October Garment Sewing Group Starts Saturday

The falling leaves and temperatures are finally making me feel like a change in wardrobe-even if only during the early mornings and late evenings 🙂 The weather has been wonderful!

So it’s time to see what the new season will bring! Here’s the schedule for our October Garment Sewing Group meetings:

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

Wednesday, Oct. 13, Ginny’s Fine Fabrics, 211 Broadway Ave. S., Rochester, 10:30 am-Please email/text if you will be attending so we have an idea for numbers attending. Carpooling requests/offers can be sent to materialgirlsewing@gmail.com

Thursday, Oct. 14, First Sewing, Bloomington-Is your stash weighing heavy on your shoulders? Keeping you from buying new fabric? Need “new to you” fabric? We’re going to try some fabric swapping at the Thursday meetings. Bring fabric and/or take some home!

A little sewing humor from the New Yorker-thanks Rosemary!!

August Garments

Debbie’s Garments- Topping off summer!

Sea Glass Dotted Swiss Peplum Blouse

Simplicity 8384, View D

Cotton

1. Did standard petite adjustments and lowered bust dart.

2. Inserted button placket rs facing to ws shirt, opposite of instructions. I feel it gives a clean finish on both ws and rs, easier to topstitch and no slip stitching.

3. Did split hem on sleeve but did not follow pattern instructions – see sample.

4. Serged clear elastic along back waist rather than making a casing as pattern directs.

Coral Asymmetrical Placket Blouse

Grainline Studio Augusta Shirt

Tencel and cotton twill

1. Made too many petite adjustments – my fault, not a good choice for me.

2. Good construction techniques.

3. I find their sizing difficult – too much of a gap between body measurements and finished measurements.

4. Chose not to turn up cuff on sleeve.

Plaid Tunic

Simplicity 9130

Linen

1.Did standard petite adjustments as well as narrow shoulder.

2. Sewed the rs of facing to ws of front. Again, clean finish in and out, easier to topstitch and gives the top some detail.

3. Did bias edge finish on armhole as pattern directs.

Rusty Dolman Tee

Jalie 3352 Dolman Tops

Cotton Modal

1. Did standard petite adjustments but feel I would shorten in length and maybe go down a size. 

2. Pattern finishes all edges with fold over and topstitch. I added a neckband at neck edge and then did fold and topstitch on hems.

Kristin’s Garments

Summer Dress

Vogue 1698, View A

Seersucker

1. Constructed per instructions except didn’t interface the seersucker collar or placket. Collar would have been better with some interfacing.

2. Placket was straightforward-my topstitching of bottom of placket was not 🙂

3. Fit issues centered around bust/underarm/shoulder area. Should the horizontal seam be at bust point??? Took in side seams to underarm 3/4” and moved top of sleeve in 2” to alleviate sagging.

WearWithAll Skort

Jalie 2796 Multi-Sport Skort

Navy activewear knit

1. Lengthened 3” and chose the wider waistband.

2. Compression shorts are compressing! Recut 4 sizes up and was happy with less compression.

3. No elastic in waistband is really comfortable.

4. Next time I will make the short from a lighter fabric-whole skort is heavy.

5. Love the pockets and side detail.

Summer Jumpsuit

Kielo Jumpsuit by Named

Black cotton knit and floral novelty knit

1. Just had to try this jumpsuit after seeing it on Brenda. Perfect for relaxing after a hot summer day or, with this floral, going out on the town. Not too close fitting but not too baggy.

2. Sizing is according to bust as there’s ample space everywhere else 🙂 You want shoulder/bust area to fit.

3. Pattern directions are awesome with the neck/shoulder area all finished off with burrito roll techniques and under stitching. Facings need to be tacked down.

4. Fit was spot on for my chosen size-underarms and all-unless it starts growing as the day goes on.

5. Back closure was raised about 4” to cover straps.

Until Wednesday…

Our last meeting of July’s Garment Sewing Group is this Wednesday, July 14th, 10:30 am at Lakes Makerie. This is our “On the Go” version-just for fun.

Until then, here is some inspiration from our Thursday and Saturday meetings-

A new generation of superheroes-thanks to Grandma!
Rina just finished Fashion Design classes at Minneapolis College-she’ll be at Mpls. Fashion Week in September!
Here’s the garment on her model-
Fajita Skirt from LJ Designs
Roxy Blouse from StyleArc
Vintage patterns

Garment Sewing Group starts tomorrow!

