Jane Foster Sewing and Clothing Design

Clothing Designed in Sewing Classes

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Thea looks fantastic in her new jacket. She used Marfy pattern 2282.

Click here to see Jane's Marfy Pattern Challenge.

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 .

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.

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

Pat finished her cute sweater dress.

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.

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!


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.

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.

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.

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!!

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.

Patty finished her lined vintage Vogue for a trip to see family in Georgia. Her fabric came from Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics,

Roberta not only made her knit top, she also made this lovely doll and lots of clothes for her best friends' granddaughter. The dolls clothes were made from left over scraps from garments she had created.

Virginia looks so chic in her Marfy 3161 dress. I commend Virginia for staying the course with this project as the bias cuts gave us both ”issues”!

Susie used a striped knit fabric and Vogue 8904 to create her new dress. Looks great.

Lark's jacket made with Burda sewing pattern

Lark created a new jacket using a pattern from Burda Magazine, issue 11/2007 #113. Jane helped her make triangle bound button holes. That would be interesting to see.

Lark's lining

She silk screened the lining with leaf and dragonfly stencils from Marcy Tilton. Lark often uses stencils with her lining. A nice finishing touch.


Fran made this Sandra Betzina jeans jacket and embellished it with twin needle stitching using variegated thread.

Silk dupioni jacket

Susie made this silk dupioni jacket using a chenille technique.  The jacket has several layers of silk dupioni.  It's gorgeous on Susie!!

See Jane about making a garment using this technique.


Vicki just made this 1950's Collar Confection Blouse from Decades of Style pattern #5003, The silk crinkle fabric was a gift from Jane's stash.

Vicki with Decades of Style pattern

For her skirt she chose Hot Patterns #1055 Classix Nouveau Trouser Skirt (modified with an elastic waist).

She is ready to go to a party now, and looks great!

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