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

Classes:

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

Vogue 9026

Vogue 9026

Vogue 8962

Vogue 8962


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

Chanhassen Vacuum Center
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