Clothing for the Body & Soul

Monster Purse

Students will use Rachel’s Monster Purse pattern to create a REALLY big purse, or a smaller one, or a quilt. The pattern contains directions for all three, as well as directions for a portfolio sized purse and students can make the item that they prefer. Those who watch Alex Anderson’s Simply Quilts on HGTV will […]

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Scrap Happy

Scraps galore! Pins wheel, stars tweak, and shoos fly in the scrappy combo of 3 blocks: Pin Wheel, Rachel’s Tweaky Star, and Shoo Fly! Students can have fun creating a small, whimsical quilt using light, medium and dark fabric, or if they prefer a longer project they will be shown how to size up to […]

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Nigerian Inspired Applique

Students will create a small quilt or wall hanging using Nigerian figures, design and the technique of Nigerian applique, which is a reverse applique technique. Rachel will supply some fabrics and designs. Students may alternatively choose to use Rachel’s vest pattern and the Nigerian applique designs included with that pattern. After creating a design on […]

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Fast Piecing With Seminole Techniques

Students will be creating units that are cut from long strips, and then sewn together and remade in a Seminole pattern. The strips can be very colorful and are suitable to be used in a small quilt, wall hanging, or as accent to brighten up a garment. American Indians originally developed the Seminole technique. Please […]

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Technique Class

In this workshop students will explore a variety of techniques such as fast piecing techniques, appliqu³, folded technique, fake bound button holes, piping, covered buttons and anything else that may pop into Rachel’s head! The goal is to give both beginning and intermediate sewers some ideas to improve and enhance their work. An illustrated booklet […]

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The Tiered Skirt and /or Big Shirt

In this workshop students will mix and match their favorite fabrics to make a skirt or a shirt that is fun to wear. The garment can also be a great way to use ethnic textiles such as batiks and African fabrics. In a longer class, both the tiered skirt and the big shirt can be […]

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Making Your Next Statement

This lecture/workshop is a discussion of a variety of concepts and techniques to inspire students to make that “one-of-a-kind” garment that will express a personal statement, personal sense of flair, or speak to individual ethnicity and culture! Students are encouraged to bring along their favorite pattern. There is no sewing in this class; all levels […]

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Fitting Class: The Dress

Similar to the fitting class for the vest or jacket/coat, this class will focus on fitting, fabric selection, design, and construction. As a two-day class the first day will focus on fitting, fabric selection, design options and customization. The second day will focus on garment construction. As a one-day class, students will walk through fitting, […]

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The Fancywork Coat

This workshop is designed to use some of the materials that have been saved for that special garment: the designer collection of fabrics, fabrics all in one color-way, buttons, beads, laces and treasured fabrics. Students will learn how to combine some or all into a fanciful designer coat. Students may also personalize their garment further […]

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Let Your Clothes Speak for You

This workshop is designed to help students to create a garment that will “speak” for them. Whereas other classes focus on fabrics and/or techniques, this class focuses on what the student wants to express about themselves through fabrics and techniques. Using either a contemporary or traditional pattern, students will be coached through creating a one-of-a-kind […]

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