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.

January Show and Tell

Despite the cold weather many of you attended Club meetings and we were all well rewarded. Inspirational sewing and seeing friends (some of whom we hadn’t seen for many months and some new) made the cold trip worthwhile.

Next month’s meetings will be here soon as the Saturday meeting is one week early-
Saturday, Feb. 6, Treadle Yard Goods, 10:30 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 9, Treadle Yard Goods, 10:30 pm
Thursday, Feb. 11, Southtown Hancock, 6:30 pm

January Club sheets and photos are posted under the heading of the same above.

Here’s Show and Tell:
The Bristol Dress from Sewing Workshop-

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Embellished seam
Embellished seam

Becky's Bristol. She also showed the Gracie Transeasonal Coat from StyleArc
Becky’s Bristol. She also showed the Gracie Transeasonal Coat from StyleArc
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L Squared Bag from Sewing Workshop-fabric from Joann's
L Squared Bag from Sewing Workshop-fabric from Joann’s

New Look 6383
New Look 6383

K. Tilton coat-Butterick 6254 in jersey
K. Tilton coat-Butterick 6254 in jersey
Great Copy Savannah tee with neckline variations
Great Copy Savannah tee with neckline variations

Oliver + S skirt
Oliver + S skirt

Style Arc Stacie Jean Jacket
Style Arc Stacie Jean Jacket
Michelle's Verona Jacket from Sewing Workshop
Michelle’s Verona Jacket from Sewing Workshop

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Beach sewing!
Beach sewing!
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November Show and Tell/Year End Calendar

Another Expo has come and gone. It was great to see so many of you; fun to catch up with those we haven’t seen in a while.

November club sheets and garment photos have been posted-click on the link above.
It was another great month for show and tell. We had over 80 attendees at the Expo versions of Club.

We have two weeks of classes after Thanksgiving including the December installment of Fashion Sewing Club. Can’t wait to see the holiday sewing. There are so many fun pieces at Treadle with a little bit of blitz and bling.

Here is the calendar for the remainder of the year and then some show and tell pics.

December Fashion Sewing Club
Tuesday, December 8, Treadle Yard Goods, 10:30 am
Thursday, December 10, Hancock Fabrics, Southtown, 10:30 and 6:30
Saturday, December 12, Treadle Yard Goods, 10:30

Classes:
Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,www.treadleyardgoods.com
Basic Sergery and Beyond: Saturday, December 5 and 12, 2-5 pm
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
Sewing Studio: Thursdays, December 3, 10, 1:00-4:00
Basic Serger and Beyond: May be taken during any Sewing Adventures below
Sewing Adventures: Tuesday, December 1, 12:30-2:30
Thursday, December 3, 6:00-8:00
Wednesday, December 9, 1-3 pm
Sewing For HomeSchoolers: Tuesday, December 1, 10:00-11:30

Tremont Jacket  Sewing Workshop
Tremont Jacket
Sewing Workshop
Self drafted
Self drafted

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Chicago Jacket  Sewing Workshop
Chicago Jacket
Sewing Workshop
Balboa Jacket Sewing Workshop
Balboa Jacket
Sewing Workshop
Katherine Tilton Butterick 6254
Katherine Tilton
Butterick 6254
Tremont Jacket Sewing Workshop
Tremont Jacket
Sewing Workshop
Florence Shirt Sewing Workshop
Florence Shirt
Sewing Workshop

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May Club Meetings-A Full Deck!

Yes, there were 52 people attending-thanks to all for coming!! Photos and Club Sheets are posted (see bar above). Here’s the show and tell! Lots of people eager to sew for warmer weather-whenever it decides to come around…

Sewing Workshop's Liberty Shirt
Sewing Workshop’s Liberty Shirt
Those great big bold prints we're seeing everywhere
Those great big bold prints we’re seeing everywhere
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Using a contrast color thread adds a little pizzazz
Using a contrast color thread adds a little pizzazz
Wool still feels good some mornings...
Wool still feels good some mornings…
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January's POM
January’s POM
Fun bags
Fun bags
An armful of bags
An armful of bags
Vogue 8952
Vogue 8952
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Pleated Sandra Betzina blouse
Pleated Sandra Betzina blouse
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Tilton jacket in a ponte knit
Tilton jacket in a ponte knit
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Granville Shirt conquered!
Granville Shirt conquered!
Foldover elastic used for neckband
Foldover elastic used for neckband
Look closely at the blue skirt-cut out scuba knit!
Look closely at the blue skirt-cut out scuba knit!

