Mary Sue is returning for a three-day fiber arts jacket construction workshop! Each student will make a unique jacket using a pattern to fit their body. Mary Sue will teach sewing techniques to create a one-of-a-kind wearable art jacket. Her trunk show jackets will be available to try on for inspiration. Basic sewing machine knowledge is required. Mary Sue will help each student personalize their jacket fitting.
Jacket Patterns- purchase using bust measurement for size. The pattern size has no correlation with retail sizing. You may bring more than one pattern.
Mary Sue uses Vogue patterns most often but you may choose any jacket pattern that fits your bust measurement. Here are some of her favorite Vogue patterns:
V8798 V8757 V1264 V1127
V8861 V8860 V8804 V8838
V8777 V1212 V8693 V8713
V7975 V8539 V1213
When viewing the pattern, look at the back of the envelope, to see the basic shape of the item. Some of these are very easy to sew; others are more of a challenge.
If you have patterns that you are not sure of, email her the number at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will give you her opinion.
Fabric- 3-5 yards fabric, may be commercial, hand felted, hand woven, dyed, printed, embellished, etc. 1-yard iron on interfacing, lightweight. Lining if it is required.
Sewing machine* and serger (if you have one), sewing manual, extra bobbins, needles, thread
Pattern Trace fabric 3 yards for pattern alterations
Tools- shears, marker, ruler, scotch tape, long pins, weights and task light if student has them, other basic sewing supplies, extension cord.
Mary Sue Fenner received broad training in fiber arts, first as a Clothing, Textiles and Design major at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and later in England, Kansas and UW-Milwaukee. Mary Sue is an instructor at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and has taught her One-Of-A-Kind Jacket class at the Sievers School of Fiber Arts for many years. She is noted for use of bright colors and her own handspun yarns. Mary Sue's clothing and accessories can be seen in area shows, galleries and shops, and have been featured in Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, Belle Armoire, Altered Couture, Sew Somerset and Haute Handbags magazines. She recently won the HGA Award at the Wisconsin Handweavers, Inc's "Loominosity" and teaches seminars in weaving, sewing and jacket construction.