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158: Happy Ending

Catch up:

Jenny: 

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!

Gifts go out to all at gift level as of 29 Feb. basically, if you’re charged for March on March 1st, you get our final gift! 

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#pfHappyEnding Intro

Catch Up:

Jenny:

Tate in upholstery fabric to match my grandma’s wingback

Chive in Lisa Frank leopard print French terry

Beverly:

Wedding dress progress!  I’ve made the final full muslin toile.  I have completed main bodice and skirt, which are underlined.  I still need to do the lining for this and add the sleeves. I haven’t put the bodice and skirt together because I am making a waistband that I am embroidering with all the things I am grateful for about Jim. Also, before I join them up, I will add the flounces to the skirt.  Pretty pleased with it.  Wedding is in just over a month as we record this and I think I am in great shape on time.  

New Patterns:

Love Notions Clef Coat

Swimstyle Andi Set (up to 60” hip, which they call 9X!)

Elizabeth Susann – three new patterns (up to 66” hip)

Linn Tee

Maxine Crop

Bel Skirt

#pfHappyEnding Intro

What did our clues have to do with the theme?  Haha – NOTHING!  We wanted to use our favorite songs because this is the final month of Punk Frockers.  Our theme this month is #pfHappy Ending. 

I’m so sad about this but look forward to seeing everyone’s memories. 

  • Revisit any previous theme that you loved
  • Make a new theme that you wanted us to do but we didn’t
  • Post a favorite memory of the show
  • Tell us how much you loved the show and if it brought anything to your sewing practice or just joy in listening we would love to hear it.  
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154: #pfNewYearsResolutions recap

Clues for next month’s theme

From Jenny:

From Beverly:

Catch up:

Jenny:

I’m in the middle of the Sirt Skills class. It’s amazing, Brooks Ann is amazing. I raised a concern about a bit of language that felt bad to me, and she apologized, and fixed it in the recording & slides asap. It was amazing. 

Beverly: Self-drafted Rayon top underlined with washed muslin.  

New Patterns:

Style Arc Livvy woven dress (up to 70” hip)

Sew Liberated Sylvan Jacket Pattern (up to 61” hip)

Pattern Scout Joni Blouse and Dress (up to 60” hip)

#pfNewYearsResolutions recap

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Episode 150 #pfNewYearsResolutions

Catch up:

Jenny: finally finished my written instructions for my next Tauko pattern & turned them in. Now I’m just waiting on feedback so I can make my next edits. 

Beverly: I have started on a pair of relaxed fit “chinos” – decided not to use my jeans pattern in favor of my semi-fit block – drafting a new pattern.  Features: Slash pockets in front, plain front, welt pockets in back, keeping dart, 1.5” waist band, zip fly, deep hems

New patterns:

Itch to stitch Hepburn Turtleneck 

Enchanted Overlay Skirt – Copper Creek Patterns

DO IT BETTER YOURSELF CLUB

Enchanted Overlay Skirt (Adult)

The Enchanted Overlay Skirt is a chic pairing of a peak-a-boo circle skirt lining under a flowing gathered circle skirt.  The Enchanted Overlay Skirt is a midi-length skirt with a comfortable elastic waistband. 

This size inclusive pattern is drafted for up to a 64 1/2 inch – 164 cm waist. The Enchanted Overlay skirt uses 58″ wide lightweight woven fabrics such as satin, silk, embroidered sheer chiffon or tulle, satin lining, taffeta lining, and similar fabrics. 

#pfNewYearsResolutions – sewing related – but listeners can share any ones they want!  The more unconventional the better – perhaps you are resolving to eat more cookies or take more naps – these are awesome!  

Jenny: More plans than resolutions.

  • Take BrooksAnn Camper’s skirt class – seriously
  • Take more naps
  • Sew more thoughtfully for myself
  • Brush up on my Spanish, with an eye to becoming conversationally fluent; particularly want to learn sewing terms

Beverly: I don’t really make resolutions formally, but I do tend to reflect on the year and set intentions for the new one.  

Sewing – 

  • Use my serger less – mark of the maker
  • Design my own patterns – buy fewer patterns 
  • Document my sewing process
  • Share a bit more (if it feels good – if not – I won’t)

Life – 

  • “Like water off a duck”
  • Pausing, resting, enjoying 

More of the same:

  • Walking vs running
  • Reading
  • Meal planning
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Episode 149: #pfJoyful recap

Clue for next month’s theme:

Catch up:

Jenny:

Honeybourne Mrs Claus outfit

Tate Romper in canvas

Beverly:

Gift for Jim – royal blue linen shirt.  I hand stitched the inside of the collar and I am flat felling seams.  Not using my serger at all. 

New Patterns:

Sew House 7 Skyline Tee

Pattern Features & Variations

Version #1 – low scoop front and back necklines

Version #2 – low scoop front neck with high back neck.

Version #3 – jewel neck.

Length #4 – V-neck with a wide neckband (4a) or a low, narrow neckband (4b).

Sleeve A – slim, long sleeve.

Sleeve B – above the elbow short sleeve.

Sleeve C – short, cap sleeve.

