Sewing tips and tricks
Many thanks to Cheryl for sharing this YouTube video which demonstrates a simple and inexpensive way to attach zipper pulls to zipper by the yard.
Tip from Elaine: before bed apply cherry Chapstick to finger tip splits and slip on a pair of gloves to sleep.
Tip from Dara: wash denim fabric well before sewing to lesson the chances of the dye transferring to other surfaces.
Tip from Elaine: avoid using fabric softener on fleece to prevent pilling.
Our favorite fabric shops and food stops
Many thanks to KC for creating and updating our map! Nick of Time Fabric continues to be a favorite source for denim, ITY and more!
Patterns we've made or are exploring
Simplicity S9102 - Doreen's black and white night gown that looks like a fabulous tunic!
McCalls M8041 - Dara's beautiful shirt with front pockets.
Burda 7131 - Doreen's cool coat project
New Look DO725 - Doreen's Hoodie
Gather your supplies, embellish your panels and then join us on Friday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. MT during our regularly scheduled Sew and Tell to assemble the Candy Corn Pillow live!
For continuity we will follow the pattern measurements and instructions as outlined in the attached PDF tutorial which was created by Amy at Positively Splendid; however, everyone is encouraged to embrace their creativity and personalize the panels to suit their style.
It will be fun to see the different looks created through our choice in fabric, trim, embroidery and more!
Join us, with a cupcake, on Friday at 3 p.m. MT during our Sew & Tell to celebrate the recent birthday's of Suzette (August) and KC (September)! Comment below with the month of your birthday so we can plan a celebration for you too!
Our mission here at the E3Hv Sewing Club, is to make new friends, expand our skills and share our passion for sewing in a supportive virtual environment. On Tuesday's at 9 a.m. MT we do just that during our Sew Together / Skill Sharing sessions in which we work through a themed project. Because there is a great deal of skill variation in this group and (of course) we all have our own style preferences everyone is free to choose their own patterns. Our theme for the remainder of September is "Any Pants". Here is a list of patterns selected to date:
Andrea: McCalls 7620
Doreen: Simplicity 8389 / Butterick 6528
Joanne: Burda 7062
KC: Drafting custom shorts using McCalls 2080
Dara: Kwick Sew 3897
Suzette: Simplicity 8389
Sally: Simplicity 8655 / Simplicity S8841
Cheryl: Vouge 1522
Elaine: Fit Nice Master Pants Pattern
Kim: New Look E6005
Usha: New Look 6055
This dynamic group brings more than 337 years of cumulative sewing experience to our conversation as well as a lot of laughter and grace thereby offering us all a unique opportunity to be a part of a supportive group that will not only encourage you to try new things; but, insist you finish what you start!
Everyone, with an interest in sewing, is welcome to join us regardless of skill level! Just pick your favorite pant pattern, choose your material and sign up here.
Please use the comments below to add your pattern pick to our list, ask questions or share project / progress photos with the group.
We are building a map of our favorite fabric and quilt shops and compiling a directory of must make food stops so that in the future, when it is safe to travel, we can plan a great adventure!
Please comment below with the name, address, phone and website of your favorite fabric shops and food stops and we will add those to the list!
Many thanks to club member, KC, for the suggestion!
As we enter our fourth month, here at the Sewing Club, we will have the opportunity to welcome new friends and settle into what I call "sewing season". The time of year when the temps draw down, the colors are intensified and we begin to prepare our homes for the winter and holidays. It's a cozy and comfortable time of year that I am excited for us to share here at the E3H Sewing Club!
Currently we are immersed in our Similar (not the same) Outerwear Sewing Series which meets on Tuesday's at 9 a.m. MT and will likely wrap up on or near September 15, 2020. Several group members are now working on their second outwear project and two are drafting jacket patterns (Wow!). This truly is a unique opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning more about garment construction or would like to share their experience with those of us who are novices.
Towards the end of September we will be moving on to a series we are calling "Any Pants" whereby members select any pant pattern and sew at their leisure. We will be checking in on Tuesday's at 9 a.m. MT to report our progress and seek help as needed. Newcomers are welcome to join us at anytime!
In between sewing sessions, we offer plenty of opportunities to share and connect on all things sewing related beginning with our Monday morning Sip and Sew One at 7:30 a.m. MT and Sip and Sew Two at 10:30 MT. Several members participate in both!
We will continue to wrap up the week on Friday at 3:00 p.m. MT with our weekly Sew and Tell. This is a fun time to showoff a recent sewing project, pattern or broach a sewing related topic with creative friends. Your choice!
I thank you for reading along and invite you to use the comments below to post links to your favorite holiday projects so that I can set up a community poll and we can vote as to which projects we would like to work on together this sewing season.
Until we meet again, be well and sew happy my sweet friends!
Whether you are a sewing novice or an expert in your craft, the sewing club offers you an opportunity to make new friends, expand your skills and share your passion for the art of sewing in a supportive virtual environment.
Largely self-taught, Andrea has been sewing full-time as a hobby and profession since 2006. She especially enjoys teaching, pattern design, sewing bags and accessories. It is her belief that creativity is an essential element of well-being and sewing is a practical and enjoyable way to express your creativity, connect with other artistic people and build lasting friendships. To learn more about Andrea and see samples of her work, visit Sewspire.com
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