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We’re Thankful for All of You

Debbie and I want you to know how thankful we are that all of you show such interest in sewing garments and taking classes from us. It allows us to do what we love to do.

November photos have been posted and Club sheets are here (click on the button above). Thanks to all who came to Club and the Expo.

Serger Club this month will be “When to Use Your Serger and When Not To”. We suggest bringing a pair of pj pants with pockets to serge and we’ll have sewing machines available for the non-serger parts. Here are a few photos from past classes. The classes times are listed below.

Coming in 2018 we’ll be starting a new meeting time for Fashion Sewing Club at Treadle Yard Goods-Tuesday evenings at 6:30. We’re hoping this will attract some of you that work during the day but also love to sew and be inspired. Unfortunately that means we will discontinue our Thursday evening meetings at Joann in Edina. We hope our faithful attendees can make it to Treadle on Saturday mornings or Tuesday evenings and see the wonderful fabric Treadle has to offer and meet new sewing enthusiasts.

December will be short with the holidays but we hope you can join us for Club or classes. We’re working on new classes for January and beyond…

December 2017 Calendar
Fashion Sewing Club:

Saturday, December 9, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, December 12, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Thursday, December 14, 6:30 pm at JoAnn-Edina

Classes At Treadle:

Workroom Social, Tuesday, December 5, 1:00-4:00
Serger Club, Tuesdays, December 5, 10:30-12
December 12, 6:00-7:30

Classes At JoAnn-Edina

Serger Club, Monday, December 4, 10:00-11:30
Knit Tunic, Monday, December 4 and 11, 1:00-3:00
Learn To Sew, Monday, December 4, 6:00-8:30
Workroom Social, Thursdays, December 7 and 14, 9:30-12:30 or 1:00-4:00
Kids’ Comfy Pants, Thursdays, December 7 and 14, 4:30-6:30
Kids’ After School Sewing Club, Thursdays, December 7 and 14, 4:30-6:00
Zippers, Monday, December 11, 12:30-3:30
Pillowcase, Monday, December 11, 6:00-8:30
Comfy Pant, Monday, December 18, 5:30-9 pm

Fashion Sewing Club, January 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 10:30 or 6:30
Saturday, January 13, 10:30

Ready for the new season!

There are a few days left of summer so I’m not going to be a spoilsport and use the “f” word but in case anyone is planning into September, the classes have been updated and all should be ready for registration, etc.

School age sewists were an important part of our summer classes-so fun to pass on skills and keep sewing alive. We will offer Kids’ After School Sewing Club at Treadle on Tuesdays and at Joann/Yorktown on Thursdays. We are also taking on the “JOANN Kids’ Classes” for the time being so there are some weekend and school vacation offerings. We’re happy to have students joining these classes but working on other projects. Email or call us to schedule.

Below is the calendar in a printed form for September. We are adding a Serger Club to both locations (JOANN/Yorktown and Treadle). We hear Basic and Beyond graduates say that they still aren’t using their sergers as the workhorses they can be so this is an attempt to increase confidence and whet your appetite for all the ways to use your serger smartly.

We also offer beginning serger classes at JOANN/Yorktown but call it Serger: Down & Dirty and Bells & Whistles. Let’s get those machines out of their boxes 🙂

The Skinny Pant-No Zip class was a hit at Treadle this summer so that is being offered again in September-love that Jalie Eleonore pattern!!

Workroom Social is back on the calendar at Treadle each month and we’ve added another time slot for the same type of class at JOANN-Sew Social, now at 9:30-12:30 AND 1-4 on most Thursdays. The afternoon class fills quickly!

JOANN has new seasonal offerings (Knit Tunic, Misses Jacket and Super Hero Cape) that might be what you are looking for, but if not, sign up anyway and make a pattern more to your style/skill level. We can be flexible!

Here’s the calendar-Fashion Sewing Club is right around the corner too.
See you in September??

