Saturday, August 28, 2010

the dish: Anna, Sewing Class & Innocent Crush

I could tell you that our vacation is off to a wonderful start.  That we're all having fun.  About the children's first horseback ride ever or the amazing art experience at the Frist.  But, I know you really just want the dish on Anna Maria Horner, on the class, on her fabric (yes, Innocent Crush!!!).

lovely little temptations

on Anna

If you read her blog you can't be surprised to hear that Anna Maria Horner is friendly, approachable and completely charming.  I'll say even more friendly in person, if that's possible.  I was truly nervous about the whole thing.  Not just about meeting Anna, but about the whole class experience.  But, just as it is here in crafty blogland, the ladies at the Skirting Couture class were beyond nice.  I'm far from a social butterfly, but I already feel among friends.

Ok, back to Anna.  She's quite genuine.  Her love for fabric, for fun and for her family pour out all at once.  Like a true southern lady, she made everyone feel welcome and comfortable.  And that's why I don't think anyone could feel very star-struck once they've met her.  She's all too nice for all that.

Proper Attire in Progress

On class

For class, we're creating with one of Anna Maria Horner's soon-to-release skirt patterns, Proper Attire Skirt.

Anna began the class by sharing her story - how she journeyed from college years studying drawing to her gig as a fabric designer (among other talents).  She was actually designing other products like stationary and gift wrap when Freespirit fabrics approached her with an offer for fabric design.

After an opportunity for all students to introduce themselves and confess to fear of the invisible zipper, Anna treated us to a mini-lecture on the basics of fashion draping.  She demonstrated draping, pining and cutting fabric to create a pattern template on a dress form, and made sure we all understood the difference between body measurements and finished measurements, allowing for ease.

Information is good.

After lunch we were all eager to get started.  And then came the hard part - which style of skirt and which fabric?

beautiful bolts

on Innocent Crush

Oh, the fabrics!  Anna brought a gorgeous selection of Good Folks and Little Folks.  She also brought a sample of each skirt style made in Innocent Crush, her new collection to release this fall.  Remember that pretty patchwork she posted to her blog yesterday as Afloat in Patchwork? She had turned that work of art into a pretty gathered skirt.  And the waistband is a scrumptious velveteen.

Innocent Crush Velveteen

I didn't know what to think when I heard that Innocent Crush would include velveteens.  Velveteens?  Just touching it convinced me.  Soft, but not solid velvet.  Not too heavy, not too much.  And if anyone else wondered at velveteen, I suppose we should all know better than to doubt Anna Maria Horner's instinct for substrates after those crazy-fabulous Little Folks voiles.  So velveteens... for slippers? a robe?  a cuddly plushie?  a baby quilt?  ahhhh, I SEE!

A few more peaks at Innocent Crush!

Anna's Proper Attire Skirt

Innocent Crush

Innocent Crush is scheduled to hit stores this November.  It'll include cotton voiles, a bunch of quilting cottons and velveteens too!

More class tomorrow.  And, yes, I feel completely blessed to be here!


  1. I am so excited for you! That velveteen is delicious:) Can't wait to see your completed skirt!

  2. Wow you lucky girl! Sounds like a wonderful class and those fabrics look amazing!!!

  3. Ahh! Looks like you're having a blast! I'll be the first to admit that I'm totally jealous! :) If I could meet any designer I think it would be her, she just seems so sweet!

    Thanks for the extra sneak peaks of Innocent Crush! I'm on a strict (well somewhat, I broke today!) fabric diet so that I can rationalize a FQ bundle of that line when it comes out! It looks seriously amazing!

    Can't wait to see your finished skirt! :D

  4. Ooooh, all those bolts... I wish I could touch them all. I loved this post. And thanks for the info about the velveteens, 'cause my initial reaction was a bit of a nose-crinkle, to tell you the truth. You are such a gifted writer and photographer! Can't wait to hear the scoop on all the rest.

  5. thank you for telling us about your time -- we can live through you!! of course, anna is awesome - just reading her blog - you know that. the fabric would have had my head spinning! have fun!

  6. Lucky, lucky you!! Can't wait to hear more!

  7. Oh Anna, how I love her :) I don't know when I've ever been more envious...thank you so much for sharing this wonderful experience. Looking forward to your sharing even more.

  8. you lucky duck! what a great class! enjoy and take lots of pictures! :)

  9. So glad you are having a great time!

  10. Look -- I'm commenting on a blog!!! I'm having so much fun browsing the blogs from our class this weekend, but yours is the first from our class that I actually commented on. You inspired me to get into the community aspect of blogging instead of just reading. Who knows....I may resurrect my own one of these days. I don't think I've posted anything for a year.

    I loved meeting you and look forward to getting to know you in blogland. I would love to hear how your homeschooling is going since our daughters are the same age, I think. (Kindergarten, right?)

    (And I was the one sitting right behind you in case your memory is anything near as bad as mine. =)

    I feel certain this comment is MUCH too long, but o well.....

  11. just stopping by from our little list of blogs. you did such a good job of covering the class! i so wish we were back there today { i could FINISH this skirt!}. it was great meeting you--have a wonderful day!

  12. Hey! It was such a treat meeting you this weekend and what a blast! I was trying to discern your email from here so that I could catch you and your brood and invite you over for dinner tomorrow before you head off back home. I blame my pregnant brain for not thinking to ask sooner. We would LOVE to have you (early as you like :)) and we have swimming and trampolines to entice if that helps! No pressure if you all have a full schedule but just in case you feel hungry I would hate to miss the chance to have you all.
    :) Timshel

  13. Great photos, what a beautiful blog, Rachel!

  14. We would love to! I'll be in touch.

  15. Of course I remember you, Julie. Thanks for rescuing me for lack of a press cloth! And, thanks SO much for your comment. The community aspect of blogging is what it's all about for me. I don't blog much (or at all) about my homeschooling here, as I keep it pretty "sewing." But I do blog about it over at my business blog: If you click the tag "homeschooling" or "homeschool" you'll pull up a list of posts on the topic. Our girls being both in K, we should definitely have lots in common :)

  16. Wow Rachel --- I hope you had an awesome time! Your pictures are fabulous and I can only imagine how great it must have been to be surrounding by so many people, with the same passion. Oh, how I wish I could have been there! Can't wait to see your finished skirt!

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