The Sewing Workshop at Chateau Dumas 2018
Fashion Sewing: Creating an Ensemble
from the Inside Out
Auty, France -- July 21-28, 2018
About the Workshop:
Join The Sewing Workshop in a charming chateau in the countryside of Auty, France for a personalized sewing experience. In this workshop, you'll dive into a set of skills that center around the art of modern garment sewing with an artistic edge. Work intimately with two nationally-known instructors, Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop and Nancy Shriber, founder of Contemporary Sashiko.
In this workshop week, you will construct a three-piece ensemble consisting of a lined jacket, tank and pants. Linda will share her in-depth technical skills for the best construction results and Nancy will guide you through a creative experience to enhance your work.
You will begin by bag-dyeing silk charmeuse yardage, provided as part of the class fee. With some stenciled, stamped and stitched embellishments, your silk will be ready to use as a lining for your jacket. You will learn how to make a lining pattern when one is not included in the pattern, how to "bag the lining", tips and tricks for working with slippery silk, how to make perfect mitered corners and how to construct lovely bindings for simple tops and tanks in both knits and wovens.
You will enjoy a trunk show of Sewing Workshop ensembles by Linda and artistic work by Nancy. Linda will assist in making sure your patterns fit, and she will demonstrate construction techniques pertinent to the patterns being used. Nancy will add the artistic elements to the workshop with her expertise in dyeing and hand stitching one-of-a-kind garments.
Choose one from each category from the following patterns:
Tremont Jacket or San Diego Jacket
Ann's Tank or MixIt Tank
Valencia Pants or Helix Pants
Included in the workshop fee:
3 Sewing Workshop patterns
2.5 yards white silk charmeuse
In early 2018, we will assemble a curated selection of fabrics for your ensembles. These will be offered at a special discounted price and are recommended for you to purchase.
The studio at Chateau Dumas is a beautiful and relaxing setting with lots of space and light and is equipped with new sewing machines, sergers and everything you need for a complete sewing experience. All you need to bring is your fabric and patterns and your basic sewing notions and tools.
What to Bring:
Afternoon - Arrive at the Chateau for meet-and-greets, apartifs, brief orientation and dinner
Morning - Visit to various local markets
Afternoon - Bag-dye silk charmeuse
Morning - Stencil, stamp and stitch silk charmeuse
Afternoon - All about linings lecture/demo, jacket lining pattern prep
Studio time - Jacket cutting, begin construction
Studio Time - Continue jacket construction, begin personal fittings for tank and pants
Dinner out at LeSans
Thursday and Friday:
Fitting and construction of tank and pants
Morning - Depart
Price + Accomodations:
Prices range from 2600 - 3200 Euro depending on accommodation choice
Non-participating partner price: 1075 Euro
Chateau Dumas has bedrooms available in the following prices:
Single occupancy bedroom with ensuite bathroom: 3200E
Single occupancy bedroom with own bathroom: 3000E
Single occupancy bedroom with shared bathroom (shared with one other): 2850E
Shared double bedroom (2 beds) with ensuite bathroom: 2600E
To read more about Chateau Dumas, their accomodations and other ammenities, click here.
Included in the prices listed above:
7 nights Chateau accommodation
All locally-sourced, freshly-made meals (with the exception of one restaurant meal out)
5.5 days full-time workshop tuition
2.5 yards silk charmeuse and 3 patterns
All paint, dye, thread and supplies for silk charmeuse embellishments
Local farmer’s market and other excursion transportation
Visit by Fabienne, purveyor of vintage linens
Not included in the price:
Flights to Toulouse and travel to the Chateau
Wednesday night dinner at LeSens
Optional massages at the Chateau
Toulouse airport is less than one hour from the Chateau. There is also an international train station in Toulouse that will take you to Cassaude, which is approximately 5 minutes from Auty. Upon registering through Chateau Dumas, you can arrange transportation from the airport or train station with them. Renting a car is also an option should you want to explore the area on your own.
Linda and Alex travelled to Chateau Dumas with a side trip to Barcelona, Spain. They used Pat Gowan, an international travel consultant, and were extremely pleased with the travel arrangements that Pat designed. The total trip included the most timely and reasonable air fares available, train tickets from Toulouse to Cassaude and then to Barcelona, private transfers to the airports, a city tour, and lots of recommendations for hotels and restaurants. It was a breeze and very comforting to know that all was pre-arranged. She even watched our actual travel to make sure that things were going well. Pat works with clients all over the US and is happy to assist you.
Here is her contact information:
Pat Gowan | International Travel Consultant
2655 SW Wanamaker Rd | Topeka Kansas 66614 |
Direct line - 785 430-6430 Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm CST Mon-Fri
Inquire for the event on the Chateau Dumas website at http://www.chateaudumas.net/workshop/110/.
Meet the Teachers:
Linda’s training and experience as an interior designer has come in handy as she travels the country teaching the art of combining beautiful fabrics for the fashion –conscious home sewer. Along with teaching fitting skills and fine sewing techniques, she is known for designing patterns under the name of The Sewing Workshop, a line of patterns for the modern sewer who is interested in architecturally interesting styles to flatter with flare.
Along with six talented staff members, she operates out of her pattern-making studio in Topeka, Kansas, where you will find a huge inventory of fabrics that are sold online. She produces a monthly series of inspirational tutorials called Sew Confident! in which she breaks down the latest fashion trends into real-life sewing experiences for people who want to sew better than they can buy.
With ten Craftsy classes and 13 books under her belt, Linda has the depth of experience and enthusiasm needed to pass on the fine art of sewing clothes to her students.
Linda loves cats, fashion labels Marni and Akris, Roger Federer, vintage hand stitching, Fillmore Street in San Francisco, and cashews.
Nancy Shriber is a nationally recognized artist, teacher, lecturer and writer who designs under the Contemporary Sashiko label. Nancy was a faculty member of The Sewing Workshop in San Francisco and for the Original Sewing and Quilt Expos for many years. She has written for and been featured in a number of national publications including Threads. Nancy published Sashiko Handbags: 14 on 14 and created and produced The Garment Series, a collection of sashiko-style pillow and tote bag patterns. You can see a few images of Nancy's work here.