Monday, September 30, 2013

Sewing Boxes

We have a beautiful new selection of sewing boxes at Treadle.

These boxes are firm and sturdy, with a lightly padded cover of bright printed fabric. Inside there is an accessory tray, pincushion, and plenty of room to store all your essential notions and tools. There are two sizes, and each fabric print is unique.

You need a place to store your sewing stuff, so why not combine form with function? Ditch the shoebox and pick up one of these beauties! Any of them would make a perfect gift for the sewist in your life, or treat yourself!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Two Smart Wool Projects

Here are two smart garments made by Mary to inspire your autumn wool sewing!

The pink bouclĂ© jacket, made from Butterick 5927, is evocative of the Chanel classic, with a collarless jewel neckline, high-hip length, and richly textured fabric.  A collarless jacket is not only stylish, it's also a great time saver! The sewing is quicker without any collar pieces to fuss with, making this jacket quick and easy for so many skill levels.

The vest, made from Butterick 5958 in a thick wool Melton, is shaped to the figure with princess seams which are in turn highlighted with topstitching. A unique button becomes the focal point when paired with a solid fabric.

Come into Treadle and get inspired! We'll see you there.

Monday, September 23, 2013

While the Cat's Away SALE!

Treadle owner Mary is in Las Vegas on a buying trip! To make room for her fabulous finds, the staff at Treadle is having a sale!

This week only enjoy 30% OFF:

Embroidered cotton, cotton eyelet, and seersucker.

Amy Butler fabric & patterns; this includes the new line, Alchemy, which was featured in the trunk show we hosted last May.

Jacquard & tapestry ribbons - including designs from Kaffe Fassett, Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, and more.

That's 30% OFF this week only through Sunday Sept 29!

Shop early, shop often (but don't tell Mary)!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

New Wool is Here!

Yes, it's true, wool has arrived at Treadle! From fine gabardine and crepe to thick, soft bouclé and coating, plus knits, flannels, plaids, and more!

Eager for a new jacket? How about a few slim, tailored pencil skirts? A lightweight wool crepe dress? Or maybe you've been longing for a cozy, warm new winter coat!

Whatever your ideas, we have the fabric, the patterns, and the expertise to help you plan your autumn and winter sewing!

If this looks good, then wait, because it gets even better! We have even more wool on the way, including Pendleton! Keep your eye on this blog for more updates.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Autumnal knit cowl top

Wondering how you can make sewing with knits transition from summer to autumn? Here's a lovely example. Made in the heathered striped knits seen here, these softly blended colors are just right to take you into cooler weather.

The pattern is Butterick 5954, a knit top with gracefully draped fronts perfect for layering. The soft cowl is cozy and adds visual interest. And the swingy hemline adds a little movement to a brisk walk through the autumn leaves!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A sweet baby project

Here is a lovely little project from Treadlette Michelle. A sweet baby jacket, made in white cotton pique and lined in bright floral cotton lawn.

Michelle used Simplicty 2900, a re-issued vintage pattern, to make this charming jacket.

What really makes the garment wonderful is Michelle's delicate hand embroidery.

This jacket is currently on display at Treadle, so you can stop by and take a look!

Friday, September 13, 2013

S'more Fun!

Moda S’more Fun is a sweet new collection of retro prints with a camping theme. Bedecked with forest creatures, camper trailers, and anthropomorphic sugary treats, this collection is irresistibly fun.

The color scheme features plenty of orange, green, and turquoise for vintage style, and the charming animals and delicious s’mores seem like best pals. Just the thing for a little retro fun in your next quilt, curtains, skirt, or pair of pajamas!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

National Sewing Month

September is National Sewing Month!

Celebrate sewing by taking your skills to the next level. And what better way to learn something new than with a Treadle class?

Register in September for ANY class on our newly updated fall schedule - including several NEW classes! - and be eligible to win a $25 Treadle gift certificate. Each class registration = one entry! 3 winners will be chosen.

You can see the full schedule at To register, call us at 651-698-9690, or simply stop by the store!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Flannel Prints

Autumn is just around the corner, and there is nothing comfier for fall than a pair of soft cotton flannel pajamas. We have a wide selection of flannel in the store, including plaids, solids, and tons of fun prints!

 Prints like this are great for kids, but adults love them too! Putting on your PJs to lounge around on a chilly evening is when you want a little whimsy. Why not giraffes?

There's so much more in our store. Come take a look!

Friday, September 6, 2013

A Late Summer Dress

It's not too late to whip up a quick summer dress that can take you into autumn with a little layering. This dress made by Mary would be just the thing.

To make this dress, Mary used Butterick 5488 and a heavier weight, slightly textured cotton from designer Amy Butler's Alchemy collection. The short sleeves keep the heavy fabric from overwhelming the wearer, and the fabric's soft, thick drape emphasizes the pleats falling from the round yoke.

Come into Treadle and find your perfect late summer dress today!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chambray and Stripes

We have some lovely new selections in our cotton shirting section. These chambrays and striped pieces have a subtle, subdued charm.

 The hand is smooth but soft, with a comfortable drape. The solids have the white filler yarns typical of chambray, creating a heathered effect, while the striped fabrics explore color blending with a range of mellow variations.

 These fabrics are ideal for the classic shirt, but would also be great for dresses, skirts, or even lightweight pants.