Feeling Fall Frosties?

by Faye Morrison

I like to wear scarves and gloves at this time of the year. Coats, not so much.

I just saw a blog post with lots of ideas for scarves to suit every taste. (100 free scarf patterns)

There are no sew options, either. One that really took my fancy was a stamped one using the ends of celery (#58).

Check out the patchwork option (Pieced section, #54-59) for all the tote bag ladies as you probably have a few scraps hanging around.

Have a wonderful thanksgiving everyone!

More Aprons!

Wow, has it been a month since there was a posting here? It has been, indeed, with the previous post not really counting because it was just a WordPress feature I wanted to share with our members and site visitors. I’ve been rather busy, distracted by “sexy” new adventures that have led me to cheat on my relationship with sewing even, like podpoi and proverbs writing. No worries, I’m neither gonna run away to join the circus nor become the proverbial wise guy to anybody. 🙂

In our second to last post of 2013, I wrote about cocktail aprons from a few pictures I had seen on Pinterest. I wrote it without much information besides the visuals, and people were quick to offer lots of great information. Members Kathleen and Faye gave me feedback, with the latter emailing it to me with very similar content to the comments left with that post. A visitor, PrettyCharlie, also left a load of very good information.

Thank you to you all! The post is actually worth a reread with all the comments if you hadn’t seen the comments already!

For this post, I want to talk about aprons of a different sort I saw flash by on my Facebook feed. These are retro style aprons that look a LOT more functional than the cocktail aprons I last wrote about. They’re beautiful as is, but even more so in my eyes with the geek theme put on them by Etsy seller Bambino Amore (which is quite the name!). Click on images to enlarge and scroll through gallery.

These designer aprons sure are beautiful, and they are artworks she sells. However, you can make your own retro apron with a pattern she sells, and design it to your liking! I don’t know how good the pattern is, of course, without having tried it, but I might in the future!

Bambino Amore isn’t the only geeky apron maker out there, though, while I’m on geeky aprons. The Darling Army shop also has some, though in my opinion, they’re not nearly as good as Bambino Amore’s. Just a note that the opinions I express are not necessarily those of the Guild. 🙂

Despite not being as much to my liking, Darling Army does cover MANY other fan bases not covered by Bambino Amore, though they had trouble with copyrights and brand confusion given how they pretty much have avoided all the geek franchise names. But hey, if you gotta have your franchise to geek out properly, you gotta have your franchise!

Class — Rain Wear – FULL

This class is now full. Should a spot becomes open, Guild Members will be notified.

In this class you will be working with rain wear material. The pattern is McCall’s #6517.  This will be an unlined rain jacket.  Class will cover seam finishes, fabric types, making seams waterproof, and care of water proof garments.

Teacher: Fay Gunter

Dates: March 1, 2014

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Class — Yoga Pants — FULL

This class is now full.

This slim fitting pant is in all the fashion stores this year.  Yoga pants are not just for exercise, they can be made in a variety of stretch fabrics  to look like dress pants. It has a slim fitting look with a 2″ waist band.  You should be able to complete this 3-piece yoga pants Silhouette Patterns, #3400 pattern in one class. It can be ordered online via the previous link for $14.00 US, plus shipping. The morning is for fitting and cutting, the afternoon is for construction.

For construction, a pant weight rayon knit is recommended. Peggy Sagers suggests a Ponte Roma.

Teacher: Mary Baxter

Dates: November 16, 2013

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Class — Sew a Fully Lined Jacket


Sew a fully-lined jacket the modern way, using fusible interfacing to shape and tailor the fabric instead of hand pad stitching. Armani constructs designer jackets this way, and so can you!

The pattern for the three day class is McCall’s 6172, The Perfect Jacket, from Palmer/Pletsch. It’s a close fitting, fully lined jacket featuring a notched collar, 2-piece sleeves, and welt or patch pockets. With three finished lengths — cropped, hip, and below hip — it’s a classic jacket. And because it’s a Palmer/Pletsch pattern, it’s been designed for success!

Day 1

  • Tissue-fit pattern, fabric prep, cutting pattern from fabrics and interfacing, fusing interfacing.

Day 2

  • Assemble outer shell of jacket including welt/patch pockets, buttonhole prep, sleeves

Day 3

  • Assemble lining, attach lining and outer shell, finishing work

With a week in between classes, there is plenty of time for slower sewers to catch up. We want a happy sewing class, not a harried one!

Recommended fabrics: wool crepe, wool gabardine, wool blends, wool tweed. (Wool is a great fabric for tailoring!)

An optional notions package, including Palmer/Pletsch interfacing, and sleeve head interfacing, will be available if desired.

Teacher: Tory LeBlanc

Dates: Oct 19 and 26, Nov 2, 2013 (3 days)

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Free Historical Costume Patterns, Anyone?

This Diary of a Renaissance Seamstress site and page has what looks like quite a few pretty serious free patterns for historical costumes! Some look a bit more authentic than costumes, including the corsets! I haven’t looked at every link, but I can tell you the corset download has 6 beautiful corsets (from another site) in PDF files you’d want a plotter to print out rather than tiling together from letter sized pages. You can do it at Staples from a post I once wrote.

Can’t wait to check out more!

The MISSIE Dress

The MISSIE Dress.

I showed this dress at the last Guild meeting, but it was on a hanger cause Missie, the person for whom it was made, could not make it. There are pics of her in the dress here.

Thanks to Mary Baxter for showing me how to adjust patterns to bust fit, and Missie for volunteering as a model. I’m just not that motivated making garments for dress forms. 🙂

Also lots of other descriptions and a grading on my fashion philosophy!