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Kathryn Piffl

Thank you, thank you for offering such incredible couture workshops!  I'm grateful for your PATIENT teaching style, immense amount of prep work, supportive feedback, passion for sharing your fine tuned techniques, and tasty culinary hospitality.  You have thought of every detail - down to the fully illustrated instruction booklet, hand buttonhole sample packet and providing a garment bag amongst the class supplies.  These workshops have become a highlight of the year.  I feel privelaged to have had the opportunity to learn from you.  You have greatly expanded my stitching skills.


Kathryn Piffl

Mosinee, WI

Couture Jacket participant

Donna Richardson

I would recommend your school to anyone who is serious about sewing. You provide excellent instructions in a non-intimidating atmosphere. I am a novice sewer, but left your school feeling as if I could sew with the best. I am looking forward to returning in April.

Donna Richardson, South Carolina, USA

Fran Gregor

 What a week! What a pair of fine teachers!
Many thanks to you both.

Fran Gregor, Halifax , Nova Scotia
Couture Draping with Jon Moore participant

Laurel Sloane

Dear Kathryn and Jon,

Thank you so much for that wonderful week in North Bay.  Couture really takes sewing to a higher art form.  Just what I have been looking for.  It is interesting to read about it in a book but it is so much more with two very experienced and talented instructors.

The meals were delicious, the ladies were wonderfu, the weather was gorgeous.  I'd say the 'Couture Experience' was perfect!

Thank you again,

Laurel Sloane

Ameliasburg, ON

Couture Jacket participant

Helen Haughton

Just a little note to thank you again for a great sewing course! I enjoyed it immensely and feel I learned a lot as well as regaining some confidence in sewing. I can't think of anything that could be improved on....the meals were wonderful too!

Helen Haughton/Ontario
Fearless Jacket participant

Nancy Jones

Just wanted to drop you a note to thank you and your family for the wonderful hospitality you provided while at the class, I certainly felt very spoiled, how much better does it get, you can sew all day and not have to worry about cooking or dishes, just amazing.

My friends and co workers can’t believe a sewing trip could have been so much fun, I haven’t been able to stop talking about how much fun we had learning.

Again thank you so much to both you and Jon for the most amazing and gratifying experience.

Nancy Jones, Sarnia , Ontario
Couture Draping with Jon Moore participant

Ether Brooks

Dear Kathryn,

You are indeed a superstar!  I know very well how much time and effort goes into planning these trips, and I am most appreciative.  You always handled yourself with grace and charm.  And, of course, Jon was an elegant addition to our little group, unfailingly charming and in good spirits.

Esther Brooks

Toronto, ON

Paris/London 2013

Josette Lory

Thank you Kathryn for the delightful program you put together. Your hard planning and prep work paid off in providing a top notch event for all of us. Not only was it too much fun just being in NYC, it was a sewing inspiration to see the collections, to check out the wonderful big city fabrics, and to snoop and shop designer collections . . . and a great pleasure to meet you.

Josette Lory/Michigan
Springtime in New York 2006 participant

Carol Brisson

 Kathryn .. .thank you for such a wonderful trip .. . packed with everything .. .. .it was so well planned with so much for anyone interested in fashion .. .I loved it! .. .. .and I have no idea where you get that much patience ..

Carol Brisson
North Bay , ON
NY participant

Maria Leone

I am in awe when I think of the amount of preparation you do for this trip.  It is obvious that you attempt to cover all of the bases and create an experience that gives everyone a full event.  I respect your organizational skills and attention to detail.  Knowing now what I do about the adventure, I am considering next year's trip.

Maria Leone

Buffalo, NY

Paris/London 2013 

Audrey Middleton

All I can say off the bat is WOW!!!!
That was the best trip ever! Every little detail had been thought out in advance,
- a credit to your wonderful organizational skills.

Audrey Middleton
Springtime in New York 2006 participant

Marcie Powell

 I am really at a loss for words to express the gratitude I feel for the truly exception experience I had last week at your classic jacket workshop. I am not sure what I expected from the workshop. I only knew that at last my curiosity about Chanel's work would be satisfied, and that I quite likely would end up with a very nice jacket.

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I enjoyed this trip very much.  Both you and Jon were great tour guides and gave us the opportunity to see wonderful things.  I am reliving the events again and again.  

All the best,

Jackie Nadler 

Toronto, ON

Paris/London 2013


Kathryn's fashion course in Paris was well planned and well organized. Every day included a group fashion event, learning component and highly appreciated free time to explore Paris. She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in ensuring that participants knew how to get to where they wished to go and, even more importantly, how to get back to the hotel.

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Nancy Murphy

I had, bar none, the best time with all of you in NYC!  The hotel's location was perfect and I found the service and rooms to be very good.  I needed this jaunt to NYC to spur my enthusiasm, since my friends don’t sew and become bored with any discussion of the subject. 

