Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sandra Betzina sewing retreat

Sandra Betzina Sewing Week 
Wow -where to start!!!
She is so amazing & amazingly generous with her time & knowledge. We started on Sunday with an escorted trip to 3 San Francisco area fabric stores-Stone Mountain & daughter, Piedmont & Fabrix 
Stone Mountain & Piedmont were my favorites. It was especially helpful having Sandra there to help guide with choices . She has such a great eye. I added to my stash at both of these places. 
The sewing retreat is at a great hotel in downtown -Marine Memorial . Rooms are very spacious & meals were great. Breakfast & lunch included. Happy Hour on the INCREDIBLE VIEW 12 th floor is also included.
I had only attended last year for the first time , but most of the other ladies have come every year for 10-20 years. All very nice ladies-most more advanced than I am . But they were also very generous with their help & knowledge. 
I did not get much finished, but got lots of patterns fitted by Sandra . 
She brings a truck show of her garments & leaves them there all week. It was a fashion show everyday when Sandra arrived 😍 She has great taste & always wore something of hers. 
We all had a great time everyday trying on her garments. I was seated near the mirror & I loved it. Ladies would come by all day trying on something different . There were 10 sewers, Sandra & her wonderful assistant Elke. 
The Marine hotel is right around the corner from Britex-another great SF fabric institution. 
It was fun to run over there to look at fabulous fabric .
I'm so sorry this is Sandra's last year of teaching & doing these retreats. 
It was a fabulous week & I learned so much !!!
Sandra also has dinner one night in her historic home which was fabulous !

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