Camel Stripe Peplum Shirt
Simplicity 8297, View D
100 % cotton woven
1. The facing was altered as a band for a more shirt-like look.
2. Shortened peplum. Eliminated front pocket.
3. Doubled the yoke and used the Hot Dog construction method.
4. Pattern called for horizontal buttonholes rather than vertical.
5. Used a two-piece cuff to utilize contrast fabric. Also used contrast for neck stand and band trim.
Camel Wrap Coat-Photo to appear soon 🙂
Simplicity 8796, View B
Wool Suiting-Lining 100% Silk
1. Shortened coat between bust and shoulder and between waist and bust.
2. Did a 1 inch narrow shoulder adjustment.
3. Used “soft”tailoring techniques – no hair canvas, used fusible interfacing and tie interfacing for sleeve head.
4. I was surprised how well this pattern went together. The instructions are clear, thorough and illustrated well.
Raglan Stripe Tee
Style Arc Madison Top
1. Shortened between shoulder and bust and between waist and hem.
2. Raised bust darts.
3. I like the cuffs and deep hems. I would make it again but a go down a size.
Center Front Flounce Tee
Sewing Workshop Urban Tee
1. Color blocked to gain more contrast but did not work as I envisioned.
2. This tee isn’t difficult to make especially if you use more modern and efficient sewing knit techniques.
Knit Trim Cardigan-Jacket
Hot Patterns 1209
Sweatshirt fleece, knit trim
1. Great ideas-top/down bust dart, darts on sleeve
2. Sleeve fit was not a drop and not a fitted?
3. Loved the trim-pattern calls for facing so I cut off all edges and added the knit trim.
4. Lost some of the darting and should have just added trim-no trimming-ha!
Split Hem Tee
New Look 6482
1. Trying to achieve a split hem without having flaps right at hip area.
2. Armhole/sleeve is very nice.
3. Pattern markings are off and “split” inset didn’t match at side seam.
Pleat Neck Tee
1. Fun pattern-several options with sleeves.
2. Neck binding was supposed to be a knit bias binding, folds and all
3. Used a wrapped edge instead.
Waist Pleat Tee
1. Another fun knit tee with nice variations.
2. Placement of pleat a suggestion 🙂 may need to move up or down.
3. Interfaced neck facing per instructions-lost the stretch and clingier fit for a vee.
Jalie Eleonore No Zip Skinny Jeans
Stretch woven cotton blend
1. Just the bomb pants pattern-
November 2019 Fashion Sewing Club
Saturday, November 9, 10:30 at Treadle
Tuesday, November 12, 10:30 at Treadle
Thursday, November 14, 10:30 at SR Harris, Burnsville
Thursday, November 14, 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington
Fit Workshop, Tues., Oct. 15 or Nov. 5, 12:30-3:30 at Treadle
or Monday, Nov. 11, 10-1 at First Sewing, Blmgtn.
Wardrobe Capsules: Discovery & Planning, Nov. 5 & 12, 6-8 at Treadle
Wardrobe Capsules: Cardigan, Nov. 19 & 25, 6-8 at Treadle
or Thursday, Nov. 7 & 21, 10-12 at First Sewing, Blmgtn.
Jalie All Day (No Zip Pant), Monday, Nov. 25, 10-2:30 at First Sewing, Blmgtn.
Sewing Expo in Puyallup-Feb. 27-Mar. 1-we are going-are you?
Material Girls’ Fashion Sewing Club
New Look 6273 Ensemble
1. Pattern sewed up well. Princess seams in front make for a nice fit.
2. Considered a single layer for lapel but happy with facing as directed.
3. Wrapped seams kept everything neat.
1. Very close to the shell from last month (also New Look :). Used wrong side of fabric for bias neck binding.
Tropical weight wool
1. Compared crotches with New Look 6461 and used that instead. Not sure about the wide leg pant for me.
Raglan Drape Front Cardigan
Knit with woven stripe
1. Fun pattern but had more ease than I wanted so took in seams to skinny up. Hmm-jersey knit recommended-mine was heavier and more stable than a jersey. Go down a size.
2. Left edges raw. Trimmed lapel edges after sewing to take advantage of stripes.
3. Back neck edge treatment is bad. Just stretch a neckband across and serge on or go all the way from front edge around back neck to opposite front edge.
Gathered Neck Shell
New Look 6471 View C
1. Pattern went together well.
2. Chose View C because the tie scarf seemed quite large.
3. Good choice for wearing under jacket.
Cotton Stretch Woven
1. Added 2” to length. Added darts in back to take out bulk.
2. Used elastic for waistband.
Purple Wrap Cardi: Simplicity 8954, View A
Rayon Bamboo French Terry.
