Wardrobe In A Weekend with Sonya Philip and Ellen Mason

Wardrobe in a weekend with Sonya Philip and Ellen Mason on Wing & A Prayer Farm

photo cred. Ellen Mason

Sonya Philip & Ellen Mason teach "Wardrobe In A Weekend" at Wing & A Prayer Farm

“Wardrobe In A Weekend” at Wing & A Prayer Farm, photo cred. Sonya Philip

Memorial Day Weekend, 2016

Join us May 26 – 29th


What am I going to wear today? Making your own clothes turns this into a joyful decision. You can choose the fabric, colors and patterns. Stitch your way fearlessly to a handmade wardrobe by creating simple, uncomplicated garments.  Learn how to create multiple variations out of these basics. Shorten or lengthen for layering, add sleeves or alter a neckline with gathers or pin tucks. Countless modifications create a uniform that is uniquely your own.

Students will have instruction on basic construction techniques as well as opportunity to work at their own pace. Patterns for a dress, tunic, pants, and a skirt will be provided for you to trace and take home. To get the most out of the weekend, you will need to have some sewing experience.


Here on the farm, the whirring of stitches will compete with the baahing of lambs. We’re hosting Sonya Philip of #onehundredactsofsewing fame, who will be sharing her time and talents alongside designer and fiber alchemist Ellen Mason of #docmasonswool.

Nearby at Meleen & John Dupré’s charming homestead in Arlington, VT, participants will be wined and dined in the quaintest & coziest of accommodations.

About Sonya:

Sonya Philip always made things. It’s the way things were done in her family. Since 2012 she has made it her mission to convince people to sew their own clothes. Sonya lives in San Francisco with her family.

Her work can be found at sonyaphilip.com

About Ellen:  

Ellen Mason lives in a handmade home in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire where she sews, dyes, or knits every day. She is trained as a weaver and artist, and has spent much of the last twenty years raising a family and avoiding the kitchen.  

Her work can be found at odacier.blogspot.com

About Meleen Dupré & Kana Conger:

Meleen  & Kana will fuss over you at the two charming homes where you will be staying in either a single, double or loft room, surrounded by carefully curated collections and a warm spirit.  The (pet-free) homes afford relaxing by the fire, stitching or journaling on the porches, and extra crafting space in the large crafting room.  You’ll be walking distance to nearby historic Arlington, the hometown for Norman Rockwell & Dorothy Canfield Fisher, a getaway destination for those wanting to explore pastoral countryside and covered bridges.  You’ll also be driving distance to Manchester, home of Robert Todd Lincoln’s ‘Hildene’, elegant homes, outlet shops and a variety of eateries and restaurants.

Meals are simply and deliciously prepared by Meleen & Kana.  Meleen commutes from Long Island, NY to keep their Vermont homes well loved.  Kana hails from Nashville and is our gregarious, industrious team leader when it comes to getting the hard work done with laughter and flair.  Pitching in wherever a hand is needed, pausing to stitch and chat with everyone else if she can, she’ll have every one of us speaking with a drawl before the weekend is complete.

Farmer Tam, when not tending the animals, will be in her farmhouse kitchen baking homemade pies, scones, biscotti, muffins and other treats.  In-season ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible.

A great peek at the past events at Meleen’s with her co-host Charlotte Lyons would be to read ‘MELEEN AND CHARLOTTE’S VERMONT GETAWAY‘ and you’ll get the flavor/feel for the Vermont Getaways.


Thursday morning -if you fly into Albany, NY, we’ll pick up at 11:30 and head straight to the farm. We’re in the Southwest corner of Vermont, about a 4-hour drive from NYC and if you train into Albany, we can pick you up there, also.

Our lunch gathering, at 12:30, here at the farm, will be a time to get to know each other before we begin our afternoon workshops.

Following lunch, Sonya & Ellen will be sharing their stories and artist process as well as instructing us in the beginnings of our Wardrobe In A Weekend notebooks.  They’ll lead discussions of how making clothes can fill gaps in a wardrobe, identifying and cultivating personal style and what we want from our clothing.

Farm tours and country air for recalibrating your traveling soul will be included before heading to Arlington for cocktail hour & dinner.

Friday and Saturday: There’ll be coffee and breakfast on the porch or in the great room at Meleen’s places, then you’ll head to the farm for 2 days of planning, cutting, and stitching in the bright and energetic sewing rooms including inviting, provocative tables of delicious home cooked lunches provided by Meleen.  There’ll also be time for area outings including treasure hunting in antique and junk shops, tag & estate sales, shopping the farmer’s markets or other local discoveries. We’ll return to to Meleen’s for evening gatherings, dinner and crafting.

Maybe *special* guests.  Definitely *fiber* guests, starring Wing & A Prayer Farm’s 2016 All Star cast of lambs and kid goats.

Sunday: Breakfast and farewell, checkout of Meleen’s by 11 a.m..


Three nights & days including accommodations, food and drink, workshops & transportation for outings, including trips between the Farm & Meleen’s.  Gift bags from our sponsors.

An inspired gathering at these prices:

Single 775,

Double 700,

Loft 675

Airport pick-up is 58.

If you’re coming in Wednesday night and would like to stay nearby so you can start fresh and be ready for Thursday, we can help you find local accommodations.

Dress is comfortable & casual, farmyard flair is always welcome but not necessary, and if you don’t have a pair of boots or shoes for the farm, we’ll help you rummage a pair(you’ll want to let us know your size ahead of time.) Slippers for padding around indoors. Light coats, fleeces, sweaters &/or shawls for cool evenings in Vermont(May is not nearly summer yet, usually.)

If you’d like to come or have questions, email us at vermontwardrobeinaweekend[at]gmail.com. Registration is limited to 14 participants. Can’t wait to hear from you!


Tammy, Meleen, Kana, Ellen & Sonya

detail of Ellen Mason's smock pattern

detail of Ellen Mason’s smock pattern, photo cred. Ellen Mason

Sonya Philip Patterns

Swatch & Measure, Sonya Philip

frayed edges of freshly washed fabric by Sonya Philip

Folding & Stapling, Sonya Philip's patterns

Folding & Stapling, Sonya Philip’s patterns

May Flowers, photo cred. Charlotte Lyons

May Flowers, photo cred. Charlotte Lyons


100 Acts of Sewing pattern Tunic No. 1

Ellen Mason's smock

Ellen Mason’s first smock sewn from her digital pattern

Meleen & Kana

Meleen & Kana

evening gatherings at Meleen's

evening gatherings at Meleen’s

picnic lunches

picnic lunches on the farm

kid goats

Donna, a past guest, visiting with the newborns on the farm

It's going to be SO MUCH FUN!

Can’t wait to see you – we’re going to have SO MUCH FUN!




5 responses to “Wardrobe In A Weekend with Sonya Philip and Ellen Mason

    • No freaking necessary! I am waiting on Sonya to fill in the blanks so I can post the formal invite!!! love you!

  1. I just saw this amazing event on Sonya’s Instagram.. How do I get on the newsletter or email list so I can go next year???

    • I will be posting on social media when we are taking reservations for next year. I will add you to a mailing list as well. Thanks so much!

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