February Training

In preparation for commemorating the 106th anniversary of the Triangle shirt waist fire, FF will learn how to make a shirtwaist blouse from a oversized men’s shirt.

Friday Feb. 17, 6:30-9:30 PM  hosted by Thank You For Coming and LA Faux Frau’s,  3416 Glendale Blvd, LA CA

Please join us via skype.

triangle logo

Triangle Shirtwaist Hack: from men’s shirt to commemorative triangle shirt waist blouse.




Written instructions:

  1. put shirt on you or a dress form.
  2. Mark the cap of your shoulder, 2” below waist, hem and sleeve length.
  3. Remove collar from rise.
  4. Sew up rise.
  5. Remove sleeve
  6. Open shoulder 2” past shoulder cap mark
  7. Pleat front into back shoulder to mark
  8. Sew up shoulder. Now there should be two small pleats in the shoulder
  9. If needed take in side seam.
  10. cut hem
  11. turn and roll hem
  12. Cut a casing from hem scraps or other fabric  1 1/2″
  13. Sew the casing with top stitching at waist mark, all the way around, so casing opening match up at buttons.  The side with buttons gets set back about 1″ so the ties match up.
  14. cut and sew a tie from remaining scraps
  15. Using a safety put tie through casing
  16. Put the sleeves back on, they should fit nicely, adjust as needed.

    Triangle Blouse is finished.





January Training

Mark your calendars trainings will be held on the 2nd Friday of each month, 6:30-9:30 pm PST, 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA.  You are welcome to attend via skype, google hangouts or FT.  Email FF to make arrangements.

In support of the Sewing Rebellions mission   The Faux Frau’s Friday training will prepare Faux Frau’s for next month’s Sewing Rebellion activities, as well as answer any questions you might have.

In January the Sewing Rebellion launched Good Not Goods   Looking back at the history of Labor and Protest as a model for how to be vigilant today.  January training launches Body Banners, wearable protests for everyday life: body banners and  sassy sashes for rallies, protests, and parades.  This will include a sewing element, and a stencil tutorial for quick lettering to let your voice be heard

Hope to see you there!

Yours in sewing and solidarity

Frau Fiber

Faux Frau Holiday Factories

Thank You Faux Frau’s for all of the work you do.  Let’s celebrate with by making graham cracker factories.  Friday Dec. 9, 6:30-9:30 pm, ILGWU 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA 90802. Outside the region are welcome to join via skype.

Each Faux Frau brings their own bag of candy, and a tray, or plate to build their factory on.


Graham Crackers


Royal Icing 


Photo credit:  Steven Frost Swinging Graham Cracker construction @ ILGWU 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA 2013

October Training

Frau Frau Friday and Training

Friday Oct 14, 6:30-9:30 pm

In preparation for November Sewing Rebellion, using t-shirts as a natural resource, Faux Fraus will learn how to make kitchen Kovers for jars, bowls, and cups.  This project was inspired by covers Faux Frau Cythnia made for the Thank You for Coming CSA box in September.

If you have sewing or other textile questions, please forward them to fraufiber@gmail.com


A historical statement on mending

“My wife made attractive dresses from low-priced mill ends; her old ones she made over for the children.  My clothes became marvels of reconstruction.  Small patches patched large patches, and larger patches covered all; these in turn were spotted with smaller patches until Joseph’s coat of many colors was patched on my shirt.  When all strata of a garment wore out, my wife tore them into strips and knitted them into thick warm rugs with a pair of needles I made of a springy wire barrel hoop.”

Charles Vindex, describing life near Plentywood Montana in 1931.

From Montana History Museum, in Helena MT.

Thank you Faux Frau Margery for sharing this statement on mending.

Training Sept. 24

This month training will include:

  • Special visit from a Representative from the The Center
  • Faux Frau Steven’s Apron
  • Jumpsuits
  • knock off production.
Friday Sept. 23, 6:30-9:30 pm @ ILGWU 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA

If you are interested in becoming a Faux Frau email Frau @ fraufiber@gmail.com

Faux Frau’s are welcome to join us via skype

May Training

Faux Frau Friday May 20, 2016, 6:30-9:30 pm.
in person or via skype

In preparation of June Sewing Rebellion activities, Faux Frau’s will be trained in the art of Hand and Machine applique techniques for non partisan, anti fast fashion banner production.

Faux Frau’s are also invited to bring their finished knock off garments.