What Have We Been Up To?

We’ve been asked this question quite often over the last few months, and we want to share with you what’s been keeping us busy this fall and what new things we’ll be working on in 2017!

As some of you may know, we are both members of the Aurora Women’s Choir. We sing with a group of lovely ladies every week, under the direction of Andrew Cranston, and we absolutely love it. So when we were approached by the choir this past summer about designing and making their new choir dresses, we were pretty excited.

This was no small project, but honestly it was one of our most exciting and fulfilling ones to date.

The designs for the dress were built around comfort and practicality, but also elegance. So we decided on a wrap style bodice, flutter sleeves, and an a-line skirt. This style can flatter a wide range of body types, and that was an important factor when the dress needed to fit 23 different women.

Our studio was transformed into a production zone for most of the fall, and after many late nights and empty coffee pots, the dresses were finished just in time for Aurora’s holiday concert. And if we may say so ourselves, the choir looked stunning!

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None of this would have been possible without the fantastic support of the Aurora ladies, Coastal Sounds Choir Association, and Andrew and Beth Cranston. You are all the absolute best and we could not be more thankful for the opportunity!

Since finishing the dresses, we have come to realize how much we love the design process. We love creating dresses that make people feel beautiful – and trust us when we say that there is no greater feeling than when you make someone feel beautiful! This is why, starting in 2017, along with our usual sewing classes, we will also be offering a custom dress design service!

Have a special event coming up? Looking for a dress that is unique and original? Always had an idea of what your perfect dress should look like, but couldn’t find it in stores? That’s where we come in. We can design, fit, and sew a dress specifically for you. For more info, head over to our ‘Custom Design‘ tab above!

We are so excited for this next step in our small business journey, and we can’t wait to see where 2017 takes us!

 

2016 Summer Workshops

The time has finally come to release our Summer workshops! We have three great workshops coming up in July and August designed for a variety of skill levels. We hope you’ll come on out and get your Summer sew-jo on! Here are all the details:

When are they happening?

Each workshop happens on a Saturday in July or August from 9am – 4pm!

Who are they for?

Our workshops are intended for adults (18+). For required skill level, see our workshop descriptions below. If you are a complete newbie to sewing, our Make a Scarf class is designed for you!

What is included in a workshop?

  • Lunch will be provided, as well as coffee and tea throughout the day to keep you fuelled.
  • Sewing machines and any tools you may need.
  • Note: Fabric and Patterns are NOT included for the Make a Skirt and Make a Robe workshops. Students will need to buy their pattern and fabric ahead of time. We’ll send everyone those details well before the day of the workshop!

What workshops are you offering?

We are offering three workshops: Make a Scarf, Make a Skirt, and Make a Robe. Each workshop is designed for a certain skill level, so check out the descriptions below to find one that is right for you!

Make a Scarf

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Date: July 9th

This workshop is identical to our Learn to Sew – 101 class, but we will be covering all the material in one day instead of over several weeks. We will be making fat-quarter infinity scarves. This workshop is intended for absolute sewing beginners (you don’t even need to know what a sewing machine looks like!). Just show up and we’ll take care of the rest!

Make a Skirt

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Date: July 23rd

This workshop is for people who may have some sewing experience, but want to start making clothes! We’ll teach you how to follow a pattern, cut out your fabric, and use some basic stitches that are essential in clothes-making. If you’ve already completed our Learn to Sew – 101 class, this would be a great next step for you! We will be using the Dominique pattern by Tilly and the Buttons.

Make a Robe

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Date: August 27th

This workshop is intended for people who have sewn a few basic garments before and know how to follow a pattern. If you’ve completed our Learn to Sew – 102 or 103, this project will help you refine your beginner sewing skills! We will be using the Almada pattern by Seamwork Magazine.

To register for one (or all!) of these workshops, check out our ‘Classes’ tab in the menu above! If you have any questions, send us a message at thegatheringstudio@gmail.com!

Hope to see you this Summer!

K&J

Ultimate Shift Dress

I’m super excited to show you my latest make – The Ultimate Shift Dress by Sew Over It! This one has been on my ‘to sew’ list for a while and now that it’s warmer (sort of?), I really want to bring dresses back into my life. IMG_5503.jpg

In the true spirit of spring, it started to rain when we were taking pictures. No worries though! Umbrellas make great props. 😉

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This was a seriously easy project and very beginner-friendly. No buttons, no zippers, just good times! If you’re new to sewing clothing but want to make something versatile, comfy, and pretty darn adorable, this is your dress!

For me it came together in a matter of days, and there were no major issues. I did make a mock-up before I cut into my good fabric (which I highly recommend!), but the only adjustment I needed was to shift up the bust dart a few inches.

I also love love love this fabric. I bought it at our lovely neighbourhood Fiberlilly, and it was a real find. It’s like a magical mix of a knit and a cotton. Very easy to work with, but enough stretch to give it extra ease. Plus, the print is awesomely awesome.

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More makes are coming your way very soon!

Jen

Phoebe

I am so pleased to present to you my latest make: Phoebe by Colette Patterns!

Phoebe is a real gem of a pattern, especially for a button-up shirt loving gal like myself. I’m not usually one to wear sleeveless dresses, ’cause well, my arms get cold. But this dress was built for layering.

