Simple Trick

When getting dressed each morning, wearing something as dark as my hair helps me look better. It’s a simple trick that can improve any outfit. Take a look and see what a difference adding a medium dark (hair color) accessory makes in my overall appearance.

When I’m out and about, guess what color accessories I’ll be sporting—-medium dark brown, just like my hair color.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday’s Show & Tell-See You Tomorrow?

The Saturday Fashion Sewing Club meeting at Treadle was over the top for a second month in a row! We were joined by five women from South Dakota who were in search of wool for making garments for the Make It With Wool contest. They strongly encourage anyone to enter.

Check out all the indie pattern companies featured below-

We’ll be at Treadle Tuesday morning and evening-will you??

In the Folds Peplum Top

Moneta Dress featuring Alabama Chanin handwork

Sew Over It Heather Dress

Ebb and Flow-Cutting Line Designs

Tilly and the Buttons Joni Dress

Tilly and the Buttons “Stretch” book-features Joni Dress and more

June Club Meetings Coming Up

As seen at Sew Social:




Tomorrow morning we’ll be at Treadle! In case you didn’t see the sneak peek video, take a look at the previous blogpost for the link to Facebook.

Here’s the schedule for June:

June Fashion Sewing Club:

Saturday, June 9, 10:30 at Treadle
Tuesday, June 12, 10:30 and 6:30 at Treadle
Thursday, June 14, 10:30 at SR Harris, Burnsville

Classes at JoAnn Fabrics Yorktown/Edina:

Sew Social, Thursdays, June 14, 21, 1:00-4:00
Serger Bells and Whistles, Monday, June 11, 1:00-4:00
Reversible Pillowcase, Monday, June 11, 5:30-8:30
Sew Summer Shorts, Monday, June 18, 5:30-9
Kids’ Summer Sewing, Thursdays, June 14, and 21, 4:30-6:00
Kids’ Design Camp, Monday – Thursday, June 18-21,1:00-3:30,

Classes at Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul

Kids’ Beginning Sewing:
Monday-Friday, 10:00-12:00
Session 1, June 25-June 29
Session 2, July 23-27
Session 3, August 6-10

Kids’ Advanced Beginning Sewing and More
Monday-Friday, 1:00-3:00
Session 1, June 25-June 29
Session 2, July 23-27
Session 3, August 6-10

Kids’ Summer Sewing Club
Tuesdays, 4:15-5:45
Session 1-June 19, 26, and July 10 and 17
Session 2-July 24, 31, August 7 and 14

Sneak Peek of June Fashion Sewing Club

Here’s a peek at what we’re sewing-what’s on your cutting table?

Well, call me technologically challenged but it’s a video sneak peek and Facebook is the only venue (?) that will let me upload it. So you’ll have to go to this link to see the video-and don’t worry, it’s only 2 minutes long 🙂

Must be super hi definition, huh?

Maybe I should stick to sewing…

Inspirational Sewing from May Meetings

So many great garments to see in May (thanks to April snow?!?) You keep amazing us with new and different ideas-rock on and thanks for sharing!

Enjoy the heat and the long weekend-just in case your idea of a perfect 95 degree day is sewing in your cool lower level studio :)….

Value Contrast

Next time you rummage through your closet looking for something to wear, keep your personal value contrast in mind.

Value contrast plays an important role in looking our best. When a person and their clothing appear equal or within their value contrast, magic happens.

To determine value contrast, the first step is to to take a black and white photo.

Next, plot hair and skin values on the grayscale.

Comparing the photo to the grayscale determines my hair is around a level 3 and skin level 8. The difference between these is 5 levels. My value contrast is classified as medium-high.

Why does value contrast matter? Staying inside a person’s contrast range allows the PERSON to shine. On the contrary, when clothing is too high in contrast, the person FADES into the background.

Take a look at the photos below to see what a difference the right contrast makes. The first set of photos shows too high of contrast, the second set is just right.

Personal value contrast is unique to each of us. Debbie, Kristin, and I have determined our individual value contrast. We’re attempting to elevate our fashion sewing choices with this knowledge. We invite you to explore yours and share your journey too.

