Sewing was certainly on a few people’s minds over the weekend of 6 – 7 November. There was, of course, the group’s presence at the Festival of Quilts show. But, there was also action back at Highbury House. It was another good turnout as well as Mary Ann, a visitor from Wellington.
Most people brought their sewing projects – several had hand-sewing to attend to – and there was a friendly atmosphere of catching up, sharing tips and troubleshooting etc.
The main event was the show & tell segment with a number of stunning garments on display.
Mary Anna’s self-confessed penchant for coats was evident with her Burda trench coat made from a fuschia coloured cotton gabardine and lined with a luxurious silk satin (which she recommends highly for warmth).
Jane wore a top based on a Grainline Studio pattern (Linden sweatshirt). The front patterned fabric was repurposed from a silk shirt and the rest was a comfortable and versatile black knit.
This summer weight shift dress was modified from a Vogue pattern but was interesting because it was constructed economically from two panel lengths with the red striped border print as a feature on the hem. Mary Ann also added a little more of the stripe along the shoulders as a clever feature and the sleeve and neckline edges are piped. A simple classic piece, beautifully executed.
Diane modelled her flattering and ingenious upcycled tunic based on the design concept of Diane Dynes, a designer from the South Island. Comprised of two woollen jerseys, brown denim from some jeans and some pieces of knit fabric, Diane made this garment at one of Diane Dynes’ workshops and encouraged our members to invite Diane Dynes to be a tutor next year and teach her fast assembly construction. There was a good show of hands to support this workshop going ahead.
Liz showed us her leather skirt and silk corset (not shown) that she had made with the expert guidance of Annette Gebbie, an outstanding local sewing tutor. This seemingly-simple lined pencil skirt was made using numerous special techniques as the soft calf skin needed professional fusing and could not be pinned. Precision zip installation, machine and hand sewing, and careful pressing were involved as well as tailoring methods of hidden support which made for a robust and beautiful garment.
Only two members brought their dresses made for Frocktober. These were Joanne, with her 1920s “flapper” satin shift (pictured left), rescued and repurposed from a school costume box, and (pictured right) Jill’s knit dress (Style Arc pattern Laura), made with $5 sale fabric from the Centrepoint pop-up store and with a funky raw edge. Jill wins the best quote of the morning…
Made in 10 minutes with a knife and fork kind of dress
All were winners on the day…except perhaps for the chocolate fish…