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It is also built for dressing up. A little (or a lot) of bling, a red lip, and BAM! Completely different look.
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This dress has a lined bodice, which is lovely for cold, damp NL winters. It was my first attempt at lining a garment, and it was’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be! It took more time than just traditionally finishing the seams, but it was definitely worth it. You can’t see it, but trust me, the inside of that dress looks FINE.

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The green herringbone fabric I used was a mere $2.50/metre. Yup. I got a new dress for less than $10 (#win).

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The next project I’m working on is also a dress, but it will be a nice contrast from this one. There’s floral, lightweight, spring goodness coming your way!

Jen

Aires

When the Aires pattern was posted by the team at Seamwork, I had two initial thoughts:

  1. Where can I get me some cat-covered spandex?!
  2. These would make a great birthday gift for my sister.

Unfortunately, our local Fabricville doesn’t carry any feline activewear fabric, so I decided to opt for a more conservative, but definitely more versatile, black.

 

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This was my first time working with spandex, and I can’t say it was too different from other knits that I’ve worked with. It’s a little slipperier and shinier, but the basics of sewing knits still applied.

 

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The pattern was easy to follow, and I was able to finish the pants in a day (including fabric prep and cutting).

I think my favourite part about the pattern is the contrast panel. I was able to find some super cheap blue power mesh, and it looks really cool against the simple black.

I would call this a handmade gift win!

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Jennifer

Winter Sewing Inspiration

Winter is a great time to reinvigorate your sewing. You’re just coming out of Christmas where you were most likely sewing a million and one things for everyone but yourself, and the start of a new year is perfect for some selfish sewing.

As we are now entering several months of freezing, wet, nasty hibernation weather, this is the time to boil the kettle, put on your wool socks, crank some jazz, and do some sewing just for you.

To kick off this sewing season, I turned to Pinterest (where else?) to give me some winter wardrobe inspiration. I find it to be a great way to discover trends and styles that I like, which then gives me an idea of the types of patterns I should be looking for.

Here are the winter vibes I’ve been channelling lately:

 

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This is a mix of cozy and classy that I adore. Collared shirts, sweaters, wool dresses, and skirts of various lengths are all on my mind.

Armed with my inspiration board, I then went on the hunt to find the right patterns.

Here are the ones I’ve settled on:

Archer Shirt by Grainline Studio – I’ve been meaning to use this pattern for a while now, and I found a lovely green polkadot cotton that I think would look great!

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Ultimate Trouser by Sew Over It – One thing that is missing from my wardrobe is a pair of great-fitting black skinny trousers. This is a great staple that I can wear all through winter.

 

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Morris Blazer by Grainline Studio – When I was in Dublin last spring, I picked up a wool boucle fabric, and I’ve been waiting for the right pattern to use it. I plan to make the pattern a little looser so that I get more of a boyfriend look.

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Phoebe Dress by Colette Patterns – This dress is such a staple piece! It has a classic and flattering shape, and the fact that it’s lined makes it wearable even in the worst Newfoundland winter.

 

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That’s my winter sewing plan! What about you? How do you plan your seasonal sewing?

Jennifer

Happy 2016!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Can you believe the holidays are nearing a close? Even though we will miss  the fun of Christmas, we are so excited to see what 2016 has in store for us!

Before we tell you about our new year plans, we just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported us during 2015. It was a year of hard work, but we couldn’t have been more thrilled than when we officially opened our doors a few months ago. The response we have gotten from our family, friends, community, and students has been far greater than anything we were expecting. So we thank you for every Facebook like, class registration, and word of encouragement. It all means so much, and we can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for The Gathering!

Now, to the good stuff.

Class registration is open for our winter semester! Some of our classes are already starting to fill up, so if you are hoping to get your sew on in 2016, you’ll need to register as soon as you can at thegatheringstudio.com/classes/.

This semester we are offering several Learn to Sew – 101, 102, and 103 classes. We also have a Learn to Sew – 101 for KIDS! If you know of anyone who may be interested, send them our way!

During December, we introduced a ‘Gift a Class’ option in our online store. If you have a creative friend with a birthday this winter, why not gift them a class at The Gathering?

If you have any questions about anything we are offering, please don’t hesitate to let us know! Once again, thank you all for an incredible 2015, and we looking forward to sharing another incredible and sewing-filled year with you!

Jennifer & Kelly

Aster

Happy Monday all!

It’s been a while since we’ve shared what we’re making, so today I present to you… Aster!

 

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She is adorable and I love her.

This top from Colette Patterns is a great for transitioning into Fall. On warmer days, I tuck it into a skirt, and when it’s on the verge of snowing (?), jeans and a cardigan pair great too.

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For the fabric, I decided to go with a lightweight chambray by Robert Kaufman. It drapes beautifully and it’s super comfy. Side note: I’m a big fan of denim on denim. It’s not for everyone, but it gets my stamp of approval.

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This pattern also comes in a lovely long sleeve version, which I’m sure I will make at some point. My closet is currently comprised of about 70% long sleeve button-up shirts, but really, can one have too many long sleeve button-up shirts? I think not.

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For a closer look at the Aster pattern, you can check it out here!

Til next time! ✌️

J

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!