Dye-ing to See You

After having my colors done, there were a few items in my closet that had too much contrast between the light and dark colors. Since Katie had done some dyeing, we got together and changed the dominant color (or lack thereof).

All garments had a white background

Pretty good match for my colors

After drying

Of course, the real test is what it looks like next to my skin color, but for that, you’ll have to come to Fashion Sewing Club 🙂

Fashion Sewing Club:
Saturday, February 10, 10:30
Tuesday, February 13, 10:30 and 6:30

Classes at Treadle Yard Goods

Workroom Social, Tuesdays, February 13, 1:00-4:00
Basic Serger and Beyond, Saturdays, February 10 and 24, 1:00-4:00
Sewing For Your Lifestyle, Tuesday, February 20, 1:00-4:00
Sewing Kids Clothes, Tuesday, February 27, 1:00-4:00

Classes at Edina Yorktown JoAnn

Sew Social, Thursday, February 22, 1:00-4:00
Peasant Top, Monday, February 12, and Monday, February 26,1:00-3:00
Three Seam Pillowcase, Monday, February 12, 5:30-8:30
Comfy Pants, Monday, February 26, 5:30-9:00
Serger Down and Dirty, Monday, February 12, 1:00-4:00
Serger Bells and Whistles, Monday, February 26, 1:00-4:00
Sewing For Kids, Thursday, February 22, 9:30- 11:30 and 6:00-8:00
Classes For Kids
Kids After School Sewing, Thursdays, February 22, 4:30-6:00

Twelve Days of Christmas

I know-waaaaay past that! But I had the idea and need to let it go to move on with…spring?
OK, Valentine’s Day? Easter?
Anyway, the sewing that got done over Christmas-hope it inspires you to finish some UFO’s and bust some stash.

One button sewn on with new sewing machine-read manual

Two-front and back added to too short blouse

Three Charley Harper pillow covers

Five Buttonholes!

Six Christmas pillowcases

Seven silky scarves with rolled hems

Ten buttons total

Twelve gifts for grand boys! Pillows, pillowcases and quilts-

A few numbers missing…maybe next year 🙂

January’s Inspiration and February Calendar

A sampling of the sewing that inspired us at January Fashion Sewing Club meetings-
and thanks for going beyond our wildest dreams with so many people at the first Tuesday evening meeting!!

Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Top

Tilly and the Buttons Coco Dress/Top

Burda 6475

Black dress-Vogue 9047

New Lisette pattern
Butterick 6526

Two Sewing Workshop Hudson Tops

Little Something Jacket

Very happily finished coat class project

Sewing Workshop Peony Vest

Sandra Bezina vest Vogue 1453

Shapes High Five Jacket

Sewing Workshop Now Shirt as jacket

Sewing Workshop Frankie Blouse

Stylearc Esme Top

Stylearc Grace Coat

And February’s calendar-

Fashion Sewing Club:
Saturday, February 10, 10:30
Tuesday, February 13, 10:30 and 6:30

Classes at JoAnn Edina Yorktown

Sew Social, Thursday, February 1, 8, 22, 1:00-4:00
Learn To Sew, Monday, February 5, 5:30-8:30
Zippers, Monday, February 5, 5:00-8:00
Peasant Top, Monday, February 12, and Monday, February 26,1:00-3:00
Three Seam Pillowcase, Monday, February 12, 5:30-8:30
Comfy Pants, Monday, February 26, 5:30-9:00
Serger: Down and Dirty, Monday, February 12, 1:00-4:00
Serger: Bells and Whistles, Monday, February 26, 1:00-4:00
Sewing For Kids, Thursday, February 22, 9:30-12:30 or 6:00-8:00

Classes For Kids at Joann

Kids’ Comfy Pants, Thursday, February 8, 4:30-6:30 and Thursday, February 22, 4:30-6:30
Kids’ After School Sewing, Thursdays, February 1, 8, 22, 4:30-6:00
Kids’ Learn to Sew, Saturday, February 24, 9:30-12:30

Classes at Treadle Yard Goods

Workroom Social, Tuesdays, February 6 and 13, 1:00-4:00
Basic Sergery and Beyond, Saturdays, February 10 and 24, 1:00-4:00
Sew For Your Life, Tuesday, February 20, 1:00-4:00
Sewing Kids’ Clothes, Tuesday, February 27, 1:00-4:00

New Class: Sewing Children’s Clothes

Woot woot! Great kids’ fabric at Treadle, just in time for our new Sewing for Kids class. The fabric is from Art Gallery.
We’ll be at Joann Fabrics in Edina Thursday (tomorrow) morning from 9:30-12:30 and in the evening from 6-8 pm. The same class will be held at Treadle Yard Goods on Tuesday, January 30 from 1-4 pm.

The fabric pictured above will also be available for the Joann class as I have some in my possession and will be prewashing it tonight.

Our January class will focus on a raglan sleeve knit top with bands and skinny pants also with bands. Think Hanna Andersson pj’s but the patterns themselves are versatile enough for t-shirts, leggings and sweatpants. The goal of the class is to showcase patterns and techniques that make the pattern quick to sew and cut out along with the fit that you get with ready to wear. We recommend Simplicity 8526 or we have an Ottobre pattern you may trace (bring paper).

You can sign up for the Joann class till midnight tonight :)) on this website or email us. For the Treadle class, call 651-698-9690. Each month we will focus on another garment for babies to 8 year olds (you can sew for older kids, we just won’t have patterns recommended).

Take it from a grandma with multiple grandkids-you need to take this class and your children will thank you for it (the adult ones or the ones you are still raising :))

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: