March Garment Sewing Group/Saturday Pics

It certainly was a week of snow challenges but we came through it with lots of fun meetings and inspiration!

Here’s some of what we saw on Saturday-

Butterick 6596 in boiled wool
Jalie 2682 in activewear knit from Sewing Lounge
Butterick 6533 in textured knit
Stylearc Ada in stripe knit/Vogue 9275 in gray knit
Melrose Top from Itch to Stitch

Garment Sewing Group-March 2023

Debbie’s Garments:

Rosy Textured Zip Peplum Jacket/Burda Style 6334, View B/Cotton Dolman Tee/Jalie 3352/Cotton Spandex Khaki Trousers/Love Notions Duet Trousers/Cotton blend bottom weight twill with a little stretch

Rosy Textured Zip Peplum Jacket

1. This is my second make from this pattern. It is a favorite. 

2. The jacket is unlined but I added lining to the sleeves. It is difficult to find just the right zipper so I used a contrast and did some topstitching to match zipper tape.

3. I am not fond of the pattern construction order so I go about it my way-complete facings, and collar before side seams and sleeves.  

Dolman Tee/Jalie 3352/Cotton Spandex

1. When I came across this knit I knew it would go with my jacket. However I had barely a yard of fabric so I pulled out my TNT go-to-pattern-when-there-is-a-fabric-shortage. It works almost every time!

Khaki Trousers/Love Notions Duet Trousers/Cotton blend bottom weight twill with a little stretch

1. This muslin was a lot of work but it might become a go to pattern for woven pants.

2. I eliminated the pockets – not necessary in a muslin but it is a great feature in this pattern.

3. I added one inch to front and back rise since the pattern is designed to sit below waist.

4. I shortened the pant length by 2 inches. I added a second dart at back and increased center back seam by 1/2 inch to lessen gapping.

5. The pattern offers a pattern piece for a curvy or straight waistband. The front waist is lower than the back .  It also has a wide or straight option.

6. I added the split hem at pants bottom – a favorite of mine.

7. Overall a good pattern that I will try again.

Coral Print Blouse/Butterick 6856/Rayon Lawn from Art Gallery

1. I used view A with lots of fit adjustments – Shortened front, back and sleeves between shoulder and bust. I shortened the length by 2 inches on front and back but only one inch on sleeve. The bust dart needed to be lowered and I also did a narrow shoulder adjustment.

2. I just barely had enough fabric so I used a contrast for placket facing and cut the cuff width in half.

3. The pattern has great fit instructions and options such as vertical darts versus tuck at back yoke. It has a tower placket but I did a continuous placket due to lack of fabric and wanting a less tailored look.

4. There is too much slip stitching in this pattern. There is a double yoke but no info on doing a burrito roll. I stitched the rs of facing to ws of blouse front for a clean finish on inside and not having to worry about securing the facing.

Kristin’s Garments:

Wool Jacket/Burda 5941, View A-short length/Wool coating

1. My goal was a soft, warm, throw-on jacket and I came pretty close!

2. The fabric has a napped side and for interest I alternated wrong side with right side on each piece. This was an interesting exercise in cutting out pieces-hint: not only must you layer fabric right side to wrong side (typically it is rs to rs or ws to ws) but you must also alternate actual pattern pieces right side up and up side down. So the upper bodice pattern piece will be face up and the lower bodice paper will be face down. Brain gymnastics!!

3. I added an interior zipper pocket.

4. My February version was too big through shoulder/bust/sleeve so I cut it down to a 14 (one size smaller) and that worked very well.

5. Fabric was too thick for machine buttonholes.


Hot Patterns Fast & Fabulous Foursquare T’s/Double sided wool knit (Vee neck)

Hot Patterns Fast & Fabulous Foursquare T’s/Double sided wool knit
Eureka Top/Sewing Workshop/Rib knit wool/fleece

1. Eureka has a sloped shoulder line and the underarm curves out to give some shaping. The Hot Patterns vest has a square shoulder and straight underarm to side seam.

2. Neck and hems simply turned under on Eureka crew. Center seam makes vee a snap on Hot Patterns vest.

Helmi Trench Blouse by Named Narrow Legged Trousers/Mitchell Trousers by Closet Core/Mystery fabric

Shirt from months ago: Helmi Trench Blouse by Named-Added tucks and shortened

Narrow Legged Trousers/Mitchell Trousers by Closet Core/Mystery fabric

1. Loved these in wide leg version so had to try narrow leg. Added 1.5”-should have added a bit more to hit shoe.

2. Be sure to mark pleat marking on all pieces.

3. Fabric was linen like with a backing so kind of wonky to work with but I knew that going in.

4. Trouser facings, pleat, pocket and fly zip make a bit of extra work but worth it.

April GSG

Wednesday, April 12, 10:30, Sewing Lounge

Thursday, April 13, 10:30, First Sewing

Saturday, April 15, 10:30, TBA

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)

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!!

