Originally hailing from Vicksburg, Mississippi, Patrick Kelly (September 24, 1954 – January 1, 1990) was a celebrity-favorite designer known for his bright, flamboyant, and chic aesthetic. His bold works occasionally referenced issues of race through the use of charged imagery such as that of the golliwog. Kelly was also a tireless advocate for models of color who counted Naomi Campbell, Iman, and Grace Jones among his circle of friends.
Kelly began his career at the age of 18, working in Atlanta as an unpaid window dresser for Yves Saint Laurent. He eventually received personal sponsorship by a then chairman at the fashion house to travel to Paris to create his namesake label, Patrick Kelly Paris.
In 1988, Patrick Kelly became the first American and the first Black person to be admitted to the prestigious Chambre syndicale du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode, a French organization which governed the fashion trade in France. His clothing was sold at major department stores including Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdale’s.
Patrick Kelly’s work was the subject of a 2005 retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, and most recently, a 2014 retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Stephen Burrows (Born May 15, 1943) is best known for his glamorous garments, inspired by New York nightlife. Burrows graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1966 and began selling his first collection at Bonwit Teller in 1969. His work featured body-conscious silhouettes in bright and metallic fabrics. Throughout his career Burrows has dresses a long list of icons and celebrities, including Diana Ross and Michelle Obama. In 2010 he opened a design studio and showroom in New York City.
This past week the 2016 International Quilt Festival was in Houston, TX. Wanting to expand my sewing craft and skills, I decided to go. I enrolled in Uptown Workshop with Gyleen Fitzgerald, owner of Colourful Stitiches. Her class was AMAZING.
CHOOSING MY CLASS:
I’ve tried the jelly roll method but they are incomplete because they looked funny. This was my opportunity have a hands on lesson and have someone correct me as I go. I went online and pulled the class schedules and instructors. Because I have a Craftsy account I knew to look for those instructors first and anyone I follow on YouTube. Then I noticed instructors with websites and social media accounts. This gave me honest feedback from students.
I sent a request to Mrs. Fitzgerald’s facebook group and within minutes I was accepted. I introduced myself and before I knew it her students had me running to the Quilt Festival to sign up. Mrs. Fitzgerald joined the chat session, give me some tips and then emailed me the information I needed for the class.
PREPARING FOR CLASS:
Prior to class, I went and reviewed a beginner class I took from Craftsy a year ago, so I wouldn’t look so lost in the class…lol. I was able to catch an awesome sale at Joann’s and bought my fabric and square tool needed for the class project. Good thing was I already own the major stuff ,like cutting mats, rotary cutters, etc.
The night before class, I stayed up and cut my fabric. I could have taken the easy route and bought the pre-cuts, but I really wanted to learn the correct way.
SHOWTIME….TIME FOR CLASS
Bag packed and ready to go, I was up early Saturday morning full of excitement and nervous at the same time. The night before I visited the AllBrands booth to view the Brother sewing machines, so why not rock their bag to class.
I arrive to class set up and introduce myself to the teacher. A few of the ladies remembered my name from the Facebook post, can over, introduced themselves and we all instantly bonded. Good thing the class was not full, this gave Mrs. Fitzgerald more time to work with everyone one on one, which seemed to please the whole class.
PFAFF was our sewing machine sponsor for the class. Before the class began we have a quick lesson on how to operate the sewing machine. We also had an ironing station set up with this nice flatter pineapple grove spray for pressing our seams. This stuff was awesome and smelled so good. I have never enjoyed ironing until now…lol
We received our pattern, took out our fabrics and began to work. At the begin I struggled with the 1/4 seam allowance because the quilting foot was different from what I have at home. Mrs. Fitzgerald was able to see right off my struggle was going to have my pattern alignment off. Once I got it, square blocks were flowing….lol
Next was arranging the blocks into pinwheels and sewing them together. HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM! The seam ripper was my best friend. I really had a hard time lining my seams up. I keep looking over at my neighbors trying to figure out where I went wrong. Mrs. Fitzgerald made it to my table and the taught me “NESTING” and how to feel when the seam in lined. On my second try I NAILED IT.
