Fashion Sewing: Creating an Ensemble from the Inside Out with Linda Lee and Nancy Shriber
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
April 16-20, 2018
About the Workshop:
Join us in beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a personalized sewing experience. In this workshop, you'll dive into a set of skills that center around the art of modern garment sewing with an artistic edge. Work intimately with two nationally-known instructors, Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop and Nancy Shriber, founder of Contemporary Sashiko.
In this workshop week, you will construct a three-piece ensemble consisting of a lined jacket, tank and pants. Linda will share her in-depth technical skills for the best construction results and Nancy will guide you through a creative experience to enhance your work.
You will begin by bag-dyeing silk charmeuse yardage, provided as part of the class fee. With some stenciled, stamped and stitched embellishments, your silk will be ready to use as a lining for your jacket. You will learn how to make a lining pattern when one is not included in the pattern, how to "bag the lining", tips and tricks for working with slippery silk, how to make perfect mitered corners and how to construct lovely bindings for simple tops and tanks in both knits and wovens.
You will enjoy a trunk show of Sewing Workshop ensembles by Linda and artistic work by Nancy. Linda will assist in making sure your patterns fit, and she will demonstrate construction techniques pertinent to the patterns being used. Nancy will add the artistic elements to the workshop with her expertise in dyeing and hand stitching one-of-a-kind garments.
We will be sewing in the gorgeous, light-filled conservatory at the historic Crescent Hotel & Spa. The Crescent has been hosting travelers in Eureka Springs since 1886 and is a perfect location for our sewing week. Whether you choose to stay onsite in a hotel room or in one of their luxurious and convenient cottages, you will you close to the sewing action. Both breakfast* and lunch, which is included in your workshop fee, will take place at the Crescent. *Breakfast is included for guests of the Crescent Hotel only.
The Crescent Hotel is also home to the wonderful New Moon Spa. During your stay, the spa offers a 20% discount on any service. For a full list of services, visit newmoonspa.com.
The workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday. For guests of the Crescent, breakfast is provided from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. everyday. Lunch is served each day from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
During the week, Linda will break into sewing time to lead demonstrations on specialized sewing techniques such as sewing with silk, sewing mitered corners, and lining construction and insertion techniques. As you sew, the Sewing Workshop team will be on hand to assist you with any questions you might have.
We start the day with a trunk show of Sewing Workshop garments and patterns where Linda demonstrates variations and coordinates for various patterns. You can also participate in Show & Tell if you are wearing a Sewing Workshop garment that you want to share.
Nancy will teach you how to bag dye your white silk charmeuse (included in the price of the workshop) which will be used for your jacket lining or tank. This technique is perfect for those who have never tried dyeing before – it is simple and clean.
As you prepare to start construction on your jacket, Linda will work with you one-on-one for a personalized fit.
Nancy will show examples and lead you as you embellish your silk charmeuse using stencils, stamps and stitching. You might even want to make a personalized secret pocket for the inside of your jacket.
Jacket construction begins and the Sewing Workshop team will be on hand to answer any questions and assist you with technical and creative details.
6:00 - 7:00 Cocktail Hour at Linda’s Home
We will gather for wine and light hors d’oeuvres at Linda’s home in historic downtown Eureka Springs.
Continue jacket construction. Linda will begin helping you prepare and fit the tank and pants patterns.
Fitting, cutting and construction of garment patterns continued.
Fitting, cutting and construction of garment patterns continued.
You will work with three projects over the course of the week, a jacket, tank and pants, with the main project being the jacket. You can choose one of each pattern out of the three categories.
A loose-fitting, A-Line jacket with a one-button closure. This jacket also features an asymmetric, angled front hemline with side vents, as well as three-quarter sleeves with a soft-fold cuff detail. Read more here.
San Diego Jacket
This jacket features open fronts that extend into a draped asymmetric collar. The closures are buttons/loops, and it also has two-piece sleeves. This jacket has a more generous fit compared to the Tunic and Top also featured in this pattern. Read more here.
A scoop-neck tank with a shaped waist, winged side vents, unfinished neck, armhole and hem edges. This garment is to be made in a knit fabric. Read more here.
A mid-hip tank that features a bias bound neck and armholes, side vents and narrow stitched hems. This tank can be made in a woven or a knit fabric. Read more here.
A straight-leg pant that has inner leg seams only, a flat waistband in front with elastic sides and back. Read more here.
A knit pull-on pant that features front and back darts along with a flat, elastic waistband. Read more here.
What to Bring
The Sewing Workshop will supply cutting and pressing stations, some basic sewing supplies and sergers. We have sewing machines that we can supply to you at no charge, which we recommend for those flying into Eureka Springs. However, our driving visitors may want to bring their own machine. Please let us know if you need to reserve a machine.
Students are responsible for bringing the patterns and fabric for their jacket, tank and pants. The patterns, as well as a curated collection of coordinating fabrics, will be offered at a discount closer to the workshop. We will also have additional fabric on hand for your buying pleasure!
The workshop fee of $795.00 includes the workshop itself, breakfast* and lunch Monday through Friday, 2 ½ yards of silk charmeuse, as well as the cocktail evening at Linda’s. *Breakfast is only included for those staying at the Crescent Hotel.
Dinners are on your own, though we are happy to recommend restaurants and make reservations for you.
This retreat is now full. Please call 1.800.466.1599 to be added to the waitlist.
We recommend staying onsite at the Crescent Hotel. They offer rooms in the historic hotel and on-site cottages, plus a bar, restaurant options and spa. There are two cottages located on the Crescent property. Each cottage has two 2-bedroom suites. When you call for reservations, ask about the cottages if you are interested. All rooms, including the cottages, are offered at a special rate when you mention The Sewing Workshop. They also have a convenient shuttle that will take you to and from downtown Eureka Springs for dinner, shopping and historic tours.
Historic Crescent Hotel
75 Prospect Ave
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
If you are traveling by air to the workshop, you will fly into Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which is about 1.5 hours away from Eureka Springs. Visit the Crescent Hotel’s website for driving directions: http://www.crescent-hotel.com/arrival_proc.shtml
Students should plan to arrive on Sunday evening to be ready for the workshop on Monday morning. On Friday, the workshop ends at 1:00 p.m. to allow time for students to depart for flights or to drive home.
Meet the Teachers
Linda’s training and experience as an interior designer has come in handy as she travels the country teaching the art of combining beautiful fabrics for the fashion–conscious home sewer. Along with teaching fitting skills and fine sewing techniques, she is known for designing patterns under the name of The Sewing Workshop, a line of patterns for the modern sewer who is interested in architecturally interesting styles to flatter with flare.
Along with three talented staff members, she operates out of her pattern-making studio in Topeka, Kansas, where you will find a huge inventory of fabrics that are sold online. With ten Craftsy classes and 13 books under her belt, Linda has the depth of experience and enthusiasm needed to pass on the fine art of sewing garments to her students.
Nancy Shriber is a nationally recognized artist, teacher, lecturer and writer who designs under the Contemporary Sashiko label. Nancy was a faculty member of The Sewing Workshop in San Francisco and for the Original Sewing and Quilt Expos for many years. She has written for and been featured in a number of national publications including Threads. Nancy published Sashiko Handbags 14 on 14 and created and produced The Garment Series, a collection of sashiko-style pillow and tote bag patterns. You can see a few images of Nancy's work here.