Saturday, February 27, 2016

Passion for Fashion

Lorraine's fabulous hand-made boiled wool coat, a labor of love and perfection! Detail picture below
Today CWC member Jim Stopher gave a presentation on his experiences with Passion for Fashion at the Novi, MI sewing expo. He has achieved greatly each of the two times he has participated. And he plans to participate again in the future. We got a glimpse into the process and he brought his unique and creative garments for us to see!

 Above and below, patterns he was allowed to use for his winter wonderland creation.

One of the fabrics he was required to us in his vintage challenge

Professional photos of the vintage garment on his model

Vintage patterns available for his use

Jim has won People's Choice and 3rd place.

He finished early the second year (!!!) and had time to make a matching bag

 Many thanks to Jim for an inspiring and interesting presentation!

Below are the topics we have selected for the remainder of 2016:

  • Trunk Show with Jeanette - Cosplay
  • Altered couture with Jeannine
  • What lies beneath: couture techniques for structure
  • Finishing finesse: hands-on
  • Travel wardrobe - trunk show
  • Designer techniques and shortcuts - lecture
  • Sashiko: hands-on
  • Hand-sewn buttonholes - hands-on
  • sewing with sheer fabrics - lecture
  • art-to-wear
  • Jackets - trunk show (everyone) 

And, of course, fabulous show 'n' tell!

Couture Upcycling

Wool knit ensemble from Pam Howard class

Katherine Tilton Tee from Pam Howard class

Marcy Tilton Tee from Pam Howard class

CC-style suit with silk charmeuse blouse

Upcycled sweatshirt

Lace ensemble

Tee from Pam Howard's class

Ivy top (The Sewing Workshop) from Pam Howard's class

Cropped jacket fitted in Pam Howard's class, plus upcycled RTW top

Marcy Tilton Tee from Pam Howard's class
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Full length, hand-sewn coat constructed out of boiled wool

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Upcycling jewelry



Upcycling with men's ties

Hand-dyed scarves

What to do with a gorgeous sari!