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The Art and Craft of Haute Couture: Kenneth D. King 
Great Sewing Tip
Kenneth D. King shows you how to apply Hemstitching to a garment STEP BY STEP

F
ashion
www.style.com
www.vogue.com

Color Trends for 2017
www.pantone.com

Sewing Education

One of my first 4-H projects was fringing a scarf when I was 10 years old. Today, our 4-Hers continue to make beautiful clothing.  They are also taught organizational and speaking skills, invaluable in today's jobs. If you have a child or would like to volunteer to help, contact www.4-h.org

4-H is the nation’s largest positive youth development and youth mentoring organization, empowering six million young people in the U.S.

In partnership with 110 universities, 4-H life changing programs are research-backed & available through 4-H clubs, camps, after school & school enrichment programs in every county & parish in the U.S.

4-H is the youth development program of our nation's Cooperative Extension System & USDA.



For information about Universities, Colleges, Technical Institutes with Fashion Design, Textiles, Fashion Merchandizing & Sewing Programs - email Ryliss@comcast.net for a list of schools in the area you wish.


Central Washington University's Apparel Textiles & Merchandising Program
CWU offers a four-year state supported Bachelors of Science degree focusing on apparel, a major and minor in Apparel, Textiles & Merchandising and a minor in Apparel Design.  Students build a well rounded base of knowledge about textile and apparel products, merchandising strategies, product development, production processes, trends, consumers and sustainability in smaller classes that focus on hands-on learning. 

Currently, ATM graduates work for companies such as Nordstrom, Tommy Bahama, Zulity, Volcom, and Boeing, among many others. 
www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/apparel-textiles-and-merchandising .


www.threadsmagazine.com
   A free online source that will lead you to articles in previous Thread Magazines.


www.gorgeousfabrics.com
   Informational videos in additional to being a great fabric store and Ann's blog site with great resources.



www.craftsy.com
   Craftsy.com is a wide selection of online crafting classes from the best instructors from around the world. Watch your classes from anywhere from any device with an internet connection.  Take them anytime you want, as many times as you want.  Your access never expires.


Home Hobbies: Sewing Resources at the Home Click Here


Fabric & Sewing Machine Stores
Tacoma - Seattle - Chehalis - Yelm

  www.pacificfabrics.com
     Pacific Fabrics store, formerly known as Pacific Iron, locally owned family fabric stores in the Seattle area, Bellevue and Bremerton.

www.calicothreads.com  
     Calico Threadsquilting store opened in September  2012 in the north end of Tacoma. They offer long-arm machine lessions along with quilting and sewing lessons and carry Janome sewing machines.

      Billie's Designer Fabrics
They do not have a website but this is worth the drive to Chehalis. The selection of fabrics and prices are fantastic.  Open Monday - Saturday and closed evenings, 510 N. Market Blvd, Chehalis, WA, 360-748-3295.

www.sewingmachineservice.com
    Sewing Machine Service in Renton has the most knowledgeable sales and service staff in the Northwest. With over a century of experience, they have the knowledge and experience to help you find exactly what you need. From a big industrial machine that sews through 5 layers of leather to a new home sewing machine, they can help you find it, use it and maintain it. Located in downtown Renton, they are authorized dealers for Bernina, Juki, Brother, Pfaff. Handi Quilter, Reliable, Consew, Union Special, Durkopp-Adler, Econosew. Horn Cabinets and Koala Cabinets.



www.quiltbarn.com   
     The Quilt Barn quilt store located in Puyallup, WA.

www.geegeesquilting.com
     Gee Gees Quilting store located in Yelm, WA.

www.seattlefabrics.com
     Sister's Fabrics

Town Square Fabric and Yard
Downtown Burien
www.townsquarefabric.com
is a quilting store located in Chehalis that has a large selection of great cottons that are not limited to just quilters, they make wonderful garments too.  They have the largest selection of flannels I have yet to see in one store.
www.sistersfabric.com

     Seattle Fabrics
specializes in outdoor fabrics, marine fabrics and hardware in north Seattle. www.seattlefabrics.com

District Fabrics,  fairly new to the Seattle area, specializes in fashion fabrics at 513 North 36th St, Suite A. For hours and a map-  District Fabrics.



