Happy Thanksgiving and More Photos

We are thankful for all of you allowing us to keep doing what we love! You inspire us every month-speaking of-next month’s meetings will be:

December meetings: Thursday, 12/8 at First Sewing, Saturday, 12/10 at Treadle Yard Goods, Wednesday, 12/14 at Lakes Makerie

Can’t wait!!! Hope you all enjoy your Turkey Day, however you celebrate!

Copied RTW, original on left
Upcycling-Garment bag from oversized men’s shirt
Butterick 6241
Silhouette 8019 Diane’s Wrap Dress
OOP KwikSew
Vogue 9244
Great kids’ Christmas gift McCalls 8250
Sewing Workshop Sterling Jacket
McCalls 7969
Chateau Jacket Sewing Workshop
KwikSew 2895
Butterick 6634
Stanway Tee, Cashmerette Ahead of the Curve book
Opal Coat & Cardigan, Paprika Patterns
And a little Merry Christmas!

November GSG Photos and Comments :)

Garment Sewing Group/November 2022

Debbie’s Garments:

Itch to Stitch Cerrito Alto Jacket/Cotton blend with ponte contrast

My Jacket of Mistakes and Disappointments! What Happened?

Chose the wrong size

Not enough fabric thus knit sleeves with woven main fabric and unlined sleeves – needed to adjust lining construction

Cut off too many zipper teeth and lost pull when testing and needed to rip out and insert again –

It is a tailored jacket and I wasn’t prepared for that

omitted zipper welt pockets

too much in a hurry and so much more!

I like this jacket pattern. The directions are very detailed and well illustrated. The method of attaching the lining without any hand sewing is terrific. I will give this a try again but not for a long time.

KwikSew 3555, Cotton and Burda 7062, Stretch cotton corduroy

1. This is TNT pattern for me but I am ready to try something new.

2. I like the contrast band even though it is black. The only thing I would do differently would be to sew the band to the center front right sides together so the black fabric would be exposed and not the ws of the print.

1. Another TNT pattern for me but again, ready to try something new.

True Bias Marlo Sweater, Sweater knit blend

1. So I tried something new and I didn’t do well.

2. I did shorten the length between shoulder and bust on front, back and sleeve. I also lengthened the short version of the sweater by 2”.

3. I feel I should have used a more stable sweater knit.

4. I constructed the sweater with the serger and tried topstitching the bands using a walking foot but that did not work well – needed a more stable knit.

5. I gave up on buttonholes after trying Solvy and sticky back stabilizer to no avail.

6. The sweater is no longer a cardigan since I sewed the bands closed with buttons – it works.

Kristin’s Garments

Karine Sweater Jalie 4242, Various knits

1. Had to try one of the versions of the short cardigan. This one is a raglan-probably cut along the lines of their Romy pattern.

2. No hem band or back neck facing. Wrapped seams used very effectively.

3. Had fun using stash pieces.

Laundry Day Tee Love Notions, Rayon knit

1. Looking for a fuller-at-hem tee to layer under garments.

2. This is a size large-narrow across shoulders. Close fit through bust and back.

Mitchell Trousers Closet Core, Bottom weight herringbone
Well fitting back side without the welt pockets

1. A new pattern that I just had to try. Blakandblanca Instagram photo inspired me. Wide leg and tapered leg version. I made a size 16 in wide leg version.

2. Directions are great. Everything came together. The pleat is a bit different and I’d love to see someone else’s version of it.

3. Discovered the bar tack feature on my sewing machine.

4. Omitted welt pockets and side tabs.

5. Fit worked very well. Lots of trouser features (fly shield!)-unfortunately most of them are invisible to the general public 🙂 A slower sew but worth it in the end.

November 2022 Garment Sewing Group

Thursday, December 8, 10:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington

Saturday, December 10, 10:30, Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul

Wednesday, December 14, 10:30 at Lakes Makerie, Mpls.

November Sewing

We’ll be at Ginny’s on Friday (11/11) at 1 pm, kind of a pop-up Garment Sewing Group :)) Ginny is also having a silk sale!

Then we’ll be a Treadle Yard Goods on Saturday at 10:30 am for our last November meeting. Hope you can make it!