1. I am not a fan of a drop shoulder but in this case I thought the combo of fabric and pattern for the cardi would go over tops without too much resistance. The cardi is made to pattern and I am happy with the outcome. I will make this again.
Copper/purple Short Sleeve Tee:
Jalie T-Shirt 2805, with Turtleneck
Knit Viscose Lycra.
1.Adjusted the turtleneck pattern piece so that the upper circumference would be one inch smaller than the bottom circumference to get a more tight fitting turtleneck, especially using the rayon knit. Otherwise the tee is made to pattern and it is a TNT pattern.
Copper Paper Bag Waist Pants:
McCalls 7942, View D
Stretch Twill -97%poly, 3% spandex.
1. Shortened pants by 4 inches-below hip, above and below knee.
2. For casing I added buttonholes at center front. Then attached ties to ends of elastic which became the drawstring tie inserted into casing.
3. The pattern runs large and I needed to adjust side seams. Next time I would go down a size.
Woven Cheetah Print Tulip Sleeve Top: Butterick 6687, View B
1. Shortened 2 inches above hem.
2. Pattern calls for purchased bias tape for neck finish but I did a bias serged finish using Bemberg lining scrap.
3. The fabric was a little difficult to work with especially when pressing.
4. I debated using an invisible zipper for closing but the sheerness of the fabric put a nix on that. I followed the pattern directions and put a hook and eye closing on center back. Not my favorite technique for any pattern.
Sand Color Contour Pull On Pant:
Sandra Betzina Vogue 1630, View B
Rayon Nylon Ponte.
1. I read many good reviews regarding the pants in the pattern so decided to make up a muslin using the blah sand color Ponte from my stash. Good decision – really like the pants.
2. Because the pattern has good fitting directions I was able to make a wearable muslin.
3. I shortened the pattern in three paces- one inch above crotch, one inch above the knee and one inch above the Capri cut off line.
4. I started to construct the front slant pockets but then just topstitched the opening closed and cut off the bag. I don’t need bulk in that area.
5. Great pattern and I have the next pair cut out and ready to sew in a stretch woven.
October 2019 Fashion Sewing Club
Tuesday, October 8, 10:30 at Treadle
Thursday, October 10, 10:30 at SR Harris, Burnsville
Thursday, October 10, 6:30 at First sewing, Bloomington
Saturday, October 12, 10:30 at Treadle
Last chance for Club is Saturday, 10:30, Sept. 14 at Treadle Yard Goods…
SR Harris, Burnsville, at 10:30 or 1st Sewing, Bloomington, at 6:30 is where we’ll be.
Here are highlights from Tuesday’s group at Treadle.
Final September meeting is Saturday at Treadle in St. Paul, 10:30!
Ten years of sewing 3-5 garments per month-
My unwritten agenda was a closet full of clothes that would be fun to dress from every morning.
That hasn’t happened.
So we’re offering Wardrobe Capsules: Discovery and Planning.
Maybe it’s for me. Maybe it’s for you.
Ten years of teaching sewing-
Seeing the ah ha’s that happen when everyone sews the same garment for their different body in different fabrics.
Trying to make a drop shoulder shirt into your favorite classic blouse from Talbots.
So we’re offering Wardrobe Capsules: Let’s Do This! Sew the basics that most of us wear using basic patterns and learning to fit ourselves. The classic blouse will have to wait till 2020.
Just in case you didn’t make it to any of the meetings or you want to refresh your memory of the garments presented, here is a virtual version of August-
Fashion Sewing Club
Floral Print Tee
New Look 6556, View B
Rayon lycra print with solid knit trim
When I saw a RTW on a friend it was so cute and I knew I had the pattern so I was anxious to give it a try. This was not a win! I did not care for the fold nor the dropped sleeves. I got rid of the fold and recut the front and made a basic tee that I will more likely wear.
Blue and White Button Band Sleeves
Favorite Tee-Shirt pattern adapted
Cotton lycra with blue interlock bands and 9 buttons.
This is a remake from a garment I made August 2018. I copied a RTW tee once again and will get more wear out of new make than the previous.
Jalie Eleonore Jeans
Cotton stretch woven
This is TNT pattern.
Blue Stripe Woven Tank
New Look 6217, View B
Linen/rayon blend with purchased bias trim.
