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!!

Photos from Wednesday Meeting

We’ll be at First Sewing on Thursday, August 11 at 10:30 for version 2 of GSG and Fabric Swap!

Here are photos from today at Treadle Yard Goods-

Assembly Line Wrap Jacket
Wren Blouse/Chalk and Notch and Remy/Sew House Seven
Ilford Jacket/Friday Pattern Co
New Look 6340
Plaza Pant/Sewing Workshop
OOP Men’s Shirts
Reserve Champion at Washington County Fair

August Meetings Coming Up/July’s Photos

August meetings for Garment Sewing Group are as follows:

Wednesday, August 10, 10:30 Treadle Yard Goods

Thursday, August 11, 10:30, First Sewing, Blmgtn., and FABRIC SWAP

Saturday, August 13, 10:30, Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul

Hope to see you and your end of summer sewing!

July 2022 Garment Sewing Group Photos and Notes

Debbie’s Garments:

Closet Core Elodie Dress, Italian linen/cotton blend

I was a little hesitant making this dress due to style vibe and fitting concerns. I read lots of reviews, listened to Brenda and made a muslin. Then I thought go for it and I am glad I did. It is a fun make.

1. I did my petite adjustments between shoulder and bust but not any length!

2. The construction is easy and very clear. I did question the direction of stay stitching the pattern directs. It is just the opposite of the way I was taught.

3. Not fond of the construction technique used for the opening for the tie. Next time I would put in a buttonhole.

Somerset Tee/Maven Patterns, cotton jersey
A-line skirt, pattern unknown, cotton sateen

I have no idea what pattern the skirt is cut from. I have a traced pattern with no info on it but it is a TNT. The fabric is cotton sateen.

1. The pattern is simple and easy to make however the fabric gave me a little trouble. Thought I was buying a panel but it was sold by yardage. Therefore I really needed to be careful cutting so I could get the print where I wanted it.

2. Again, fabric was scarce so instead of losing fabric to a hem I serged a bias strip around the hem.

3. I put in a side invisible zipper and the waist is shaped with facing, no waistband.

Coral Boatneck Tee/Somerset Tee by Maven patterns (photo above)

1. I did not need any petite adjustments but I did shorten length on front, back and sleeve one inch.

2. I love a boatneck and this is a good one. The directions are clear and concise and produce RTW results.

3. I would decrease the width of the back neckline with small darts on paper pattern before cutting the next make.

4. This was a fun make. I like the variety of sleeves the pattern offers.

Coral Tropical print pants/Jalie Eleonore/cotton stretch sateen

1. This is a TNT pattern that I make often. Each time I add or delete design features.

2. I eliminated the back pockets and I tapered the legs about 2 inches from knee to leg hems.

Kristin’s Garments:

J502 Wrap Jacket/The Assembly Line Patterns/Cotton woven stripe

1. Front band is cut on as part of front pattern piece and darts help make the turn. Interesting and well thought out construction.

2. Made a size medium which fit perfectly-graded to next size at hips. Sleeves a bit wide for my taste.

3. Did all interfacing as pattern directed. Fun summer jacket to wear tied.

Simplicity 3696 OOP/Linen

1. Basic raglan robe pattern which can be hard to find. In my stash for some time and still available on the internet. I made a size medium-it’s also a bit A-lined.

2. Misread placement dots for belt but it worked out in the end 🙂

3. Applied neck/front band to wrong side of robe and wrapped seam allowance with bias contrast fabric and love the detail.

4. Linen makes a wonderful robe for hot weather!

Vogue 8906 OOP, View C

Vogue 8906 OOP, View C/Linen

1. This is a view from a TNT pattern that I have always wanted to try. Cut on sleeves, no darts and a v-neck with some shaping pleats to boot!

2. Used a 3/8” seam allowance at neck for a closer neck. Did a forward shoulder just because it’s an old Vogue. Had to add a cuff because sleeve was too short. Topstitched facings down.

3. Buttonholes were a struggle but Solvy did the trick!

August Garment Sewing Group Meetings

Wednesday, August 10, 10:30 Treadle Yard Goods

Thursday, August 11, 10:30, First Sewing, Bloomington

Saturday, August 13, 10:30, Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul

Saturday’s Meeting

A beautiful summer Saturday and great sewing inspiration!

We’ll be at Lakes Makerie, Minneapolis, on Wednesday, July 13 and First Sewing, Bloomington on Thursday, July 14 (and FABRIC SWAP). Both start at 10:30 am!

Japanese panel in Vogue 1264
Vogue 1264-who’s still got it in their stash?
Front of Vogue 1264 jacket and Vogue 1729 pants (they have a nice ankle pleat)
Final of 3 Japanese panels (first one in June) Assembly Line Long Sleeve Tunic
Front pattern piece was cut to accommodate panel
Terra Tunic from Love Notions-saved!! Are you supposed to READ pattern instructions?? Happens to all of us 🙂
Trio Pattern from Sewing Workshop and Barry Pant from StyleArc
Butterick 6856 in a beautiful silk and perfect buttons!

