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September 2021

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – Fredericksburg, VA

September 30 - October 2
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy
Fredericksburg, VA, 22401
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Fit for Art looks forward to returning to Fredericksburg for the 2021 Original Sewing & Quilt Expo!  We can't wait to see old and new friends in the vendor hall; come by Fit for Art's booth for a jacket or pant fitting, to pick up new patterns and supplies, and to view our newest samples.   If you want to be fitted for the Eureka! Pants that Fit pattern, come by the booth early in the Expo to reserve your appointment…

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October 2021

Garment Sewing Basics

October 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Garment sewing can be very rewarding and allows you to choose your best style and fit. Rae is here to teach you the best practices for sewing clothing before you sit down at the sewing machine. In this series you have learned how to choose and cut out  fabric and a pattern, now Rae will cover the importance of following the directions . You will explore successful methods for pinning, sewing, clipping and finishing seams, and the importance of pressing…

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November 2021

Sew Successfully Retreat

November 11 - November 14
Maritime Conference Center, 692 Maritime Boulevard
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 United States
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Sew Successfully Retreat with Fit for Art Patterns at the Maritime Conference Center

We can't wait to see you in person at our retreat this fall!  Registration opens Monday, June 6 and will be limited to 12 participants per day, so don't delay! Join Rae and Carrie for expert guidance at this sewing retreat for beginner to advanced sewists.  Let us inspire your creativity on a project of your choosing!  Plus, you’ll enjoy the fun of working in a community of fellow sewists in a beautiful space.  We will be available from 9…

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Garment Openings and Closings

November 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Getting dressed is so automatic that we take for granted the ease of buttoning or zipping up our favorite clothes. It is essential to include appropriate openings and closings into your custom-made garments and they need to be supported to insure a long and happy life. During this class we will take a look at a variety of zipper options, buttons and buttonholes and other hardware to assure your clothes work well. Advance registration required with the Original Sewing &…

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December 2021

Garment Hems and Finishes (Machine and Handsewn)

December 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The final finishes on a newly sewn garment are just as important as the first machine stitches. Find out which techniques are best for the garment you are creating and how to match the finish to a garment’s fabrication and style. Bring along some fabric, an iron, needle, and thread to practice some of these important finishing stitches during class. A discussion will focus on acknowledging and honoring your style and comfort preferences in future garments. Advance registration required with…

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August 2022

Enchanting France – Embellishing Fabric

August 2, 2022 - August 9, 2022
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Spend August 2 -9, 2022 with Rae Cumbie* and Carrie Emerson** of Fit for Art Patterns at La Cascade Artists Retreat in Durfort, an enchanting medieval artisan village in the Languedoc region of France to explore the countryside and a variety of fabric embellishing and surface design techniques. The mornings will be spent in the cozy third floor artist studio of our 17th century home. We will paint, stitch, collage and piece a variety of small fabric samples to spark…

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