What Are The Sew Sistas Sewing?

The spring retreat of Sew Sistas has come and gone. As usual, it was a glorious time of sewing, showing, meeting and eating! After breakfast the mornings are filled with “bring and brag” also known as show and tell. Resources are shared, techniques are explained, new patterns are revealed and old patterns are revisited. And then there’s sewing. And lunch. The afternoons are busy with demonstrations for the curious and more sewing. Dinner is served at 6:00 followed by ……. more sewing! Many garments were started, completed and worn home. So satisfying.

Its always so exciting to see what the others are wearing during the week. What cool items of clothing made the cut for this trip? Here are some garments worn during our five day stay.

Here’s Laura in her darling knit top. This bright color is really so appropriate for the spring season.

Debra in her snuggly top, perfect for the cool weather we were having at the time.

Terry looks like she’s calling me out…but in her red top she looks darling while doing so!

And I’m a sucker for anything with text on it so this top by Sharon is a favorite.

Debra again, wearing this great bicycle blouse. Vogue pattern by Lynn Mizono.

And then there are the details like this button continuing the bicycle/gear theme.

Karen, looking magnificent in her black on black vest.

And now for some show and tell. Does this look familiar?

Yes, that’s Christine. I was so happy to share this event with both Christine and Sandra.

Sandra shared her vintage kitchen linens version of Heidi’s Terrific Tabard pattern.

Sandra also brought Dame Lorraine and worked on her tirelessly.

Sharon has just taken a marbling class and has found a clever way to join her pieces together by inserting single color strips. It works to make her new fabric cohesive.

I loved this bag using a new product called kraft-tex, a washable paper.

This  bag was made from a mans jacket sleeve. Clever! Sometimes we just want a small bag to carry the bare necessities. Or it could be a gift bag of wine! 

This is an excellent example of the steam-a-seam technique. Unfortunately the picture doesn’t capture just how elegant this garment is. Kari was gifted this beautiful jacket from her friend Patty and wore it to her son’s wedding. It’s one classy jacket.

This is my version of Marcy Tilton’s newest jacket pattern. Under black organza are some circles cut from men’s ties and some painted silk trimming the collar, front and pocket.

There’s always at least one hot item that everyone wants. Karen hit the bullseye this year with her out of print Issey Miyake apron dress. We were busy busy busy tracing copies for ourselves. It doesn’t hurt that it was made from the coolest piece of shibori indigo dyed cotton.

Debra contributed to the demonstrations with instructions for her Kantha cloth necklace. Cute, eh?

And Gayle brought her necklace of Kantha cloth square beads. Beautiful!

Here are some garments under construction. Wendy was experimenting with placement of embellishments and pockets. 

These beautiful fabrics are being considered for a garment by Christine. We all know she’s the master of color so there’s no doubt the garment will be stunning.

Then there’s Beachy Pat and Lori who sat side by side, sewed step by step and completed these really cute tops. Well done!

This out of print Sandra Betzina pattern, made in Marcy Tilton’s Kantha cloth, is the most snuggly jacket. Perfect for spring weather. I finished it at the retreat and wore it home…….and many times since.

The day we left, my sister and I met up with Suzanne, another attendee, in Pacific Grove at Back Porch Fabrics. They were having a display of bird themed quilts. These were my favorites.

I hope you enjoyed the photos of the retreat and that they inspire you to try something new. There’s nothing like spending creative time together with like minded people. So if this appeals to you, we still have some spaces left for our Zephyr retreat this September. Click on Workshops. And continue to carry on creatively!

 

19 thoughts on “What Are The Sew Sistas Sewing?

  1. Nice post Mary, I would love to hear how some of the things were made like the bicycle, black on black illustration and is the word fabric a commercial fabric?

    • So would I! I just found out about this site and would love to be able to create things like you gals have. I saw the answer on the bike painting. I love the mix of talents and materials. I’m blown away!!

      • Hi Cheri! I’m so glad you found our blog site and enjoyed the post. I believe everyone is capable of creating wonderful things. Sometimes it’s just a matter of exposure to others creativity, practice and classes. If a class or retreat is not in your future, please keep reading our post (and others). Your positive comments encourage us to keep sharing what we see, what we do and what we learn. Thanks!

  2. I’m pretty sure Debra painted her bicycle. The black on black and the fabric with text are both commercial fabrics. I love how they put them together.
    Thanks.

    • A trip to the thrift store will get you some! I think they’re cute too. I like the wine bag idea because it will probably continue to be passed on to others.

    • Hi Sharon, Mary Boalt here. I’m so glad you stumbled onto our site. We, who make up Artistic Alchemy, are four women who put on a yearly retreat at Zephyr Point South Lake Tahoe. We live in the Auburn/Grass Valley area of Northern California. We announce our new class list in early February for the following September. Our retreat always starts on Labor Day. We usually have about forty five in attendance. Women come from all over the U.S. and Canada to take our classes and we have a great time inspiring one another and getting to know some fabulously creative ladies. If you’ve signed up with us you’ll be getting our blogs to keep you informed of what’s going on with each of us. Thanks for the note!

    • Hi Traci! I’m so glad you found us and have signed up for Artistic Alchemy’s blog posts.
      All four of us attend many classes, seminars, vacations and retreats outside of our duties at Artistic Alchemy and then we get to report on them in our respective blogs. Sew Sistas is one of those retreats I attend. Although there are no openings at this time for Sew Sistas, the Artistic Alchemy retreat at Zephyr Point is always the week of Labor Day. We have four classes to choose from OR NOT! Many of our readers haven’t realized that you can just come and do your own thing; sew what you’d like with others who also have not signed up for a class. We call this “Open Studio”. This most closely resembles what happens at a Sew Sistas retreat. There were five in that group this September who had a blast creatively sewing projects they brought from home. Amazing stuff! We will always have room for Open Studio participants. Watch for our blog in February announcing our new classes for the 2019 retreat. That is the time to register for either a class or Open Studio. The next four blogs will be reports (and more) from our time at Artistic Alchemy retreat for 2018. Thanks for your inquiry.

      Mary Boalt

    • I’m glad you found us and I’m glad you liked us! Each of the four of us belong to extra groups outside of Artistic Alchemy. I’m happy to show readers what my other interests are…..wearable art! The autumn group of “Sew Sistas”, “Hauties”, just met and my next blog will be about that event. Thanks for following us.
      Mary

    • Hi Vicki. Artistic Alchemy is made up of four creative women who sponsor a yearly retreat at Zephyr Point California (south shore of Lake Tahoe). We offer four different classes ranging from raw edged collaged art quilts, pieced art quilts, recycled wearables, painted and embellished bags and garments. All four of us are also involved in outside activities such as classes, lectures, and retreats. The Sew Sistas retreat I attend is one of my “extra curricular” luxuries! Please sign up for the Artistic Alchemy blog to keep up to date on our next Zephyr Point retreat and all of our interests in between. Thanks!

  3. I very much enjoyed discovering your blog . You sew some very creative things. It’s such a pleasure to be inspired to sew “out-of-the-box”. ‘Look forward to future blogs.

    • Hi Diane, I’m glad you found us too! I think the reason many of us sew is to have something unique that expresses our creativity. I also belong to the local wearable art group in Grass Valley, Ca. I feel very fortunate to have that group, the Sew Sistas and Hauties retreats and our own Artistic Alchemy retreat where I continue to be inspired by the other teachers and students. I hope you continue to enjoy our blogs. We each bring something different.

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