What you missed-or what you didn’t

Just finished putting January Fashion Sewing Club on the website and thought I’d put it here on the blog for a change. You can still find it above on the menu bar under “Club Sheets and Garment Photos”. It also shows Katie, our new Material Girl! She debuted on Saturday and we are glad her family is healthy again.

Material Girls Fashion Sewing Club

January 2018

Debbie’s Garments

Contemporary Couture Jacket

Vogue 7975, View C

Wool Tweed with Silk blend lining.

Resources:The Contemporary Couture Jacket Class by Angela Wolf on Pattern Review and

Kathryn Brenne’s tutorial , The Classic CardiganJacket on Emma One Sock.

I have always been intrigued by the Chanel Jacket so on a cold winter day when the Angela Wolf class went on sale I signed up and am so glad I did.

This is my muslin, a work in progress. I have tried a variety of techniques from both resources. None have been difficult but sometimes challenging. I did not: interface, use a 3 piece sleeve or make bound buttonholes. I did put in a sleeve head. I would like to finish this jacket by the next club. My ultimate goal someday is to find the perfect fabric and make another jacket, this time with 3 piece sleeves etc. This experience has been a Lionel Richie, Easy Like a Sunday Morning, for me – my happy place!

Stripe Tunic

New Look 6439, View B, Jersey Knit

1. The pattern does not give a fit description so I compared my measurements to pattern and went down a size. It is made to pattern – fun, easy and quick sew.

Ruffle/Flounce Tunic

McCalls 7122, View A, Rayon/lycra knit

1. This is a TNT pattern that can be adapted for many looks.

2. To create ruffle/flounce, measure the length of the front at sleeve placement from armhole to neck edge. My length was 9 inches. For an easy formula, subtract one inch, and divide by 6. For example 9-1 = 8, divided by 6 is about1.3. see diagram to create pattern from your measurements.

3. Cut two ruffles from main fabric and two from contrast fabric to avoid ws of main fabric showing. Place ws of main fabric ruffle to ws of contrast. Baste ruffles to front at sleeve area.

4. Continue sewing tunic as pattern directs.

Katie’s Garments

Charlie Bomber Jacket

Jalie 3675

Stretch Woven/Wool Knit/ Bemberg lining

1. Decided to quilt fabric before cutting out pattern pieces. Wanted more warmth. Used cotton batting and rayon lining.

2. The single welt pocket went together easily. Used masking tape to get proper width of the welt for a more professional look.

3. Cut leather appliques and rhinestone template using my cutting machine.

Jalie Raglan T shirt

1. Sewn to pattern.

Christine Johnson Patterns 905- Fitted jacket

Stretch woven blend

1. Rounded/reshaped the collar, lapels and hipline to give jacket a softer/more flattering look.

2. Shortened jacket by 4-5 inches to hit at a more flattering spot.

3. Would highly suggest using extra stabilizer when sewing buttonholes in any fabric with stretch.

Sewaholic Hollyburn

1. This is my go-to flared skirt patterns. Flattering, functional (pockets) and easy to sew.

2. Used invisible zipper for a cleaner look.

3. Shortened by 2 inches.

Simplicity 1589

1. Sewed per pattern.

Angela Wolff Ruche T-shirt

Cotton lycra for outer layer and french terry underneath

1. Raised neckline by 2 inches to hit at balance point and widened significantly.

2. Underlined front, back and sleeves with contrasting fabric.

3. Sewed narrow zig-zag stich between cuts to keep layers neat and together.

4. Test fabric to ensure it curls. Some fabrics that work well are: jerseys, cotton-lycras, French terry, sweatshirting.

5. Let your creative juices run wild and have fun with this technique!

Kristin’s Garments


Simplicity 8529 View B, Blue sweater knit

1. Funnel neck sewn as a wrapped seam. Leaves a bit of a bump depending on thickness of fabric but looks nice and no need for second step of stitching two layers together.

2. Funnel neck narrower and higher than Toaster. Dropped shoulder/dropped underarm-both 4” longer than Toaster.

3. Didn’t use bands for sleeves/hem.

Toaster Sweater/Sew House Seven, Red Missoni sweater knit

1. Used funnel neck from Simplicity version but set in sleeve from Toaster.

2. Followed original Toaster technique for funnel neck because of bulk of knit.

3. Faced hem with ponte to reduce bulk/add stretch retention.

Burda 6990 Funnel neck tee

StyleArc Taylor Knit Skirt, Heavy cotton interlock

1. Shortened 4”.

2. Used a basting stitch for slit, topstitched, then ripped basting stitches.

3. Pattern has lines for stripes but can also cut out on straight of grain.

February 2018 Fashion Sewing Club

Saturday, February 10 , 10:30 at Treadle

Tuesday, February 13, 10:30 and again at 6:30 at Treadle

Back in the Saddle-Almost!

Just wanted you to know that the physical calendar for January is updated and all of the classes for January and February are listed on the website. PayPal tabs haven’t been updated quite yet but a quick email will reserve a spot until I get it done.

