Things to do-places to go-

After a great round of Fashion Sewing Club meetings I’m inspired to get out and take advantage of some of the cool events going on around me. Thought you might be interested-

Griffin Gallery is teaming up with Luxury Garage Sale, a new high end designer consignment store, for an event full of art and fashion!
Thursday, March 16
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 17
11:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Griffin Gallery located at NE corner of 494 and 100 (old Camelot building).

Hats, Horses & High Tea
A Trunk Show and Fundraiser at Scarborough Fair Boutique
Saturday, March 18, 11 am – 4 pm
Hats, Horses & High Tea
The 3rd annual “Hats, Horse & High Tea” event will feature the handmade hats of Karen Morris, Monica Lyon, Candy Kuehn and other milliners from Minnesota. The hats being showcased are perfect for the Kentucky Derby, a polo match, Easter, or upcoming weddings or any another event befitting a show-stopping hat.

The featured milliners will offer demonstrations, and tea and other beverages, and cake and scones with clotted cream will be served.

Textile Center will be the beneficiary of the event; ten percent of all sales that day will be donated to Textile Center.

Scarborough Fair
Scarborough Fair Boutique
2238 Carter Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55108

Got fabric? Spring cleaning? Need fabric? (OK, want?)
Textile Center’s Garage Sale is coming up-
DONATIONS ON APRIL 20 – PREVIEW SALE ON APRIL 21 – THE BIG SALE APRIL 22, 2017
Lots of us have been, donated and taken new goodies home with us 🙂

Pictures from Puyallup

A Material Girls roving reporter sent these pics from the Expo in Puyallup, Washington. Makes one want to sew for spring-and find an event to go to…

From Lavell-
Puyallup Sewing Show-
Fashion Show for Sew Chic Pattern Company titled: Style Me Vintage Fashion Show.
Fun to see these old-time fashions…

LaVell Gold with her Washington cousin, Louise Blakemore



Cutting Line Fashion Show: Fashion Show for Ideas
Louise Cutting says: “Timeless and Modern. Isn’t that how we all want to look? See how one garment in a single pattern can take you in so many fashionable directions.”
Fun show. Great fabrics. Good fashion. They custom-sewed over 100 pieces for these four models (one of whom was 6’2″) in three months!


The rest of the show plus one funky new sewing clock for my sewing room…


Thanks so much, Lavell!!

This and that

Classes and sew and tell from February’s Fashion Sewing Club-

Fur coat by our aspiring young fashion designer

Fresh colors in a pillowcase by a new sewist

A little travel to a warm place

Cool bag by a new young sewist

Vintage find in mom’s closet

McCall’s jacket

Peony vest-Sewing Workshop

Farrow Dress-Grainline Studio

Do you see the subtle top stitching?

Chanel jacket-finished!

Cynthia Guffey blouse with a lot of help

So chic in a ponte knit

Light and Shadows-Cutting Line Designs

Such a great use of the fabric!

Pearl and Opal Jacket-Sewing Workshop

Diane Ericson vest

Time for Club and more-

Last night kicked off February Fashion Sewing Club at Joann. Thanks for coming!
Saturday and Tuesday we’ll be at Treadle-both meeting at 10:30.
Hope to see more of you-

Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to the past few weeks:

Homeschool group threading elastic in pj pant waistband

Need inspiration? The Oval Room is now located in the Southdale Macy’s!

Removing 30 year old elastic from baby pants-brittle is an understatement!

First in-seam buttonhole in my Cynthia Guffey blouse

Happy grand baby!


Happy stitching!

January Inspiration

Here’s some of what we saw from you at Fashion Sewing Club in January. Thanks for making it what it is-inspirational! Club sheets and photos can be found in top menu bar.

Also, a few things to do around town-
Textile Center’s A Common Thread exhibit through February 25.
Dressing Downton exhibit at MOA through January 31.

More Guffey

Here are pics for Debbie’s jacket-



The pattern-


The muslin-

Button placket and collar detail for blouse-


Won’t you join us at noon on Tuesday, January 24 at Treadle or at 1 pm, Thursday, January 26 at JoAnn?

Cynthia Guffey Patterns, Anyone?

It’s  hard not to love Cynthia Guffey’s beautifully constructed garments in cottons and silks. She was at the Expo again this past year and even though I have purged past patterns of hers from my stash I still ended up taking several new ones home with me.


Several Material Girls modeled her garments on the runway and also fell under the spell. So this year we  decided to give her patterns a fighting chance. We are hoping that some group effort may unlock the mysteries of her limited sized, scantily illustrated, but technically challenging patterns.

To that end, we will be bringing our Guffey patterns to Workroom Social classes at Treadle (2/21 and 28 for starters) and Sew Social classes at JoAnn Yorktown (most Thursdays from 1-4).

Debbie has her muslin partially constructed for the jacket pattern with deep pleats at the shoulders. I have cut out the paper pattern and chosen fabric for the blouse with split button placket. I was happy to see that the new Threads issue has an article on a related button placket.


If you have experience with Cynthia’s patterns or would like to delve into her patterns with us, please email or register through Treadle (651-698-9690) or our website. 

I’ll be posting our progress!

December Show and Tell

First, here’s the new grand baby girl!! There will be one more by the time next Club rolls around 🙂
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And then a taste of the talent and hard work that you all been doing! We so appreciate you sharing and inspiring us and others each month!

Fearless Treadle owner and a finished Peony Vest from Sewing Workshop

Fearless Treadle owner and a finished Peony Vest from Sewing Workshop

Sewing Workshop Barcelona as a tunic dress

Sewing Workshop Barcelona as a tunic dress

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Chicago Jacket/Sewing Workshop

Chicago Jacket/Sewing Workshop

More Christmas pj's

More Christmas pj’s

Treadle's sequins in a skirt

Treadle’s sequins in a skirt

Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files!!

Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files!!

Vionnet Bias Dress

Vionnet Bias Dress

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Fit for Art Tabula Rasa Jacket

Fit for Art Tabula Rasa Jacket


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Catching up on Show and Tell: November

No better time than the present, right? Here are the garment photos from our November Club meetings. Club sheets have been added to the heading of the same name in option bar above.

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Vogue 1415 blouse

Vogue 1415 blouse

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Fillmore/Sewing Workshop

Fillmore/Sewing Workshop

Riviera/Sewing Workshop

Riviera/Sewing Workshop

Soho/Sewing Workshop

Soho/Sewing Workshop

Cityscape/Sewing Workshop

Cityscape/Sewing Workshop

Fillmore/Sewing Workshop

Fillmore/Sewing Workshop

Fraser/Sewaholic Patterns

Fraser/Sewaholic Patterns

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Vogue 2945

Vogue 2945

Holiday Break Sewing for Kids

Even though we’d love to spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s with your kids, we’ll be spending them with ours 🙂
But there are classes offered at Treadle Yard Goods that week if you’d like.
OR if you have Monday or Wednesday of next week off (Minneapolis and Bloomington to name a few school districts) we are offering classes at Joann Yorktown:

Monday, 1-4 pm and Wednesday, 10-1

Students can dream up their own projects or finish something they may have started or we will have a few ideas of our own. Cost is $35 for a three hour class.

You can sign up online at Joann’s. The class is called Kids’ Pillowcase just because it worked for their system. Or email us and you can pay on the day of the class.

Happy Holidays!!