Our mixed up month of meetings starts at First Sewing in Bloomington tomorrow, Thursday, July 8th at 10:30.

No need to register, just come. Maybe we’ll have lunch and then there’s Sew Social from 1-4 pm. Bring your project 🙂

On Saturday, July 10th, we’ll be at Treadle Yard Goods for the Saturday version. We had a class at the store today and Roberta was just opening a large bundle of fabric…

We’ll finish our monthly meetings at Lakes Makerie with “Garment Sewing Group on the Go” on Wednesday, July 14th, also at 10:30 am. No registration necessary but we plan to go to lunch at Heather’s after and will need numbers for reservations.

New Classes Start This Week

Fun and generosity!

Meeting new people is one thing you might not consider when you sign up for a class but Mary brought two aprons she make for Jennifer, who is a kindergarten teacher-just because we talked about it in class!

Make sure you meet some new people and learn some new sewing skills at our classes this summer! More information about each is found in menu bars at top of webpage-or call/text/email 🙂

July-August 2021 Classes

Classes at Treadle Yard Goods-register at treadleyardgoods.com

Pick a Pattern and Make It~we’ll help with any step in the process-choosing patterns to zippers and more. Wednesdays, July 7 and 21, 10-1 pm (also at Lakes Makerie Aug. 18 and 25)

PDF Patterns-Exploring, Ordering and Printing~choosing, ordering and printing. Wednesday, July 7, 2-3 pm (also at First Sewing Aug. 5)

Garment Sewing Group, Saturday, July 10th, 10:30 am We are changing to Wednesdays instead of Tuesdays-July 14 is kids’ camp at Treadle so we will try a Garment Sewing Group on the Go and meet at Lakes Makerie for our Wednesday meeting-this is NOT a permanent location change, just an exploration of resources 🙂 No need to register for this class-just come! First time free! (Also at First Sewing July 8)

Cover Stitch or Catch Up Sergery~tricks and techniques for coverstitch or serger (catch up only, please, not beginner). Wednesday, July 21, 2-3 pm (also at First Sewing Aug. 5)

Basic & Beyond Sergery In a Day!~Overcome the mystery 🙂 Wednesdays, August 4, 18, 25, 10-4 pm (also at Lakes Makerie Aug. 5, 19, 26)

Classes at Lakes Makerie-register at materialgirlsewing.com

Garment Sewing Group On the Go!~monthly meeting featuring garments, pattern modification and review, and the latest news in the sewing world. Wednesday, July 14, 10:30 am-no need to register-just come! First time free-(also at First Sewing July 8 or Treadle July 10)

Basic & Beyond Sergery~Overcome the mystery 🙂 Thursdays, August 5, 19, 26, 10-12 pm (Also offered at Treadle, Aug. 4)

Pick a Pattern and Make It~we’ll help with any step in the process-choosing patterns to zippers and more. Tuesdays, August 18 and 25, 9:30-12:30 pm (Also offered at Treadle July 7 and 21)

Classes at First Sewing-register at materialgirlsewing.com

Garment Sewing Group~monthly meeting featuring garments, pattern modification and review, and the latest news in the sewing world. Thursday, July 8, 10:30 am-no need to register-just come! First time free-(also at Treadle July 10 and Lakes Makerie July 14)

Sew Social~guided sewing and group fun! Thursdays, 1-4 pm, July 8, 15, 22, August 12, 19, 26

Coming Back to Sewing or Garment Sewing Need to Know~Garment sewing for the first time or getting back into it-we can help! Lecture only, no sewing. Thursdays, July 15 and 22, 10-12 pm

Cover Stitch or Catch Up Sergery~tricks and techniques for coverstitch or serger (catch up only, please, not beginner) Thursday, August 5, 1-2 pm (also at Treadle July 21)

PDF Patterns-All You Need to Know~choosing, ordering and printing-hands-on. Thursday, August 5, 2:30-3:30 pm (also at Treadle July 7)

July Garment Sewing Group Meetings

Not what it started out as-but definitely wearable!

