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Jane Foster Sewing and Clothing Design Classes

Events in Jane's Studio

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

Upcoming Sewing Retreats



Fall 2018 Sewing Retreat and Vacation in Auburn, CA


The 5 day retreat in the Fall 2018 will be held at the Mercy Center Retreat and Conference Grounds in Auburn, CA. The dates are Sunday October 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm until Friday morning Nov 2, 2018. A deposit of $200 will hold your place. Call Jane to inquire if there are any places open, or to be put on the wait list. More info here.



Summer 2018 Sewing Retreat and Vacation in San Juan Bautista, CA

Sewing retreat will be at the St Francis Retreat from Sunday July 15th at 3:00pm. through Thursday July 19th at 2:00 pm.
Deposit will be $175 to hold a place. More info here.





Previous Sewing Retreats

Photos of Spring 2017 Sewing Retreat At Asilomar on Monteray Bay, CA


Photos of Summer 2017 Sewing Retreat at St Francis Retreat in San Juan Bautista, CA


Photos of Fall 2017 Sewing Retreat at the Mercy Center in Auburn, CA





Visit Jane's Needlewoman page and see creations made by her students. The latest featured student is Diana T.



I Challenge you....

Students and Friends...

to make something using reverse applique - Alabama Chanin Style


Remember their is no pressure... you don't have to accept my challenges, but they are offered to encourage you to try new things.

This challenge uses reverse applique, in the Alabama Chanin style. It involves some design work, a little art work, some hand work, and then some sewing. If you have never heard of "Alabama Chanin" , then you are in for a treat. Natalie Chanin started this cottage industry some years ago and now it's a very successful business.

I want you to go to http://www.alabamachanin.com and explore. I find it a tricky website, but see how you can manage it. She sells organic cotton fabric, kits, thread, stencils, garments made up patterns and 3 books. Try not to be overwhelmed, You can start small.

The one thing that stops most people from starting, is getting their design onto the fabric. This is where I can help. You can get a silk screen made by Sally Baker at https://www.etsy.com/no-en/shop/MissMouseSilkScreens, or you can buy or make a stencil and spray or sponge the paint onto the fabric. Once your design is on the knit fabric then you layer a different colored knit underneath and start your hand stitching around your design through both layers. Later you cut away the top layer in some chosen places.

So if you think you can accept my challenge ........get your designs chosen. I will allow plenty of time for this challenge.










Call Jane to sign up for the next Big Collared Shirt Class.

Class Photos.



Jane Foster's Fabric Collage Challenge

Deadline Saturday October 17, 2015


This time I challenge you to produce a .......FABRIC COLLAGE........a work that is made by attaching pieces of different fabric to a surface.

This again is a very open ended challenge....... you can make a garment, a piece of art, a wall hanging, or anything where fabric is applied to a surface. It can be sewn or fused or glued into place. It can be mixed with other items such as paper and beads and thread.

So....take pictures of your cat, your dog, yourself or a scene you love and get cutting out bits of fabric! Decorate jeans or a garment you already have or make something new. Choose something that has meaning for you. Youtube has a lot of examples too!!

Click here to see the student's fabric collage photos.


Color Challenge

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. !








Needlewoman of the Month

Jane monthly features one of the women who sew with her. They are all so talented, and she wants to share their creations with you.


"Needlewoman of the Month" for December 2012


I have known Laura for many, many years. In the early days she came to my Monday night sew labs and sewed beautiful dresses for her daughter Ellen who was a toddler then and is now off to college. I was in designer heaven because Laura brought so many lovely fabric choices for me to suggest ideas for each dress.

In later years, Ellen started to ice skate and that started a whole new type of sewing for Laura as she created the most amazing skating dresses for Ellen's competitions.

Laura also has a love of quilting and has made amazing quilts for family and friends. Her attention to detail and incredible tenacity for high standards shows in all of her work today. It is such a pleasure to show you some of Laura’s garments and quilts...Jane.

View Laura W's Slideshow

View slideshows for all the Needlewomen