Craftcation Bound!

March 26, 2015

craftcation conference

Today I am off to my annual trip to the Craftcation Conference! It is always a whirlwind of a good time, full of friends, tons of fun students, and more socializing than you really should pack into a long weekend. I usually come home equally energized and exhausted. Good times!

If you'll be there, perhaps I'll see you in one of my classes! I'm teaching a two-part Marianne Dress class on Friday and Saturday, along with a simple zipper pouch class, and a garment construction basics class where we will learn French seams, darts, gathering and whatever else time will allow.

I am asked often about getting into my classes, as they sell out very quickly because I'm limited to the number of sewing machine available, and my answer is this: come and wait! It is very common for students to not make it to a class and if you are on the waiting list then there's a chance of getting into the class! This has worked in the past, so don't be discouraged if you're not in the class you want yet.

In addition to the classes I'm teaching, I will be at the Thursday night opening dinner, where I will be signing copies of all four of my books, and I will be at the Friday night happy hour and Saturday night dance party. So if you're coming, I hope you will stop me and say hi! I look forward to seeing you there!

Crafty Planner Podcast

March 23, 2015

 crafty panner episode #4 with christine haynes

Since meeting Sandi, aka Crafty Planner, at last year's Craftcation Conference, she has started a new podcast. Her first few are largely about garment sewing, and I'm honored to be the guest of her most recent podcast, episode #4!

Warning: it's rather long, clocking in at just over 80 minutes, but I did listen to the whole thing myself and at least to me, it went quickly, so hopefully you all agree.

We discuss garment sewing vs quilting, my annual trips to Paris, the politics of sewing clothing, guilty pleasure snacks, fan girl moments, and more!

Thanks again to Sandi for asking me to participate!

April Workshops!

March 19, 2015

I'm super happy to report that I'm teaching another Marianne Dress workshop here in Los Angeles next month, along with some other favorites! Grab your spot as they will fill up quickly!


Marianne Dress Workshop
Friday, April 10, 17, & 24
6:30–9:30pm
$135
Class held at Sew L.A. - Sign up here!
Make any variation you like–collar, contrasting seams, sleeves, or cuffs–and you can use either a serger or conventional machine! 


Fancy Tiger Crafts Sailor Top Workshop
Tuesday, April 7, 14, & 21
6:30–9:30pm
$125
Class held at Sew L.A. - Sign up here!
Join me in making this beginner-friendly top that will be your next favorite wardrobe staple!


Throw Pillow Workshop
Saturday, April 11
11am–2pm
$55
Class held at Sew L.A. - Sign up here!
Are you a beginner? This is a perfect first project! No fitting to deal with, just fancy new pillows for you or for a gift!


Easiest Skirt by Sew L.A.
Saturday, April 11 & 18
3–6pm
$95
Class held at Sew L.A. - sign up here!
This skirt is in fact very easy, just as the name implies! Perfect for your first garment or for new sewers!


Zipper Throw Pillow
Saturday, April 18
11am–2pm
$55
Class held at Sew L.A. - sign up here!
Take your throw pillows up to the next level by making them with an invisible zipper in the side seam! You'll never buy pillows ever again!


Machine Intro
Sunday, April 5
11am–2pm
$65
Class held at Sew L.A. - sign up here!
Are you an absolute beginner? Or has it been a number of years since you've touched a machine? This is the place to start! Learn all the basics and make a small tote bag too!

More of Your Marianne Dress Makes!

March 13, 2015


I absolutely love seeing finished versions of my patterns out in the world! It's a thrill for any pattern designer! So on this Friday, I wanted to share some of the recent Marianne Dresses that have popped up recently. Thank you ladies for choosing to sew my pattern and happy weekend to you all!



Amber, Fancy Tiger Crafts co-owner, made up two Mariannes, but as tops! I love that people are chopping off the dress into a top and proving how versatile this pattern can be. She used the original hem of the skirt to keep it curved, and just shortened it to a desirable length. The fabrics are from the lovely collection of knits from the Fancy Tiger Crafts shop. Read all about her experience of sewing these up and how to buy these yummy fabrics at the Fancy Tiger blog. Amazing job Amber!!!



Abbey of Sew Charleston sewed up her beautiful color blocked version of the Marianne Dress in the new solid collection from Art Gallery Fabrics. I have used their knits before and really like them, so I'm sure this is as comfortable to wear as it is elegant to look at! I love the fancy buttons on the cuff for a really professional finish. Read all about her time sewing it up and see many more images at the Indie Sew blog. Gorgeous job Abbey! 


Teri made her Marianne Dress into a maxi–something I've done before too–and sewed it up for Selfish Sewing Week. I love wearing my maxi version and am sure that Teri's is probably as comfortable as mine. I love swishing around in it! If you want to vote for Teri's version to win prizes for SSW, check it out here on the Indie Sew site. 



Heather whipped up three versions of View A without the collar for the ultimate vacation travel dress to Maui! I know we have warm weather here in LA right now, but I'm sure you all join me in being a little bit jealous of lounging around in knit dresses on a warm island, am I right? I too love wearing this dress when traveling and am happy that Heather found it to be as I do–pulled together looking, but easy peasy to sew and wear. Read all about her three (!!!) versions on her blog Where Heather Grows


Victoria of Very Blissful made a classic black version of the Marianne Dress, making it perfect for pretty much any situation. Read all about her experience of making it up on her blog here. Lovely job Victoria!!!

Reminder: Spaces Still Open for Sewing Camps!

March 9, 2015

I am so thrilled to be part of two amazing camps this year, and if you want to come too, I'm happy to say that there are still spots available! Read on to get all the details and then sign up to join in on all the fun! Seriously, sewing camp? That is going to be the best time ever! 


W H A T:   Camp Stitchalot

W H E N:   Thursday, May 28–Sunday, May 31, 2015

W H E R E:   Hankered Inn, Pleasant Lake, Michigan

W H O:  
Your teachers are–
Christine Haynes (me!)
Alexia Abegg (Green Bee Patterns & Cotton + Steel Fabrics)
Rae Hoekstra (Made by Rae)
Karen Lepage (One Girl Circus)

Your counselors are–
Brenda Ratliff (Pink Castle Fabrics)
Hayley Grzych (Pink Castle Fabrics)

W H Y:   To learn all about the basics of garment construction! We will be using a brand spanking new pattern by the lovely Alexia Abegg (not even released yet!) and everyone will learn from all of the teachers on how to fit, alter, and sew up the dress for themselves!

H O W:   Sign up here and secure your space today! It's nearly sold out, so don't wait!


W H A T:   Camp Workroom Social

W H E N:  Friday, October 16–Monday, October 19, 2015

W H E R E:   Frost Valley YMCA Camp, Claryville, New York

W H O:
Your teachers are–
Christine Haynes (me!)
Jen Beeman (Grainline Studio)
Norma Loehr (Orange Lingerie)
Heather Lewenza (Closet Case Files)
Melissa Watson (Palmer/Pletsch)
Erin Proud (Brooklyn Pattern Company)
Whitney Crutchfield

Your counselors are–
Sonja Gingerich (Ginger Makes)
Fleur Hoare (Maison Fleur)
Nellie Wu (Mama Peaches)
Jennifer Wiese (Workroom Social)

W H Y:   Each teacher will be teaching an intensive weekend workshop, so if you'd like to come and learn to make the Emery Dress for yourself in the best possible setting ever, join me! I will work you through all 16 darts, the invisible zipper, set-in sleeves, in-seam pockets, and more!

H O W:   Sign up here and claim your space now! Spaces are very limited and going quick!