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?


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 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!