Fabric Stores in Portland, Oregon

www.millendstore.com
     The Mill End Store carries first quality fabrics at exceptional value. It started as a textile mill in 1918 manufacturing worsted wool yarn for many markets. In the early 1950's, they opened a retail outlet for the "mill ends" from the manufacturing operation. Today they have evolved into 84000 square feet of fabric heaven serving two locations, Portland & Beaverton, Oregon. We have it all - in seven departments!

Pendleton Outlet Store
Great source for Pendleton fabrics on the bolt or in flat folds. 8550 SE McLoughlin Blve. Portland,OR 972221-866-865-9285. ust down the road from the Mill End Store.
Directions to the Woolen Mill Store, click here.

Fabric Depot is largest, most complete, locally owned fabric store in the country, located in southwest Portland, Oregon.  They stock over 20,000 fabrics in their quilting, home decorating, bridal and fashion departments.
www.fabricdepot.com
 
Josephines Dry Goods, newly re-opened under new owners and a new location in the D-Street Village of SE Portland.  They specialize in the highest quality natural fibers and textiles for sewing garments. www.josephinesdrygoods.com

Online Fabric, Zipper, Trims, Button Stores
ZPRZ, zprz.com, offers a variety of zippers, elastics & trim, sewing supplies and gifts and crafts.

Zipperstopwww.zipperstop.com offers every type of zipper and color available at a low cost. A color chart is available in the classroom.

Buckskin Leather Company, https://www.buckskinleather.com Wholesale leather supplier, retail leather seller and tannery distributor for North American, European & International Leather supply tanneries. A link to the virtual tour is: https://www.buckskinleather.com/virtual-tour-buckskin-leather/

Kyson Leather,
www.leatherhidestore.com, offers a variety of leather for all types of sewing needs with a step by step guide to help you gain a greater understanding of leather types, terminology and what you should expect as a consumer. Check out Craftsy.com Making Leather Bags. http://www.craftsy.com/class/making-leather-bags/272. Kyson leather was used in this class.

Gorgeous Fabrics,
www.gorgeousfabrics.com, Ann Steeves, owner of Gorgeous Fabrics, offers fabrics and great informational videos at Gorgeous Fabrics University, like "burn baby burn!" -testing fabric content using a burn test.  This is a great website for information.

Promenade Fine Fabrics
www.promenadefinefabrics.com
Fine Fashion Fabric & Vintage Ribbon, Online or visit in person. 1520 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130.

Style Maker Fabrics
www.stylemakerfabrics.com
They pride themselves in the highest quality of fabrics from the garment districts of New york and Los Angeles.  They have organized them by fashion trend and fabric type.  

Great Fabric Stores in New York City
Metro Textiles, just down the street from Mood Fabrics, is the best place to shop for fabrics.  Kashi will hold your purchases during your stay in New York and ship them home. 265 West 37th, Suite 908 (between 7th Ave and 8th Ave, closer to 8th Ave) Kashi is open Monday through Friday and closed on Jewish holidays. (212) 209-0004. PATTERN PAPER AVAILABLE for $75 for 150 yards.


www.moodfabrics.com

    Mood Fabrics, located in NYC and LA, featured on "Project Runway."  The store is 3 floors, full of every fabric imaginable and experienced staff who know their stock. PATTERN PAPER AVAILABLE for $29.95 for a 30 yard roll.


Elliott Berman Textiles
www.elliottbermantextiles.com
Exclusive high-end fashion fabrics. Instagram ebtfabrics. Visit the showroom and stock or order online.
225 West 35th St, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001

www.spandexworld.com
     Spandex World is a good source for stretch and knits in NYC.


http://www.stretchhouse.com/
     Stretch House is a good source for stretch and knits in NYC.

