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

Deadlines and fixes

First-very sorry about the links at the bottom of your last email if you are a subscriber :( My tech advisor tells me it’s fixed and that it didn’t hurt anything-just made it easier for all of you to find the drugs you probably aren’t looking for anyway (blush).

Second-if you want to go to the Pattern Review Weekend in Chicago, today is your last day to sign up (March 31). We’ll be there!!

Third-Hancock is closing more quickly than we thought AND a pretty good source says that the whole company is closing-no one wanted to buy. So you’ll see the three remaining stores start discounting soon.

So if you want to take a class this month it should be sooner rather than later. The calendar is on the post previous to this one.

Also the patterns at Southtown Hancock are at very good prices and there are many in stock (I was the only person on my knees going through the drawers). Sewing notions are literally gone but fabric can still be found at 50% off (and more).

We’ll be in the classroom from 10-4 today so stop by and say hi if you are at the store. Looks like another great grey day for sewing!

Pattern Review Weekend, Anyone?

Always on the lookout for sewing related things to do, we’ve decided to take in the Pattern Review Weekend as it is so close by in Chicago. Our rooms and flights are booked-now all we have to do is decide which indie (or other) patterns to try before we go.

Dates are Friday and Saturday, May 15-16. Check-in is Thursday night, a full day of panel discussions, etc. and a dinner on Friday and shopping on Saturday.

Grainline Studio, Jalie, Janet Pray of Islander Patterns and Angela Wolf will be on the panel.

We’d love to have company so email us if you are planning to go to.

Here’s the link.

And goes out like a lamb

Or at least it feels quiet and peaceful and the temperature is warming up!

April is a new month and the flowers are on their way. I watched Peggy Sagers on her YouTube channel last night and was, as usual, inspired to get sewing for spring. She had a good overview of what the world says we should be wearing this season along with some sage advice on whether or not we need to wear it :)

Here’s our calendar for April. Hancock Fabrics will most likely be open for most of the month. We’ll keep you updated.

April 2016 Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Saturday, April 9, 10:30 at Treadle
Tuesday, April 12, 10:30 at Treadle
Thursday, April 14, 6:30 at First Sewing Bloomington Hancock

Classes:
Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,www.treadleyardgoods.com
Design And Sew:
Saturday, April 9, 16 and 23, 1:30-3:30

Fit That Matters:
Tuesdays, April 12, 19 and 26, 6:00-8:00

Kids After School Sewing Club:
Tuesdays, April 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 4:00-5:30

Serger Workshop:
Saturdays, April 16 and 23, 10:30-1:00

First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics
*Please register in advance with Material Girls on their website or call us at 952-201-3863
Sew Studio:
Tuesdays, April 5, 19 and 26,12:00-3:00
Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 1:00-4:00

Beginning Sewing:
Thursdays, April 7, 21, and 28,6:00-8:00

Beginning Serger:
Thursdays, April 7, 21, and 28,6:00-8:00

Kids After School Sew Club:
Thursdays, April 7,14, 21 and 28, 4:30-6:00

Here are a few photos that have been waiting to be posted. So much creativity out there. Thanks for letting us be part of it!

First project :)

First project :)

Repurposing dad's jersey

Repurposing dad’s jersey

Not only did she learn to love sergers but she completed the Disney 5K in her Princess creation!

Not only did she learn to love sergers but she completed the Disney 5K in her Princess creation!


The family that sews together...

The family that sews together…

Some of my mom's old things...

Some of my mom’s old things…

..with all the embroidery silks still in the holder.

..with all the embroidery silks still in the holder.

Why we love our sergers!

Why we love our sergers!

Rub-a-dub-dub, four grand boys in a tub.

Rub-a-dub-dub, four grand boys in a tub.

The last snowstorm and who I spent it with :)

The last snowstorm and who I spent it with :)

Using up knit scraps

Using up knit scraps

Snowed in and happy to be

Snowed in and happy to be

Happy Spring Sewing!!

March Comes in Like a Lion

Life was unusually full for us as March began. Unfortunately some things had to make room for others. We apologize for having to cancel Thursday’s Fashion Sewing Club. Saturday and Tuesday meetings were wonderful and great therapy for Debbie and me. Some of the highlights are featured below.

Hancock Fabrics at Southtown is still open, markdowns were at 40% when I was last at the store-the markdowns seem to vary from store to store. Rumor has it that the stores will close by May but that isn’t official. First Sewing will be moving east in the same mall and our current plan is to teach in their new space. There may be a week or two in limbo but we will keep you posted.

Treadle classes continue as usual. Michelle is probably home from her Vegas buying trip and great new fabric has already been coming in. Summer kids’ classes have been posted on their website.

March Classes:
Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,www.treadleyardgoods.com
Basic Serger and Beyond, Tuesdays, March 22 and 29, 2:00-5:00
Wear It Now, Tuesdays, March 29 and April 5, 6:00-9:00

First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics, 952-884-1938
*Please register in advance with Material Girls on their website or call us at 952-201-3863

Kids’ Spring Break Sewing:
Wednesday-Thursday, March 30, 31, 10:00-2:30
Sew Studio, Thursday, March 31, 1-4 pm

February and March Club photos and sheets are also on the website-see above on menu bar.

Marci Tilton tee

Marci Tilton tee

KwikSew shirt conquered!

KwikSew shirt conquered!

Tremont Jacket

Tremont Jacket

Florence Shirt

Florence Shirt

Finally did some sewing for herself!!

Finally did some sewing for herself!!

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Wardrobing for a trip

Wardrobing for a trip

Sandra Betzina jacket

Sandra Betzina jacket

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Going to Disney-check out the pompoms inside the skirt!

Going to Disney-check out the pompoms inside the skirt!

Katherine Tilton jacket-you need one

Katherine Tilton jacket-you need one

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Pretty lace shells

Pretty lace shells

Going to Paris coat

Going to Paris coat

Tomorrow I’ll post April classes and a few other tidbits…

Life Happens…

As many of you may know I was helping care for my mother-in-law who had pancreatic cancer. She passed away over the weekend and we are now in the midst of celebrating her life with family and friends.

Debbie’s husband had emergency surgery on Monday. He is doing well.

For these reasons we have cancelled our Tuesday and Thursday classes, including Thursday evening’s Fashion Sewing Club-all at Southtown Hancock.

We will have Fashion Sewing Club on Saturday, Mar. 5, and Tuesday, Mar. 8, both at Treadle Yard Goods at 10:30 am.

Hope to see you there!!