1. The neck opening is large enough that the back does not need button opening.
2. Bias trim is stitched ws to rs and topstitched to finish neck edge and sleeve hems.
Navy Lace Tee
Butterick 6418, View A
ITY knit and poly lace sleeves and yoke
Made to pattern except I finished neck edge and sleeve hem with elastic knit piping.
I was hoping to use the lace selvage for sleeve hem but it had several flaws.
Pink Dot Tee
Sew House Seven Tabor V-Neck, View #2
Made to pattern except
1. Petited front, back and sleeve between shoulder and bust.
2. I am not a fan of V-necks so I changed neck to a scoop and added band.
1. Neck stretched out originally and shoulders have no give but that wasn’t obvious from photos online. Washed to see if it would shrink up. Hmmm.
2. Made 2 sizes smaller per reviews.
3. Changed hem to lower in back with a facing; front is original length.
4. Pattern instructions sketchy. Notch markings must be moved by sewist.
Kimono Jacket and Tee
New Look 6217
1. Quick sew and great pattern for beautiful prints or silky fabrics.
1. Good woven tee pattern.
Closet Case Patterns
1. Love the pockets, drape, shape, added detail like the bust dart from sleeve and back shoulder yoke.
2. Pattern is great-instructions maybe a bit overdone as sleeve went in like a dream-no need for all the fuss they described. But good for beginner.
3. Might make the neck smaller for me.
Ever wanted to see your garments here?? Choose a month that you can be at all four meetings and let us know. Want to try a pattern company, variation on a theme, wardrobe capsule? We will put you on the schedule! And you’ll get paid!
September 2019 Fashion Sewing Club
Tuesday, September 10, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul
Thursday, September 12, 10:30 at SR Harris, Burnsville
Thursday, September 12, 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington
Saturday, September 14, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul
Here is a sample of what we’ve seen at our Saturday and Tuesday meetings-can’t wait to see what you’ve seen at SR Harris today (8/15) in Burnsville!!
First, the details:
August Club dates-
Saturday, August 10, 10:30, Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, August 13, 10:30, Treadle Yard Goods (no Tuesday evening meeting)
Thursday, August 15, 10:30, SR Harris, Burnsville (yes, this is the 3rd Thursday 🙂
Second, the good/bad news:
KATIE IS MOVING TO NORTH CAROLINA! We are happy for her family’s new opportunities but sad to say goodbye. She’s busily getting ready for this month’s move. Her energy, style and smile will be missed-best of everything, Katie!
Third, the ask:
Have you ever wanted to get up in front of everyone and present your garments/latest foray into fashion sewing? Consider signing up to present at a Fashion Sewing Club meeting! You would do just what we do for one month-sew and present 3-5 garments at our four Club meetings and get paid-just like us. It could be a wardrobe capsule, variation on a theme, several patterns from one designer, etc.
Call or email us to sign up!! We are excited to try something new–
(Thanks for the idea-you know who you are ;))
And last, the photos from July:
Butterick 6621, View C
New Look 6231, View B
Tee-McCall’s 6207, Pants-Burda 7058
Drape front cardigan, Butterick 6389 hacked
StyleArc Evie Knit Top
Simplicity 8474 skirt
Shirred Tee-Burda 6910, View A
Next up: Inspiration from YOU at the July meetings-
May Club saw many of us sewing for warmer weather. Above, Katie used a simple pattern, the Jalie Dolman Top/Dress with a bit of fussy cutting to make a knit dress that can go many places.
Debbie is ready for sun in her linen version of Simplicity 8640. She swapped out the patch pockets and added inseam pockets instead.
Sew Chic was at the Puyallup show and caught Katie’s attention-this is the Gatsby Pant and Portrait Blouse. Score!
Kristin had fun mixing patterns with the Harriet Jacket from StyleArc in a scuba knit and Burda 6434 in a vintage silk print. The skirt is Simplicity 2058 in an activewear knit. Perfectly packable!
All of the above patterns and more are reviewed under the “Club Sheets and Garment Photos” heading in the menu bar. Our next meetings will be June 8 and 11 at Treadle Yard Goods and June 13 at SR Harris, Burnsville.
Garments shown by Club attendees-
In the Studio Jacket-Lois Ericson
Several versions of the Madrid Top from Sewing Workshop
Cindy Jeans Jacket from StyleArc
Wiksten Shift Dress/Top and Valencia Pant from Sewing Workshop
Pembroke Top from Cashmerette
Slim 4 Piece Yoga Pant from Silhouette Patterns
Thanks to everyone for coming to our May meetings-can’t wait to see what you’ve been sewing for June!