December Class Schedule

Our December Class schedule is finally up and ready (better late than never, right?). We have offerings for kids and for adults with lots to choose from. Check the CALENDAR for the overall schedule and the individual offerings in the CLASSES department. We hope you can take some time for yourself during this hectic holiday season to settle in and make something (for someone) you love. If the class offerings don't work for you don't be shy about contacting us about private, semiprivate or private small group instruction. We'd love to hear from you.


Seamwork Club

November 15, 7-9:00 PM

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Are you interested in sewing from PDF patterns? We think a good place to start is Seamwork Magazine (with a little help from your sewing friends andLakes Makerie). Seamwork is an e-magazine that is focused on new and improving sewists and it full of "tips and tricks" about fabric, fit, construction and sewing techniques, pattern hacks and styling help you on your way to a beautiful self-made wardrobe. But the best part is that subscription includes access to 2 PDF patterns of your choice for only $7 each month. If you already subscribe, join us! If you would like to become a subscriber use our referral code by clicking here and come join us too. If you want to learn more, we'd love to have you join us!

Bring along any previous "Seamwork" makes that you would like to share for "Show and Tell" ( for example, my most recent is the Laura wrap skirt from the August issue, which passed the Windy City test on our recent trip to Chicago and which I highly recommend). Bring along any patterns that you have printed out for taping and tracing fun. I've got several that I'd be happy to share with people who have "paid" for them with Seamwork credits. If you're ready to sew, bring your machine or use one of ours ($20 fee with machine reservation). We have Swedish tracing paper, regular tracing paper, and thread for purchase plus 10% off all fabric in the shop!

We will meet at our "pop-in" space in the Artrageous Adventures Studio, 2121 W. 21st Street, Minneapolis (You could start with an early dinner at the Kenwood Restaurant next door.) This event is free.

Feel free to contact me with any questions!



What's New AT The lake...

October 14, Rainy Saturday

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We are big fans of Alabama Chanin style and sensibility. The Geometry of Hand-Sewing (A Romance in Stitches and Embroidery from Alabama Chanin and the School of Making) is due out November 9 and we are thrilled to offer this book for preorder! Natalie Chanin is the founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin and author of Alabama Stitch BookAlabama Studio StyleAlabama Studio Sewing + Design, and Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. The book features illustrations by Sun Young Park.

"As makers, we tend to learn different stitches over time without thinking much about how they relate to one another. But when Natalie Chanin and her Alabama Chanin and The School of Making teams began to look at needlework closely, they realized all stitches are based on geometric grid systems—and by using grids as guides, they could make learning stitches, even seemingly elaborate ones, as easy as child’s play.

In The Geometry of Hand-Sewing Chanin presents their breakthrough method, featuring illustrated instructions (for both right- and left-handed stitchers) for more than 100 stitches—from the most basic straight and chain to the more fanciful feather and herringbone; photos of both right and wrong sides; and guidelines for modifying stitches to increase one’s repertoire further. To simplify learning, the book also includes two plastic stitching cards die-cut with the grids on which every stitch in the book is based. These reusable cards can be stitched through for practicing ( just as children use lacing cards to learn to tie shoes) or used as stencils for transferring grids to fabric."

Just in time for our long Minnesota Winter, this book will be the perfect thing to curl up with on one of our cold dark days to come. We can't wait to have a copy in our hands because it looks and beautiful as everything we've come to expect from Alabama Chanin. 

$25.00 pre-order.

Paperback with concealed spiral binding (8 1/2 x 10 3/4"), 144 pages with 50 color photos, 130 illustrations, and 2 perforated plastic stitch cards/templates)



August 1, 2017 Summer Sewing for kids with Lakes Makerie

We had "sew much fun" with our kid campers in July, we decided at the last minute to schedule some classes in the waning days of summer...before to long it will be all about "back to school." For those of you wondering, Lucie will be starting volleyball practice (Go Lakers!), but when she's available she'll be there helping. Schuyler the studio dog will be there too (unless you' re allergic to dogs on those days she'll stay home). Summer is starting to wind down, the days are getting shorter, but there's still plenty of  time to learn to sew or to up your sewing game before school starts.

