Young Sewist Classes

Thanks for the inquiries we’ve been getting about sewing for school age students (8-14 yrs.). Here is the calendar we’ve worked out through December. More information is found under Classes (above) at each location. Beginners are welcome.

Ruffle Halloween Bag 2
Southtown/Hancock store-To register at Hancock/Southtown click on the link or email/call us-952-201-3863
After School Sewing
Mondays, October 13, 20, November 10, 17, December 15, 4:30-6 pm
We will be making projects from the book I Can Quilt by Carolyn S. Vagts, which can be purchased from Amazon but isn’t required.
Kids’ Holiday Sewing
Friday, December 5, 4:30-6:30, quick to make gift items
Chanhassen Vacuum Center-To register at Chanhassen click on the link or email/call us-952-201-3863
Fall Break Sewing
Thursday, October 16, 1:30-4:30 Ruffled bag/trick or treat bag
After School Sewing
Thursdays, November 6, 20, December 4, 4:30-6 pm
We will be making projects from the book I Can Quilt by Carolyn S. Vagts, which can be purchased from Amazon but isn’t required.
There will be a supply fee and we will provide all supplies.
Kids’ Holiday Sewing
Saturday, November 22, 10-12 pm, quick to make gift items
Treadle Yard Goods-To register at Treadle, please call the store-651-698-9690
After School Sewing
Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18, 25 (October class is full)
Start with a ditty bag and move on to a cute skirt or pj bottoms.
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Fall Knit Wardrobe Class

Looking to add a current piece to your wardrobe? Further your “sewing with knits” skills on the serger or sewing machine? We have a class for you!
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The four garments we focus on are the wrap dress-no gaping, not a lot of fabric, easy construction, luxe sweatshirt-not your grandma’s sweatshirt!-fun fabrics, embellishment, no band options, yoga jacket-what everyone’s wearing, mix up fabrics, your new go to “sweater” and loose pant-made from a knit it’s your best pj pant or something fancy and you’ve got a base for holiday tops.

You may choose to make all or one of them. You will most likely not finish the garment in one class but can continue at home or at the next class. We will begin each class with tips and techniques for knits and the specific pattern and then help you with pattern and fabric selection or construction depending on where you choose to begin.

Suggested pattern numbers for the garments are:(all of them are on my pinterest board-click here
Wrap dress-McCalls 6884, Simplicity 1653 (can be made w/o ties), Simp 2369 (same as 1653 but fewer sleeve variations, also has a loose pant for last class), McCalls 7016, New Look 6301 (Debbie’s Sept. garment)
Luxe sweatshirt-Simp 1317, McCalls 6614, 6992, Vogue 9026, New Look 6314, Burda 7013
Yoga jacket-KwikSew 4032, Simp 1361, Butt 5683 View B (Debbie’s Sept. garment), McCalls 7026, New Look 6251, Jalie 2679 (Kristin’s Sept. garment
Loose pant-Butterick 4807, 5044, 5893, KwikSew 3615, New Look 6816, 6730, 6289, 6735

Treadle- (3 hour class)
Wrap dress – Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., October 7
Yoga jacket – Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., November 1
Luxe sweatshirt – Saturday, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., December 13
Knit Lounge Pant – Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., December 16
Fee: $35.00 per single session or $125.00 for all
To register at Treadle, please call 651-698-9690

Hancock-2 hour class-please note, we have already had the wrap dress class but you can still make one
Yoga jacket-Thursday, October 16, 10-12 pm
Luxe Sweatshirt-Thursday, Nov. 20, 10:30-12:30 pm or 6-8 pm
Knit lounge pant/loose pant, Dec. 18, 10:30-12:30 or 6-8 pm
Fee: $25 per class or $70 when you sign up for all 3
To register at Hancock/Southtown click on the link or email/call 952-201-3863

Come join the creative party!

And if that’s not what you are looking for, here is the calendar for October-

October Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Thursday, October 9, 10:30 or 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, October 14, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
*Fashion Sewing Club is $10 per month. Your first visit is free!

Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,
Using your Cover/Chain Stitch Machine, Thursday, October 2, 6:00-8:00
Kids After School Sewing Club, Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21 and 28, 4:00-5:30 FULL!
Fall Knit Wardrobe-Wrap Dress, Tuesday, October 7, 6:00-9:00
Sew It Fits: The Skirt, Tuesdays, October 14, 21, and 28, 6:00-8:00
Basic Serger and Beyond, Saturday, October 25 and November 1,10:00-1:00

First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics, 952-884-1938
*Please register with Material Girls website or call us at 952-201-3863
Sew It Fits Series, Thursday, October 9, 2:00-4:00
Learn To Sew, Mondays, October 13 and 20, 10:30-12:30 or 6:00-8:00
Basic Serger and Beyond, Mondays, October 13 and 20, 10:30-12:30 or 6:00-8:00
Sewing Studio, Mondays, October 13 and 20, 1:00-4:00
Kids After School Sewing Club, Mondays, October 13 and 20, 4:30-6:00
Sew/Serge Your Fall Wardrobe,-Luxe Sweatshirt, Thursday, October 16, 10:00-12:00 or 6:00-8:00