Trim and Zipper Stores in New York City
www.mjtrim.com
     M & J Trims has the largest selection of trims and buttons in NYC.

www.daytonatrim.com
     Daytona Trimhas a large selection of trims in NYC.


www.zipperstop.com     
    
Zipperstop offers every type of zipper and color available at a low cost. A color chart is available in the classroom.

Hotel Accommodations in New York City
Staybridge Suites is located between 8th Ave and 9th Ave on 40th street.  Close to Kashi's Metro Textiles. Paron Fabrics and Mood Fabrics plus Hell's Kitchen street fair on weekends.  These are studios with kitchens and a complimentary breakfast.    www.staytimessquare.com


Affinia Manhattan is located at 371 Seventh Ave, close to FIT and Macy's, Times Square, and the fabric stores. Newly reinovated rooms with kitchens and a great restaurant, Niles. 
www.affinia.com/Manhattan

Labels & Fashion Resource Information

http://roxwellwaterhouse.com/resource-center.html

Roxwell Waterhouse is a Textile Branding Company carrying woven and printed labels for your products AND A LOT MORE! They have a Weblog at roxwellwaterhouse.com/weblog.html with 50 interviews of people in the business revealing how they devveloped their products and business.  They also have great resources like...Tips on Starting a Fashion Design Business

Free Business Mentoring for the Apparel Industry

U.S. Fabric Labeling Requirements


Dress Forms, Display Cases, Racks & Mannequins

www.theshopcompany.com
Competitively prices dress forms and mannequins.

Dress Forms
www.roxydisplayinc.com
roxwellwaterhouse.com/weblog.html

Sewing Blogs & Articles
"The Sewing Project" by Leigh-Anne click here
"Goodbyevalentino
" by Sarah Gunn  click here
"Creating a Back Neckline Dart for Better
Fit"- Threads Magazine Blog
In a recent moulage class that Kenneth D. King taught at the Sewing and Design School in Tacoma, he had one student who had a broad back, a high curve right at the nape of the neck. He was able to help her make a perfect fitting moulage. This may be viewed at the blog for Threads Magazine by going to the link.
http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/26284/creating-a-back-neckline-dart-for-better-fit/page/all

"Skirt Fitting" by Ryliss Bod in the Sew News Magazine Feb/March 2013 issue may be downloaded at
http://www.sewnews.com/content_downloads/Skirt_Fitting.pdf


Sew a Welt Opening - Threads

sewwell.wordpress.com written by Amy Eastwood, a Mood Sewing Blogger, new to Seattle. She promotes good sewing habits by researching and pre-testing.

Gwen Gyldenege, a Sewing and Design School student writes about her experiences.
Portland Fabric Shopping Trip-
www.calmundertension.com/1/post/2013/10/looking-for-fabric-visit-portland-oregon.html
Jan Bones-www.calmundertension.com/1/post/2013/07/studying-with-jan-bones.html


 
Laundry Tips
Laundry bleach formulas have changed through the years.  
  • There is a shelf-life and should be replaced every year and stored as directed for optimum performance if un-opened.  It has a shelf-life of 6 months once opened.
  • It works in cool or cold water, avoid hot water.
  • If it states it whitens clothing, whitening agents have been added to the formula - great.
  • Chlorine Bleach is safe for use in septic systems.  The bleach breaks down rapidly do to mostly salt and water.
  • It's main function is to disinfect. 

This resource contains statistics and links to the best sources on Dryer Safety Tips, Indoor Dryer Vent Safety Dryer Vent Cleaning & Maintenance and Dryer and Washing Machines Facts & Figures and is monitored regularly for obsolete links.
http://www.totalprotect.com/home

Instead of using Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets, crunch an orange size ball of aluminum foil and throw it into the dryer.  This will eliminate static electricity and is odor free!
Bethenny Frankel's great tip


Tip Cleaning Your Iron - Buy a hot iron cleaner at your favorite fabric store, they come in a variety of brands.  Follow the directions and your iron will be clean in less than a minute.

Moving
Great Movers, quick & inexpensive.

