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 (tomorrow 1/21, 1/24 and 31 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!!

Happy Halloween!

Just thought I’d share-

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We are getting ready for Fashion Sewing Club next Tuesday and then the Sewing Expo next Thursday and Friday.
Hope the “smooth sewing” goblins are with you today if you are sewing.

This Week’s Sewing

Between MEA, After School Sewing at both Treadle and Joann and Sew Social, many projects made it to the finish line!

You can also find all Fashion Sewing Club Sheets and Garment Photos for 2016 on the website-finally got caught up. Show and Tell highlights will come next week.

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Tuesday After School Sewing begins again in November at Treadle and is ongoing at Joann, Yorktown on Thursday afternoons. Workroom Social also begins in November at Treadle and is ongoing at Joann, Yorktown on Thursday afternoons.

A New School Year-A New Location

We are grateful to First Sewing for having allowed us to teach at their new location across from Schuler Shoes but we missed not having fabric, patterns and notions available while we taught classes. So we approached Joann Fabrics at Yorktown in Edina (across from Target) and they are very excited to have us teaching classes there!
There are a few kinks to work out but we will be offering our usual Sew Studio (now called Sew Social) on Thursday afternoons from 1-4 pm and After School Sewing from 4:30-6 beginning September 8th.

Fashion Sewing Club will also have its Thursday evening meetings at Joann beginning this Thursday, September 8th at 6:30. The classroom is in the back of the store just to the right of Framing. You will still pay Material Girls for Club.

Debbie and I will also teach Joann classes (Beginning Sewing, Lazy Day (pj) Pants, Pullover Knit Top, that are offered nationally. These classes should be registered for through Joann online or in a store.

We hope you aren’t inconvenienced too much. We’ll all have a little more elbow room too!

And, of course, we are still teaching at Treadle Yard Goods. Here’s a link to the new class schedule.
Fashion Sewing Club meets at Treadle on Saturday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 13.

Last Chance For Kids’ Summer Sewing

…with the Material Girls, anyway 🙂

We’ve had a fun summer of sewing with the next generation of sewists. Treadle has been a younger group and Southtown has been predominantly teens and most afternoons we’ve had our maximum of six students!

Here are a few pics to share the creativity and hard work of these students-
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Our remaining August classes-click on the class title to go to online sign up-

Teen/Kids’ Weekly Sewing:
Thursdays, August 25, 10:00-12:00
Thursdays, August 11, 18 and 25, 4:00-6:00

Teen/Kids’ Sewing Camp:
Wednesday and Thursday, August 17 and 18, 10:00-2:30 (you may come only one of the days if you want)

If students want to make one of the projects listed, we will need to know so we can bring fabric and pattern otherwise a student may also work on a project of their own choosing. If the student is a new beginner, we will make a pillowcase and then move on as time allows.

Registration will close at 8 pm on Tuesday, August 17th for the two day camp. Weekly classes are open till the day before.

Our summer schedule ends August 25. We are working on fall classes. A weekly after school class will be offered and we are happy to schedule classes on school days off but there are many districts so if you send us a few dates we will work with them to schedule a class. Homeschool classes are also welcome.

Enjoy the last month of summer!

News You Need to Know!

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Sometimes that’s just what sewing brings us to, but here are a few bright ideas to get you through the tough times-
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FINAL FOUR days of Treadle’s Summer Sale!!! Stop by this weekend and pick up some great fabric at 10-50% off.
Sale goes through Monday, August 8th.

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Can’t find the color of thread you are looking for? Order this thread sample folder and always have all the colors at the ready. Then order from Wawak-
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Joanne has had great success ordering from them-speed of shipment, great selection, etc.

July Sew and Tell

Beautiful summer weather may have kept some from staying indoors and sewing but we still had great attendance during our July meetings.

It all started with Debbie's skirt...

It all started with Debbie’s skirt…


Which inspired Donna to turn the border on its head

Which inspired Donna to turn the border on its head


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And Rosemary to give Peggy Sagers a try

And Rosemary to give Peggy Sagers a try

Alabama Chanin techniques from Sewing Workshop

Alabama Chanin techniques from Sewing Workshop

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A few more Sewing Workshop patterns

A few more Sewing Workshop patterns


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Marcy Tilton Vogue

Marcy Tilton Vogue


StyleArc pattern

StyleArc pattern

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Remake of a retro pattern that is currently available as  V9132

Remake of a retro pattern that is currently available as V9132

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And for all of you knitters-a pair of socks :)

And for all of you knitters-a pair of socks 🙂

Happy summer weekend (of sewing)!
Hope to see you next week at Fashion Sewing Club!