OK, buckle up and hold on-we’re taking a wild ride this month! Debbie and I are having a hard time keeping it straight so we’ll tell you often so you can stay on track-

First, there will be no Zoom meeting this month. We’ll see if we can make something work that is a recorded or live version-fingers crossed.

Second, we’re meeting at First Sewing on Thursday-they have been so good to us and have plenty of space and it’s easy access from most of metro area.

Third, we are changing our Tuesday meeting day to Wednesday to keep our teaching days to two per week and back to back. Hope this day change works for all-

Fourth, Treadle was having kids’ camp on our 2nd Wednesday so we thought we’d try “Garment Sewing Group on the Go”. Lakes Makerie opens at noon so the store has room for us. Sarah has been in business for several years now, carries indie patterns, great fabric and is easy to get to. Join us for lunch afterward at Heather’s nearby.

In a nutshell-

Thursday, July 8th, 10:30 am IN PERSON

At First Sewing, 7985 Southtown Center, Bloomington

Saturday, July 10, 10:30 am IN PERSON

At Treadle Yard Goods, 1338 Grand Ave., St. Paul

Wednesday (yes-a permanent day change), July 14, 10:30 am IN PERSON

At Lakes Makerie, 5257 Chicago Av. South, Minneapolis (NE corner of 53rd and Chicago—easy on street parking, promise 🙂

June’s Garment Sewing Group

We’re back in person. It seems sudden and wonderful and hard to remember what we’re supposed to do!

Thanks to everyone who attended-both in person and on Zoom. It was so good to see real faces again! See you in July-

Kristin’s Garments

Crinkled Linen Kimono

Burda 6244

Washed linen

1. Wanted a lightweight jacket in this crinkly, lovely colored linen. Listened to Linda Lee on YouTube-https://youtu.be/lEzd3WhK91— and decided to use a kimono pattern to minimize the challenges of working with the crinkle fabric.

2. Stabilized back neck, shoulders, sleeve cap and interfaced sleeve band and neckband.

3. I was able to use differential feed to finish edges of hem and then turn up and coverstitch with differential feed also.

4. I regret coverstitching the neckband as it waved a bit but guessing a second washing (I washed after construction to see what happens) and I won’t even be able to tell.

5. Garment is 4” shorter than pattern-ran out of fabric but also like it this length.

6. Shortened sleeves and added band for a more finished look than pattern.

Plum Tee

Classic Tee by Love Notions

Cotton Interlock without much spandex if at all/heavier knit

1. Made to pattern except for increasing hips one size. Love the flexibility of this pattern and the range of sizes. Great basic!!

Straight Leg Cropped Pant

Free Range Slacks by Sew House Seven

Linen

1. Made to pattern according to measurements. It’s a high waisted pant with roomy legs but a comfortable/close fit at hips.

2. Side strip gives a break up line for both front and side view.

3. Facing at waistband is nice for reducing bulk-I used rayon to further reduce bulk.

4. Omitted side pockets but put in one back pocket for cell phone. Fun inseam application.

Plum Tunic

Terra Tunic by Love Notions

Cotton interlock without much spandex if at all/heavier knit

1. Made the scoop version-will make it more crew next time-just personal preference.

2. Fabric made for a looser fit.

3. Mitered the corners on side seams as opposed to square fold in directions. Deep 2+’’ hem.

4. Length is to pattern. Made Large through shoulders and went to XL at hip.

Sailor Tunic

Terra Tunic by Love Notions-version 2

Cotton French terry-more cotton in stripe than solid

1. Made the boatneck version-facing, interfaced and all. Love it. Fits very nicely.

2. Wish I could say that for the rest of the top!! The plum tunic above was saggy baggy so I cut may pattern down to a medium at the shoulders and large at hips. Evidently I didn’t check amount of stretch. Still love it but will gift to daughter 🙂

Dandelion Green Tee

Melrose Top by Itch to Stitch

Rayon challis

1. One more of these in a great print. Fabric has been in stash. Got the lower band wide enough this time. Fixed the last one by opening up side seam bands and making vent.

