Jane Foster Sewing and Clothing Design

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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.

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!!

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!

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!!

Roberta found the silver clasps in Norway, and has used them on this delightful hand embroidered fleece tunic.

Jean O just finished this fun skirt, and plans to make two more for her sisters. She found this fringed fabric at Stone Mountain and Daughter in Berkeley.

Jane was fortunate enough to see the muslin version of Decades of Styles pattern #5007 Object D'art in the early stages of pattern development .She knew then that she would make it as a classic. The pattern arrived even before it was published and she made it up in a beautiful red linen from Mood in New York. A few changes were made... Jane had a belt made and buttons covered by Pat Mahoney in Lodi CA, and she pegged and shortened the skirt.


Decades of Style has introduced the pattern to their line, ....so here is the link if you want to buy it. Decades of Style - 1950's collection

Decades of Style describes their dress: "If you can sew a dart, you can make this dress. If you only have one dress in your wardrobe - make it this one! This vintage pattern from the 1950s features a striking bodice yoke with external dart detail. The skirt has a pleated inset that will pop if you use a vertically striped fabric. The dress is so attractive, you cannot help but feel great when wearing it.

Jeanne made this gorgeous dress for her sister's wedding using silk chiffon and china silk with Marfy pattern 2602 .

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

Pat L. worked hard to finish this suit for an upcoming wedding. The fabric came from Jane's freebie corner, and she used a Vogue pattern. Pat comes to the Wednesday morning sewing labs, and everyone thought she looked like a million dollars in her new suit. They all wished her a wonderful Bon Voyage.

Virginia is a new student in Jane's studio, and just finished this charming dress.

Ellen made her skirt from a beautiful graphic black and white knit. She has embroidered a little red bird on the branches of a tree.


Anne created the pattern for this stylish shirt from a ready to wear shirt she owned. The rayon fabric drapes well and the reverse side of the fabric has been used as a contrast detail. The back has an added shaped flounce at the hem line.

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.

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