April Garment Sewing Group Meetings Begin Saturday

Please join us!

Saturday, April 9, Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul

Wednesday, April 13, Sewing Lounge, St. Paul

Thursday, April 14, First Sewing, Bloomington AND FABRIC SWAP!

And keeping up with last month’s meeting-

Debbie’s Garments:

Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress, Cotton

1. Made petite adjustment between shoulder and bust and shortened length by one inch.

2. I reversed construction technique for button placket to add contrast interest.

3. Also did burrito roll for yoke rather than slipstitch method.

4. Since my  first make from this pattern was the gathered view I wanted to try the other view and I am very glad I did and will probably make it again.

Love Notions Vivace Tunic, Rayon Lawn

1. Made my standard petite adjustments but did not shorten length.

2. Due to lack of fabric  and one way design I cut apart the back to create a lined yoke and used contrast fabric for facing.

3. I like how this pattern is relaxed and yet isn’t too oversized. A fun make that I will do agin.

Love Notions Terra Tunic, Cotton jersey with spandex

1. Using my remnants and copying RTW, I was able to make my favorite  tunic pattern.

2. I cut apart front, back and sleeves, added seam allowance and carefully constructed the boatneck. The most difficult part was adapting the white upper sleeve  because it couldn’t be cut straight across at the hem. Once I figured out that I added  a coral rectangle to the upper sleeve and placed the the sleeve pattern onto of fabric to get the shape of the sleeve correct. Then I was able to determine the length of the coral section and added the bottom lavender potion. All this was done while the body  of the tee was on my mannequin.  Whew – not as easy as I thought.

3. The construction of the boatneck and side slits are very good and not at all difficult.

4. This is a TNT pattern with so many options  – I will be making more.

McCalls 7122, Viscose print and cotton jersey solid

1. Still making use of remnants I was able to gain more storage space for new fabric and have fun tee to wear. Its a win win!

2. The cotton jersey is easy to work with, the viscose not so much.

3. Another TNT pattern that I will using again with or without remnants.

Kristin’s Garments

New Look 6588, various fleeces and knits

1. Made to pattern to get an idea of fit. It is unisex so quite oversized but all the pics I saw were drop shoulder at least.

2. Glad that I chose a stripe for the neck to see how it worked. All pieces went together perfectly. Turning corners as in Tabor Vee and worked like a charm.

3. Whacked off lots of fabric but pleased with the results. Not quite what I was hoping for in the end but I have a great pattern piece to hack on to a better fitting tunic.

Helmi Trench Blouse/Named Patterns, Cotton shirting

1. Moved bust dart and widened at hip but otherwise great shoulders and all.

2. Wish I would have matched vertical stripes!

3. Sleeves were supposed to be cinched with a band-more trench coat-like. Tapered instead.

Helmi Trench Blouse and Dress by Named

Helmi Trench Dress/Named Patterns, Corduroy

1. Same fit adjustments. Very happy with results. I have added 2” to skirt length.

Nicole/Jalie Patterns #3903

1. The Nicole pattern has a bodice piece and skirt piece that is to be joined when you cut it out but I had these two fabrics as remnants and have always wanted them together. Perfect opportunity!

2. Neckband has been shortened by 1/4” (1/2” total).

3. Faux pockets added to accommodate a flaw in the fabric discovered only after unfolding the already cut out skirt piece.

April 2022 Garment Sewing Group

Saturday, April 9, 10:30, Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul

Wednesday, April 13, 10:30, Sewing Lounge, St. Paul

Thursday, April 14, 10:30, First Sewing, Bloomington and Fabric Swap

Classes for May and June

Woohoo! In person classes are finally (well, almost) here! All First Sewing classes are in person. Treadle classes will be via Zoom for May and hopefully in store in June as long as the Covid trend continues as it is.

To register for First Sewing classes, click on the menu bar “Classes at First Sewing“.

To register for Treadle classes, go to the store or call 651-698-9690.

Contact us for more questions-more information about the classes can be found in the class listings on our website and Treadle’s.

All Classes May-April

Post Sergery: A Knit Tee for Me!

You made a no-stress tee for a child in Basic Sergery. Now it’s time to tackle a tee that you will actually wear! We’ll supply the Terra Tunic pattern from Itch to Stitch; it has a variety of necklines and silhouettes to keep you serging all summer long. We’ll cover techniques for measuring your body to choose a pattern size, fit issues, neckband application, hems, plus learn hands-on how to order and work with a large format printing of a PDF pattern.

You don’t have to be a Basic & Beyond graduate but you do need to know how to get a 4 thread stitch on your serger 🙂

Thursday, May 20 and 27, 1-3 pm at First Sewing-in store

Wednesdays, June 2 and 9, 10-12 pm at Treadle-in store

Basic & Beyond Sergery

Do you have a serger you don’t know how to use? Are you a little confused about threading? Take the fear out of serging and get comfortable with what could become your favorite sewing tool. Sessions cover machine parts, threading, rolled hem, flatlock, techniques, serging a basic tee and more.

A child sized, cut out tee will be provided to practice your new skills. Construction techniques will be emphasized.

Thursdays, May 20, 27, June 3, 10-12 pm at First Sewing-in store

Thursdays, June 17, 24, July 1, 10-12 pm at First Sewing-in store

Tuesdays, May 18, 25, June 8, 1-3 pm via Zoom-register with Treadle

Wednesdays, June 16, 23, 30, 10-12 pm at Treadle-in person at Treadle

Post Sergery: Woven Top

Make the Melrose Top by Itch to Stitch (pattern provided) and serge/sew an easy to wear summer top. We’ll cover techniques for bias neck binding, French seams, and band application, plus learn hands-on how to order and work with a large format printing of a PDF pattern.

Tuesdays, May 18 and 25, 10-12 pm via Zoom-register with Treadle

Thursdays, June 24, July 1, 1-3 pm at First Sewing-in store

Jalie Eleonore Pull-on Pant

A breeze to sew and wear, skinny jeans are a wardrobe staple. Make yours from stretch denim/twill or ponte knit and the Jalie Eleonore pattern. Without a zipper, the techniques are pretty easy!

This is just the best pattern for crotch fit, close to thigh, close to ready to wear, that we can find!! (Humble opinion, of course 🙂 Most people need to make only a few tweaks.

Wednesdays, June 2, 9, 16, 1-3 pm at Treadle-in store

Collar Techniques

In this hands-on class we will go step by step through the techniques for a wrapped collar, one seam collar, and collar-into-stand methods of construction. You may want to have a shirt cut out or have your pattern handy at class so you can adapt your pattern for these great techniques.

Thursday, June 3, 1-3 pm at First Sewing-in store

Sew Social

Cutting out patterns on the floor? Got questions about pattern directions? Bring your project or sewing goals and spread out in our spacious classroom. We will help you choose pattern, fabric, decipher pattern directions, fit-whatever you need. And meet other sewists that share your passion! Come as often as you can and sew what you want-

Thursdays, June 10, 17, 1-4 pm First Sewing-in store

Sew for Yourself-What You Need to Know

Garment sewing for the first time or getting back into it-we’ll outline the things that will make the adventure a bit less hazardous and more satisfying. Garment sewing isn’t for the faint of heart but seen as a pursuit rather than a pass/fail event and armed with what we’ve learned over the years, you will fall in love with the craft and art of sewing.

Choosing your size, indie patterns, Pdf printing, knits and new fabrics, fit issues and techniques are some of the topics we’ll cover.

Wednesdays, June 23 and 30, 1-3 pm at Treadle-in store

New Sewists!

We had a great group of new sewists at Make It Sew last night-well, there were varying degrees of experience, from absolutely none to one who made a very nice cover for her eBook reader-without a pattern!
Anyway, they all started with a pillowcase, complete with hot dog roll and french seams. One student made two so she could welcome her husband home with a beautifully made bed, one made a boy themed case, another a girl themed and then there was a great bold print paired with batik.
Would it surprise you if I said they all chose a different skirt pattern for next week’s class?! SEW ON!!

And just in case you haven’t seen the new “skins” at Make It Sew-here’s a picture. I’ll be showing the Sophia Trench with one of them for the lining at Fashion Sewing Club in April.

Tailoring Tools Class

Here are the samples for Tailoring Tools. We’ll explain how to use all of our favorite tools and then everyone can make a set of their own. Lots of us used to have them but got rid of them from lack of use, but they can improve your garments and make pressing tasks easier. And it’s always more fon to work with lovely tools 🙂

Join us at Make It Sew on Friday, May 18 at 10 am. $20-everything but outer cotton fabric included-we supply wool, lining and stuffing. Call 952-767-0701 to reserve your spot.

We Are Material Girls!!!

Thanks to all of the loyal Sew Amazing customers, Fashion Sewing Club has taken off with great success. To manage all that we’d like to do, we’ve decided to call ourselves “Material Girls” and see where it takes us. At this website you can find the schedules for the various locations of Fashion Sewing Club and classes that are taught by Debbie, Kristin and Laurel. For now you can register for the classes by emailing us. You can also register by calling the store where the class is held.  You’ll need to pay at the class. We hope to be able to handle payment online soon.
We’ll also be blogging about things we’re doing, events around the Cities and anything we come across that we think might be interesting to sewing divas like yourself.