Oct 21, 2012

My Sewing Obsession--The Bobbin House Studio in Minneapolis

from THE SEWING HERALD TRIBUNE..a newspaper about sewing..we need contributors!!!

I contacted Steve Pauling from The Bobbin House Studio in Minneapolis about a possible apprenticeship in fine shirt making. 
Right--I can make a shirt--it is not very fine.  Really, I can never get my stitches right on the collar stand.  If one more person tells me I need practice I don't know what I am going to do--I have an amazing inability to drive the sewing machine.  Perhaps its time to buy the edge stitch foot.
I could not resist putting his reply on my blog--I really want to go there.  I hope you don't mind, Steve.....
can you please tell us a little bit more about your place.....
Thank you for your kindness,
Chloe Louise
Hi Chloe,
Thanks for contacting me regarding your interest in fine shirt making. It's always a please to meet another person interested in this artisan skill that seems to fade away more every year. My apologies for the delay in responding. I've been out of town for a few weeks.

How do you envision I might be able to assist you?  Are you interested in coming to Minneapolis for a class or visit? I offer a three day intensive where one or two students will stay in our Bobbin House Guest Suite and then have an extended mentoring session on shirt making. Think of it as a sewing retreat focused on shirt making!  Please see the Bobbin House Studio website noted below for more information.

Developing a personal plan requires some knowledge of your current skill sets and interests. My suggestion is to first learn construction/assembly techniques by modification of a commercial pattern. Once these skills are mastered, then move on to design, draping and pattern drafting of custom shirts.

I look forward to your reply and learning how I might be of assistance to you.

Steve Pauling
aka the "Bobbin Doctor"

Bobbin House Studio
58 Bedford St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

By Appointment Only

Remember: Sewing notions are ALWAYS on sale at 30% off retail prices!!