First it was Treadle, then a trip to Ginny’s and finally a fabric swap at First Sewing-another fun month of sewing, inspiration and getting to know other sewists!
Here are Debbie and Kristin’s garments-more inspiration to come…
Deep Green Rayon Floral Shirt
Itch to Stitch Mila Shirt
1. Besides my standard petite shortening requirements just a few pattern changes were made.
2. The chest pocket, shirt tail hem, sleeve tabs and much of the suggested topstitching was omitted because I wanted a less sporty look.
3. The pattern is drafted well and the construction techniques are good. However I interfaced the entire front placket rather than just sections as pattern directed. Too putsy and less accurate in my opinion .
This make was a little slow but well worth it.
New Look 6735, View A
Luxury Plush Rib Knit
1. As usual, standard petite adjustments were made as well as shortening the hem length 4”.
2. This pattern has been around for awhile but is still in the present catalog because it is a classic. However many sewing techniques need to be updated when sewing with knits such as not gathering sleeve cap and sew in flat rather than set in.
3. I tapered the sleeve hem by one inch. I also eliminated the belt.
Once the cardigan was cutout it went together in one hour using the serger and cover stitch machine.
Two Stash Buster Tees:
Teal Print/Solid Contrast Asymmetrical Tee
Jersey French Terry/Active Wear Knit
1. A few years ago I made a black and white tee like this by copying RTW. Since then this pattern came available so it was an easy make using my stash.
Blue Tie Dye Dolman Top
Jalie Dolman Top 3352
1. This fabric was leftover from the lining I used for my denim Mac coat last month.
I really like this fabric and I wanted to use the left over soon for a cozy top.
2. I did raise the neckline one inch and added a neckband to make it less summery.
Fall Trend: Sweater Vest
Sew House Seven Tabor V-Neck
Sweater knit with fleece backing
1. Wary of vee neck but followed directions and it is beautiful!
2. Armholes are turned under and stitched.
3. Great pattern for small pieces of yummy sweater knits.
4. Pattern also has a long sleeve drop shoulder version and has 3 separate sets of pattern pieces. Seems to be a trademark of this brand-great value!
Funnel Neck Pleated Blouse
1. Features five pleats at neckline and back shoulder darts.
2. Neckline is faced and a bit curved at shoulder seams. Close fitting neck.
3. Inserted an invisible zip instead of a button at neck.
4. Pattern also features a gathered at wrist sleeve-I chose narrow option.
Toaster Sweater/Sew House Seven
Bulky cotton sweater knit
1. Accidentally cut on cross grain!! Was hoping to let oatmeal knit curl to right side at neck
2. instead-Trimmed front and back neck edges 3/8” above fold line.
3. Made a forward shoulder adjustment.
3. Constructed per pattern.
4. Turned neck edges and armholes under a scant 1/2” and topstitched.
One Thing Led to Another
Sew House Seven Toaster Raglan
Wool and cotton sweater knit plus leftovers from sweater above
1. Lengthened body by 2.5”, shortened turtleneck by 1”, narrowed bottom band by 1”, omitted sleeve band.
2. Constructed per pattern. No itchy wool at neck!
Funnel Neck Dress
1. Funnel neck is narrower and fold down facing deeper than Toaster making it a little less forgiving if your neck is forward.
2. Burda “Easy” pattern instructions are in a different format much like other brands’ learn to sew patterns. Not sure that’s helpful or easier.
3. Slit at hem of sleeve and shirt tail hem.
November Garment Sewing Group
Wednesday, November 10, 10:30, Lakes Makerie, Minneapolis
Thursday, November 11, 10:30, First Sewing, Bloomington
Saturday, November 13,Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul
Another great month with our first challenge Sew Your Roll. See photos and end of post. Next month’s Sew Your Roll is PINK, BRIGHT, CUFFS.
March is here-any spring sewing yet??
Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket, View A
Chambray with rayon lining
1. Petite between shoulder and bust but did not shorten length.
2. Quilted horizontal lines 3 inches apart rather than 3.5 as pattern directs.
3. Made bias tape and bound the shoulder and side seams as well as outside edges.
*I am a little late to the party since this pattern debuted in 2016. Before I started this project I checked out galleries and reviews and thought I would give it a try. I love my fabrics but not a fan of the pattern for the following reasons:
-welt and pocket bag instructions make procedure more difficult and messy than necessary
-too many “homemade” construction details
-quilting jacket and then lining would be a better option in my opinion.
Hvar Water Fall Jacket Tee Shirt Remake (worn under jacket)
I did not like the jacket but really liked the fabric so I made a tee that will get a lot more wear.
Closet Case Carolyn Pajama, View A
Seafoam green print rayon
Another late to the party pattern for me!
1. Standard petite adjustments on top. Shortened legs 1 inch between waist and hip and between hip and hem. Also removed 3 inches from hem.
2. Tapered inseam and outside leg seams from knee to hem.
3. Made contrasting piping.
4. Really liked the pocket bag for bottoms.
5. Collar and neck is putsy and this is stated in the instructions. Their reason is for that is eliminating a back neck facing. A homemade look in my opinion.
6. On the pattern envelope View A does not have pipping and cuffs, View B does. The illustrations are the opposite on direction sheet.
I love the fabric but not a fan of the pattern.
Bells of Bells & Whistles, Sewing Workshop
1. Resurrected this pattern from a bucket of UFO’s. Pattern reissued in 2017.
2. Collar manipulated to make best use of stripes. Had fun playing with stripes.
3. Instructions suggested no interfacing so I didn’t. Happy with results.
4. Omitted the flowing tie and cut off center placket at hem instead of dangling.
5. Fairly close fitting for a Sewing Workshop pattern.
Easy Wear/Easy Sew Shirt
Holiday Shirt by Makers Atelier
1. Was hoping for a faux pajama shirt without the fuss of buttons, both in sewing and wearing.
2. Made to pattern but didn’t like the yoke or collar techniques-fussy.
3. Boxy fit but slim sleeve. Liked the collar.
Easy Wear/Easy Sew Shirt #2
Holiday Shirt from Makers Atelier combined with Now Shirt by Sewing Workshop
Mammoth flannel by Robert Kaufman
1. Cut fronts and backs from Now Shirt.
2. Used sleeves and collar from Holiday Shirt (Now Shirt has a very flat sleeve head-Holiday shirt sleeve head is high).
3. Recut center fronts to have 1” seam allowance which continued to collar.
4. Really pleased with the “New” Shirt.
Ruby Joggers by Paprika Patterns
Rayon french terry
1. Made to pattern and then cut down waist by 1”.
2. Techniques great and pattern well drafted. Pattern suggests 10-20% stretch. Stretchier fabric (like mine) can get a little wavy on cross grain seams.
3. Elastic went all the way around because knit was stretchy as directions suggested.
Sew Your Roll-does “garment” override “no bags”? Sewing up UFO’s is definitely within the spirit of the challenge 🙂
Garment Bag copied from a suit bag
Debbie’s challenge garment was a tee to match her new pajamas-
Debbie’s been working overtime this month thinking of things to keep our interest up during the long winter months. We started a “Sew Your Roll” challenge! Our first attempts were fun (after a little initial whining 🙂 The rules are listed at the end of the post.
Next month’s challenge will be white, shiny and contrast! Yes, more whining but that’s how the dice rolled/cookie crumbles. Give it a shot-win $10 gift certificate at Treadle if your name is drawn.
We also reinstated our practice of drawing a name from those of you that have a project to show. Your name will be entered as many times as you attend in a month and you will get free admittance the next month if your name is drawn!
Jasika Jacket, Closet Core Pattens
Wool Flannel, Rayon Lining
I have been thinking about a tailored jacket for awhile. Once the pandemic hit I felt now is the time.
