New Summer Classes-Kids Too!

Looking to pick up a new hobby, learn a new skill or just sew a fun dress this summer? Need a new beginner machine? (Scroll down). We have a great line up of classes to offer you at Treadle Yard Goods in St. Paul, Hancock Southtown in Bloomington or Chanhassen Vacuum Center.

I’m going to highlight kids’ classes first because I’ve kept them waiting :(

Summer Sewing-“Play” with your sewing machine and a variety of fabrics to create whatever you have in mind. Students will learn the how and why of constructing with various types of cloth and techniques to help them create on their own. Basic patterns for bags, stuffed animals, and garments will be available as jumping off points. Students are welcome to take several sessions as the projects are limited only by their imaginations. Beginner to advanced-always two teachers/small classes.

June 15, 16, 17, 1-4 pm, Hancock Southtown
June 22 & 24, 10:30-3 pm, Chanhassen Vacuum Center
June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 3-5 pm, Treadle Yard Goods
July 15, 16, 17, 10-12 pm, Hancock Southtown
July 28, 29, 30, 10-12 pm, Chanhassen Vacuum Center
July 28, August 4, 11, 3-5 pm, Treadle Yard Goods

Young Designer Targeted at teen sewists, beginning to advanced or younger sewists with experience that want to go further in garment sewing.
August 5, 12, 19, 10-1 pm, Hancock Southtown

Sewing for Parents Who Want Their Kids to Sew We know you don’t need a new hobby but would like to be supportive of your budding sewist. What you need to know about how a sewing machine works and what your child “needs” to purchase along the way.
June 24, 6:30-7:30 pm, Southtown Hancock

Click on Classes in the bar above for more details and registration.

Need a Sewing Machine?

First Sewing (inside Hancock Southtown) is offering a great basic machine in conjunction with our summer classes.
It’s an Elna with everything you need to get started. There are more Sew Green machines but Bruce has a few of the Sew Zebras so they will go on a first come, first serve basis. Let us know which one you’d like. These machines are good for beginners of any age so we’ll offer them to the beginning adults also.
Material Girls strongly advises you to purchase machines from dealers as opposed to big box stores or Amazon/eBay. Private dealers will help you out with your machine, guarantee their work and most will allow trade-ins should you want to upgrade to a fancier machine.
Material Girls receives no commission on machines-we just want to see happy sewists!

New this summer is Serger Workshop. We have so many graduates of our Basic Sergery and Beyond (also being offered this summer at Treadle and Hancock Southtown) and are hoping that you are all making good use of you new tool but in case you need some ideas or handholding for either woven or knit projects, check out this class.

Fabric + Pattern=HELP!(Southtown) or Match Made in Heaven (Treadle)get further along the continuum of solving the persistent riddle of what fabric looks good in what pattern. Beginners to advanced-it’s always a tough question-we have lots of experience!

Design and Sew(Treadle) Translate what you like in RTW into your garment using available patterns (not always a straight line). Learn to see the basic elements of a garment/pattern and add the designer touches that make them unique.

Our Hancock Beginning Sewing class will divide into a Garment or Home Dec/Crafty path after basic machine knowledge is gained. Seasonal Sewing looks a lot like our Knit Wardrobe class of the past. Our topics for summer are tee shirt dresses/maxi skirts, linen pants/tankinis that cover and shirt dresses. Sewing Studio continues to meet Thursday afternoons from 1-4, the greatest deal for guided sewing around!

If you don’t see what you are looking for, we do private lessons.

Have a great summer-we hope sewing is part of it-with or without us!

May Club Meetings-A Full Deck!

Yes, there were 52 people attending-thanks to all for coming!! Photos and Club Sheets are posted (see bar above). Here’s the show and tell! Lots of people eager to sew for warmer weather-whenever it decides to come around…

Sewing Workshop's Liberty Shirt

Sewing Workshop’s Liberty Shirt

Those great big bold prints we're seeing everywhere

Those great big bold prints we’re seeing everywhere

Using a contrast color thread adds a little pizzazz

Using a contrast color thread adds a little pizzazz

Wool still feels good some mornings...

Wool still feels good some mornings…

January's POM

January’s POM

Fun bags

Fun bags

An armful of bags

An armful of bags

Vogue 8952

Vogue 8952

Pleated Sandra Betzina blouse

Pleated Sandra Betzina blouse

Tilton jacket in a ponte knit

Tilton jacket in a ponte knit





Granville Shirt conquered!

