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Rip Club Sewing, Loveland, Colorado

Apr '17


Filed Under: Fashion, Jeans
Posted by - Bonnie @ 20:59

How to Sew a Crotch Gusset in Jeans With Excellent Results

When searching the subject of, “How to Sew a Crotch Gusset in Jeans”, I found several results. There are blogs and videos of how to sew a gusset in pants, but many have problems with their results. The most common problem for denim jeans, cargo pants, and other heavy materials, appears to be bunching, (or “wadding”, mentioned and pictured here: ) I did a failed gusset without finishing for the purpose of this blog. You can see the two bad gusset pictures in the gallery.

Ah, so this is why apprenticeship, with all of it’s toil and torture, is necessary. But I have some hope for you. I taught sewing and tailoring tricks, that took me years to learn and master, when I had the Rip Club sewing club. (Also known as Rip Club Sewing Lounge and Tailor.)

So after you’ve tried a diamond gusset, and it looked like old lodge skins, you may have thrown up your hands and given up. Maybe you lived with it or chucked the jeans in the trash can. Maybe you are more experienced, and tried cutting a separate gusset for each inside leg. But, after you’ve pinned it in, painstakingly checking it for fit, sewing it in, ripping it out several times, you still couldn’t get good looking results.
Maybe your grandmother just said “let me just do this one for you”, when she was passing down her masterful seamstress art to you. Maybe you went to design school, or are a professional seamstress in a factory, or a home seamstress who had success with diamond gussets in kids clothing. Or maybe the diamond gusset worked great in those wool dress pants, but jeans “just can’t be done right”! YES THEY CAN! Lookie here….

Get about a half yard of denim, or use recycled jeans, but cut the gusset(s) on the BIAS. The other secret was mentioned above. Cut the gussets in two pieces. This way it won’t come out “too long”. You can always sew the crotch curve after the leg “v’s”. Make sure you sew to the original stitch line and stop that needle “on the money”. Walk it if necessary. It must be exact or there can be puckering from the point of the triangle.

I sure hope you master this skill of how to sew a crotch gusset in jeans. The ill fitting, ready made, fast fashion is fixable. Anything is possible, but not many have the skill anymore. Let me know you like by following my blog and subscribing to my you tube, or like me on facebook. Thank you and, like Ned the Beatnik Alien (our mascot) says, “Come on down to Rip Club and Fix Your Pants!”

Dec '15

Rip Club is Closing

Filed Under: Rip Club
Posted by - Bonnie @ 13:35

We’re sad to say we couldn’t find a new location for the Rip Club sewing lounge/sewing club. It’s time to stop pulling the rock up the hill and shut down. After a year of constant search for a new venue Rip Club is closing down. Sewing work will be provided to our existing clients and personal refferrals from them once we’re done with the move. Thank you to all of our customers for your support.

Oct '15

Capsule Wardrobe Closet Reduction List

Filed Under: Fashion
Posted by - Bonnie @ 10:19

As of late I’ve had several requests for wardrobe consulting. It’s becoming very popular again to reduce the pieces in your closet to a capsule wardrobe. This really has always been called a wardrobe because all of the pieces go together and can be mixed and matched with little to no thought. All the pieces should be well fitted and some loose lines and some tailored lines. Classic pieces are preferred and all of them should be your favorites. Take all of the clothes out of your closet and keep no more than 20 outerwear pieces, 5 accessories, 5 shoes and 25 underwear pieces to simplify your life and make you feel fabulous in your own skin every day. Here’s the list:
20 key piece wardrobe:
1. Dress pants (slacks or trousers)
2. Jeans
3. Sweat pants (or workout pants, yoga pants, stretch pants)
4. Casual Jacket (windbreaker, wrap, or button down sweater)
5. Hoodie
6. Dress shirt (tailored)
7. Casual shirt (flannel or something fun)
8. Blouse (a less structured shirt that can cross over from work, casual or nightlife)
9. Vest (if you wear them) (conservative or print occasion)
10. Sweater (we all love our cozy sweaters, just choose your favorite)
11. Long sleeved T-shirt (or thermal)
12. T-shirt
13. Camisole
14. Tank top
15. Shorts
16. Dress (If you don’t normally wear dresses make it a formal or occasion one)
17. Dress skirt (make it a pencil or A line suit style.
18. Casual skirt (mini or full length or a fun print or peasant)
19. Blazer (should go with trousers and formal skirt..everything goes with jeans)
20. Overcoat

Pick your favorite cuts and styles. If they can’t all be worn together you’ll end up buying more clothes.So pick your favorites, chuck the rest, then slowly replace pieces that can’t be worn together until you can mix and match all pieces. Don’t be afraid to put two prints together and choose your favorite color and two neutrals. Base it on solid pieces.

