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Join Silver Spring Sewing Sisters

We invite you to Join Silver Spring Sewing Sisters for the first Sewing Class to kick off 2012.

On January 22nd from 1:30-3:30pm at the Wheaton Library SSSS will have Tote Bag Making Class #2. This is the 2nd in a series of 7 tote-bags that we will create over the coming months. We are starting off with a beginning level bag and will move toward a more advanced tote bag later in April/May.

Click here to register for this class: Tote Bag Making Class #2

Above is the bag students created in the last Tote Bag class. Students brought contrasting fabrics to work with. Straps were provided in class and some created their own. Truly a fun project to work on and make over and over again.

Re-post: Completed my Vintage refashioning project

Hi readers,

I know I’ve been remiss in my blogging duties as of late. Work has me locked down and tired at the end of the day. So I figured for the rest of this week I would re-post a couple of my favorite posts. All will be related to refashioning. I have decided that next years challenge will include completing at least one refashioning project a month. Oh yeah and I think I will continue to stay away from department stores. My wallet thanks me 🙂

Well, it’s finally finished. A little bit here and a little bit there eventually I got it done. I had this visual in my mind of what I wanted it to look like if only I could find a few extra hours in the day to dedicate to the love of my life, refashioning and restyling clothing. Besides this one I have 2 additional projects in the hopper. The goal is to complete both before our Silver Spring Sewing Sisters Pants Making class on the 21st of August. Keeping my fingers crossed.

I found this dress while visiting one of my favorite DC vintage clothing shops “It’s Vintage Darling”. What a fabulous name and a beautiful store. It’s Vintage Darling frequently restock their $10 bin with some really good stuff. On the day I visited I pulled this dress out of the bin upside down and it immediately gave me an idea.

Fuchsia and Black Vintage Blake for I.F. Industries (circa 1986)

I love the bright fuchsia and the bold black. That’s what makes this dress so unique. The dress is from the mid to late 80’s and this is indicative of the “fancy sash-like” fabric draped across the front and rear of the dress. Ok now you know that sash MUST go! Whew, what were we thinking back then?

As I consider how to refashion and restyle this dress I began to envision one dramatic sleeve. I see this trending as of late and I see this as a top/blouse not a dress. It’s just waaay too much fuchsia and needs to be cut back. Less is definitely more in this case.

My vision was to use the drape as part of the end design.

I began by first removing the right sleeve. Since the drape was connected to the left sleeve I decided to leave it in tact. In fact is was in a perfect position for what I had in mind.

Removing the sleeve

Using a very good seam ripper I proceeded to remove the sleeve and the dreaded shoulder pad.

Using a seam ripper to remove the sleeve
Sleeve and shoulder pad removed

Thinking I would keep the other sleeve in tact I tried it on and the look was pretty dramatic. I was loving this design already. The next step was to shorten the dress,

Measuring from the hem of the dress to the desired length
I cut approximately 16 inches off the bottom
After laying the dress out flat and pinning just to make certain there is no shifting in the process
Bottom half of the dress removed with excess fabric on the right.

The leftover fabric was enough to make a sash for the bottom of the blouse. I cut it in half and folded it and attached it to the bottom of the blouse, It was a perfect addition.

Shown here the left over fabric. Cut in half, cut at the seam and pieced together to attach to the bottom with some left over to tie

At this point I’m feeling this blouse it truly coming together. Time for a fitting. Ut oh…… The sleeve and the drape make the blouse pull to one side. I must remove the other sleeve and also flip the drape. After pulling the drape to the opposite side of the dress the raw serged edges were shown. Had to reverse to conceal the stitching.

After removing the left sleeve and the sash (they were connected by the same single stitch and overlock)
re-attaching the drape to the right side armhole
Attaching the sash to the bottom of the blouse

When all was said and done, both sleeves removed had an even better cooler look.

