Friday, October 26, 2012

Sandra Betzina's Retreat - Part IV Dinner Party at Sandra's

Wow!  The days are going by so fast.  It's been four weeks since the Power Sewing Retreat.  Today I am able to write this fourth installment.  This segment highlights of the Dinner party hosted by Sandra and her husband (Dan) for the class.

We had a grand time.  Sandra prepared a wonderful meal for us.  We ate, drank and laughed the night away.

Sandra had all the ladies try on her beautiful custom-made fascinator. 

Before the end of class on Friday, Sandra asked us to choose three important characteristics that we valued in a true friend.  This one simple question was the start of a lively conversation about friendships and relationships.  Needless to say, time went by very quickly.  After the party Dan drove us back to the hotel for a good night's rest.   

Everyone had a great time.

Other Activities -

On Friday, a few of us decided to take a trip to Fisherman's Wharf to do a little shopping and to grab a bite to eat before going to Beach Blanket Babylon.  BTW- Sandra got tickets for everyone to go to show.  It was so funny and the singing was great.

This ends my reviews for the retreat.  It was a fantastic week.  I came away with a lot of knowledge and motivation to try a few new techniques.  I know that some want to ask which workshop I liked better, but I can not give a straightforward answer.  They complement one another.  The Palmer/Pletsch workshop was primarily about fitting.  This workshop was a little bit of everything.  The lesson about fit I learned from Sandra, helped me to further refine techniques I learned with Palmer/Pletsch. 

Today, I took a look at my completed projects for 2012.  There aren't half as many as last year.  I have a few garments that weren't reviewed at all.  Then there are several projects that I would like to finish before Christmas.  Now that I'm almost done with the semester, perhaps I can get a little more sewing done. 

One of the things on my to do list, is to post reviews on Sandra Betzina's books.  Another is to see what everyone else is doing.  I miss being able to blog.  Finally, I want to talk about the Haute Couture Club Fashion Show 2013.  The theme is "Elements of Glam" and is centered around the "elements" of the earth. 

So in the meantime, Happy Sewing!


  1. Thanks so much for these reviews--so helpful to have you share your experience. Elle

  2. What a fun time. So happy that you got to go:)

  3. Looks like a great time was had by all...thanks for sharing. Looking forward to your book reviews.

  4. We are so far away from these opportunities in Australia.

  5. Loved the photos; looks like a great time. I lived in Santa Rosa, 60 minutes north of San Francisco and so remember many trips to Fisherman's Wharf area.

  6. Thanks for sharing with us. I'll likely never make one of these hands on retreats, so reading about it is the next best thing!

  7. Wow, what an exciting and fun trip! I'm really happy you enjoyed yourself! Thanks so much for sharing some of it with us!

  8. Thanks, everyone. Gail - There was a participants from Australia.

  9. Looks like you had a wonderful time! I am sure the fashion show will be as amazing as ever.



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