October Club Garments

Debbie’s Garments:

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

Cotton Knit

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

Viscose Knit

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.

Kristin’s Garments

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

Rayon knit

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

Burda 6329

Rayon knit

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

Burda 6276

Rayon knit

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

Upcoming classes:

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?

September’s Club Garments

Material Girls’ Fashion Sewing Club

September 2019

Kristin’s Garments

New Look 6273 Ensemble


Suiting fabric

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.


Exit Interest 🙂


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

Burda 7184

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

Rayon challis

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.

Debbie’s Garments:

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.

We just have too much fun!

Woven Cheetah Print Tulip Sleeve Top: Butterick 6687, View B

100% Poly

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

New Fall Classes

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.

Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Treadle or Monday, Oct. 7 at 1st Sewing.

Fashion Sewing Club August 2019

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-

Material Girls

Fashion Sewing Club

August 2019

Debbie’s Garments:

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.

Blue Jeans

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

Cotton lycra

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.

Kristin’s Garments:

Kabuki Tee

Paper Theory


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.

Cielo Dress

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

August Club coming soon-July photos

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-