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Sewing Getaways in 2013

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Sometimes you just want ignore every-day demands and immerse yourself in your favorite craft. These sewing weekends, retreats, and tours will help you get away from it all–except the sewing and textiles you love.

April 7 – 10

Spring Sewing Retreat with Linda Lee and Louise Cutting, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Hosted by Sew in Heaven, get one-on-one personal fittings with Linda and Louise, discuss wardrobing ideas, learn sewing techniques, study fabrics, and see Linda and Louise’s trunk shows. Cost: $599. Visit for complete details.

April 26 – 28

PR (Pattern Review) Weekend in San Francisco, California.’s annual weekend gathering takes place in San Francisco this year. The weekends are designed to bring PatternReview members together to exchange ideas and learn from each other and to support local sewing-related businesses. Among the activities planned are shopping trips, a full-day seminar with Sandra Betzina, and a guest speaker. Cost: $125. Registration fills quickly!

May 13 – 24

Silk Study Tour to Japan. The 10-day tour is organized by The Silk Experience, a consortium of silk-savvy instructors, designers, and authors, and is led by Glennis Dolce. Visit silk garment manufacturers, textile and fashion museums, an obi weaver, and tour a silk filature mill. Participate in dyeing workshops, and visit the Tokyo Silk Science Research Center. Cost: $5,600 (cash/check); $5,825 (credit/debit). Email tour coordinator Glennis at [email protected] for full tour details.

March 15 – 20

The Couture Sewing School with Susan Khalje, Baltimore, Maryland. (Also May 13 – 18 at Apparel Arts in San Francisco.) Experience 6 intensive days devoted to creating a couture garment, using techniques you’ll learn from couture expert Susan Khalje. During the class students will assemble a notebook of samples and technique handouts, fine-tune the fit of their muslins, examine garments from Susan’s collection, and work on their garments. Cost: $995. Visit for complete class details.

May 31 – June 3

Dress U 2013, Frazer, Pennsylvania. Experience three days of education, socializing, and special events focused on historic costume, as well as a vendor hall. Cost: $200 for complete attendee package.

June 16 – 20

Design Outside the Lines retreat with Marcy Tilton and Diane Ericson, Five Pine Lodge, Sisters, Oregon. A four-day workshop for sewers and fiber artists of all skill levels offering a combination of classes and hands-on studio time. Cost: $1,645. Visit or for details.

July 18 – 22

Palmer/Pletsch Sewing Camp, Portland, Oregon. Join other sewing enthusiasts in this five-day open sewing workshop. Sew any project you wish under the expert guidance of instructors. Demonstrations are given as necessary. Instructors will help in any aspect needed, from pattern and fabric selection to sizing. Cost: $795.

July 21 – 28

Sandra Betzina’s Sewing Retreat, San Francisco, California. Five full seminar days focused on pattern selection for figure flattery, a personal fit formula, pattern alteration, and more. Stay at the Marine’s Memorial Club in San Francisco. Cost: $2,540 – $3,200.

August 1 – 5

Costume College 2013, Woodland Hills, California. Hosted by Costumer’s Guild West, this educational conference spans all kinds of costuming topics, from historical to science fiction and fantasy with workshops, special social events, and a vendor hall. Cost: $110 (guild members); $165 (non-members); extra fees for special events.

September 8 – 12

Modular Magic Retreat with Kayla Kennington. Learn about Kayla’s Modular-style design and techniques for creating foolproof garments with impeccable workmanship–with your own signature flair. The retreat format combines lectures and individual instruction, and includes a fashion show. Cost: $950. Deposit deadline: August 1, 2013.

September 11 – 25

South of France Quilters’ Tour, hosted by Jeanne Mills Tours. The tour is designed to inspire a quilter’s creativity and will begin in Nice and continue to numerous Provencal villages, as well as a side trip into Italy to visit San Remo; the tour ends in Paris. Visits to the Olivades fabric-printing factory and outlet, the Carrieres des Lumieres, and the Maison du Boutis are highlights. Cost: $3,900 per person. The tour is limited to 20 individuals.

September 22 – 25

Vashon Island Sewing Retreat, Vashon Island, Washington. The Stitching Girls Society’s annual Vashon Island Sewing Retreat at Camp Burton offers a mini-vacation with classes in garment sewing and quilting. Cost: $400 (members)/$425 (non-members).

October 7 – 20

Bali Fiber Tour. Tour the tropical island of Bali and experience its centuries-old textile weaving and dyeing techniques, guided by Barb Alexander, former proprietor of The Batik Butik. Space is limited to 10 individuals. Tour a batik factory, participate in an indigo-dyeing workshop, shop for Indonesian silks and other fabrics, and much more. Deadline for deposits: July 31, 2013. Cost: $3,066 (varies).

October 17 – 20

Sit-and-Sew with Susan Khalje and Kenneth D. King. Susan and Kenneth share their expertise on fit, pattern alteration, tailoring and couture construction, and design over four days in Manhattan. Class size is limited, so register early. Cost: $795.

November 15 – 17

Sewing Retreat with Sarah Veblen, Sparks, Maryland. Spend time working on your own projects with Sarah Veblen on-hand to assist in any aspect of sewing, fit, design, or patternwork. Cost: for three days $455 (credit card)/$425 (check); for two days $365 (credit card)/$350 (check); one day $235 (credit card)/$225 (check). Visit for complete retreat details.

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  1. ustabahippie | | #1

    Wish I could afford one of these!

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    MaryElliottN | | #2

    I'd like to add the Madeline Island School of the Arts in LaPointe, Wisconsin to the list. Many workshops by nationally and internationally known quilters and fiber artists. Amazing facilities and location! Here' a link to their website.

    I'd love to see Threads readers attend my workshop at Madeline Island. I wrote eight major articles for Threads in the past. Entitled "The Way We Wore: Historic Costume as Inspiration for Surface Designers" from August 26th - 30th. This link includes a workshop description and video.

  3. Buttonscreates | | #3

    I would love, love, love, to go on a sewing retreat. It would be the best vacation ever! I am saving up for when I get my last out of college next year!

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