January Show and Tell

Despite the cold weather many of you attended Club meetings and we were all well rewarded. Inspirational sewing and seeing friends (some of whom we hadn’t seen for many months and some new) made the cold trip worthwhile.

Next month’s meetings will be here soon as the Saturday meeting is one week early-
Saturday, Feb. 6, Treadle Yard Goods, 10:30 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 9, Treadle Yard Goods, 10:30 pm
Thursday, Feb. 11, Southtown Hancock, 6:30 pm

January Club sheets and photos are posted under the heading of the same above.

Here’s Show and Tell:
The Bristol Dress from Sewing Workshop-

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Embellished seam

Embellished seam


Becky's Bristol. She also showed the Gracie Transeasonal Coat from StyleArc

Becky’s Bristol. She also showed the Gracie Transeasonal Coat from StyleArc

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L Squared Bag from Sewing Workshop-fabric from Joann's

L Squared Bag from Sewing Workshop-fabric from Joann’s


New Look 6383

New Look 6383


K. Tilton coat-Butterick 6254 in jersey

K. Tilton coat-Butterick 6254 in jersey

Great Copy Savannah tee with neckline variations

Great Copy Savannah tee with neckline variations


Oliver + S skirt

Oliver + S skirt


Style Arc Stacie Jean Jacket

Style Arc Stacie Jean Jacket

Michelle's Verona Jacket from Sewing Workshop

Michelle’s Verona Jacket from Sewing Workshop


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Handstitching detail

Handstitching detail

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Beach sewing!

Beach sewing!

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January Fashion Sewing Club begins Saturday

Happy 2016! Are you a resolution maker? Any of them pertaining to sewing? It’s always in the back of my mind but who is brave enough to say them outloud?

Anyway, Fashion Sewing Club 2016 begins tomorrow (Saturday, January 9)! Please notice that we have discontinued the Thursday morning meeting at Hancock Southtown for the winter. We apologize if that messes up your schedule, please let us know. If there’s a critical mass, we can start it up but the migration of the snowbirds leaves us with empty chairs.

January Fashion Sewing Club meetings-

Saturday, January 9, 10:30 am, Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, January 12, 10:30 am, Treadle Yard Goods
Thursday, January 14, 6:30 pm only, Hancock Fabrics, Southtown

The website is current with the new class offerings at Hancock and Treadle. We have had quite a few inquiries about sewing for school age kids. If after school isn’t an option we can always schedule something on a day there is no school so contact us if you are interested.

Here’s the January calendar. Hope to see many of you this month-stay warm this weekend! Click on Classes above for more info and registration.

Classes:

Treadle Yard Goods: To register call: 651-698-9690

Before You Buy a Serger: Saturday, January 9, 1:00-2:30
Kids’ After School Sewing: Tues., Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 4:00-5:30
Basic Serger and Beyond: Tuesdays, January 12, 19 and 23, 6:00-8:00

Hancock Fabrics, Southtown, Bloomington, First Sewing
*Please register in advance with Material Girls on our website or call us at 952-201-3863

Sewing Studio: Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21, and 28, 1:00-4:00
Tuesdays, Jan. 19, 26, 12:00-3:00
Sewing for Homeschoolers: Tuesday, January 19, 10-11:30 am
Kids’ After School Sewing: Thurs., Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 4:30-6:00
Beginning Sewing or Serging: Thursdays, January 14, 21 and 28, 6-8 pm

December Happenings

First off, we finished two fun kids’ classes:

Sewing for Homeschoolers at Southtown Hancock/First Sewing

Sewing for Homeschoolers at Southtown Hancock/First Sewing

After School Sewing at Treadle

After School Sewing at Treadle

Second, we’ve decided to discontinue our Thursday morning Fashion Sewing Club at Hancock Southtown due to the migration of Snow Birds!

January 2016 FSC Dates:
Saturday, Jan. 9 at 10:30,Treadle
Tuesday, January 12 at 10:30, Treadle
Thursday, Jan. 14, 6:30, First Sewing/Southtown Hancock

Third, the Club sheets and photos for December have been posted and the links to the napkin fold and bow tying pop right up-very cool!
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And finally a sampling of the inspiring show and tell garments-

Cute toddler skirt

Cute toddler skirt

Copy of a spendy vest in green wool

Copy of a spendy vest in green wool

Holiday bling-you may have seen this fabric at the Expo-Vogue booth-sequins are two sided!

Holiday bling-you may have seen this fabric at the Expo-Vogue booth-sequins are two sided!

