Linda travels the country teaching fine sewing techniques and the art of combining beautiful fabrics and distinctive design in garment and home decorating creations.
Below are descriptions of available Linda Lee lectures and trunk shows.
The Sewing Workshop is known for its chic combinations of daring fabrics, textures and patterns in layers of drape and shape. Linda will interpret how to read the trends of the moment and fit those concepts into making real clothes for you. You will leave knowing a lot more about fabrics, where to buy the good ones, how to work with them in unique ways and how to blend them into your wardrobe, eventually building a core wardrobe of quiet confidence with the add-ons that have plenty of personality.
- 2-hour trunk show
Sewing Fashion Knits
Sewing today’s knits can be mysterious and daunting. Many are tissue weight and wispy, others are mesh and lace-like. Almost all are curly and unpredictable. Learn to tackle this category of knits – the ones that we want to wear and show up in ready-to-wear. Basic stitching plus replicating fashion details for interesting hems, necklines, and embellishments will be discussed.
Underneath It All
Sometimes the most important element of a garment is “what’s going on inside”. Linda will share new information about today’s fashion interfacings – where and how to use them and where to get them, too. She will discuss the materials and how-tos of underlining and interlining and demonstrate the best way to “bag a lining”.
Small hems are narrow finishes used in garments when the hem is meant to be a subtle detail, the fabric is lightweight and/or sheer, or the hem shows on the outside of the garment in a flowing, drapey garment. In this class you will learn how to sew five delicate hems that look exactly like the finest ready-to-wear styles.
Runway Finishes for Luxury Fabrics
The focus of this class is to elevate your knowledge of sewing and finishing details, both basic and creative, when sewing with a range of fine silks and the most luscious velvets. You will see fun and fresh ideas for incorporating these fabrics into your everyday wardrobe using both classic and contemporary finishes.
Fine Tune Your Sewing Skills
It’s the small things that make a difference. You know how to sew, but disappointments abound. Come to this class and learn the fine, subtle details that make your work better; the techniques that are never in guide sheets and are buried in too many books. You’ll rethink your tools and your stitching, pressing, marking and finishing. Guide sheets are basically an order of construction. You will learn to make smart choices based on the fabric at hand and the equipment you own and then adjust your processes on demand.
Most fitting solutions start at the shoulders and influence the fit of an entire garment. See what tools to gather and techniques you will need to measure you and your pattern. Then learn how to adjust the shoulder lines of your patterns while still preserving the original armhole curves and character of the garment.
Learn the trace-and-preserve method of recording curves for easy fitting.
Storyboard of Inspiration
So you want to sew fashion ensembles, but you can't pull it all together? This class teaches you how to build storyboards to use as wardrobe planning tools. Using modern media sources such as magazines, catalogs and the internet in a new way, you will learn to look at beautiful photos of interiors, food, landscapes, and fashion in a different way, translating them into interesting fabric and color combinations for your own wardrobe. Instead of sewing miscellaneous pieces, put a plan in place to create ensembles that you never imagined.
Let's make a plan!
Bring a few of your favorites from your stash and let's put it all together so you know what patterns to sew in what fabrics and what to add to them. Work with Linda to refine your look, fit some patterns and get a handle on the most efficient way to sew for your lifestyle. Learn to sew for your figure type and which colors bring on the compliments. You will work on a garment during the workshop plus prepare others to sew at home.
- 1, 2, or 3 days
Have a fun day making the Tremont Jacket from The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection. This loose-fitting, A-line jacket with asymmetric hemlines and soft-fold cuffs flatters every figure. Almost any fabric works, from drapey crepe to crisp linen, boiled wool to novelty weaves, wovens or knits. Accent it with a statement button and wear it with jeans, pants, a skirt or dress – casual to elegant. You will learn how to construct acute mitered corners, which interfacing to use, overlapping seam techniques, and how to sew perfect topstitching.
- 8-hour workshop
Mastering Miters - Mitered Tamari Apron Workshop
In this hands-on workshop, you will make a special edition of The Sewing Workshop’s Tamari Apron incorporating five of Linda’s special mitering techniques. It’s a great way to master the miters and make a fun project for yourself or a friend. Gather some great cotton fabrics in mixed patterns and colors and plan to add a little creativity to your day.
- 6-hour workshop
- Materials list available or purchase a $55.00 kit (includes Tamari Apron pattern and Mastering Miters book - $20.00 value)
- 4-hour workshop
T-Shirt 101 Workshop
A woman can’t have too many t-shirts, especially if they have a flattering neckline, give a nice shape to the body and fit really well. Come to this class and learn to work with tissue to mid-weight jersey knits. In a day’s time, you will construct the either the Eureka Top or the Helix Top from The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection. Learn to make smart choices for seam and hem finishes and great designer details. You will leave with THE basic addition to your wardrobe and the confidence to make lots more.
- 8—hour workshop
Fabrics for Fashion Swatch Book
Touch, study and cut the best of the fabrics to sew for today’s fashions. Linda will present an overview of the properties and characteristics of fashion fabrics in several categories using large pieces of fabric from which you will cut samples to place on swatch cards. You will receive a notebook and swatch cards, pre-printed with descriptions for each fabric. Bring fabric scissors and a glue stick.
- 2-hour workshop
- $875.00 per seven-hour day, hands-on workshops or lecture/demonstrations
- $550.00 per 1/2 day classes, trunk shows and lectures
- Reimbursements for the following:
- Air fare from Kansas City International airport
- Mileage from Topeka, Kansas to Kansas City airport - 160 miles at .65 per mile
- Airport parking at $27.00 per day
- Hotel lodging
- Out-of-pocket expenses to include taxis/shuttles, food, gratuities
- 2 professional rolling clothes racks
- 1 marker board or flip chart on easel
- 1 6'-long table for demo supplies
- 3 8'-long tables for products to sell
- screen for Power Point presentation
- sewing machine (if required for specific class)