May 2020 Fashion Sewing Club

Another great month of meeting via Zoom! We had almost 60 people attending over the three sessions. We saw many indie patterns and always get the question about copy shop printing (the big box stores can be very expensive and knowledge varies from employee to employee) so here are are 3 best ways of getting those Pdf patterns printed on something other than 8.5”x11” sheets that you have to tape together:

1. Look for the pattern on If they sell it, they will give you the option to choose having it printed for about $5 when you add it to your cart.

2. Go to and send your files to them. It takes a few minutes to figure out how to navigate in your computer and files but the price and convenience are worth it. And you can call and talk to Keith and he will help you out. Shipping time is usually a few days.

3. Thomas Printworks, 801 2nd Ave. N., Mpls.-you’ll have to go pick it up but turnaround is quick and price is great. The online form can be hard to figure out so just call 612-374-1120 and get the email address to send your files to.

And now for Debbie and Kristin’s garments for May-we hope we can actually see some of you in June as stores are opening up but we will definitely be meeting by Zoom. We’ll keep you posted.

Material Girls Fashion Sewing Club

May 2020

Debbie’s Garments:

La Paz Jacket by Itch to Stitch

Navy Knit Blazer:

La Paz Jacket by Itch to Stitch

65% Rayon, 32%nylon and 5% spandex Ponte

1. I made a muslin first to determine fit changes and there were several- shortened between shoulder and bust, shortened jacket and sleeve length, adjusted for narrow shoulder and went down a size – I feel the pattern runs big.

2. This is PDF pattern which I try to avoid because I don’t like to trace and to determine lines and marks to follow is difficult.

3. The directions are excellent and a website is given to follow for welt pockets which is also very well done. The collar instructions are more difficult than necessary though.

4. The jacket has a back  lining shield which is very nice. However, I wish I would have drafted a lining pattern. It would have been easier and given a cleaner inside look.

McCalls 7351

Floral Chambray Shirt Dress:

McCalls 7351, View B with straight hem

100% cotton

1. Did my standard fitting adjustments and lowered front bust dart, added 1/2” to waist length and 1 inch to hem.

2. I changed order of construction, did a burrito roll for yoke and stitched rs of button band to ws of dress front for a clean finish  and no slip stitching.

3. I added a fabric tie belt to copy what I am seeing in RTW.

New Look 6439

Coral Floral Tunic:  

New Look 6439, View D  with View C neckline

Rayon Jersey

1. This is  a TNT pattern. This is my summer version. Winter is the only season I haven’t covered and I don’t want to think about that for a lonnnnng time!

McCalls 6964

Cut Apart T-Shirt:  

McCalls 6964

Green and navy solid rayon jersey, print cotton lycra from Art Gallery.

Saw this tee in a catalog and thought it would be cute and use up some of my scraps.

Kristin’s Garments

Palisade Pants
Pocket detail

Palisade Pants by Papercut Patterns

Chambray stripe

1. Pattern has a nice flat front waist and fun pockets-one pattern piece is heart shaped.

2. Lots of layers in pocket hide hip issues.

3. For my figure, the front waist was high but not a deal breaker.

4. Good instructions, fun to see how a stripe worked out with the pocket pieces.

Hudson Pant by True/Bias

Knit Joggers

Hudson Pant by True/Bias

Rayon ponte, very soft and stretchy

1. Omitted the pockets for the sake of bulk.

2. Pattern advises making a size up if you don’t want a tight fit so I did that.

3. Made waist band smaller by 2” to reduce bulk.

Camber Set
Added to the back yoke and back for rounded shoulder adjustment-you can see it very well with the patchwork pieces

SUMMER (?!) Dress

Camber Set by Merchant & Mills

Patchwork plaid cotton

1. Pattern features a bust dart that borders on a French dart.

2. Needed to do a bit of work on sleeves as they were quite slim but the armhole was on the larger size.

3. Also made the Scout Tee by Grainline and that had a flat sleeve with a close fitting armhole-so I went with Camber to get the yoke (made a rounded back adjustment easier) and used armhole from Scout.

4. Added back shaping darts.

June Fashion Sewing Club

Tuesday, June 9, 10:30, Treadle

Thursday, June 12, SR Harris, Burnsville

Saturday, June 14, Treadle

Did You Miss April Club?

