New Fall Classes

Ten years of sewing 3-5 garments per month-

My unwritten agenda was a closet full of clothes that would be fun to dress from every morning.

That hasn’t happened.

So we’re offering Wardrobe Capsules: Discovery and Planning.

Maybe it’s for me. Maybe it’s for you.

Ten years of teaching sewing-

Seeing the ah ha’s that happen when everyone sews the same garment for their different body in different fabrics.

Trying to make a drop shoulder shirt into your favorite classic blouse from Talbots.

So we’re offering Wardrobe Capsules: Let’s Do This! Sew the basics that most of us wear using basic patterns and learning to fit ourselves. The classic blouse will have to wait till 2020.

Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Treadle or Monday, Oct. 7 at 1st Sewing.

Fashion Sewing Club August 2019

Just in case you didn’t make it to any of the meetings or you want to refresh your memory of the garments presented, here is a virtual version of August-

Material Girls

Fashion Sewing Club

August 2019

Debbie’s Garments:

Floral Print Tee

New Look 6556, View B

Rayon lycra print with solid knit trim

When I saw a RTW on a friend it was so cute and I knew I had the pattern so I was anxious to give it a try. This was not a win! I did not care for the fold nor the dropped sleeves. I got rid of the fold and recut the front and made a basic tee that I will more likely wear.

Blue and White Button Band Sleeves

Favorite Tee-Shirt pattern adapted

Cotton lycra with blue interlock bands and 9 buttons.

This is a remake from a garment I made August 2018. I copied a RTW tee once again and will get more wear out of new make than the previous.

Blue Jeans

Jalie Eleonore Jeans

Cotton stretch woven

This is TNT pattern.


Blue Stripe Woven Tank

New Look 6217, View B

Linen/rayon blend with purchased bias trim.

1. The neck opening is large enough that the back does not need button opening.

2. Bias trim is stitched ws to rs and topstitched to finish neck edge and sleeve hems.

Navy Lace Tee

Butterick 6418, View A

ITY knit and poly lace sleeves and yoke

Made to pattern except I finished neck edge and sleeve hem with elastic knit piping.

I was hoping to use the lace selvage for sleeve hem but it had several flaws.

Pink Dot Tee

Sew House Seven Tabor V-Neck, View #2

Cotton lycra

Made to pattern except

1.  Petited front, back and sleeve between shoulder and bust.

2. I am not a fan of V-necks so I changed neck to a scoop and added band.

Kristin’s Garments:

Kabuki Tee

Paper Theory


1. Neck stretched out originally and shoulders have no give but that wasn’t obvious from photos online. Washed to see if it would shrink up. Hmmm.

2. Made 2 sizes smaller per reviews.

3. Changed hem to lower in back with a facing; front is original length.

4. Pattern instructions sketchy. Notch markings must be moved by sewist.

Kimono Jacket and Tee

New Look 6217



1. Quick sew and great pattern for beautiful prints or silky fabrics.


1. Good woven tee pattern.

Cielo Dress

Closet Case Patterns


1. Love the pockets, drape, shape, added detail like the bust dart from sleeve and back shoulder yoke.

2. Pattern is great-instructions maybe a bit overdone as sleeve went in like a dream-no need for all the fuss they described. But good for beginner.

3. Might make the neck smaller for me.

Ever wanted to see your garments here?? Choose a month that you can be at all four meetings and let us know. Want to try a pattern company, variation on a theme, wardrobe capsule? We will put you on the schedule! And you’ll get paid!

September 2019 Fashion Sewing Club

Tuesday, September 10, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul

Thursday, September 12, 10:30 at SR Harris, Burnsville

Thursday, September 12, 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington

Saturday, September 14, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul

August Club coming soon-July photos

First, the details:

August Club dates-

Saturday, August 10, 10:30, Treadle Yard Goods

Tuesday, August 13, 10:30, Treadle Yard Goods (no Tuesday evening meeting)

Thursday, August 15, 10:30, SR Harris, Burnsville (yes, this is the 3rd Thursday 🙂

Second, the good/bad news:

KATIE IS MOVING TO NORTH CAROLINA! We are happy for her family’s new opportunities but sad to say goodbye. She’s busily getting ready for this month’s move. Her energy, style and smile will be missed-best of everything, Katie!

Third, the ask:

Have you ever wanted to get up in front of everyone and present your garments/latest foray into fashion sewing? Consider signing up to present at a Fashion Sewing Club meeting! You would do just what we do for one month-sew and present 3-5 garments at our four Club meetings and get paid-just like us. It could be a wardrobe capsule, variation on a theme, several patterns from one designer, etc.

Call or email us to sign up!! We are excited to try something new–

(Thanks for the idea-you know who you are ;))

And last, the photos from July:

Butterick 6621, View C

New Look 6231, View B

Tee-McCall’s 6207, Pants-Burda 7058

Drape front cardigan, Butterick 6389 hacked

StyleArc Evie Knit Top

Simplicity 8474 skirt

Shirred Tee-Burda 6910, View A

Next up: Inspiration from YOU at the July meetings-