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.
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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.
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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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More Show and Tell

First, a follow up from the last post. Barbara (below)
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sent a picture of the cuddly blanket that her sister embellished with jacket leftovers. Thanks, Barbara!
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Next up, show and tell from our Saturday and Tuesday meetings-(I tried to remember pattern numbers…)

The cool wool fabric with the square holes!

The cool wool fabric with the square holes!

Sewing Workshop's Chicago  Jacket

Sewing Workshop’s Chicago Jacket

Headed to Hawaii

Headed to Hawaii

Vogue 1363

Vogue 1363

Sewing Workshop's Odette & Ivy

Sewing Workshop’s Odette & Ivy

Self drafted welt pocket!!

Self drafted welt pocket!!

Vogue 9035 Marcy Tilton

Vogue 9035 Marcy Tilton


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And last but not least, the Pattern of the Month photos! A few brave souls took us up on the challenge and made/modified the following versions of Vogue 9026.
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Vogue 9026

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Saturday’s Show and Tell

I think we hit a record for attendance on a Saturday meeting for Fashion Sewing Club-twenty people!! Woohoo!

Our Saturday morning photographer (anyone interested for Tuesday or Thursday?) snapped these photos-but the real “heart warmer/sweetheart/valentine” story was that Barbara (pictured in the black wool coat below) and her sister, Judy, have been attending for at least a year now. Barbara made quite a few versions of a double sided quilted jacket but came in her newly sewn black coat on Saturday. Judy, unbeknownst to her sister, had made a soft cuddly blanket for Barbara and embellished it with all of the cotton scraps from Judy’s jackets. She unfolded it in front of Barbara for the first time at Club on Saturday! (We didn’t get a picture but I’d post it if one of them would send a photo-hint, hint). Those two sisters are a perfect example of how we can encourage each other to go beyond our previous sewing boundaries. And if your sister doesn’t sew, come to Club and meet a new sister to join you on your journey!

Thanks for all the “keep me on the email list” responses. Just doing a little housecleaning. You don’t need to do anything if we’ve seen you/talked to you in the last twelve months.

Tuesday and Thursday Clubbers-the gauntlet has been thrown!
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February Pattern of the Month

It can be very educational to see the same pattern made several different ways and on different bodies. So we decided we’d try choosing a pattern to focus on each month. To sweeten the deal, we are giving a $15 gift certificate for Treadle fabric to a randomly drawn person who has made the pattern of the month.

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Vogue 9026

Vogue 8962

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This month the pattern is Vogue 9026. I won’t give away everything about the pattern but there are a few things to be aware of if you are sewing the pattern. After opening the pattern and finding the finished garment measurements I realized that it was narrower at the hip (39″-medium) than the bust (40.5″medium). For my pear shaped body, that wouldn’t work. So I went to Vogue 8962 which had the same “back wrapped to front” styling but with a fit more like a pear shaped body. Bottom line-I slit the back pattern piece from hemline to the box marking the underarm seam and opened the slit to give me the extra width I needed at the hip. Pretty happy with the results.
One of the reasons we chose the pattern was the vee neck with a center seam. Unfortunately the directions tell you to sew up that center seam and then apply the neck band. No way, Jose! I applied the neck band flat and then sewed the center seam including the neck band. Looks great.
There are all kinds of possibilities to mix up fabrics in this pattern too. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with.
And speaking of pattern of the month-have you checked out Pattern Review’s Best Patterns of 2014? Several were featured in Fashion Sewing Club garments and there are a few I’d like to try.
See you in the next week-

January Fashion Sewing Club Photos

Even though Old Man Winter tried to keep people away, there was lots of show and tell and a pretty impressive group of people attended our three meetings in January.

We are trying a few new things with the start of the new year. At our Hancock Southtown meetings we are including some hands on demonstrations each month to add an educational element and give attendees a chance to try out the techniques that we find useful. This month we demonstrated several knit techniques.

At Treadle we are choosing a pattern of the month and encouraging anyone to try the pattern themselves and bring the garment to show. To sweeten the deal we will be drawing for a $15 gift certificate from those who sew the pattern of the month. The goal is to see one pattern in a variety of fabrics and on a variety of bodies.

Can This Garment Be Saved? is a new idea to help get those finished-but-never-worn garments out into the light. Show us how you alter/change a garment to make it wearable. Debbie restyled an oversized Nordic ski sweater in December into a perfect warm, fitted sweater. If you are stumped, bring the garment and get ideas from the group!

