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