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100 Acts of Sewing
Sonya Philip is an artist, writer, pattern designer, and maker who values body positivity, creativity, and personal expression. She has designed a collection of sewing patterns known well and affectionately as "100 Acts of Sewing."
"What began as a personal challenge to make 100 dresses in a year, has developed into a larger exploration of praxis. It functions in three parts: display, demonstration, and instruction. The purpose is to not only present the product of a year's labor, but to also expose the process, and in turn educate the audience. This exposure acts as an impetus, allowing people to recognize that they can sew clothes, an awareness that simultaneously creates conscious consumers, offers a connection to the past, and provides a means of reclaiming personal style." ~Sonya Philip
Sonya writes frequently for Mason Dixon Knitting, maintains a separate blog and website for her "100 Acts of Sewing" project, and her two Instagram accounts (@sonyaphilip and @100actsofsewing) are creative and inspiring feast for your eyes.
At New River Fiber Co., we will be making 2019 our year to explore "100 Acts of Sewing" through a series of Wednesday evening sew-alongs during the months of February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, and November.
Nine patterns, nine months.
Guidance, pattern support, and encouragement will be available each week in an informal setting as we explore Sonya's designs. We will focus on a different pattern each month, beginning with the "No. 1's" and moving on to the "No. 2's" and "Dress No. 3" later in the year.
February: Shirt No. 1
March: Dress No. 1
April: Tunic No. 1
June: Skirt No. 1
July: Pants No. 1
August: Shirt No. 2
September: Dress No. 2
October: Pants No. 2
November: Dress No. 3
Schedule: Wednesday Evenings, 6-8pm
$30/evening for full instruction.
$10/evening for independent sewing with occasional consultation.
This fee covers the cost of supplies like rotary cutter blades, pattern tracing paper, etc.
Most patterns will take three evenings + some homework to complete.
3 spaces available per evening. Advanced reservation required. First come, first served. Please call the shop to get on the list for any given Wednesday. (540) 200-5554
Students must bring their own sewing machine.
All materials (fabric/pattern/etc.) must be purchased at New River Fiber Co.