November 18-20, 2011
Oh, do we have fun planned! Fabric shopping, sewing-related workshops, more fabric shopping, a fabric and pattern swap, more fabric shopping!, a show-and-tell, and the opportunity to hang out with sewing sisters and brothers!
This is coming together fast, and to secure venues, speakers, and hotel rooms on a UT home-game weekend, we need to send in deposits.
So, to secure your spot, please select the activities below in which you'd like to participate!
-- Limited to the first 10 people to register! --
This fee helps covers workshop venues, speaker fees, and other group expenses of the weekend.
Among the things we have planned:
- Shopping, shopping, and more shopping! (including a private trunk show by the newest designer fabric pusher on the block, Fabricker, with goodies brought in from LA just for us!)
- Four workshops with area designers, fitting experts, experts from the fabric industry, and stylists:
- All-about-pants workshop (small group/individual fitting sessions are separate, see below)
- Natural fibers for Texas climates
- Wardrobe planning and style for those-of-us-who-are-no-longer-20-years-old-and/or-not-in-the-clubbing-scene
- Fine-tuning your construction techniques
- Saturday night party under the stars and with the stars at TexStyles
Everyone is encouraged to stay at ALOFT AUSTIN AT THE DOMAIN, and to book their rooms now! You can book online at Aloft Austin or by calling
If you're staying more than one night, take advantage of the "Better Tomorrows" promotion - Buy 1 Night, Get The 2nd At 40% Off (use code ZB4).
If you're a Texas or Oklahoma resident and you're staying just one night, use the promotional code TEXRES or RESFLOAT to get a reduced rate.
Another nearby option is Westin Austin at the Domain which is just blocks from the Aloft), they're having a special: First night: $159, Second or third night: rates equal to your birth year! (If you were born in 1948, you'll receive your 2nd and 3rd night at $48!)
Keep in mind, the Longhorns are playing at home the same weekend, and hotel rooms are going to be hard to come by. Be sure to reserve early!
Join us for pre-dinner cocktails on our own private patio followed by a group dinner at Moonshine. Okay, let's call it what it is: a chance to wear something fancy (of course this is Austin, so fancy could be jeans and a tee or it could be a ball gown).
Pants-Fitting Sessions (by appointment, Friday and Saturday) - $35 group / $70 individual (optional)
Yes, you heard right: pants measuring and fitting sessions with our local fitting professional and pant guru, Sonjia Osborn.
Work in small groups or one-on-one with Sonjia to develop your perfect-fitting custom base pants pattern. All equipment (including sewing machines and cutting tables) will be provided.
-- SOLD OUT! --
Ah, the afterparty! Join us for a casual brunch at the Hill Country home of Juliette Kimes. And yes, another chance to show off your purchases and garments you've made. Bring patterns to swap and fabric for trading. Juliette will allow us to tour her professional custom-built sewing studio, drool over her new Bernina 830, and fondle her award winning garment designs. And did I mention mimosas? And prizes! There will be prizes!