And here’s some of what we saw on Wednesday-

Butterick 6633
Side Handle Gusset Tote from kzstevens
Simplicity 8830
Fitted Tee Shirt-Wardrobe by Me
Willow Shirt-Sewing Workshop
Simplicity 8844
Simplicity 8797
Picasso Top-Sewing Workshop
San Diego Jacket-Sewing Workshop
Swing Dress-Made It Patterns
Self drafted jacket

Last Month’s Garment Sewing Group

Looking a little bit like it was a slumber party, here are our October garments and notes.

We’ll be at the Sewing Lounge tomorrow (Wednesday), then First Sewing on Thursday and Treadle Yard Goods on Saturday. See you!?

Debbie’s Garments:

Jalie Dolman Tops #3352, Silk knit

1. A TNT pattern for me. This pattern can be made up in a variety of knits that can be casual or dressy and takes about a yard of 54-60 inch fabric. It’s a win-win.

2. The original pattern has a longer shirt tail hem on back . I made the front and back even in length with a shirt tail hem.

3. Instead of a neckband I did a serged “bias” edge finish to eliminate bulk and give it a more dressy look.

Butterick 5963, Cotton waffle knit

1. I was excited to try this pattern because it seemed relaxed but a step up from an everyday bathrobe. I still feel that way but constructing it is a different story – it is very “putsy” to make and put on! The waffle knit sews as smooth as butter.

2. I made the robe knee length.

3. The front band is connected to a faced neck band that hugs the back neck.

4. The pattern sets in sleeves but I put them in using the flat method.

5. I added the ties for closing the band after the robe was finished so I could get correct placement due to my height-I am short .

Love Notions Tranquil Nightwear, Art Gallery cotton knit
Bottoms: Jalie Jeanne #4016, Art Gallery cotton knit

1. This pattern runs large – next time I will take that in consideration when choosing a size.

2. Instead of neckband I serged a contrast knit strip to neck edge and then folded contrast to wrong side and stitched in the ditch to secure trim.

3. I put a straight hem on the sleeves rather than adding trim at an angle.

Coral Dot PJ Bottoms

1. My go to pattern for a quick and easy make.

2. I made it to pattern but I did change up the waist band by doing an “Eileen Fischer type” waistband. I determine the waist measurement and sew the elastic as a circle. Then the rs of the elastic is serged to rs of pj waist. The elastic is turned to ws and stitched in the ditch at center front and back and side seams.

Kristin’s Garments

New Look 6581 robe-cotton velvet, pantsrayon knit

1. Shortened the waist (tie point) by 1.5” and when I shortened the neck facing accordingly, it was easier to just fold the center front in (and lessen the overlap at CF). This also took out some bulk in the overlap.

2. Cut out a size 16 and graded larger at hips and took 1/4” seams at sides and sleeve seams. Sleeves are narrow and have a high cap but went in nicely. And to be fair, that pattern photo suggests this is to be worn without something underneath.

3. Fabric was wonderful to work with-used triple zigzag to understitch neck edge. Interfaced the back neck facing but just used 3/8” fusible stabilizer for larger part of neck edge.

4. Omitted the hole in side seam and attaching ties so I can try different solutions as I plan to wear tied most of time and the stickiness of fabric will keep flaps in place (I think).

5. Made size 20 which is largest that New Look usually goes. With this stretch rayon, it was a good size. Pant seems wider than pattern photo. Turned down an extra 2” at waist mostly due to stretchiness and weight of fabric.

Butterick 6491 Katherine Tilton, fabric content unknown

1. I couldn’t help myself-this was the pattern I had in my head for this fabric. I have a wedding in Phoenix and didn’t want to blend in-ha!!

2. Because of the lantern shape there was no need to increase at hips! Pretty much made to pattern-sleeves are on the slender side but it is a tunic and not a jacket so that’s OK.

3. Collar was applied with the hot dog technique from my “At Any Angle” shirts last month. The collar is very high but turns over nicely.

4. Interesting selvage edge was used at hems and facing.

5. I have a dress waiting in the wings in case I lose my nerve or the temperature remains high.

Love Notions La Bella Donna, jersey knit

1. Last month’s Willow Tank from Grainline Studio was great to wear under my At Every Angle shirt so I thought rayon would make a great knit option under a top but I wanted a short sleeve without the bulk of seams.

2. Pattern calls for 1.25” neckband optional but more as a wrap. I wanted a bit more strength to hold the stretchy rayon in place so I treated it as a tee shirt neckband. I like the narrowness of it.

