Monday, October 29, 2012

Cape and Skirt Ensemble

Treadlette Jess made this lovely ensemble in two of our beautiful new wools.

A short cape with arm slits extending to the hem floats over a neatly fitted straight skirt.  The pattern is New Look 6152, with the cape made in the shorter length in a lovely plaid, which she carefully matched at the princess seams.  The asymmetric closure uses a single large button with elastic loop.

Jess made the skirt in a coordinating deep teal herringbone wool, and perked up the whole ensemble with a bright, splashy lining.  Way to go, Jess!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Heathered knits

Among the many new knits we have right now, this group caught my eye.

These softly heathered cotton blend double jersey knits are reversible, with a deeper shade of the same color on the opposite side.  A little spandex stabilizes the fabric, and the two layers are machine-joined with tiny pick stitches that lend a subtle surface texture.

Thick and lofty, this fabric would be ideal for a cozy shirt or simple fall jacket.  A deep cowl over an A-line shape would be a beautiful way to take advantage of both the reversible quality and the cuddly softness.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Flannel Prints

We have so many lovely new flannel prints this season.  Here’s a group with leaf and tree prints that’s much more adult than many of our novelty flannels, while still being playful and attractive.

These would make wonderfully soft and easy pajama pants or a warm and whimsical shirt.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Casual Autumn Shirtings

This group of soft shirtings in muted tones is perfect for autumn.

These soft cotton fabrics feel warm against the skin and drape easily around the body.  Available in solids, stripes, and assorted small woven patterns, they are perfect for a man’s comfortable button-down shirt for dressed-down weekends or a casual family gathering.  Or try a blouse or dress to layer with a cardigan sweater.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Printed Corduroy

We have many new bolts of printed corduroy in the store for autumn.

This fabric is quite fine, with narrow wales and a soft nap, and drapes beautifully. The more whimsical prints would be ideal for a little girl’s simple jumper, while some of the florals would work wonderfully in an adult garment like a skirt or dress.

Upcoming Class: Sewing Cute Clothes for Kids!

This class with the Material Girls is designed for the busy mom with little time but would love to make cute clothes for their child.  We will select several patterns, get you started in class and lay out steps for you to complete at home.  Beginners are welcome.  Come to one session or all.  Fun group sewing time!

Projects include a super simple pillowcase dress, pants, shorts, button dress, pajamas, and more!  Kristin and Debbie will help you select a project that's right for your skill level.

The first session is next Wednesday, October 24th.  To sign up for the class or for the list of recommended patterns, stop by the store or call us at 651-698-9690.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

One Yard Wonders Trunk Show

Right now at Treadle: we are excited to host the One-Yard Wonders Trunk Show!

Do you find yourself wondering “What can I do with all these lovely 1-yard cuts of fabric I have in my stash?”  Are you drawn to a beautiful fabric, but find it’s too pricey to buy more than a yard?  The projects in Fabric By Fabric One-Yard Wonders come to the rescue!

From simple to challenging, cute to sophisticated, there are garments for adults and children, accessories, and crafts of all kinds, even lingerie, each made with just one yard of fabric or less.  The projects are organized by type of fabric to make choosing a project even easier.

We are displaying several projects from the book in our store for the trunk show. 

Come in and see the rest of the projects on display, and pick up your copy of Fabric By Fabric One-Yard Wonders.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

From the Treadle Flickr pool

Flickr user chrisrknits added this lovely photo to the Treadle Flickr pool.  She used selvage strips to stabilize the shoulder seams on the sequinned fabric, made crepe de chine facings, and hand rolled the hems on this gorgeous jacket.

We've recently gotten some lovely new sequinned and ribbon-embroidered fabrics and laces in at Treadle, perfect for your next dressy ensemble.

We'd love to see what you're sewing!  Share a photo of your creations in our Flickr pool.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Vintage Pattern Print

This sweet new arrival at Treadle features a panel illustrated with vintage children's patterns and clothing.

There are several fabrics in the group.  Some of the other designs include numbers in fancy script, numbers, musical notation, and scrolls, all reminiscent of vintage stationary. 

This one reminds me of magnetic refrigerator poetry, printed on a lovely teal green background.

Remember, our Fall Sale ends this Sunday, 10/14!  Don't miss your chance to get great discounts on all your favorite fabrics!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fresh new sewing books

Looking for a practical sewing guide that also comes with hip, unique patterns and projects?  Two books currently at Treadle will satisfy that need, with clear instructions and beautiful photography.

The Colette Sewing Handbook comes from author and designer Sarai Mitnick, creator of the popular line of Colette patterns.  Her design style is fitted, with clean, tailored lines that make a lovely backdrop to the wonderful little details judiciously applied to her garments.  A bow here, a pleat there, never too little or too much.

Gertie's New Book For Better Sewing brings vintage style to modern women.  Who says floral housedresses don't go with tattoos?  Gretchen Hirsch combines elements of retro and modern into a delectably chic look.

Each book outlines fundamental sewing techniques as well as walking you through the projects: dresses, skirts, blouses, and more.  Full-size patterns are included with the books.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Tomorrow is Plaidurday!  Oct. 5th, 2012, participate in the "Worldwide celebration of plaid!"

Celebrate by wearing your favorite plaid garment (of course) and stopping by Treadle to check out our amazing selection of new plaid cotton flannels for Autumn.

These fabrics are yarn-dyed, with patterns woven in rather than printed.  They are buttery soft and ideal for garments for any gender.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pendleton Wool

Pendleton has been producing wool in the U.S. for well over 100 years. But in recent years they have not been making yardage available for retail fabric stores. This year that changed and we now have Pendleton wool fabric and coordinating wool blanket binding in stock and they are gorgeous!

Rich solids, plaids, and intricate, multicolored designs are the Pendleton style.  Most of the pieces we have are a heavier weight suitable for jackets, coats, and bags.

Pendleton wool is made in the USA.  Several pieces carry Pendleton's “Eco-Wise” label, which indicates the fabric has been Cradle to Cradle Certified to reduce environmental impact. Visit for information about this certification.

Fall Sale starts this Thursday!

Our Fall Sale starts this Thursday, October 4th.  Come in and enjoy 20% off all fabrics, plus many groups at even deeper discount, up to 50% off!

The sale includes wool, silks, knits, lace, and more!  Every fabric in the store at least 20% off.  Treadle class students may use their class coupon on top of sale prices for an even greater deal!