2013 Atlanta Original Sewing and Quilting Expo



Image 6Tomorrow is the start of the 2013 Original Sewing and Quilting Expo, and I can’t wait!  In fact, I got a jumpstart by signing up for Cynthia Guffy’s skirt-fitting class that was held today, and it was so much fun!  If you have never taken a class with Cynthia, you owe it to yourself.  If she is ever in your area, don’t miss her.  Her energy and anecdotes are a bonus to her hands-on and informative classes.  Cynthia is a designer and independent pattern maker whose exquisite design details are immensely inspiring.  Every time I have seen her, she is wearing something she made, and the fit and design is classy, innovative, and inspiring.  I can’t wait to get home and make my skirt!

Today’s class was so much fun.  Not only did I come away with a well-fitting master skirt pattern, but I was also able to watch her fit a variety of body types, solving all kinds of issues.  Since Karen and I want to offer garment fitting courses in our studio at some time in the future, this was absolutely perfect.  I took lots of notes!

On top of everything else, my fitting partner was Carla Powell from Roswell, and I was so excited to learn that she is also a sewing instructor!  Carla offers classes at her studio called Stitch Pretty.   She offers a variety of classes that sound very interesting, so if you live in the Atlanta area and want to take some quality classes, look her up at stitchpretty.com.

I’m going to bed early, so I’ll be ready when the doors open in the morning.  I’ll be posting pictures and stories from each day, so stay tuned!Image 1IMG_2064

This Cynthia Guffy design features contrasting piping or Guffy seams down one side.   This vertical line elongates the body in a flattering way.

This Cynthia Guffy design features contrasting piping or Guffy seams down one side. This vertical line elongates the body in a flattering way.

A close-up of Cynthia's zipper application, which is beautifully hand-stitched

A close-up of Cynthia’s zipper application, which is beautifully hand-stitched

Another of Cynthia's beautiful skirt designs

Another of Cynthia’s beautiful skirt designs

 

This Cynthia Guffy design features a front insert cut on the bias which gives the skirt an A-line.

This Cynthia Guffy design features a front insert cut on the bias which gives the skirt an A-line.

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