Thursday’s Club Meeting

Well, there was no snow on the ground yesterday! That’s quite an accomplishment when April’s Club was cancelled because of a snow storm. We had a great turnout for both am and pm meetings. And Show and Tell was awesome! The evening group had 100% participation. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Cathy and Mary (Make It Sew and Treadle owners) for contributing the door prizes as that’s part of the fun. Speaking of door prizes, last month’s winning appeared this month as a finished tee! That’s a pretty quick turnaround.

Julia brought an American Girl doll dress that was machine embroidered. Several people wanted to know the specific name of the software (it traces the pattern pieces on the fabric while in the hoop). It’s Custom Keepsakes by Kathy Harrison. Julia has two collections-Gals and Dolls and Christening 2. Go to

Amy, under the tutelage of Annette, made this beautiful First Communion dress for her daughter. Lots of dreams came true when she wore the dress. Amy’s husband said that sewing is the cheapest hobby because it took so long to complete. Who wants to burst that bubble?

And if you are mourning the end of this season’s Project Runway or if you never liked the fashion aspect/snarkiness of the show, check out the Great British Sewing Bee. Real life models, real sewing skills, construction, construction, construction (they even illustrate the process in drawings) and no adverts! You have to watch it on You Tube at this point but it was really easy and entertaining. Thanks for the tip, Cheri.

Looking forward to Club meetings at Treadle-

Make It Sew One Year Anniversary

Save 30% on garment fabric-Thursday only (more great deals-see their Facebook page). It’s a great time to come find them in Chanhassen. We’ll be there from 1-8 pm with garment samples from Fashion Sewing Club and will do complimentary bust/waist/hip measurements and help you choose your best pattern size-bring a pattern you have or we will have samples.

Super Deal! And a few other things…


A coupon is being offered through Amazon Local (think Groupon) for half off sewing classes at Make It Sew!  Through Sunday night, you can buy $50 of classes at Make It Sew for only $25!  And you can buy multiple coupons too.  We have a wool coat class scheduled for January and Guided Sewing (you pick a project) in February, March and April.  Of course, it can be used on any of their other quilting, serging, sewing classes.  It doesn’t HAVE to be a Material Girls class…

Here’s the link: Amazon Local Minneapolis

My faux leather Marcy Tilton bag is featured on Marcy’s blog.  Thanks, Marcy!

A few pictures to share-

I’ve been doing a bit of stash busting and finished the fat quarter bag.  Six fat quarters and a yard and a half of cotton gone from the pile.  Pattern was passed around ASG circles.  Sorry, I have no link.  Alice was kind enough to share her copy.

Debbie finished her coat for the Make It Sew class.  You can choose your own pattern.

Last picture is one of my favorite Christmas presents-a bag from Modcloth.  If you haven’t been to the site, it’s lots of fun.  Many, many dresses that are for the younger woman but the ideas to be gleaned are many.  Indie, retro, vintage.

The other gift was a Fitbit so hopefully you’ll be seeing less of me (wink, wink).

The New Year is the time for optimism and big ideas.  Have fun with all of yours!

Happy New Year from the Material Girls.

Fat Quarter Bag
Wool Coat/Jacket Sample
Sewist's dream Christmas gift

Feeding My Addiction

Well, one of my addictions anyway. I used to see these cool scissors or one of their sisters at Joann’s and could scoop them up but I haven’t seen any for awhile. These are at Make It Sew in a very limited quantity in case you share my malady.

We’ve had several beginner classes recently and have been surprised at the difference in the quality of pins and scissors,etc.

That doesn’t mean you need to buy these scissors but do be careful not to go for the cheapest.


Gotta get back to the sewing machines, Club is next week.

New Sewists!

We had a great group of new sewists at Make It Sew last night-well, there were varying degrees of experience, from absolutely none to one who made a very nice cover for her eBook reader-without a pattern!
Anyway, they all started with a pillowcase, complete with hot dog roll and french seams. One student made two so she could welcome her husband home with a beautifully made bed, one made a boy themed case, another a girl themed and then there was a great bold print paired with batik.
Would it surprise you if I said they all chose a different skirt pattern for next week’s class?! SEW ON!!

And just in case you haven’t seen the new “skins” at Make It Sew-here’s a picture. I’ll be showing the Sophia Trench with one of them for the lining at Fashion Sewing Club in April.

Tailoring Tools Class

Here are the samples for Tailoring Tools. We’ll explain how to use all of our favorite tools and then everyone can make a set of their own. Lots of us used to have them but got rid of them from lack of use, but they can improve your garments and make pressing tasks easier. And it’s always more fon to work with lovely tools 🙂

Join us at Make It Sew on Friday, May 18 at 10 am. $20-everything but outer cotton fabric included-we supply wool, lining and stuffing. Call 952-767-0701 to reserve your spot.

Fashion Sewing Club Notes

We’ve had two meetings-Make It Sew and Treadle-so much great Show and Tell and people shared info right away so I thought I would too. We still have Club meetings Thursday and Saturday at Hancock. Hope to see the rest of you.

1. Becky’s dress pattern was Vogue 8666. Everybody loved it and it’s an Easy Vogue-click on the pattern number to see it.

2. Donella’s microwave bowl or plate hotpad instructions-sorry I didn’t get a pic 😦

Microwave Hotpad

Two squares coordinating fabrics 11 ½”X 11 ½”
Two squares warm and natural 11 ½” X 11 ½” (Do not use polyester batting. It could melt in the microwave.)
Thread- cotton if possible. (I was told the polyester would melt also. But I’ve not had a problem.)

Lay one fabric on one batting. Quilt together. I sewed an X across the square.
Sew 3/8” darts -2 ½” long in the center of each side of the square. Shorter would make it more of a bowl. You can experiment with this.
Repeat with other square of fabric and batting.
Put quilted and darted squares right sides together. Sew all the way around leaving an opening. Turn right side out. Topstitch close to edge all the way around closing up the opening.

Lay in the microwave. Put dish on top. Microwave. Use like pot holder as you take the dish out and use on table as a hot pad, too.
One can make it in several sizes. The one I copied was 6 ½” square.

Laurel modelled Lucy's wrap

3. This is a great wrap for showing off a beautiful piece of fabric. In the picture is a velvet burnout from Treadle. We all thought it would be the perfect travel piece too!
Simply take a 23″ length of fabric-this one is 54″ wide-and roll hem serge all edges. Fold in half so selvedges would be together (yes, they’ve been serged off-or not if they are decorative). Stitch one of the two identical sides leaving a 14″ opening at folded edge for your head to fit through.

And then a few pictures of Show and Tell! We get so inspired by what you do!! It seems like most Show and Tell is crafty or for kids but those are the easiest to photograph-I’ll work on getting more garment pictures that look good.

Stylin' Olivia-lowering the average age of Club attendees!

Watch for the Club garment pictures after Saturday.

Make It Sew is Open

A new fabric and sewing store to check out in the western suburbs! Cathy Guy and her team have done a great job of setting up the new space. Half the store is fabric and a large classroom space and the other half houses the Bernina portion of the store. New fabric coming in every day.

Make It Sew, 600 Market St., Suite 110, Chanhassen-near the movie theatre.

Everything is 20% off through this Saturday to tempt you!

It even smells new!