Sarah’s masterful craftsmanship wowed our students during her visit last year.

Sarah Veblen has some unconventional advice when it comes to sewing with a new pattern: Read through the instructions once, then toss them and sew the garment the way it makes the most sense to you. Of course, this is easier for Sarah than for most of us. She has over 17 years experience sewing a wide range of garments for dozens of clients.

Sarah teaches classes and individual lessons for all skill levels. Besides teaching technique she helps students answer questions like:

  1. How do you know which fabrics will work best for the garment or project you want to make?
  2. Will it need to be underlined or interfaced? What’s the difference?
  3. How do you know a garment you’re making will fit you, if it will be flattering, and if it will be comfortable?

Those not lucky enough to live in Maryland, where Sarah’s studio is located, can turn to one of her many articles in Threads magazine or watch a video on their website. (Check out this very useful one on fit: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/44390/video-what-is-a-great-fit) By our count, she has appeared in Threads 40 times—giving advice on everything from facings to sleeve caps, knits to brocades.

Sarah has also appeared in Vogue Patterns MagazineSewNews (forthcoming), Cranston Village, the ASDP newsletter Perspectives, and the HSA newsletter Sew-lutions. In 2012 she published a book called The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting (Creative Publishing International). And, as if that weren’t enough, Sarah also has an online fabric store specializing in silks: http://sarahveblen.com/silks.php

One of Sarah’s unique designs on the cover of Threads magazine.

Ultimately Sarah’s message is one of empowerment. “What fascinates me about sewing is … the choices of sewing techniques, of fabrics, and of styles. Rather than being overwhelmed by all these choices, if you can take control of them, the opportunity for creativity is endless.”

Come hear Sarah speak and learn from one of the best on Friday, April 21st at 7:30 p.m., Building 3, Room 255. A $5.00 donation is requested at the door; proceeds will go toward student scholarships. Please RSVP to Peggy Perruchio at perrucciop@smccd.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!