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Fall and Winter 2016 Sewing Events and Conferences

Jun 02, 2016
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Here’s a selection of sewing retreats, tours, classes, and expos coming up this fall and winter of 2016 to 2017. Register early!

Fall 2016 Sewing Events

May 20 – November 19
Fashion Institute of Technology “Uniformity” Fashion & Textile History Gallery, New York City, New York. This gallery focuses on uniforms of all shapes and sizes, both historical and contemporary, and draws comparisons between them and high fashion looks that incorporate features from uniforms. FITNYC.edu

September 8 – 10
Quilt Expo, Madison, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Public Television describes their quilt show as the “Ultimate Quilting Adventure.” This expo features features a 10-category quilt contest, vendor mall, stage presentations, informal lectures, Sit & Sew and hands-on workshops, nationally known celebrity presenters, appearances by Nancy Zieman, and raffle prizes. WPT.org

September 11 – 17
ASG New York Fashion Fall Tour, New York City, New York. The American Sewing Guild is offering the trip of a lifetime to see a behind the scenes look at NYC’s fashion district. On top six night stay in the Hampton Inn Manhattan, you will attend a Broadway musical, a half-day bus tour of the city, a farewell dinner cruise, and numerous other fun activities! Cost: $2,595 for ASG members, $2,695 for non-members. ASG.org

September 12 – 16
Licensing Seminar for Eureka! Pants Professionals, Baltimore, Maryland. 
During this week long training session, you will learn how to fit Eureka! Pants patterns with Rae Crumbie, Carrie Emerson, and Sarah Veblen. You will also be taught how to teach Eureka! Pants classes and workshops. Cost: $1,300. FitForArtPatterns.com

September 15 – November 15
EvaDress Pattern Challenge: Flirty Fifties. The latest in EvaDress’ series of challenges based on decades of fashion is here. It will last two months, and challenges you to sew garments with EvaDress patterns within the theme “Flirty Fifties.” The winner will receive $100 in EvaDress patterns. Enter on Facebook

September 15 – 18
Sew Pro Convention, Chicago, Illinois.
This exciting new convention-style meetup features a wide selection of courses in categories such as fabric design, pattern design, authorship, and blogging. Notable appearances include Pat Sloan, Kristin Link, Abby Glassenberg, and Tula Pink. SewProConvention.com

September 23 – 25
American Sewing Expo, Novi, Michigan.
Since it is the largest independent sewing expo in the United States, you can expect great things. At this incredible event, you’ll find shopping, classes, free demonstrations, fashion shows, live competitions, a sew party cafe, and more. AmericanSewingExpo.com

September 23 – December 30
Racine Art Museum Exhibitions – Sensory Overload: Clothing and the Body and RAM Collects: Contemporary Art to Wear, Racine, Wisconsin.
These two exhibitions showcase unusual and modern wearable works of art. The work here is sculptural and conceptual rather than functional, offering a view into that side of the fiber arts world. Tours of the museum are available. RAMArt.org

September 24
Artistry in Fashion, Redwood City, California. Held by the Cañada College’s Fashion Design and Merchandising Department, this non-profit event  features dozens of designers selling clothing, jewelry, and other fashions. Cost: free, but an optional $10 donation will benefit student scholarships. ArtistryInFashion.com

September 29 – October 1 in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo.
If you’re looking to find the latest and greatest techniques and products, look no further. The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo is three days of classes and seminars, runway fashion shows, galleries, shopping, demos, and more. This expo will also be taking place on a variety of other dates:

  • October 13 – 15 in Schaumburg, Illinois
  • November 10 – 12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • March 9 – 11 in Atlanta, Georgia
  • March 16 – 18 in Lakeland, Florida
  • March 30 – April 1 in Cleveland, Ohio

SewingExpo.com

September 30 – October 2
Red River Quilters Quilt Show, Shreveport, Louisiana. This annual quilt show is a part of the larger Red River Revel Arts Festival, and boasts more than 200 quilts and quilted items on display. You’ll also find silent auctions, a merchant mall, technique and product demonstrations, door prizes, and a raffle for a queen-sized quilt. This year’s featured quilter is Sylvia Neil of Haughton, Louisiana. RedRiverQuilters.com