5 Piece Top Accessories:
1. Purse (everyday style)
2. Clutch (small purse meant as an accent piece when going out..think of it as jewelry)
3. Tote Bag (or duffel, backpack, something for shopping and/or hauling)
4. Belt (with all the spandex and kids these days everybody needs one)
5. Scarf

The only 5 shoes you’ll ever need:
1. Boots
2. Gym/Tennis/running/ workout shoes
3. Daily wear shoes
4. Sandals
5. Pumps (they can be flats or mules, but every woman needs dress shoes)

25 Lingerie set
1. 5 bras (Never wear the same one two days in a row so the elastic can “bounce back”)
2. 10 panties
3. 7 pair socks
4. 1 pair tights/hose (leggings can be substituted for some)
5. Nightie or pajamas (yes you can add a robe)
6. Bathing suit (yes you can add A (1!) coverup)

Mar '15

Comparing prices in the area for custom couture

Filed Under: Uncategorized
Posted by - Bonnie @ 9:16

Here is a website from a local sewing studio with their custom pricing.
It often shocks me how low my prices have been compared to others. Even after raising my prices for this year they’re still way too low. Yet, I have customers asking my prices not even thinking about comparing it to minimum wages. While customers who are familiar with tailor’s fees and have had alterations done before never complain at all about my prices, and are usually ready to pay up front with cash in hand. I had the sewing club and not enough people joined. It was so cheap and available to you. When all our free teachers, grandmothers, are gone and I become a grandmother (hopefully some day) maybe I’ll consider teaching classes again. I’ve decided to focus on custom design. This is what I’m highly skilled and talented at, and it’s a rare gift. Rip Club’s sewing lounge is gone. It was a good thing, and people even called it therapy, but just not enough interest. I’m enjoying my little studio with the zen-like courtyard.

Nov '14

Rip Club Sewing and Tailor Shop is Relocating

Filed Under: Events
Posted by - Bonnie @ 18:09

After two and a half years in our current shop at 333 Cleveland Avenue in downtown Loveland, Colorado, Rip Club Sewing and Tailor Shop is being forced to move temporarily to 441 East 4th Street, Suite 104, still in downtown Loveland, Colorado. We look forward to working in our cozy little office overlooking our serene courtyard in the Sun Plaza Office Suite. We’re not sure what hours we will be available, so you can call us at (970) 222-7703 to arrange an appointment for alterations and private lessons. Rip Club Sewing and Tailor Shop will provide the same services by appointment. Walk-ins will be accepted when we are in the office.

To anyone we are servicing at this time, we will continue our diligent efforts to complete your orders and get them to you before we start moving.

Rip Club Sewing and Tailor Shop will be closed from November 21st (11-21-14) and opening at our new location on December 15th (12-15-14), so that we can populate our new space as soon as possible to continue giving Loveland our superb tailoring and alteration services. We ask that you please call to arrange to pick-up or have delivered any garments that you have left on our racks at this time.

We’re hoping that the Old Arcadia Hotel, also known as the Old Loveland Opera House, will be restored to its former glory and that we may still be moving back to the building when all construction is completed. We will miss our sewing lounge, but plan to offer it again in the future.

In the meantime, any civic, charitable, or religious organizations that are interested in sewing, tools, and supplies to call Bonnie directly.

Oct '14

Do your research before developing a fashion design.

Filed Under: Uncategorized
Posted by - Bonnie @ 17:50

Check out Jessica Montoya’s blog on why it may be hard for you to find a patternmaker.

