April Inspiration is here!

Join us Tuesday or Thursday, 10:30, for more makes and ideas for the new season’s sewing!

Tried and True Vogue 9022 in the color of our Sew Your Roll Challenge!
Close up of fabric and cheeky sewing label 🙂
Angela Wolf Twin Set
Leschi Blouse from Straight Stitch Designs
And a holdover from March group-she copied RTW!

February Garment Sewing Group

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??

Debbie’s Garments

Quilted Jacket

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.

Classic Pajamas

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.

Kristin’s Garments:

A little bit of fun with the collar stripes

Bells of Bells & Whistles, Sewing Workshop

Cotton stripe

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

Gingham linen

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.

Knit Joggers

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-

March 2021 Garment Sewing Group

Tuesday, March 9, 10:30

Thursday, March 11, 10:30

Saturday, March13, 10:30

January Garment Sewing Group

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!

Debbie’s Garments:

Navy Blazer

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!

Color-Tan

Shade-Neutral (white, black, grays, browns)

Detail- Tie

Kristin’s Garments:

Right side out version
Inside out version

Sew Your Roll Challenge

Neige Sweater-Deer and Doe

Assorted blends of sweater knit

  1. Chose a mashup of views-longer length, wide stand up collar and no cuffs.
  2. Arranged fabrics for a reversible option.
  3. Serged seams to accentuate “Michelin man” arms.
  4. Added binding to hem for reversibility.
  5. Pattern well drafted and instructions good. Separate booklet for English and French

Yoga Sweatshirt

Oliver Pattern from Seamwork

Activewear fabric

  1. Closer fit through shoulder and bust.
  2. Added a band as it was just a bit short.
  3. Added subtle accents with flatlock stitching on serger.
  4. Reversed the fabric for another subtle accent.

Wool Sweater

Talvikki Sweater from Named Patterns

Wool sweater knit

  1. Neck darts were easier than expected. Like the accent at face level.
  2. 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.
  3. Sleeves were large and underarm low so took in and raised 2”.
  4. 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

Have Fun!

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

February 2021 Garment Sewing Group via Zoom

Tuesday, February 9, 10:30

Thursday, February 11, 10:30

Saturday, February 13, 10:30

May Club Highlights

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

McCall’s 6844

Self-drafted top

Vogue 1598

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!

June Fashion Sewing Club Photos

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.

New Look 6163

Butterick 6026

Cutting Line Relax a Little

Vogue 1550

And the shoes make the outfit!

Cutting Line Light and Shadow

Butterick 6491

Burda 6821

McCalls 7512

Saturday’s Show & Tell-See You Tomorrow?

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??

In the Folds Peplum Top

Moneta Dress featuring Alabama Chanin handwork

Sew Over It Heather Dress

Ebb and Flow-Cutting Line Designs

Tilly and the Buttons Joni Dress

Tilly and the Buttons “Stretch” book-features Joni Dress and more

Inspirational Sewing from May Meetings

So many great garments to see in May (thanks to April snow?!?) You keep amazing us with new and different ideas-rock on and thanks for sharing!

Enjoy the heat and the long weekend-just in case your idea of a perfect 95 degree day is sewing in your cool lower level studio :)….

Bare Legs? Bare Shoulders? Today in Burnsville


That’s right-final Fashion Sewing Club for April at SR Harris in Burnsville. Today, Thursday at 10:30 am.
Like most normal people expecting spring weather, we sewed for spring! Who knew we’d be cancelling a meeting on Saturday because of a super snowstorm? But the weather man said sixty next week so we keep hoping.
We also hope you can join us this morning if you haven’t yet this month. Bring your spring dream clothes to show and we’ll have ours.

June Sew and Tell

Full house on Tuesday
Full house on Tuesday

We continue to appreciate all of you that attend Fashion Sewing Club. All three of them have loyal followers and new attendees. It’s so energizing!
I wanted to pass on a link to an organization that Treadle worked with for Grand Old Days-Sew Good Goods. They donate handmade high quality items to people that need them-you can cut, sew, donate, have a party. I’m checking to see if they would be interested in any scraps that any of us might have as they use Treadle fabric.
The photos and Club sheets have been posted under Club Sheets and Garment Photos above. Here is a sampling of what you showed us in June-
New attendee who likes all things vintage
New attendee who likes all things vintage
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Including a period dressed doll, all the way down to undergarments!
Including a period dressed doll, all the way down to undergarments!

Chicago Jacket with modifications from Sew Confident!
Chicago Jacket with modifications from Sew Confident!

(Sew Confident! is a downloadable periodic class from Sewing Workshop.)
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Simplicity 1358
Simplicity 1358

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Short and Sassy Jacket
Short and Sassy Jacket
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A Little Something' Jacket and zip pouches
A Little Something’ Jacket and zip pouches
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Two Simplicity 2246 Lisette shirt dresses
Two Simplicity 2246 Lisette shirt dresses
Walden Cooper Bag
Walden Cooper Bag
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Florence Shirt from Sewing Workshop
Florence Shirt from Sewing Workshop

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Butterick 6287
Butterick 6287
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Simplify Your Life from Cutting Line Designs
Simplify Your Life from Cutting Line Designs

Simplicity 1615
Simplicity 1615

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Bridal creation by Claire
Bridal creation by Claire

April Sew and Tell

April was a good sewing month for some-lots to see. Fashion Sewing Club photos and sewing notes can be found by clicking here or on Club Sheets/Garment Photos above.
Below is Karen’s ensemble-the tunic is ready-to-wear by Gudrun Sjoden. I’ve watched her clothing for some time. It’s full of color and pattern but not something I’d expect to see on the street here in the metro area. One of the dilemmas on my mind was to reinterpret the look into something I could wear. Karen has solved the problem by choosing just one piece and matching it with a solid pant and sweater. Now which piece will I order???

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More inspiration–

Sewaholic Granville Shirt
Sewaholic Granville Shirt

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Style Arc Victoria Blouse
Style Arc Victoria Blouse

Style Arc Victoria Blouse
Style Arc Victoria Blouse

Vogue 1415 in fleece
Vogue 1415 in fleece

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Butterick 6254
Butterick 6254

Butterick 6254
Butterick 6254

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Vogue 9174
Vogue 9174

Copy of favorite robe
Copy of favorite robe

Style Arc ensemble
Style Arc ensemble

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Must have accessory-narrow scarf-2" x 72"
Must have accessory-narrow scarf-2″ x 72″

Vogue Trench
Vogue Trench

Butterick 6064 in amazing Treadle fabric
Butterick 6064 in amazing Treadle fabric

Bristol Dress x 2
Bristol Dress x 2

Tilton Coat-Butterick 6254
Tilton Coat-Butterick 6254

Indigo Junction vest
Indigo Junction vest

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Cotton voile ensemble
Cotton voile ensemble

Vogue 8934
Vogue 8934

Fun lining
Fun lining

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Tremont Jacket-Sewing Workshop Pattern
Tremont Jacket-Sewing Workshop Pattern

Tremont Jacket-Sewing Workshop Pattern
Tremont Jacket-Sewing Workshop Pattern

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Jacket based on "Suit Yourself" pattern
Jacket based on “Suit Yourself” pattern

We hope you’ve been inspired or helped you remember what you may have seen at Fashion Sewing Club in April. The next Club meetings are:

Thursday, June 9, 6:30 pm at First Sewing Bloomington
Saturday, June 11, 10:30, @ Treadle
Tuesday, June 14, 10:30 @ Treadle

Hope to see you!!