Material Girls September 2017 Calendar
September Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Saturday, September 9, 10:30, at Treadle
Tuesday, September 12, 10:30 at Treadle
Thursday, September 14, 6:30 at JoAnn – Edina

Classes At Treadle:
Serger Club: Tuesday, September 12, 6:00-7:30 and again Tuesday, September 19, 10:30-12:00
Workroom Social: Tuesday, September 19, 1:00-4:00
Skinny Pants-No Zip: Tuesday, September 19, 26 and October 3, 6:00-8:00
Kids After School Sewing Club: Tuesday, September 26, October 3,10, and 17, 4:15-5:45

Classes at JOANN-Edina
Sew Social:Thursday, September 7, 14, 21 and 28, 9:30-12:30 or 1:00-4:00
Serger Club, Monday, September 11, 10-11:30
Learn to Sew, Monday, September 11, 12:30-3:00
Jacket With Hood: Monday, September 11, 5:30-8:30 and again, Monday, September 18, 5:30-8:30
Serger Down and Dirty: Monday, September 18, 1-4 pm
Three Seam Pillowcase: Monday, September 18, 12:30-3:00
Learn To Sew Zippers: Monday, September 18, 5:30-8:30
Comfy Pants: Monday, September 25, 12:30-4:00
Serger Bells and Whistles: Monday, September 25, 1-4 pm
Pieced Fur Pillow: Monday, September25, 5:30-8:30
Superhero Cape: Monday, September 25, 5:30-8:30

Kids’ Classes at JOANN
Kids’ Pillowcase: Saturday, September 9, 2-5 pm
Kids’ After School Sewing: Thursday, September 14, 21 28, 4:30-6:00
Kids’ Comfy Pant: Thursday, September 14 and 28, 4:30-6:30
Kids’ Halloween Treat Bag: Saturday, September 23, 10:00-1:00
Kids’ Alphabet Pillow: Saturday, September 23, 2:00-5:00

June Fashion Sewing Club starts today

Thursday, June 8, 6:30 at JoAnn-Edina
Saturday, June 10, 10:30 at Treadle
Tuesday, June 13, 10:30 at Treadle

(June classes are listed at end of post)

We’ve sent our reminder emails and mentioned making a garment bag-

If you want to make a garment bag:

You’ll need to come to Fashion Sewing Club ☺

We won’t finish them all on one day. We were hoping to get patterns cut out and bias binding cut and demonstrated.

If you just want to watch/get directions and trace a pattern of your own, bring your favorite tracing paper.

We made ours out of oilcloth or laminated cotton/linen. It keeps things dry and out of the snow in winter. You may make yours out of any fabric desired.

Supplies needed:
Oilcloth or laminated cotton (Treadle has oilcloth and laminated cotton, choices at Joann are more limited)
From oilcloth you will need :
one rectangle 42”x24.5”
two rectangles 42”x12”
two rectangles 50”x 3”
Total yardage will vary depending on one way designs and width of fabric

One zipper 30-40” long-nice to have a stop at both ends but not mandatory-they can be hard to find-Sew Trendy has some but we can’t get them till next week

One half yard of cotton which will make 333” of continuous bias binding

A pocket is optional


For this month, you won’t need the zipper

Thursday Club we’ll stay till 8
Saturday we’ll stay till noonish
Tuesday we have a full class starting at 1

Here’s the rest of the calendar for June-

Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,

Marcy Tilton Jacket, Vogue 9244: Tuesday, June 6, 13 and 20, 6:00-8:00

Special Tees – Tuesday, June 27 and July 11, 6:00-8:00

Kids’ Summer Sewing Club:
Session 1 – Tuesdays, June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 4:00-5:30
Session 2 – Tuesdays, August 1, 8, 15 and 22, 4:00- 5:30

JoAnn: Yorktown Mall, 3411 Hazelton Rd, Edina, MN, 952-831-5200
Sew Studio: Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 1:00-4:00
Serger: Bells & Whistles: Monday, June 12, 1:30-4:30
Pillowcase: Monday, June 12, 6:00-8:30 OR June 29, 10-12:30
Comfy Pants: Monday, June 19, 5:00-8:30
Kids’ Camp: June 19- 22, 10:00-12:30 or 1:00-3:30

Sew Trendy: 651-387-1815, Eagan,

Learn To Sew – Pillowcase, Thursday, June 15, 6:00-8:00
Sew With a Pattern-PJ pant or skirt, Thursday, June 22, 6:00-8:00
Sew Your Own-your choice of pattern, Thursday, June 29, 6-8 pm

Serger I- Thursday, June 15, 6:00-8:00
Serger II- Thursday, June 22, 6:00-8:00
Serger III-Thursday, June 29, 6:00-8:00

Happy Summer Sewing!!