October 7 – 10
You Choose Your Focus Workshop, Sparks, Maryland.
This class by the legendary Sarah Veblen has no fixed topic – you decide what you want to learn based on your current level of sewing expertise. Then, Sarah divides her time among the small pool of attendees, offering guidance. Plus, enjoy the companionship of sewers like you. SarahVeblen.com

October 14 – 16
Gertie’s Dressmaking Retreat, Beacon, New York. 
Sewers of all experience levels are welcome at this retreat, where they will learn the ins and outs of dressmaking from beloved sewing personality Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch. Attendees will receive personalized sewing and fitting instruction in Gertie’s private studio in the lovely town of Beacon, New York. Cost: $725. There is also another retreat in November. BlogForBetterSewing.com

October 14 – 17
Palmer/Pletsch 4-Day Sewing Workshop: Pant Fit and Sew, Portland, Oregon.
This in-depth four day class will walk you through the process of fitting and sewing a pair of pants from start to finish. First, the instructors Helen Bartley and Pati Palmer will walk you through the process of measuring, fitting, and sewing pants following McCall’s Pattern 6901 with an invisible zipper. Then, you will have the freedom to sew pants in the style of your choosing. Cost: $750. PalmerPletsch.com

October 14 – 17
Camp Workroom Social, Claryville, New York. 
Held at the Frost Valley YMCA Camp, this four fay sewing retreat for adults is comprised of 6 intensive classes to make anyone a better seamstress. Learn key techniques and build your skills while having fun in a friendly environment. Aside from sewing classes, Camp Workroom Social also has set up numerous camp activities from rock climbing to weaving. All meals from Friday night to Monday afternoon will be served through the dining hall and are included in the admission fee. Campers will stay in cabin-style lodging with shared rooms of 4-6 campers. Sewing machines will be provided for all campers, but feel free to bring your own! Cost: $825 in full; three installments of $310. CampWorkroomSocial.com

October 20 – 23
Palmer/Pletsch 4-Day Sewing Workshop: Fit Sewing Patterns, Vernon, Connecticut. This comprehensive sewing workshop will be a big help to those looking to improve their mastery of fitting. Over the course of the four days, an expert will give a presentation on fitting, then help you to alter McCall’s 7279 sheath dress pattern for your body. Based on this alteration, you will go on to fit any pattern you choose with the guidance of your instructor. This class will be taught by Pamela Leggett, and costs $750. PalmerPletsch.com

October 22 – 23
Palmer/Pletsch 2-Day Sewing Workshop Fashion Fitting the Upper Body, Portland, Oregon. Learn to fit and sew blouses in this two-day workshop. You’ll receive guidance on tissue-fitting a blouse pattern to your body type, then you’ll go ahead and sew it. This class will be taught by Helen Bartley and cost $350. PalmerPletsch.com

November 2 – 6
Quilts, Inc International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas. This enormous festival features a wide variety of exhibitors. Quilts.com

November 5 – 6
CraftWestport, Westport, Connecticut. Connecticut’s largest indoor fine crafts festival will feature more than 175 artists in its fourth year. Featured artists include Deborah Brawley, Mollie Woods, Dan Williams, and more. Local treats will be available, and admission is only $10. CraftWestport.com

November 8 – January 8
Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery Holiday Show, Alexandria, Virginia. In this show, fiber artists are invited to create and display pieces with the themes of the holidays and “geometry.” You’ll find any number of fiber techniques, from weaving, knitting, and crochet, to sewing, felting, and stitched beadwork. Admission is free. PotomacFiberArtsGallery.com

November 10 – 14
You Choose Your Focus Workshop, Sparks, Maryland.
This class by the legendary Sarah Veblen has no fixed topic – you decide what you want to learn based on your current level of sewing expertise. Then, Sarah divides her time among the small pool of attendees, offering guidance. Plus, enjoy the companionship of sewers like you. SarahVeblen.com

November 11 – 13
Gertie’s Dressmaking Retreat, Beacon, New York.
Sewers of all experience levels are welcome at this retreat, where they will learn the ins and outs of dressmaking from beloved sewing personality Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch. Attendees will receive personalized sewing and fitting instruction in Gertie’s private studio in the lovely town of Beacon, New York. Cost: $725. BlogForBetterSewing.com