One seam pj pants for the whole family-Simplicity 8022

One seam pj pants for the whole family-Simplicity 8022

Embellished boiled wool jacket

Embellished boiled wool jacket

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A new attendee wore a vest from her own pattern line-

A new attendee wore a vest from her own pattern line-

Rebecca Ruth Designs

Rebecca Ruth Designs

And prototypes of her latest project

And prototypes of her latest project

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KwikSew 4135

KwikSew 4135

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West End Pant (sorry, not much contrast)

West End Pant (sorry, not much contrast)

Tremont Jacket from Sewing Workshop

Tremont Jacket from Sewing Workshop

Opal Jacket Sewing Workshop

Opal Jacket Sewing Workshop

OOP Marcy Tilton Jacket

OOP Marcy Tilton Jacket

Sewing for men-doesn't anybody make a modern fit raglan tee pattern??

Sewing for men-doesn’t anybody make a modern fit raglan tee pattern??

Custom drafted coat

Custom drafted coat

Soho Coat Sewing Workshop

Soho Coat Sewing Workshop

Katherine Tilton's Darted Blouse in a lightweight wool-on the bias!

Katherine Tilton’s Darted Blouse in a lightweight wool-on the bias!


Happy New Year everyone! We look forward to seeing you in 2016!!!

November Show and Tell/Year End Calendar

Another Expo has come and gone. It was great to see so many of you; fun to catch up with those we haven’t seen in a while.

November club sheets and garment photos have been posted-click on the link above.
It was another great month for show and tell. We had over 80 attendees at the Expo versions of Club.

We have two weeks of classes after Thanksgiving including the December installment of Fashion Sewing Club. Can’t wait to see the holiday sewing. There are so many fun pieces at Treadle with a little bit of blitz and bling.

Here is the calendar for the remainder of the year and then some show and tell pics.

December Fashion Sewing Club
Tuesday, December 8, Treadle Yard Goods, 10:30 am
Thursday, December 10, Hancock Fabrics, Southtown, 10:30 and 6:30
Saturday, December 12, Treadle Yard Goods, 10:30

Classes:
Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,www.treadleyardgoods.com
Basic Sergery and Beyond: Saturday, December 5 and 12, 2-5 pm
First Sewing: Bloomington Hancock Fabrics, 952-884-1938
*Please register in advance with Material Girls on their website or call us at 952-201-3863
Sewing Studio: Thursdays, December 3, 10, 1:00-4:00
Basic Serger and Beyond: May be taken during any Sewing Adventures below
Sewing Adventures: Tuesday, December 1, 12:30-2:30
Thursday, December 3, 6:00-8:00
Wednesday, December 9, 1-3 pm
Sewing For HomeSchoolers: Tuesday, December 1, 10:00-11:30

Tremont Jacket  Sewing Workshop

Tremont Jacket
Sewing Workshop

Self drafted

Self drafted

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Chicago Jacket  Sewing Workshop

Chicago Jacket
Sewing Workshop

Balboa Jacket Sewing Workshop

Balboa Jacket
Sewing Workshop

Katherine Tilton Butterick 6254

Katherine Tilton
Butterick 6254

Tremont Jacket Sewing Workshop

Tremont Jacket
Sewing Workshop

Florence Shirt Sewing Workshop

Florence Shirt
Sewing Workshop

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First day at the Expo

It’s so nice to be back in Bloomington for the Expo-space, natural light, parking.

U of M Design School has an exhibit.

  
We’re seeing lots of familiar faces. Our “fashion show” had almost 50 attendees.  

Shopping is good-lots of our favorite notions. Treadle brought out some great new things and if you spend $50 you get $10 off when you come into the store.

  

Debbie and I are off to a class to learn how to pad these very cool dress forms. 

Hope you can make it-we have our show Friday at 2:30. 

We’ll be at Southtown at 6:30 tonight (Thursday) and 10:30 on Saturday at Treadle for Fashion Sewing Club. 

November Club Dates and October Photos

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First and most important, because it’s happening next week:

NOVEMBER FASHION SEWING CLUB/SEWING AND QUILTING EXPO

Tues., Nov. 10, 10:30 am at Treadle Yard Goods as usual

Thurs., Nov. 12, 11:15 am at Sewing and Quilting Expo at “The Spot”
Doubletree Hotel, Blmgtn.
78th & Normandale (Hwy. 100)

6:30 pm at Southtown Hancock as usual

Friday, Nov. 13, 2:30 pm at Sewing and Quilting Expo at “The Spot”
Same presentation-please stop by with Show and Tell!

Saturday, Nov. 14, 10:30 am at Treadle Yard Goods as usual

“The Spot” is the location where we will be presenting. Look for “Wake Up Your Inner Fashionista” in your programs.

Meetings at the Expo will be free, no sign up required.

Treadle will have a booth with some exclusive-to-the-Expo fabrics!

