Events & Shows

This fall Kathy is offering to measure you at her booth  and send you a knit top and slacks pattern with perfect fit and the style you want.

Here are Kathy’s Classes Go to each shows website for details and to buy tickets:

ETA SEW EXPO New York
go to ttp://etasewexpo.com for details
Newark NY August 28-30 2015
Renaissance Hotel
801 Rutherford Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070-2576

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Saturday: 8am-6pm
Sunday: 8am-4:30pm

 Serger 911 Hands On  (Friday August28th 2015 9:am-12:30 pm)
$49 Kit Fee $15
Kathy Ruddy, the creator of 5 Serger videos, will teach how to love your Serger. Learn easy thread changing techniques. Learn what width and length is on your Serger and how to use them to fine tune your stitch patterns. Learn about differential feed and Lycra. Begin your class with pre-cut fabric pieces, and leave with completed samples of each technique for a Serger pocket, corners and circles, 10 minute tank top and Serger jacket each crafted to teach you how to get the best from your serger. This class is appropriate for all levels of sewers.
The Kit: includes: pre-cut fabric samples and thread to use during the class.
All you need to bring to class are:
Your Serger set for four thread balanced stitching, tested and working for a consistent 8” of balanced stitching sample placed under the needle of your Serger for me to check as you enter the classroom. Also bring a power strip and extension cord. *Note If your machine cannot do this it has a timing issue, that must be checked and corrected by a repair man before class.
Student Supply List: a stapler, basic sewing supplies, scissors, , and pins.

Make It Today! Wear It Tonight! (Friday August28th 2015 1:30 pm-5:30 pm)
$49. Kit Fee: $25
Learn to draft, fit, and construct a bias-cut skirt any length you choose that can be put together in as little as 45 minutes. It is flirty, swingy, perfect for dancing, and oh-so-flattering. Each student will leave class with a skirt pattern that they adjust to fit themselves and the formula to adjust any future skirt pattern too! You will learn how to cut and sew bias while Kathy demonstrates construction techniques. Learn cutting seaming and hemming bias using a machine hemming technique that is not only fast but used in couture sewing and a waist finish technique that inserts elastic and sews a waist casing, all in one step.
The Kit includes: instruction booklet, skirt pattern and a pack of 10 drafting pens in different colors and a 24”X2” dressmakers drafting ruler.
Student Supply List: Please bring to class, 3/8” elastic, tape measure, scissors, tissue paper, glue stick

Pants Construction Kathy’s Way – Saturday,August 29th 2015 10-12 pm
Three styles of waist finish, three kinds of pockets, two zippers? Kathy Ruddy gives you all these options and more, using a single pants pattern. Make your own tummy tuck jeans or yoga pants. Kathy’s ready–to-wear secrets will save you time and give you great results You will love this no nonsense approach to real women’s bodies and clothing needs!

It’s Sew Easy: Sewing With Knits – Saturday, August 29th 2015 2:30-3:30 pm
You’ll love how easy it is to “body fit” your fabric and sew with knits – even if you’ve sewn knits before! Learn pattern sizing, how to handle different stretch factors, plus marking, cutting, seaming and setting in sleeves. Learn to strengthen and stabilize seam and hemlines, and control the shape of corners.

The Sheath Dress and Upper Body Fit – Saturday,August 29th 2015 4-5 pm
This wardrobe staple has never been more on trend. Explore pattern selection and ways to camouflagewhat you like least about your figure. Kathy’s approach to upper body fit includes armhole, sleeve, bust and shoulder angle corrections, and adding details that make you look younger and slimmer. See fast construction techniques for a fully lined dress with or without sleeves, and discover
a super-easy zipper closure.

Sew What You Want! – Sunday, August 30th 2015 10-12 pm

Kit Fee $25 Class Tutorial & Seam Allowance Curve Ruler
Learn a series of new techniques which enable you to sew clothes just like the ones you already own and love. See how to choose your garment, draft the pattern, learn to add facings, seam allowance,hemlines, smooth curves and more. Gather tips about choosing the right fabric and how to add commercial details to make a garment interesting, like ruffles, pleats and pockets. The easy way to sew what you want and love what you get!

