Deadlines and fixes

First-very sorry about the links at the bottom of your last email if you are a subscriber :( My tech advisor tells me it’s fixed and that it didn’t hurt anything-just made it easier for all of you to find the drugs you probably aren’t looking for anyway (blush).

Second-if you want to go to the Pattern Review Weekend in Chicago, today is your last day to sign up (March 31). We’ll be there!!

Third-Hancock is closing more quickly than we thought AND a pretty good source says that the whole company is closing-no one wanted to buy. So you’ll see the three remaining stores start discounting soon.

So if you want to take a class this month it should be sooner rather than later. The calendar is on the post previous to this one.

Also the patterns at Southtown Hancock are at very good prices and there are many in stock (I was the only person on my knees going through the drawers). Sewing notions are literally gone but fabric can still be found at 50% off (and more).

We’ll be in the classroom from 10-4 today so stop by and say hi if you are at the store. Looks like another great grey day for sewing!

Pattern Review Weekend, Anyone?

Always on the lookout for sewing related things to do, we’ve decided to take in the Pattern Review Weekend as it is so close by in Chicago. Our rooms and flights are booked-now all we have to do is decide which indie (or other) patterns to try before we go.

Dates are Friday and Saturday, May 15-16. Check-in is Thursday night, a full day of panel discussions, etc. and a dinner on Friday and shopping on Saturday.

Grainline Studio, Jalie, Janet Pray of Islander Patterns and Angela Wolf will be on the panel.

We’d love to have company so email us if you are planning to go to.

Here’s the link.

And goes out like a lamb

Or at least it feels quiet and peaceful and the temperature is warming up!

April is a new month and the flowers are on their way. I watched Peggy Sagers on her YouTube channel last night and was, as usual, inspired to get sewing for spring. She had a good overview of what the world says we should be wearing this season along with some sage advice on whether or not we need to wear it :)

Here’s our calendar for April. Hancock Fabrics will most likely be open for most of the month. We’ll keep you updated.

April 2016 Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Saturday, April 9, 10:30 at Treadle
Tuesday, April 12, 10:30 at Treadle
Thursday, April 14, 6:30 at First Sewing Bloomington Hancock

Classes:
Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,www.treadleyardgoods.com
Design And Sew:
Saturday, April 9, 16 and 23, 1:30-3:30

Fit That Matters:
Tuesdays, April 12, 19 and 26, 6:00-8:00

Kids After School Sewing Club:
Tuesdays, April 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 4:00-5:30

Serger Workshop:
Saturdays, April 16 and 23, 10:30-1:00

First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics
*Please register in advance with Material Girls on their website or call us at 952-201-3863
Sew Studio:
Tuesdays, April 5, 19 and 26,12:00-3:00
Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 1:00-4:00

Beginning Sewing:
Thursdays, April 7, 21, and 28,6:00-8:00

Beginning Serger:
Thursdays, April 7, 21, and 28,6:00-8:00

Kids After School Sew Club:
Thursdays, April 7,14, 21 and 28, 4:30-6:00

Here are a few photos that have been waiting to be posted. So much creativity out there. Thanks for letting us be part of it!

First project :)

First project :)

Repurposing dad's jersey

Repurposing dad’s jersey

Not only did she learn to love sergers but she completed the Disney 5K in her Princess creation!

Not only did she learn to love sergers but she completed the Disney 5K in her Princess creation!


The family that sews together...

The family that sews together…

Some of my mom's old things...

Some of my mom’s old things…

..with all the embroidery silks still in the holder.

..with all the embroidery silks still in the holder.

Why we love our sergers!

Why we love our sergers!

Rub-a-dub-dub, four grand boys in a tub.

Rub-a-dub-dub, four grand boys in a tub.

The last snowstorm and who I spent it with :)

The last snowstorm and who I spent it with :)

Using up knit scraps

Using up knit scraps

Snowed in and happy to be

Snowed in and happy to be

Happy Spring Sewing!!

March Comes in Like a Lion

Life was unusually full for us as March began. Unfortunately some things had to make room for others. We apologize for having to cancel Thursday’s Fashion Sewing Club. Saturday and Tuesday meetings were wonderful and great therapy for Debbie and me. Some of the highlights are featured below.

Hancock Fabrics at Southtown is still open, markdowns were at 40% when I was last at the store-the markdowns seem to vary from store to store. Rumor has it that the stores will close by May but that isn’t official. First Sewing will be moving east in the same mall and our current plan is to teach in their new space. There may be a week or two in limbo but we will keep you posted.

Treadle classes continue as usual. Michelle is probably home from her Vegas buying trip and great new fabric has already been coming in. Summer kids’ classes have been posted on their website.

March Classes:
Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,www.treadleyardgoods.com
Basic Serger and Beyond, Tuesdays, March 22 and 29, 2:00-5:00
Wear It Now, Tuesdays, March 29 and April 5, 6:00-9:00

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

Kids’ Spring Break Sewing:
Wednesday-Thursday, March 30, 31, 10:00-2:30
Sew Studio, Thursday, March 31, 1-4 pm

February and March Club photos and sheets are also on the website-see above on menu bar.

Marci Tilton tee

Marci Tilton tee

KwikSew shirt conquered!

KwikSew shirt conquered!

Tremont Jacket

Tremont Jacket

Florence Shirt

Florence Shirt

Finally did some sewing for herself!!

Finally did some sewing for herself!!

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Wardrobing for a trip

Wardrobing for a trip

Sandra Betzina jacket

Sandra Betzina jacket

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Going to Disney-check out the pompoms inside the skirt!

Going to Disney-check out the pompoms inside the skirt!

Katherine Tilton jacket-you need one

Katherine Tilton jacket-you need one

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Pretty lace shells

Pretty lace shells

Going to Paris coat

Going to Paris coat

Tomorrow I’ll post April classes and a few other tidbits…

Life Happens…

As many of you may know I was helping care for my mother-in-law who had pancreatic cancer. She passed away over the weekend and we are now in the midst of celebrating her life with family and friends.

Debbie’s husband had emergency surgery on Monday. He is doing well.

For these reasons we have cancelled our Tuesday and Thursday classes, including Thursday evening’s Fashion Sewing Club-all at Southtown Hancock.

We will have Fashion Sewing Club on Saturday, Mar. 5, and Tuesday, Mar. 8, both at Treadle Yard Goods at 10:30 am.

Hope to see you there!!

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.