November 12
25th Annual Lace Day, Phoenix, Arizona.
At this event, attendees will be able to delve deeper into the world of lace. Activities include lace making, numerous exhibits, many demonstrations, vendors, and door prizes. There will also be a special presentation at 10:30 am. After the presentation, there will be lessons on using bobbin lace, needle lace, netted lace, and on tatting. Cost varies depending on kit usage. This information can be found on their Facebook page. Facebook.com

November 18 – February 5
The Costume Institute’s Fall 2016 Exhibition, Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion, New York City, New York.
This show will display approximately 60 masterworks acquired by the Costume Institute in the last ten years. Each object’s significance will be explained thoroughly. MetMuseum.org

November 29 – December 7
Sew Much Fun Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
 Attendees depart from San Francisco, CA on a non-stop flight all the way to Hong Kong, China. Once in China, participants will stay 7 nights in the Salisbury Hotel. Here, trip-goers get the oppurtunity to explore Hong Kong’s most fashionable areas known for their shopping. Cost: $3,799 for ASG members, $3,899 for non-members. ASG.org

Winter 2016 Sewing Events

January  23 – February 3
Beyond Measure: Fashion and the Plus-Size Woman, New York City, New York. 
Hosted at New York University (NYU), this exhibition explores fashion for plus-size women throughout the centuries. The exhibit will examine the plus-size woman’s place within fashion and in the fashion industry as a whole. From the perspectives of designers, manufacturers, the general public, and the individual women themselves, this exhibit is certainly not one to miss! BeyondMeasureNYU.com

February 10 – 12
Sewcial Sewing Retreats, Novi, Michigan.
Following the success of their previous retreat in April, the American Sewing Expo will be hosting another. This event will feature the teaching talents of Linda Lee of the Sewing Workshop and Janet Pray of Islander Sewing Systems. Sewing machines will be provided, and the retreat will include two full days of classes, a cocktail reception, a shopping field trip, a dinner banquet, gifts, prizes, and more. AmericanSewingExpo.com/Sewcial.html

Are there any other sewing events not listed that you are attending? If so, share them in the comments section. 

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  1. dressed2atee October 11th

    After successfully hosting two retreats at Hallowood, we will return this winter!!! Don't miss out on the fun!!!!


    JUST SEW RETREAT (Winter Edition)
    January 13 - 16, 2017
    Hallowood Conference Center
    Dickson, Maryland

    $385 (meals included)

    "A sewing slumber party"

    http://hallowood.org/
    for more info contact
    Tee @ dressed2atee@yahoo.com

  2. user-5035068 July 12th

    Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Fredericksburg, VA 9/29/16-10/1/16. Only sewing expo I know of in the mid-Atlantic area.

  3. EvamarieGomez June 8th

    @2much2so: You're absolutely right! The correction has been made. Thanks!

  4. dressed2atee June 7th

    Just Sew Retreat 2
    August 12 - 15, 2016
    Hallowood Conference Center
    Dickson, Maryland
    "A sewing slumber party"
    http://hallowood.org/
    for more info contact
    Tee @ dressed2atee@yahoo.com

  5. 2much2so June 7th

    Hi Stephani: The dates for Joi Mahon's 2016 Sewing Holiday are listed for June 20-23, I checked on her website and they are listed as July 20-23.

  6. HelenJackson52 June 6th

    Thank you for this summary, I will definitely go to September 24
    Artistry in Fashion, Redwood City, California!

  7. User avater BobTenant April 1st

    I'm a bit bummed that you guys don't do things in UK. London in particular. Have you ever thought of expanding? Londoners will love to visit one of your events.

  8. ZakFerdie February 17th

    One can really occupy himself with visiting all of them. I will attend some in late April when I'm free. Thank you.

  9. ZakFerdie February 17th

    One can really occupy himself with visiting all of them. I will attend some in late April when I'm free. Thank you.

  10. patsart December 1st

    I definitely plan to attend the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Minneapolis in November. My daughter and I learned so much about fitting and pattern alteration, and had a lot of fun in 2015. We plan to get a few more friends to join us next year. Already planning what to see, do, buy, and saving up the money for it all!

  11. Fabricengineer December 1st

    The best one is in the summer when the Anerican Sewing Guild will be in Indianapolis from the 7--11 of July! Come join us.

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