Happy Sewing!!

Serger Class starts next week AND June GSG

Our next Basic & Beyond Sergery class starts next Thursday, June 30 at 10 am at First Sewing, 494 and Penn! The class continues July 7 and 21. Go to “Classes at First Sewing” in the menu bar to register.

June Garment Sewing Group:

Debbie’s Garments:

Navy Jacket, Burda 6760, View C, Silk Matka and Rayon Crepe Lining

1. This is an unlined jacket so my first step was to draft lining pattern pieces. The sleeves are underlined. Also a dart in the sleeve creates a 2 piece look which I like. It eliminates a lot of bulk.

2. I did petite between shoulder and bust, did a narrow shoulder adjustment but did not shorten length because it is a cropped style.

3. Due to the texture of the main fabric I only interfaced the under collar.

4. Also due to the texture of the fabric I did not top stitch.

5. This pattern is from 2015. It was a fun make and I also decreased my pattern collection.

Coral with Navy Dot Classic Blouse, NewLook 6698, View B, Cotton Sateen

1. As always I did my petite adjustments but did not shorten the hem length – this is a crop length shirt.

2. The pattern envelope gives yardage for a skirt. There is no skirt in this pattern – maybe a typing error. That should have been my first clue that the pattern had some flaws.

3. The neckband is too short for neck and the directions for collar insertion are poor.

4. The only feature different from my TNT blouse pattern is the “cuff”.

Navy Gingham Pants, Burda 7062, Gingham with Bemberg lining, see photo above

1. This pattern is from 2013 and has been updated in the catalog.

2. I eliminated the side slits and added a lining.

3. This is a TNT for me and it will stay in pattern collection.

Coral “Scraps” Blouse

Coral “Scraps” Blouse, Liesl+ Co Geneva V-Neck Blouse, Cotton lawn, stripe and sateen

1. I did my standard petite adjustments and removed 2 inches from the length. I also softened the shirt tail hem and removed length from there as well. The designer is tall!

2. I raised the v-neck 1 inch.

3. I changed construction steps because I wanted to have the neck band on the rs of the blouse. I used the shorten/lengthen line to determine the the length of back top and bottom.

4. I chose this pattern because of the lantern sleeve. I am not fan of v-neck blouses but I thought I would give it a try anyway.

5. It was a fun make even though the construction techniques are kind of putsy and 1/2 seam allowances are used – WHY?!

Kristin’s Garments:

Summer Jacket/The Fold London, Vogue 1648, Stretch woven blend

1. Pattern includes lining but didn’t want to lose the stretch of fabric so just used facings.

2. Very large pleat in back was topstitched through all layers-directions had it hanging loose-I wanted a bit more of a “yoke line” to copy garment.

3. Center front overlap was eliminated so no closure. Corners at collar were rounded.

4. This pattern was previously made in fleece. Fits surprisingly well (no forward shoulder needed, bust dart in proper place, sleeve is great.

Brick Summer Pants, Vanessa Fluid Pants/Jalie Patterns, Silk blend fabric? See photo below

1. Added 3” to length-omitted cuff.

2. Darts are extended 2” for a lower seat 🙂

3. Waist band is made into one continuous strip eliminating seams and tie.

4. Great pants pattern-TNT!

Woven Summer Blouse, Harmony Blouse/Love Notions, Rayon challis and Jalie Vanessa Pants

1. Made to pattern as the hip area is already wider.

2. Neck binding is supposed to be turned all the way under, I like wrapping the serged edge.

3. Center back seam has waist shaping but the opening isn’t necessary to get blouse on. I just sewed the button on permanently.

4. Several sleeve variations. Great summer woven tee with a dart.

5. Great fit for my body!

Take Me Back to Eddie Bauer, Classic Tee/Love Notions, Green cotton/lycra knit crew neck

Take Me Back to Eddie Bauer, Classic Tee/Love Notions, Green cotton/lycra knit crew neck
Take Me Back to Eddie Bauer, Classic Tee/Love Notions, Tomato rayon knit vee neck

1. Shortened length 2”.

2. Both necklines are great depthwise. Vee is quite pointed and the rayon fabric didn’t help. Pattern also includes a scoop neck and all sleeve length variations.

3. Definitely a TNT!

July 2022 Garment Sewing Group

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

Wednesday, July 13, 10:30 Lakes Makerie, Mpls

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

Classes and Saturday’s Pics

We have two classes starting this week-

Serge (or Sew) This: Woven Tee: Wed., May 18, 25, June 2, 10:30-12:30, Treadle

Serge (or Sew) This: Core Pattern Tee: Thurs., May 19, 26, June 2, 10-12, First Sewing

Register online at Treadle for Treadle class and Material Girls for First Sewing class. Email materialgirlsewing@gmail.com for questions.

Remy Top/Brussels Skirt
Simple tee dress in a great print
Lightweight wool jacket