby bunting for new grandbaby