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Sandra Johnson
Sewing: Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

Session Two - June 9-15, 2019


Course Description

Ready, set, go! A capsule wardrobe is a fancy name for a small collection of clothing that you love and that fits you well. Come join Sandra Johnson as she leads you down the road to creating several key clothing items that will get you started with a capsule wardrobe for the summer. Discover new talents by using fabric combinations and patterns that will work for all body types.

Start thinking about the capsule wardrobe you will want to create in this workshop. Before we begin, you will select the garments you would like to create during the week. You will be creating these garments in a style called minimalist sewing. Sandra will assist you in fabric selection and pattern choices that will best fit your figure and lifestyle. You can bring fabrics from home or select fabrics available at the workshop (participants may choose fabrics from Sandra on her website and she will bring them to the class). Each day you will be able to complete a garment that is just right for you. Many basic clothing construction techniques will be explored through the week along with several techniques Sandra has developed herself. You will be mixing clothing construction and quilt making to create fashions that turn heads. At the end of the week all participants will have a good start on their very own capsule wardrobes.

This workshop is great for all skill levels, beginner to advanced.

Artist's Biography
Sandra’s sewing story all started with her 7th grade home economics teacher. From the beginning Sandra was in love with fabric. After a rocky start and hours upon hours of sewing and quilting in her early teens, she became quite an accomplished seamstress. Upon graduating from high school she had developed quite a reputation in her city and had several commissioned projects under her belt. She then attended Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona where she received her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, Textiles, & Clothing. Her love for fashion and fabric took her to Bullocks department store where she entered their Buyer program, but throughout all the time she spent working, she still wanted to create and teach. She began her teaching career as a quilting and sewing instructor, and over the next 30 years, she was an instructor for many local city programs and junior colleges.

In 2014 Sandra decided to teach full time and create art and clothing that would appeal to creative people all over the world. Her first modern quilt was shown at Quiltcon 2016 in Pasadena, California. She has had many of her art quilts in local and national quilt shows, and she has had the opportunity to speak and teach at several quilt guilds and conferences.

Sandra has been featured in several publications, including Simply Moderne (summer 2018 and winter 2019), Altered Couture (2018 - 2019), Haute Handbags (2016-2019), and Apron-ology (2014).

Sandra is able to squeeze in traveling all over the world where she guest lectures and conducts workshops. She loves spending time with her 4 grown children and extended family. She also loves discovering and exploring other cultures and countries.

Website: Sandra Johnson

Supply List:

  • 4 - 5 pieces of fabric , 1 to 3 yard lengths each ( top, skirt, pants )
  • 4 spools each of cotton thread to match you woven fabrics
  • Pictures of fashion looks that you love and would like to create your wardrobe around
  • 4 yards of muslin*
  • Scotch tape*
  • pencil and sharpener*
  • tape measure*
  • rotary cutter*
  • rotary cutter mat*
  • rotary cutter blades, new (4)*
  • fabric shears*
  • paper shears*
  • 2 seam rippers*
  • seam gauge*
  • glass head silk pins
  • sewing machine
  • serger (optional)
  • quilted quilt (twin size or larger - from a thrift store)
  • 3 yards interfacing, light weight fusible*
  • two 1” buttons (for skirt)
  • large hook & eye (for jacket)*
  • 22” separating zipper (for jacket)
  • stretchable ribbed knit fabric 1/2 yard of 20” tubular or 40” flat or 2 1/2 yd of 6” wide rib knit banding
  • Elastic 1 3/4 yd of 1” elastic (for dress or top), 3 yd of 1” wide elastic (for romper)*
  • 2 yds of 3/4” - 1/2” twill or ribbon ( for pants or shorts)

*Items available in the Shakerag store; All fabric purchased from Sandra must be pre-ordered.

Begin your application process now!

2019 - Session 3 Faculty Work

Michael Brennand-Wood


Christel Dillbohner


Keiko Hara


Sandra Johnson


Sylvia Plachy


Valerie Maser-Flanagan


Ron Roy + Liz Willoughby


Jason Schneider

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