Advance notice of the 1st Challenge

No prizes for guessing… it’s dungarees, jumpsuits, onesies, overalls or playsuits of course! For work, for play or just for plain fun!

Jason has rather a bit to answer for as the inspiration for this challenge, and those of us that have been carefully following his progress on his dungarees can attest that slow sewing is a virtuous thing to behold.

We’re encouraging everyone that wants to get on board to get planning and sewing (if you’re not already) on any particular version of this versatile category of garment that you fancy.  You may not necessarily need one for yourself but you may have kids, grandkids (below right is so cute, isn’t it!) or even a spouse, partner or friend that could be looking for that extra “something” to complete their wardrobe?  Who knows?

I have a summer rayon bohemian version (see above left) planned but a part of me thinks that doing a traditional “old school” pair in denim would be a really good excuse to develop my skills on patch pockets, topstitching, flat felled seam,  utilising ‘hardware’ items such as buckles and domes or even practise my machine applique on those funky star patches!

The date for showing and judging will be Saturday 14th May and the lucky winner (chosen by popular vote) will receive a very generous gift voucher to the tune of $50 courtesy of The Fabric Store in Auckland – Thanks you guys!

 

 

 

Our first meeting is tomorrow – Saturday 13 February

Yes, just one more sleep.
For regular attendees, note the new afternoon time slot of noon until 2.30pm and, of course, the new venue.  
We will now meet in the big hall at the Bayview Community Centre, 72 Bayview Rd, Bayview,  North Shore of Auckland. A map is found here

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At this venue we will all need to set up and pack away the tables and chairs. So please ensure that you do your bit.

Teas and coffees will be supplied and we will set up a roster for the year so everyone can help out in this small task.

The programme:

  • Welcome and some ‘housekeeping’ details.
  • Show and tell. Bring along your summertime sewing creations to show off.
  • Jo Sharp will show us the lovely lingerie she has made and tell us about special techniques, tips and the fabric she uses.
  • Bring your sewing too, because that’s what we all love to do.

If you’re not already a member and would like to visit, please do.  If you like what you see then please talk to Diane, Sheila, Jason or Beth about signing up on the day.

We look forward to seeing you, and bring along a sewing friend if you think they’d like to connect up with like-minded people in Auckland.

We all look forward to meeting up on Saturday.

Kick-starting with Sew-Alongs

Here is Sheila’s post on her recent sewing project.

Christmas usually signals the end of my sewing for a while.  Long, hot summer evenings spent with a glass of bubbles trumps my sewing machine – for a while anyway. But there comes a time in late January when I need to kick start my sewing mojo and what better way to do it than through a sew-along.

Sew-alongs are started by like minded bloggers to virtually sew with the online sewing community. Usually a blogger will find a pattern, either their own or a commercial one – set a date and a schedule and ask people to register their interest – but this is totally optional.

The beauty of these sew-alongs is that it whets your appetite and you get to make a garment in five or six days, depending on your level of procrastination. Of course you can always do a catch-up of a lesson if you can’t meet the scheduled time.

My first sew-along was the Archer Shirt by Grainline Studios.  Find the sew-along series here.  It was great to log-on, watch and sew and in no time my shirt was completely finished.

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Image from Grainline Studio’s website

I have a new sew-along in mind for February and I’m hoping this will do the trick to get my sewing for 2016 back on track.

If you’re interested, google “sew-alongs” and see what you come up with. Enjoy!!

Here’s a few other sew-alongs for 2016 that came up when I searched “sew-alongs 2016 dressmaking”.  This is not an exhaustive list and includes just a tiny handful of some indie-pattern companies and some larger community websites that are known to me.

Sewaholic Sew Alongs and Tutorials

SewAlongs with Colette Patterns

PatternReview Monthly Sewalong 2016 discussion.  This mega-site is a big resource but you’ll need to be a paid up member and login to access some of the good stuff.

Mood Sewing Network showcases many high profile bloggers who frequently run sew-alongs or have “buttons” on their blogs showing the sew-alongs they’ve taken part in.

BurdaStyle.com There’s a lot on this website, so you’ll need to search it.

Also, if you follow this blog, you can also follow The Monthly Stitch which is a very cool (in my humble opinion) collective of sewists from around the world including New Zealand, who set challenges which may become sew-alongs.  Check them out!

Another way for you to access a virtual group sewing experience and amp up your sewing mojo is to search for the specific pattern that you are making and see whether anyone is doing it or has done it as a sew-along. There is the added bonus of finding a fellow sewist with your type of body shape and fashion sense to see what else they are creating and how good is looks on them.

The beauty of the internet for us sewists is that it is a treasure trove of knowledge that is accessible 24/7, it connects us with people through a very creative and practical pursuit, and has something of use AND ornament for everyone.

Thanks to Sheila for her kick-starting this topic.

 

Here’s our new venue for our first 2016 meeting – Saturday 13 February

As many of you will know, last year was a time of big changes with our local sewing group, for the better, we hope.  It was clear by the end of year get-together that we have sadly outgrown our sewing space at Highbury House.  So, it a good time to take stock and re-evaluate our needs and so it was decided to reinvent ourselves with a new Year and a new venue.  Yes!
We will now meet at The Bayview Community Centre, 72 Bayview Rd, Bayview, Auckland 0629.  It is still on the North Shore of Auckland. A map is found here

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and we will be in the hall – lots and lots of space and good lighting…

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Just add tables, chairs, sewing machines, fabric and happy sewists to make a “Sewing Connection”.

See you all on Saturday 13th February at noon until 2.30pm.

The programme:

  • Welcome to our new venue – some ‘housekeeping’ details.
  • Show and tell. Bring along your summertime sewing creations to show off.
  • Jo Sharp will show us the lovely lingerie she has made and tell us about special techniques, tips and the fabric she uses.
  • Bring your sewing too, because that’s what we all love to do.

We look forward to seeing you, and bring along a sewing friend if you think they’d like to connect up with like-minded people in Auckland.