Farm & Home: “The Patty Pinafore” with Ellen Mason and “Foraging & Flowers” with Kelsie Doty


Snipping & Stitching with Ellen Mason


October 27, 28 & 29 at Wing & A Prayer Farm will be full of snipping and stitching, dyeing and designing.  Join us for a weekend of sewing your own pinafore and making gorgeous impressions with nature’s offerings.
With Ellen Mason, improve your pattern drafting and sewing skills while she leads “The Patty Pinafore” workshop:
Try on sample pinafores to determine your size, and then learn tips and tricks for assembly that you can use at home on other sewing projects, too. We will tackle marking and stitching darts, attaching bias binding, facings that lie flat, and pocket lessons.
The Patty Pinafore is a loose fitting utility top with options for an “H” shaped back or a “V” shaped back. The straps can be finished with a quick and easy facing or with bias binding. The shirt, tunic, and dress lengths all have a shirttail hem and optional patch pockets.
In between cutting and stitching, step into our dye studio with Kelsie Doty.  Kelsie will lead us through natural dye vats made with local forage to color silk which we will then use eco-printing to embellish.  Instruction will be interspersed over the two and a half day sewing workshop to offer students the opportunity to refresh and reset between projects, easily working it’s way into the ebb and flow of the weekend gathering.
About Ellen:
Ellen Mason, “Odacier“, is a designer and fiber artist, mover and shaker in the slow fashion industry, teaches sewing, knitting, weaving, design and dyeing in New England and sells her patterns and Doc Mason yarn line out of her online Etsy shop in Durham, New Hampshire.
From Ellen:  “When my children were small, my everyday uniform was a pair of blue jeans, a white tee shirt, and a handmade full apron. I felt invincible – no job was too messy to tackle. But as much as I admired the charm and usefulness of a well-crafted apron, I was not bold enough to wear one out of the house.

Today, I am bold enough to go out and about in the apron’s cousin, a pinafore, because it looks more like a distinct top than a work garment. In warm weather I throw one on over a tank top, sewn in linen or lightweight cotton, and tuck my phone and key in the pockets. In cool weather I wear a flannel pinafore over a top with sleeves and a pair of blue jeans, and fill the pockets with the day’s treasures.”

About Kelsie:

Kelsie Doty is a PhD student at Cornell University in Apparel Design and focuses her work on sustainability and the use of natural dyes in fashion and textile design. Kelsie has spent the last 6 years researching the colorfastness of natural dyes and is currently working on a documentary film about their use by artisans and the fashion industry. Besides research, Kelsie is an avid dyer, handspinner, weaver, knitter, sewer and designer. See her work at: You can follow her on social media on Instagram at




Stay at lovely, nearby The Harwood Motel and mention Wing & A Prayer Farm for a special discounted accommodation.



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The Patty Pinafore as designed and modeled by Ellen Mason

Ecoprinting and dyeing with Kelsie Doty