Monday, November 19, 2007

Shearling Workshop

We have just completed a five day shearling workshop here at The Academy. Shearling is lambskin leather or suede with the wool still attached. It comes in a variety of colors and lengths. Two students shared a bundle of shearling and made the same jacket using Vogue pattern 8340. One student used long hair Tuscano lamb. Another student lapped the seams of her cream colored shearling allowing the hair to be seen. The last student used Vogue 1266 to make a full length coat. Great job done by all!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Designer Shirts February 7-10, 2008

Ron Collins is returning to teach a 4 day Designer Shirt workshop Feb. 7-10, 2008. Students will create a "one of a kind" shirt as they learn techniques on constructing shirts. They will modify a shirt pattern for a perfect fit. Ron will share amazing information not found in pattern instructions, but used in the "ready-to-wear" industry. Collar bands, double yokes, plackets, cuffs, buttonholes, fusible interfacing, seam finishes and other details will be covered. You will be inspired by the many creative treatments Ron has added to his basic shirts. Here are just a few samples of what is in store for workshop participants! For more information and a registration form contact the Academy at

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Designer Denim Workshop with Ron Collins

Ron Collins was a guest instructor at The Academy teaching students Designer Denim techniques. Here are some of the finished results. Several students made jeans using Sandra Betzina's Vogue 7608 pattern. The fit was good and students got creative with their topstitching and back pocket designs. One student used a Marfy jean pattern and one student designed and drafted her own jacket pattern. Great results by everyone!