A trip to Savannah and Pt 1- the making of Marfy 3226 with Kenneth King...
I have had such a fun couple of weeks...
We went away over July 4th weekend to Savannah, but as our flight was scheduled to leave right about the time the worst of the hurricane was sitting over the East coast... we ended up with delays, a two hour wait on the runway and eventually a cancelled flight..
In theory, we could have headed home of course, but the dogs were being taking care of, the bags were packed and we were ready to be gone, so we rented a car one way and took turns driving the 14 hours through the night and into the early morning to Savannah.
and honestly it was worth every hour on that empty road....I think a little bit of my heart got left in that beautiful town.
We had visited once before very briefly, but this time we got the opportunity to spend a few days, and explore....
and as our eldest daughter is off to college in a year, she came along to visit Savannah's college of Art and Design, and to spend a few days as an only child, such a treat in our house!
She is the creative one, heading for a film major and her list of college choices is varied...Emerson, Chapman, Parsons etc but I have to say Scad even made me want to go back to school....
The different departments are all in renovated buildings centrally located throughout the entire town - cotton mills, train depots and factories. They have seriously well known visiting professors such as Andre Leon Talley and Betsy Johnson in the fashion department, and major directors in the film.... and I found I spent the entire tour wondering what I would have done with my life had I had such a opportunity.... (although, of course I do truly love my life now)
We also did loads of tourist walking and stumbled upon a great little fabric store, with a seriously wide range of quality fabrics and notions..I bought some cute quilting cottons for kids sleep shorts..and some beautiful black cotton lace for me.
Did the requisite paddle boat ride..
and lusted after houses that were for sale while my husband rolled his eyes..... I mean who would not want to live here??!?!
We spent the evening of the 4th by the river watching the fireworks with friends while a live band played...
and visited what had been the Savannah cotton exchange...Its a tourist area now and beautifully renovated, but as I stood there, it was hard not to imagine the horrors that would have happened there all those years ago.
and the back of the same block of buildings which faced the water for ship loading..
It really was four perfect days...
You know that place that we all imagine moving to, when the kids leave and the downsizing starts? when the winters become even more unbearable and the thrill of the city leaves? this is mine.
Everywhere is walkable, endless parks, dogs, dogs and more dogs, friendly people, historically fascinating, great food, amazing coffee, a short 90 min flight to NYC and a winter that stays around 60 degrees...yes!!!
So after that lovely break, last week I hit the ground running.
I worked at Mendel on Monday and Friday so that I could have Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday free, for a class with Kenneth King, and it was amazing...seriously.
It's funny how these things come about, but I was driving home in May this year with Norma of Orange Lingerie after our spring class in Baltimore and we were talking about tailoring and our absolute love of it.
We share a similar aesthetic, so when Norma suggested we find a master tailoring class, I was all for it.
Of course, living near NYC gives us crazy access to the best teachers, and Kenneth came to mind immediately. Aside from his beautiful haute couture garments, he also teaches couture at the Fashion Institute in the city, and is well known for his couture tailoring.
I had never had the pleasure of meeting him before, but of course, knew of him through the classes he teaches with Susan Khalje and their sit and sew, and had bought and really enjoyed all three of his Craftsy courses over the last year or so.
So, we emailed him, and within days it was all arranged. Obviously private lessons are expensive - especially in comparison to a large class setting...but he was very mindful of that and suggested a lot of prep work, so not a minute would be wasted on steps we could do at home...
and to say I was inspired after the class would be a understatement. He is one of those rare sewers that has learnt the couture way, understood the steps that can and cannot be changed and then made it his own.
It was a thought provoking, skill building few days, being shown how to modify a collar, couture tailor a front and use alternatives for standard tailoring techniques and materials.
and his teaching was so clear, he encouraged pictures and notes... has no issue with sharing as long as he is credited and was kind and very entertaining....(did you see the Instagram pic of him..he's fun!)
My jacket is still in pieces right now, the fronts are done and the sleeves have been fitted, I just have to finish the collar and then sew it all together - again all things that can be done here.....
but.... as I choose to use all the old school traditional methods, it could take a while!
So next weeks post, will have all the pictures and some of the details we learnt....as well as a jacket that looks like a jacket (hopefully!)
and thats about it really...
Not much reading going on around here at the moment, but I did want to mention:
The invention of wings by Sue Monk Kidd.....so worth a read. A beautifuly written story.
and Fargo the tv series with Billy bob Thornton.... I now have a 70 minute train ride to work each way and this has been making it fly by. Really really really good!
So, after ten days away from my sewing room, its time to say hello to it again and start some serious tailoring...
Wishing everyone a wonderful week!