The Sewing and Design School


I was a self-taught seamstress…until now.  In an effort to improve my skills, I searched Google for “sewing schools” hoping to find something in my area (online classes are great but I wanted access to a real person).  My search revealed nothing close to home so I began to consider the idea of a sewing vacation.  That’s when I stumbled upon The Sewing and Design School in Tacoma, Washington.  It didn’t take me long to secure my spot in the moulage class by Kenneth D. King.  As a Threads Magazine subscriber, I already knew and respected Kenneth’s expertise.  The moulage class was exactly what I needed to reach the next level.


Moulage is a French word meaning “mold.” Couturiers often make a moulage to fit their clients and use it to draft custom patterns.  I knew that if I had a moulage, I could create a bodice sloper and use it to draft custom patterns for the best fit possible. And that’s exactly what we did!  Click on the photos below for details.  Double click to enlarge.

My experience at The Sewing and Design School exceeded my expectations!  I highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to take their skills to the next level.  Ryliss Bod is the director and she teaches classes too. Find her on instagram @sewing_and_design_school. She made sure everyone had everything they needed for a productive and happy weekend.  I enjoyed my time there immensely. Not only did I get to learn from the experts but I also got to see a beautiful part of the country.  I sincerely cannot wait to go back.   They offer a variety of classes for beginners and advanced sewers alike.  You can learn from experts such as Ryliss Bod, Lynda Maynard, and Kenneth King. Check out the class schedule for updates.


View as you drive away from the airport in Seattle toward Tacoma.

In my next post, I’ll show you  how Kenneth D. King used my moulage to customize my PGM dress form!


  1. Ryliss Bod | 14th Jun 16

    It was a pleasure to have you attend our Moulage workshop. We strive to provide the best sewing and drafting education with gifted instructors.

    • lablaylock | 15th Jun 16

      Thank you Ryliss! I learned so much and met a lot of great people. I definitely want to come back 🙂

  2. Mary | 16th Jun 16

    I totally agree with everything you said about the classes offered. If I lived closer, I would take advantage of such a great resource.

    • lablaylock | 17th Jun 16

      I understand Mary! Unfortunately, I live on the other side of the country so this was a special treat. Ryliss, Lynda, and Kenneth will travel to other locations. You could check with your local chapter of the American Sewing Guild. If there is enough interest, perhaps they could arrange a class in your area.

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