Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Soft Summer Jacket

Even in the hot summer, you need some good layering pieces. Temperatures can change unexpectedly and air conditioning can sometimes be a little too intense for that strappy sundress. A blousey jacket top like this is perfect.

Treadlette Julia made this from Vogue 8906. Technically described as a top, we thought it could be worn as either a blouse or jacket. Minimal construction and no lining make it lightweight and simple.

Take a closer look at those smart tucks!

Find your perfect layering and transitional sewing ideas at Treadle.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Printed Knits

Summer sewing is always better when it's fast, and nothing sews up faster than knits. Simple shapes, minimal seams, and no need to finish edges means you can cut out a new dress or top in the morning and wear it that afternoon!

We have some fun new knit prints coming in right now. Take a look!

There's so many more knits to choose from in our store, from prints and patterns to solids, stripes, and polka dots!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sheer voile blouse

Here's an ultra sheer, lightweight top perfect for the summer heat. Made in fine cotton voile with a fun polka dot print, it's perfect for layering over a basic tank or even a strappy dress.

Mary used McCall's 7093 to make this top. Look familiar? She also used it to make another top, seen here. It's amazing how different the two projects look! With a sheer fabric, the diagonal seam details really pop.

You know you want a quick new summer blouse! Come and see what we've got in store.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cotton + Steel Holiday Prints!

Summer is still going strong, but some great holiday prints are coming into Treadle. Now you have lots of time to plan all those holiday projects!

First up we have a group of Halloween prints from the Spellbound line by Cotton + Steel.

Check out the ghostly dresses floating through the trees.

Next up, Cotton + Steel has released their Tinsel line, featuring trees, snow globes, letters to Santa, confetti paper, and more!

Get a head start on your fall and winter holiday decor and crafts!

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Cool Gingham Dress

Summer is all about feeling comfortable, and we all want our clothes to be as relaxed as we are. This cool, comfortable gingham dress made by Rebecca is a perfect example. Oh, and it's pretty cute too - bonus!

Rebecca was kind enough to model her charming dress.

She used Burda 6758, a sleeveless dress with some interesting seam detailing. And it goes great with a cardigan!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Chicken in the Kitchen

We have an adorable new project panel from Alexander Henry: Chicken in the Kitchen!

This cut-and-sew pattern includes all the pieces you need plus step by step directions to make your own sweet little chicken! Just add fiberfill.

The pattern suggests putting a rock in the base to use as a doorstop. You could also modify the directions to make a tea cozy, or simply use as a decoration or soft toy.

Don't you think you need one? I do.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Bright Printed Dress

Here's something sure to brighten your day! Check out this simple shift dress made amazing by the choice of fabric.

It's a waffle-textured cotton blend, printed with colorful tropical birds and flowers. This large scale print is just amazing, with a high impact look that means even simple garments get a big punch of wow!

Mary used Butterick 5706, a basic pattern with simple lines and not too many seams to disrupt the print.