June 22, 2016

Far, far, away...14 years and counting!

For the last 14 years, I've been teaching at the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference in Muenster. This unusual conference is Saskatchewan's Best Kept Secret. But that's OK. The 350 women who do know are happy to have it all to themselves.

The Conference is held at a real working monastery...yes, with real monks and bells and the whole monastic experience. But it is more than that. St. Peters is also a college and as part of the University of Saskatoon, they offer courses that might not otherwise be available to rural students. But when the students leave for the summer, the stitchers come in! Here's our beginner bra class, it's always the first two days.
There are quilters here too, and knitters and pattern drafters, and tailors and hookers, too (that's RUG hookers!) here are a couple of quilts on display
This one by Dianne Jansen is a work of art!
But I am here for the bra classes (naturally!) and we made some spectacular bras. This one didn't get quite finished before the end of the beginner bra class but hopefully you can appreciate the lace on this butterfly bra.

Here's a Shelley combining turquoise and fuchsia
And one with more traditional bra colouring in peach
We always have a black one!
beige is always in fashion, especially when teamed with this gorgeous lace!
Here's a navy Shelley with platinum and navy lace
Another turquoise...but you can't say it is plain...that colour is gorgeous!
Ivory is as practical as beige, and always popular!
We had to have an orange one too!
And ooh la la, a fuchsia Shelley with lace from Freya!
Once the Shelley class was over, we got into working with cut & sew foam
But the student had a bit of a mishap. Can you tell what happened here?
Here's a hint...

That's right, the lower cup  in the cup on the right hand side was sewn on backwards. It is easy to do when both sides of the foam look exactly the same. We got it sorted out and the cup was ready to cover

And here is the almost finished bra made from those cups
We also had a 3 day Boob Camp, where students came to do whatever their little hearts desired. On student wanted to clone her favourite ready-to-wear bra. No problem. This was the shape of the cup we cloned and the lace worked out beautifully.
To keep the strain off the lace, we created a very unusual internal power bar
which we pinned inside the bra after the cup was sewn
Here's the bra with the short strap tabs sewn on
One of the challenges was to use this narrow lace but to use it in a larger cup bra. Guess what we did with it?
We were able to use it in a vertical seam bra with a relatively narrow upper cup area. By re-styling the bra so that the apex sits behind a vertical seam, we can make the upper cup as narrow as we need to fit the lace. Even though we could not mirror the lace, the student did an excellent job of balancing it!
This students wanted to cut out fabric so that the design matched all the way around her corset (yes, you can make corsets in Boob Camp too, as well as swimwear, bodyshapers...whatever you want me to teach you during those days, I will!)
On the last night, the teachers and staff got into the wine...or at least, they tried. Looks like that wine bottle is giving them some trouble!
So that was my part of the SSC this year. Next year, is the 15th anniversary so there is fabric challenge coming up. the last fabric challenge was in 2012, the 10th anniversary. This is what i made with the challenge fabric. I call it "Hidden Secrets at the Abbey" Can you find 6 panties, 12 bras and 6 corsets hidden in the stained glass window? Wonder what I will do for next year?

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