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Lisa finished another dress for summer. The fabric came from Marcy Tilton and the pattern was McCall's M6465. Lisa used a bias maker and joined strips to bind the neck and armholes instead of facing.

Let me introduce you to Liddy. Over the past few years she has taken many classes at Apparel Arts in Oakland, learning how to draft her own patterns. Using her new knowledge, she has just made this very stylish ensemble! The lightweight wool blouse has a hidden button placket, and the cotton skirt is paneled. These are her own designs. The sleeveless top is a princess line with slits at the hemline and handworked arrowheads.


Susie made a rayon print dress that will keep her cool in the summer. Patti Palmer helped her pick out the fabric! The pattern is McCall's M7352.


Sally’s has a new skirt. The fabric is stretch denim from JoAnn’s, and the pattern is Burda skirt 8680.

Vicki finished this dress and it is so well made. The pattern is Marcy Tilton's Vogue V8876, and the double gauze fabric came from Marcy Tilton as well. I think double gauze is the fabric of the season it is everywhere! The pattern had a separate band at the bottom , but we used this border print as our all in one band.
Vicki bought the buttons from Linda Sicard of www.unbuttons.com when Linda came to my Open Studio.

Lisa is one of Jane's newer students, and was determined to do the Kantha Challenge. She loves her new coat and it goes well with the shirt she previously made.

Carol makes wonderful knit tops. Her fabric is by Lillestoff (available on Etsy among other places) and her patterns come from Germany.

Cathy T selected Maggy London's Butterick B4789 pattern for her interesting top.

Vicki Z just made Katherine Tilton's Vogue V8793 designer tee shirt. She left out the zippers and created the look of piping on the collars by letting the collar linings show.

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.

Well Lisa is new to sewing and the studio but is sewing up a storm. She made two black ponte skirts, and now this fabulous boiled wool jacket using The Sewing Workshop's "The Plaza jacket". After class she went straight home and made another in a berry color and today she cut one out in yellow wool melton. Stone Mountain carries the fabric and the pattern. What a great start Lisa.
She also makes jewelry and is a whizz at cutting curly hair.


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

Jane says the pattern will work with a woven also.


Lisa looks great in the third shirt she made. Her fabric came from Stone Mountain and Daughter. The pattern she used is offered by Louise Cutting and Linda Lee.

Pat looks great in her new top. She used Vogue 8856 for the pattern.

Kathleen's textured fabric came from Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics. The color looks great on her, and her necklace complements the trim on this StyleARC Lani WovenTunic.

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.

Lark lined the jacket with a printed silk.

Ellen's dress was made with Marcy Tilton Vogue 9112 pattern. She bought the cotton print fabric online . It is so attractive on her.

Susan's lovely shirt was made from fabric in her stash The buttons are vintage from an antique store. This pattern is Katherine Tilton's Butterick B6325. She loves the shirt and will make it again.

Jeanne made this vest in a double sided boiled wool with a different shade of brown on each side. The pattern was inspired by a ready to wear garment.

Vicki finished her beautiful silk knit top. The fabric was a gift from her friend Ellen, and the pattern is Marcy Tilton's Vogue 8497. Vicki took great care to "fussy" cut the fabric for optimal fabric design placement.

Maria made a Alabama Chanin style skirt. She designed the motif for the silk screening, and screened using different colored paints to get this Fall effect. Sally Baker made the silk screens (visit her on Etsy here).

Santina used a rayon Batik and McCall M6322 for this lovely sun dress. She says she wears it frequently as it is very comfortable. She will make this dress again.

Jasna made this comfortable dress using fabric from MarcyTilton and Vogue pattern V8975 by Marcy.

Barbara's top New Look 6376 compliments her Vogue 8712 pants.

Virginia just finished making this cotton summer dress.

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.

Kathleen chose Butterick 6026 pattern by Katherine Tilton for her Irish linen blouse. She trimmed it with a solid fabric. The darts are stitched on the right side of the fabric and there are no thread ends at the point of the dart.

Virginia just finished creating this cream ponte dress and jacket. She used Vogue V1345 pattern.

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.

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.

Janice just made this knit Style Arc Lotti top in a few hours with no fitting needed.


Fran made this Style Arc Lani top twice now. This one in a tone on tone navy cotton with white topstitching. It looks so comfortable to wear.

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.

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.

Jane's first class had fun making their new tops. They all used different types of fabrics.

Students from the second class model their tops.

Class Photos.

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.

Here is Lark in a Christine Jonson top which she has screened. So pretty...and such a nice color.

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.

Sally made her skirt, jacket, and tee shirt!! The skirt is a good denim with a center front buttoned opening. On her jacket she used the selvedge to decorate the cuff pockets and collar.
Her tee shirt is screened with one of screens she made. A fun ensemble!

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.

Jane used her basic tee shirt pattern and lengthened it. Fabric came from Marcy Tilton.. The collar is just a straight folded band set a little lower at the front neck. The cuffs are bands folded in half so a sleeve hem is not needed. This was made entirely on the serger, and Jane added a bit of burgandy screening on the front and back for interest.


Lynn is new to the studio, and just made this delightful shirt. She bought the fabric from Marcy Tilton.


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