Now time for the finishings

Stitching the drape raw edge
Finishing the raw edge of the armhole with bias tape
Seam binding attached to the armhole as facing

After a good cleaning and pressing job VOILA!!! It’s complete. I’m planning to accessorize my new blouse with some fabulous jewelry I found at Charming Charlies. Can’t wait for you to see me wearing the final product. I found some interesting pieces while going through my grandmothers old accessories over the weekend. I will be incorporating them into my upcoming designs.

A little bow at the hipline and a tie at the wrist. Perfect for a dinner party or night out
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Me wearing my refashioned blouse and Vintage Manolo Blahnik’s

Silver Spring Sewing Sisters make Tote Bags!

Silver Spring Sewing Sisters switched things up a bit in this weeks class. With more than half the class being brand new seamstresses, SSSS went back to the basics in today’s class. After introductions were made and door prizes were distributed we were ready to get started. We began by learning how to wind a bobbin, properly thread the sewing machine and cut out a simple pattern. All that in an hour!

Within 3 hours these budding seamstresses had completed fabulously designed tote bags.  As a matter of fact a few of them loaded them up with “stuff” and carried them home. I just love these “make it and take it” classes. Can’t wait for the next one. Join us on December 4th for Tote Bag Making Class Part 2

Gabbi with her new tote

Glady with her new tote

Kanisa with her new corduroy tote

April with her cute red tote bag

Sam with her new Tote bag to match her coat

Eummi Showing off her new tote bag

Ann with her artsy new tote

Finished Tote Bags

Shoulder/Tote Bag Making class – Basic Sewing 101

Join Silver Spring Sewing Sisters for another beginning sewing class. These sewing classes are designed to inspire you to learn to sew, become more familiar with your sewing machine and get you on your way to sewing your own clothes.

Tote Bag making is a great way to get yourself comfortable with the sewing machine. Learn how to cut according to a pattern, sew straight seams, insert interfacing for support and form, get creative with your design and attach a snap for closure. All this in a 3 hour class.

You will have the choice to make one of three different tote bags. One will be easy (for novices), Medium (for intermediate seamstresses), advanced (just more steps).

Fabric and some supplies will be provided however you can feel free to bring your own fabric. (suggested fabrics lightweight denim, broadcloth, lightweight cottons.  (please see the list below for additional supplies you will need to bring for this class)

Also feel free to bring embellishments such as buttons, sequins, patches, trims, laces,, tassels etc. Anything that you can use to make your bag unique you are encouraged to bring.

 

Cost for this class $10

 

Supplies needed:

Bring at least two yards of lightweight fabric (contrasting colors). Examples: lightweight denim, linen, cotton, broadcloth etc. 

(There will be some fabrics and additional supplies available in class.)

A working sewing machine – Please have your machines serviced before bringing them to class if they have been out of commission for some time

(be sure to bring your foot petal and manual if you have it handy)

Presser feet for your machine

Extra sewing needles

Sewing shears

Paper scissors

Seam ripper (this will be your best friend 🙂  

Tracing wheel/tracing paper or chalk (whichever you prefer)

Thread (various colors)

Ruler

Tape Measure

Pin cushion

Straight pins with the ball on top (these are easier to sew with)

Bobbins (make sure they fit your machine)

A sewing box or carrying case to keep all your supplies

Patience and a sense of humor 🙂

 

Classes and Meetups will only be confirmed and booked at the location after at least 6 people have RSVP’d. If registration drops below 5 the class or meetup is subject to be canceled. Please check back periodically. 

 

Completed my Vintage Refashioning Project from an item found at @VintageDarling1

Well, it’s finally finished. A little bit here and a little bit there eventually I got it done. I had this visual in my mind of what I wanted it to look like if only I could find a few extra hours in the day to dedicate to the love of my life, refashioning and restyling clothing. Besides this one I have 2 additional projects in the hopper. The goal is to complete both before our Silver Spring Sewing Sisters Pants Making class on the 21st of August. Keeping my fingers crossed.

I found this dress while visiting one of my favorite DC vintage clothing shops “It’s Vintage Darling”. What a fabulous name and a beautiful store. It’s Vintage Darling frequently restock their $10 bin with some really good stuff. On the day I visited I pulled this dress out of the bin upside down and it immediately gave me an idea.

