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!

June Sew and Tell

Full house on Tuesday

Full house on Tuesday


We continue to appreciate all of you that attend Fashion Sewing Club. All three of them have loyal followers and new attendees. It’s so energizing!
I wanted to pass on a link to an organization that Treadle worked with for Grand Old Days-Sew Good Goods. They donate handmade high quality items to people that need them-you can cut, sew, donate, have a party. I’m checking to see if they would be interested in any scraps that any of us might have as they use Treadle fabric.
The photos and Club sheets have been posted under Club Sheets and Garment Photos above. Here is a sampling of what you showed us in June-
New attendee who likes all things vintage

New attendee who likes all things vintage

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Including a period dressed doll, all the way down to undergarments!

Including a period dressed doll, all the way down to undergarments!


Chicago Jacket with modifications from Sew Confident!

Chicago Jacket with modifications from Sew Confident!


(Sew Confident! is a downloadable periodic class from Sewing Workshop.)
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Simplicity 1358

Simplicity 1358

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Short and Sassy Jacket

Short and Sassy Jacket

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A Little Something' Jacket and zip pouches

A Little Something’ Jacket and zip pouches

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Two Simplicity 2246 Lisette shirt dresses

Two Simplicity 2246 Lisette shirt dresses

Walden Cooper Bag

Walden Cooper Bag

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Florence Shirt from Sewing Workshop

Florence Shirt from Sewing Workshop

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Butterick 6287

Butterick 6287

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Simplify Your Life from Cutting Line Designs

Simplify Your Life from Cutting Line Designs

Simplicity 1615

Simplicity 1615

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Bridal creation by Claire

Bridal creation by Claire

Acquisitions

Snagged some cool fabric (singular) and patterns (not singular) at JoAnn’s. 
Sewing my weekend away…

May Sew and Tell

May did not disappoint-our first showing on Saturday was an authentic ball costume and she really did go to Versailles AND made a costume for her husband also. We are waiting for details…

Take me to Versailles

Take me to Versailles

Another version of Butterick 6254-Tilton coat

Another version of Butterick 6254-Tilton coat

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Drafted from ready to wear

Drafted from ready to wear

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Dusters are in! Try Simplicity 8059

Dusters are in! Try Simplicity 8059

Florence Shirt from Sewing Workshop Patterns

Florence Shirt from Sewing Workshop Patterns

Fell in love with the fabric

Fell in love with the fabric

Claire's custom design for mother of the bride

Claire’s custom design for mother of the bride

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Vogue 8934

Vogue 8934

Fabric with pleats skirt

Fabric with pleats skirt

Door prize fabric made into shift dress

Door prize fabric made into shift dress

Hand silk screening

Hand silk screening

Butterick 6325

Butterick 6325

Pants-Vogue 8859

Pants-Vogue 8859

Christening romper

Christening romper

Christening dress with removable skirt

Christening dress with removable skirt

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We can’t wait to see what everyone has been sewing for June.
Club meetings are:
Thursday, June 9, 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington
Saturday, June 11, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, June 14, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods

April Sew and Tell

April was a good sewing month for some-lots to see. Fashion Sewing Club photos and sewing notes can be found by clicking here or on Club Sheets/Garment Photos above.
Below is Karen’s ensemble-the tunic is ready-to-wear by Gudrun Sjoden. I’ve watched her clothing for some time. It’s full of color and pattern but not something I’d expect to see on the street here in the metro area. One of the dilemmas on my mind was to reinterpret the look into something I could wear. Karen has solved the problem by choosing just one piece and matching it with a solid pant and sweater. Now which piece will I order???

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More inspiration–

Sewaholic Granville Shirt

Sewaholic Granville Shirt

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Style Arc Victoria Blouse

Style Arc Victoria Blouse

Style Arc Victoria Blouse

Style Arc Victoria Blouse

Vogue 1415 in fleece

Vogue 1415 in fleece

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Butterick 6254

Butterick 6254

Butterick 6254

Butterick 6254

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Vogue 9174

Vogue 9174

Copy of favorite robe

Copy of favorite robe

Style Arc ensemble

Style Arc ensemble

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Must have accessory-narrow scarf-2" x 72"

Must have accessory-narrow scarf-2″ x 72″

Vogue Trench

Vogue Trench

Butterick 6064 in amazing Treadle fabric

Butterick 6064 in amazing Treadle fabric

Bristol Dress x 2

Bristol Dress x 2

Tilton Coat-Butterick 6254

Tilton Coat-Butterick 6254

Indigo Junction vest

Indigo Junction vest

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Cotton voile ensemble

Cotton voile ensemble

Vogue 8934

Vogue 8934

Fun lining

Fun lining

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Tremont Jacket-Sewing Workshop Pattern

Tremont Jacket-Sewing Workshop Pattern

Tremont Jacket-Sewing Workshop Pattern

Tremont Jacket-Sewing Workshop Pattern

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Jacket based on "Suit Yourself" pattern

Jacket based on “Suit Yourself” pattern

We hope you’ve been inspired or helped you remember what you may have seen at Fashion Sewing Club in April. The next Club meetings are:

Thursday, June 9, 6:30 pm at First Sewing Bloomington
Saturday, June 11, 10:30, @ Treadle
Tuesday, June 14, 10:30 @ Treadle

Hope to see you!!

Summer Classes Almost Done

Our last May Sewing Studio will be held on Thursday, May 26, from 1-4. The new summer calendar is on the website, mostly complete except for PayPal buttons. They should be ready before the holiday weekend. We’ll be back with more descriptions and info about the new classes for summer.
Are you watching the Great British Sewing Bee? I had no idea they were on Season 4 already. YouTube is the only way I know of watching-there have been 2 episodes. Here’s a blog that adds extra content to the episodes.

Soon…

New location for Bloomington classes -May calendar

Hancock’s Southtown location is officially closed but the new First Sewing location is up and running!

The new store, where we will continue offering classes, is still in Southtown Shopping Center and across from Schuler Shoes. It’s also just across the street from Bed Bath and Beyond. The new classroom area is open and welcoming and the bathrooms are so clean! We are grateful to Bruce and his staff for dedicating space to classes. The formal address is 7971 Southtown Drive.

Classes start up again this week-here’s the calendar for the month of May:

May 2016 Fashion Sewing Club dates
*Please note date and time changes for May due to our attendance at the Pattern Review Weekend May 12-14.
Saturday, May 7, 1:30 at Treadle
Tuesday, May 10, 10:30 at Treadle

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

Basic Serger and Beyond:
Tuesdays, May 10, 17, 24, 6:00-8:00

Kids’ Summer Sewing Club:
Session 1: Tuesday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. June 14, 21, 28
Session 2: Tuesday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. July 12, 19, 26
Session 3: Tuesday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. August 9, 16, 23

Classes at First Sewing:
First Sewing, Bloomington South Town Center, 952-884-1938
(New location is across the hall from Schuler Shoes)
*Please register in advance with Material Girls on their website or call us at 952-201-3863

Sew Studio:
Thursdays, May 5, 19, 26, 1:00-4:00