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New York Garment District Field Trip September 30-October 5, 2022

Spend 5 days in New York city shopping for fabrics and trims with Ryliss Bod and Jo Hutchins.  There will also be plenty of time to go sightseeing and free time.


Ryliss is staying at the Hyatt Hotel, 350 W 39th .

Ryliss has put together a walking tour of the garment district that is full of fabrics and trims. Both Ryliss and Jo will help you with your fabric and sewing questions. Everyone will receive a list of stores with addresses so they may return during their free time.

We will also visit -

*Kenneth D. King at his New York studio.
Fashion Designer, Made to Measure Tailor, Author, Instructor at FIT and the Sewing and Design School.

* New York City Harbor Lights Cruise
Take in the lights of the Manhattan skyline from a boat on this evening harbor cruise. Listen to live commentary on the harbor’s sights—including One World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, and the Chrysler Building.

*Visit Fashion Designer Julio Cesar in his NYC Studio.

*The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology Shoe Exhibit

blue kitten heels with beaded work that reads whaam

Shoes will highlight approximately 400 pairs of shoes from the museum’s permanent collection of 4,000 shoes. Following the success of the MFIT exhibitions 
Shoes: A Lexicon of Style (1999) and Shoe Obsession (2013), this exhibition will provide its own rich narrative on the enduring cultural significance of shoes, while showcasing the museum’s world-class collection of footwear. The museum’s earliest shoes date from the 17th century (a pair of high-heeled men’s shoes). The most recent are spectacular 21st-century footwear. Labels to be featured include Alaïa, Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Ferragamo, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Noritaka Tatehana, Iris van Herpen, and Roger Vivier, among others.

"Dior and Balenciaga" The Kings of Couture and their Legacies.features fashions by the two most important couturiers of the mid-20th century, Christian Dior (1905–1957) and Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895–1972). Featuring approximately 65 garments and ensembles drawn solely from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, it is the first exhibition to juxtapose the work of these legendary designers, side by sid

*Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET) 
Kimono Style:  The John C. Weber Collection

This exhibition will trace the transformation of the kimono from the late Edo period (1615–1868) through the early 20th century, as the T-shaped garment was adapted to suit the lifestyle of modern Japanese women. It will feature a remarkable selection of over 60 Kimonos from the renowned John C. Weber Collection of Japanese art that explore the mutual artistic exchanges between the kimono and Western fashion, as well as highlights from The Costume Institute’s collection.

Registration Deadline: July 6, 2022, meaning no refunds after this date unless we get a replacement for you.  

Our Cancellation Policy for Classes, Workshops and Trips with a Registration Deadline

  • If you cancel after the registration deadline, a student will need to replace you, you will receive a full refund, less a $5.00 processing fee and the PayPal Fees.
  • If the trip is canceled you will receive your tuition back with no fees. 
  • If the trip is postponed you will receive your tuition back if you wish with no fees.
Skill Level:
Attendee must make their own flight and hotel arrangements. Ground transportation during the stay in New York city is not covered. Ryliss will be staying at the Hyatt Place New York City / Times Square 350 West 39th Street Distrikt Hotel New York City, Tapestry Collection by Hilton 342 West 40th Street, New York City, New York, 10018, or DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West 350 W. 40th Street, New York, New York, 10018, cheaper by $200 Ryliss will be flying on May 6, 2022, Alaska Airlines, Flight #8, leaving at 7:55 am and arriving at EWR (Newark, NJ) at 4:10 pm, non stop. Returning from EWR, Alaska Air, Flight #11, 5:10 pm and arriving in Seattle at 8:30 pm, non-stop.
Instructor Name:
Ryliss Bod
Instructor Bio:
Ryliss Bod is the Founder and Director of the Sewing & Design School and has extensive experience teaching Fashion Construction and Design at a Washington State Technical College. She instructed courses for both continuing education and career training in all levels of sewing construction, home d?cor construction, fashion accessory construction, fashion design, fitting & pattern alterations, pattern-making, textiles, history of fashion and quilting.

She received her teaching degree in K-12 grades and studied art, clothing and textiles at Central Washington University, pattern-making and CAD at Gerber Technology, fashion design at the Paris Fashion Institute, pattern-making and construction techniques with Kenneth D. King and countless others.

Throughout her career she developed workshops and fashion shows, hired instructors and conducted fashion and fabric shopping field trips to Portland, San Francisco and New York. Ryliss has been a Contributing Editor at Sew News Magazine, Threads Magazine, judge for the 2014 RAGS Benefit, Make it With Wool Contest and the Washington State 4-H Dress Revue and host of Instagram's Sew Photo Challenge #sewApril2017 and #sewapril2018.. She is Washington state's Central West Director of the Make it with Wool Contest 2018. She may be contacted at

New York Garment District Field Trip September 30-October 5, 2022

$ 625.00
Tuition covers entrance to the MET, Kenneth D. King's Studio, New York City Harbor Lights CruiseHarbor
Fri, Sep 30, 2022 at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Sat, Oct 1, 2022 at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, Oct 2, 2022 at 9:00 am to 8:30 pm
Mon, Oct 3, 2022 at 9:00 am to 9:30 pm
Tue, Oct 4, 2022 at 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Wed, Oct 5, 2022 at 9:00 am to 8:30 pm
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