Hi Everyone !
My name is Caroline Garnier, and I am coming to teach a couple of classes at the Sewing Studio, so I thought it would
be a good idea to introduce myself.
If you ask me where I am from, I might make a pause: on my passport it says France but since I have moved so many
times, lived in many places around the world, I now say that I am from where my family is, and at the moment it is
I am a knitter, an embroiderer, a quilter (member of the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild) and of course I sew my own
I love making garments for my girls, any pattern out of the envelop fit them. I love sewing for myself too, and
learning how to do simple pattern alterations has boosted my sewing successes. My preference goes to simple
garments with a vintage feel, then I let the fabric makes all the difference. Recently I’ve been enamoured with Les
Fleurs line of fabric, a collaboration between Rifle Paper Co and Cotton + Steel. The fabric is so rich in colours, it
makes every garment special.
What I am most enjoying when sewing a garment, is making sure that the inside is as pretty as the outside. If you
come to a class with me, we will probably use French seams (they are not that scary, and did you know that in
French they are called coutures anglaises, which means English seams?), flat felled seams or Hong Kong seams (I love
this last one, it’s the opportunity to add a pop of colour, a fun print). I know it takes a bit more time, but who does
not love the luxury of a bit of couture finish?
Another thing that made my sewing more enjoyable, is getting organised. I generally start with 2 baskets. In the
first one, the larger one, I gather my pattern, my fabric, thread, interfacing, zipper, any notions that are needed for
the project. In my second basket, the smallest one, I have my tools: special needles, scissors, tweezers, stiletto,
seam reaper, pins, pin cushion, seam gauge… This way, I know that I have everything I need before starting, and I
replace my tools in the basket after each use so I don’t get frustrated looking for them.
Until recently, I used to cut my pattern pieces directly from the pattern envelop. But doing so means that you can
use it only once. Also, I find using the tissue paper on which the pattern is printed too flimsy for me. So I trace all
my pattern on tracing paper. I use wide architect tracing paper, it is stiffer so it lasts longer and I can add any remark on it without risking tearing the paper, the The Sewing Studio sells plain pattern paper & gridded pattern paper by Pellon. Both of these products hold up well, too. Anyway, tracing my patterns has
become a necessity since I start using pdf patterns. If you enroll in the Les Fleurs Basic top, we will go through some
tips for friendly use of pdf patterns. You can enroll in my class here: Les Fleurs Basic Top
The second class I am teaching is the Dottie Angel Apron, which was actually a customer request! You can enroll in my class here: Dottie Angel Apron
I really hope to see you for one of my classes. First because the two garments we’re going to sew are so nice and
accessible projects for even the beginners. Secondly, because I love to share ideas and knowledge, I love to see
which fabrics you’ll pick, which twist you’ll add to your realisation. And at last, because it is fun to play with fabric,
to sew with others and have a very social experience.
If you want to know more about me and what I make, come and give me a visit on my blog Pieces and Love or on my