Monday, March 2, 2015

Spring Fling Program 2015

The Alexandria Seamsters invite you to attend Spring Fling on Saturday, March 21, 2015, and enjoy our exciting speaker program - along with lunch, social time with your sewing buddies, and our member’s show-and-tell. (Click here for the registration form.)

Caroline Cutrona Hottenstein is a self-employed artist, accomplished seamstress, and needlewoman. She has extensively collected antique textiles since 1976. Her textile programs provide a fascinating look at clothing and accessories that were stitched, worn, and used by women of another era.
“Stitches in Time – A Woman’s Handiwork,” is a program that relates a legacy of handiwork of past seamstresses. Caroline will present a selection of 19th century needlework tools and fine examples of linens, lace, and clothing from her antique collection that show needlework styles and techniques. She will also talk about the importance of the needle arts in women’s lives.

Caroline’s education and background make her a natural fit to present this program. She has an AA from Marymount University, plus both a BA in Design and an MFA in Fine Arts from American University. She taught clothing construction and design in the Fashion Merchandising program at Marymount University for five years.
You will want to get your reservation in soon and join us on March 21st!

Fashion Show or Show & Tell item for Spring Fling 2015

Spring Fling will include time for a fashion show and a show-and-tell (if your item cannot be modeled by you). Please consider showing all of us the sewing creations you have made.
If you would like to participate, please write a few sentences or short paragraphs for the emcee to narrate as you model or show your creation(s). Please write in third-person so the narrator may read exactly as you have written. (See the sample below) Include the following information, at a minimum. If you have more than one item that you will model separately, please include two separate write-ups. If you are wearing them at the same time, please do only one write-up.

  • Member’s Full Name
  • Neighborhood Group(s) you normally attend
  • Items Sewn / Created
  • Pattern Company & Number or Title / Self Designed / Website
  • Fabrics/Materials Used (fabric content / print / other interesting fabric info)
  • Additional Information to be read by emcee as the member models or shows her item (examples: is this a special item?  Was there a particular inspiration? Did you use or learn a new technique?)

Please send your narrative write-up to Diana Warmann no later than March 10, 2015.

Sample write up:

Susan Smith is modeling a pencil skirt she made during the winter retreat. She used McCalls Pattern 1234. Susan used a 100% wool plaid fabric that she found on the remnant rack at G Street Fabrics. It was a great bargain. However, she had barely enough fabric to match the plaid. She lined it with a polyester fabric in a coordinating navy blue color. She used an invisible zipper in the skirt. It was the first time she sewed with one and loves the result. Susan is ready to make a dress with an invisible zipper down the center back.

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