3. Took in under arm-I think mostly because of the rayon knit.

November 2022 Garment Sewing Group

Wednesday, November 9, 10:30, Sewing Lounge

Thursday, November 10, 10:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington

Saturday, November 12, 10:30, Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul

Upcoming Meeting and More October Makes

November meetings begin next week! All meetings at 10:30 am.

Wednesday, November 9 at Sewing Lounge, 987 Selby Av., St. Paul

Thursday, November 10 at First Sewing, 494 & Penn, Bloomington and Fabric Swap!

Saturday, November 12 at Treadle Yard Goods, 1338 Grand Av., St. Paul

Vogue 8759 in linen
Fine details
Vogue 8465 OOP
Rust dyed scarf
Stylearc Ethel
Butterick 5926
Gorgeous details
and more…
Best of sewing sisters-and twins!
Vogue Marcy Tilton OOP

Last chance for October inspiration!!

Wednesday, 10/12, Ginny’s in Rochester will be our host-she has great new fabric and extra discounts on wool to boot! That’s Wednesday, October 12 at 10:30 am. Ginny’s address is 211 Broadway Av. S., Rochester. Bring a folding chair if sitting is important to you :)) Hope to see you!

And to keep you till tomorrow, here are some pics from our Saturday meeting last week-great quilt backdrop, huh?

Butterick 6719-still available digitally from Something Delightful
Vogue 1808-still available in paper from Something Delightful!
Just a Pinch, modified/Cutting Line Designs and a quilt project for a meeting at a quilt store (we were at Quilter’s Haven)
Jalie Drop Pocket Cardigan and Greenstyle Joggers
IChing Jacket/Diane Ericson
Great bicycle fabric sewn into an apron
Ikina Jacket-no wings/Sewing Workshop
It’s Toaster Sweater/Sew House Seven season!
Simplicity 9229
LJ Design Jacket in double sided woven
Copy RTW (right), final (center) muslin (left)

Tomorrow, yes, tomorrow is GSG

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 6th will be the first of the October Garment Sewing Group meetings. Yes, it is the first Thursday-sorry to move things about but once in a while schedules get messy 🙂

We’ll be at First Sewing and fabric swapping! See you tomorrow!

Saturday we are at Quilter’s Haven in Rosemount-new store to us, new knits, etc., :)) and Wednesday is Ginny’s!!!

Beautifully repurposed kimono fabric
Travel Trio Hoodie/Christine Jonson and Pietra Pant/Closet Core
Ilford Jacket/Friday Pattern Co
Now of Now and Zen/Sewing Workshop
Marley Woven Shirt/Stylearc
Frankie Shirt/Sewing Workshop
Ikina Jacket/Sewing Workshop and Remy Top/Sew House Seven

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September Garment Sewing Group

Whirlwind fall, anyone!? Beautiful weather and back to school has made the days fly by and we are looking at October meetings next week! Our Saturday group has turned up the volume and asked us to rotate their meetings so they see all the wonderful stores that the area has to offer too. We’re adding a new store this month-Quilter’s Haven. They carry some great Stoff knits, indie patterns, notions and more!

October 2022 Garment Sewing Group

Thursday, October 6, 10:30, First Sewing, Bloomington and Fabric Swap

Saturday, October 8, 10:30, Quilter’s Haven, 2930 146th St., Rosemount

Wednesday, October 12, 10:30, Ginny’s Fine Fabrics, Rochester

Debbie’s Garments:

Somerset Tee/Maven Patterns/Cotton lycra jersey

1. This is my second tee from this pattern. I really like the boat neck and wanted to try the bishop sleeves.

2. Did not petite between shoulder and bust but did take in the back neckline with 1/8” darts on pattern piece before cutting fabric.

3. The pattern instructs zigzagging over thread elastic to gather sleeve before adding the cuffs. I found it much easier and a better look using my serger to gather. Placing the differential feed on 2 and the stitch length to 4 is an easy way to gather.

Olympia Dress/Love Notions/Jalie 2682/Rayon Jersey

1. Jalie’s bodice pattern creates a lining for the front which can get heavy. The Olympia front bodice has a cut on facing to create the same look as the Jalie and is much lighter – my preference.

2. The front has a upper bodice and lower skirt. The back is one piece.

3. I did raise the center front neckline one inch.

4. Once I determined how to combine the two patterns it was an easy and quick make.

La Bella Donna/Love Notions/Bamboo fleece and ribbing

1. I did not need to petite this top but I did cut down the cowl height by 6 inches. Next time I may use one layer of fabric for the cowl.

