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 What is included in the camp price?    The camp price includes the workshops, sewing time with helpers, paint and sip party, snacks, lunches on Thurs, Fri and Saturday

If you are staying over on Saturday evening, we can take a boat ride (weather permitting) to a lake side restaurant.  (dinner on your own) 

The hotel has given us a block of rooms with a great price for you and your room comes with breakfast :)  (The hotel cost is Not included in the retreat price)  

Dinner, drinks and anything else extra is on your own. 

We also have a sewing room stocked with notions and misc. supplies you may need while constructing your garment and can even hook you up with a  skirt project!   We are not connected to a fabric store so we Do Not have a supply of fabrics on hand for your garments But we do have a Joann's Fabrics nearby! 

The retreat price does Not include Hotel Stay, Dinners, Alcohol, Airfare, Airport transfers, ride shares or rental cars.  (Uber in, you will not need a car!)

We are all about problem solving so please don't hesitate to ask us for anything you might need. 

Do I bring my own project?   People come in so many shapes, sizes and with different style preferences it would be hard for us to select and supply a project for you. 🤔  We can hook you up with a fun project using white Kona cotton and different skirt patterns designed to involve you in the creative process and learning different creative techniques.  We have dyes, paints and all kinds of trims to add your creative touch to your project.  

We do have a JoAnne fabric store close by if you need a specific pattern or fabric.  Many of our campers bring fabrics from their stash that they have had for a while and don't know what to do with.  Please feel free to call and discuss your ideas with me. 😄

I am not sure I am a good enough sewer?    We have all levels in our retreat.  We'll get to know you and your abilities and guide  you thru your project whether you are a beginner or an intermediate sewer.   

If you are a beginner we will guide you thru our beginner program.  If you are a confident beginner we have a next level project for you and if you are at intermediate level we will be helping you thru your chosen project.

I'm just not creative enough.  That's what this camp is all about!  Creativity comes from trying new techniques and getting new techniques in your memory bank.  Our camp is the perfect outlet to try new things and get coaching and support in doing so.  We make it fun to play. 

 Here is a blog I have written about creative ideas:

I don't want to come alone.  We are all like minded people with the same love of sewing, making friends is easy here.  And we love to learn from each other.

Can I bring my husband or family?  A retreat is all about taking time and focusing on you.  To reinvigorate your creativity.  Husbands are welcome as long as they are supportive of our fashion and sewing passions.  

Family's?  No, we are not a family vacation.  This would take away from our other campers.

It's hard to take time away.   We all have that issue.  But what is life for but for fun experiences along the way!  Getting away is essential to re-invigorating your creative genes.  Problem is... you will not want this retreat to end!

Do I need to bring my own machine and sewing tools?  We have all the tools we need.  You are welcome to bring what ever tools you would like.  We have basic Brother machines, you are welcome to bring your own, just let us know so we can have one for you or clear space for yours!

What will I learn at the retreat?  Shawnelle has extensive knowledge from working in the garment district of LA, the movie business as a costume designer for over 30 films, has designed hundreds of wedding gowns and gowns for the Hollywood crowd and now teaching for over 14 years at her studio school.  

You will learn all kinds of tips and techniques, it all depends on what you want to learn.  We do have workshops on pattern fit, grainlines and all about fabrics.  

I am a advanced sewer, what would I get out of it?  You would be in it purely for the fun of sewing. If you know it all then you may find you have many fans in the room and will be asking you for tips and techniques!

Please call with any questions you have!  Shawnelle (704) 799-3553

or email her at

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