Ginny’s on Saturday!

Garment Sewing Group meets Saturday at Ginny’s in Rochester

Our meetings start this Thursday, 9/8 at First Sewing, and then down to Rochester on Saturday, 9/10, finishing at Sewing Lounge on Wednesday, 9/14.

Our Saturday regulars were feeling left out of our Wednesday trips to Rochester so they decided to go on their own and I figured we might as well have our Saturday meeting at Ginny’s! It all worked out-if you’d like to attend and want to carpool-email

August Garment Sewing Photos

I know, it’s September already-trying to catch up…

September 2022 Garment Sewing Group

Thursday, September 8, 10:30, First Sewing, Bloomington and Fabric Swap

Saturday, September 10, 10:30 at Ginny’s in Rochester

Wednesday, September 14, 10:30, The Sewing Lounge, St. Paul

And here’s what we sewed in August—-

Debbie’s Garments: 

Cadence Dress-Love Notions-Japanese cotton
  1. Did not petite between shoulder and bust but did shorten length on front, back and sleeves by 2 inches.
  2. This was a fun, easy and quick make. I am fan of Love Notions patterns. I appreciate all the options for sleeves, necklines and lengths offered. The bust darts help in shaping and the dress can easily slip over your head but a zipper closure is optional.
Butterick 5616-Linen
  1. I did my standard petite adjustments between shoulder and bust.
  2. The under collar is the only pattern piece interfaced due to the fabric texture.
  3. I changed the order of construction and added petersham ribbon to inside collar for a clean finish instead of slip stitching.
  4. I did not enjoy working with this fabric  – too shifty.
  5. The jacket  end product isn’t what I had in my mind for a go to jean jacket. I think my choice of fabric had a lot to do with the end result.
KwikSew 3555-Italian cotton
  1. This is my favorite classic shirt pattern. If you can not find this particular pattern on line try a similar pattern from Cashmerette, Love Notions, Sewaholic, Grainline or the big four.
Jalie Dolman Top-French Terry and cotton interlock
  1. I raised the front neckline one inch and used a neckband to finish neck edge. 
  2. I left the hem length for front as is but shortened back length by 2 inches.
  3. This tee will be perfect for end of summer evenings and it decreased my fabric stash a bit – always a good thing.

Kristin’s Garments: 

Simplicity 9136-linen floral and rayon stripe
  1. Made a size 16 top and skirt. Size was perfect. 
  2. Cut 2” off of bottom edge of bodice to raise waist. Helped a lot! 
  3. Great fit through bust and shoulders.
New Look 6607-linen

1. Added 5” to skirt and raised waist on bodice 1.5”. Needed to piece the center fronts but like the result.

2. Pattern well written. Used rayon for muslin and skirt draped more than it did with the linen.

3. Made size 14.

Barry Woven Pant-Stylearc-linen
  1. Pattern instructions from Stylearc seem to be getting better! Pants easy to put together.
  2. Very much the “lantern pant” I’ve been looking for!
  3. Eliminated the “ruffle” at top of waist band.

Garment Sewing Group on Wednesday and Class Pics

Here are the meeting times and spaces for this week:

Wednesday, March 9, 10:30 at Lakes Makerie, 5255 Chicago Av., Mpls.

Thursday, March 10, 10:30 at First Sewing, 7985 Southtown Center, Blmgtn. (Bring fabric to swap!)

Saturday, March 12, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods, 1338 Grand Av., St. Paul

Our Quilted Jacket class just finished up. Here are a few photos-

Next project!! Fun findings at Treadle
Hovea Jacket in progress
Jacket, lining and bias trim

Great vest from New Look 6713 (don’t ask how long it took to get the pics on top of each other-or try to get one of them deleted!!)

Jacket Class Wednesday and More

Metra Blazer/Love Notions

Not quite spring and hoping to NOT be winter we are sewing/serging jackets or cardigans starting Wednesday, March 2, 9 and 16 from 1-3 at Treadle Yard Goods. Please call or go online to sign up-3 spots left! We are recommending the Metra Blazer from Love Notions, New Look 6735 cardigan, Blackwood Cardigan from Helen’s Closet as just a few of our favorites. You can get your pattern printed easily and quickly at the Sewing Lounge. Email if you have questions.

Metra Blazer
New Look 6735

And then we have some more to show from February Garment Sewing Group-are you sewing something spring-ish for March??

Vogue 9133
Burda 7700
Paddington Top/Peppermint Mag-(buttons down back)
Butterick 6323
Romy/Jalie Patterns
Belvedere Waistcoat/Thread Theory
Simplicity 7277
McCalls 6796

Can’t wait to see what March meetings have in store…Wednesday, 3/9 at Lakes Makerie, Thursday, 3/10 at First Sewing, Saturday, 3/12 at Treadle!