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Marla Kazell​

Marla Kazell has been sewing professionally for 36 years and creates beautiful couture clothing for special clients in her custom clothing business in Tigard, Oregon. Her focus is on fit and fine construction. She specializes in beautifully tailored jackets and suits, pants fitting, dresses and separates.

She learned to sew in her 7th grade Home Economics class and began her career in the sewing industry as a sample seamstress in the Research and Development Department at Stretch and Sew in Eugene, Oregon. As she developed her custom clothing business, Marla continued to learn all she could about fitting, fashion and sewing with many well-known teachers, including 12 years of study with couture expert, Bobbie Carr.

Marla has written articles for Sewing Update Newsletter and for Notions, Threads and Sew News magazines. She was the featured expert for the Sew News "Q&A" column for 4 years.

Her love of sewing led Marla to share her expertise in classes and hands-on workshops in Portland, Oregon and across the country. After being privileged to serve as technical advisor for the book, “Couture The Art of Fine Sewing” by Roberta Carr, Marla created and taught the Palmer/Pletsch Couture Workshop for 10 years.

She has presented classes at the American Sewing Guild (ASG) National Conference for 14 years and for ASG and Professional Association of Custom Clothiers (PACC) chapters, the New York Fashion Academy in Seattle, Washington, Josephine's Dry Goods in Portland, Oregon and for private groups in Portland, Seattle, Chicago and New York. Her travels have taken her to designer workrooms in New York, couture showrooms in Paris and fabric stores everywhere.

 From her website:


Workshop fee: Members pay:$70 prior to Aug 18.
$75 (check or cash) on the day of the WAC General Meeting Aug. 19 and the day of the workshop Aug 20.

Make the check payable to: WAC
Mail the workshop check to:
Rita Kreiger, 758 San Simon, Claremont, CA 91711.
Please include the following: your name, address, phone number, email address, title and date of the workshop.
For more info about the workshop and supplies contact
Rita Kreige
Or pay on-line
Members pay: $70 prior to Aug 18, on-line with PayPal

​Non-member fee $80, on-line with PayPal

​​Workshop - Aug. 20, 2017
Marla Kazell
“Fiber Collage a la Koos Workshop”

Explore the fabric collage techniques used by designer Koos van den Akker and learn to combine a variety of fabrics and fibers into a work of art. Marla will explain the process of putting together a collage and demonstrate how to make and shape bias tape, create origami texture, couch on yarn or trims, create appliques and how to do the slicing technique. Get tips for choosing fabrics, mixing fibers and blending colors, textures, prints, plaids and stripes. Practice the techniques as you create your one-of-a-kind collage sample piece which can become an apron, a tote bag or the start of a garment. Learn how to sew it all together with a variety of seams and how to finish the edges.  You'll be ready to create your own work of wearable art.

​For a preview and inspiration, go to www.marlakazell.co  and click on the Photo Gallery where you will find collage garments and collage ideas. A detailed supply list and guidelines for choosing fabrics will help you come prepared to create a great collage.

Supply List

To practice the techniques in class, I suggest making a small sampler piece.  If you want to use your sample to create an apron, tote bag or part of a garment, choose an appropriate base piece large enough to cut out your pattern piece.
Fabric – at least 12” x 20” piece of fabric for base – prints or textures work best, quilting weight is fine, but you could also consider wool, linen, heavier cotton or a light weight home dec fabric the wrong side of this fabric will be covered by your collage, the right side becomes the “lining” or “reverse” side of the collage.
   4 - 6 more fabrics for collage ¼   – ½  yard each or scrap pieces
   1 -3 fabrics for bias tape – ¼ – 1 yard each
Thread -  choose colors that blend into your base fabric and bias tape fabrics
Sewing machine and accessories
Basic sewing supplies including:  shears, pins, chalk marker, straight ruler with a bias line or triangle ruler with 45-degree angle. Optional Supplies: rotary cutter and mat, spray adhesive (Sulky KK 2000), newspaper (to protect fabric when using spray adhesive) Steam-A-Seam , or other fusible web for applique yarn, narrow ribbon or trims for couching bias tape makers – 1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4” 1”, Clover Slash Cutter, book – Koos Couture Collage: Inspiration and Techniques by Linda Chang, Teufel
Books, bias tape makers and slash cutters along with other notions and tools will be available for purchase at the workshop.

Rita will send you the specifics on choosing fabrics when you sign up for the workshop

Kit Fee: No Kit fee

Workshop Location: Fire Station 21, Community Room,
421 Oak St., Glendale, CA 91204
​Free parking at the Glendale Galleria across the street
Hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm with a one hour lunch break.

Note: the locations of these workshops vary. Due to

increasing costs the workshops may vary in price. There is often an additional kit fee. REFUNDS can only be made for cancellations received before the first day of the month in which the workshop is held.