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What you missed-or what you didn’t

Just finished putting January Fashion Sewing Club on the website and thought I’d put it here on the blog for a change. You can still find it above on the menu bar under “Club Sheets and Garment Photos”. It also shows Katie, our new Material Girl! She debuted on Saturday and we are glad her family is healthy again.

Material Girls Fashion Sewing Club

January 2018

Debbie’s Garments

Contemporary Couture Jacket

Vogue 7975, View C

Wool Tweed with Silk blend lining.

Resources:The Contemporary Couture Jacket Class by Angela Wolf on Pattern Review and

Kathryn Brenne’s tutorial , The Classic CardiganJacket on Emma One Sock.

I have always been intrigued by the Chanel Jacket so on a cold winter day when the Angela Wolf class went on sale I signed up and am so glad I did.

This is my muslin, a work in progress. I have tried a variety of techniques from both resources. None have been difficult but sometimes challenging. I did not: interface, use a 3 piece sleeve or make bound buttonholes. I did put in a sleeve head. I would like to finish this jacket by the next club. My ultimate goal someday is to find the perfect fabric and make another jacket, this time with 3 piece sleeves etc. This experience has been a Lionel Richie, Easy Like a Sunday Morning, for me – my happy place!

Stripe Tunic

New Look 6439, View B, Jersey Knit

1. The pattern does not give a fit description so I compared my measurements to pattern and went down a size. It is made to pattern – fun, easy and quick sew.

Ruffle/Flounce Tunic

McCalls 7122, View A, Rayon/lycra knit

1. This is a TNT pattern that can be adapted for many looks.

2. To create ruffle/flounce, measure the length of the front at sleeve placement from armhole to neck edge. My length was 9 inches. For an easy formula, subtract one inch, and divide by 6. For example 9-1 = 8, divided by 6 is about1.3. see diagram to create pattern from your measurements.

3. Cut two ruffles from main fabric and two from contrast fabric to avoid ws of main fabric showing. Place ws of main fabric ruffle to ws of contrast. Baste ruffles to front at sleeve area.

4. Continue sewing tunic as pattern directs.

Katie’s Garments

Charlie Bomber Jacket

Jalie 3675

Stretch Woven/Wool Knit/ Bemberg lining

1. Decided to quilt fabric before cutting out pattern pieces. Wanted more warmth. Used cotton batting and rayon lining.

2. The single welt pocket went together easily. Used masking tape to get proper width of the welt for a more professional look.

3. Cut leather appliques and rhinestone template using my cutting machine.

Jalie Raglan T shirt

1. Sewn to pattern.

Christine Johnson Patterns 905- Fitted jacket

Stretch woven blend

1. Rounded/reshaped the collar, lapels and hipline to give jacket a softer/more flattering look.

2. Shortened jacket by 4-5 inches to hit at a more flattering spot.

3. Would highly suggest using extra stabilizer when sewing buttonholes in any fabric with stretch.

Sewaholic Hollyburn

1. This is my go-to flared skirt patterns. Flattering, functional (pockets) and easy to sew.

2. Used invisible zipper for a cleaner look.

3. Shortened by 2 inches.

Simplicity 1589

1. Sewed per pattern.

Angela Wolff Ruche T-shirt

Cotton lycra for outer layer and french terry underneath

1. Raised neckline by 2 inches to hit at balance point and widened significantly.

2. Underlined front, back and sleeves with contrasting fabric.

3. Sewed narrow zig-zag stich between cuts to keep layers neat and together.

4. Test fabric to ensure it curls. Some fabrics that work well are: jerseys, cotton-lycras, French terry, sweatshirting.

5. Let your creative juices run wild and have fun with this technique!

Kristin’s Garments


Simplicity 8529 View B, Blue sweater knit

1. Funnel neck sewn as a wrapped seam. Leaves a bit of a bump depending on thickness of fabric but looks nice and no need for second step of stitching two layers together.