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.

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

Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,
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,
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!!


Wardrobing for a trip

Wardrobing for a trip

Sandra Betzina jacket

Sandra Betzina jacket



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


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!!

January Fashion Sewing Club begins Saturday

Happy 2016! Are you a resolution maker? Any of them pertaining to sewing? It’s always in the back of my mind but who is brave enough to say them outloud?

Anyway, Fashion Sewing Club 2016 begins tomorrow (Saturday, January 9)! Please notice that we have discontinued the Thursday morning meeting at Hancock Southtown for the winter. We apologize if that messes up your schedule, please let us know. If there’s a critical mass, we can start it up but the migration of the snowbirds leaves us with empty chairs.

January Fashion Sewing Club meetings-

Saturday, January 9, 10:30 am, Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, January 12, 10:30 am, Treadle Yard Goods
Thursday, January 14, 6:30 pm only, Hancock Fabrics, Southtown

The website is current with the new class offerings at Hancock and Treadle. We have had quite a few inquiries about sewing for school age kids. If after school isn’t an option we can always schedule something on a day there is no school so contact us if you are interested.

Here’s the January calendar. Hope to see many of you this month-stay warm this weekend! Click on Classes above for more info and registration.


Treadle Yard Goods: To register call: 651-698-9690

Before You Buy a Serger: Saturday, January 9, 1:00-2:30
Kids’ After School Sewing: Tues., Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 4:00-5:30
Basic Serger and Beyond: Tuesdays, January 12, 19 and 23, 6:00-8:00

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

Sewing Studio: Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21, and 28, 1:00-4:00
Tuesdays, Jan. 19, 26, 12:00-3:00
Sewing for Homeschoolers: Tuesday, January 19, 10-11:30 am
Kids’ After School Sewing: Thurs., Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 4:30-6:00
Beginning Sewing or Serging: Thursdays, January 14, 21 and 28, 6-8 pm

New Summer Classes-Kids Too!

Looking to pick up a new hobby, learn a new skill or just sew a fun dress this summer? Need a new beginner machine? (Scroll down). We have a great line up of classes to offer you at Treadle Yard Goods in St. Paul, Hancock Southtown in Bloomington or Chanhassen Vacuum Center.

I’m going to highlight kids’ classes first because I’ve kept them waiting 🙁

Summer Sewing-“Play” with your sewing machine and a variety of fabrics to create whatever you have in mind. Students will learn the how and why of constructing with various types of cloth and techniques to help them create on their own. Basic patterns for bags, stuffed animals, and garments will be available as jumping off points. Students are welcome to take several sessions as the projects are limited only by their imaginations. Beginner to advanced-always two teachers/small classes.

June 15, 16, 17, 1-4 pm, Hancock Southtown
June 22 & 24, 10:30-3 pm, Chanhassen Vacuum Center
June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 3-5 pm, Treadle Yard Goods
July 15, 16, 17, 10-12 pm, Hancock Southtown
July 28, 29, 30, 10-12 pm, Chanhassen Vacuum Center
July 28, August 4, 11, 3-5 pm, Treadle Yard Goods

Young Designer Targeted at teen sewists, beginning to advanced or younger sewists with experience that want to go further in garment sewing.
August 5, 12, 19, 10-1 pm, Hancock Southtown

Sewing for Parents Who Want Their Kids to Sew We know you don’t need a new hobby but would like to be supportive of your budding sewist. What you need to know about how a sewing machine works and what your child “needs” to purchase along the way.
June 24, 6:30-7:30 pm, Southtown Hancock

Click on Classes in the bar above for more details and registration.

Need a Sewing Machine?

First Sewing (inside Hancock Southtown) is offering a great basic machine in conjunction with our summer classes.
It’s an Elna with everything you need to get started. There are more Sew Green machines but Bruce has a few of the Sew Zebras so they will go on a first come, first serve basis. Let us know which one you’d like. These machines are good for beginners of any age so we’ll offer them to the beginning adults also.
Material Girls strongly advises you to purchase machines from dealers as opposed to big box stores or Amazon/eBay. Private dealers will help you out with your machine, guarantee their work and most will allow trade-ins should you want to upgrade to a fancier machine.
Material Girls receives no commission on machines-we just want to see happy sewists!

New this summer is Serger Workshop. We have so many graduates of our Basic Sergery and Beyond (also being offered this summer at Treadle and Hancock Southtown) and are hoping that you are all making good use of you new tool but in case you need some ideas or handholding for either woven or knit projects, check out this class.

Fabric + Pattern=HELP!(Southtown) or Match Made in Heaven (Treadle)get further along the continuum of solving the persistent riddle of what fabric looks good in what pattern. Beginners to advanced-it’s always a tough question-we have lots of experience!

Design and Sew(Treadle) Translate what you like in RTW into your garment using available patterns (not always a straight line). Learn to see the basic elements of a garment/pattern and add the designer touches that make them unique.

Our Hancock Beginning Sewing class will divide into a Garment or Home Dec/Crafty path after basic machine knowledge is gained. Seasonal Sewing looks a lot like our Knit Wardrobe class of the past. Our topics for summer are tee shirt dresses/maxi skirts, linen pants/tankinis that cover and shirt dresses. Sewing Studio continues to meet Thursday afternoons from 1-4, the greatest deal for guided sewing around!

If you don’t see what you are looking for, we do private lessons.

Have a great summer-we hope sewing is part of it-with or without us!

Easter Sewing and Come to Club!

I don’t know that we’ve seen the sun since Easter Sunday (and then not for very long) but here are a few photos that may bring a little sunshine into your day. Full disclosure: they are my grandkids so I am biased :}
Youngest to oldest-

Atticus in "Grant's Vintage Romper" from Sew Beautiful pattern

Atticus in “Grant’s Vintage Romper” from Sew Beautiful pattern

You can get the Sew Beautiful directions here.

Finally finished Elizabeth Zimmerman's Surprise Jacket. Just fits!

Finally finished Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Surprise Jacket. Just fits!

Sweater pattern available here.

Ezekiel fitting into last year's twin's outfit

Ezekiel fitting into last year’s twin’s outfit

Don't forget the hat!

Don’t forget the hat!

Even though I didn’t get anything sewn for them, I knew you’d all want to see how they’ve grown:
Ben-2 yrs. 5 mos.

Ben-2 yrs. 5 mos.

Drew, 2 yrs. 5 mos.

Drew, 2 yrs. 5 mos.

And finally for some of what I’m missing (sewing for girls), Annette sent me a photo of her Easter sewing. Thanks!
Swiss sateen, french lace, and pearl buttons

Swiss sateen, french lace, and pearl buttons

Suffice it to say, even if I have granddaughters, there may only be one dress of that caliber to share.

Fashion Sewing Club meetings coming up-

Thursday, April 9, 10:30 and 6:30, First Sewing, Blmgtn. Hancock Fabrics
Saturday, April 11, at Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, April 14, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods


Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,
Kids After School Sewing, Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 4:00-5:30

First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics, 952-884-1938
*Please register in advance with Material Girls on our website or call 952-201-3863
Sew-Serge-Fit, Thurs., April 2, 16 and 23 and 30, 10:00-12:00, 6:00-8:00
Sew Along-Studio (Pants or You Pick), Thurs., Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30, 1-4 pm
Kids’ Sewing, Sat., Apr. 11, 1:30-3:30, Thursdays, April 16, 30, 4:30-6

Also Textile Garage Sale is this Saturday and Treadle’s big sale goes till the 12th (you can have sale prices if you come to Club on Tuesday, but the good stuff might be gone…)

Hope to see you this month!!