Please join me in my studio for 5 full days of heirloom sewing! This class is structured on the premise of a christening gown I designed some years ago and taught at the Martha Pullen School in Alabama. One student, Cindy Farmer, asked if she could make a child’s dress instead of a christening gown and knowing her sewing skills, I agreed as long as she could provide the alterations on her own. This beautiful creation is the result and wow! I was blown away, much like the rest of the heirloom sewing family. Her pins on Pinterest went viral on the internet and I have been itching to do this class ever since. Luckily, Cindy agreed.
In order to participate in this workshop, you must have a basic knowledge of heirloom sewing and have completed at least one garment using the traditional roll and whip method of joining laces. I would place this project as an Advanced Beginner to Intermediate Level sewing class. I am offering a kit for this workshop but if you wish, you may bring your own materials instead. Many of you have been collecting lace for years and I would love to see your vision fulfilled while making this magnificent creation. I can assist you in choosing lace configurations and fabric choice. You have the chance to make it a “One of a Kind” creation.
My 30-plus years of sewing and teaching experience and drafting and fitting expertise will help you create the perfect dress up to a size 6. I can provide a pattern but I recommend bringing the child’s measurements for an accurate fit. With a giving attitude and patience, I can serve sewists of almost every level. Each student is of highest concern and as a self-taught sewist, with gentle prodding and extreme encouragement, I will lead you to your ultimate goal. A native New Orleanian, I teach with an easy-going attitude to facilitate confidence in your abilities resulting in success. But be prepared to be challenged!
Class will be held at Wendy Schoen’s Sewing Studio, conveniently located in the Irish Channel region of Uptown New Orleans. The spacious, well-equipped studio is furnished with large tables, comfy chairs, fluorescent lighting and large spacious tables; all for your use.
Many of you know me already as a children’s embroidery and couture designer who has traveled all over the world to teach and learn the art. After being on hiatus for a few years, I am returning to the studio to resume teaching sewists of all ages. I would love to have you join me in my studio for a full 5 days of sewing bliss. With me by your side, you can pick my brain to your satisfaction during these informal lessons.
You will be required to bring a sewing machine in good working order. My experience on every machine model is invaluable. I highly recommend you purchase your own supplies prior to arrival including threads, machine needles and everything else you might need. I do not have a full working shop any longer so my supplies are quite limited. I do have a full array of supplies you may use during the class if you forget something, so don’t worry.