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Weekend Retreats

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fashion sewing retreat!

Fashion Art!


garment sewing workshops



New Dates coming soon

Lake Norman, NC


If garment sewing is your thing... We have some fun packed creative days just for you!

Come and expand your fashion sewing creativity in our sleep over camp just for adults! 

Our headquarters is at a beautiful, custom built, luxurious log cabin retreat

on the shores of beautiful Lake Norman in North Carolina just north of Charlotte. 


A unique retreat for sewing clothes and to get away from it all!

Be with others who share your love for sewing, dressmaking and fabric creating.

Take your sewing skills to the next level. 

Learn about fabric types and how to sew on them, how to alter patterns for a better fit,

 and how to "see" the fit and how to alter it.

By the end of your retreat you will be thinking more creatively.

  Once you get your hands into some creation you will always remember it and think of ideas quickly, expanding your file inspiration box! 

Our mission is to get you into the mess of creation, so wear your play clothes!


  It's an all inclusive retreat with fun fashion activities and festive meals.

Take a look at our daily schedule and see if this is your kind of fun!

  **We have added a beginner camp!  You will learn all about how to use a sewing machine and learn rapidly thru small projects leading up to sewing a basic skirt! Which we will then customize it with trim, paint, dye and other creative ideas!

Intermediate levels, bring your own projects or we have projects for you! 

See you at the lake!

For prices please visit the rooms registration page as each room is a different price.

Our first testimonial/review is in!  Thank you Deborah for the kind words!


Camp Sew Social - In a Word - WOW!! This sewing retreat was top-notch in every way. The venue - an awesome modern log cabin -style home with 180-degree panoramic views of Lake Norman and killer sunrises. Rooms were spacious and nicely appointed. So much to do - so little time. Actually, just the right amount of time. Nearly 4 full days of sewing and social activities. Clearly this was not Shawnelle and Mike’s (affectionately referred to as Tim Fun) first rodeo. Think Ina Garten and Emeril Lagasse. What a fun pair. Their attention to detail in the menus and activities was spot on, from Asian Taco night, Jamaican Chicken night to Killer Shrimp night, no detail was missed. Designing our skirts was the focus of the weekend and so much more. Fashion painting night, cruising Lake Norman’s shores, Smoretinis, Margaritas, Moscow Mules…an endless array of options. This entire fashion sewing retreat was so memorable and the camaraderie was amazing. Can’t wait to see what they have in store next time. I give this retreat 2 big thumbs up – and 5 Stars.

Deborah S.  Cornelius, NC


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click here to see our full schedule 

To Register see the registration page here Retreat Space page. 

Sewing Camp!
Oct 4th - Oct 7th 2021
 Mon - Thurs
sewing projects, sewing workshops, amazing  fun meals, lake fun, boating, smoretini parties, fashion painting, 
fashion pictionary, 
Lawn Yahtzee, Giant Jenga
yoga & melt sessions overlooking the water. 

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Shawnelle has a tremendous amount of sewing and fashion design knowledge to teach, and I learned so much in this one-of-a-kind retreat! The lakefront accommodation was unique, beautiful, and very comfortable. Every night was a different themed dinner, delicious and so much fun. Chef Tim Funn – 5 stars! So nice to watch the other campers unleash their sewing creativity...and to relax in between sewing sessions with yoga, melt, paddleboarding, painting, and Lake Norman boat ride. Camp Sew Social exceeded my expectations...thank you Shawnelle and Mike...awesome job!

Karen H.  Long Island, New York

This sewing retreat was fabulous! The accommodations were stunning, the food and drinks were delish and plentiful, and the extra's (yoga, paddle boarding, boat ride, painting, melting) were also tons of fun. Shanelle had a huge, separate sewing room all set up that was equipped with sewing machines, cutting tables, fabrics, patterns, etc. I learned so much and laughed a lot - I highly recommend!!

Leitha B.  Huntersville, NC