It all starts here​...

at the Kismet Cottage, where people come to "learn to sew", improve existing skills, advance and improve techniques, while meeting and mingling with like minded crafters.  Located in Vernon, it is the hub of central BC sewers, and home of the only Palmer/Pletsch certified sewing and fitting instructor in the Okanagan, Dawne Whelpley.

Dawne, a professional dress-maker with 60+ years of experience, shares a  caboodle of experience and knowledge in all aspects of the craft in a unintimidating, cozy, comfy, and totally unique learning environment. The Cottage is fully equipped with every sewing need from machines to fabric, and a virtual library of learning media. Classes of 3 students ensures lots of personal attention.


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Copy Cut Fashions is a side of the Studio where copies of retail garments are made. If you have a garment that you would like duplicated ... we can make another one for you.

The pictures below are of a few lovely people who have had copies of their favorite clothes made at the Cottage. Many sample garments are available for purchase at the cottage, along with fabric (by the meter).  We are open for viewing, just call.