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

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.

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

Slouchy Beanie by Imagine Gnats

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

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 😉

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

Meetup Loot!

I don’t know about you, but for me, this summer has been crazy!

There is just so much going on that I can’t possibly keep up. I have three kids getting ready for back-to-school. Sniff! They are getting so big! I’m off maternity leave and back to work (sigh!). And I’ve been sewing up a storm. Now all I have to do is catch up with my blogging.

So I thought I would start by showing off some of my summer loot.

Last Saturday there was a Montreal Sewing Blogger’s Meetup, this time hosted by Vicki of Another Sewing Scientist. It was loads of fun. We started with lunch, then had an amazing swap.

The meetup was organized for CarmencitaB‘s trip to Montreal. And she brought us all gifts! Such a sweet thought! I got a ring pin cushion, some French bath gel and a new tape measure (the last courtesy Jalie patterns). And that was before the swap.

Loot from the second Montreal Sewing Blogger's Meetup.
Loot from the second Montreal Sewing Blogger’s Meetup.

The swap was amazing! I have a bit of a project backlog at the moment, so I didn’t take any fabric except the quilting scraps. But I left with two amazing pattern magazines. I grabbed the Ottobre magazine because it has a great dress pattern, but there is also a cute pattern for pyjamas I’d like to try. I also got some fun trim, some cute kids’ belting and some d-rings. We did go shopping afterwards, but I’m on a bit of a fabric budget. I did get few fat quarters from Effiloché though.

The very best part was seeing everyone’s sewing creations in person. Carmen wore this dress, Vicki wore this skirt, Caroline wore this dress (and is organizing the next meetup in September), and Rachel wore this dress. All very beautiful! I have probably forgotton someone and their sewing. Sorry! I cheated and brought my baby with her new bonnet. I had grand plans to sew something in time, but there are only so many hours in the day. Next time.

All together we were VickiCarmen, Caroline, Katherine, Renée, Rhonda, Tammy, Rachel and Julie. Have I missed anyone? Thanks everyone for all the fun!

Another Montreal Meetup

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

In case you haven’t heard, there will be another Montreal Sewing Bloggers’ Meetup this Saturday.

We are meeting at noon on Saturday August 17 at El Chalateco at 520 rue Beaubien E. for lunch. Next there will be a swap of patterns, fabric and whatever else people bring and then we will hit the shops. Fun!

This time the meetup will be hosted by Vicki over at Another Sewing Scientist. So hop over to her blog for details and to RSVP.

See you there!

Montreal Sewing Bloggers' Meetup August 17
Montreal Sewing Blogger Meetup August 17

Meeting Montreal’s Sewing Bloggers

My husband is getting pretty tired of hearing about separating zippers and wool crepe. So I was very excited about the first Montreal Sewing Bloggers’ Meetup. We were seven sewists at the meetup. Not bad,  especially on a very cold and rainy Saturday.

We started out with coffee at Caffè mille gusti. The service was great and the owner was super friendly. Also, cannolis! Mmmmmm. Then we had a fun pattern and fabric swap. Check out the damage.

pattern swap
Look what everyone brought to swap! Not much room for coffee on those tables.

I got two nice patterns for myself. A nice pencil skirt from Burda (view C is calling me), and an Anne Klein jacket. I also have a big box of homeless patterns for the next meetup. Ah, the 1980’s!

Patterns from the pattern swap
This is what I took home from the pattern swap: Burda 4400 – Misses Gored Skirts and Vogue 2047 – Anne Klein Misses Jacket, Skirt & Pants.

Then we did the tour of Saint-Hubert. Luckily for my budget, we mostly stuck to the more affordable fabric and notion stores. It was great fun. Heather of Closet Case Files knew all the shops and took us around to her favourites. I picked up a bit of pretty cotton shirting for only $6/yard. I also saw some really nice wools, but couldn’t decide what I wanted. And I think the other sewists convinced me I need a cape. I do need a cape, right?

Cotton fabric
What I picked up on Saint-Hubert: lightweight cotton shirting in white with a turquoise print.

I am so excited to find a group of people who are as excited about sewing as I am!  So excited that I forgot to take photos. I’m such a bad blogger sometimes!

Who was there?

Shannon (me) of The Finished Garment
Suzie Suzie’s Sewing Story
Catherine of Ramble On Cat
Heather Lou of Closet Case Files
Vicki of Another Sewing Scientist

Everyone was so nice! Really! I’m not sure what it is about sewing that makes people so incredibly nice and friendly, but it’s awesome. And of course no one complains if you want to talk zippers and wool crepe.

I think we should definitely have another meetup and Vicki from Another Sewing Scientist and Map the Sewintists suggested somewhere with a terrace next time. But when? Suggestions for dates welcome!

And though we were only seven of us this time, there were other bloggers that just couldn’t work last Saturday’s meetup into their schedule. Hopefully they will be able to make it next time. Here are some of their blogs, in case you are looking for more local talent.

Caroline of Sew-Eng
Emily of La Bobine filante
Sophie of L’effet Créa
Véronik of St-Denis Yarns
Jennifer of Family Buzz
Mémère of Graine de mémère

(If you are looking for more bloggers to follow, but quilting is more your thing, you can find a list of Montreal modern quilting bloggers on the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild website.)

Do you know any other Montreal sewing bloggers? Or maybe you are another Montreal sewing blogger? Let me know who I’ve missed in the comments so I know who to invite next time!

Montreal Sewing Meetup on Saturday

Montreal Sewing Meetup
Montreal Sewing Meetup on May 25

A few weeks ago I asked if anyone would like to go to a sewing meetup in Montreal, and the answer was a definite “yes”. Yay!

So I am happy to announce that this coming Saturday, May 25, there will be a sewing meetup at 2 p.m. We’ll meet at Caffé Mille Gusti on St-Zotique. It’s very close to Saint-Hubert, but it’s a bit small, so if lots of people RSVP, we may change the location. Be sure to RSVP yourself to get any updates.

For those taking the public transportation, the nearest metro station is Beaubien.

We’ll grab coffee at 2 p.m and have a quick pattern exchange (bring those patterns that just aren’t for you). Then we’ll hit the fabric shops on Saint-Hubert: EffilochéCouture-ElleRubans, Boutons and more (or less, if everyone finds what they need right away). We may also try Saint-Laurent. Montreal has some great fabric shops, but there is so much to choose from that it can be overwhelming, at least for me. I need a second opinion. That could be you!

Out-of-towners are welcome and having a blog is entirely optional. If you are worried about language, don’t. All the shop clerks will speak both English and French.

Si vous êtes francophone, soyez la bienvenue. Je serai heureuse de converser avec vous dans la langue de votre choix. Je blogue surtout en anglais (question de paresse), mais je suis complètement bilingue – à part quelques coquilles ici et là 😉

I know some people would have preferred a different date, but that means only one thing! We’ll just have to have another meetup. I just hope my fabric budget can take it.

1038, rue St-Zotique Est
Montréal, QC

If you would like to RSVP, send me a quick email so I know how many people to expect. See you then!

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