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2019 Retreats in Northern Michigan

Garment Making with Cal Patch

designing, drafting & sewing

4 day retreat

October 13th - 17th, 2019

Come and learn from the veritable master of laid-back, accessible pattern drafting…Cal Patch.   On historic Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan. 

Bring your bike (or your walking shoes)…as there are no cars on the island. Not to worry, a sweet little shift dress looks amazing on a bike.  

Frequently Asked Questions

That depends! 

In the Garment Sewing with Cal Patch, we will be using sewing machines.  You can bring your own, or I have a few I can lend to those coming from afar.  Just send me an e-mail to reserve one.  No charge.

No!  We’d love to have you for whichever parts feel good to you.  If we’re going for a hike and you just want to sit in the sun with a good book…then that’s what you should do!

That depends.  

In the Garment Sewing with Cal Patch you’ll be sent a material list (which you can also see on that retreat page).  We want your dream garments, the garments you’ll be making, to be just exactly what you want.  So, you’ll bring your own materials.  

I can understand your hesitation.  It’s a big commitment of your precious time and money.  

Obviously, I can’t guarantee that you’ll find your new best friend.  But I can promise that I will do my very best to create an atmosphere of inclusion and warmth.  I’ll provide opportunity to connect and nudge those connections along. 

Yes!  Most certainly, yes.  This is a choose-your-own adventure type of time.  Dip your toes in, jump in headfirst, or hang out on the beach…whatever feels good to you. 

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