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Summer Fun

Jean Jackets and Glamour Details featured on our back wall.

What a crazy week for Fit for Art!  We spent 4 fabulous days at the American Sewing Guild (ASG) Annual Meeting on Boston’s North Shore.  We met new friends and greeted many of our sewing acquaintances in our booth and classes.

One highlight was Carrie’s runway walk in the annual fashion show.  The theme was One if by Land, Two if by Sea;  the challenge was to create something that can be worn two different ways.

Carrie’s first look and our fellow teacher and vendor, Nick Coman, providing commentary.

She looked so sassy in her versatile black denim shirt dress, styling it first as a duster over skinny Eureka! Pants and her colorful Tabula Rasa Knit tee with the boat neckline and curved hem from the Wide Neckline Variations.  Her second outfit was the dress made with her Tabula Rasa Jacket (TRJ) pattern and Shirt Variations extended to dress length.  It was styled with tights, flats and a coordinating obi sash, a free downloadable pattern.

And the dress look.

Our booth was crazy busy every time the Vendor Market was open for business.  Our display featured Jean Jackets, of course to promote the new new Jean Jacket Variations for the Tabula Rasa Jacket.  There were also several pairs of Eureka! Pants with Glamour Details, the pants variation we premiered in the spring.  We were also proud to hang the painted Tabula Rasa Knit dress with the Clever Crossing Variation neckline that is featured in the current issue of Threads Magazine.

Painted Knit Dress featured in Threads magazine
Painted Knit Dress featured in Threads magazine

We scheduled non-stop pants fittings Saturday and Sunday after my Your Pants – Your Way class.  Susan, my willing model during the class, is going to look great in her Eureka! Pants and so will all the other gals who had a Eureka! Pants that Fit sizing in our pink fitting room.

The Eureka! Pants fitting booth, with our girlfriend modeling the Paris Postcard Jean Jacket.
The Eureka! Pants fitting booth, with our girlfriend modeling the Paris Postcard Jean Jacket.

We will be offering the same fitting service at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expos in Cincinnati, Fredericksburg, and Novi this Fall.  Plus, we are pleased to announce that will be teaching a two-day “More the Days Before” class in Fredericksburg (registration is open!) and Novi to fit and fashion your personal Eureka! Pants that Fit pattern.

A special shout out to A Fabric Place in Baltimore who made wonderful pants fabric swatch packets for all of my ASG pants students.

Stitching some collage!

Our all-day class Surface Design Fun was, in fact, lots of fun.  Thanks to Ruthie at Nashua Sew and Vac and Bernina of America for supplying each student with a 530 model Sewing Machine and a BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator)  for the raw edge collage exercise.  We also had fun with Boro stitching and lots of painting and stenciling in that cozy classroom.  (You can sign up to take Surface Design Fun at Stitchin’ at the Beach in January; registration is open!)

Painting over collage!

The painting fun continued in my Knit Embellishments class.  Hats off to my very inquisitive Sunday morning students in the Fashion Knit Knowledge class for a very lively conversation!

One of our Tabula Rasa Knit Tees spotted in class.

While packing for Boston, I sqeezed in time to make a neoprene coat as a sample for several of the classes.  This fall I will write more about this fun painted TRJ with the Rain or Shine Variations.

The painted neoprene coat.

The Monday before we left, we filmed our video entry into the Win a New Van contest sponsored by Inc. Magazine and Mercedes Benz.  Make sure you watch it on Facebook or Instagram and give us a “Like” to show the contest organizers that we are worthy.  Our old but reliable van was certainly filled to the gills for this trip.

We look forward to a couple weeks at home to catch up and prepare for our Sew Successfully summer Retreat later this month.  There are still a few spots left.  Register now and let the summer fun continue!

Marie, modeling a reversable rain coat she made at our Spring Retreat in the ASG show

Happy Sewing, RAE

5 thoughts on “Summer Fun

  1. Glad you and Carrie enjoyed the ASG. My friend and I were lucky enough to get two appointments on Sat. for you to fit our pants.We did not expect it and were thrilled. SO enjoyed meeting you and Carrie and will look forward to -someday- taking a full class!!!
    Thank you so very much.
    Liz White
    Winchester MA

  2. RAE and Carrie,
    You both are truly amazing at what you are doing. Love you site and I am an avid and faithful follower.

  3. Rae,
    Great to see you and Carrie at ASG conference in Boston. Loved your class on painting. Can’t wait to try my new paints now that I am home. Thanks for all your great inspiration!

  4. I enjoyed your pants fitting workshop and also your knit workshop – I came home and ordered some black neoprene so that I could to recreate your jacket that I absolutely feel in love with!!! It was a great ASG Conference this year!
    Joen Venitsky
    Princeton Chapter

    1. Thanks Joen! We’d love to see a photo of your neoprene jacket. Hope we’ll see you again soon.

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