Camp Stitchalot - Summer 2015 | Modern quilting fabrics by Pink Castle Fabrics

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Camp Stitchalot - Summer 2015


Welcome your camp counselors...

Christine Haynes


Christine Haynes is a Los Angeles-based sewing author, teacher, and pattern designer with her own line of sewing patterns, Christine Haynes Patterns, which are perfect for the vintage-loving modern seamstress. Her first book, Chic & Simple Sewing (Potter Craft) was published in 2009, and her newest book, The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction (Creative Publishing Intl) was published in 2014. 2015 brings two additional books, Skirts & Dresses For First Time Sewers (Barron’s), and How to Speak Fluent Sewing (C&T). Christine’s articles have been published in SewStylish, Sew News, CraftStylish, and Craft Zine magazines and she is a regular contributor to the Craftsy Blog. She teaches sewing classes in-person in Los Angeles, and also teaches her popular Sassy Librarian Blouse on-line with Craftsy. Her work has been featured in Threads Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, Martha Stewart's Radio Channel,, LA Weekly, Daily Candy, and NBC's Today Show, among others. Christine was a guest on the PBS TV show, Sew it All in 2011 for season two, and in 2014 for season eight. She has presented lectures and workshops at the American Sewing Guild conference, the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Craftcation conferences, and has contributed to other books, like One Yard Wonders.


      Alexia Abegg - Green Bee Patterns / Cotton + Steel 


Alexia Marcelle Abegg is an avid stitcher and co-owner of Green Bee Design and Patterns, co-founder and designer at Cotton + Steel, sewing teacher, and author of Liberty Love. Alexia's love of sewing inspires her work as an instructor, she hopes above all else to help her students tap into the joy of sewing. Alexia and her husband, fellow fabric designer, Rob Bancroft, live in Nashville, TN with their two dogs, olive and soda. Welcome to Camp Stitchalot, Alexia!



Karen Lepage - One Girl Circus 


Karen is an awesome designer and pattern writer. She co-hosts Sew Ann Arbor every month, designs sewing patterns, teaches sewing classes, and volunteers in the Ann Arbor and Detroit crafty communities. In addition to all these things, she makes bespoke garments for people who are sensitive, hard-to-fit, or just too individual for clothing off the rack. Karen writes patterns for Monaluna and as well as other designers and released her first book, Sewing for Boys, in 2011. Karen is a local gem and a friendly face around the shop. Welcome to our camp team, Karen!


Rae Hoekstra - Made by Rae


Rae is returning to Camp Stitchalot! We've had the pleasure of learning from her before and she's back for summer 2015. She's quite a prolific pattern writer and is well known for her Washi dress. Her blog is chock full of tutorials and tips and tricks to improve your sewing and fitting. As an Ann Arbor local, Rae hosts Sew Ann Arbor meet ups at her studio as well as here at Pink Castle Fabrics. She also has her own fabric lines through Cloud 9 Fabrics. We're excited to have Rae back with us for camp to impart her wealth of knowledge. Welcome back, Rae!


As well as hostesses:

Brenda Ratliff - Just a Bit Frayed / Pink Castle Fabrics
Hayley Grzych - gilded thread.Pink Castle Fabrics


When is it?

May 29 to 31, 2015

May 28-- optional Thursday open sew


What will we be doing?

Come sew with four skilled garment makers!

Our teachers will work with you over the course of the weekend to teach the ins and outs of proper garment construction. The weekend will include full group instruction as well as lots of opportunities for small, one-on-one instruction catering to camper's needs or questions in garment sewing.

While most of each day will be action packed and chock full of instruction, you will have some down time (it is a vacation after all). The sewing room at Camp Stitchalot never closes so feel free to bring your own projects to work on, be it garment sewing, quilting, or other hand work crafts. Classes will not be held on the optional Thursday so you have a full day to sew, relax, and get to know some of the other campers and teachers! You must be signed up for the entire weekend in order to attend the optional Thursday.

There is enough space for everyone in each of the classes. No sign ups are needed and there is no extra charge for class. We will send campers a materials list with plenty of time to get fabric, patterns, and notions required for classes.


What classes are we taking?

Classes this weekend will cover the basics of garment construction and work side-by-side with experts in the field. Our teachers understand the fear and struggle many face with sewing clothing. This weekend workshop will leave campers more comfortable with the garment making process and more confident in their ability to tackle future projects. This is the perfect workshop for someone who has a basic set of sewing skills but wants to learn more with hands-on instruction from the pros.


Our teachers will be leading classes going over the basics of garment construction by using one dress pattern, a brand new pattern from Alexia Abegg (to be released at spring quilt market, early May 2015) as an example. All class instruction will be for this dress and we strongly suggest campers select this pattern as their focal project for the weekend.

Campers may opt to bring a different pattern to camp to work on if they would like or feel up for a bigger challenge. Our staff and teachers will also announce other optional patterns at a similar skill level. Our suggestions are based on beginner garment maker's skill level and the time allotted in class. Big disclaimer: more complex patterns might not be finished in the duration of camp and your selection of a more difficult pattern is done so with your own discretion! 

The weekend will include four classes discussing different elements of garment making. The first will discuss measuring, pattern sizing, and muslin-making, the second will cover bust dart adjustment, the third class will go over bodice construction, and finally we'll discuss finishing techniques.

Fabric requirements will be sent out about six weeks to a month before camp. Feel free to bring books, magazines, and patterns for teachers to sign! There will be plenty of time for that over the weekend.


Where is Camp Stitchalot?

Hankerd Inn

10350 Hankerd Road

Pleasant Lake, MI 49272


So where can you get your ticket?

You have a couple options! You can choose to buy your ticket in full up front ($475 for a queen bed or $525 for a twin) or select a payment plan. Six-month payment plans will only be available until December 1, 2014 (because after that, we'll be less than 6 months out from the event).

On a six-month payment plan, you will be charged approximately $84 per month. Purchasing through the payment plan will choose a queen bed ticket by default. If you'd like a twin bed, you must select the "twin bed" option on the payment form. 


Get your Camp Stitchalot Summer 2015 twin bed ticket HERE!

Get your Camp Stitchalot Summer 2015 queen bed ticket HERE!

For the optional Thursday add-on, click HERE!


Everyone shares a room, just like camp! If you are coming with a friend and want to share a room with a queen bed, select the queen bed option and mention the person you'll be sharing with in the notes.

Rooms with twin beds have two to four people in them, depending on the room. If you are coming with a friend and would like to share a room with them, please mention them in the notes and we will do our best to accommodate.

Anyone who wishes to have a queen bed room all to themselves will have to purchase two queen tickets and write that in the notes. 

Brunch and dinner are included in these prices! There are kitchens open to campers in each house so feel free to bring snacks and extra beverages. Alcohol is allowed (as long as you are over 21). We simply ask that you drink responsibly!

Only 30 spots will be available for summer camp!

***We will not have sewing machines at camp. If you are traveling from afar and need to rent a machine, please email to set up arrangements. Please note that tickets are transferrable but nonrefundable.***


Summer Camp Schedule

Thursday: (optional extra day) arrive as early as 2:00 p.m. and enjoy open sewing all day

Friday: New arrivals should come between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.; trunk show begins at 4:30 p.m. and dinner is served at about 5:30 p.m.; one short class after dinner

Saturday: brunch at 10:30 a.m. followed by classes until dinner at 5:30 p.m.; one short class after dinner

Sunday: open sewing and depart by 2:00 p.m.