We really love cotton lawn at Treadle. It's a lighter weight fabric, but not sheer or difficult to work with. These new cotton lawns from Art Gallery are just scrumptious; silky smooth with a wonderful drape and prints that make us drool.
Lawn might seem out of season now, but these could make the perfect blouse for layering under a warm jacket or cardigan! You don't have to wait until spring.
We have lots of cotton lawn in the store! Stop by and see.
Today's pick is from Treadlette Jennifer! One of her favorite notions is the Clover bias tape maker. Available in four sizes, this handy little tool really simplifies the task of making your own unique bias tape.
"I think these are the bomb," says Jennifer. "I spent an entire Saturday making bias tape. In every fabric I had!"
Her demonstration of using this tool makes it seem like having a third hand. You can hold the iron in one hand, the bias tape tool in another, and just run it along. "It just felt good to make it! And you can pick what you want."
We have some lovely new cotton velveteen in the store. Like its cousin velvet, velveteen has a soft, plush surface, but because its pile is shorter, it can be a little easier to work with.
This 100% cotton velveteen is ideal for garments or home decor. A princess-seamed dress would be gorgeous, or use it for a smart jacket that still looks lush. A few velveteen throw pillows will instantly make your room more deluxe. Or go simple with a fitted pencil skirt!
Our Treadlette Pick for today is this gorgeous printed silk charmeuse. Roberta reports that she fell in love with this fabric while at the last Las Vegas buying show with Michele. Of course it had to follow her home!
This 100% silk was made in Italy. The pink and fuchsia roses glow against the deep black surface. Like all charmeuse silks, it moves and drapes like water falling.
So, what to make? "I'm not sure yet," says Roberta. "I think it would be stunning as a classic, calf-length, shawl collar dressing gown. Or possibly a nightgown."
It seemed a shame to keep this lovely fabric indoors, so she is also considering a long, full skirt, or a shirtwaist dress with a vintage vibe.
She also adds, "I will accept suggestions from the public!"
Michele Hoaglund started working at Treadle in 1994. Her daughter Olivia (yes, OUR Olivia!) was one year old.
In the time Michele worked at Treadle, she started teaching sewing classes and coordinating our wonderful class schedule. Some of her favorite classes to teach are Beginning Apparel Sewing, "because beginners have such energy and excitement!" and Copy Ready-To-Wear. "It's like playing dot-to-dot for grownups."
She loves to sew garments that go together well, like they are supposed to! "I appreciate a well-drafted pattern," she says. Patterns from independent company Sewing Workshop are a particular favorite of Michele's. "They are classic styles and they always fit well."
She added our new tagline, "Sewing People Together," which perfectly describes the sense of community Treadle fosters by bringing people together through sewing. "People run into each other here who haven't seen each other in years, but they were best friends in another life. We share our joys and sorrows. It's a gift Mary created. We will always carry beautiful fabrics, but we are focused on community."