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Craft sale TODAY!

Stop in starting today and shop our Treadlette Holiday Craft Sale!

Find one of a kind gifts for everyone on your list (and yourself, too!)


New Knits

Sew something soft, cozy, and comfy with these great new cotton knits!

Use the soft, smooth jersey for perfect tees and leggings, or choose a fluffy sweatshirt fleece or French terry for a cozy hoodie or joggers for lounging.

Shop knits here!

Friday Fun Fact!

It's Elizabeth here, and if you've ever talked to me for more than five minutes, you've probably heard me talk about historical dresses.

Today I want to share one of my favorite LOCAL dresses with you, and do a little historical size myth-busting.

This dress was made in the early 1870s right here in St. Paul, Minnesota!

You can see all the details on this dress at the Minnesota Historical Society page here. If you click through you will notice the measurements, including a 22" waist.

I know what you're thinking. "Wow! That's really small! Women were so much smaller back then!"

But the reality is, no, they really weren't!

Human bodies have always come in many shapes and sizes, and while corsets may reduce a waist by a few inches, they can only do so much.

But why are there so many small dresses?

The reason is simple: the small dresses survive because no one can wear them.

Our great-grandmothers were frugal and practical, and so were theirs, and so were theirs. Fabric was valuable and precious, and a good dress would not be packed away and saved for no good reason.

Items of clothing were worn out, mended, sold, refashioned, handed down, picked apart, and remade until there was nothing left.

But if a dress is very small, there's no one to hand it down to. A tiny dress that doesn't fit anyone gets saved in a trunk for a hundred years and then donated to a historical society.

We can confirm this by looking at the many photos and portraits from the era. Sure, there are plenty of slender women, but there's more diversity than you might think - like the lovely, curvy lady in the bottom photo. 

Classes Coming Up!

Making gifts or settling in to sew all winter? We can help!

Got a new machine? Need a refresher? This beginner-level class will get you sewing fast!

Cost: $ 45

Saturday, December 3
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Use a jelly roll or cut your own strips for this super-fast quilt top!

Cost: $ 75

Wednesdays, Dec 7 & 21
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Spend a weekend sewing with us! It's the perfect mini-retreat.

Cost: $ 175

Saturday Dec 10 & Sunday Dec 11
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sew a silk eye mask for sweet dreams! Kit included in class fee!

Cost: $ 45

Saturday, Dec 10
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Parking at Treadle!

In addition to loads of street parking available on Grand, Hamline, and nearby side streets, Treadle now has access to an off-street parking lot!

You can park in the Green Mill/Colossal Cafe lot from 10-4 Monday through Thursday. Find it diagonally across the street, next to the gas station.

Coming to a class? You are always welcome to stop briefly in front of the store to drop off your things before you look for parking!

Happy Sewing,
Michele and the Treadlettes
1338 Grand Ave. St Paul, MN 55105     651.698.9690

Open 10-6 Mon-Thurs, 10-5 Fri-Sat, 12-4 Sun

Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve Dec 24 open 10-2
Christmas Day Dec 25 CLOSED
Dec 26 open regular hours 10-6

New Year's Eve Dec 31 open regular hours 10-5
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