Whipstitch, Workshops and Sewing Fun!

I’m so excited to share with you the amazing time I had today. I attended my first sewing workshop, and it was fantastic! I didn’t know what to expect, so admittedly I was a bit comment shy, but I am so glad that I participated.ย  The event was held atWhipstitch in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s this quaint little loft-like sewing/fabric/book/class store that’s full of beautiful fabrics, notions, and a delectable display of super awesome sewing books. The owner (Deb) was so super nice. I know this all sounds very syrupy, but it is true. It was definitely worth the trip (It took almost an hour with traffic and lights – yuck!).

Our instructors were Rae Hoekstra from made-by-rae.com and Karen Lepage, one part of the duo who created the wonderful book *Sewing for Boys*, Ziggy Patterns and the blogger at onegirlcircus.com. The class size was nice and small. Approximately 10 sewing divas (including myself) gathered around the table that you see in the pic and just oohed and ahhed over the beautiful kids clothing samples that they passed around. Rae and Karen made the perfect tag team as they shared sewing knowledge garnered after years of sewing for their own kids. We learned about

  • reinforcing seams
  • seam finishes
  • ย best fabrics to use for kids clothing
  • supply lists
  • pressing vs. ironing
  • pattern selection
  • measuring
  • insecurity vs. over confidence in sewing projects
  • resources (books, etc)
  • sewing efficiency

It was so inspiring for me personally to see women just like me with a passion for creating beautiful clothing for their kids. The quality of their workmanship was amazing. The morning workshop only lasted an hour and a half. I could have used another hour or two just to turn those garments inside out and admire the handy work (smile).




  • Rae says:


    I’m so glad you had a great time. It was such a pleasure to meet you. You are super cute. Thanks for a fabulous “review” as well!!!


  • Karen says:

    It was such a delight to meet you, Shannon. Pretty soon we’ll all be wearing Rae’s Dress ๐Ÿ™‚

  • angie says:

    Sounds fantastic! Wish I could have been there! I think the drive from Maine would have been a bit much…

  • Kathleen says:

    Good to reflect on sewing again….our bodies change due to a range of things. I’m on track for loosing weight gained over the past 10-15 years after my mid-40’s. During that time I also went from sewing most of my clothes to being disappointed with trying to find patterns that would fit with minimal fuss (adjustment). Even so, I know my body won’t be the same ‘Miss’ shape it once was! Your reference to Rae’s site was great and I’ve found my Palmer & Pletsch Fit for Real People. I’ll make my muslin and start afresh.

    • Shannon_CC says:

      Yaaay!!! I agree, Kathleen. Our bodies experience so many changes, don’t they? After you have kids everything seems to shift, and then in your 40’s something mysterious begins to happen with our bodies that I haven’t quite figured out yet (Ha!). I’m glad you’re going to sew again. I really need to take the time to sew more for myself (smile).

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