Join us for a sewing retreat for
July 5-10, 2020
Retreat is cancelled for 2020 – we will reschedule for summer 2021!
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Join us in lovely New Mexico for 4 days of sewing, learning, and laughter!
As plus sized people ourselves, this retreat is designed to be as inclusive as possible, especially for those living in larger bodies (as this is a largely under-served segment of the sewing community), however everyone is welcome in our fat-positive space. We especially encourage BIPOC, LGBTQ2++, D/deaf, disabled, and other marginalized people to attend.
About the Retreat
During this retreat you will fit the perfect pants block to your body and draft your own pants pattern!
All sewing levels are welcome, however the retreat is intended for intermediate or higher sewists. If you are a beginner sewist, you are welcome to join us and we will work with you to identify level-appropriate project/s to work on.
By the end of the retreat you will be able to:
Fit and adapt a pants block to perfectly fit your body shape using muslins and advanced fitting techniques
Apply individualized fitting principles to fit all bodies
Design your ideal pants
Understand how to patternmake from a block
Create a pattern from your block
Sew a muslin/toile of your pattern
You can check out the schedule here
Our retreat is hosted just outside of Santa Fe in rural Jacona, New Mexico at the charming Rancho Jacona. The closest airports and train stations are in Santa Fe (30 mins) and Albuquerque (1.25 hrs). You will need to provide your own transportation to the retreat, but we will do our best to assist with information on transportation options such as sharing rental cars or shuttle services.
The weather in July is typically warm with cooler nights (average highs of 90F or 32C and average lows of 57F or 14C) and good potential for some spectacular rainstorms. The accommodation has evaporative cooling.
The retreat will start with a welcome dinner on Sunday, July 5th and end after breakfast on Friday, July 10th. The accommodations will have access to a full shared kitchen, so you are welcome to prepare your own breakfasts and dinners or join us for dinners at some fabulous restaurants so you can try the local New Mexican fare. Lunches and snacks will be provided.
These dates were selected so you can have time to explore the area either before or after our retreat on the adjoining weekends. The previous three day weekend can give you a chance to explore the area with friends or family. The following weekend is the world famous International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, which Megan says can’t be missed! She can also give recommendations for the local parks and monuments, hiking trails, and must-see cultural sights.
The cost of the retreat includes:
5 nights accommodation (a combination of shared and single rooms)
Lunches (Monday- Thursday) and snacks included (most dietary requirements can be accommodated)
4+ days sewing and patternmaking instruction
Sewing machine rental
Muslining and patternmaking supplies (fabric, paper, etc)
Students will be expected to bring some basic sewing tools such as scissors and/or rotary cutters, marking tools like chalk, basic rulers, etc. You will also need to bring fashion fabric and notions for your final pants pattern (or it can be purchased here). We will provide a full list to everyone with plenty of notice before the retreat.
Shared Room (mostly twin beds with ensuite bathroom): $1450 USD
A limited number of single rooms may be available for an extra cost
A deposit of $800 is required to secure your spot. Balance will be due May 5, 2020. If you need to cancel, the deposit can not be refunded unless we can find someone to fill your spot. If the retreat needs to be cancelled for any reason, your money will be refunded in full.
We are able to accommodate a maximum of 12 students.
Leila is an Aussie living in Canada and the patternmaker behind Muna and Broad plus sized sewing patterns. She studied fashion production at college (the technical side of fashion – patternmaking, grading, and garment construction) and has worked in film, theatre, as a seamstress for a couture studio and as a freelancer.
After working in the industry, she decided to pursue a different career and now has a PhD in Biomechanics. Her PhD work was in Functional Movement – how different bodies move and work. She is able combine her skills in fashion production with her expertise in biomechanics by patternmaking and sewing for all bodies. Leila works as a biomechanics professor at a large college and enjoys using innovative teaching methods to engage students and create a safe, inclusive, and exciting learning environment.
Megan is a hydrologist by day, but spends most of her free time in the sewing room trying to create the perfect handmade wardrobe. She learned to sew from her mother (who learned to sew from her mother), but didn’t start sewing in earnest until 2012, shortly after she moved to New Mexico and found her plus size shopping options severely limited. At that point she began sewing nearly all of her clothing and never looked back. As a self-described fitting nerd, she teaches classes in northern New Mexico, with the intent of helping folks of every size make beautiful fitting and comfortable clothing. She is currently working towards a Certificate in Fasion Design and has fallen hard for pattern drafting.
When she is not sewing, she can be found endlessly redecorating her mid-century home, hanging out with her tiny pack of tiny dogs, skiing or rafting (depending on the season), and seeking out the best hot springs in the Southwestern US. You can find her at www.TheGreenViolet.com.
Please register by filling out the form below. We will send you a PayPal invoice upon receipt of your registration form. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions before you register, as the fee will only be refunded if we can find someone to fill your spot.
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