253-353-1251


Home & Office Organization Tips

Mug racks and wall hanging wire shoe holders are great for holding belts, scarves and necklaces.  Ryliss Bod's great tip

An over the door clear plastic shoe holders are a great way to store a plethora of things from snack foods to desk supplies or jewelry and take a minimum of space. 
Bethenny Frankel's great tip


Paper towel holders are great for holding all those bracelets you have collected. 
Bethenny Frankel's great tip


 Cooking & Baking Tips
Use your left over herbs by freezing them in ice cube trays with olive oil. This is great for cooking. Bethenny Frankel's great tip

Use your left over wine by freezing it in ice cube trays.  Great ice cubes for wine and punch drinks or cooking.
Bethenny Frankel's great tip

Consumer Safety
Consumer Products, Consumer Safety,  Medical Dangers ConsumerDangers.com

Website Design
Like Sew Websites  www.likesewwebsites.com
Testimonials -

- I want to share with you how pleased I am with Like Sew, a website company that is part of my team.  They helped me set my website up and have given classes on improving my website and making it rank higher with search engines like Google.  They maintain the shopping cart, provide email marketing (which I have fun sending you)  and I only pay $49.99 a month. Over 90% of my new students find me through Google. I feel that is worth the price tenfold.

When an issue/problem comes up with the website or the email marketing, I get help within hours if not minutes.  Today it was 17 minutes and everything was fixed.  I have a great team of IT people available 24 hours a day.

If you are planning on starting a business or are running your own business now, having a website that is on the first page in a Google search without paying an Ad price to be there will help you succeed.
Ryliss Jeanna Bod


-It was much easier to navigate…a snap to sign up.  Also the site looks terrific….great pictures and a clear run-down on what’s happening in the months to come. Good Job!         Pat M

-I like the new website. Straightforward and intuitive.         Nanette

Educational & Health Resources
EducatorLabs.org provides great teaching programs resources -

Find an Educator Resource | The Metropolitan Museum of Art www.metmuseum.org/learn/for-educators/timeline
Lesson Plans | The Biology Corner www.biologycorner.com/lesson-plans/
Engineering the Future: The Educator's Guide to Building and Construction www.homeadvisor.com/r/educators-guide-to-building-and-construction/ Practical Money Skills: Resources for Teachers www.practicalmoneyskills.com/foreducators/lesson_plans/
Financial Literacy And Real Estate Investment Lesson Plans www.mortgagecalculator.org/helpful-advice/finance-lesson-plans.php
Art-Related Lesson Plans for Teachers www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/
Elements of Physics: Energy and Work | Free Lesson Plans www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/elements-of-physics-energy-and-work.cfm
Classroom Experiments and Science Projects with Used Cell Phones m.ecyclebest.com/blog/features/classroom-experiments-science-projects-used-cell-phones Exercise, Fitness and Nutrition Lesson Plans for Teachers kids.usa.gov/teachers/lesson-plans/exercise-fitness-and-nutrition/index.shtml Hands-on Curriculum with Lessons and Activities on Swimming and Pools www.intheswim.com/eGuides/swimming-curriculum
Technology Learning Games | Education World www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/learninggame.shtml
A Guide to Classroom Technologies that Increase Learning: An Educator’s Resource highspeedinternet.com/blog/resources/a-guide-to-classroom-technologies-that-increase-learning-an-educators-resource

If you wish to see others, contact Sara Bell at sbell@educatorlabs.org


Addiction Resources
For information relating to drug and alcohol abuse treatment in Tacoma, WA may be found at http://drugabuse.com/usa/drug-abuse/tacoma-wa/ and http://www.treatment4addiction.com/rehab/washington/tacoma/


AlcoholAwareness.org is a a drug and addiction information resource
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Volunteers who are passionate about ending drug abuse around the world. https://addictionresource.com/

Tabacco-Free Life https://tobaccofreelife.org/

QuitSmokingCommunity.org works hard to keep young adults and teens from smoking cigarettes and raises awareness on the dangers of smoking https://QuitSmokingCommunity.org/

