Jane Foster

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Vicki has completed her amazing leather jacket. The rich brown leather came from The Hide House in Napa and she used a Marfy Italian pattern.

The Moto jacket is lined in a delicious silk charmeuse. There many couture techniques with the making of this jacket. Wear it with pride Vicki.

Candida's green jacket was made using Butterick pattern 5393.

Lark looks stunning in her new MotorCity Express jacket by Islander patterns, Fabric is faux leather and came from Gulf Fabrics. It is called Brisa which is described as a luxurious simulated leather engineered for breathability. The pin marks don't show when stitching, and it can be washed.

Zelda made this lovely jacket from wool jersey that she boiled and felted herself. You need at least 3 times more yardage than the pattern suggests if you plan to felt it. The pattern used was New Look 6525.

Santina finished her coat. It looks SO good on her.The fabric is a two sided knit and she used the solid blue side for collar, cuffs and welt pockets. She bought the fabric on our Fall trip to New York. The pattern is Vogue 1263.

Here is the back view of Santina's coat.

Susie used Vogue 1277 for this Koos designed jacket. The lining is a beautiful blue cashmere, and the outside is various blue and purple wool pieces. Wonderful!!

Diana just finished this lovely coat. The pattern she used we are calling "Janice's coat" and several of us are making it! Diana's fabric is a novelty boiled wool that she had in her stash.The edge is bound with a fine corduroy bias strip.

Pat made this wonderful coat using StyleArc Mason Knit Jacket pattern.

Jane says the pattern will work with a woven also.

Diana is in London enjoying the sites with her new Koos coat made with Vogue pattern 1277.

Jane made some changes to Marcy Tilton's Vogue 8982 jacket. She'd screened a design onto the black silk noile. The buttons are from Sawyer Brooks.

She trimmed her jacket with a striped piping.

Maria's coat was created for the Fall Chanel Inspiration 2012 Ready to Wear Challenge. She has several coordinating fabrics for future garments she will have fun designing.

Vicki looks so good in this boiled wool jacket that she just created. It has beautiful double top stitching on all the edges to give support. It is unlined except for the sleeves. Vicki made a muslin first so she has her altered pattern ready to go on her next jacket.

Maria finished her coat. She made many changes to the original Vogue pattern.

There are welt pockets and back tucks trimmed with leather strips in a copper color.

Janice finished her lined brown tweed coat. The fabric came from her stash, and the pearlized lamb leather trim was from the Hide House in Napa. She used a Butterick pattern from Project Runway. Her buttons were covered with the leather by Pat Mahoney of Lodi, CA.

Her coat looks fabulous on her.

Here is Diana T in her wonderful cashmere coat. The fabric came from Britex and the pattern was developed from a picture she saw online.

Pam, who is fairly new to the studio, just finished this stylish wool coat. She has learnt so much as it was her first tailoring project. She used a Vogue 1320 Issey Miyake pattern and fabric from Stone Mt. and Daughter.

Jasna is all zipped up in this wonderful wool coat. The fabric came from Emma One Sock and the pattern was created from elements of ready to wear.

Lark has just finished this beautiful camel hair coat using McCalls pattern M5759 . She has made it before as a jacket. This time she lengthened the pattern to be a coat, and added lining. She also added pockets instead of the fake pocket flaps on the pattern, and decreased the size of the collar slightly. She is thinking of making a detachable faux fur collar. She looks fabulous in this coat.

Thea looks fantastic in her new jacket. She used Marfy pattern 2282. Click here to see Jane's Marfy Pattern Challenge.

Lynn finished her lovely jacket. The fabric came from Elliot Berman in New York and is a Dolce & Gabbana soft knit. (Check out their website. They list designer fabrics.)

Lynn bound all around the edges with stretch grosgrain. She then put magnets under the buttons for easy fastening.

Susan finished her unlined jacket and it looks really good on her. The fabric came from Marcy Tilton and pattern was Vogue 8863 designed by Katherine Tilton .

Maria made this boiled wool jacket with leather welt pockets and added a great pin. All the edges are serged and top stitched.

She will use the muslin from this jacket to get the perfect fit for her future French couture jacket.

