Lonsdale Sew Along Schedule is Here!

Another Beautiful Version by Tasia

This weekend I received an email from Tasia at Sewaholic to say that the Lonsdale pattern had been shipped (and the Crescent skirt I ordered at the same time)!  And today, she’s put up the time table for the sewalong and given us all a badge (can you see mine on the right hand side?!).  It all gets going whilst I’m away, but I’ll be able to follow along on the Blackberry and get cracking once I get home!

Here’s the link to the timetable for anyone else who’d like to join in…

In fact, my current sewing is all pretty much Sewaholic centric.  I’ve just finished grading the Pendrell blouse to my high bust measurement and hope to tissue fit it this evening – I know I’m going to need a FBA (Full Bust Adjustment) as there’s 4″ difference between my bust and high bust measurements.  The hips measurements are very roomy, although I think I’m going to have to add some to the waist but the FBA will add to that area, so I’ll see how we go…  I’ll use the Pendrell Sew Along post on the FBA and the Fit for Real People book to help me on this one!  Hopefully I’ll be able to make some real progress on this and ideally get it finished before we go away on the 22nd.  Wish me luck!

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Day 2 and 3 of the Ginger Sewalong

First up…  My patterns are here!!!  They come in a really cute book format with a tab closure.  You open the tab and the first page is the pattern inventory showing miniature pattern pieces, and then a key showing what they are.  Turn the page and it’s Getting Started.  I love the quote “The best advice for sewing is to relax, take your time, and enjoy the process of creating something just for you.  Remember the old sewing adage: Measure twice cut once.”  There’s even a glossary at the back.

The cutting diagrams are really clear, which is great and there’s a tip box about matching strips for view 3 and some additional ideas which Sunni’s already touched on such as adding piping between the skirt and waistband, adding a trim to the hem of the skirt such as lace, adding an applique or patch pockets, or using a sheer fabric and adding a lining.  Next up are the actual assembly instructions and they read very well with clear diagrams.

There’s a web address to follow to learn how to insert invisible zippers and understitching as well as tips on turning under set measurements.  Then in a little pocket in the back of the booklet is your pattern and a little note to say that “a portion of all proceeds from this pattern go to animal welfare”.  Fab patterns and socially active too.  What’s not to love about this?

Seeing this has made me really excited to sew more Colette patterns.  Violet and Crepe arrived at the same time and the instructions are just as good and I have Cinnamon and Lady Grey on their way to me too.

But back to the actual sewalong!

Sunni and her guest authors posts have been really interesting.  On day two Tasia of Sewaholic did a post about fabric choice and Sunni, our sewalong hostess, posted about pattern size and the notions we’re going to need.  This included a bit about zipper foots.  And guess what – I’ve got the wrong type of zipper foot so I’ve paid the £13 necessary for the Janome Invisible Zipper foot.  I intend to make more than one version of this skirt and I’m sure there’ll be other items that have invisible zips so I don’t mind the investment.  We’re also going to be making a muslin to perfect the fit before we cut into our fabric so as I have a shopping trip planned tomorrow, this has been added to my list.

Today’s posts (day three) was a fashion history post, from Sarai who owns Colette patterns, about the A line skirt.  I love these sorts of posts and seeing the ancestry of designs and learning where they come from and the inspiration behind them as well as the changes and evolutions.  The Christian Dior 1955 skirt in the post is a far cry from Ginger, but you can see the heritage.

Sunni is already proving to be a really helpful hostess, responding to questions left in the comments of the different posts.  So as well as being fun this looks like it’s going to be a really informative sewalong as well – above and beyond the garment construction!


Day One: The Ginger Sewalong Starts!

So today is the first day of the Ginger sewalong.  Sunni’s post is here and she’s linked to her previous posts on this sewalong if you want to play catch up!

This is the timetable we’re planning to follow over the next couple of weeks:

Week One

  • May 16 – Opening post
  • May 17 – Tasia, the Sewaholic, gives us a dish on the best fabrics for an A-line skirt of this sort
  • May 18 – Sarai, from Colette Patterns (the Ginger’s pattern drafting company) gives us a look at the modern history of the A-line skirt
  • May 19 – Casey, from Elegant Musings, shares some of her authentic inspiration and style for A-line skirts
  • May 20 – pre-laundering tips

Week Two

  • May 23 – picking your size, pattern adjustments and muslin fitting
  • May 24 – cutting the final fabric, working with stripes & bias cut sewing tips
  • May 25 – inserting an invisible zipper
  • May 26 – a special couture technique from Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing & finishing off the waistband area
  • May 27 – hemming and finishing

As you can see, Sunni has drafted in some of my favourite sewing bloggers to help out on this sewalong!  Tasia’s post is tomorrow about fabric (which I’ve already chosen, but maybe I could make two?!), the Sarai gives us a fashion history lesson.  Something I always find interesting but never really get round to researching on my own…  And I can’t wait for Casey’s styling post!

The pre-laundering tips on Friday will be interesting but I’ve already laundered my choice (a dusky rose cotton with small white polkadots) today as I had the time to pop it in the machine.  Then it’s the weekend so we can all play catch up, or I can go camping in Rutland!

Week Two sees me away for the first two days but back for the zipper, which will be really helpful as I’ve never put an invisible zipper in before – do I really need a dedicated foot?  Then the ultimate inspirational seamstress Gertie adds her post and we finish of the waistband then we hem and finish the skirt!  It must be a really straight forward pattern if we’re constructing it in a week?  My copy hasn’t arrived yet so I haven’t had a chance to check the instructions out.  Hopefully it’ll be here soon…  At least we aren’t sewing today otherwise I’d be a little bit miffed to be missing out and then having to play catch up.  Hopefully it’ll arrive very soon and I can make a head start.

Tweaks I’ve already planned for the dusky rose version is that it’ll be lined.  I’ve realised I’ve bought the wrong zip – it’s a regular zip rather than an invisible one, so I’ve got to go back to the fabric store anyway so I could get the fabric for another skirt.  Version two is likely to be in a deep royal blue to match the roses on some Liberty Tana Lawn that’s destined for the Violet pattern, and may have some piping around the waist band as it looks so cute on Sunni’s version.  I’ll probably line that one too.