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Gualala Arts Workshop
Sweatshirt to Jacket
Instructor: Kalynn Oleson

Wednesday - Thursday
April 16 - 17, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Register by:   March 27, 2014
Tuition:   Members of Gualala Arts and PPQG: $40
Members of Gualala Arts  or   PPQG: $50
Non-members: $55
Materials list:   Sweatshirt to Jacket materials list

Vintage Kimono I started working with sweatshirts several years ago and was dissatisfied that they still looked like a sweatshirt. I changed my approach and I began to look at the sweatshirt as my basic jacket design pattern. The design is a boxy jacket with no fitting required. Since then, the sweatshirt is my jacket pattern that I can make to look casual or classy,using satins, shimmering fabrics and trims. It can be short or made longer if desired and the finished jacket can be something you can wear to any special event.

I do not like to pin patterns to fabric and cut separate pieces and I do not like to fit or alter patterns. The sweatshirt enables me to adhere to my belief in the simplicity of design with no fitting worries. I eliminate the ribbing, measure for 2 center front pieces and 2 sleeves and the back. Five pallet areas to apply fabrics, trims, fabric manipulation and beads to my heart's desire. I really like making the sweatshirt disappear in the design and workmanship. I also like to share these ideas with others.

About the instructor

Kalynn Oleson's grandmother quilted and her mother sewed most of her clothes when she was growing up. In her first Home Economics sewing class, she really made a mess of her apron. Her college education taught her clothing construction. A co-worker re-introduced her to quilting about 20 years ago. She sews and quilts but not always in a traditional way. She combines her clothing construction and quilting into wearables. She would like to show others that one messed apron can be their gateway to fantastic fun with fabric, color, design and quilts.

See also: Gualala Arts Workshop Registration, Payment & Cancellation Policy.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.