Supplies: Bring a favorite garment or piece with great details to class. There will be time to practice on your own garment. Bring Paper Scissors, Wax paper and Felt Tip Marker

Sew Jackets Faster – Sunday, August 30th 2015 1-2 pm

Kathy, the queen of speed, sews a jacket in as little as 3 hours.  Join Kathy as she shares her out of the box approach that will speed up the process for you too! Learn about successful pattern and fabric selection, shortcuts for notched collars, interfacing, underlining, sleeve installation and lining.

 Secrets To Look Slimmer – Sunday, August 30th 2015 2:30-3:30
Lose ten pounds simply by choosing the right style and fit.  Sew a high-end wardrobe that fits, is comfortable and will camouflages any weak points.  Watch Kathy model a variety of clothes in styles that will “work” for you too, making you look good and feel great.  Learn about the secret techniques that really work, are easy to apply and will inspire you to sew.  All the tools and tips you’ll need to make the creative process fun!

American Sewing Expo
Novi MI
September 25-27, 2015
go to www.americansewingexpo.com for details

The American Sewing Expo
Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Avenue

Pants for YOU: Personal Fit and Styling Pre-Show Hands On Workshop
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9:0 0 am – 5:00 pm
All Day Hands On Workshop $130
Kathy Ruddy / KathyRuddy.com

Create the only pant pattern you’ll need for years
to come! Measurements and visual keys are the
foundation for creating a custom pants pattern.
Members of the class will receive a visual fit chart
on which Kathy will analyze and record the changes
needed to create a custom fit. Kathy will demonstrate
taking correct measurements as class members
work in pairs to complete their individual measurement
charts. Using 1/2 scale patterns, practice the
fitting changes outlined in the personal analysis to
create your very own custom pant pattern. As the
class progresses, learn how to use a pattern block to
restyle pant legs that follow current trends and how
to convert a fitted zipper faced waist to a smooth
pull-on pant. Many more tips and lots of fun will be
had by all!
Kit Fee $25.00:
includes 1/2 scale patterns, tutorial,
seam Allowance Curve Ruler and one drafting pen

Show Floor, Exhibits, Demos & Fashion
Friday, Sept. 25
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, Sept. 26
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Passion for Fashion
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Sunday, Sept. 27

Sewing Knits With Ease Fri/Sat 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Kathy Ruddy / KathyRuddy.com
You’ll love how easy it is to “body fit” your fabric
and sew with knits, even if you’ve sewn knits
before! Learn pattern sizing, how to handle stretch
factors, marking, cutting, seaming and setting in
sleeves. Learn to strengthen and stabilize seam and
hemlines, and control the shape of corners. Make a
pattern from a favorite knit top and see how to convert
it to a dress with easy design changes to make
you look your

Secrets To Look Slimmer Friday and Saturday Only
11:45 am – 12:15 pm FREE Demo Stage
Kathy Ruddy / kathyruddy.com

Sew What You Want Fri/Sun 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Kathy Ruddy / kathyruddy.com
Learn techniques to sew clothes with ready-to-wear
details such as ruffles, pleats and pockets. Gather tips
for choosing the right fabric, drafting a pattern from
your favorite garment, adding facings, seam allowances,
and more. Discover Kathy’s rules for copying
sleeves, darts, seams and gathers for a whole new
wardrobe inspired by your favorite looks. The easy
way to sew what you want and love what you sew!

Serger 911 Sat 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Kathy Ruddy / kathyruddy.com
All Serger owners and prospective owners need to
know how the Serger operates from the inside out.
Learn about burrs, how width is used to improve
stitches and how to create a perfect balanced-tension
control strip. Discover a sequential tension formula
that works on many Sergers and all thread types. A
five-minute Serger pocket that can be added to any
pattern plus some fun projects using a balanced
stitch will be demonstrated.