Sleeve D – gathered, long sleeve – gathered at the cap and tapers to a slim forearm.

Full length hem – lands above the hip.

Cropped hem – lands at the navel.

Style Arc Christina Woven Dress

  • Calf length dress
  • Button through front
  • Long sleeves with turn back cuffs
  • “A” line skirt
  • Shirt collar with stand
  • Mid body yoke
  • Box pleat and tucks in back body
  • Bust tucks from mid body yoke
  • Front band with button opening

#pfJoyful recap

Jenny: 

Volunteered at a Winter Wonderland event as Mrs Claus

Reconnected with my sister

Beverly: Brooksann’s classes have really propelled my sewing Joy!  I am so excited to continue to work at a SLOWER pace.  I have enough clothes to wear.  I so to express my self and because I enjoy the process.  I am so focused on the process and it is so very joyful to me.  

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Episode 146: #pfJoyful Intro

Catch up:

Jenny:

11/13/2023GraftonCashmeretteNick of TimeCotton knit
11/14/20239599SimplicityOver the selvageCotton Lycra
11/15/2023FairfaxCashmeretteJoannCotton
11/15/2023ArdleyCashmeretteNYCVelour

Beverly: Gift making, playing with new sewing machine.  Bought a sewing advent calendar from Domesticity because I am spoiled after last year 🙂 Working on Smarty Pants class.

New patterns:

Friday Pattern Co: Pogonip Pullover

The Pogonip Pullover is the perfect layer for all your outdoor adventures! It is an unlined pullover jacket that features welt pockets, a sport collar, and a snap or button half front placket. It is designed for woven or stable knit fabrics so you can have a lot of fun with your fabric choice. It looks great in everything from quilted fabrics, to fleece, to linen! Packing and carrying the Pogonip is a breeze with the fun (and optional), packable pocket (with strap).

Merchant and Mills: Give

Hot Water Bottle Cover (Free)

Drawstring Bag (Free)

The Grove Creations Set

#pfJoyful 

Holidays bring joy for some and darkness for others.  No matter what, we could all use more joy in our lives.  It’s one of the main reasons we sew!  Where is your joy in the process?

  • Buying fabric
  • Choosing a pattern
  • Designing/drafting patterns
  • Cutting out the fabric
  • Time at your machine
  • Extra details
  • Being finished!
  • Sharing on social media
  • Gifting
  • Using scraps
  • Looking at what others have sewn on Instagram
  • Using certain types of fabrics
  • Specific pattern types (does the simplicity of an elastic waist skirt make you happy, or a technical shirt pattern?
  • “Thanks, I made it”
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Episode 145: #pfSelfCare Recap

Hint for next month:

Catch up:

Jenny:

11/11/2023KaliMade for MermaidsOver the selvageCotton lycraHoneycomb
11/12/2023JuniperCrisWoodSewsFirecracker FabricsCotton linenDeadstock watercolors

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Beverly: Smarty Pants Semi fit block, Self care – new gym top from old swag

New patterns:

Itch to Stitch Andes Jacket 

Crafted especially for fleece-backed softshell fabric, this pattern showcases intriguing seam details for subtle shaping and visual interest. The Andes Jacket boasts a lined hood and an unlined body, striking the ideal balance between warmth and breathability. With softshell fabric’s exceptional water-resistant properties, this jacket is your ideal companion in drizzly or rainy weather, promising not just protection but also a touch of elegance for the season.

Andes Jacket Features:

  • Options for cup sizes
  • Lined three-piece hood with optional drawstrings on the inside
  • Unlined bodice
  • Sleeves with diagonal seam lines
  • Princess seams from shoulders
  • Ample front pockets with exposed zippers
  • Exposed center front zipped closure
  • High-low hem with a round back
  • Designed for fleece-backed softshell fabric with a touch of stretch

Soft Shell fleece backed fabric 

Style Arc Queenie Woven dress

  • Round neck with a darted fitted bodice
  • “A” line skirt with optional hem frills
  • Centre back zip
  • 4 sleeve options: Double fluted sleeve, elbow length sleeve with double frill and a gathered head, plain short sleeve, long sleeve with a shirred cuff and a gathered head

Silk, rayon, charmeuse

Self Care Recap

Beverly: I did several things on my list.  I made appointments, even went to one already.  The other one is scheduled for April, but at least it is scheduled.  I took off work for almost a whole week around Thanksgiving.  I requested time off around christmas and an extra day to go shopping with my mom.  

Jenny:

Community:

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Episode 142: #pfSelfCare Intro

142 #pfSelfCare Intro

Catch Up:

Jenny:

Jessilous / Small MuseumJoannCottonSkulls
DiY DaisyFabrics StoreCottonYellow with flowers
Jessilous / Small MuseumFabrics StoreCottonGreen with flowers

I’ve begun drafting my next pattern for Tauko magazine. Eeek! 

Beverly:

New Skirt!  Using my block from Skirt Skills and True Bias copied me. (New patterns section)

Starting the new Smarty Pants session with Brooksann Camper!  So excited.

