2016 CAMP STAFF
“Fate had other plans for me and I missed out on the 2015 Camp Workroom Social, so I am very excited to come this year to teach one of my newest patterns!”
Christine Haynes is a Los Angeles-based sewing author, teacher, and pattern designer with her own line of sewing patterns–Christine Haynes Patterns–which are perfect for the vintage-loving modern seamstress.
She has written four books, How to Speak Fluent Sewing (2015, C&T), Skirts & Dresses for First Time Sewers (2015, Barron's), The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction (2014, CPI), and Chic & Simple Sewing (2009, Potter Craft), and has contributed to other books, such as One Yard Wonders (2009, Storey).
Christine's articles have been published in Sewstylish, Sew News, Craftstylish, and Craft Zine magazines. She teaches sewing classes both in person and online, and has presented lectures and workshops at the American Sewing Guild Conference, the 2012–2016 Craftcation Conferences, and the 2016 QuiltCon. Christine is a regular contributor to the Craftsy blog, where she also teaches her popular Sassy Librarian Blouse class, and also teaches her Sylvie Dress pattern on-line with CreativeLive.
Christine was a featured guest on seasons 2 and 8 of PBS's Sew It All TV show, and her work has been featured in Threads magazine, Mollie Makes, the New York Times, the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, Martha Stewart's radio network, People.com, LA Weekly, Daily Candy, and NBC's Today Show, among others.
“I'm excited to be back at Camp Workroom Social for a second year. 2015 was so much fun, everyone was instant friends and the constant chatter of what everyone was learning in their classes and how supportive everyone was to each other was so inspiring to be around!”
Jennifer Beeman is the designer and patternmaker behind Grainline Studio, a line of sewing patterns featuring modern, fashion-forward patterns that will fit seamlessly into your everyday wardrobe. Jen studied fashion design at Columbia College where she focused on patternmaking & technical design and began working as a patternmaker just prior to graduating until recently when she stopped to focus on Grainline Studio full time.
In addition to running Grainline Studio she now teaches at Columbia College Chicago in the fashion department. For tips, tricks, tutorials, and sewing inspiration follow along with the Grainline Studio blog, or peek in behind the scenes of running a small pattern company by following Grainline Studio on Instagram.
“I grew up in Michigan, where going to winter and summer church camp was a huge part of my teen years! I have happy memories of high speed snow tubing down forested hills in the winter and staying up way past "lights out!" with my sister chatting in our bunk beds. I'm excited to create new memories with sewing friends!”
Amy is the sewing blogger and pattern designer behind Cloth Habit, with a particular passion for all things lingerie and lace. She started sewing as a pre-teen and has always had a penchant for diving head first into complex sewing projects, like tackling a Vogue Designer tuxedo suit in high school (which she wore proudly, despite its horrific crotch fit). Since then she has been a lifelong student of patternmaking and fitting.
In 2014 she turned her love of lingerie design and teaching other makers into a part time business at Cloth Habit. Amy's patterns are highly instructional, offering up-to-date techniques based on current ready to wear construction for a professional finish, and including tips on working with stretch fabrics and lingerie knits.
Surface Pattern Design
“I only had the chance to go to camp once, but have good memories, mostly around the choreographed dance number we learned to Love & Rockets 'So Alive'. Wish I could remember the dance moves, but maybe we'll have to make up our own camp dance! I absolutely love camping and being out in the woods, it's one of my biggest inspirations, so I'm super excited for this!”
Elizabeth Olwen is a Toronto-based surface designer. Inspired by pastoral beauty, nature in its most playful forms, folklore, and romance, Elizabeth's work is driven by the desire to leave something beautiful behind with every step she takes.
Elizabeth's love affair with pattern began many years ago as a child mesmerized by the orange floral drapes in her mother's kitchen. Surrounded by bold, unapologetic prints, patterns were something that she could lose herself in; a window to faraway places. Patterns have been an ever-present part of her life since, and she believes that beautiful patterns create the backdrop to a beautiful life.
Elizabeth draws inspiration from the world around her—and largely from nature. One of her favourite things is to get out into the outdoors to go camping, so it's fitting that she'll be teaching at Camp Workroom Social this year! What a rare luxury to be able to create patterns in the forest.
Elizabeth is a designer for Cloud9, makers of 100% organic fabrics, with 5 collections under her belt and more to come. She has collaborated on countless other products like bedding, pillows, rugs, stationery, kitchen textiles, floor tiles and much more.
Fit for Your Body and Style
“I am so excited to go back to Camp! It’s such a wonderful indulgence where you can really get down and dirty and focus on learning great tools to bring to your everyday life.”
Melissa Watson, a fashion designer and fit enthusiast, has developed two lines of patterns for the McCall Pattern Company currently branded Melissa Watson for Palmer/Pletsch. She has also designed for ready-to-wear companies in New York City, including Club Monaco and Ralph Lauren and Theory.
Originally from Portland Oregon, you could say that sewing and design is in her blood. Beginning at the age of six Melissa has watched her mom, Pati Palmer teach fit, construction, collect ideas, sew designs, and present them to McCall’s. Melissa’s first appearance in the McCall’s catalog was for a line of children’s wear called “Growing Up With Melissa”. After gaining her fashion design degree from Parsons she has spent her adult career designing, sewing, and now teaching, hoping to inspire the next generation of creative sewers and designers!
Brooks Ann Camper
Couture Hand Sewing Skills
“I was born a Camper! Due to my last name and my cheery disposition, I am often referred to as a "happy camper". A whole weekend away getting nerdy about sewing? That's my kind of camp!”
Brooks Ann first learned to sew as an adult working in professional costume shops. After an internship at Yale School of Drama, and a Master's Degree in Costume Construction from UNC, she moved to NYC where she worked as a Broadway milliner for productions such as Wicked and Mama Mia!, and sewing for celebrities from the Muppets to the Rockettes.
When she left New York and started her own business as a custom wedding dressmaker and designer, she began blogging the process as each one-of-a-kind dress was created. She realized that she was getting as much interest from "sewing people" as she was "brides" and started teaching her unique methods of custom sewing both in-person and online. She absolutely loves sharing her passion with kindred spirits!
Learn more about Brooks Ann's sewing story in Seamwork Magazine.
“It's hard to believe that Camp Workroom Social 2015's 'Cutest Sailor Mouth' award winner's only other experience with camp was a couple bible camps forced on me as a kid...or no, maybe that makes sense!”
Allyson Dykhuizen is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher from Michigan who lives in Chicago. Her patterns have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, knit.wear, and knit.purl magazines, by Lion Brand Yarns, and included in the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program. She self publishes and blogs on her website The Sweatshop of Love, and is editor of Holla Knits. Her book Midwestern Knits was published this fall.
“Camp 2015 was beyond AH-MAZING! If you couldn't make it last year, good news! We're doing it again, and I hope you'll join me, our awesome team, and our wonderful campers for another amazing weekend in 2016!”
Jennifer is a designer who believes that every woman can live a joyful, creative, and confident life. At her Brooklyn-based studio, Workroom Social, she helps women find their joy, creativity, and confidence by empowering them to create clothes they want to wear. She teaches sewists methods that make clothing construction easy and produce beautiful results that look store-bought, not homemade. Jennifer is a summer camp counselor for life and the recipient of the “Spirit of Wewa” award at YMCA Camp Wewa in Apopka, FL, her childhood sleepaway camp. It’s a dream of hers to create Camp Workroom Social, a excuse for adults to sew, make friends, and act like a kid again if only for the weekend.