Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What to bring to a sewing party?

Next weekend I'm signed up for a "Sewcial" event at a fabric shop about an hour away from me. About 10-15 people show up and sew for 3 hours. I've never done anything like this and I'm pretty darn excited! I've never sewed for 3 hours at once without a toddler or doggie interrupting me. So now the hard part: deciding what to sew!

You know me and my love for knits. But anyone who owns a Brother 1034d (affiliate link) knows that its volume is slightly below "motorcycle". I figure that it would be more polite to bring my regular ole (quiet) sewing machine, which means no knits. Once you go serger, you never go back. I also don't want to sew anything that requires in-the-moment fitting. I doubt these ladies want me sewing in my underwear.

So here are my choices:


New Look 6216, the pants, with a lovely lightweight non-stretch denim I got last week from Fabric Mart. With Me-Made-May coming up, I definitely need these done ASAP. I've compared the flat pattern to another pants pattern that fits well and have noted any adjustments. There's still a small risk in terms of fit because I haven't made a muslin.


If you follow me on Instagram then you've seen this pattern, a vintage Butterick. My lovely and sweet reader Candace sent this to me because she knew I'd been searching for a good jumpsuit. I have some black linen for this one and I've already made a muslin, which fit almost perfectly.


Last but not least, a few possibilities for Easter dresses for AB. I've made these patterns before (here and here). But for both of these I need more/contrast/lining fabric and I'm trying to impose a fast on myself for the rest of the month. I'd either have to break my fast or use something "just okay" from my stash. Or maybe just be more creative! Oh, the other downside to this one is that Easter is 2 days after the event, which is sort of cutting it close.

(Speaking of a fast: someone tell me that I don't need to pre-order the bundle of the new Colette book on knits plus the two knit patterns being released next week. Haaaaaaalp! I want but probably don't need or maybe I do need?!)

What do you think of these patterns? I plan to have whatever I choose cut before I go, so I'll need to get on that next week. Have you ever gone to an event like this? Want to take bets on the one essential item I'll forget to bring?

8 comments:

  1. I love the jumpsuit and the fact that you already have a muslin for it is great for peace of mind. :)

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    1. It's so cute, isn't it? Here's hoping I can pull it off :)

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  2. I facilitate a monthly sewing group and we meet for 2 hours. We're looking at a long sew day in the summer. I would take the jumpsuit which you already made a muslin for and you have all the supplies you need. Usually I take stuff that doesn't require fitting on myself. If you break the fast then take the children's dresses. Whatever you take I would have all the pieces cut out before you go so you don't spend half the time cutting fabric. The group I'm with is a fun group. Different ages (20s-50s) and different sewing experiences and sewing focus. It's nice to take a break and see what others are making. And someone always has a tool to borrow if you forgot yours at home and the more experienced ladies are always willing to help others. We're acutally meeting this Saturday. It's a great time for the moms with little kids to get some "helper" free sewing done and not worry about small hands and sharp objects. I hope you have a great time!

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    1. Thanks so much, this was really helpful! Your group sounds great :)

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  3. Get out of here, you made the muslin for the jumpsuit already? Well now you HAVE to do that one. Besides, AB doesn't want to wear a dress. :-D

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    1. Ha, you're right about that! The muslin went together really fast, it was only 3 pieces (I didn't do the collar). I actually managed to cut and sew it all during 1 nap time!

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  4. One note is to not forget your foot pedal! I once went to a sewing group and brought my machine, but forgot my foot pedal (it was still on the floor back at home!) I guess I could've hand cranked it, ha ha, but instead I just cut out some patterns and chit chatted, and some of the girls let me jump on their machines in between steps. Bring several different projects along, ready to go. Also I always being an extension cord, sometimes there aren't enough outlets close by.

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    1. Ooooo good thought on the extension cord! And yeah, I could see myself forgetting my foot pedal, so I'm glad you said that!

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