October Sewing Rebellion

October 11, 2010

Hi all!
This month’s sewing rebellion is Thursday October 14th at 6 PM! We’ll work on the National Project- bag out of a t-shirt,
or on your own projects. Don’t forget to bring your Halloween Costume ideas/questions/experience- I’m sure it’s something we are all thinking about, and we can network to help each other make our selves and our families look awesome/spooky/cool!
Can’t wait!
See you Thursday!
PS check out what is going on at Made In Haiti, and at Carole’s You Tube Tutorials!



September Meeting

September 8, 2010

Hi everyone. Sorry this reminder is so late. We’ll be meeting Thursday, tomorrow from 6-7:30 at the new location. If you are checking this out on blog, write me and I’ll get you directions.
Mending and working on the cool national project will be our focus. I will do a jean repair demo to start, and then I’ll be happy to help anyone work on the cool tee into halter national project, check it out: http://sewingrebellion.wordpress.com/

Hope to see you there!

August Meeting: New Location!

August 8, 2010

Hi everyone! Sewing Rebellion Santa Rosa is back up and running- so lets run with it!
We are meeting at the new location, so if you are reading this on the blog, shoot me an email and I’ll get you to the meeting, which will be Thursday, August 12 at 6 PM.
Since Back To School is right around the corner, I thought maybe we could work on kid’s clothes, repairs, and sizing. If there is no kid in your life, you can certainly adapt these ideas to yourself, or someone you know.
Check out these tutorials:



I’ll also show you how I made a pattern of my son’s favorite overalls so I could make them again, something that would work with anything you love enough to want two of.
And check out the National Project for August- great advice for pretty repairs.
See you Thursday!

June Meeting Cancelled…sort of

June 10, 2010

Hi all. We are changing venues; the July Meeting will be held at my new home, and as the house and studio area are still a-work-in-progress, I’ve decided to cancel this month’s official meeting. However, if you’d like to come over to my current home and sit on the porch and mend, you are welcome! If you are reading this on the blog, write in, and I’ll respond with an address.

May Sewing Rebellion May Sewing Rebellion

May 10, 2010

Let’s do it again. Let’s do it again.

Last month, folks were really busy with spring breaks and family time, etc.
Despite the stated enthusiasm for the project, there were lots of regrets, and no one showed.

So, lets do art tees again. You can see more details in the blog below.
See you Thursday, May 13 @ 6, at Village Sewing- and let’s get it done this time!

April Sewing Rebellion: All about Embellished Art Tees!

March 30, 2010

I am on the JCrew we-mail-you-a-catalog-every-other-day list, and every time a catalog comes out, they show these “art tees”, which they want $68 for!
Well, that’s something to rebel about! We can make these, and make them our own! Here are some of their examples:

So, think about a tee you like, but maybe you could like even better, or one that never really worked for you. Then, look at your stash of fabric, buttons, ribbons, lace etc. and start thinking! You can also use another tee or another garment you are willing to cut up to make the embellishment.
Here is a HUGE list of tutorials on making fabric flowers, if that’s what you are thinking: http://www.tipjunkie.com/2009/05/fabric-flower-tutorials.html

Think about fabric paint, and embroidery, too (I’ll bring my embroidery machine next week, or look at the decorative stitches on your machine…).

You will probably need a stabilizer– preferably a cut-away, and  a topper– a clear stabilizer for the top, if you plan to sew onto your knit shirt, with an applique or decorative stitches.   I’ll have a little (if you use some, maybe you could pitch in a little change?) or they sell it at Village- just arrive a little before 6 PM so the registers aren’t closed.
So, we’ll see you next Thursday, April 8 at 6 PM at Village Sewing- bring your tee shirt ideas and we’ll work!

Lookie, lookie!

March 9, 2010

Okay girls, I’m REALLY excited about this week’s SR! I did a run-through of the sweater boots (extra easy, btw!) and look! Get ready for a great meeting!

March Meeting

March 7, 2010

Hi everyone! Time for Sewing Rebellion again- see you Thursday, March 11 at 6 at Village Sewing. We’ll be sewing this time, so bring your machine if you want to, or you are welcome to use the classroom machines. The national project is learning to slope a pattern. I am happy to share this flyer and info with you, and I’ll have it along, but I decided that, as a club meeting, this would be a little dull and maybe even a little advanced for the majority of our club members.
So, we’ll go rogue this month, and have a let’s repurpose sweaters month! I’ve attached three good sweater repurposing tutorials, but there are PLENTY of things you can do with a sweater, and if you have something else you need, or are thinking of, shoot me an email by Tuesday and I’ll try to find or develop a tutorial that meets your needs. Or, of course, you can look for your own online. Don’t forget for your “notions” like thread, elastic, buttons, etc. and bring them along, so we’ll have what we need to work on your project. It should be fun to have a couple projects going at the same time, but don’t be surprised if you’ll have something to take home- it might be hard to finish any one thing!
Can’t wait to catch up with all of you! See you Thursday!

February 14, 2010

Hi all- quick report about last week’s club meeting! It was a good meeting, but I learned to start with a quick lesson on the hardest part of the project-like the zipper- that everyone can watch, and then get started. Kim almost finished her skirt- and it looked great, and Allison had a little ways to go, but it should be an awesome long skirt when hers is done. Ramona brought a great show and tell- a darning she did with a orange thread-it looked like a cool logo! We talked about making skirts and arm warmers for the Handcar Regatta and selling them for charity- sounds like everyone thought it was a good idea, so I’ll find out more and we’ll talk again next month. Next meeting is March 11-see you then!

Sewing Rebellion February Meeting

February 8, 2010

Hi everyone! Time for Sewing Rebellion again- see you Thursday, Feb 11 at 6 at Village Sewing. We’ll be sewing this time, so bring your machine if you want to, or you are welcome to use the classroom machines. The project is tablecloth skirts, so find yourself a tablecloth and bring it along, along with some matching (or contrasting) thread and a zipper. I have a box of zippers if you don’t have one, but I’ll warn you- my mother made a lot of emerald green dresses back in the day- and most of my zippers were for those! Might be funky, though!
This will be a great chance for us to learn or review zipper insertion, and you’ll have a great, cool skirt at the end. Don’t worry if your tablecloth is stained or has some damage- we’ll talk about patching, embroidering over or masking any defects.
Can’t wait to see you! If you can’t make it this time, be sure to mark your calendar for next month, and check out the web- I’ve finally posted my halter tutorial on the Sewing Rebellion Santa Rosa blog site!