Jun '14

Bridal and Upcycled, Mixed Demin Photo Shoot at Cheesman Park, Denver, Colorado

Filed Under: Fashion, Jeans, Recycled Upcycled Sustainable Green Fashion
Posted by - Bonnie @ 17:21

Check out the funky bridal and upcycled mixed denim Rip Club has for sale this year. We did this photo shoot in April at Cheesman park in Denver, Colorado. It was windy and the poor models were cold. They were very happy to get out of the bridal garments and into the long denim skirts and denim corset tops to warm up. The sunset was beautiful. Thanks to James Eversole, Frank, Chris and Sean for the images and to Brittany, Meagan, Katerina, and Ariel for the modeling. Of course this is all Rip Club’s clothing on display.Cheesman Park 031 Franks Cheesman Park 063_1 Franks Cheesman Park 067 Franks Cheesman Park 083 Franks Cheesman Park 065 Franks Cheesman Park 097 Franks Cheesman Park 107 Franks Cheesman Park 122_pp Franks Cheesman Park Model Fashion Shoot-148-2 Cheesman Park Model Fashion Shoot-184 Sean mixed denim Brit Cheesman Park Model Fashion Shoot-202 (1)CHES_11 copy CHES_10 copy CHES_09 copy CHES_08 copy CHES_07 copy CHES_06 copyCheesman Park Model Fashion Shoot-219 Cheesman Park Model Fashion Shoot-2

May '14

What to do this Summer? Boys and girls get creative making at Rip Club.

Filed Under: Rip Club
Posted by - Bonnie @ 12:04

Rip Club has its own Sewing Club where kids, teens, (boys & girls) and adults can learn to sew in a fun environment. In the classes there is a ton of individual attention. The classes are self-paced and low pressure and very creative. The lounge is a place where you can hang out with your friends and make your own projects. Listen to great music and get creative and share ideas.

Are you interested in Steampunk, Cosplay or even the Renaissance Faire? Maybe you are interested in Fairies or Mermaids. We can help. Have a project you started and do not know how to finish it? We can help!

The lounge is fully equipped for all your sewing needs. Our lounge combines camaraderie of sewing and a working studio to provide a sewing haven for enthusiasts of all levels.

Wondering what to do this Summer? Come join Rip Club, Sewing Lounge and Tailor, right here in Downtown Loveland, and get creative sewing and making. All tools are provided.

Follow your Fashion

Follow your Fashion


punk yer duds

Claire in punk rock top and pants.


Ned says, “Fix Your Pants!”


Feb '14

New Cutie Patootie Scarves by Foggy Mtn. Creations!

Filed Under: Fashion
Posted by - Bonnie @ 20:29
Vals crochet work

Beautiful gauged crochet work by Foggy Mountain Creations for sale at Rip Club.

100_3489 Hello all you awesome RIP Club followers! We are excited to announce that Valerie of Foggy Mountain Creations has crafted for us some new and beautiful scarves! Her other creations can be seen in the picture to the left. Valerie is pictured along with the new scarves here. As you can see, we have plenty of colors to choose from, so you’re bound to find one you’ll enjoy.

These “Cutie Patootie Ruffle Scarves” are very versatile. You can certainly wear them along with your winter garb, but they are also light enough that you can still rock them in the cooler months.  Each one contains such a wide range of colors that make them a perfect accent for many outfits.

These scarves are reminiscent of boas and are super cute

These scarves are reminiscent of boas and are super cute

Cutie Patootie Scarves for sale at Rip Club

Cutie Patootie Scarves for sale at Rip Club

We originally listed these ruffle scarves at $34.99, but have decided to offer them at the discounted price of $29.99.  Come on in to RIP Club at 333 North Cleveland Avenue in Loveland, Colorado to pick out your favorite (or a few).

Dec '13

Suit trends

Filed Under: Uncategorized
Posted by - Bonnie @ 16:58

One of my frequent haunters is wanting a suit made up in March. He’s trying to find his style. So I told him last night I though he was a trend setter. Sure enough I found this blog this morning.
I’m looking forward to making him custom tailored bespoke suits.

~ Rip Club Sewing is located at 1525 East 8th St., Loveland, Colorado  80537. CLICK HERE for directions! ~

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