2. I also added side slits and a ribbed band.

3. I am not sure about the placement of the long cuff. I may be shortening that cuff some day.

OOP Amy Butler/Denim twill

1. This is an old pattern and the maker has a quilting background so 1/2” seam allowances!

2. I did petite between shoulder and bust, shortened the hem and sleeve lengths.

3. Again an old pattern so I did some construction changes: increased the hood width to create a band, added side seam pockets, added 2” to center front to create a fold over facing. I bagged the lining – the pattern instructs you to place ws of lining to ws of jacket and then stitch side and under arm sleeves. The lining is caught in the hems as you fold them up to stitch – What???

4. This was a bit of a challenge but it meets a need and I was able to make use of my pattern stash.

Kristin’s Garments:

At Every Angle/Cutting Line Designs/Quilting cotton

Looking for a shirt pattern that’s easy fit, a bit out of ordinary, I compared Now and Zen Shirt from Sewing Workshop, Anything But Ordinary and At Every Angle. At Every Angle won because it had the highest sleeve cap, narrow sleeves, less dropped shoulder and higher underarm.

1. The pattern is designed to be cut out in separate pieces-one left front, one right front, etc. so I cut out the XS in the shorter pieces and made to pattern.

2. As is Louise Cutting, all went together well, nice hems, funky collar, narrow sleeves.

3. Perhaps the extra small was a bit over confident-sleeves too short, neck a bit small, body too short, sleeves a bit tight. But I like the look of it (maybe it’s the samurai!)

Necessary Tank

Willow Tank/Grainline Studio/Silk woven
Barry Woven Pant/StyleArc/Wool seersucker

So I made a tank to wear under the shirt-really like the samurai!

1. I love this tank-still need to widen at hip one size but armholes, neckline and bust dart, deep hem nail it as a TNT.

Barry Woven Pant-StyleArc Patterns

1. Same pattern as last month but a warmer version and added 2” to length.

2. Used silky cotton for pocket facing to keep things slimmer. Still love the pants!

At Every Angle/Cutting Line Designs/Shirting cotton
Vanessa Woven Pants/Jalie Patterns/Linen twill

Now to try the next size up (small) and use the other pattern pieces!

1. Body gets a big boost-about 4”. Sleeve gets longer but not a lot wider. Quite an improvement. But now it just looks blah-maybe I need to try in a fabric with more drape?

Vanessa Woven Pants-Jalie Patterns

1. Favorite pattern but looking out for a wide leg pant to be a bit more on trend…

Burda 6274/Cotton shirting

1. Have wanted to try this pattern for the collar/neckline. Usual Burda directions-wait, when did you tell me to sew the side seams??

2. Putsy technique for adding the yoke and facing at the same time-wouldn’t want to show the inside version.

3. Fit is great-through shoulders, etc. Could have added more at hip. Not in love yet 🙂

September Inspiration

Oh. My. Goodness! Thursday and Saturday were such great meetings-can’t wait to see what tomorrow at Sewing Lounge brings! And Maggy has worked really hard to find chairs and a comfortable arrangement for all of us.

Let’s get to some photos!

Cielo Dress/Closet Core minus the bottom part of the sleeve
Style Sew Me
Simplicity 8988
Fit for Art Carpe Diem Dress
Www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com
Olympia Dress/Love Notions
Huron Top and Saltmarsh Skirt/Merchant & Mills
Crane Street Tee/Sewing Workshop
Butterick Jacket
Hong Kong Vest/Sewing Workshop
Inspiration for jacket above from Japanese Textile Exhibit
Great use of a great border print
Self drafted cape with feather trim
Reversible vintage tablecloth Chicago Jacket/Sewing Workshop
The reverse of jacket above

More Photos from August

After going through these photos, I just can’t wait to see what everyone brings for September. Pat yourselves on the back-you rock the sewing world!!!

See you this Thursday (First Sewing), Saturday (Ginny’s) or next Wednesday (Sewing Lounge). Or maybe all three days!!

Simplicity wide leg pant with personal slopes
Bonn Shirt from Itch to Stitch
Frankie from Sewing Workshop
Silhouette Patterns 575 with some great modifications
OOP Vogue
By Popular Demand/Cutting Line Designs and Pietra Pant/Closet Core
Great print in Gallery Shirt/Liesl Patterns
KwikSew 3555 and Free Range Slacks/Sew House 7
Little girl’s Dolce Dress/Love Notions
Blouse from Tauko Magazine
Just too much fun!!