2. Funnel neck narrower and higher than Toaster. Dropped shoulder/dropped underarm-both 4” longer than Toaster.

3. Didn’t use bands for sleeves/hem.

Toaster Sweater/Sew House Seven, Red Missoni sweater knit

1. Used funnel neck from Simplicity version but set in sleeve from Toaster.

2. Followed original Toaster technique for funnel neck because of bulk of knit.

3. Faced hem with ponte to reduce bulk/add stretch retention.

Burda 6990 Funnel neck tee

StyleArc Taylor Knit Skirt, Heavy cotton interlock

1. Shortened 4”.

2. Used a basting stitch for slit, topstitched, then ripped basting stitches.

3. Pattern has lines for stripes but can also cut out on straight of grain.

February 2018 Fashion Sewing Club

Saturday, February 10 , 10:30 at Treadle

Tuesday, February 13, 10:30 and again at 6:30 at Treadle

We’re Thankful for All of You

Debbie and I want you to know how thankful we are that all of you show such interest in sewing garments and taking classes from us. It allows us to do what we love to do.

November photos have been posted and Club sheets are here (click on the button above). Thanks to all who came to Club and the Expo.

Serger Club this month will be “When to Use Your Serger and When Not To”. We suggest bringing a pair of pj pants with pockets to serge and we’ll have sewing machines available for the non-serger parts. Here are a few photos from past classes. The classes times are listed below.

Coming in 2018 we’ll be starting a new meeting time for Fashion Sewing Club at Treadle Yard Goods-Tuesday evenings at 6:30. We’re hoping this will attract some of you that work during the day but also love to sew and be inspired. Unfortunately that means we will discontinue our Thursday evening meetings at Joann in Edina. We hope our faithful attendees can make it to Treadle on Saturday mornings or Tuesday evenings and see the wonderful fabric Treadle has to offer and meet new sewing enthusiasts.

December will be short with the holidays but we hope you can join us for Club or classes. We’re working on new classes for January and beyond…

December 2017 Calendar
Fashion Sewing Club:

Saturday, December 9, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, December 12, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Thursday, December 14, 6:30 pm at JoAnn-Edina

Classes At Treadle:

Workroom Social, Tuesday, December 5, 1:00-4:00
Serger Club, Tuesdays, December 5, 10:30-12
December 12, 6:00-7:30

Classes At JoAnn-Edina

Serger Club, Monday, December 4, 10:00-11:30
Knit Tunic, Monday, December 4 and 11, 1:00-3:00
Learn To Sew, Monday, December 4, 6:00-8:30
Workroom Social, Thursdays, December 7 and 14, 9:30-12:30 or 1:00-4:00
Kids’ Comfy Pants, Thursdays, December 7 and 14, 4:30-6:30
Kids’ After School Sewing Club, Thursdays, December 7 and 14, 4:30-6:00
Zippers, Monday, December 11, 12:30-3:30
Pillowcase, Monday, December 11, 6:00-8:30
Comfy Pant, Monday, December 18, 5:30-9 pm

Fashion Sewing Club, January 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 10:30 or 6:30
Saturday, January 13, 10:30

October Fashion Sewing Club Photos and Expo Time!

Happy Fall, Halloween, Almost Winter, Daylight Savings Time and don’t forget the Expo is next week!!
Whew! Here we are again-almost time for November Club meetings. Here are the important dates and times:

Sewing and Quilt Expo– November 9-11 on the Expo Stage (same place as last year)
We’ll be presenting Fashion Sewing Club and would love to see you and your latest creations.
Thursday, November 9 at 11:15 am
Friday, November 10 at 4 pm
Saturday, November 11 at 10:30 am

Come every day if you’re there, even if it’s the same garment-audience will change?

November Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Thursday, November 9 , 6:30, @ JoAnn-Edina
Saturday, November 11, 10:30,@ Sewing and Quilting Expo-hope you can come
Tuesday, November 14, 10:30 @Treadle

The Saturday Club meeting will be at the Expo-we felt we had to try to meet new people that are available that day. This is a change in plans, hope we don’t mess up any schedules!

Pre-registration ends November 5th so make plans!!

For your inspiration, here are the photos from October Show and Tell and the jacket that got sent off before some of you got to see it:

Happy Halloween 

A big win for me as I got all seven Halloween jammies sewn,sent and received (without overnight shipping!) by yesterday!!

And the biggest win of all is that I got to see them all in their jammies via FaceTime. 

PS-we’re thinking of using sewing for kids as a format for classes-any interest? We bring fabric, go over technique and we all go home with clothes for kids.

PSS-Christmas is coming….

Busy Tuesday

Thanks to everyone who made Tuesday’s Fashion Sewing Club a big hit. Here’s the pattern that I was wearing-a few of you asked-

Butterick 6065-out of print but still available on Butterick website

I forgot to bring this catalog to Club but if this style appeals to you, I would highly recommend taking the time to go to the website and order the catalog. Line drawings, photo shoot locations, prints, colors…better than a fashion magazine and free!

This is only one page of a 130 page catalog

And is there anything better than the proud smile on the face of a young sewist?!

July Flew By! And Here’s August too-

I don’t know about you but I’m trying to hold on to summer. In the process of having a little too much fun in the sun, I guess I’ve let things slip a bit.
So here is show and tell from our July Fashion Sewing Club-

Butterick 6218

McCalls 7562

Icon Shirt-Sewing Workshop

Vogue 9171

Florence Shirt-Sewing Workshop-original and knit tee version

Vogue 1477

Anything but Ordinary-Cutting Line Designs

And then August Show and Tell-

Vogue 9258

Butterick 6388

Zayn top-Sewing Workshop

Florence Shirt-knit version-Sewing Workshop

Jalie Eleonore Jeans

Butterick 6283

Kids’ leggings from RTW tees

Icon Top from Sewing Workshop

Now and Zen (Sewing Workshop) base-details added

Thanks for coming and sharing your creativity with everyone! We are always amazed at how much people are sewing-even in summer with so many outdoor activities to attend to.

June Inspiration

At our Tuesday Treadle meeting we were treated to a sneak preview of some textiles that Michele has ordered. The company is called Wool Gathering (which means dream catching) and imports directly from artisans in India. Watch for the new arrivals!

And then there was sew and tell!!

Stash busting scarf and a modified Cynthia Guffey blouse!

Easy Peasy Pleated dress by Olive Ann

Zipper closure below collar on back of dress

Thanks for coming everybody-see you in July!!

This and that

Classes and sew and tell from February’s Fashion Sewing Club-

Fur coat by our aspiring young fashion designer

Fresh colors in a pillowcase by a new sewist

A little travel to a warm place

Cool bag by a new young sewist

Vintage find in mom’s closet

McCall’s jacket

Peony vest-Sewing Workshop

Farrow Dress-Grainline Studio

Do you see the subtle top stitching?

Chanel jacket-finished!

Cynthia Guffey blouse with a lot of help

So chic in a ponte knit

Light and Shadows-Cutting Line Designs

Such a great use of the fabric!

Pearl and Opal Jacket-Sewing Workshop

Diane Ericson vest

January Inspiration

Here’s some of what we saw from you at Fashion Sewing Club in January. Thanks for making it what it is-inspirational! Club sheets and photos can be found in top menu bar.

Also, a few things to do around town-
Textile Center’s A Common Thread exhibit through February 25.
Dressing Downton exhibit at MOA through January 31.

More Guffey

Here are pics for Debbie’s jacket-

The pattern-

The muslin-

Button placket and collar detail for blouse-

Won’t you join us at noon on Tuesday, January 24 at Treadle or at 1 pm, Thursday, January 26 at JoAnn?