158: Happy Ending

Catch up:


I made a skirt! And another skirt! I even like one of them very much. 

Planning to go to Atlanta Frocktails first weekend in May

Planning to go to Atlanta Sewing & Quilting Expo in March

Also going to Atlanta with Beverly!

Beverly:  I made a lot!  Two new dresses – one using a fanciful rayon twill with unicorns and forest creatures, underlined with navy cotton voile. So flowy and soft.  Darts→ ease and a little extra at sides to make a flowy – tent-style dress.  Sleeves are long, bishop style with cuffs.

Second dress uses the same pattern but with cap sleeves.  It is the floral/foliage print from Mood. Slight seersucker texture, bottle blue/green, muslin underlining.  – maybe didn’t need that but I like it.

Two T-shirts – perfecting my T-shirt pattern.  One is with a cheap rayon jersey from Nick of time and one is my favorite modal cotton lycra blend from Stylemaker fabrics.  Love it!

T shirt for Jim – slinky navy rayon jersey.  Trying to perfect a t shirt pattern for him too.

Finally, took the dress pattern above, omitted button band and cut off 24” in length.  Royal blue linen/rayon blend.

New patterns:

Do you think you’ll keep buying commercial patterns once you learn to create your own top block??! 

Helens closet Nelson Pants

The Nelson Pants are the perfect comfy loungewear – and they are quick and easy to sew! All views feature a fabric waistband that is soft on the tummy. Views A and B have an extra tall waistband that can be folded over. View C has a shorter waistband. Three lengths are provided – full length, cropped pants, and knee length. Nelson has a snug fit through the waist and hip and is loose through the legs. Sew Nelson in soft and stretchy knits like bamboo jersey for everyday wear and lounging. Try them in athletic knits for yoga and other activities. Nelson can be sewn on a home sewing machine; a serger or overlocker is not required.

Helen’s closet slocan top

The Slocan Tank is a versatile top that can be made as a layering piece, standalone top, or even as a bralette! Slocan offers a snug fit and three different lengths to choose from. Make a longer camisole (view A), a cropped top (view B), or a bralette (view C). All views feature a knit binding finish on the neckline and straps. View C features an elasticated hem. Instructions are included for how to combine view A or B with view C to make a top with a built in shelf bra. The shoulder straps are customizable in length.

Matchy Matchy Sewing Club All around Crew 

The All Around Crew is designed with comfort in mind and includes two views. View A is cropped and hits at the natural waistline. View B is tunic length and hits below the hips. Both views have a wide, relaxed fit with dropped shoulders and a gently curved back hemline. The boxy style sleeves are meant to be worn cuffed for a casual look. If you have never sewn with knit fabric before this is a great, simple pattern to start with!

Mira Crossover Sweater – Petite Stitchery

The Mira Crossover Sweater makes sewing a breeze with its dolman-style bodice and chic tall cuffs. You can personalize your look by choosing between a sophisticated fold-over shawl neckband or a sleek thin one, ensuring your neckline matches your vibe. With options for modest crop, top, or tunic lengths, this pattern is designed to cater to everyone’s unique style. 

Final show – 

What did we accomplish?  Almost 180K downloads!

How did we change as sewists?

What did we learn from each other?

What is Jenny’s new show going to be about?  Is it easier to coordinate with your daughter who lives locally?  Is she less structured?  Do you feel freer with less structure?  

Thank our listeners and especially our Patreon subscribers for all of their support over the past THREE YEARS!

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