Next came trimming my block and setting the boarders. This is where I realized quilting has some OCD tendencies……………..
I learned how to use my square ruler to measure my block properly. Now I understand why my previous attempts to make a quilt were not successful.
Ironing in direction plays an important key in setting the block and constructing the final quilt top.
Despite what the measurements are on the pattern, the first completed block sets the dimensions for the remaining blocks (this includes correct seam allowance and squaring the blocks correctly)
As you see below, I have pictured my completed block before trimming (left) and the back of my block after ironing and trimming (right).
Once I understood the concept, I was able to complete my second block on my own (the one on the right below). When I brought it to Mrs. Fitzgerald she reacted like a parent receiving a straight A report card from their child, and I was standing there grinning like the child with the straight A’s…lol
HERE ARE A FEW COMPLETED BLOCKS FROM MY CLASSMATES. OUR COMBINED BLOCKS ALONE MADE A NICE PATTERN TOP. IT WAS NICE TO SEE THE PERSONALITY IN EACH BLOCK SET.
My confidence was strong and with the encouragement and support from Mrs. Fitzgerald and the other students, I felt bold enough to buy two additional patterns. Mrs. Fitzgerald picked them out for me based on the skill level from class. The Jack and the Bean Stalk is slightly above my newbie skill level, but I really liked the pattern and she is going to help me when I am ready.
Throughout the week I networked with soooo many people. In the workshop I actually met a couple of ladies who live very close to me. We exchanged information and I hope to be quilting with them soon.
I can not wait to post my finished quilt. I hope it doesn’t take me too long to complete. Stay tune and until next time……
My best friend is having a baby boy, and I wanted to give the baby a gift that is unique from the standard baby gifts. After browsing through pinterest, I saw a crib rag quilt from Poofy Cheeks. I thought I would give it a try. Her instructions were easy to read and follow.
I started out following the instructions of Poofy Cheeks, but some how I got distracted and miscalculated. Therefore my rag quilt strips are not as she listed. It was a hit and the baby shower and I loved the first picture my friend sent me of her son wrapped in the the quilt.
YES, September is National Sewing Month and I am super excited.
The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”
This year I pledge to do something sewing related each day. How many of my sew sisters and brothers will join me? I will journal my sewing activities, and blog them once a week. A strong commitment to make, but this will allow me to increase my sewing skills and knowledge.
Being a HUGE fan of Mrs. Shari of My Daily Threadz and a customer of Bootstrap Fashion I was excited to learn of their recent collaboration. Not only just for fashion, but they have taken the time out to teach us the business side of the sewing and fashion industry. I will follow along in their series and give my reviews as I work the program.
The first week began of course with Yuliya and Shari introducing themselves and giving us a worksheet complete. It was followed up with a Each One Teach One Coaching Series Week One Video where the ladies really open up about some of their experiences in the industy. I love how they expalined the differences between the Hobbyiest and the Entreprenur. What I most enjoyed about week one was the encouragement the ladies continued to give. YOU MUST THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. Thinking outside the box allows you not to have an excuse because you can be creative.
I leave week one asking myself:
What am I will in to invest?
Do I have the skills?
Am I committed?
Do I have the finances?
Stay tune as I contiue through this process…………………
Welcome to The Sewing Biz Report section of my blog. I decided to add this section because there is so much information on the internet on business that is can be overwhelming. Follow me as I share information and inspiration that is helping me transition my hobby to my passion to a profitable business.
“WHAT GOD HAS FOR ME IS FOR ME”
Last year around this time I was motivated to start my sewing business. Fast forward to today….I’m still in the same spot….motivated but did not move much. BUT within the year’s span, I was able to collect A LOT of information. So today I am gathering all my information, blog readings, books, workshops, online classes, etc and applying them. I will keep you all posted as to what is working for me vs. what is not. Also if you see/read information that I am sharing, please feel free to try it for yourself (it may not be resourceful to me but maybe resourceful to you). We are all here to encourage and help one another.
Lets Learn and Sew this Business together. Until next time………