Fuchsia and Black Vintage Blake for I.F. Industries (circa 1986)

I love the bright fuchsia and the bold black. That’s what makes this dress so unique. The dress is from the mid to late 80’s and this is indicative of the “fancy sash-like” fabric draped across the front and rear of the dress. Ok now you know that sash MUST go! Whew, what were we thinking back then?

As I consider how to refashion and restyle this dress I began to envision one dramatic sleeve. I see this trending as of late and I see this as a top/blouse not a dress. It’s just waaay too much fuchsia and needs to be cut back. Less is definitely more in this case.

My vision was to use the drape as part of the end design.

I began by first removing the right sleeve. Since the drape was connected to the left sleeve I decided to leave it in tact. In fact is was in a perfect position for what I had in mind.

Removing the sleeve

Using a very good seam ripper I proceeded to remove the sleeve and the dreaded shoulder pad.

Using a seam ripper to remove the sleeve

Sleeve and shoulder pad removed

Thinking I would keep the other sleeve in tact I tried it on and the look was pretty dramatic. I was loving this design already. The next step was to shorten the dress,

Measuring from the hem of the dress to the desired length

I cut approximately 16 inches off the bottom

After laying the dress out flat and pinning just to make certain there is no shifting in the process

Bottom half of the dress removed with excess fabric on the right.

The leftover fabric was enough to make a sash for the bottom of the blouse. I cut it in half and folded it and attached it to the bottom of the blouse, It was a perfect addition.

Shown here the left over fabric. Cut in half, cut at the seam and pieced together to attach to the bottom with some left over to tie

At this point I’m feeling this blouse it truly coming together. Time for a fitting. Ut oh…… The sleeve and the drape make the blouse pull to one side. I must remove the other sleeve and also flip the drape. After pulling the drape to the opposite side of the dress the raw serged edges were shown. Had to reverse to conceal the stitching.

After removing the left sleeve and the sash (they were connected by the same single stitch and overlock)

re-attaching the drape to the right side armhole

Attaching the sash to the bottom of the blouse

When all was said and done, both sleeves removed had an even better cooler look.

Now time for the finishings

Stitching the drape raw edge

Finishing the raw edge of the armhole with bias tape

Seam binding attached to the armhole as facing

After a good cleaning and pressing job VOILA!!! It’s complete. I’m planning to accessorize my new blouse with some fabulous jewelry I found at Charming Charlies. Can’t wait for you to see me wearing the final product. I found some interesting pieces while going through my grandmothers old accessories over the weekend. I will be incorporating them into my upcoming designs.

A little bow at the hipline and a tie at the wrist. Perfect for a dinner party or night out

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Me wearing my refashioned blouse and Vintage Manolo Blahnik's

Bragging about Silver Spring Sewing Sisters

I’m so proud of the ladies in our sewing group. They are super dedicated to learning to sew and the proof is in the pudding. Look at these ladies finished products and how hard they worked to get them done. Silver Spring Sewing Sisters Rock!!! You go girls!!!

We just launched our Facebook Group today check us out Silver Spring Sewing Sisters Facebook Group

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Keep it moving – G Street Fabric Visit

On Tuesday evening a few of us sewing enthusiast from Silver Spring Sewing Sisters got together for a fabric store visit. We made a stop at G Street Fabrics in Rockville, MD. We looked at interfacing, woven & non-woven. We looked at linings, dry-clean only and machine washable. We looked at a touched silk crepe, wool crepe and bridal satin fabrics. We discussed what linings and interfacing were appropriate for certain types of fabrics and we talked about purchasing remnants. We took about 15 minutes to look through pattern books and find out about all the fabulous outfits that can be made. Then we looked at the notions where we found buttons, elastic, snaps and many other necessary supplies. In the end the our class began to feel more comfortable about coming to the fabric store and finding what they need to complete their projects. Our next visit will be to Joann’s fabrics in Columbia next month. We are even thinking about planning a trip out west where we can do some major damage in the fabric district. More to come on our sewing excursions in later blog posts.