January 2017

Debbie’s Garments:

Fringe Skirt:
Angela Wolf #AW3106, Silk Tweed with Bemberg Lining

This was a fun and easy skirt to construct. Her directions are thorough, clear and illustrated well.
I made the skirt per pattern. The only change I would make is her method for lining the back in the zipper area. Be sure to check desired finish length carefully because of the fringe.

Split-Hem Top:
Lisette Butterick 6183, Poly Double Knit

Pattern and Construction Changes:
1. Pattern calls for woven fabrics. I went down a size for the stable double knit.
2. Increase sleeve length to 3/4.
3. To create split hem, add extra seam allowance to edges of front and side fronts.
Measure 5-6 inches from bottom of front and side fronts and place a mark.
4. Pin side fronts to front. Stitch seam top to bottom, stopping at mark for split hem opening.
5. Press seam allowances open. Top stitch around split hem opening
6. I did not line the yoke as pattern directs.
7. I used a standard tee-shirt neckband rather than using a wrap band as pattern directs.
8. The pattern contains good, clear instructions for adding a zipper at back neck edge. Since I used a knit I did not add the zipper. Complete top as pattern directs.

Double Face Wool Jacket:
Kwik Sew 4139, View A with Bemberg Lining and faux leather trim

Pattern and Construction Changes:
1. I added a front and back facing so that the lining would not show when the jacket is open.
2. I adjusted the lining to fit the facing. The center front facing was cut from the wool and interfaced.
3. The back neck facing was cut from a knit and interfaced.
4. The sleeve was very wide at hem so I tapered it one inch at hem and side seam.
5. Once jacket was constructed I cut 1 1/4 inch faux leather strips to bind the edges, except for the sleeve hems.
6. Using a leather or size 16 needle, stitch or serge rs of trim to rs of jacket edges. Wrap trim around seam allowance. “Baste” with glue, Steam A Seam or Wonder tape. Using a walking foot or a blind hem foot, stitch in the ditch to secure trim. Carefully remove excess trim from ws of jacket.

February Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Thursday, February 9, 6:30 2 JoAnn-Edina
Saturday, February 11, 10:30 @Treadle
Tuesday, February 14, 10:30 @ Treadle

Fashion Sewing Club
January 2017

Christmas Ornament Sparkle
McCall’s 7349
Black novelty knit/Foxy Lady knit

1. Made to pattern except for fit changes.
2. Used a third knit with silver for neck band.
3. Most fun dress to wear! Love the raglan sleeve fit.

Silver Swing Dress
New Look 6469/S0945
Black novelty knit/rayon knit

1. Made longer version of dress.
2. Shoulder darts are a bit fiddly-when sewn, they seemed to lie flat but when serged they poked out and made a funny dimple.
3. Swapped neck band for a smaller version of neck/collar of McCall’s 6796-trying to go for the Stylearc Esme Top look.
a. Sew collar into a circle at neck edge-3”
b. Sew points of collar separately so you will have a strong neck band but collar points will fall open
c. Stitch buttons on to make it look more like a collar
4. 4. Fun twirly dress.

Gold Fleck Dress
McCall’s 7430
Black and gold novelty knit/glittered fine knit

1. Went up a size because of perceived close fit but wouldn’t have needed to.
2. Cut turtleneck down by half to retain transparence of knit but would probably stand better if I hadn’t.
3. Stabilized yoke seams. Wish I hadn’t staystitched fronts and backs.
4. Pattern has no side seams-just side panel. Possible not the best dress fit option for a curvy figure? Or maybe a stretchier knit?
5. Great pattern for the look on cover.