Granville Shirt conquered!

Foldover elastic used for neckband

Foldover elastic used for neckband

Look closely at the blue skirt-cut out scuba knit!

Look closely at the blue skirt-cut out scuba knit!

Clare and her classic jacket

Clare and her classic jacket

April Club Show and Tell and Calendar

May Club meetings begin this Saturday, May 9th at Treadle, continuing Tuesday at Treadle and Thursday at Hancock Southtown so I thought I better get the April Club sheets and photos posted and make some room on my camera!

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Happy to dig up pattern numbers if you see something you want to pursue!

May Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Saturday, May 9,10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, May 12, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Thursday, May 14, 10:30 and 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics

Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,
Basic Serger and Beyond, Saturdays, May 9 and 16, 1:00-4:00
Knit Dress Sew Along, Tuesdays, May 12, 19, and 26, 6:00-8:00

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

Sew-Serge-Fit, Thursdays, May 21 and 28, 10:00-12:00, 6:00-8:00
Sew Along Studio (Summer Dress), Thursdays, May 14, 21 and 28, 1:00-4:00
Kids’ Sew, Thursday, May 14, 4:30-6

Inspiration at JoAnn’s

Having said yes to adding padding to a prom dress,
I needed supplies and headed over to the Yorktown JoAnn’s store. I found a great variety of padding
and some awesome activewear knits. (It’s so hard to buy just one!)
And then I ran into Clare LaFond! Some of you may know her from Fashion Sewing Club at Treadle but she’s been busy for the last couple of years. She has changed careers and attends Minneapolis Community Technical College in the fashion apparel area. The senior class fashion show, “Alchemy”, is this Thursday, May 7 at 7 pm. Here’s the link. Even if you can’t go, it’s fun to watch the video (you’re not in it, Clare!). And if you click on each designer you can also see a sample of their designs.
These are Clare’s-her inspiration is Frank Lloyd Wright architecture-

Anyone remember her Dr. Who raincoat using Spoonflower to design her own fabric? I’m trying hard to clear my calendar to attend the show. It would be fun to get her to do a guest appearance at Club and see the designs up close and personal.

Send all of your speedy/no ripping/problem solving sewing karma to Clare as she sews down the home stretch to the show!

Field Trip, Anyone?

Winter seems to be over, the flowers are blooming and sometimes you just gotta get out and see what’s going on.

Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee is hosting Anna Maria Horner (fabric designer) on Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30. Debbie has already signed us up and we thought we might make a half day of it and go to the newer SR Harris in Burnsville, have dinner and then head over to Eagle Creek.

If you’d like to join us, please email us ([email protected]) so we know to look for you at whatever point you choose to participate. Sign up for the Anna Maria Horner event by calling ECQS at 952-233-3774 (you’ll have to send a check or stop by and pay $10). There will be goodie bags and appetizers for all.

We all need inspiration to keep us going but if you can’t join us I’d encourage you to read her blog. I just read her two latest posts and can’t wait to meet her in person. Her writing is much deeper (nourishing) than the typical pattern review stuff I usually read.

I am back from an extended stay with our twin grand boys and Debbie is focusing on her son’s wedding. One of us has her sewing done, the other just getting started. Hope you all are finding your inspiration to pursue your plans for warm weather sewing.


Easter Sewing and Come to Club!

I don’t know that we’ve seen the sun since Easter Sunday (and then not for very long) but here are a few photos that may bring a little sunshine into your day. Full disclosure: they are my grandkids so I am biased :}
Youngest to oldest-

Atticus in "Grant's Vintage Romper" from Sew Beautiful pattern

Atticus in “Grant’s Vintage Romper” from Sew Beautiful pattern

You can get the Sew Beautiful directions here.

Finally finished Elizabeth Zimmerman's Surprise Jacket. Just fits!

Finally finished Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Surprise Jacket. Just fits!

Sweater pattern available here.

Ezekiel fitting into last year's twin's outfit

Ezekiel fitting into last year’s twin’s outfit

Don't forget the hat!

Don’t forget the hat!

Even though I didn’t get anything sewn for them, I knew you’d all want to see how they’ve grown:
Ben-2 yrs. 5 mos.

Ben-2 yrs. 5 mos.

Drew, 2 yrs. 5 mos.

Drew, 2 yrs. 5 mos.

