Jane Foster Sewing and Clothing Design

Garments Designed in Sewing Classes

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Susie used Vogue pattern 8927 for her cotton shirt with black trim.

Maria made this skirt from a border print in a lightweight knit.

Here is Vicki in this Style Arc dress that looks so good on her. It's called the Toni Designer Dress and is made in a striped slinky knit.
We are all enjoying using Style Arc patterns.

Susie is ready for summer in this colorful knit dress with shoes to match.

Susie in another fun knit top made completely on her
Baby Lock "Ovation" serger.

Santina finished this cute tee shirt using a Burda pattern.

Lark has been making bras. They are amazing! She dyes the fabric before she constructs the bra. She began making bras some years ago using a Kwik sew pattern. She gets her fabric and supplies at Bramakerssupply.com.. Creative lady!

Diana T. just finished this slimline leather skirt. She purchased the leather when she was in London.

Vicki E finished her beautiful Chanin style skirt. She used an orange knit layer and a beige knit layer. The skirt was screened and then embroidered. Vicki loves this skirt.

Diana created this top made of stretch lace from her stash. She used Vogue pattern 8885, and finished the edges with her serger.

The back is cute too.

Sally looks relaxed in the very first dress she has made with Jane. The batik came from Stone Mountain and Daughter in Berkeley, CA, and the coloring is perfect for her.

Diana is in London enjoying the sites with her new Koos coat made with Vogue pattern 1277.

Jane made some changes to Marcy Tilton's Vogue 8982 jacket. She'd screened a design onto the black silk noile. The buttons are from Sawyer Brooks.

She trimmed her jacket with a striped piping.

Maria's coat was created for the Fall Chanel Inspiration 2012 Ready to Wear Challenge. She has several coordinating fabrics for future garments she will have fun designing.

Joy has completed her garments for the Fall Chanel Inspiration 2012 Ready to Wear Challenge.


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