Patty wears her corduroy jacket. She had the buttons covered by Pat Mahoney of Lodi, CA.

Cathy has finished her first tailored project. This lined jacket was created with McCall's  pattern M5278. The fabric came from Fine Fabrics in Santa Barbara. Fabulous!!

Anne started this Katherine Tilton Butterick 5891 vest at Asilomar. She made a muslin and then the vest but was not happy with it. So she took it apart and redesigned it to a much smaller scale for her body. She had used both sides of the fabric and also overlaid silk organza down the front with some twin needling . Very successful result.

Joy's first dress

Dr. Joy completed her first dress, and is proud of her creation.   She found the beautiful velvet as a remnant at Britex, and paired it with the solid black.  This was one of the projects she worked on with Jane at the Spring 2010 Asilomar Retreat.   She looks fantastic!

Joy has just finished these funky pants. They are such fun, and she loves them.

Patty used this wonderful graphic panel from Marcy Tilton to make a lovely tee shirt.

This the first shirt Susie has ever made and she learned a lot and sewed it really well. Several of us bought this graphic print of paper pattern shapes at a quilt store in Auburn on the Fall Sewing Retreat. Then on the Spring Sewing Retreat she and three other students saw how great Katherine Tilton's Butterick pattern B6026 looked on another student (Sandra), and soon all of them were making this shirt!!

Patty has been sewing up a storm. This fun print came from Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics.

Margaret chose a Burda simple dress pattern and made this stunning maxi black knit dress.

Roberta is the Mother of the Groom. She looks wonderful! She had made this dress before, and this time used silk dupioni underlined with cotton batiste. The jacket is made from a beautiful burnout fabric that she had in her stash.

Here is dear Shirley C. She has just finished her first French couture type jacket with me and has already started her second one. She used to come to classes when I taught Adult Education for Acalanes

After receiving my wonderful Babylock serger from my students, I decided the next garment I created would be made entirely on the serger. The striped rayon knit for this tee shirt and the rayon blend ponte for the slacks were both purchased at Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley, CA. I had fun cutting up the striped knit and then serging it back together again. Jane

This gal looks great in everything she makes. This tee is an adaption of Marcy Tilton pattern Vogue 8582 with an extension at the side. Jeanne added the extension to both side seams. She used a great open mesh fabric as an outer layer, and bound the edges beautifully with the tee shirt fabric used for the inner layer.

This is the second time Jeanne had made this Donna Karan jacket using Vogue 1440. It has great seaming at the back and is a good pattern. The jacket is made with linen purchased in LA.

Liz's silk jacket

Liz created this stunning piece using the Sewing Workshops Tribeca shirt pattern. The crinkle silk is a beautiful shade of grey green, and Liz found it in Carmel at Finding's while vacationing with Jane on her Sewing Retreat.

Vicki makes a dress in the sewing class

Vicki created this soft rayon dress during her sewing class. She used Sandra Betzina's Vogue pattern #1234.

Lark has a perfect fit on her green jacket. She did a fabulous job on construction.

Vicki has a new cuddly and warm robe. She used a piece of silk in the neck edge for added luxury. Great job.

Katherine's silk blouse

Katherine tried a few variations for this blouse. She considered using a double ruffle on the neckline, or putting a ruffle on the sleeves. The sleeve pattern had a long flared sleeve. In the end she decided to have a single layer of ruffles on the neckline and to dart in the original flared sleeve. Its beautiful.

JoAnn made an attractive rayon dress with fabric from "Fabrics R US" in San Jose. The pattern is "See and Sew" Butterick 5768.

Jasna made this striped knit top with a wider neckband that has sewn in darts.

The skirt is such a pleasing design. Jeanne downloaded the pattern from the internet. It was supposed to be fastened with the buttons, but we decided buttonholes in this triple linen would be ugly. So she used an invisible zipper in the side seam.

Liz just finished this tee using Vogue pattern V8793 designed by Katherine Tilton. The pattern uses zippers on the neck collar, and Liz opted not to use them this time. The fabric was purchased online from Marcy Tilton.

Pat finished her cute sweater dress.