Vintage Sewing Adventure Saturday Topics

Special Tours of the Vintage Sewing Center & Museum

The Vintage Sewing Center & Museum, Inc. (also known as the M) opened in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2017. It boasts a vintage sewing machine collection of more than 1,000 examples, hundreds of which are on display at any one time. Each room of this museum has fully restored machines set up at tables where visitors are encouraged to sew. The M will be offering special tours to registrants throughout the Vintage Sewing Event weekend.

Featherweight Singers (and Quilting!) with Darlene Girton

Darlene Girton is the Co-Founder of Featherweight Doctor. Her background in Professional Quilting and Quilt Education coupled with her husband, Andy’s Website, Social Media Marketing, and Production skills make quite a dynamic duo. Darlene will speak on the history of the infamous Singer Featherweight and share her knowledge on why there is a passionate following with the “Quilties.” Darlene will do a free-motion quilting demonstration as well as answer audience questions about service and maintenance of these popular machines. As a quilter, she feels there is no better equipment to use for sewing.

Help, I Inherited a Sewing Machine Talk with Lara Neel

This is a presentation, so you don’t have to bring your machine.

We will go over when and why you should have your machine seen by a professional mechanic, how to find resources for your particular machine, maintenance you should do yourself, basic sewing techniques, and troubleshooting for when you just can’t get the thing to work well. If you have a manual for your machine, you should bring it. We should have time at the end of class for questions.

Millinery Workshop with Madame Askew

The perfect hat can entirely transform an ensemble, and yet, the art of hat making can be both intimidating and tricky to navigate. Madame Askew will guide you through the pitfalls of millinery and help you unlock the wonderful world of hat making. Enjoy hands on millinery experience and learn basic techniques while creating your own pillbox frame.

There is no pattern needed as the instructor will provide the simple pillbox pattern on site.

Before class, purchase this hat kit from Judith M.

Additionally, you will need a yard of cotton flannel in a light color or thin cotton quilt batting, 1 package of double fold, wide bias tape, and 1 yard of fashion fabric for covering your hat. Please also bring both fabric shears and craft scissors for the buckram.

For your fashion fabric, please choose a medium to light fabric such as quilting cotton, fine wale corduroy, or bottom weight twill. Synthetic fabrics are not a problem, but natural fibers are recommended. Please do not choose brocades, velvets, slick or unstable fabrics for class.

Techniques for Dressing the Victorian Lady Presentation by Madame Askew

Madame Askew demystifies and defrocks the Victorian lady. Take her guided tour through the many layers of frocks, frills and foibles as she unveils the undergarments that support the silhouette and bring these fabulous Victorian dresses to life.

Corsets: Resources for making, purchasing, fitting, and care Presentation with Madame Askew

Join Madame Askew as she divulges her wisdom, anecdotes, and tips on corsetry gained from 20 years of experience. From making your own to buying a ready-made corset, Madame will share her knowledge and debunk the myths as she discusses just how to get a great corseted look!

Cherokee Clothing History and Resources by Tonia Hogner-Weavel

Cherokee clothing has moved with the times from skin and twined fibers to modern day silks and satins.  The history of Cherokee fashion along with a focus on the modern day Cherokee tear dress will be presented by Tonia Hogner-Weavel, Cherokee National Treasure in textiles.

Sew a Custom Kimono, Hands-On Workshop by Lara Neel
We will get you on the road to stitching up a cute, simple kimono-style top or dressing gown.

Fabric: Best results will come from using a knit or woven fabric with fluid drape such as rayon challis, voile, ITY stretch jersey knit, rayon jersey knit, nylon tricot or satin charmeuse. It’s technically possible to create a kimono in nearly any fabric, but please choose one that is at least 55 inches wide. Three yards of fabric will yield a floor-length garment for most people. If you have a certain length in mind, measure from the top of the shoulder at the neck to the length desired, add four inches, then double that length.

If you wish to just practice or make a muslin, any thin fabric will do. Pretreat your fabric by washing and drying it the same way you will care for the finished garment. (If you are bringing nylon tricot, please do not prewash it. It doesn’t shrink and washing it makes the edges curl.) Please check that the method you want to use for marking your fabric will actually come out of your fabric by testing on a scrap.

We will practice sewing French seams, creating tucks to customize fit and sewing a belt that starts with a piece of cut-on-grain fabric and ends up on-the-bias.

Please also bring your sewing machine, at least 2 bobbins, at least 2 sewing machine needles that are appropriate for your fabric, the power cord and foot pedal for your machine (if it has them), thread, a seam ripper, the manual for your machine, a measuring tape, your favorite tool for marking fabric, and fabric shears. If you prefer to use a rotary cutter instead of shears, bring one and a self-healing cutting mat.

Free Sewing Adventure Meet-Up

This event is open to the public, no registration required!

There will be book signings and special appearances throughout the event. Light refreshments will be provided.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019. 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Where: the Parlor Room at the Mayo Hotel – 115 W 5th St, Tulsa, OK 74103

We will feature:

Lara Neel

Signing Crafting the Resistance and Sock Architecture

Books will be for sale on site, but you can also preorder your copy here if you want to be sure you get one.

Barbara Emodi

Signing Sew…the Garment Making Book of Knowledge

Books will be for sale on site, but you can also preorder your copy here if you want to be sure you get one.

Darlene Girton

The Co-Founder of the Featherweight Doctor will be offering repair kits and manuals for the Singer Featherweight sewing machine.

Darcy Ashton

A graphic designer by trade, Darcy began writing and publishing applique pattern books in 2001. When her first book, Grandma’s Bunnies, launched in 2001, so did her second career as a self-published author. A selection of her books will be available for purchase on-site. Check out her Etsy site and Amazon page.