Saturday, July 17, 2010

Friday, Friday . . . So Sad It's Friday

It's as predictable as the sun coming up  . . . Thursday of sewing camp takes on what I call a "disco" mode, with everyone sewing a second or third project, getting fitted in another pattern, talking, comparing, laughing, and beginning to think about how much she will miss the new sewing friends she's made. Friday morning, things take on a new, silent seriousness, as the mad rush to complete projects ensures, and more sadness as the hours march by and another week with Sandra Betzina comes to a close.

Sandra told us her father said, "Entertain the people you do business with in your home," and that is why at the close of each sewing camp, she has all 10 of us (plus various friends, family, and spouses) for dinner at her exquisite loft in SOMA near AT&T Park.

Here's how the week shook out:

Diane, Burda magazine expert, shows Jenni how to find the pattern and size you want on the pattern sheet.

Catherine made a fabulous pair of pants. I was nice and didn't take a photo of her booty, even though it does look fly.

Buoyed by her success with the Anda dress, Carol worked on another project. She's learning what a sleeve pattern looks like, a bodice, a facing. It's pretty weird if you haven't done it before!

Sandra fine tunes the fit on Lyn's dress. This is a very important dress because Lyn is being honored at an event for her years of fundraising for Planned Parenthood.

Alden finished her vintage dress!

Jenni made a skirt from this wonderful Japanese linen/cotton eyeglass print she got at Piedmont. A print with cameras is underneath. Did I mention Jenni's a budding genius? Yes, I did. But I can say it again.

Sandra showed us the first dress she ever made. It was when she was in the 8th grade. Even then she had the best taste in fabric! This shirtwaist dress is in the highest quality cotton jersey.

Diane sewed one of the new patterns from Sandra's line.

I'm channeling my inner Joan Holloway.

Cat's "convertible dress." She didn't make it at sewing camp, but isn't it fabulous?

Jenni's apple dress. She said she was very hungry while she was shopping for fabric.

Well, that's it for another week of sewing camp. I love my new and old friends, and the thing we share: sewing, sewing, sewing!


  1. I found your blog through facebook and what a treat! It looks like you all had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing the photos :)

  2. Looks like you had a great time. I too am a friend of Diane's from FB. In fact, we met in person 3 years ago when I attended a week with SB and Diane was assisting Sandra with administrative things.

  3. Thanks for blogging about Sewing Camp - I almost.. felt like I was there.

    You look GREAT in the your inner Joan Holloway outfit. What is the pattern for the top?

    Thank You

  4. Hi, Marketinggal,

    Thanks for your compliments! I made Vogue #1085, view A. The skirt is Vogue #8093, only shorter. That one's out of print, but Vogue #1045 is just like it. Both are from the Today's Fit line by Sandra Betzina. They truly are great patterns to use! If you make either of them, be sure and let me know!