Camp Sew’n’Sew

Sewing Camp Starts Today!

I hope I’ve brought enough to keep me busy during five (Yes, FIVE) days of sewing heaven.

All the above (plus a few more that aren’t in the photo) packed up to travel.   The discerning viewer will notice there are TWO non-garment patterns.  A girl’s gotta have some variety.

There’s a second bag with all the necessary notions, thread, zippers, elastic, and what-have-you.  A third bag is clothes, though I suppose if I sewed things in their proper order, I could wear them as they were made.

Phred wants to know if there are kitties at camp.  Could he be the Camp Sew’N’Sew Mascot?

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Kwik Sew 6358

Living dangerously these days, cutting into “The Good Stuff”.  This lovely thick rayon knit is from Marcy Tilton.  I think I picked it up in 2017, when they had their eclipse sale.

The front is doubled, which gives a nice heft to the top.  I did the infamous “burrito” roll on the back yoke, so that seam is enclosed.  Interesting how food descriptions morph into sewing terms, isn’t it?

The bright colors are a joy to wear during these grey winter days.

Style Arc: Holiday with Brooklyn

When shopping for the stretch velvet, I couldn’t decide between the yellow flowers and these peony looking purple ones.  A black Friday sale sealed the deal, and I opted for both.  Indecisive?  Me?  Never!

This is a stretch velvet, which has a more casual feel.  the embroidered sections are thick, but malleable, which made sewing on the serger a viable option.  Careful sewing, but on the serger just the same.

Similar to the Kwik Sew pattern, I used a black ponte knit for the cowl and cuffs.  There are pocketses too.  A girl needs her pocketses.

Again, I thought I would have this done before the year end holidays, and that didn’t happen.  Why?  I couldn’t decide how to hem the darn thing!  A simple turn-under hem would mean the wrong-way nap would be hitting the back of my legs, causing the top to ride up. No thank you.  In the end, I stitched a band of tricot knit to the bottom, and used that as a hem facing.  Seams to have worked pretty well (pun intended).

Hot Patterns Classix Nouveau Peasant

We all know that sometimes fabric just has to age, like a fine wine.  Other times the fabric is owned by a lazy person, like moi, who couldn’t decide what to do with it.

After a year of it sitting on the cutting table, and having a certain relative enter the sewing room, give it a pat, and exclaim what a lovely print it was, the light bulb finally went off, and I had a “Eureka!” moment.  There was a little over 5 yards of this print, and it’s 60 inches wide, more than enough to stitch up something as a holiday gift, and still have something left over.

The Classix Nouveau Peasant Blouse had already been somewhat fitted to the recipient, so it would be a matter of simple sewing!

Based on the first top (not blogged about) I took out some of the width of the patterns, and also enlarged the neck band by 1/4 inch in width.  This helped the neckline lay closer to the body.  I also block fused interfacing to the neckband fabric before cutting it out.

That’s one of the things about challis – it has a mind of it’s own once it’s cut, and I wanted that neckband to hold it’s shape.  The bulk of the seams were serged, and a baby hem added to the bottom.

The blouse was well received; an unexpected wardrobe addition.

Kwik Sew 2874: Party Time

I picked up this fabric thinking it would be a nice piece to make into something for the holidays.

Truth be told, I don’t know what I was thinking, as I do not live an embroidered velvet life.  As I thought about what to do with it, I realized as a velvet knit, it could become something simple, and being polyester, didn’t require the care a “true” velvet would.

Enter Kwik Sew 2874, a raglan sleeve top I’ve made many times before.  No fitting or fussing needed.  Even better, I could wear the top outside the hoildays, with jeans!

Cut with a nap layout, sewn on the serger.  I used black ponte for the neckband, rather than try to fold that embroidery.  Everything went together much easier than I expected.  The moral of this sewing?  Fancy doesn’t have to mean difficult!

Vogue 8859: Sweats!

Hard as it may be to believe, as long as we’ve lived here in the colder climes I have not owned a pair of sweats.  I know… I couldn’t believe it either.

When some lovely fleece-backed bamboo went on sale at Fabric.com I picked up a couple yards. The original plan was to make sweatshirts for Grandmeow, which I did, however this lovely lavender was just my color.  I couldn’t let it go.

There is some stretch to this fabric, but not a whole lot, so I needed to  use a pattern that wasn’t leggings, but also not pants.

Since this pattern had already been fitted, I decided to take a stab at using it.  Voilá!

Sewn with the serger and the cover stitch to hem.  I even put pockets on the back, just because I could!

 

60 Degrees

Waaay, back in October, our local ASG chapter had a workshop on using 60° rulers.  Everyone came with one of the Triangle Frenzy patterns, and enough striped fabric to make at least one item.

The secret to getting the wonderful kaleidoscopic effects of the 60° ruler is using striped fabrics.  There were stripes of all sorts in the workshop.  I happened to choose a Halloween theme – remember, this was back in October.

Of course, me being me, I didn’t finish it until recently.  I don’t know why, it just took forever to get the backing onto this table runner.  But, I am quite pleased with the results.  I especially like the skulls and hands on the ends, and fussy cut the central motif so that there was one of each elixir label.

Now I just need to wait for October 2019 to use it!