|The Albuquerque Chapter of ASG sponsored this class and a trunk show held at our monthly meeting. Since the topics were the same, I am treating them together in this review.
The class and trunk show were based on Stephanie Kimura's new book, "Bags with Style." The trunk show featured the actual bags made for the book. Although the book photos are good, they don't do justice to the actual bags. They were fabulous!! Stephanie explained how each bag was made and pointed out additional details, like closures, inner pockets, and trims used. Stephanie has a fun approach to the topic, and is very humorous. The last part of the trunk show featured some of the garments she made for her first book (Art to Wear with Asian Flair), the Fairfield Show, Sulky Challenge, and her pattern line.
There were 2 sessions of bag making, and I went to the Saturday session. It was a hands-on class, and very fun. Although you could make any bag from the book, Stephanie was primarily teaching the Obi Orange Blossom bag. She did some demo at the beginning but it was mostly sewing, with her circulating among the participants and offering suggestions and advice. In addition to the basics of the bag, she showed us how to add a zippered pocket to the inside. We also saw several works in progress that will make lovely bags when done. Stephanie is very creative and enthusiastic, and very happy to share her expertise.
I had a great time! My bag was basically complete by the time I went home, although I spent a little time last night finishing up (pressing the top opening flat and additional embellishing). I am very pleased with my bag--I think everyone who attended the class was happy with their creation. There were some beauties made among our group. Interestingly, most of us used a Southwestern theme although the sample bag was Asian in style. The bag does adapt well to a variety of looks, and I am looking forward to making more of them.
I enjoyed both the trunk show and class. Stephanie's work is lovely, and her approach to sewing is fun. You can tell it is something she loves doing. I'd also like to mention what a great job the ASG did in putting on this event! There were copious amounts of refreshments provided, and members volunteered a lot of unadvertised "extras" like tracing paper and boxes of home dec samples for the participants to use.