I think I need more fabric

post vacation doldrums, I have them. after spending five days at peters valley for cal patch’s ‘design and make your own clothes’ workshop, I miss sewing all day every day, only taking breaks for meals. I also miss crafting at night surrounded by super talented and crafty ladies. at least my souvenirs are pretty awesome.

a-line skirt

it was so awesome to have five days to work on drafting patterns, making muslins, and ending up with finished garments I love. I’ve had cal’s book for a year now and in all that time I’ve read through it a few times and would promptly put it back on the shelf intimidated by it. ridiculous, I know. when I saw cal post about her class I knew I had to take it and I’m so glad I did.

tunic tee

pattern drafting isn’t this scary, evil thing most people would have you believe. cal, in both the book and class, walks you through key measurements, how to plot them out, and how to add some design features you’d like all in an approachable and simple manner. there were six of us in the class and even though we all made a skirt, a tee, and a dress we all came out with clothes that were totally our own. I mean, how empowering is that?! I can’t wait to draft some more patterns out to practice what we were taught and to end up with more skirts and dresses I want. there are also some pieces in the book I want to try. first though, I need to get my hands on some jersey to make more tunics. I could live in those all summer.

shift dress

cal is an open and warm person who is ready to share her knowledge with you. I think on the last day we all went a little crazy with all the new things we wanted to learn and get done. we could have spent another five days with her and not run out of ideas! if you get the chance to take one of her classes, do so. you won’t regret it.
so maybe it isn’t post-vacation doldrums I’m suffering from, but cal withdrawal. after eating every meal and spending most of your day with one person you kind of get used to them. so are you ready for 2012 cal?

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  • Jeni July 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Sounds like a seriously awesome time! And the clothes that you made and really beautiful! 🙂

  • monet July 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    AAahhhh!! You look so beautiful! I’m obsessed with the dress you made. I think I could get inspired to do clothes again if I had a serger.

  • Virginia July 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    That sounds truly awesome! I’m a little jealous of your vacation.