Lots of opportunities to be inspired and show us what you’ve been sewing.

And speaking of inspiration-
October club sheets and garment photos have been posted (click on Club Sheets above). Here is a sampling of what we saw at Club meetings in October:

Burda 6847

Burda 6847

Jalie Raglan tee

Jalie Raglan tee

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Zona jacket

Zona jacket

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Soho Coat Sewing Workshop

Soho Coat
Sewing Workshop

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Left-V9060 Right-Butterick 6180

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Right-Butterick 6180

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Silk tie teddy

Silk tie teddy

Vogue 9089

Vogue 9089

Light and Shadow Cutting Corners Patterns

Light and Shadow
Cutting Corners Patterns

New Look 6323

New Look 6323

New Look 6323

New Look 6323

Ikina or Plaza Jacket Sewing Workshop

Ikina or Plaza Jacket
Sewing Workshop

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Happy November

Halloween is just behind us and busy holidays ahead. Here are more photos from the Playful Hoodies book. Definitely a keeper!

Frog that can read AND walk

Frog that can read AND walk

Cutest dragon

Cutest dragon


wings and tail

wings and tail


Goldilocks and the three bears

Goldilocks and the three bears


Unicorn horns

Unicorn horns

and tails

and tails

Bunnies

Bunnies

Guaranteed to make you smile

and maybe even make a Halloween costume!

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The pattern comes from the book Playful Hoodies by Mary Rasch.

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We have a kids’ MEA sewing class tomorrow at Hancock so I had to make a sample.

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Start with a ready to wear hoodie, zip or not, some polar fleece scraps, and a little hand sewing.

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Great project for a beautiful afternoon!

If you’d like to make one as a class project, sign up for any Sewing Adventures class at Hancock (See Classes above) and we’ll help you and have the book.

A New Thread Tested

Some of you that serge may like to use Woolly Nylon thread to finish edges or make more visible stitching but that has been harder to find and if you iron it too much, it melts.
Some time ago, I saw an ad for Maxi Lock Stretch thread (on serger cones) but Creative didn’t carry it when I asked so I just forgot about it. But Joanne stopped by Hancock the other day and was singing its praises so I asked her to send me something to post on the blog.

Thanks to Joanne, I have this to share with you:

I used both Maxi-Lock Stretch and Wooly Nylon thread with a serged rolled edge application on my recent projects. The picture with the orange thread is the Maxi-Lock Stretch thread. One can easily see that the coverage far exceeds the Wooly Nylon.

Wooly Nylon

Wooly Nylon

Maxi Lock Stretch

Maxi Lock Stretch

I am sold! I love the fact that Maxi-Lock Stretch is available in 26 colors!! With these colors one has the option of purchasing matching Maxi-Lock Serger thread to get a professional look.
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The thread was purchased at Wawak.com. They have a low price guarantee, monthly sales, relatively quick shipping and they’ve been awesome to work with. I purchase most of my sewing supplies from them. Invisible zippers are an excellent buy too.

Joanne

Nancy’s Notions also carries the thread. It is made of nylon so I guess you still probably shouldn’t iron it directly but the look is definitely worth it.

Thanks very much for taking the time to share this, Joanne. If anyone else has something we all should know about, please send info to me and I’ll post it.

Fashion Sewing Club is back on Thursday at Hancock after a month’s break. Looking forward to seeing everyone-fall sewing, here we come!

Catching up

Boys on the beach!

Boys on the beach!

Summer is over and all the fall schedules are heating up. All classes have been updated, let me know if anything is incorrect or doesn’t work.

Debbie and I are taking vacations so there is no Fashion Sewing Club in September. But, if you need a fix, Treadle has a deal for you-
“Missing Fashion Sewing Club this month? We are too! Stop in Saturday, September 12, or Tuesday, September 15, with Show & Tell for the Treadle staff and receive 10% off regularly priced fabric.”

I mentioned my favorite tool at August Club. Here is a link if you would like to order one. It’s Carol Steinbrecher’s website. She will also be at the Sewing and Quilting Expo.

Peggy Sagers is going to be in Minneapolis tomorrow (Saturday). The website doesn’t say it’s sold out yet.

Debbie and I attended the Tru-Fit/Lutterloh seminar at Hancock-if anybody is trying it out we’d love to know how it works for you.

We are excited to start a homeschool sewing class at Hancock on every other Wednesday morning starting Sept. 23.

Classes for the fall schedule begin on Tuesday, September 15 from 1-3 and then our full Thursdays-Sewing Studio, After School Sewing and Sewing Adventures from 6-8.

Happy Fall and happy sewing-all the magazines/catalogs are out!!