Went to a class for my new sewing machine.  Only 2 people there and it was the most wonderful, wholesome experience.  I am so happy to have Domesticity fabric shop in my neighborhood.  

New patterns:

True Bias Blair (small) (large) – up to 61.5”

Extended sizing on French Navy Calyer pants! – Now up to 62.5”

I made these pants for both Jim and I and we love them.  Natural with Linen.

Style Arc Columbus Knit Top and Leggings

Sew Over It Overalls

Sew Over It apron – Love that it comes in two size bands – many apron patterns are “one size”

Muna & Broad Loxton pants up to 71.5”

The Loxton Leggings are fast to sew and easy to wear. You can make them full length or in a bike short view.

They feature a side panel with phone pocket and a quick and easy elastic waist so you can fill your wardrobe with this staple. Wear them to work out, run errands, lounge, or style your best athleisure look. They have a high waist for full coverage and can be constructed on a regular domestic sewing machine (no serger required!).

#pfSelfCare

Will we just be making robes and slippers this month?  Does everything count if sewing is our best form of self care? 

We chose this theme because we are starting to get into the season of the year where lots of us focus on doing a lot for others.  This isn’t necessarily bad, but we wanted to remind ourselves to also take care of US. 

We are hoping for lots of ideas for self care this month – and they don’t have to involve sewing!  

You can always just include a way you are taking care of yourself in the comments. 

What are we planning for this month?

Beverly: 

-Sewing: I want to sew up some new gym clothes for myself this month.  Some will involve altering race swag, but also want new leggings and other gym pants/shorts.  I went for RTW this summer and I already hate it all because it doesn’t fit right!

I’m also taking the custom pants course, which is investing time and money on me.

-I have a real desire (please hold me accountable) to schedule in my own care in my busy schedule – First and foremost I have several doctor appointments that are overdue because I haven’t wanted to take the time off.  That is changing this month.  I plan to put down in my schedule for the week when I will make appointments – a bit part of the problem is that I can only call the doctors during their working hours.  I need to set some time out of MY working hours to get that done.  If I do not put it in my schedule I will not get it done.  I used to have some free time in my day, but all the day is full if I don’t block time out.

Jenny: 

  1. scheming time off work for me. Gaming & sewing. 
  2. Continuing a discontinued tradition of booking Thanksgiving dinner out for everyone. 
  3. Downsizing more or again or still. 
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141 #pfScarystuff Recap

Hint for next month’s theme: 

Catch up:

Jenny:

10/9/2023SundressDIY DaisyHello Friend FabricsCottonGiant pink birds
10/12/2023SundressDiY DaisyHello Friend FabricsCottonFrilled lizards

I’ve also picked up some Know Me & McCalls size inclusive patterns. 

Beverly: Two “Obrigada” tops – One made with fabric from NYC trip and one with Liberty

More T-shirts!  Including several that come in a size just a tiny bit too small to discuss here and a plantain tee from Deer and Doe (max 60” hip) – FREE pattern with a leopard print!

New patterns:

Tauko Tuesday!

Designs

Style Arc Columbus Woven Jacket

New size range for Deer and Doe Myosotis! Now up to 60” hip.

Sew Over It Portia Dress

DIBY Madam Tulip Crossback Sweatshirt – up to 67”

#pfScary Recap

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137 #pfScaryStuff Intro

Catch up:

Jenny

I finally made the Tate Jumper by Jessslous – it’s really cute, though my husband couldn’t stop laughing at the style when I showed him. A very quick sew in the denim Beverly got cut for me at mood when we went to NYC. I’m generally short waisted & have to make adjustments for that but here I had to go longer in the body by several inches. 

I’ve cut out my Sawtell but not yet made it – I’ve used an IKEA duvet cover for it & think it’ll be cute but I’ve gotten in my head about that front neck being too difficult so I keep moving it back to the bottom of the pile. 

Beverly: 

4 T shirts to wear with skirts.  They are all made using a pattern that comes up just an inch too small for our show.  I’m sure folks can find any number of patterns that fit this bill – it’s a cap sleeved T shirt with a band at the bottom.  Why?  Because I think skirts look good tucked in but I can’t stand the feel of even a french tucked shirt in my skirt/pants.  This will sort of be mock tucked in.  Also planning some cropped options.  

More progress on my Skirt Skills skirt!  I made a mock up of the lantern skirt pattern.  -describe idea and initial draft plus changes.  Next is the basted fitting!  -I’m going to use the twill (circle embossed) that we got at the last shop we went into for fabric in NYC! Also thinking of lining it with SILK – sari silk I Purchased ages ago. 

New patterns:

Matchy Matchy Skipper Top and Dress

Waves and Wild – Jupiter Leggings 

Curvy (Femme) fit  Adult Male/Straight fit

Ooo! I love these! 

Willow belt by Sew House Seven – it’s on sale for $4.80, reg price $6 but I think this one would have made a nice freebie. Maybe I’m wrong 

#pfScaryStuff

I love these “scary” challenges because we get to see so many folks try all sorts of things that they normally wouldn’t do.  You can also choose to make a costume if you prefer to go that angle.  

What are some scary things you might want to try?