Clare and her classic jacket
Clare and her classic jacket

April Club Show and Tell and Calendar

May Club meetings begin this Saturday, May 9th at Treadle, continuing Tuesday at Treadle and Thursday at Hancock Southtown so I thought I better get the April Club sheets and photos posted and make some room on my camera!

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Happy to dig up pattern numbers if you see something you want to pursue!

May Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Saturday, May 9,10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, May 12, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Thursday, May 14, 10:30 and 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics

Classes:
Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,www.treadleyardgoods.com
Basic Serger and Beyond, Saturdays, May 9 and 16, 1:00-4:00
Knit Dress Sew Along, Tuesdays, May 12, 19, and 26, 6:00-8:00

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

Sew-Serge-Fit, Thursdays, May 21 and 28, 10:00-12:00, 6:00-8:00
Sew Along Studio (Summer Dress), Thursdays, May 14, 21 and 28, 1:00-4:00
Kids’ Sew, Thursday, May 14, 4:30-6

Saturday’s Show and Tell

I think we hit a record for attendance on a Saturday meeting for Fashion Sewing Club-twenty people!! Woohoo!

Our Saturday morning photographer (anyone interested for Tuesday or Thursday?) snapped these photos-but the real “heart warmer/sweetheart/valentine” story was that Barbara (pictured in the black wool coat below) and her sister, Judy, have been attending for at least a year now. Barbara made quite a few versions of a double sided quilted jacket but came in her newly sewn black coat on Saturday. Judy, unbeknownst to her sister, had made a soft cuddly blanket for Barbara and embellished it with all of the cotton scraps from Judy’s jackets. She unfolded it in front of Barbara for the first time at Club on Saturday! (We didn’t get a picture but I’d post it if one of them would send a photo-hint, hint). Those two sisters are a perfect example of how we can encourage each other to go beyond our previous sewing boundaries. And if your sister doesn’t sew, come to Club and meet a new sister to join you on your journey!

Thanks for all the “keep me on the email list” responses. Just doing a little housecleaning. You don’t need to do anything if we’ve seen you/talked to you in the last twelve months.

Tuesday and Thursday Clubbers-the gauntlet has been thrown!
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Coat-Blue

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Pullover-Green

February Pattern of the Month

It can be very educational to see the same pattern made several different ways and on different bodies. So we decided we’d try choosing a pattern to focus on each month. To sweeten the deal, we are giving a $15 gift certificate for Treadle fabric to a randomly drawn person who has made the pattern of the month.

Vogue 9026
Vogue 9026
Vogue 8962
Vogue 8962

This month the pattern is Vogue 9026. I won’t give away everything about the pattern but there are a few things to be aware of if you are sewing the pattern. After opening the pattern and finding the finished garment measurements I realized that it was narrower at the hip (39″-medium) than the bust (40.5″medium). For my pear shaped body, that wouldn’t work. So I went to Vogue 8962 which had the same “back wrapped to front” styling but with a fit more like a pear shaped body. Bottom line-I slit the back pattern piece from hemline to the box marking the underarm seam and opened the slit to give me the extra width I needed at the hip. Pretty happy with the results.
One of the reasons we chose the pattern was the vee neck with a center seam. Unfortunately the directions tell you to sew up that center seam and then apply the neck band. No way, Jose! I applied the neck band flat and then sewed the center seam including the neck band. Looks great.
There are all kinds of possibilities to mix up fabrics in this pattern too. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with.
And speaking of pattern of the month-have you checked out Pattern Review’s Best Patterns of 2014? Several were featured in Fashion Sewing Club garments and there are a few I’d like to try.
See you in the next week-

January Fashion Sewing Club Photos

Even though Old Man Winter tried to keep people away, there was lots of show and tell and a pretty impressive group of people attended our three meetings in January.

We are trying a few new things with the start of the new year. At our Hancock Southtown meetings we are including some hands on demonstrations each month to add an educational element and give attendees a chance to try out the techniques that we find useful. This month we demonstrated several knit techniques.

At Treadle we are choosing a pattern of the month and encouraging anyone to try the pattern themselves and bring the garment to show. To sweeten the deal we will be drawing for a $15 gift certificate from those who sew the pattern of the month. The goal is to see one pattern in a variety of fabrics and on a variety of bodies.

Can This Garment Be Saved? is a new idea to help get those finished-but-never-worn garments out into the light. Show us how you alter/change a garment to make it wearable. Debbie restyled an oversized Nordic ski sweater in December into a perfect warm, fitted sweater. If you are stumped, bring the garment and get ideas from the group!

