March Fashion Sewing Club
Assembly Line Cuff Top
- Seam allowances vary from 1 cm-.5 cm marked on the pattern paper. I chose to serge seams and not topstitch so as to keep the bubbliness of the fabric.
- Neck is supposed to be a facing but added a bias binding instead.
- Sleeve elastic is 1.5” instead of the 2” called for in pattern. They also want you to serge elastic to raw edge, turn and topstitch. I made a casing.
- Fun to assemble and wear! Hip opening is wide enough for top to drape more than hug.
- All openings are hemmed seam allowances.
Diagonal Hem Maxi
- Dress calls for underdress/lining that would mean 3 layers for the front. Instead I only lined the back.
- This made assembly more of a puzzle but it worked! No zipper needed.
- Armholes had to be bias bound because of assembly order.
Tee Shirt Dress
- Shortened bodice 1.5” to keep it at MY natural waistline.
- Pattern calls for neckline to be hemmed-trimmed CF 5/8” and added band.
- Added bands to sleeve.
- Bodice seemed quite close fitting in photo so underarm/sleeve seam is 3/8” rather than 5/8”.
Faux Wrap Dress: McCalls 7953, View A, Digital Kahio Indigo, 100% Rayon
1. Shortened length between shoulder and bust which wasn’t difficult but also shortened dress length a total of 5 inches and it was difficult due to all the angles.
2. The pattern was annoying for the following reasons: difficult to determine which pattern pieces needed for each view, notches did not match up and the sewing techniques were awkward, especially for the faux wrap on right front. Ties sewed into seams would aid in fit.
3. The jumpsuit is appealing and I should have given it a try.
4. I do like the fabric but I think my choice does not have enough body for the wrap to stand out.
Navy Check Shirt/Tunic: Vogue 1541, Today’s Fit Sandra Betzina , View A and B combined.
Double Gauze, 100% Cotton.
1. Went down one size in bust area, shortened length between shoulder and bust and did a narrow shoulder adjustment. Shortened placket length.
2. Interfacing , pockets and bottom band were omitted.
3. The fitting and construction techniques are excellent, especially the center front placket. However the collar is a bit of a challenge.
4. One other great feature of her pattern construction is the recommended use of modern techniques such as the serger and Steam a Seam.
Sage Green Bow Blouse: Sewaholic Oakridge Blouse, 1502, View A, Brushed Stretch silk.
1. Shortened length between shoulder and bust as well as 2 inches hem length.
2. Straightened side seams slightly between waist and hip.
3. Added a hidden button placket – check out Susan Khalje in Threads #168, Aug/Sept 2013 for a great resource and a few good You Tube videos.
4. I have been wanting to make this up for awhile to go with a wool blazer in my closet. I used a silk because I could not find a knit in this color. I am still looking for that knit!
April 2020 Fashion Sewing Club Dates
* Please note the changes made due to holiday
Thursday, April 9, 10:30, SR Harris, Burnsville
Tuesday, April 14, 10:30, Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul
Saturday, April 18, 10:30, Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul