Last of January Photos

I hope you are in the sunshine somewhere-it’s beautiful!! Speaking of beautiful-here are the remaining sew and tell pics. Another great month of sewing!

Lisette 6296
Simplicity 9291 Gertie pattern
Shucks, I didn’t write down the wrap sweater pattern! Can anyone help me out?
Sapporo Coat/now Nova Coat from Papercut Patterns
Vogue 1784
OOP coat pattern
Historically correct doll bodice
Daughter/mother duo in The Blouse by Avid Seamstress (daughter) and Estelle Ponte Jacket by Stylearc (mother)
Madden Skirt by Tessuti Patterns
Tremont Jacket/Vest by The Sewing Workshop X 2
Nancy’s Blouse by Silhouette Patterns in rayon batik
McCalls 7874 from two old sweatshirts!
Vogue 8854
Wool Coat-Logan Shacket by Stylearc
Copied ready-to-wear/still making modifications

Happy sewing for February!!

Lots to See on Saturday

Great turnout in Lakes Makerie’s new classroom! Sunny, wood floors and bright yellow chairs-snow didn’t seem quite so overwhelming.

We’ll be at Sewing Lounge in St. Paul on Wednesday and First Sewing, Bloomington on Thursday, both start at 10:30.

Sandra Betzina wool coat
Warm lining
Elastic Tie Sweater
Jalie 2682
Remy from Grainline Studio with free sleeve extension
Vogue 8924
Vintage shirt in plaid wool

Garment Sewing Group December 2022

Merriest wishes and happy New Year to all of you wonderfully creative and fun people!! Here are the garments Debbie and I made in December along with commentary.

Classes are finished for the year and we will have a new calendar out at some point for 2023. Garment Sewing Group dates are at end of post.

Debbie’s Garments:

Kwik Sew 4191, View B without facing Double faced wool blend with cotton lawn edging

1. Shortened front, back and sleeves between shoulder and bust.

2. After eliminating front facing, Hong Kong finishing seam allowances and lining the sleeves, inserting the sleeves with hand sewing it would have been easier to line the jacket!

3. I did not use any interfacing but I did add sleeve heads.

4. Due to not facing the jacket front I changed the order of construction and techniques.

5. The collar seam is stitched wst and the center back seam is stitched rst. Bias trim was added to hide collar seam.

6. Hong Kong seam finish is done with single layer and a folded bias strip was used for edge finishes.

7. The front edges were trimmed before stitching side seams and sleeves.

Love Notions Tabitha Top with Yoke and Long Sleeves. Rayon blend jersey knit and cotton lawn

1. Shortened back, front, and sleeves between shoulder and bust. Sleeve length shortened 2 inches.

2. This is a TNT pattern for me. I need to remember the sleeves get too narrow below elbow before I make it again.

Jalie Renee Pant #4018 (see photo above)

Ponte rayon blend

1. I shortened the length of the pants 1 and 1/2 inch above and below the knee. Next time I would only shorten length by 2 inches.

2. I used 1/4 inch seam allowances instead 3/8 seam allowances that pattern recommends- just to give me a little less negative ease.

3. This is my first make from this pattern and I will make it again. I like the fit, style and ease of construction, especially when it comes to the waistband.

Simplicity 0659/8377, Wool blend knit

1. Shortened between shoulder and bust on front, back, and sleeves. Also shortened the sleeve length 1 inch.

2. Did a narrow shoulder adjustment.

3. I used a jersey knit for facing to eliminate bulk.

4. Quick, easy, fun make.

Kristin’s Garments

Jalie 3248 Drop Pocket Cardigan, various knits

1. Made to pattern-size X. Fun to put together. Great for using larger scraps.

2. Recommend lightweight drapey fabric to keep pockets from getting too bulky.

Love Notions La Bella Donna, cotton knit
Jalie Dolman 3352, cotton knit

1. Both patterns have wide neck openings.

2. Jalie (size X) has a shorter sleeve and 3/4 length sleeve addition, La Bella Donna is longer and has a long hour glass shaped cuff. Recommend one size larger for cuff.

3. La Bella Donna (size Large) has one pattern piece, front same as back except for neck.

4. Added neckband from Tabor Vee Neck to “warm” up the tees.

True Bias Hudson Pant for Men, rayon knit

1. Ankle bands are bigger but narrower than women’s.

2. Same great fit as women’s pattern!

New Look 6735, rayon knit True Bias Hudson Pant for Women

1. Cut out smaller size (14) across shoulders for a closer fit. Also sized down for sleeve.

2. Added 6” to length.

3. Great New Look pattern with best construction practices. Neck band is straight, long band. Added cuffs. Bands overlap at center front which is what I was aiming for. Perfect for rayon knits and not a lot of extra fabric.

True Bias Hudson Pant for Women (photo above)

1. Omitted pockets. TNT pattern! Love the fit!!

Simplicity 9239, fleece with kimono remnants

1. Larger sleeve, different cuff, no placket, were some of the details that drew me to the pattern after seeing a few like it in magazines/websites.

2. Made size Medium, it’s an oversized fit.

3. Cut out another yoke and did burrito roll-just barely with the fleece. Used kimono fabrics as facings for fronts, collar, cuffs and pockets.

4. Omitted the back neck facing and trimmed back neck with bias.

January Garment Sewing Group Meetings

Saturday, January 7, Lakes Makerie (first Saturday of month-not second!)

Wednesday, January 11, Sewing Lounge

Thursday, January 12, First Sewing and Fabric Swap

Wednesday at Lakes Makerie

We’ll have our last installment of Garment Sewing Group for December and 2022 (!!) on Wednesday, December 14, 10:30 am. Hope you can join us and check out Lakes as it’s been a few months since we’ve been there.

On Thursday, December 15, we’ll be at First Sewing for Basic and Beyond Sergery, 10:15-12:15. It’s a one time class-any level you are at, we will help you thread, decorative stitches, cover stitch or just refresh your memory 🙂

Sew Social meets the same day and place (Thursday at First Sewing) from 1-4 pm. That will be the last of classes for 2022!

Here’s what we saw on Saturday at Treadle-

Great Copy Cascade Jacket
Resolution Bottoms from Love Notions
Toaster Sweater and then some-great trim acquired on travels abroad
Satisfying job of relining a handmade coat
A little Barbie sewing-did you know her body changed but the patterns didn’t!

December Meetings-

The holiday train is moving through the station and next up is Garment Sewing Group!

Meetings-all beginning at 10:30 am: Thursday, December 8, at First Sewing and FABRIC SWAP Saturday, December 10, at Treadle Yard Goods Wednesday, December 14 at Lakes Makerie

Sew Social will meet December 8 and 15 from 1-4 pm at First Sewing.

Basic & Beyond Sergery will meet Thursday, December 15, 10:15-12:15. One session, any skill level. Use it to make up what you might have missed or forgotten or just get started with serging!! Class is at First Sewing.

Here are a few pics from the Quilted Jacket class back in November at Quilter’s Haven:

Happy Thanksgiving and More Photos

We are thankful for all of you allowing us to keep doing what we love! You inspire us every month-speaking of-next month’s meetings will be:

December meetings: Thursday, 12/8 at First Sewing, Saturday, 12/10 at Treadle Yard Goods, Wednesday, 12/14 at Lakes Makerie

Can’t wait!!! Hope you all enjoy your Turkey Day, however you celebrate!

Copied RTW, original on left
Upcycling-Garment bag from oversized men’s shirt
Butterick 6241
Silhouette 8019 Diane’s Wrap Dress
OOP KwikSew
Vogue 9244
Great kids’ Christmas gift McCalls 8250
Sewing Workshop Sterling Jacket
McCalls 7969
Chateau Jacket Sewing Workshop
KwikSew 2895
Butterick 6634
Stanway Tee, Cashmerette Ahead of the Curve book
Opal Coat & Cardigan, Paprika Patterns
And a little Merry Christmas!

November GSG Photos and Comments :)

Garment Sewing Group/November 2022

Debbie’s Garments:

Itch to Stitch Cerrito Alto Jacket/Cotton blend with ponte contrast

My Jacket of Mistakes and Disappointments! What Happened?

Chose the wrong size

Not enough fabric thus knit sleeves with woven main fabric and unlined sleeves – needed to adjust lining construction

Cut off too many zipper teeth and lost pull when testing and needed to rip out and insert again –

It is a tailored jacket and I wasn’t prepared for that

omitted zipper welt pockets

too much in a hurry and so much more!

I like this jacket pattern. The directions are very detailed and well illustrated. The method of attaching the lining without any hand sewing is terrific. I will give this a try again but not for a long time.

KwikSew 3555, Cotton and Burda 7062, Stretch cotton corduroy

1. This is TNT pattern for me but I am ready to try something new.

2. I like the contrast band even though it is black. The only thing I would do differently would be to sew the band to the center front right sides together so the black fabric would be exposed and not the ws of the print.

1. Another TNT pattern for me but again, ready to try something new.

True Bias Marlo Sweater, Sweater knit blend

1. So I tried something new and I didn’t do well.

2. I did shorten the length between shoulder and bust on front, back and sleeve. I also lengthened the short version of the sweater by 2”.

3. I feel I should have used a more stable sweater knit.

4. I constructed the sweater with the serger and tried topstitching the bands using a walking foot but that did not work well – needed a more stable knit.

5. I gave up on buttonholes after trying Solvy and sticky back stabilizer to no avail.

6. The sweater is no longer a cardigan since I sewed the bands closed with buttons – it works.

Kristin’s Garments

Karine Sweater Jalie 4242, Various knits

1. Had to try one of the versions of the short cardigan. This one is a raglan-probably cut along the lines of their Romy pattern.

2. No hem band or back neck facing. Wrapped seams used very effectively.

3. Had fun using stash pieces.

Laundry Day Tee Love Notions, Rayon knit

1. Looking for a fuller-at-hem tee to layer under garments.

2. This is a size large-narrow across shoulders. Close fit through bust and back.

Mitchell Trousers Closet Core, Bottom weight herringbone
Well fitting back side without the welt pockets

1. A new pattern that I just had to try. Blakandblanca Instagram photo inspired me. Wide leg and tapered leg version. I made a size 16 in wide leg version.

2. Directions are great. Everything came together. The pleat is a bit different and I’d love to see someone else’s version of it.

3. Discovered the bar tack feature on my sewing machine.

4. Omitted welt pockets and side tabs.

5. Fit worked very well. Lots of trouser features (fly shield!)-unfortunately most of them are invisible to the general public 🙂 A slower sew but worth it in the end.

November 2022 Garment Sewing Group

Thursday, December 8, 10:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington

Saturday, December 10, 10:30, Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul

Wednesday, December 14, 10:30 at Lakes Makerie, Mpls.

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)

Tomorrow, yes, tomorrow is GSG

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 6th will be the first of the October Garment Sewing Group meetings. Yes, it is the first Thursday-sorry to move things about but once in a while schedules get messy 🙂

We’ll be at First Sewing and fabric swapping! See you tomorrow!

Saturday we are at Quilter’s Haven in Rosemount-new store to us, new knits, etc., :)) and Wednesday is Ginny’s!!!

Beautifully repurposed kimono fabric
Travel Trio Hoodie/Christine Jonson and Pietra Pant/Closet Core
Ilford Jacket/Friday Pattern Co
Now of Now and Zen/Sewing Workshop
Marley Woven Shirt/Stylearc
Frankie Shirt/Sewing Workshop
Ikina Jacket/Sewing Workshop and Remy Top/Sew House Seven

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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!!