Just in case you stayed home for the blizzard and couldn’t make it to another meeting-here’s a recap of the garments featured by Debbie, Katie and Kristin. The Club sheets are available under the menu heading “Club Sheet/Garment Photos” if you’d like more details.

Burda 6334

Debbie wanted a casual jacket but not another jean jacket. Loved this one from Burda in a stretch olive brown denim.

McCalls 6964, modified

Tie tees are everywhere. Debbie hacked her favorite tee pattern to make this version.

Butterick 6085

A little gold and a casual shirt plus she used Louise Cutting’s one seam collar technique to make a crisp (and narrower/current) collar.

Butterick 6628

A rayon knit is great in this ruched tee.

Pamela’s Patterns Twin Set Jacket Pattern
Simplicity 8386 Shell
Simplicity 8745 Skirt

Katie works her embellishment magic to add a pleather placket and grommets to what would have been just another knit jacket.

Simplicity 8594

Great summer sun dress in rayon batik.

Angela Wolf Ruched Tee
Simplicity 8745 Skirt

A great outfit with fun seam details in the skirt.

Wiksten Haori Jacket
Lining and bias binding on front band

Double weave gauze (?) from where or when we don’t know, but it was the perfect fabric in Kristin’s stash to pair with a brocade-like lining to make the narrow sleeved kimono from Wiksten.

Burda 6367
Jalie Eleonore Pull On Jeans

Add an activewear knit top and Jalie jeans and you’ve got an outfit! Sign up with Treadle to take the Jalie jeans class if you haven’t made these fantastic pants!

New Look 6434

Use the border of an embroidered chambray at the neck instead of hem for a different look to the quintessential (for now) ruffled sleeve. We’re offering this class during May and June at Joann.

We’re betting on good weather (or at least no snow) for our May meetings so hopefully you’ll be able to come and enjoy the inspiration in person!

October Garments-FSC

Here’s what Debbie, Kristin, and I were up to this month. A special “shout out” to Scott Knoblach for modeling. He looked mighty fine in his lederhosen!

See you next month!

Burda 7290

Burda 7290

Burda 7057

McCalls 7812

October Club Photos

If you didn’t make it to Fashion Sewing Club last month-or you need a refresher, the photos and Club sheets have been posted. To see them, click on Club Sheets on the bar above and scroll down to October 2014 or click here.
We had great meetings and some new faces that even brought our average age down a bit! Thanks for coming everyone.

Here are a few highlights-

Beautiful use of vintage buckle
Beautiful use of vintage buckle

Machine embroidery added pizzazz to coat lining
Machine embroidery added pizzazz to coat lining

Love the project board! Note the drawing in lower left hand corner
Love the project board! Note the drawing in lower left hand corner

November Club meetings begin on Saturday at Treadle Yard Goods. We hope you’ve all been sewing up a storm and enjoying the amazing new fabric that has been arriving at Treadle. So hard to choose!

Here’s the November calendar:
November Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Saturday, November 8, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, November 11, 10:30 @ Treadle Yard Goods
Thursday, November 13, 10:30 or 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics

Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,
Fall Knit Wardrobe-Yoga Jacket, Saturday, November 1, 2:00-5:00
Kid’s After School Sewing, Tuesday, November 4,11,18 and 25, 4:00-5:30
Sew It Fits: The Bodice, Tuesday, November 4,11, 18 and 25, 6:00-8:00

First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics
*Please register with Material Girls website or call us at 952-201-3863

Sewing Skill Builder, Mondays, November 10 and 17, 1:30-12:30 or 6:00-8:00
Basic Serger and Beyond, Mondays, November 10 and 17, 10:30-12:30 or 6:00-8:00
Sewing Studio, Mondays, November 10 and 17, 1:00-4:00
Kids After School Sewing Club, Mondays, November 10 and 17, 4:30-6:00
Sew It Fits: The Skirt, Thursday, November 13, 2:00-4:00
Sew/Serge Your Fall Wardrobe,-Luxe Sweatshirt, Thursday, November 20, 10:00-12:00
The Luxe Sweatshirt class may also be taken during our November evening sessions at First Sewing – if interested just let us know when registering.

Chanhassen Vacuum Center: 952-938-7838,
Kids’ After School Sewing, Thursday, November 6 and 20, 4:30-6:00
Kids’ Holiday Sewing, Saturday, November 22, 10:00-12:00

And don’t forget the Sewing and Quilting Expo, Nov. 13-15, at Minneapolis Ramada-new location. For more info, go to