Chanhassen Vacuum Center: 952-938-7838,
Kids Fall Break Sewing Camp, Thursday, October 16, 1:30-4:30

Bloomington /Richfield Community Education Classes,
Basic Serger and Beyond, Thursdays, October 16, 23, 30, 6:30-8:30
Class will be held at Jefferson High School

Just Had to Share

I am one lucky grandma! My DIL sent pics of the boys in the rompers I made last month from Dad’s old tees. They were shown at Fashion Sewing Club.
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This is the pattern I used (place on fold instead of making placket, etc.)
Debbie and I are finishing up our first community ed class and then hunkering down for some garment sewing. (A fall wardrobe capsule? One of the many new fall patterns? Nursing tops??)
We will be teaching at the ASG Creative Connections on Saturday, Oct. 4, and then it’s Fashion Sewing Club next week on Thursday at Hancock.
Happy Sewing!!

September’s Club Notes

So good to see everyone after a month of doing other things.
There was an inspired small group that had attended Linda Lee’s workshop. They came with Helix pants and Chicago jackets.
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An origami top from a Treadle class (also currently being offered)
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Cut away fabric art-very cool
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A bit of wardrobing advice :)
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Garment photos and Club sheets have been uploaded to the site. You can see them by clicking on the bar that says “Club Sheets and Garment Photos” above.

Correction to your Fashion Sewing Club sheets-Debbie’s Faux Sweatshirt should be pattern #1317 and Kristin’s Princess Seam Top should be #1316. We’re not sure why but Simplicity released some fall patterns that were displayed on top of pattern cabinets and then the numbers changed when the big catalog came out. KwikSew has started doing the same thing-patterns displayed on uprights but numbers aren’t in catalog. New Look also has some patterns with two different numbers.

Sixteen Eau Claire ASG members entrusted us with fitting bodice muslins on Tuesday. Fun group of active garment sewists.

We had our first community ed class this week-a few sergers that turned the opposite direction of current machines-but an eager group. And they all got a beautiful balanced stitch!

We’re at Southtown Hancock the next two Mondays, September 22 and 29-all day-so if you need anything, let us know. Classes have also been updated on the website.
We even have our new business cards! There’s hope :)

Thanks to all of you that came to Club this month (there were over 50 of you-woot woot!) and take classes from us.

September Club and Calendar


After a month of vacation from Fashion Sewing Club (but not sewing-lots of baby things to make :) it was fun to go back and get the July photos posted from that month’s meetings. The lollipop and gift bag pictured about was the treats shared with the Saturday Treadle group by one of the attendees-so fun to be part of a celebration!

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week! We have the new calendar almost finished for the website so keep coming back if you don’t see what you are looking for.

Here’s the calendar:
Material Girls
September 2014 Calendar

September Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Tuesday, September 9, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Thursday, September 11, 10:30 or 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics
Saturday, September 13, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods

* Fashion Sewing Club is $10 per month or you may subscribe for $35 for 4 months.

Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,
Basic Serger and Beyond, Tuesday, September 9, 23 and 30, 6:00-8:00
Duct Tape Double, Friday, September 12, 10:00-4:00
Sew It Fits Presentation, Saturday, September 13, 1:00-3:300

First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics, 952-884-1938
Sew It Fits Series , Thursday, September 11, 2:00-4:00
Basic Serger and Beyond, Monday, September 15, 22 and 29,10:30-12:30 or 6:00-8:00
Sewing Skill Builders, Monday, September 15, 22 and 29, 10:30-12:30 or 6:00-8:00
Sewing Studio, Monday, September 15, 22 and 29, 1:00-4:00
Sew/Serge Your Fall Wardrobe, (Wrap Dress) Thursday, September 18, 10:00-12:00 or 6:00-8:00

Bloomington /Richfield Community Education Classes,
Basic Serger and Beyond, Thursday, September 18, 25, and October 2, 1:00-3:00
Class will be held at Richfield Center Education Center

August News

We hope all of you remember that there is no Fashion Sewing Club in August. Our latest grandbaby was due on August 13 so we didn’t want to mess with Mother Nature. Actually, Mother Nature has been quite kind and the new grandbaby was born on August 7 so we will get to meet him on our scheduled trip to New York.
And here he is!


Although we have a lighter load this month, we do have classes scheduled at Hancock Southtown every Monday so if you need help with something or can’t wait to learn how to use your sewing machine/serger, just email or call and we’ll help you out-
Mondays, August 11, 18, 25 at 10 am, 1 pm and 6 pm
There are a few girls sewing with us on those Mondays, so younger sewists are welcome too.

We had some fun kids’ classes in July-


Club dates for September are back to normal-
Tuesday, Sept. 9 at Treadle
Thursday, Sept. 11 at Hancock
Saturday, Sept. 13 at Treadle

Can’t wait to see what everyone has been sewing!