Here is the calendar for the remainder of the month and pictures from Show and Tell. January Club sheets and garment photos can be found by clicking the tab above.
First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics
Jean Jacket Sew Along/Sewing Studio, Thursdays, January 8, 15, 22 and 29, 1:00-4:00
Sew-Serge-Fit, Thursdays, January 15, 22, 29, 10:00-12:00 or 6:00-8:00
After School Kids Sewing, Thursdays, January 15 and 29, 4:30-6:00

Special note about February Club Dates:
Saturday, February 7, 10:30 at Treadle – this is a change from usually meeting the second Saturday of the month.
Tuesday, February 10, 10:30 at Treadle
Thursday, February 12, 10:30 or 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics

Chanhassen Vacuum Center
Kids’ Sewing, Monday, January 26, 10:30-12:30, 1-3

Treadle's beautiful wool knit Linda Lee's Chicago Jacket
Treadle’s beautiful wool knit
Linda Lee’s Chicago Jacket
Treadle's Active Wear Knit Jalie pattern
Treadle’s Active Wear Knit
Jalie pattern
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Fun Hat!
Fun Hat!
Vogue fabric from Sewing Expo
Vogue fabric from Sewing Expo
Shorts for Hawaii
Shorts for Hawaii
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Loro Plano fabric from SR Harris Walden Jacket from Collette Lots of love and hard work from Mom
Loro Plano fabric from SR Harris
Walden Jacket from Collette
Lots of love and hard work from Mom

Happy New Year Everyone!

We hope you all are someplace warm and enjoying the sunshine (parked in front of the fireplace? space heater under your desk?)

Anyway, good intentions back in December went awry so here are show and tell pics from Fashion Sewing Club. The garment photos and Club sheets can now be found by clicking on the button above. Our first 2015 meeting will be in two days at Hancock Southtown. We have a few new things up our sleeves for both Treadle and Hancock groups. Hope to see you in the coming week!

PS-Upcoming classes appear on calendar. More complete listings will appear this weekend.

She made fleece hats. Oh, and the black jacket too :)
She made fleece hats. Oh, and the black jacket too 🙂

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October Club Photos

If you didn’t make it to Fashion Sewing Club last month-or you need a refresher, the photos and Club sheets have been posted. To see them, click on Club Sheets on the bar above and scroll down to October 2014 or click here.
We had great meetings and some new faces that even brought our average age down a bit! Thanks for coming everyone.

Here are a few highlights-

Beautiful use of vintage buckle
Beautiful use of vintage buckle

Machine embroidery added pizzazz to coat lining
Machine embroidery added pizzazz to coat lining

Love the project board! Note the drawing in lower left hand corner
Love the project board! Note the drawing in lower left hand corner

November Club meetings begin on Saturday at Treadle Yard Goods. We hope you’ve all been sewing up a storm and enjoying the amazing new fabric that has been arriving at Treadle. So hard to choose!

Here’s the November calendar:
November Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Saturday, November 8, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, November 11, 10:30 @ Treadle Yard Goods
Thursday, November 13, 10:30 or 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics

Classes:
Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,www.treadleyardgoods.com
Fall Knit Wardrobe-Yoga Jacket, Saturday, November 1, 2:00-5:00
Kid’s After School Sewing, Tuesday, November 4,11,18 and 25, 4:00-5:30
Sew It Fits: The Bodice, Tuesday, November 4,11, 18 and 25, 6:00-8:00

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

Sewing Skill Builder, Mondays, November 10 and 17, 1:30-12:30 or 6:00-8:00
Basic Serger and Beyond, Mondays, November 10 and 17, 10:30-12:30 or 6:00-8:00
Sewing Studio, Mondays, November 10 and 17, 1:00-4:00
Kids After School Sewing Club, Mondays, November 10 and 17, 4:30-6:00
Sew It Fits: The Skirt, Thursday, November 13, 2:00-4:00
Sew/Serge Your Fall Wardrobe,-Luxe Sweatshirt, Thursday, November 20, 10:00-12:00
The Luxe Sweatshirt class may also be taken during our November evening sessions at First Sewing – if interested just let us know when registering.

Chanhassen Vacuum Center: 952-938-7838, http://www.chanvac.com
Kids’ After School Sewing, Thursday, November 6 and 20, 4:30-6:00
Kids’ Holiday Sewing, Saturday, November 22, 10:00-12:00

And don’t forget the Sewing and Quilting Expo, Nov. 13-15, at Minneapolis Ramada-new location. For more info, go to sewingexpo.com