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Sandra Betzina

Anyone who would like to master leather or shearling should do so in Kathryn Brenne’s 4-day seminars!

Sandra Betzina, San Francisco, USA
Sandra is an author and host of Sew Perfect on HGTV.

Mary Gardner

I appreciate the guidance and hospitality that you provided on the trip.  I achieved my objective, which was getting around the city and learning where to find fabric and supplies so that I can do this again sometime on my own.I have also renewed my enthusiasm with some creative ideas and can hardly wait to get to the sewing room after work each day  

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Elizabeth Shaw


I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the course last week. It really inspired me to get into my sewing room more frequently.

It's not often that I'm able to discuss sewing with people who have really spent a lot of time thinking about it.

Elizabeth Shaw
Hamilton , ON
David Coffin Making Trousers workshop participant


Judy Bryer

I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop.  I felt my 'Easy Vogue' project paled in comparison to the work being done around me but I am excited to have finished the dress.  Looking forward to wearing it on our trip.  I appreciated your patient and expert attention.  To have fun while learning is a great combination and you provide that setting.  I am inspired to keep improving.

Thanks Kathryn.

Open Workshop participant

Lorna Rae

Just want to say a big "thank you" for everything you did to make our tour so inspiring, relaxing and enjoyable.  I'm still coming down from the 'high' after everything we saw.

Lorna Rae, Harrowsmith, Ontario
New York trip participant

Kay Young

 I think it has taken me the better part of the week to recover from PR Weekend!  I knew you would be fabulous and you didn’t disappoint, so thank you for participating.  I think there were 50+ women very inspired after that day – as Deepika said, at both ends of the garment sewing universe!

Kay Young
Pattern Review Montreal weekend participant/organizer

Sophann Schleifer

Your CD is awesome.  Please do more videos!  You're succinct, no unnecessary uninformative chatter.  Your every word is relevant, excellent photography, zoom-ins along with details, tips and lists.   The CD is fabulous.  Thank you for filling the void in leather sewing info.

Sophann Schleifer  Scottsdale AZ

Catherine Brocklebank

Thanks so much for the course, and the opportunity to "play" with so many wonderful fellow sewers. Quite an ambitious, focused group still with lots of fun and social times. I loved it!

The two jackets were (are) a hit, so now I can just dream of the blue and what it will become.  I see hats and fringed scarves in my future.

Catherine Brocklebank, Mississauga, Ontario
Shearling Jacket workshop participant

Bonnie Rae Bailey

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the trip to Paris and London.  I really enjoyed and appreciated all of the activities and tours that you arranged.  Everything was well thought out!  Thank you!  Looking forward to another ‘finesewing’ adventure!

Bonnie Rae Bailey
Delta, BC
Paris/London participant

Barbara Higgs

 I just had to mention the recent praise for your work in the letters section in Vogue Patterns. One writer congratulated the magazine for allowing all the pages but I know you wouldn’t submit an instruction project without making sure all the ‘whys and wherefores’ were included. Your attention to detail, complete research, and desire to impart the full benefit of your knowledge is what makes you a world-class teacher. Congratulations on having your work appreciated and publicly recognized. You deserve it!

Barbara Higgs
Past workshop participant

Erika Abner

Thanks for an excellent experience and a beautiful coat.  My husband thinks it’s the nicest garment I’ve made!

Erika Abner, LL.B, Ph.D, Educational Consultant, Toronto, Ontario
Shearling Jacket workshop participant

Amy Steele

Thank you Kathryn!  As always, you outdid yourself with the glove
workshop.  I am so lucky to know you and able to benefit from your
knowledge.  Learning from you is always such a pleasure!

Amy Steele
North Bay, ON
Couture Glove workshop participant

Penny Hopp

Each time I attend one of the workshops I can’t believe what I accomplish! The personal hands-on instruction, the beautiful atmosphere in the woods, the fabulous equipment plus the friends I’ve made make each workshop really one-of-a-kind…. oh, and did I mention the food! I feel so fortunate to have discovered this gem of a school. Thank you Kathryn, the workshops are not only great for my mental health but my sewing skills are in the big league now.
Penny Hopp, Toronto, Canada

Cynthia Lewis

 Your workshop was definitely worth the trip, and I am excited to see if I can experiment with a few other styles. I must say your presentation style is very clear, and you have the patience of Job! I hope I will be able to attend another class in the future.

Cynthia Lewis, Denver , Colorado
Designer Purse workshop participant

Barbara van Lierop

Once again,  I would like to thank you for organizing  the course,  and making it possible for me to attend.  Please thank Jon for taking the time and effort to teach the course.  It is so inspiring to learn from him,  and also to be around others who are so passionate about sewing as a hobby.

Barbara van Lierop
Ile Bizard, QC
Jon Moore Couture Jacket participant

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