Monday, January 16, 2012

Marsha McClintock

Today, I'm going to highlight Marsha McClintock. The owner of Saf-T-Pockets Patterns -- a member of the IPCA -- and one of the companies sponsoring the Midnight Magic event. Here's a picture of Marsha at last year's Coats & Clark Pro-Am Sewing Exhibition...with her sewing rookie...

Marsha McClintock is owner of SAF-T-POCKETS Patterns where she designs patterns with hidden pockets suited for travel or every day wear. In addition she organizes and leads her Sew Many Options Tours for sewing enthusiasts to places like New York, Portland, OR and Toronto. Her experience in locating fabric and notion resources has been incorporated into her tours. She wears her SAF-T-POCKETS garments for her trips and has found the two companies are a natural combination. She enjoys traveling the country teaching at sewing shows, guides and the national ASG conferences. Marsha is an active member in the American Sewing Guild and the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals (Portland, Oregon Chapters).

I thought it would be fun to start with a few questions...(Rita in red -- Marsha's answers in black)

When did you start sewing? I started sewing at about age 10 with 4H.

How long have you been coming to Expo? 15 years and over 10 years as a vendor

How does sewing improve your life? I helps me to think outside the box. I like having the ability to making clothing that doesn't look like every other person walking down the street. I've been fortunate to turn my passion into a business.

What’s your favorite part of your job? I love talking with the customers and hearing all the wonderful, creative things they have done with my patterns.

What’s the BEST thing you ever sewed for yourself? That's difficult. It's probably a striped jacket I made while taking a couture class from Roberta Carr. I pleated out every other strip to create solid fabric for the collar, cuffs and yoke. It turned out wonderful. Isn't it great when that happens?

For somebody else? When I did custom dressmaking I made several gorgeous wedding dresses. It was an honor to create someone's dream dress and see their face when they first slipped into it.

What are you teaching at this year’s Expo? My classes this year are:

Accessories A-Z (Quick and easy items you can make for yourself or friends) (Thur & Sat 2:30pm or Fri & Sun 9:30am 1 Needle

The Versatile Vest-S-Cape Thursday It's a cape, vest or scarf! 3 Needle

Sew Let's Pack Up Free Stage Fri-Sunday 2:30pm It will help you pack for your next trip!

Because I ALWAYS PERK UP when somebody says "NEW YORK CITY" -- I asked Marsha to send some pics and more information about her trips there...she sent this...

Sew Many Options Tours creates tours to New York and Portland, OR that feature fashion, fabric and fun. In New York we visit the garment district for fabrics, visit Koos van den Akker's workroom, FIT's costume collection, go behind the scenes of "Wicked" for a look at the costumes, tour McCall Pattern Company, visit a Broadway costume shop, attend a Broadway musical and lots more.

This is a picture of Marsha and her group in Koos van den Akker's workroom...HEY -- BRING HIM TO PUYALLUP, MARSHA!!
This is a picture of a group on the steps of the fabulous Metropolitan Museum of Art!

Portland, OR is a mecca for sewing & fabric enthusiasts. We'll visit many great fabric stores, see the Theatre de la Mode mannequins at the Maryhill Museum, go to the Pendleton factory and lots more. I have three tours for this spring. New York with American Sewing Expo April 15-21, 2012, New York with ASG May 20-26, 2012 and Portland, OR with Marla Kazell June 19-23, 2012.

To find out more about Marsha's great patterns and wonderful tours -- visit her Saf-T-Pockets website.

You still have time to make your garment for the Midnight Magic event!!

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