Last Chance For Kids’ Summer Sewing

…with the Material Girls, anyway 🙂

We’ve had a fun summer of sewing with the next generation of sewists. Treadle has been a younger group and Southtown has been predominantly teens and most afternoons we’ve had our maximum of six students!

Here are a few pics to share the creativity and hard work of these students-



Our remaining August classes-click on the class title to go to online sign up-

Teen/Kids’ Weekly Sewing:
Thursdays, August 25, 10:00-12:00
Thursdays, August 11, 18 and 25, 4:00-6:00

Teen/Kids’ Sewing Camp:
Wednesday and Thursday, August 17 and 18, 10:00-2:30 (you may come only one of the days if you want)

If students want to make one of the projects listed, we will need to know so we can bring fabric and pattern otherwise a student may also work on a project of their own choosing. If the student is a new beginner, we will make a pillowcase and then move on as time allows.

Registration will close at 8 pm on Tuesday, August 17th for the two day camp. Weekly classes are open till the day before.

Our summer schedule ends August 25. We are working on fall classes. A weekly after school class will be offered and we are happy to schedule classes on school days off but there are many districts so if you send us a few dates we will work with them to schedule a class. Homeschool classes are also welcome.

Enjoy the last month of summer!

April Fashion Sewing Club and Classes

Opposites attract.

Debbie and I taught sewing to two groups of girls during their spring breaks these past two weeks. Wonderful girls, budding skills and lots of fun. At one point, Debbie looked over and noticed our personal collections of embroidery flosses that we had brought along for teaching hand sewing. She pointed out how much they reflected our personalities and I laughed till I had tears running down my face. Maybe it was the fact that it was also Debbie’s birthday or the last day of our classes, who knows-but it made us both laugh for a long time. Debbie and I truly enjoy each other’s company and we bring different strengths (and quirks) to the partnership. Is it obvious to you whose floss is whose?

Since we are getting so much rain, maybe it’s a good time to do some sewing before the good weather gets here. We have quite a few classes on the schedule for April. We are also teaching sewing and serger classes at Hancock in Southtown beginning this month. We will offer the classes through First Sewing which is the sewing machine store that took over the Bernina space but you will also be able to sign up on our website (give me a day or two to get the changes made). Since there are two of us to teach and we want to ensure enough students in each class, we are offering two classes in the same time slot. We also want to clarify that Sewing With a Pattern is a guided sewing time open to all levels so if you are an experienced sewist stuck on an certain technique or have never used a pattern, that would be your class to be repeated as often as necessary.

Hope you can join us for Fashion Sewing Club or a class!

April Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Tuesday, April 9, 10:30 @Treadle Yard Goods
Thursday, April 11, 10:30 or 6:30 @ Make It Sew
Saturday, April 13, 10:30 @ Treadle Yard Goods

April Classes:
Streamlined Blouse, Tuesday, April 9 and 16, 2:00-4:00 @ TYG
Basic Serger, Tuesday, April 9, 6:00-8:00 @ MIS
Knit Skirts, Thursday, April 11, 2:00-4:00 @MIS
Beyond Basic Sergery, Saturday, April 13, 2:00-4:00 @TYG
*New at Hancock, Monday, April 15:
Learn To Sew 10:00-12:00
Basic Serger 10:00-12:00
Beyond Basic Serger, 2-4:30
Sewing With a Pattern 2-4:30
Learn to Sew 6-8
Basic Serger 6-8
Designer Tee, April 16, 10:00-1:00, @ TYG
Serger Club (napkins), Thursday, April 18, 10:30-12:00 and 6:00-8:00 @ MIS
Sew With A Pattern, Thursday, April 18, 2:00-4:30 @ MIS
Beyond Basic Serger, Wednesday, April 24, 10:30-1:00 @TYG
Eternal Sergery, (Knit Skirt) Wednesday, April 24, 2:00-4:30 @ TYG
Crash Course/Learn to Sew, Thursday, April 24, 10:30-1:00 and 6:00-8:30 @ MIS
Advanced Serger, Thursday, April 25, 2:00-4:30 @ MIS
Basic Serger, Saturday, April 27, 10:30-12:30 @ MIS
Project Runway Kids, Saturday, April 27,1:00-4:00, @ MIS
Duct Tape Double, Monday, April 29, 10:00-4:00 @ TYG

Spring Break Sewing Camp

Catching Up on Summer and Oh, By the Way…

It’s time for Fashion Sewing Club! This Thursday, August 9 at Make It Sew, Chanhassen at 10:30 or 6:30, Saturday at Treadle Yard Goods in St. Paul, 10:30 and Tuesday, August 14 at Treadle, 10:30 also. Love to see you-sew up that one fabric that you can’t put away for yet another season and wear the garment while it’s still summer. Here’s what’s on my sewing table:

Summer or Fall?

I missed out on the last two Clubs in July because I was in NYC meeting the new in-laws. We had a wonderful time. It looks like we covered alot of territory, and we did. Hot and sweaty but my favorite way to travel-on foot. We started at the lower end of Manhattan in the financial district full of families-that was a surprise, not at all an uptight neighborhood but lots of play space for kids and they were everywhere, all the time. Then the garment district-yup, made it to Mood (Are you watching Project Runway?). Husband chose the chair just outside the elevator and got to know the owner, Jack;Lizzie and I looked for tie silk and textured knits-with plenty of help from employees that wanted to cut samples for us. I’m surprised they didn’t check for scissors at the door. Then up to Museum Mile and the Schiaparelli exhibit. Well worth the time. We enjoyed “Harvey” on Broadway starring Sheldon from Big Bang Theory (that’s the only way I know him). The subway (a very warm wait before the air conditioned cars-how do men walk down into the subways in suits and long sleeved shirts and still look cool?!?) took us to the northern tip of the island to see the Cloisters and we sampled a food fair after a ferry ride to Brooklyn. Such a different atmosphere in all of the areas and we only hit a small part of New York. I watched for my “Sartorialist” moments but had to be happy just making camera noises as we had things to see and places to go. But there were dresses everywhere, even Bill made mention of it. So this is the summer to wear them. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by. And speaking of people to look at-Abercrombie had a few young men in swim trunks in front of their store-thanks for the eye candy for females!
Here are a few pictures:

“Lunch” exhibit at NYC Public Library

World Trade Center Memorial

Brooklyn Bridge
Louis Vuitton Storefront
Schiaparelli/Prada Exhibit at the Met
Cool Artwork along Chelsea Highline
View from the apartment roof

I told the girls at our summer sewing camp that they’d be on our website so I best keep my word. Four days of fun and their favorite thing was the hand sewing! Whodda thunk? We hope you come back for MEA break girls!