Dresses and Donkeys

Dresses & Donkeys

Make Your Own Dress with Cal Patch from May 4 – 7, 2017 at Wing & A Prayer Farm in Shaftsbury.

What a getaway! You’ll sew a dress as well as enjoy a relaxing getaway in the country including pastoral walks, little bleating lambs to snuggle and homebaked pie with your coffee breaks!  Bonus cuddles from the mini donkeys!

Pattern Drafting

Cal teaches how to draft a pattern from scratch, using your own measurements, for your own custom shift dress, which can become any of the variations below plus infinite others. You’ll make a “muslin” (fit sample), fit it and correct the pattern, and then make a REAL dress.

Arrive from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Thursday for check-in and early supper at the farm where you will have a chance to familiarize yourself with the workshop surrounds and meet new friends before retiring to your local accommodations.

On Friday, we’ll begin our first session of pattern drafting at 9:30 a.m., breaking for lunch on the farm at 11:30.  We’ll resume the second part of the day’s work at 1:00 and sew til 5:00.  Farm-to-Table Dinner is served from the Wing & A Prayer Farm kitchen at the end of day.

Saturday’s session will resume at 10:00 a.m. with options for breaks on or off the farm after lunch to explore the area surrounds.  Dinner will be served at 6 and a bonus evening session of crochet or embroidered edgings will conclude our last evening together.

Sunday morning gathering at 9:30 to finish as necessary and clean up/pack up for an 11:30 departure.

Local accommodations at nearby “The Harwood Hill” are available at a discounted rate for the Wing & A Prayer Farm Workshop guests.  Just mention that you will be attending our Dresses & Donkeys event.

Their contact info:

The Harwood Hill     Phone: 802-442-6278
Email: information@theharwoodhill.com

About Cal Patch:

Growing up in suburban Ohio, Cal Patch learned early on to make her own fun. As a budding entrepreneur, she could often be found hocking her wares (anything from painted-rock paperweights to woven ribbon barrettes) door to door from her hand-painted wagon. Patch credits her seventies childhood (the heyday of craft) with her unwavering allegiance to all things handmade.

In college, Cal chose to major in fashion design as a more practical alternative to art, rationalizing that “everyone wears clothes”. She moved to New York in 1991 and soon landed her dream job as a designer for Urban Outfitters. Eventually Cal left to pursue her lifelong goal of opening a shop to sell both her own homespun creations and those of other young designers. Set in the then-remote Lower East Side, Patch 155 gained a following among women seeking to express their individual style rather than follow the latest trend.

After nearly 4 years of shopkeeping, Cal closed the store in early 2002 to co-found MAKE workshop, a hipster craft school, where she taught for five years. Content to let others do the selling, she still creates her line of one-of-a-kind clothing for people (and dogs) under the label ‘hodge podge’, which she sells in her Etsy shop, boutiques, and at craft fairs. She also does freelance design for various clothing companies as well as projects for artists, museums, and advertising. She has contributed designs to the books Stitch‘n Bitch Crochet: the Happy Hooker, Tease: 50 Inspired T-shirt Transformations, and Applique Your Way, written how-to articles for BUST and Budget Living magazines, and developed patterns for Cutting Edge, Crochet Today, Sew Stylish, and Adorn.

In January 2009 Cal relocated to Ulster County, New York, to realize her dream of being a crafty farmer. She currently teaches sewing, crochet, patternmaking, embroidery, and lots more at Brooklyn General, Home Ec, Lena Corwin’s studio, and Treehouse in Brooklyn, and through her new upstate joint venture, Double Knot. Her own book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes will be published in September 2009.

For price & registration information, email Tammy at dressesanddonkeys@gmail.com.  There are a limited number of available spaces for this workshop.  We hope you’ll join us!