Coats & Clark sponsored a Pro-Am Sewing Exhibition at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup Washington. We wanted to plan an event that would promote sewing, showcase the talents of the fantastic instructors and people from the sewing industry who are at the expo each year and that would be entertaining. After much brainstorming with Expo planners, we came up with an event modeled loosely after the “Pro-Am” sporting events. A “Pro” was paired with a local teen (a.k.a. the “Am”) who sewed –most were involved in 4-H in the area. Each Pro was to plan a project with their “Am”. Most of the the mentoring with my “Am” was done through email–since I am in North Carolina and she was in Washington, but this was the case for many of the Pro-Am pairs. Each teen also had a local mentor to help them through the process.
I was so excited when I finally met my “Am”, Tyra, and saw her project. She used our new Fashion Metal Zippers in this cute faux suede leopard print skirt. She used McCalls M6289 and added side pockets closed with an exposed zipper and a longer exposed zipper in the back. She did such a great job. Tyra is 14 but she has been sewing for 7 years!
Then it was time for the show! Each “Pro” commentated their “Ams” outfit. The garments ranged from skirts, to tailored jackets and sportswear. One very young sewer created a matching skirt for her doll!
About the Author
Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.