Sneak Peek: Learn to Sew – 103

Today we’re giving you a look into the third class that we are offering this fall: Learn to Sew – 103! This class is great for anyone who is comfortable on a sewing machine, and knows how to sew basic stitches, but may be looking to take their skills to the next level.

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We will be making a tank top with Colette’s ‘Sorbetto’ pattern in this class. We also have a pattern for any guys who want to make a tank too!

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For complete class details, check out the ‘Classes’ tab above!

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Sneak Peek: Learn to Sew – 102

Here’s a look at the second class that we are offering this fall: Learn to Sew – 102! This class is designed to be the follow-up course to Learn to Sew – 101, but it can also work as a refresher course for anyone who knows how to use a sewing machine, but may need to brush up on their skills.

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We will be making pajama bottoms!

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What’s the best part of making your own pjs, you may ask? You have an excuse to invite all of your friends over for a slumber party so that you can flaunt your snazzy jammies! Seriously though, who doesn’t love pjs?!

For complete class details, check out the ‘Classes’ tab above!

Sneak Peek: Learn to Sew – 101

In case you missed it, registration is officially underway for our first batch of sewing classes!!!

Leading up to September, we will be posting sneak peeks of the projects that will be featured in each of these classes. Here’s a look at the scarf that you can make in our Learn to Sew – 101 class!

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This is the first class that we will be offering starting in September, and it is ideal for the complete beginner. Absolutely no previous experience is needed. You don’t even need to know what a sewing machine looks like! Just bring your lovely self, and we’ll take care of the rest. For complete class details, check out our ‘Classes’ tab above.

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Spaces are limited, so register here as early as you can! If you have any questions, just send us an email at thegatheringstudio@gmail.com.

J&K

Class Registration Open August 3rd!

Hey all! Sorry for being so quiet over here on the blog, but we’ve been busy creating a beautiful studio to show you guys in just over a month (can you believe it?!). We are so excited, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on.

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Brand new sewing machines waiting to be played with!

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‘Cause a sewing studio just isn’t complete without light-up stars.

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Succulents!!!!

 

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Need thread?

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We love coffee and tea, and we thought you might too!

Registration will open on our website on MONDAY, AUGUST 3RD!!! You will be able to register for classes happening in September, October, November, and December. Different classes will be offered for varying lengths of time, and we will have classes for both complete beginners and more experienced sewers.

We can’t wait to start sewing with you!

J & K

Little Red Jacket

Happy Friday Everyone!

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Today’s adventure is my little red bolero jacket. I found this beautiful fabric at FiberLilly in St. John’s. It is a soft boucle. I fell in love with it immediately and bought it without having a project in mind. Shortly after this purchase, I discovered the Lourdes Cropped Jacket pattern by Named Clothing. I love this pattern company. This pattern was super easy to follow and the fit was great. I didn’t even need to make a muslin to ensure an accurate fit. Bonus!

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It is a cropped A-line jacket, with some super cute details. The back features an inverted pleat and the 3/4 length sleeves have a dolphin hem.
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It also has “fake” side pockets sewn in the front waist darts. Both the fabric and the pattern were a hit. Thanks FiberLilly and Named!
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Things have been changing around our house lately. I thought you would like to know that we have brought a new dog into our family. Her name is Tiny and she has stolen our hearts!

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Also, there is a BIG announcement coming soon from Jennifer and I.  We are so excited and can’t wait to share it with you next week.

K

TBT {60s-Inspired Floral Blouse}

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On account of the snow being gone, and spring being more or less upon us (we did have a frost warning this week), I thought this would be a good time to make a spring-inspired garment. What says spring-inspired more than a floral blouse? Nothing, that’s what.

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I made the Mimi Blouse by Tilly and the Buttons. As I mentioned in my post about my Coco dress, I LOVE this blogger, and her patterns are always very cute. This particular pattern is found in her new book called Love at First Stitch. Side note: For anyone who is thinking about starting to sew, this is the book for you!

I love the sleeve detail in this pattern

The fantastic floral fabric (alliteration!) that I used is from a company called Cotton and Steel. Their fabrics are well made and well designed. Even the selvedge was lovely, so I cut it off to use on the inside of my blouse. As my title suggests, the fabric has a 60s flair which I think is super fun! I also decided to use buttons that went with the vintage theme.

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I had some minor setbacks with a glitchy buttonholer that had a mind of its own (it decided to make every buttonhole a different length – not cool). Other than that, it was pretty smooth sailing!

’Til next time, Happy Spring!

J

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Bethany’s Prom Dress

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It’s been a few weeks since Bethany’s prom so I thought I should blog about her dress. This dress was a labor of love, as well as a great learning experience for me. I decided early on in the process that I would construct her pattern directly from her measurements. I wanted the dress to fit her well and to be one of a kind for her, therefore, pattern building was the first step.

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Following Suzy Furrer’s instructions in Building Patterns – The Architecture of Women’s Clothing, as well as her Craftsy class, Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper, I designed Bethany’s dress based around her request for a 50’s style dress with a boat neckline. Bethany loves Audrey Hepburn so she wanted her prom dress to mimic her style. So after a couple mockups (muslins), the pattern was ready to go.