2. This class is still available June 24 and July 1, 1-3 pm at First Sewing, Bloomington.

Debbie’s Garments:

Poppy Day Brightener Dress

Very Easy Vogue 8764

Yarn Dyed Cotton Shirting

1. Did my standard petite adjustments and narrow shoulder and rounded back changes.

2. I changed the V neck opening to a scoop and did not line the dress as pattern directs.

3. I did a serged bias edge for neckline and placed the zipper one inch lower than neck edge.

4. To adjust for fit and construction techniques I prefer I changed the order of construction.

5. The pattern is one I have been wanting to try for awhile and I am generally  pleased with it, except for the large scoop neckline.

Orange Gingham Ruffle Sleeve Blouse

Amy Butler Liverpool Blouse Pattern

1. This is a favorite blouse pattern. I haven’t used it for awhile and found I needed to do some new fitting adjustments for lots of reasons! They include petiting between bust and shoulder, narrow shoulder adjustment

2. I also hacked the pattern a bit to copy a RTW look by shortening the hem and changing to a shirt tail style, and eliminating the cuff and adding a band and ruffle to the sleeve.

3. I did add interfacing to collar and placket because the gingham is light weight.

4. The designer of the pattern is a quilter so I did change some construction  techniques that I prefer.

Coral Blazer

Metra Blazer with shawl collar by Love Notions

100% poly Ponte

1. I did my standard petite adjustments between shoulder and bust and shortened front, back and sleeve length by 2 inches.

2. I love the shawl  collar and the faux welt pocket. Great designer details and very good sewing instructions.

3. The fabric sewed up beautifully using my seger but not the sewing machine.  Therefore I needed to adjust some sewing techniques and use  steam a seam on the hems.

4. I usually line the sleeves of an unlined jacket but due to the slippery feel of the fabric and the fact that it is a knit, lining the sleeves was not necessary.

5. It’s a wearable muslin that I will make again.

July Garment Sewing Group-Stay tuned for changes may happen 🙂

Thursday, July 8, 10:30, Zoom

Saturday, July 10, 10:30

Tuesday, July 13, 10:30 we may change to Wednesdays

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

June’s Tuesday Inspiration

Great meeting-thanks to all who attended!

Thursday and Saturday meetings are coming up tomorrow at 10:30. Go to “Fashion Sewing Club” on the website menu and register to receive the link to the Zoom meeting and the Club sheets.

Some info to pass on:

Craftsy/Bluprint is going out of business. Try this (allavsoft.com) for saving all of your classes before they go away.

SBCC (Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick) patterns are made for petites and more. Paulette made the Paloma Blouse right out of the package and it fit! They are sold on patternreview.com and you can choose the print option as it is a pdf only pattern. I found several I’d like to try because even though I am regular height, I often “petite” patterns to bring up the underarms and waist. I’ll have to lengthen the skirt 🙂 There are a few average height patterns also.

Treadle will honor its 10% off if you attend Fashion Sewing Club, good through June 20. Here’s a pic of their latest arrivals. There are also new rayon batiks.

New arrivals at Treadle!

SR Harris is offering to let us in at 9 am for Fashion Sewing Club next month so we can meet and shop and not keep other customers away-their current limit is 15 people. We’ll let you know if it can be done!

We’re meeting for Sew Social at First Sewing tomorrow! First time in a long time-looking forward to getting together. There will be a limit of 8 people. You can email/text/call if interested in coming.

Linda Lee of Sewing Workshop is hosting some great videos each Tuesday at 11 am but you can watch them anytime-check her website/Facebook/YouTube.

And now for the Sew and Tell-you can send your photos before the meeting and we can all see them on Zoom.

Reminiscent of Gotham City-men’s shirt made by Bernie
Great basic Remy Raglan from Sew House Seven
Quick to sew and comfortable to wear
Favorite Indygo Junction Crossback apron
Merchant & Mills Top 64

June Fashion Sewing Club starts tomorrow!

Covid isn’t going to let us gather this month either!! But we’ve been having fun via Zoom so we’ll meet on Zoom again this month-

Tuesday, June 9,

Thursday, June 11

Saturday, June 13

All meetings begin at 10:30 am

This month we are asking that you register and pay ($10) through our website. Then a Zoom meeting link will be sent to you along with the Club sheets. Just a debit or credit card is all you need. Here is the link or you can click on “Fashion Sewing Club” in the menu at the top of the website.

You may attend as many sessions of the month’s meetings as you want and still just pay for one meeting. Your first meeting is free.

Sewing up a storm!?!?