Here is a list of August  classes for kids:

Tuesday August 8     

    9-Noon “Make Friends with a Sewing Machine!” Learn basic machine sewing, ($60 kids 6+ with no sewing machine experience, limit 4)

    1-4 PM “Tweet, Tweet, Sew Make a bird softie colorful bird softie ($50, ages 6 and up with sewing machine experience)

Wednesday August 9    

    9-Noon “Scrunchie Bunch”  Hair Ties and head bands . If you want you can make a matching one for your favorite softie or dolls ($40, ages 6 and up with sewing machine experience)

    1-4 PM “Mini-Fashion Studio,” Design and make clothes for your favorite doll or softie. ($45, ages 6 and up with sewing machine experience)

Thursday August 10     

    9-Noon“Simple Summer Top” sew a simple, sweet “pillow-case” style tie top or tunic ($65, ages 6 and up with sewing machine experience)

    1-4 PM “Hide and Seek Bag” Drawstring bag for storing all your treasures ($50, ages 6 and up with sewing machine experience)

Friday August 11

    9-Noon “Meow Mix”  Kitty cat pillow and 2 mini kitty softies ($60, ages 6 and up with sewing machine experience)

    1-4 PM “Pajama Party” Shortie pajama bottoms with elastic waist ($50, ages 6 and up with sewing machine experience)

Monday August 21     

    9-Noon“Make Friends with a Sewing Machine!” Learn machine sewing, ($60 kids 6+ with no sewing machine experience, limit 4)

    1-4 PM “Won’t you be my Teddy Bear?” Design and make a custom bear softie with us ($50 kids 6+ with sewing machine experience)

Tuesday August 22    

    9-Noon “Pet Portrait Pillow” Make a colorful envelope pillow decorated with your favorite friend ($50, ages 6 and up with sewing machine experience)

    1-4 PM “Gather Together Skirt”*  Make a gathered skirt with pockets ($40, this class does not include materials and will require 1.5- 2 yards of medium weight cotton or cotton lawn, you may bring your own, purchase fabric from us 20% off for class participants, or pay a $20 kit fee)

Wednesday August 23

    9-Noon “Sew where you go!” Make a colorful travel sewing kit, so you can sew anywhere! ($50, ages 6 and up with sewing machine experience)

    1-4 PM “Hotch Potch t -shirt” Mix and match knits to design and make raglan sleeved t- shirt all your own ($60, ages 10+, sewing machine experience required)

Thursday August 24    

    9-Noon “Dear Diary” Make a colorful cover for your journal or sketchbook,     that can even hold your pencils or paintbrushes ($50, ages 6 and up with sewing machine experience)

    1-4 PM “Cedar Tote Bag”  Carry all the cool things you made this summer, or carry it (dare we say?…) back to school ($55, ages 6 and up with sewing machine experience




Sweet Summer Dress, pattern from our favorite Japanese sewing book, Simply Sewn by Michiyo Ito

Sweet Summer Dress, pattern from our favorite Japanese sewing book, Simply Sewn by Michiyo Ito

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We've added some fun kid sewing classes and camps and we'd love to have you (if you're a kid) or your kid join us. Here is Kit, modeling an outfit from the Mini-Fashion Studio. We can also do private/semi-private or small group instruction at your convenience (even if you are an adult!). Just drop us a note and we'll get right back to you. All classes and camps are held at our pop-up space in the Artrageous Adventures Studio in "downtown" Kenwood, Minneapolis.

Summer's finally here, so time for a new Facebook header. This season we choose Betsy Blue Liberty Tana Lawn. Perfect for summer makes (or maybe even some Wiksten baby bloomers). Fabric and pattern in the shop, along with lots of other cool and breezy cotton lawns!

Nokomis Knot Bag

Lots of new Classes added for May 

We're especially excited about the Nokomis Knot Bag, our take on the reversible Japanese  knot bag in three sizes. Our shop samples above were made  by Rashida Colman-Hale of Cotton and Steel, Gray "Jax" flax/cotton canvas  from Sevenberry (Japan), and Citron Wave linen/cotton canvas also by Rashida Coleman-Hale

Wiksten Made Baby +T oddler Bloomer
Wiksten Made Baby + Toddler Harem Pants

Wiksten Made

We are pleased to announce the arrival of two adorable new patterns, the Wiksten Made Baby+Toddler Bloomers and Harem Pants. We have been a fan of Jenny Gordy's simple but special PDF patterns (Love the Tova Tunic) for ever, so we were ever so happy to welcome her first two paper patterns to our growing pattern collection. This are simple to make, with a clear, colorful and  beautifully photographed instruction booklet. Sizes newborn to 3 years are included, and will sew up beautifully in lawn, double gauze, soft quilting weight cotton or even knits. We've just traced them out and will be making up samples tonight. Look for a class for making these  sweet patterns soon.. .(and remember to sign up for our newsletter so you can keep you posted!)


Merchant and Mills

We are thrilled to announce that we are now proud stockists of Merchant and Mills sewing patterns and notions. Just in, we have the Factory, Rugby, Trapeze, Dress Shirt and Hallie + Ellis dresses for ladies, the Landgate Jacket for ladies, the Camber set and Top 64 tops and the 101 Trouser for ladies. We are have the ever so adorable the Trapezette and Skipper dresses for girls. More to come, we're sure!

Our Version of Top 64 in Fineline Denim

Our Version of Top 64 in Fineline Denim