Ardus started sewing when she was about age 13 on "an old Singer that only sewed straight, with no back stitch." Wow! That's proof you don't need the fanciest machine to sew well.
She's been at Treadle quite a while. "I started Treadle in 1989...! Oh my - that's 27 years!!!"
I asked Ardus what she likes to sew. "Clothing for myself, though I loved sewing for my daughter when she was a baby, then a toddler, and in grade school; I also enjoy some home dec projects.
"My favorite fabrics are linen and wool but I will also sew with cotton and silk. I prefer woven fabric but will sew with knit if I like a pattern that requires it.
"I am currently sewing a Marcy Tilton knit dress (Vogue 8975). It's incredibly convoluted. VERY unusual pattern pieces!"
Ardus is often spotted wearing garments she has made, particularly pants and blouses with a casual, comfy fit that still looks refined. One favorite she has sewn repeatedly: "Linen pants from Sewing Workshop patterns."
Other favorite projects of all time? "A silk dupioni suit with a Laura Murray kimono fabric piece sewn onto jacket back. Also, years ago, a short wool, lined jacket cut and sewn from a men's wool coat that had not been worn much. Many others that I have long forgotten, worn out or given away!"
Her advice for sewing? "Be inspired!" Thank goodness there is so much inspiration to be found at Treadle!
Treadlette Rebecca is a truly amazing seamstress. She has been at Treadle 19 years and also sews professionally as a theater costumer at the Opera. Her style is all about originality and glamour, whether making jeweled and feathered confections or everyday clothes that are anything but ordinary.
Rebecca started sewing
in 4-H when she was 9. "My very first project was a reversible skirt."
Nowadays? "I really do like to make it all- clothes for me, costumes, doll clothes, tailored suits. I love wools and specialty fabrics."
One "specialty fabric" project of Rebecca's I personally loved was this pink feather skirt. Delightful!
Rebecca shared a few gorgeous doll dresses she recently made. I can see why she loves doll clothes! The small scale is the perfect canvas for experiments with fancy fabrics and new styles.
Rebecca has a fearless spirit when it comes to sewing. "Just do it! Don't be afraid to try - you'll learn from every project even if it doesn't turn out exactly how you think it will!"
Grand Avenue will be closing for water and sewer work, from Lexington Parkway to Albert (one block west of Hamline Avenue, starting Monday, October 17. The project is expected to last 7-10 days.
There is parking on Hamline (next to our store) and across Grand Avenue. Additional parking can be found on Lincoln Avenue (just south of Grand), however, please note that Lincoln is a one-way east to west street.
New in silks! These silk and cotton blend fabrics are the best of both worlds. With a twill weave that's baby-fine and a soft, lightweight drape, you may have just found your perfect new blouse fabric!