Thanks for reading! —Katie

Bare Legs? Bare Shoulders? Today in Burnsville

That’s right-final Fashion Sewing Club for April at SR Harris in Burnsville. Today, Thursday at 10:30 am.
Like most normal people expecting spring weather, we sewed for spring! Who knew we’d be cancelling a meeting on Saturday because of a super snowstorm? But the weather man said sixty next week so we keep hoping.
We also hope you can join us this morning if you haven’t yet this month. Bring your spring dream clothes to show and we’ll have ours.

Maximize Impact Through Color Value

For those of you who may have missed the news, Kristin and I are now certified color analysts. We spent a week in Dallas studying with Elaine Stoltz, a master of image and color consulting.

Through the process, we learned more than just how to choose flattering colors. We learned how to identify personal value and its impact on how we look.

Let’s take a look at value, an easy way to identify it, and how to use these concepts to look better.

A color’s value is defined as the lightness or darkness of a color. Black is the darkest, and white is the lightest. Value is measured by a grey scale.

Human hair and skin values can be applied to the grey scale. Simply take a black and white photograph of yourself and compare it. In the photo below (makeup free) it’s obvious that Kristin and I have different values. My hair is much darker. Surprisingly, my skin is slightly darker in value when compared to hers, too. Because hair is dominant, my OVERALL VALUE is classified as medium dark. Kristin’s OVERALL VALUE is medium.

You may be asking, why should I care?

My answer is this— if you want to look your best, incoporate your OVERALL VALUE somewhere in your outfit.

For example, here’s an outfit modeled at Fashion Sewing Club (see photo below). Although flattering, the colors are too light in value. The black and white photo reveals my hair is much darker in value than my clothing.

I can still wear this outfit, but next time will add accessories in my overall value: brown wooden jewelry, a darker bag, and belt are great options to “connect” my clothing with my head.

When dressing, repeat your overall value in your outfit. It makes a difference.


Fashion Sewing Club

Due to weather, there will be no Fashion Sewing Club on Saturday, April 14th at Treadle. Please join us at SR Harris next Thursday, April 19th at 10:30a.m.

April Fashion Sewing Club Begins Tomorrow

We’re back!!
You are looking at the new and improved Katie and Kristin. Standing between us is Elaine Stoltz who was our teacher and makeup artist for four days. We learned so much but have to wait for our color swatches before we can start practicing our friends and families 🙂 You’ll know when we are ready!

So we are scrambling to get ready for Fashion Sewing Club tomorrow at Treadle. We hope to see lots of you Tuesday or Saturday and because of the great turnout, we will return to SR Harris in Burnsville on Thursday, April 19 at 10:30.

Here is the calendar for April. Hope I won’t be late Tuesday as putting on more makeup than I’m used to takes time! The pressure….

April 2018 Fashion Sewing Club:

Tuesday, April 10, 10:30 and 6:30 at Treadle
Saturday, April 14, 10:30 at Treadle
Thursday, April 19, 10:30 at SR Harris, Burnsville

Classes at Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul
Sewing Kids Clothes, Tuesday, April 17, 1:00-4:00
Unlined Outerwear, Tuesdays, April 17, 24 and May 1, 6:00-8:00
Serger-Basic and Beyond: Tuesdays, April 24, May 1, 1:00-4:00

Classes For Kids at Treadle
Kids After School Sewing: Tuesdays, April 10, 17, 24 and May 1, 4:15-5:45

Classes at Edina Yorktown JoAnn
Sew Social, Thursday, April 12 and 19,1:00-4:00
Learn To Sew, Monday, April 16, 5:30-8:30
Serger Down and Dirty, Monday, April 16, 1:00-4:00
Serger Bells and Whistles, Monday, April 23, 1:00-4:00
Three Seam Pillowcase, Monday, April 23, 5:30-8:30
Learn To Sew With Interfacings, Monday, April 23, 6:00-8:00
Comfy Pant, Monday, April 30, 5:30-9 pm

Classes For Kids at Edina Yorktown JoAnn
Kids After School Sewing, Thursday, April 12 and 19, 4:30-6:00