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June Inspiration

At our Tuesday Treadle meeting we were treated to a sneak preview of some textiles that Michele has ordered. The company is called Wool Gathering (which means dream catching) and imports directly from artisans in India. Watch for the new arrivals!


And then there was sew and tell!!

Stash busting scarf and a modified Cynthia Guffey blouse!


Easy Peasy Pleated dress by Olive Ann

Zipper closure below collar on back of dress



Thanks for coming everybody-see you in July!!

This and that

Classes and sew and tell from February’s Fashion Sewing Club-

Fur coat by our aspiring young fashion designer

Fresh colors in a pillowcase by a new sewist

A little travel to a warm place

Cool bag by a new young sewist

Vintage find in mom’s closet

McCall’s jacket

Peony vest-Sewing Workshop

Farrow Dress-Grainline Studio

Do you see the subtle top stitching?

Chanel jacket-finished!

Cynthia Guffey blouse with a lot of help

So chic in a ponte knit

Light and Shadows-Cutting Line Designs

Such a great use of the fabric!

Pearl and Opal Jacket-Sewing Workshop

Diane Ericson vest

January Inspiration

Here’s some of what we saw from you at Fashion Sewing Club in January. Thanks for making it what it is-inspirational! Club sheets and photos can be found in top menu bar.

Also, a few things to do around town-
Textile Center’s A Common Thread exhibit through February 25.
Dressing Downton exhibit at MOA through January 31.

More Guffey

Here are pics for Debbie’s jacket-



The pattern-


The muslin-

Button placket and collar detail for blouse-


Won’t you join us at noon on Tuesday, January 24 at Treadle or at 1 pm, Thursday, January 26 at JoAnn?

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 (2/21 and 28 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

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.

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.

Acquisitions

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