Make It Today! Wear It Tonight!Sun 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Kathy Ruddy / kathyruddy.com
(Hands On) Learn to draft, fit and construct a
bias-cut skirt that can be sewn in as little as 45 minutes.
Leave class with a skirt pattern that fits you and
the knowledge to fit others too. Kathy demonstrates
construction techniques and teaches you to cut, seam
and hem bias using a fast machine technique used
in couture sewing and a waist finish technique that
inserts elastic and sews a casing, all in one step.
Kit Fee $25.00

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo
go to www.asewingexpo.com for details

Fredericksburg VA
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Oct. 1-3 2015

Here is Kathy’s schedule Go to each shows web site for details:

Sew What You Want Thursday 10/1/2015 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Learn a series of new techniques which enable you to sew
clothes just like the ones you already own and love.
See how to choose your garment, draft the pattern, learn
to add facings, seam allowances, hemlines, smooth curves
and more. Gather tips about choosing the right fabric and
how to add commercial details to make a garment interesting,
like ruffles, pleats and pockets. The easy way to sew what
you want and love what you get!

Fast Ways To Sew Better Thursday 10/1/2015 2:30 PM-3:30 PM

You’ll love Kathy’s “it’s a process” attitude towards fashion
sewing as she abandons outdated methods in favor of her own
foolproof, tried and true techniques. Improve the look of
your garments using modern approaches, including using fusibles
for collars, achieving smooth corners, bulk-less joins and
elastic applications for her famous “expandable” waistlines.
Get perfect bound buttonholes, welt pockets and other finicky
details right the first time, and learn techniques you can count
on. Bonus: Learn about Kathy’s favorite sewing tools to make
everything easier!

Serger 911 Friday 10/2/2015 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Get comfortable with your serger! Control serger tensions with
a formula that works on any serger and see factors that affect
stitch quality plus some fun projects using a balance stitch.

It’s Sew Easy: Sewing With Knits Friday 10/2/2015 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

You’ll love how easy it is to “body fit” your fabric and sew with knits
even if you’ve sewn knits before! Learn pattern sizing, how to handle
different stretch factors, plus marking, cutting, seaming and setting
in sleeves. Learn to strengthen and stabilize seam and hemlines, and
control the shape of corners. Discover how to make a dress using your
favorite knit top pattern as the base; easy design changes will have
you looking your very best!

Pants for YOU: Personal Fit and Styling
Saturday 10/3/2015 8:30 AM-11:30 AM

Materials Fee: $30.00 Measurement Chart,Tutorial, Seam Allowance Curve Ruler
and one drafting pen

Create the only pant pattern you’ll need for years to come! Measurements
and visual keys are the foundation for creating your own custom pants
pattern. Each member of the class will receive a visual fit chart on which
Kathy will analyze and record the changes you’ll be making to your base
pattern. Using a single student, she will demonstrate taking correct
measurements. As time allows and using one class member’s chart, see how
to apply personal changes to a pants pattern to create a custom fit block.
Apply fit changes with Kathy’s guidance, then practice how to use your
pattern block to restyle the leg to follow current trends.

The Sheath Dress and Upper Body Fit
Saturday 10/3/2015 2:00 PM-3:00 PM

This wardrobe staple has never been more on trend. Explore pattern selection
and ways to camouflage what you like least about your figure. Kathy’s approach
to upper body fit includes armhole, sleeve, bust and shoulder angle correction,
and adding details that make you look younger and slimmer. See fast construction
techniques for a fully lined dress with or without sleeves, and discover a
super-easy zipper closure.

Minneapolis MN
Nov. 12-14 2015
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo
go to www.asewingexpo.com for details

Class Descriptions will be listed approximately 10 weeks prior to the Expo.

DoubleTree Bloomington
Minneapolis South
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

Exhibit Hall Hours
Thursday & Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:30pm