Stashbusting Outerwear

Now that summer is officially over and the kids are all back to school, it’s time to bust that stash!

For a couple of years, I’ve been participating in the Stashbusting Sew along. It’s a very casual sew along, where the goal is to use up the fabric (and patterns and sewing notions) that you already have. There are themes each month and people are encouraged to participate when they can – which is exactly the type of easy going sew along I like best.

Brindille & Twig slouchy beanie.
Brindille & Twig slouchy beanie.

This year, there are guest leaders, and this month it’s me! My theme is outerwear, and seasonal change- both of which are perfect for september sewing.

In my sewing room, the one fabric that keeps piling up is fabric for outerwear – but often it’s “reserved” for big, complicated projects that I never seem to get around to. So my goal this month is to complete some outerwear projects.

Arctic Trapper Hat sewing pattern from See Kate Sew, made by The Finished Garment.
Arctic Trapper Hat sewing pattern from See Kate Sew.

But I also wanted to share some cool links for outerwear projects to help get people in the mood. I decided to feature some independent patterns that you might not have spotted before, and to choose ones that are especially quick to make. Hope you see something that inspires you!

The Spring Showers Jacket sewing pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The Spring Showers Jacket sewing pattern by Elegance & Elephants.

Outerwear Sewing Patterns for Kids

Hats
slouch beanie by Brindille & Twig
Little Cap by by Leila & Ben
Huck Finn Cap by Sew Liberated
Balaclava by Make it & Love It (free)
Arctic Trapper Hat by See Kate Sew.

Shoes
Toms-Inspired Baby And Toddler Shoes by Homemade Toast (free version available)

Coats, Jackets and Capes
Agatha Coat by papillon & mandarine
Urban Weekender Coat by Heidi & Finn
The Cape by Vanessa Pouzet
Lars Jacket by Zonen 09
Black Pearl Coat by papillon & mandarine
Quilted Baby Coat by BurdaStyle
Dinosaur Hoodie Tutorial by The Sewing Rabbit

Outerwear Sewing Patterns For Men

Mister Comet Hoodie by DaWanda
Honey Crisp Conductive Mittens by Seamster

Outerwear Sewing Patterns For Women

Hats
Slouchy Beanie by Imagine Gnats

Jackets
Jett Biker Jacket by StyleArc
Zinnia Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns
909 Jacket by Shwin Designs
Bernadette Quilted Jacket by République Du Chiffon
Jacket Vest by i love sewing (free)
Manufacture Top by aime comme Marie

Coats
Sophia Coat by Tamanegi-kobo
Eagle Jacket by Vanessa Pouzet
Frakke Coat by Stoff & Stil
Eve Coat by Schnittchen

Some Vintage Inspiration from my mother’s sewing pattern stash.

Simplicity 5928
Vintage pattern from my mother.
Vogue 9308
Vintage pattern from my mother.

And maybe this year, I’ll finally make myself a cape…

Simplicity 7866
Vintage pattern from my mother.

Montreal Spring Sewing Meetup

Montreal Sewing Bloggers' Meetup August 17
Montreal Sewing Blogger Meetup

The snow is still melting in Montreal, but spring is in the air. So I thought it would be fun to organize a spring sewing meetup here in town. Please let me know if you are interested, what you want to do, and when you’re free and I’ll take care of the rest!

The event will be bilingual and open to anyone with an interest in sewing. No blog required 😉

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Stashbusting in 2015

Stashbusting Sewalong Challenge
Stashbusting Sewalong Challenge 2015

For the third year in a row I’ll be taking part in the Stashbusting Sewalong and this year I’m also a monthly theme leader. It’s a super casual sew-along where everyone is encouraged to use what they already have. Instead of going fabric shopping, we try to shop our fabric stash.

Personally, I have trouble finding the time to sew all the things I plan. That means that the fabric (and patterns!) start to pile up. Making a game out of using up what I have helps keep everything under control. I also like that this sew-along is very low-key. My favourite kind of sew-along is the kind where there are no deadlines and no pressure.