We (and that now means three of us!) are busy sewing for next Tuesday and Saturday Club meetings-we’ve added a Tuesday evening meeting at Treadle at 6:30 pm (and discontinued the Thursday meeting at Joann). Looking forward to new faces that haven’t been able to make it-and the new Tuesday evening meeting will only cost $5 or free if it’s your first time through March!

Classes and Fashion Sewing Club are back in full swing next week! See you soon~

Debbie, Katie and Kristin!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December was another meeting of great inspiration and creativity! And fun! So good to rub shoulders with others that are likeminded when it comes to fabric and garments. We keep doing this because you all tell us how much you enjoy getting together.

Speaking of getting together-we’d like to announce the addition of a third Material Girl-Katie Knoblach-in January. She brings a younger aesthetic and fresh perspective along with amazing sewing and embellishing talents. We look forward to mixing things up a bit to keep you wondering!!

This is Katie Knoblach-so happy to have you on board!

The other big announcement is that we are adding a Tuesday evening Fashion Sewing Club at Treadle to reach out to those that can’t make it during the day. This will begin with the January meeting on the 9th. Unfortunately, it also means we will discontinue the Thursday Joann/Edina meeting. Thanks to all who faithfully came to the Thursday meetings. We hope you can make it to Treadle-remember, there’s a discount on fabric while you’re there!

This is also Katie-she really likes this book :)”Triumph of Individual Style”

Kathy sporting the newest Katherine Tilton top

Butterick 6492

Jasper Sweater/Dress from Paprika Patterns

Butterick 6388

We’re Thankful for All of You

Debbie and I want you to know how thankful we are that all of you show such interest in sewing garments and taking classes from us. It allows us to do what we love to do.

November photos have been posted and Club sheets are here (click on the button above). Thanks to all who came to Club and the Expo.

Serger Club this month will be “When to Use Your Serger and When Not To”. We suggest bringing a pair of pj pants with pockets to serge and we’ll have sewing machines available for the non-serger parts. Here are a few photos from past classes. The classes times are listed below.

Coming in 2018 we’ll be starting a new meeting time for Fashion Sewing Club at Treadle Yard Goods-Tuesday evenings at 6:30. We’re hoping this will attract some of you that work during the day but also love to sew and be inspired. Unfortunately that means we will discontinue our Thursday evening meetings at Joann in Edina. We hope our faithful attendees can make it to Treadle on Saturday mornings or Tuesday evenings and see the wonderful fabric Treadle has to offer and meet new sewing enthusiasts.

December will be short with the holidays but we hope you can join us for Club or classes. We’re working on new classes for January and beyond…

December 2017 Calendar
Fashion Sewing Club:

Saturday, December 9, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, December 12, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Thursday, December 14, 6:30 pm at JoAnn-Edina

Classes At Treadle:

Workroom Social, Tuesday, December 5, 1:00-4:00
Serger Club, Tuesdays, December 5, 10:30-12
December 12, 6:00-7:30

Classes At JoAnn-Edina

Serger Club, Monday, December 4, 10:00-11:30
Knit Tunic, Monday, December 4 and 11, 1:00-3:00
Learn To Sew, Monday, December 4, 6:00-8:30
Workroom Social, Thursdays, December 7 and 14, 9:30-12:30 or 1:00-4:00
Kids’ Comfy Pants, Thursdays, December 7 and 14, 4:30-6:30
Kids’ After School Sewing Club, Thursdays, December 7 and 14, 4:30-6:00
Zippers, Monday, December 11, 12:30-3:30
Pillowcase, Monday, December 11, 6:00-8:30
Comfy Pant, Monday, December 18, 5:30-9 pm

Fashion Sewing Club, January 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 10:30 or 6:30
Saturday, January 13, 10:30

Sewing & Quilting Expo/Show and Tell

There may have been fewer vendors and the same teachers from years’ past but I’d have to say I had a good time at the Expo.

We did our song and dance up on the runway stage this year. That took a little getting used to! But it was fun once we got started and all of our show and tell participants seemed to enjoy their walk of fame too.

Sewing Workshop Bristol Top

Becka’s Vest

Tilly and the Buttons Cleo skirt

We stayed for the younger sewists’ show on Saturday-some beautiful sewing!

And we still had great show and tell at the Tuesday meeting!

Angela Wolf top

Clever travel pocket

Sewing Workshop Now Shirt lengthened 5″

A happy ending to holes in the fabric

Sewing Workshop Bristol Dress

Jalie pants

100 Acts of Sewing tunic

October Fashion Sewing Club Photos and Expo Time!

Happy Fall, Halloween, Almost Winter, Daylight Savings Time and don’t forget the Expo is next week!!
Whew! Here we are again-almost time for November Club meetings. Here are the important dates and times:

Sewing and Quilt Expo– November 9-11 on the Expo Stage (same place as last year)
We’ll be presenting Fashion Sewing Club and would love to see you and your latest creations.
Thursday, November 9 at 11:15 am
Friday, November 10 at 4 pm
Saturday, November 11 at 10:30 am

Come every day if you’re there, even if it’s the same garment-audience will change?

November Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Thursday, November 9 , 6:30, @ JoAnn-Edina
Saturday, November 11, 10:30,@ Sewing and Quilting Expo-hope you can come
Tuesday, November 14, 10:30 @Treadle

The Saturday Club meeting will be at the Expo-we felt we had to try to meet new people that are available that day. This is a change in plans, hope we don’t mess up any schedules!

Pre-registration ends November 5th so make plans!!

For your inspiration, here are the photos from October Show and Tell and the jacket that got sent off before some of you got to see it:

Happy Halloween 

A big win for me as I got all seven Halloween jammies sewn,sent and received (without overnight shipping!) by yesterday!!

And the biggest win of all is that I got to see them all in their jammies via FaceTime. 

PS-we’re thinking of using sewing for kids as a format for classes-any interest? We bring fabric, go over technique and we all go home with clothes for kids.

PSS-Christmas is coming….

Busy Tuesday

Thanks to everyone who made Tuesday’s Fashion Sewing Club a big hit. Here’s the pattern that I was wearing-a few of you asked-

Butterick 6065-out of print but still available on Butterick website

I forgot to bring this catalog to Club but if this style appeals to you, I would highly recommend taking the time to go to the website and order the catalog. Line drawings, photo shoot locations, prints, colors…better than a fashion magazine and free! www.gudrunsjoden.com

This is only one page of a 130 page catalog

And is there anything better than the proud smile on the face of a young sewist?!

October Calendar and a Tip

Here’s the calendar for the month of October. Any of our Joann classes are flexible as far as content goes. If there’s a class time that works for you but you want to sew something other than what is offered, please email us and we’ll work something out.

Material Girls October 2017 Calendar

October Fashion Sewing Club:
Tuesday, October 10, 10:30, Treadle
Thursday, October 12, 6:30, JoAnn-Edina
Saturday, October 14, 10:30, Treadle

Classes At Treadle:
Serger Club: Tuesday, October 10, 6:00-7:30 or Tuesday, October 17, 10:30-12
Basic Serger and Beyond: Tuesday, October 17, 24, 31,10:30-12:30 or Saturdays, October 28, Nov. 4, 1:30-4:30
Workroom Social: Tuesday, October 24, 21, 1:00-4:00
Kids After School Sewing Club: Tuesday, September 26, October 3,10, and 17, 4:15-5:45

Classes at JoAnn – Edina
Sew Social: Thursday, October 5, 12 and 26, 9:30-12:30 or 1:00-4:00
Kids After School Sewing: Thursday, October 5, 12, and 26, 4:30-6:00
Serger Down and Dirty: Monday, October 23, 5:30-8:30
Serger Club: Monday, October 16, 10:00-11:30
Learn to Sew, Monday, October 9, 6:00-8:30
Jacket With Hood: Monday, October 16 and 23, 1:00-4;00
Three Seam Pillowcase: Monday, October 16, 6:00-8:30
Comfy Pants: Monday, October 23, 5:30-9:00
Superhero Cape: Monday, October 16, 1:00-4:00
Serger Bells and Whistles: Monday, October 30, 5:30-8:30

November Fashion Sewing Club
Thursday, November 9, 6:30, JoAnn Edina
Saturday, November 11, 10:30, Treadle
Tuesday, November 13, 10:30, Treadle

Sewing Expo, November 9, 10 and 11

There’s a pop-up garage sale by the Textile Center-drop off is today and the sale is Saturday, October 7th! Just in case your are making room for fall fabric-or need to add to your stash.

For those of you that are machine embroiderers, Creative Sewing is sponsoring and event with Anita Goodesign, October 20 and 21 at the Double Tree in Bloomington. Register with Creative Sewing.

Before fingernail polish


September’s jacket had a zipper with a white tab but everything else was perfect. I had read about painting snaps and buttons to get the right color so I gave it a try on my zipper-it worked great. Hasn’t rubbed off yet!

September Club and News

First up, Treadle is having a sale! Starts Friday, October 6 and ends October 16-beautiful fabric is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

Don’t forget about Sewing and Quilting Expo-November 9-11-we’ll be there doing an enlarged version of Fashion Sewing Club and hanging out at the Treadle booth-any ideas for what we could offer as we sit and chat? Stump the Chump-what to do with this fabric/pattern?

Our Workroom Social on Tuesdays is catching on-please join us to keep your projects going and get to know new people! The same format-Sew Social-at Joann on Thursday afternoon is pretty full but there’s a morning session that has plenty of room 🙂

We encourage you to try the Jalie Eleonore Pant-Treadle carries the pattern and we had six more students very happily complete and wear them with few alterations. One student even added a pocket bag and made them more of a bootcut.

OK-here is the show and tell for September-

Updating a Kwiksew jacket

Marcy Tilton hoodie

Moneta dress

Rain poncho in laminated cotton

Quincy Jacket-Sewing Workshop

Surprise visit on Saturday-Elizabeth and daughter all decked out

54×18 shawl variations

The blouse perfected!