Art to Wear- Patterns, Retreats, & Inspiration!

by Heidi Emmett

The title says it all.  I’m Art to Wear, Patterns, Retreats, & lots and lots of Inspiration! I’ve been sewing since I was 7, made my own clothes since I was 12,and had my first show and sale of my “one of a kind” tennis dresses at age 18 (I made 27 for the show and half sold the first day, whoo hoo). I LOVE WHAT I DO!

Yes, I am older and wiser and have so much to show you, that you too can create your own art to wear piece and it will fit and you will feel great wearing it.

I don’t dress my age (59), I dress myself!

Students in my workshop have a choice of Off The Grid Vest, or Terrific Tabard. Below are some students past work.Off the Grid Vest (my miracle vest, see past posts by me, Heidi Emmett) The first one is Pat from a previous retreat.
Pat vest front open draped

Below is Trish, the only one in the entire retreat last year to walk to her truck after the retreat with a finished art to wear piece. Go Trish! The others were close behind. DSC_1039 A whole cloth Off The Grid. DSC_0087 (3) Wear it different ways. That’s what’s  fun. DSC_0309

A friend from New Zealand!New Zealand, Ca



Deirdre, working on her “Serengeti” vest. That’s what I’m calling it. She is using some terrific African fabrics. DSC_0025

Judi is using some great colors and fabrics that she keyed off of her large scaled fabric (the circles).  DSC_0026 One of my own Terrific Tabard vests using Marcia Derse fabrics. As Mary Boalt called it (in her July 8th post), a “TNT” of my TT vest pattern. DSC_0228

In case you missed them, Mary Boalt, a teacher this year at the Artistic Alchemy retreat made a “few” (5, FIVE!) Terrific Tabards. Reread and enjoy her post from July 8th.


Silk scrap bag vest. Who knew?! Mary Boalt.


Love this, she painted over some of the designs, and added hand stitching to compliment. Simple and elegant. Mary Boalt-T.T. vest using linen, fabric paints, and hand stitching.


A covered button is the finishing touch.


Here is the back of my cat, Rubix (he did that on command! ha, ha), and the back of Mary’s Terrific Tabard. Love the simplicity of the the painted circles and the stitched circles on linen. Sorry, the picture below is a bit fuzzy, let’s call it soft focus, ha, ha.


I’m working on a whole cloth T.T. I am trying different battings, threads, techniques. I’ll show you at the workshop.Machine quilting DOES take practice and more practice, I admit, I too am learning (the free form variety as below). I am quite willing to show my crude attempts. And no threads have been trimmed yet.  DSC_0159

And you thought I might have made my designs up (above pic)! This is the front. Tip # 1. use a whole cloth, large scaled print for maximum quilting potential. It makes it so much more fun to give it a try.


Egads! I even took a close up picture of my “practice.” DSC_0161

Inspiration is alive and well. It’s all around us. Come and explore some with me, Heidi E. in my workshop, Art to Wear.. See you soon! Hugs, Heidi

P.S. There is room in all the workshops. Sign up until late August.



It’s the 4th of July!

by Heidi Emmett

We would love to have you join us up where the air is sweet and the views are amazing! Come and learn and create. Make it real. There are four of us hard working, giving, generous, teachers who are excited to work with you. Workshops are smaller so you get the attention you deserve.

While the final balance was due on June 30th, that is for those who wanted sleeping rooms with a lake view.  We are taking new sign ups through July and August. Don’t wait!

There are so many who are new to our blog that I thought I would take this time to tell you what I am doing these days. Below is a stack of some of the things I have created. This stack is the header for my own personal blog. I would love to have you visit:


I have several teaching gigs happening for the rest of this year. Downieville in October, Grass Valley in late September, and Folsom. I love being home creating new “Wearable Art” patterns. Below are some of my designs. Timeless and really wearable. None of them are hard, basic to intermediate sewing skills are all that’s needed. Find them in a pdf format for sale through patterns/DesignsbyHeidi  Or email me directly at: to learn about getting a hard copy (instructions and some have tissue patterns and in a plastic cover).


I have some very exciting news: Checker Distributors, the largest distributor in the U.S. of all things quilting, sewing, patterns, and crafts (they are worldwide), has asked to distribute my hard copy  patterns. What a huge validation for what I do. I also hope to have 4 new hard copy patterns available by our September retreat.


Terrific Tabard is one of the vests you may choose to make in my workshop.


Off The Grid Vest is another pattern that you can choose from for my workshop.


The other thing I enjoy is creating projects for magazines like, Stitch, and Modern Patchwork. I recently finished a project for the Fall issue of Modern Patchwork. It should be out by our Retreat.


I have one more big project in the works.Hopefully by my next post I will be able to tell you all about it.  I just sent an editor of a different publication loads of sketches for vests and accessories. I love what I do, “Make it easy, make it fun, and get it DONE!”

Have the very best 4th of July! Take time to read the constitution, an amazing document for the most unique country in the world.    Below will be my view over the 4th.


We are volunteering at Zephyr Point (in the gift shop) and these are our digs. Sweeeeet!DSC_0354

Hugs, Heidi DSC_0283