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Dress Forms for Kenneth D. King's "Moulage and Custom Dress Form Workshop"

Kenneth used these forms in his London workshop and recommended in the UK.
Click Here for women.  Click Here for men. These cost approximately $106 plus shipping.
You may wish to use a Collapsible shoulder dress form, those are more expensive, $350-$450.  Be sure to order a form that is smaller than yourself, we will be building them up

Great Sewing Tool BAG

Kenneth D. King's Essential Sewing Tool Kit
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The New KDK Sewing Tool Bag

Kenneth filled his new bag with his tools.  His old bag gave him 20 years of service and the new bag will last so long, he needs to put it in his will.

Ann at Gorgeous Fabrics filled her KDK bag with her sewing tools.

Pick-up at the school, pre-paid on-line. Please add a note in shopping cart or send an email when you will be picking it up. Pick up times will be Monday or Wednesday 9:30-11:15 am and 12:30-3:30 pm or Saturday during a class. Bags will not be sold during class; only pre-paid bags may be picked up.

$82.58      KDK Bag Picked Up, includes Washington Sales Tax Click Here


$101.29    KDK Bag Shipped within Washington State, includes Washington Sales Tax and Shipping and Handling - Priority Mail   Click Here  

$92.00    KDK Bag Shipped in the US, includes Shipping and Handling - Priority Mail Click Here

$110.00 KDK Bag Shipped Internationally, includes Shipping and Handling - Priority Mail Click Here


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

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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 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. .

Enroll Education. We publish unbiased, professionally reviewed content that helps current & prospective college students looking for guidance on training & educational opportunities in the teaching industry.

Our information is reviewed by top-tier professionals in the instructional education & learning spaces and our content has been cited by numerous industry organizations & academic institutions.

Our editors have recently updated our Teaching Education Guides that include lists of scholarships, comprehensive degree program data, licensing & certification info by state, and career profiles for the industry. You can see the guide here:
   A free online source that will lead you to articles in previous Thread Magazines.
   Informational videos in additional to being a great fabric store and Ann's blog site with great resources.

   Blueprint Crafts 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.  Click Here

Home Hobbies: Sewing Resources at the Home Click Here

Quilting Guides the history of quilting, basic supplies...  Click Here 

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

4842 South Adams St, Tacoma, WA
Cheehoolife has an exclusive collection of fabrics and CHEEHOO brand clothing a Avaava's Lavalavas, the largest selection of the i'e lavalavas in all the land.
     Pacific Fabrics store, formerly known as Pacific Iron, locally owned family fabric stores in Seattle.

      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.
    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.   
     The Quilt Barn quilt store located in Puyallup, WA.
     Gee Gees Quilting store located in Yelm, WA.
Dry Goods Design has fabrics, yarns and classes in Pioneer Square in Seattle.

Town Square Fabric and Yard
Downtown Burien

Sisters Fabrics 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.

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

Splash Fabric, Seattle Based Fabrics. Click Here

District Fabrics,  recently relocated to Port Townsend from Seattle, specializes in fashion fabrics. For hours and a map-  District Fabrics.

Fabric Stores in Portland, Oregon
     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.

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.

Online Fabric, Zipper, Trims, Button Stores

Fibers to Fabric is an online fabric store featuring authentic artisan hand made and fair trade fabrics, buttons, DIY kits, accessories and tools.  I appreciate finding Ikat and Hand Blocked fabrics that are pre-washed and shrunk.  Receive a 10% discount with code RYLISS10.  If a greater sale is in progress, leave your name in the "notes to seller" before you check out.  If there is a Free Shipping Discount going on, you may add your 10% off too!.

ZPRZ,, offers a variety of zippers, elastics & trim, sewing supplies and gifts and crafts. offers every type of zipper and color available at a low cost. A color chart is available in the classroom.

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

Kyson Leather,, 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 Making Leather Bags. Kyson leather was used in this class.

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

Style Maker Fabrics
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.

    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
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

Leather, Suede and Skins 261 W. 35th St, Eleventh Floor, New York, New York 10001  Family business with a wonderful collection of leathers, suedes, furs.
     Spandex World is a good source for stretch and knits in NYC.
     Stretch House is a good source for stretch and knits in NYC.

Buttons, Trim and Zipper Stores in New York City

Lou Lou Buttons click here  Incredible buttons

Botani Trims click here  A must stop when your are in the New York Garment District for ribbings, buttons, zippers custom cut

Pacific Trimming click here Shoulder pads, buttons, ribbons, zippers, sewing tools.
     M & J Trims
     Daytona Trim has a large selection of trims in NYC.     
Zipperstop offers every type of zipper and color available at a low cost. A color chart is available in the classroom.

Labels & Fashion Resource Information

Roxwell Waterhouse is a Textile Branding Company carrying woven and printed labels for your products AND A LOT MORE! t  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

Dress Forms Great place to find 1/2 scale forms, forms with heads, arms, and a leg.  I like these because the back neck waist length is a little shorter.

Sewing Blogs & Articles
"The Sewing Project" by Leigh-Anne click here
" 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.

"Skirt Fitting" by Ryliss Bod in the Sew News Magazine Feb/March 2013 issue may be downloaded at

Sew a Welt Opening - Threads 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-

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. 
Stain Removal Guide Click Here

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.

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.

Guide to Removing Wine, Blood, Lipstick and other Stains!

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

Website Design
Like Sew Websites
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 provides great teaching programs resources -

Find an Educator Resource | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Lesson Plans | The Biology Corner
Engineering the Future: The Educator's Guide to Building and Construction Practical Money Skills: Resources for Teachers
Financial Literacy And Real Estate Investment Lesson Plans
Art-Related Lesson Plans for Teachers
Elements of Physics: Energy and Work | Free Lesson Plans
Classroom Experiments and Science Projects with Used Cell Phones Exercise, Fitness and Nutrition Lesson Plans for Teachers Hands-on Curriculum with Lessons and Activities on Swimming and Pools
Technology Learning Games | Education World
A Guide to Classroom Technologies that Increase Learning: An Educator’s Resource

If you wish to see others, contact Sara Bell at

Addiction Resources
For information relating to drug and alcohol abuse treatment in Tacoma, WA may be found at and

Guide on Addiction, is a a drug and addiction information resource
Volunteers who are passionate about ending drug abuse around the world.

Tabacco-Free Life works hard to keep young adults and teens from smoking cigarettes and raises awareness on the dangers of smoking

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, raises awareness so that young adults stay away from addictive habits

George Washington University

Indian Health Service


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.

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

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.

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.

2702 S. 42nd St.
Ste 204
Tacoma, WA 98409
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.

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


  Wearing & Design Ease

         Design ease
             Close fitting
           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.