Happy Fourth/Club Right Around Corner

I wanted to get this out before we all start celebrating-be sure to scroll past the calendar for some fun pics-

July Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Tuesday, July 8, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Thursday, July 10, 10:30 or 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics
Saturday, July 12, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods

Please Note: We will not have Fashion Sewing Club in August. We will see you again in September:
Tuesday, September 9, and Saturday, September 13 @ Treadle
Thursday, September 11 @ Hancock

Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,
Summer Knit Wardrobe, Serger or Sewing machine) Tuesday, July 8,15, 22, and 29 6:00-8:00
Basic Serger and Beyond, Saturday, July 12 and 19, 1:00-4:00
Maxi Skirts, Saturday, July 19 and 26, 10:00-12:00
Kids’ Camp, July 28 through August 1, 1:30-4:30
Cover /Chain, Thursday, July 31, 6:00-8:00

First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics
Summer Knit Wardrobe, Serger or Sewing machine) Thursday, July 10, 1:00-3:00
Basic Serger and Beyond, Monday, July 14 and 21, 10:30-12:30
Learn To Sew, Monday, July 14 and 21, 6:00-8:30
Summer Dresses, Wednesday, July 9, 16 and 23, 6:00-9:00
Maxi Skirts, Thursday, July 17 and 24, 6:00-8:00
Kids’ Camp : Ages 8-12, all sewing levels, July 23-24, 10:30-3:00 (Bring a bag lunch)

Chanhassen Vacuum Center: 952-938-7838,
Jr. Project Runway, Wednesday, July 9, 1:00-4:00
Kids Camp : Ages 8-12, all levels, July 16-17, 10:30-3:00, (bring a bag lunch)

It’s Back: Sophia Trench Coat, Friday, July 18, 10:00-4:00
Eagle Creek Quilt Shop, 952-233-3774, [email protected]

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Anybody like to find Hidden Pictures? There’s a pattern piece cut out in there somewhere…
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It may not be obvious to you but this is Debbie and me trying to take a selfie when we were at lunch at Sundance in Orem, Utah. Between the difference in the length of our arms and our inexperience we laughed till we cried. Good times!
And, finally, this peony makes me think of fireworks-have a happy and safe Fourth and we hope to see you next week. (I even have a red, white and blue outfit for the day-not usually one of my big dress up holidays.)

First Kids’ Sewing of the Summer

We had such a good time getting to know two new girls and keeping up with one of our previous students-
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The girls made reversible summer tote bags and then played designers as they personalized the skirts that were sewn to ready to wear tees.

To join in on the fun (ages 8-12) you can register under Classes above.
Kids’ Camp in Chanhassen
Wednesday-Thursday, July 16, 17; 10:30-3 pm

Kids’ Camp II at Southtown
Wednesday-Thursday, July 23-24; 10:30-3

Kids’ Camp at Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul
Monday-Friday, July 28-Aug. 1; 1:30-4:30

Kids Sew at Southtown
Mondays, August 4, 11, 18, 25; 10-12 pm

Weathering Utah

Debbie and I are in Utah taking a week long fitting class from Judith Rasband, Lorraine Henry and Carol Steinbrecher (plus a few others as needed). This is the weather outside the hotel at the end of the day Tuesday.
We understand it hasn’t been a picnic in MN either but the temperature was 43 degrees and the snow wasn’t on the mountains when we drove to class in the morning!

We have both achieved well fitted skirts and are chomping at the bit to finish the changes to our pants patterns. We are in a class of ten so have the chance to see many figure variations and the bottom seems to have a perplexing variety.

Wednesday was better-sunny-but still cool. After a long day of digesting pant fit theory we took a nice walk around Temple Square and admired the beautiful flowers (crazy-snow one day, asiatic lilies and hydrangeas the next).

Who knows what today will bring?

Summer Kids’ Classes

photoThanks to Maja Beckstrom and the staff at St. Paul Pioneer Press, our sewing classes for kids have gotten some great publicity.

We still have a few after school kids’ classes available at Hancock/Southtown on May 12 and 19 from 4:30-6. Kids will choose projects according to their ability.

The summer camps will vary from five consecutive days in the afternoon or weekly in July at Treadle Yard Goods to two day camps in June and July at Hancock/Southtown and Chanhassen Vacuum Center. The summer camps are geared toward 8-12 year olds. Projects range from a beginning tote bag to sewing garment separates from a pattern. Skill level ranges from beginner to advanced beginner.

We also have 4 sessions of our Junior Project Runway class in Chanhassen. This is an ongoing class of sewists ages 13-18 who are ready to choose their own projects and sew with guidance-older beginners are also welcome.

Registration for classes at Hancock and Chanhassen can be done online on our website. To register for Treadle classes, please call 651-698-9690.

Please click on the Classes button above and use the drag down menu to choose the location of the class you are interested in. As always, please email [email protected] or call 952-201-3863 with questions.