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. 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
- best fabrics to use for kids clothing
- supply lists
- pressing vs. ironing
- pattern selection
- 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).