VFT Spring Sewing Retreats: {A Look Inside}

Wednesday, May 25 - posted by Emily

VFT sewing retreats

This past March and April, Ericka and Jessica opened up the VFT studio to you, the best customers ever, and welcomed you to come sew, eat, and sew-cialize!  It was a chance to get a sneak peek at the new summer line, sew with some {AMAZING} fabrics, and get to know each other better!  2 full days of sewing, is there anything better???

Sewing retreat

The VFT Sewing Retreats are the perfect chance for you to escape your daily routine.  No driving kids to and fro, no cooking meals or doing laundry, no hearing "Mom, Mom, Mommy, Mama, MOOOOOOOM!" over and over agin.  It's a chance to recharge and spend some time with good people, good food, and sew until your heart's content!

VFT Grace Dress

 And what is sewing without good fabrics??  You can have the best pattern ever, but fabric is what makes it come to life!  It can make or break it.  And that's why we teamed up with some of the best in the business to provide our attendees with the cream of the crop fabrics!

Art Gallery Fabrics Michael Miller Fabrics

 

Art Gallery Fabrics and Michael Miller Fabrics generously sponsored our Spring Retreats and provided all the fabrics used!  Isn't that amazing?!?!?  Our lovely friends got to sew with some of our most favorite fabrics ever!  In the coming weeks, we will be focusing more on each fabric line, along with some amazing giveaways, so stay tuned!!!

Fleet&Flourish

Forrest Floor

Anna Elise

Fleet & Flourish, Forrest Floor, and Anna Elise were the amazing Art Gallery fabric lines all attendees had a chance to get their hands on.  Fresh, fun, and so lovely to work with, these fabrics paired beautifully with our summer patterns!

Sarah Jane Sommer

Sarah Jane Sommer from Michael Miller fabrics screams summer and we knew it would be the perfect fabric to showcase our summer line.  

We know you are all dying to know what a VFT Retreat is like, so let's pretend for a moment that we are all there.  First up was the Welcome Mixer.  This was the perfect opportunity to get to know each other over appetizers and drinks.  Some looked around the studio while others got acquainted with the patterns they would be using for the next two days.

After a fabulous nights sleep, all were invited to come have a lovely breakfast at the studio and get ready for day one!  This was the first day of sewing and by the end of the day, everyone had a beautiful garment done and ready to pack away to take home!  

VFT Sewing Retreat breakfast

A retreat wouldn't be complete with out delicious food.

Here is a sampling of our food.

Day 1 Breakfast included a Bourbon French Toast Bake or a Bacon and Onion Quiche along with fresh fruit and Mimosas to drink. 

Day 1 Lunch included either a Chicken Salad on a Croissant or a Gourmet BLT with cream cheese tomato spread on a Coissant with a Strawberry Side Salad. 

Day 2 Breakfast included a Donut and Biscuit Bar, complete with "all the fixins", and of course, Mimosas if you feel so inclined. 

Day 2 Lunch included a Gourmet Hot BBQ Potato Bar with "all the fixins", again. 

Hungry yet? Let's get back to the retreat.. 

Lunch at VFT

Craftsy bag winners

Day one is full of sewing and delicious food, not to mention some awesome swag bags full of all kinds of goodies!  And how about door prizes???  Craftsy graciously donated 2 bag kits for us to give away!

Dinner out

Dinner on day one was a much welcomed retreat to Historic Downtown Thompson's Station, where we all ate, drank, and were very, very merry!  Such a nice time with good friends! 

Sewing day 2

Day two starts with another yummy breakfast at the studio!  After you've fueled up, it's time for a morning full of sewing!  This is when the sewing of garment #2 starts. 

Just in case you get a little hungry in between meals, each day offered lovingly handmade snacks. Milk and cookies anyone? 

yummy treats

Just like day one, day two also includes some amazing food and snacks delivered right to the sewing studio.  After some much needed lunch, it's time to get back to sewing and finishing up that second garment!  {we recommended bringing that glass of sangria upstairs to the studio with you}. 

Mila Dress VFT

VFT Marjorie Dress pattern

Lainey Top pdf pattern

We were blown away by the {STUNNING} garments all of the attendees created!  Everyone did such amazing work, we only wished there was more time to keep sewing!!

group one retreat photo

VFT Sewing Retreat 2016

VFT Spring sewing retreat 2016

After some photos and farewells, it was time for the retreat to come to an end.  It was bittersweet to say the least.  The VFT ladies were beyond happy to get to know each and every person who was able to attend and finally put faces to names!  

VFT Lainey top pdf pattern

Grace Pdf Pattern

The sewing retreats are an amazing time and these past spring retreats were among the best!  We can't wait for 2017's retreat, and we hope you will come and sew with us!

Mila romper pdf pattern

 Paige pdf pattern

Thanks to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to come and sew with us!  We look forward to many many more opportunities to see you again, and we thank you so much for your loyalty and friendship!  All patterns used at the retreat are available on the website.  Make sure to pick up your own copy of Grace, MilaPaige, Marjorie, and Lainey.  We'd love to see your creations, so make sure to share in our FB group.

For all those who couldn't make it this year, we have a special giveaway for you!  Enter below for your chance to win an awesome {Swag Bag} like the retreat attendees received, full of fabulous sewing goodies!  The contents may vary slightly from the below picture (as all our retreat swag bags varied slightly), but you'll be sure to get at LEAST 6 yards of fabric, yards of trims, sewing notions, and lots of lovely sewing related objects! You have until end of day Friday May 27th to enter!  

VFT Sewing Retreat Swag Bag

{The actual products may vary from the photo slightly}
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