Here is the calendar for the remainder of the month and pictures from Show and Tell. January Club sheets and garment photos can be found by clicking the tab above.
First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics
Jean Jacket Sew Along/Sewing Studio, Thursdays, January 8, 15, 22 and 29, 1:00-4:00
Sew-Serge-Fit, Thursdays, January 15, 22, 29, 10:00-12:00 or 6:00-8:00
After School Kids Sewing, Thursdays, January 15 and 29, 4:30-6:00

Special note about February Club Dates:
Saturday, February 7, 10:30 at Treadle – this is a change from usually meeting the second Saturday of the month.
Tuesday, February 10, 10:30 at Treadle
Thursday, February 12, 10:30 or 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics

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Kids’ Sewing, Monday, January 26, 10:30-12:30, 1-3

Treadle's beautiful wool knit Linda Lee's Chicago Jacket

Treadle’s beautiful wool knit
Linda Lee’s Chicago Jacket

Treadle's Active Wear Knit Jalie pattern

Treadle’s Active Wear Knit
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Fun Hat!

Fun Hat!

Vogue fabric from Sewing Expo

Vogue fabric from Sewing Expo

Shorts for Hawaii

Shorts for Hawaii

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Loro Plano fabric from SR Harris Walden Jacket from Collette Lots of love and hard work from Mom

Loro Plano fabric from SR Harris
Walden Jacket from Collette
Lots of love and hard work from Mom

January Calendar

Fashion Sewing Club is tomorrow (Thursday) at Hancock, 10:30 and 6:30. We are looking forward to testing a few new ideas…

Here are a few photos of jean jackets (none of them made with a lower band or from denim) in case you are interested in the class. We offer it at Southtown in January as a sew along with the option of sewing another project if you would rather. At Treadle the class is limited to a jean jacket-with modifications, of course :)
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January Fashion Sewing Club Dates:

Thursday, January 8, 10:30 or 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics

Saturday, January 10, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods

Tuesday, January 13 at Treadle Yard Goods

Classes:

Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,www.treadleyardgoods.com

Basic Serger and Beyond, Tuesdays, January 6, 13 and 20, 6:00-8:00

Back to Basics Knit Wardrobe/Skirt, Saturday, January 10, 1:00-3:00

Kids After School Sewing, Tuesdays, January 6, 13, 20 and 27, 4:00-5:30

First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics

*Please register with Material Girls website or call us at 952-201-3863

Jean Jacket Sew Along/Sewing Studio, Thursdays, January 8, 15, 22 and 29, 1:00-4:00

Sew-Serge-Fit, Thursdays, January 15, 22, 29, 10:00-12:00 or 6:00-8:00

After School Kids Sewing, Thursdays, January 15 and 29, 4:30-6:00

Special note about February Club Dates:

Saturday, February 7, 10:30 at Treadle – this is a change from usually meeting the second Saturday of the month.

Tuesday, February 10, 10:30 at Treadle

Thursday, February 12, 10:30 or 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics

Happy New Year Everyone!

We hope you all are someplace warm and enjoying the sunshine (parked in front of the fireplace? space heater under your desk?)

Anyway, good intentions back in December went awry so here are show and tell pics from Fashion Sewing Club. The garment photos and Club sheets can now be found by clicking on the button above. Our first 2015 meeting will be in two days at Hancock Southtown. We have a few new things up our sleeves for both Treadle and Hancock groups. Hope to see you in the coming week!

PS-Upcoming classes appear on calendar. More complete listings will appear this weekend.

She made fleece hats. Oh, and the black jacket too :)

She made fleece hats. Oh, and the black jacket too :)

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December Sewing

The first of the December Fashion Sewing Club meetings took place at Treadle Yard Goods on Tuesday. With Christmas quickly approaching we saw a fair amount of gift sewing.

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There were coats for keeping warm-

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Those quick sewists who had already sewn up purchases from Vogue at the Sewing Expo in November-

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Sewing with old and new ideas-
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And ideas from Club-one from November and one from December!
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Also, check out Coletterie’s new online sewing magazine Seamwork

We’ll have Club at Hancock Southtown tomorrow at 10:30 and 6:30 and again at Treadle on Saturday at 10:30. I hope to have more inspiration to share with you (hint, hint, nudge, nudge)

The Younger Set is Sewing!

We’ve been having fun and meeting some wonderful girls and parents in our after school classes in Chanhassen and at Treadle (we’d love to do it at Southtown Hancock too, just haven’t gotten much interest yet…)

There are a few more opportunities before the end of the year-
Chanhassen-Thursday, Dec. 4th, 4:30-6-we’ll be sewing holiday stockings
Southtown Hancock-Friday, Dec. 5th, 4:30-6:30, holiday stockings or bags
-Monday, Dec. 15, 4:30-6, learn to sew or holiday sewing

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Log Cabin Pillows

Log Cabin Pillows


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Holiday Sewing

Holiday Sewing


Serious Learners

Serious Learners

And That Makes Four!

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Fourth Grandbaby Boy!
Number Four arrived last week and I got to be with my daughter for the birth. Wow!
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A week ago I got to spend five days with our twelve week old grandbaby.
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And the twins had to come meet their new cousin so I got to sing Happy Second Birthday to them while they were here.
Call me Grandma anytime :)