Well folks ... I feel as if I have arrived!
After almost 30 years designing for McCall's and then Simplicity I am going to be a "featured teacher" at a BIG sewing Expo!!! The American Sewing Expo in Michigan ... visit their website.
About time ... really! Costume sewing is a huge part of the home sewing industry.
“We are bringing in fashion and costume designers, couture specialists, corset makers and teaching professionals for beginner to expert sewing experiences that include live challenges, seminars, workshops, contests, demonstrations, shopping and ‘sew’ much fun,” said Janet Pray, show producer of the largest independent consumer sewing show in the country. “Ideas for sewing, fashion and quilting will be found in the hands-on projects, instruction and crafter do-it-yourself programs that are featured at the fashion shows, classes and displays.”
Check out the brochure ... it has all the class descriptions and registration forms.
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Meet Simplicity Freelance Pattern Designer, Andrea Schewe
Andrea Schewe has designed for the Simplicity Pattern Company for nearly 25 years. She is known for her wide variety of costume patterns ranging from ones that are historically based to quick fun costumes for Halloween in sizes for the whole family, the dog, too. And because of her background designing for the toy and fashion industries, she also designs doll clothes, soft toys as well as home decor items and fashion accessories.
She comes from a family of great seamstresses and got her start in her teens helping in her mother's costume shop at the local college, which lead to working in the professional costume shops in New York City when she moved there to study music. Work in costume shops comes and goes as new plays and ballets do. So, this gave Andrea the chance to work in the fashion district. After her two boys were born she was employed full time as a freelance designer for several toy companies and McCall's Patterns. Simplicity became aware of her work and offered her a contract a few years later and she has happily worked for them ever since. Visit Andrea's Blog.
Andrea's Schedule at ASE:
Thursday Sept 25th Sweaters: Couture to Costume
Sunday Sept 28th Costumes That Move
Fri/Sat Sept 27th My Life as a Commercial Pattern Maker
Fri/Sat Sept 26 & 27 Combining Commercial Patterns
If you have any questions about classes or registration, please call us at 248-889-3111, or email us at: BrendaRogerson@comcast.net
Go to AmericanSewingExpo.com to register now!
I'll be around all four days, here and there. Simplicity will have a booth this year, so look you might find me there.