And finally for some of what I’m missing (sewing for girls), Annette sent me a photo of her Easter sewing. Thanks!
Swiss sateen, french lace, and pearl buttons

Swiss sateen, french lace, and pearl buttons

Suffice it to say, even if I have granddaughters, there may only be one dress of that caliber to share.

Fashion Sewing Club meetings coming up-

Thursday, April 9, 10:30 and 6:30, First Sewing, Blmgtn. Hancock Fabrics
Saturday, April 11, at Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, April 14, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods


Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,
Kids After School Sewing, Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 4:00-5:30

First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics, 952-884-1938
*Please register in advance with Material Girls on our website or call 952-201-3863
Sew-Serge-Fit, Thurs., April 2, 16 and 23 and 30, 10:00-12:00, 6:00-8:00
Sew Along-Studio (Pants or You Pick), Thurs., Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30, 1-4 pm
Kids’ Sewing, Sat., Apr. 11, 1:30-3:30, Thursdays, April 16, 30, 4:30-6

Also Textile Garage Sale is this Saturday and Treadle’s big sale goes till the 12th (you can have sale prices if you come to Club on Tuesday, but the good stuff might be gone…)

Hope to see you this month!!

March Club Photos

March Fashion Sewing Club photos and sewing notes have been added to the website-click here or on menu above. Thanks to all who made up the pattern of the month. April’s pattern of the month is McCalls 7059. It’s a knit wardrobe pattern with a gored skirt, vest, jacket, tee and skinny pant. Try one or try them all. At Treadle we draw a name from those that have made the pattern for a $15 fabric gift certificate.
May’s pattern of the month is McCalls 7093-a woven top with lots of possibilities. Our intent is to see one pattern in several fabrics on several body shapes.

April-McCalls 7059

April-McCalls 7059

April McCalls 7059

April McCalls 7059

May-McCalls 7093

May-McCalls 7093

More Show and Tell-

New Classes for Young Sewists/Show and Tell

We’ve added three Saturday classes in addition to our after school classes for younger students at the Hancock Southtown location:
Saturdays, March 14, 28 and April 11.

Spring Break classes will be held on Thursday, April 2nd at Chanhassen Vacuum Center and Friday, April 3rd at Hancock Southtown. Students can choose from morning and/or afternoon sessions. Stuffed creatures will be our focus at Chanhassen while several options will be offered at Hancock because of the availability of supplies at the store.

For registration and more information click on Classes on the website.

Saturday is the last Fashion Sewing Club meeting for March. We’ve had fun at the first two-great attendance at the Thursday Hancock meetings!
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And Pattern of the Month-McCalls 6796
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Leaving on a Jet Plane

Returning to Minneapolis just in time for Fashion Sewing Club on Tuesday, March 10, at Treadle Yard Goods. 

I’ll be wearing a slight tan with mixed pink and red patches and sporting some of the garments I wore on the trip. Pattern of the Month is McCalls 6796-plenty of time to stitch one up!

Fashion Sewing Club will also be at Hancock Southtown on Thursday, 10:30 and 6:30, and back to Treadle on Saturday at 10:30.

Our calendar for the week is:

Basic Serger, 3/10, Treadle, 2-4

Classic Blouse Sew Along, 3/12, Hancock, 1-4

Kids Sew, 3/14, Hancock, 1:30-3:30

Hope to see you-

Goings On

Happy Chinese New Year, Happy (?) Lent and last week of February!

The garment photos and Club sheets from our February meetings have been posted. Click here or above to go look at them. Thanks to all who attended. Our next meetings will be Tuesday, 3/10 at Treadle, Thursday, 3/12 at Hancock and Saturday, 3/14 at Treadle. Pattern of the Month is McCall’s 6796.

If you are looking for classes this week we will be at Hancock Southtown on Thursday for Sew/Fit/Serge at 10 am and 6 pm and Knit Wardrobe Sew Along Studio from 1-4. Click here for more info and registration.

Friday, 2/27, we are in Chanhassen for a kids’ sewing class. We are making shoulder bags with cool Japanese fabrics from Treadle. Register here. The class is half full.
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The pattern is McCalls 6997.
I used magnets for closures. Here’s a Craftsy blog with good information if you’ve never used them.

We have a Back to Basics Knit Slim Pant class at Treadle on Tuesday, Mar. 3 from 6-8. Here’s registration info.

And just to show it’s not all about sewing, I finally finished the Elizabeth Zimmerman Surprise Jacket. Here it is on Grandbaby No. 3.
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Happy Sunny Sewing!
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