News from Jane Foster's Sewing and Design Studio
California Monterey Bay Sewing Retreat and Vacation May 2014
The dates are Friday May 9, 2014 to Friday May 16, 2014
Come for 7, 4, or 3 nights
Stay 7 nights: from 4:00 pm Friday May 9 until after lunch on Friday May 16
Stay 3 nights: from: 4:00 pm Friday May 9 until after lunch on Monday May 12
Stay 4 nights: from 4:00 pm Monday May 12 to Friday May 16
The fees are $260 a night.
Call or email her today. Learn more!
Look at the photos from the Fall Sewing Retreat 2013.
Jane's Fall 2013 Leather Challenge
I challenge you to make a garment or accessory with leather. You can use it as the whole or as a trim. You can use real skins or suede or you can choose to use faux leather or Ultrasuede. Your deadline is February of 2014...final date and occasion to be announced. So I will expect skirts and vests and jackets, bags, hats and belts...... whatever challenges you. I will give you tips occasionally about sewing on these types of fabrics so there will be a learning curve.
The Hide House at Napa leather has lots of choices and Fields Fabrics has a good range of ultrasuede and faux leather http://www.fieldsfabricsonline.com/Ultrasuede-Ultraleather_c_8.html Some of you might be interested in taking a Field trip up to Napa to see what they have?? I have a beautiful lavender skin that I need to cut into!
Here are some examples on pinterest: Leather garments and accessories
Jane's Summer 2013 Dress Sewing Challenge
Dresses are IN!
I challenge you to make a summer dress for yourself.Think about color of fabric and a style that complements your body shape. There are so many new dress patterns available now so you will have lots of choice.
Those of you who would like to, can join me for Tea at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco where we will celebrate our creative side.
Happy Sewing! Jane
Jane Foster presents…….
A “Playing with Paint” Art Day
Saturday August 17, 2013. 10:00 am – 3:30 pm. Fee $65.00
Bring your lunch…get a supply list. Jane will show you how to screen onto fabric and tee shirts. Use foil and Angelina, paint on Steam a Seam.
Sally Baker will be offering some screens for sale.
Choose to learn the Serti method of painting on silk.
Watch for the next upcoming "Playing with Paint" Art Day. See Jane.
Article Featuring Jane's Class in Vogue Pattern Magazine
EXTRA...EXTRA.....EXTRA.....red hot news.
Be sure to buy Vogue Pattern Magazine, the February/ March issue. This issue features Jane's "California Class" in a six page article starting on Page 56 ! Jane describes how she challenged her students to use a pattern by the Italian pattern company MARFY. These patterns come with no instructions, no seam allowances, and no pattern layouts. So they are quite a challenge. So get a copy of the magazine, and enjoy!
You can also see the garments from Jane's Marfy Challenge here. !
Needlewoman of the Month
Jane monthly features one of the women who sew with her. They are all so talented, and she wants to share their creations with you.
"Needlewoman of the Month" for December 2012
I have known Laura for many, many years. In the early days she came to my Monday night sew labs and sewed beautiful dresses for her daughter Ellen who was a toddler then and is now off to college. I was in designer heaven because Laura brought so many lovely fabric choices for me to suggest ideas for each dress.
In later years, Ellen started to ice skate and that started a whole new type of sewing for Laura as she created the most amazing skating dresses for Ellen's competitions.Laura also has a love of quilting and has made amazing quilts for family and friends. Her attention to detail and incredible tenacity for high standards shows in all of her work today. It is such a pleasure to show you some of Laura’s garments and quilts...Jane.
Sew A Gorgeous Collage Jacket
It's fun, it's easy and it's creative! Join Jane Foster, a master at clothing design, and turn a boring sweatshirt into a charming jacket. You can choose a theme, apply cut-outs with fusible web, and needle paint with threads. Jane will help you with your design, fit, and construction.
- A large sweatshirt with set in sleeves (not raglan)
- Design ideas such as a theme e.g., seasonal, floral, circles ,triangles, photos, etc. As you know, the ideas are endless.
- Fabric you love, printed or solid. Your chance to go to a fabric store with cottons and buy small amounts. (You can discuss design and colors with me before you shop if you choose .)
- Steam a Seam 2 Lite, assorted threads, yarns, and embellishments.
- If you are sewing at home, a darning foot or free motion foot for your machine.