I just added everything up and it looks like this year I sewed about 47 metres of stash fabric. Crazy! And that’s not counting all the notions, batting, buttons, etc. I used every piece of batting I have larger than a place mat. Next year, I’ll try for 10 pieces of fabric. I’ll count up the metres at the end of the year.

This year there will also be monthly leaders and I’m one of them! I’m super excited! I will be stash busting outerwear this September. Will I finally get that wool coat made? A cape? Or maybe a Minoru jacket? Find out this fall!

If you’ve followed the sew-along before, you’ll notice there are new themes, and project sew-alongs too. But you can also participate by sewing whatever you like, as long as it is from your stash.

Optional Monthly Themes:

January: Renewing Sewing with Emily at Tumbleweeds in the Wind
February: Fabric Contest with Judy at Stoney Lonesome Sew Works
March: Patterns We Have with Heather at Handmade by Heather B
April: Vibrant Color with Kristen at Sew Classic
May: Lingerie with Andrea at Obsessive Creativeness
June: Knits with Nancy at Surfing in Surf City
July: Dresses with Sarah at Musings of a Seamstress
August: Face your Feared Stashed Fabric with Jagoda at Fit Not to Fit
September: Outerwear and Seasonal Change with Shannon at The Finished Garment
October: Sewing for Charity with Orsolya at Borsmenta’s Creative Room
November: Containment and a Japanese Bag Sewalong with Sue at Fadanista
December: Christmas Mayhem with Emily at Tumbleweeds in the Wind

The sew-along starts this month and runs all year. So if you’d like to join the sew-along, hop over to the official 2015 Stashbusting Sewalong webpage to join and then sign up for the Stashbusting Facebook group and/or Stashbusting Flickr group. Hope to see you there!

Montreal Summer Sewing Meetups

Montreal Sewing Bloggers' Meetups
Montreal Sewing Blogger Meetup

Caroline, of Sew-Eng. has just announced, not one, but two summer meet-ups for Montreal sewing bloggers. Of course, you don’t need to have a blog, or live in Montreal to attend. (Oh, et c’est bien sur, un événement bilingue!)

The first takes place on Saturday, June 14, 2014 and starts at noon. It includes lunch, fabric shopping on Saint-Hubert, and then a 5 à 7 afterwards. Since lunch is involved, RSVPs are in order.

The second takes place on Friday July 18, 2014 and also starts at noon. It includes lunch, fabric shopping on Chabanel street, and then a 5 à 7 afterwards. Since lunch is involved, RSVPs are, again, in order.

Last time there was a fabric and pattern swap, so I hope there will be again. We’ll see.

So hop over to Caroline’s site and sign up! Maybe I’ll see you there.

A Montreal Sewing Bloggers Meetup in September

Montreal Sewing Bloggers' Meetup August 17
Montreal Sewing Bloggers’ Meetup

It’s confirmed! The next Montreal Sewing Bloggers Meetup will take place on Sunday September 8 at noon. This time our host will be Caroline of Sew-Eng.

(I think it is so great that this is a rotating event with a different host each time. So much fun!)

We’ll be having lunch and then going to the Montreal’s Costume and Textile Museum. The museum will be showing the Tapis Rouge exhibit.

From their press release:

Visitors can wander among famous names such as Schiaparelli, Jean Patou, Thierry Mugler, Arnold Scaasi and Christian Dior. This tribute to fashion will also be staring creations from designers Christian Chenail, Valérie Dumaine, Joseph Helmer, Jocelyn Picard, Marie St-­‐Pierre and Tavan and Mitto.
The Museum of Costume and Textile of Quebec invites fashion lovers and the curious to be charmed by the sensuality and sophistication of the finest design.

Quite a few people have already confirmed, so be sure to hop over to Caroline’s blog to RSVP!

Montreal Sewing Bloggers' Meetup August 17
Montreal Sewing Blogger Meetup