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Then came dress construction. I have been learning a lot over the past few months about couture dressmaking techniques and decided that I wanted to incorporate them into this dress as much as possible. I took three more Craftsy classes; one by Susan Khalje called The Couture Dress, and two by Alison Smith entitled Couture Dressmaking Techniques and Couture Finishing Techniques.

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For the main fabric of the dress I used a navy blue satin and underlined the dress in silk organza and netting to provide stability and body. In the bodice I added another layer to house the steel boning near the front and back darts and finally a lining to hide all the hand stitches. To hem the dress, I used horsehair braid (not really horsehair) to create a structured hem and more fullness. To finish it off, I placed a gathered chiffon tie around the waist of the dress.

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So, after many long hours, the dress was ready for prom. I certainly enjoyed the whole process and learned so much. I love everything about couture dressmaking techniques and will definitely incorporate these into more of my sewing.

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K

We’re back! {And I made….}

Hey everyone! Sorry for being so quiet over the last few weeks. Things have been a little crazy in our household over the last month, but we are sewing again, and we can’t wait to share our projects with you!

Through exams, graduations, and vacations, I’ve been working on a new project that was a little crazy/advanced…..JEANS!
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Yes, I’m a Marvel Fan. <3

It all started when my jeans ripped last month on my way to school. Luckily it happened as I was getting in the car, so I didn’t have to suffer the embarrassment in front of anyone other than my lovely, fun-making sisters.

So, I clearly needed new jeans, and I thought (as you do), Why not make a pair? Brilliant. It also just so happened that mom had a bunch of denim just lying around in the basement! The stars aligned on this particular day, and it seemed like a pair of handmade jeans were in my future. Don’t get me wrong, just because the stars align, it doesn’t mean the road will be smooth. There were times when I wanted to curse on the scraps of denim in my hands. But on the other side of this story, I’m glad I made them. I’m super pleased with how they turned out, and I was able to try out some new skills in the process.

I made the Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files. This pattern has a high-waisted version that I love, and I’ve recently developed a thing for high-waisted anything, so this was the pattern for me. This pattern calls for denim with some stretch in it, but the basement denim I used was old, and I have no idea what it is made of, or how much stretch is in it. I decided to make the gamble and use the mystery denim, so I could save myself some $$ on new denim. So far, it seems fine, but next time I will find a denim that follows the pattern.
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Even though the pattern comes with step by step instructions, I mostly followed the sewalong that Closet Case Files put together. It is so comprehensive, and all the pictures make it clear if I am doing a step correctly. I also decided that before I cut into my denim, I wanted to make a muslin to test the fit. I’m glad that I did, because I wanted to change a few things after the fact. They fit great now, and there are only a few things that I would tweak next time.

So, yeah, that’s it! My jeans are complete, and I loooooove them! I even got to use a hammer to put on the button and rivets, that’s how legit these jeans are! Haha!
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Avengers Tee + Handmade Jeans = Winning Combo

Now that this project is done, I’ll probably look at making something a little less crazy, that won’t make me want to pull my hair out. Maybe a cute blouse, or a summer dress? Not sure yet, but I’ll keep you in the loop!

Jennifer

Ps. We’ve got some cool announcements coming in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled! 🙂

McCall’s 7053

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope you have all had a great Easter and a chance to relax and care for yourselves. For me, today has been such a lovely start to a new week. I have spent my day at a counsellor professional development day with great friends and, as you can see from the pictures, an abundance of sunshine. It’s the first official day back to work for me after an extended sick leave and it is nice to get dressed in work attire and be with my collegues.

During my time off sick, I have done very little besides rest and sew. So with being back to work the sewing may slow down a little. One of the projects I completed over the last couple of weeks  was a McCall’s pattern – M7053. I love vintage clothes and often feel like I was born in the wrong era. This pattern is from the Archive Collection and is circa 1933.

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I chose view A and made it in an orange silk. The pattern was very easy to construct and the directions were not complicated to follow.  In view A, the upper front extends into single-layer tie ends, much like the appearance of a scarf.

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I also love the lower sleeve. The upper sleeve is constructed as a part of the body of the blouse with the lower sleeve attached to create a ballooning effect.  It is very flattering.

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Like I mentioned in a previous post, I also continue to work on my daughter, Bethany’s prom dress. Only three more weeks to prom and the dress is still a work in progress. I should be a little anxious but instead I am just excited that it is coming together and that I am completing it myself.  I can’t wait to show to you in the upcoming weeks!

Goodbyes

Hi Everyone,

Sorry that it has been a week since our last post. This past week has been a difficult one for our family and blogging was the furthest thing from my mind. On Friday, our family said goodbye to our beloved family pet, Simba.

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I never had a pet growing up and I had no idea how much I would fall in love with Simba, or how much my heart would hurt to say goodbye. He was such a big part of our lives for over 13 years, and it’s going to take some time to heal for sure. But for now, I wait to hear his bark at the door, his excitement when we arrive home, his warm body curled up next to me, and his kisses. I realized again this week that when you choose to love, you also choose to allow your heart to be broken. We will forever miss you, Simba!

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“Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.”

– Alfred Lord Tennyson