Thursday, February 5, 2009

What did I like about the Getaway at the Sewing Workshop?


Ok, so it's been a week since I left for San Francisco and the Sewing Workshop Getaway. What did I like? In no particular order, here you are:


  • Time to work, with minimal interruptions. I felt productive and inspired.

  • Immersion in sewing. Sewing from Thursday evening through Sunday morning. Bliss! I never have that much time to focus on garment making.

  • I love Linda’s problem-solving approach—it’s a combination of calm, knowing the pattern, learning the fabric, learning the body the garment will be made for. Strangely,I'd describe it as a cross of Zen and analysis.

  • Trunk show, seeing all the garments made up and being able to try them on for fit. Sewing Workshop’s patterns are not based on a single block. They develop the patterns from existing clothes from different sources. With such an approach, trying on is very helpful.

  • Visit to Satin Moon. It’s a nice, albeit tiny, fabric store. Exquisite stuff and the proprietors are quirky in a nice way. Not inexpensive, but there are some unique and gorgeous fabrics there.

  • Chinese food. Our lunches were heavy on the Chinese. Friday, we had lunch near Satin Moon, but Saturday featured dim sum and Sunday had normal Chinese takeout (but excellent, after all we were in San Francisco!)

  • Yves St. Laurent exhibit at the deYoung museum. OMG, you must see this!! There were a lot of amazing garments, but the impression I came away with was how ahead of the curve he was. There were ensembles that any of us would be thrilled to wear today, yet the labels indicated they were from the early 60s! This really brought home to me how much influence he had on how we live today. Aside from that, numerous pieces of eye candy, and a fair share of amusing arty pieces.

  • Dinner with Erica. DF’s niece lives in San Francisco, so it was lovely to meet another member of the family of which I will someday be a member. We ate at a small but wonderful Italian place right up the street from the Laurel Inn, my home away from home. Yes, I know I'm being somewhat repetitious, having done the same last time. But isn't that part of the joy of repeat visits to the same city?

  • It was a smaller group than usual, which was great. Little competition for help, easy access to the serger and the irons.

  • I got to meet some really cool people. The other women in the class were an interesting group of smart, capable people. It's nice to be with like-minded, intelligent women who sew.

I realize still haven't provided any pictures and there's still more to tell. I still owe pictures of what I bought at Satin Moon and the patterns I bought at the very least. But that will need to wait for another post. Stay tuned...

6 comments:

Beth H said...

Sounds great! Glad you're back to tell us all about it.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Sounds like you had a really fabulous time! Looking forward to the pictures.

Nancy said...

i was checking back and hoping for your reflections. is sounds absolutely fabulous, and I am watching the ysl film as i am writing you. super interesting!

Cennetta said...

Sounds like a joyous time.

varun said...

nice range!!Shawls and Scarves

goodworks1 said...

"I love Linda’s problem-solving approach—it’s a combination of calm, knowing the pattern, learning the fabric, learning the body the garment will be made for. Strangely,I'd describe it as a cross of Zen and analysis."

I'd love to hear more about this in a future post if you are so inclined!

Thanks a million for this post and the photos and your observations from the getaway!
Elaine