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, raises awareness so that young adults stay away from addictive habits http://drugfree.org

George Washington University https://smokefree.gwu.edu/gw-community-cessation-support-resources

Indian Health Service https://www.ihs.gov/california/index.cfm/for-patients/


FOR SUN, SURF AND RELAXATION

This has nothing to do with the Sewing & Design School, but I need to share it.  Hale Pau Hana is my #1 beach front condo in South Kihei, on Kamaole Beach Park II. The swimming is incredible here, and you can watch the sunset, whales and dolphins from your condo.

www.hphresort.com



The Best Computer Repair Shop
Last Stop Computers

Amazing customer service for repairs, questions and help for all your computer needs. I couldn't operate this school without them and am thankful they are on my team.

3101 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA
253-627-5960






Business & Tax Services
Kelley's Tax Service

Quality. Service. Ethics.
At Kelly's Tax Service, these are more than just the latest customer service buzzwords. They're a commitment—the guiding principles our team members follow each and every day as we work with you toward a successful future.

Astrid Arola and her team at Kelly's Tax Service work closely with me and have made it easy. I am pleased they are also on my team.
www.kellystaxservice.com

Financial Planning

Ameriprise Financial


Tom Janicki has steered me down a successful financial path for years and is my business advisor. I highly recommend him to anyone, whether you are just out of high school, or close to the end of your working career, to get a great financial advice. He specializes in retirement planning strategies, estate planning strategies and charitable giving.
thomas.a.janicki@ampt.com

2702 S. 42nd St.
Ste 204
Tacoma, WA 98409
253-472-8200
Legal Services for a Small Business

Charles R. Hostnik is my business attorney.  He is easy to work with and I strongly suggest getting the best legal advice before you make any costly mistakes setting up and running your own business.

Chuck worked for the Washington State Attorney General's Office and a larger Tacoma law firm before joining Arvid to form Anderson, Burns & Hostnik, the predecessor firm to Anderson Hostnik PLLC.


Chuck practices in both state and federal courts, as well as many tribal courts. Chuck is a retired tribal court judge, having acted for 16 years as a judge on specific cases for 32 different Indian tribes located in the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wisconsin and Nebraska.  Chuck has previously been appointed as a Special Master Judge for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe in Connecticut.

In addition to Indian law, Chuck has an active personal injury practice and does most of the business and corporation work in this firm.  He also handles construction litigation, probate and real estate matters.
 
Chuck has been a contributing author to "Washington Practice,” a multi-volume reference publication used by attorneys throughout Washington State.  In addition, he has been a speaker and instructor at several legal seminars and training sessions.  He has been listed in Who's Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the World, and several other Who's Who publications for several years.
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Chuck is a member of the American Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association, the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association and the National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.  He is a former member of the Northwest Tribal Court Judges Association and the North American Indian Judges Association.


Anderson Hostnik PLLC
6915 Lakewood Drive West
Suite A-1
Tacoma, WA 98467

253-475-4200

  Wearing & Design Ease


         Design ease
             Close fitting
            Semi-fitted
           Loose fitting
        Very loose fitting
Learn to alter patterns with the proper amount of wearing ease for the fabric and pattern design for woven fabrics, stretch woven fabrics and knit fabrics.


Computer Tip

The Handiest Keyboard Shortcut Of All

This is a super-quick tip that can save you a world of hurt. Ever accidentally his the wrong key and lose a whole portion of text you were working on? Maybe move something to the wrong place and not be able to find it?

It happens. The quickest way to undo things, especially when you aren’t sure what exactly it is you even did, is to hit the Ctrl key and the letter Z. Ctrl + Z will instantly undo the accidental damage.

In some programs, such as Paint, you can keep pressing Ctrl + Z and go back several steps to get where you were before. It’s an absolute life-saver.

 

Best Apple Help
Apple Store

Tacoma Mall
Gunny Hammel & all of the employees have solve my issues quickly and the classes are enlightening.
www.apple.com/tacomamall
253-620-1454