I gathered all my fabric and supplies and started the jacket in November and finished just before Christmas. A slow and Therapeutic Sew!
1. Made a muslin and did basic adjustments.
2. The pattern is well drafted and the instructions are excellent.
3. Modern tailoring techniques and supplies are used with just the right amount of hand stitching. It was a great experience for me.
Navy Classic Dot Shirt
Kwik Sew 3555
Same rayon used for lining of jacket
1. My favorite classic shirt pattern. However I found that the pattern is a bit outdated in fit and collar size so I may be on the lookout for a new TNT shirt pattern.
Green/Teal Shawl Coatigan
Loren Jacket by Style Arc
Double faced Wool Knit
1. Tested various preshrinking techniques and found that placing the wool in the dryer with a damp towel gave me the results I was looking for.
2. Did my standard fitting adjustments.
3. Tested several seam techniques on scraps and went with stitching the seams with the sewing machine, press open and topstitch on each side.
8. Also tested several edge finishes and went with edge stitching cut edges and then top stitching 1/4” from edge stitch.
9. The patch pockets are underlined with silk for a smooth finish.
10. Another therapeutic sewing project.
Sew and Roll Challenge-Iris Tee by Forget Me Not Patterns, Rayon Jersey
1. When sewing the cuff to the sleeve I left a small opening about an inch in length to add a tie to the cuff of each sleeve to add the detail for my roll!
Shade-Neutral (white, black, grays, browns)
Sew Your Roll Challenge
Neige Sweater-Deer and Doe
Assorted blends of sweater knit
Chose a mashup of views-longer length, wide stand up collar and no cuffs.
Arranged fabrics for a reversible option.
Serged seams to accentuate “Michelin man” arms.
Added binding to hem for reversibility.
Pattern well drafted and instructions good. Separate booklet for English and French
Oliver Pattern from Seamwork
Closer fit through shoulder and bust.
Added a band as it was just a bit short.
Added subtle accents with flatlock stitching on serger.
Reversed the fabric for another subtle accent.
Talvikki Sweater from Named Patterns
Wool sweater knit
Neck darts were easier than expected. Like the accent at face level.
Neck facing is activewear knit (pattern called for stretch interfacing so I thought it would do nicely as neck must stretch some to get over head.
Sleeves were large and underarm low so took in and raised 2”.
Side seam vents were a bit high so lowered 2”.
Sew Your Roll Garment Challenge
Rules – follow the color, shade and detail
Garments only please – No bags or Masks
Make something for yourself or others
Use up your stash, re-fashion previous make or even a RTW
Purchase new fabric from a different source than usual
Color: 1. Can’t be rolled 2. Pink 3. White 4. Purple 5. Black 6. Blue 7. Teal 8. Green 9. Red 10. Yellow 11. Gray 12. Orange
Shade: 1. Can’t be rolled 2. Dark 3. Earthy 4. Pastel. 5. Neon 6. Print 7. Bright 8. Sheer 9. Muted 10. Solid 11. Neutral 12. Pick Your Own
Detail 1. Can’t be rolled 2. Ruffle 3. Cut out 4. Asymmetric 5.Cuffs 6. Buttons 7. Bow 8. Color Block 9. Lace insert 10. Puff Sleeve 11. Contrast 12. Pocket
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!
Here is a sampling of the creative ideas we saw at the Tuesday and Thursday Club meetings.
Saturday’s were posted previously.
Garment photos and Club sheets from Debbie, Katie and Kristin can be seen here.
The Saturday Fashion Sewing Club meeting at Treadle was over the top for a second month in a row! We were joined by five women from South Dakota who were in search of wool for making garments for the Make It With Wool contest. They strongly encourage anyone to enter.
Check out all the indie pattern companies featured below-
We’ll be at Treadle Tuesday morning and evening-will you??