Jane Foster Sewing and Clothing Design Classes

Events in Jane's Studio

What's Happening in Jane Foster's Sewing and Design Studio

Jane Foster's Hong Kong Tour

We will explore the wonderful shopping areas of Hong Kong noted for fabrics, notions, jewelry, laces, beads, designer outlets and clothing bargins. We'll visit Stanley Market, Western Market (a sewer's haven), a night market, Pottinger Street and the Lanes, Jade Market, Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and the wholesale sewing district of Sham Shui Po, where threads, beads, buttons, trims and fabris fill the shops and streets. We'll also take a behind the scenes look at a costume shop. Optional guided tours will also be available.

Leave San Francisco Dec 3, 2019, and return Dec 11, 2019.

More info here.


My next challenge for you!!

I challenge you to re-create your birth announcement in the form of a quilt. The quilt should have three layers, be 12” x 14” in size, and have finished edges. The quilt should include fabric, thread and can include beading, paint, buttons and trims. Where possible,  include your baby photo. 

Your deadline date is Saturday May 11, 2019

Tips: Where were you born, who were your parents, what did you weigh, what was the date and time.


Jane will be available for advice on design and technique. There are many new techniques for getting photos and words copied onto fabric. There is a product by Jacquard called "ExtravOrganza".They are semi-transparent silk sheets for inkjet printing. ExtravOrganza allows you to layer transparent images over photos without blocking the background. You can find it at JoAnn's or on Amazon.

Spring 2019 Sewing Retreat and Vacation in San Juan Bautista, CA

Sewing retreat for 5 nights will be at the St Francis Retreat Sunday April 7th at 4:00 pm. through Friday April 12th 2019 at 2:00 pm. A deposit of $250 will hold your place. 

Cancellation Policy.
If you cancel before December 4th you will receive any money you have paid less $75.
If you cancel after December 4th you will receive no refund unless a replacement is found .
If a replacement is found you will be refunded all money less $100.

Summer 2019 Sewing Retreat and Vacation in San Juan Bautista, CA

Sewing retreat for 4 nights will be at the St Francis Retreat from Sunday July 14th at 4:00pm. through Thursday July 18th at 2:00 pm.
Deposit will be $200 to hold a place.

More info here.

Photos of Summer 2018 Sewing Retreat at St Francis Retreat in San Juan Bautista, CA

Visit Jane's Needlewoman page and see creations made by her students. Diana P is the latest featured student. See Diana's Needlewoman slideshow.

Here is another featured student Thea.





Jane challenges students to use Reverse Applique, Alabama Chanin Style.





Jane's held a workshop on a Big Collared Shirt class.

Jane had students blindly choose a paint strip which had one color family on it and 7 different values. The challenge was to use at least three of these color values and create anything they wanted as long as fabric was included in the project. Only the colors on the paint strip could be used. This was an exercise in accurate color matching and "making them all work together".

Everyone met in Jane's studio for a potluck and to share their creations. Take a moment to enjoy the creations for this color challenge.

Article Featuring Jane's Class in Vogue Pattern Magazine


EXTRA...EXTRA.....EXTRA.....red hot news.

Be sure to buy Vogue Pattern Magazine, the February/ March issue. This issue features Jane's "California Class" in a six page article starting on Page 56 ! Jane describes how she challenged her students to use a pattern by the Italian pattern company MARFY. These patterns come with no instructions, no seam allowances, and no pattern layouts. So they are quite a challenge. So get a copy of the magazine, and enjoy!

You can also see the garments from Jane's Marfy Challenge here. !