Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Resolutions for the New Year:

‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions and Selvedge has made you a little list:

# 1. Let your creativity flow with one of our many fashion design competitions (check out November in the blog archive). & get going on your portfolio for Project Selvedge!

#2. No better way to loose weight than to get addicted to a sewing project (who has time to eat? Plus that would require you clean your project off the kitchen table).

Selvedge has tons of classes, workshops, and patterns on our website for your newest addiction-hey there are worse things to be addicted to…this one’s doctor approved.

Make friends: invite the girls over for a crafting party: Wine + girlie giggles multiplied by awesome fabric = a darn good time. Trust me, we do it all day at work-well without the wine-for the most part.

#4. Learn something new! Sewing is good for your mind body and soul so put your book club on hold and start your own sew lounge.

Selvedge to the rescue with expert (but mostly just super fun) teachers for classes and workshops for all skill levels. Go to the website before you miss something!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

last minute gift idea:

all you need is 2 fat quarters ($5) & about a half hour (priceless). we have a pattern!

everyone needs an

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Still need ideas for Christmas gifts?!?
It's not too late! We have a HUGE list of really cute and easy ideas! Who doesn't love a pair of leg warmers made from recycled wool sweaters? What about a little case for an ipod? Or how about a yoga mat carrying bag, nifty throw pillows, headbands.....the list goes on and on! Look up even more ideas at Amy Butler's website at OR Come into Selvedge, we have TONS' more great gift ideas too!

11 am - 1 pm

How adorable and crafty are these gift tags?! These felt and fabric, custom made gift tags will spruce up any old present. Make them for all of your gifts! Come to our workshop this Saturday and we will show you how! Get creative!


Stop in and check out the fabulous, NEW fabrics from Missoula's very own, Sandi Henderson! Her "Meadowsweet" line of fabrics are funky, cute and bright which will brighten up any mood in this snowy weather!

Friday, December 4, 2009


This ain’t your grannie’s craft fair! At the Missoula Made Fair you will see handcrafted delights of all kinds. From stylish clothing and accessories to paintings, ceramics, and recycled goodies. All one-of-a-kind, locally handmade, sweatshop-free gifts. Not that there wasn’t sweat involved. I’m sure there was, these people work really hard.

So, whether you’re the creative type, or a local connoisseur of all that’s hip, you will love this event! So start texting your girlfriends (so they can tell you exactly what they want) and bring the family to make a day of running between the ZACC and the Stensrud on N. 1st.

All the shopping, fun, creativity, and festivities take place on Sunday Dec 13 from 11-6 (check their website and get there right on time for early bird specials).

one hour gifty workshops

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Satuday Workshop 12/5 Stockings!

Come by Selvedge on Satuday, December 5th from 11-1 and make a hip stocking! Funky and fresh, you'll even want to make them for your pets. You'll need to purchase 3/8 yard of fabric (less than $4.00) and we'll provide scraps for embellishing. See you there!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Well...winter is officially here and you know what that means right?! It is time to turn on your fashion design brains!! We're gearing up for Project Selvedge (you know, our annual fashion design competition), but in the meantime-put your thinking caps on cause Selvedge is proud to announce our involvement in a NATIONAL JACKET COMPETITION.
Here's the deal:

1. Make a jacket. It can be of your own design or from a commercial pattern (you do get brownie points for making the pattern yourself, just sayin').
2. This is not a team project. If your friend wants to help, tell him to enter his own jacket!
3. The criteria by which your jacket will be judges is as follows: a. creativity b. fit on model and craftsmanship.
4. Your jacket will be judged by a panel of 3 amazingly talented folks at a live fashion show on First Friday February 5 at 7p at Selvedge (509 S Higgins). At which point we will require full disclosure of costs of supplies, patterns used, etc. (The jacket itself will be due January 31st).
5. There will be a spending limit of $100 to keep the competition fair. If you get your fabric from Selvedge you get 20% off your supplies (which means $120, yeah?). You are free to use your "stash," I've know we've all got one. But be conscious of what your fabrics are worth-don't tell me you got 5 yards of cashmere for $45, not a chance.
6. Of course, there will be prizes! $100 in cash, $50 gift certificate to Selvedge and dinner for two at Iza-our newest Hip Strip restaurant. Plus, anyone who makes a jacket will be automatically entered as an applicant into our fourth annual Project Selvedge-unless you don't want to be for some crazy reason! Oh yeah!! And your the winning jacket will be featured in a spread in Threads for the world to see.

I know you've got a lot on your plate right now, but just start your sketching-I predict you'll be rearing to go by the new year (do I smell a resolution?).

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Saturday Workshop!
November 28th, 11-1 pm

Make these cute, heart-shaped sachets filled with lavender! Make any drawer, closet, etc. smell wonderful! They make cute gifts too!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

what's your home dec i.q.?

1. what comes first, the pattern or the color?

2. what is the complimentary color of orange?

3. what's the difference between a roman shade and cafe curtains?

1. pattern
2. blue
3. roman shades open vertically for one

one right? not terrible
two right? decent, but maybe you need a class
all right? good start

so, now you know why selvedge is offering home dec classes this winter. with interior design guru renee brown of double happiness designs. the class calendar has all your options.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Saturday Workshop Nov. 21st Wine Bottle Bag!

Whip up a few of these for quick holidy gifts. They are super easy but your friends and family will be impressed that you fashioned the reusable bag all by yourself!

Monday, November 9, 2009

November 14th, 11 am-1pm

Spruce up your Thanksgiving spread with some beautiful fabric napkins! Add a special homemade touch that your friends and family will love!

See you Saturday!

Friday, October 23, 2009

free fashion

has come to Missoula...

november 8 (sunday)
1-5p @ the north university center ballroom

you'll need:
$5. if you can
a bag of anything you can wear. easy enough
a head full of fashion goals and creative ideas

they'll povide:
workshops with local artisans, sewing machines, and silk screening



some places to learn more:

(my friends and I call this a "naked lady party," cause everyone runs around in their undies.)

Festival of the Dead || Missoula 2009

wednesday, october 28
10 am-4 pm 9th Anunal Steamroller Print Project in front of University Theatre, UM Campus. Free
saturday, october 31
7:30-11 pm Missoula Folklore Society Halloween Contra Dance @ the Union Hall 2nd Floor · 208 E. Main St. $8.00
sunday, november 1
10 am-12 noon altar-building event @ Jeannette Rankin Peace Center · 519 S. Higgins.
Many materials provided, bring your own unique items of remembrance to incorporate. Serving
chocolate, coffee & tea. Free
1-4 pm Missoula International School family event 1100 Harrison St · Workshops for the whole family and a Latin cuisine potluck. Free

monday, november 2
10 am-6 pm Miss oula Mandala Project at Caras Park--come help create a large, dyed-sawdust mosaic.
5:30 pm Pre-parade performances at Circle Square include: Hypsy Gypsies, VSA Choir, Unity Dance and Drum, “Thriller” by the UM Dance Department Jazz Class.

6 pm Festival of the Dead Parade
starts at Circle Square, proceeds down Higgins to Caras Park highlights include: UM Printmakers Steamroller Prints, Missoula Public Library Book Cart Drill Team, Meadow Hill Middle School’s Mustang Second Line.

6:45 pm Post-parade performances at Caras Park include: UM African Dance Class; Unity Dance and Drum; and a zombie procession on to the sawdust mandala then to back up street and through alley to the Downtown Dance Collective.
7 pm Bingo for the Dead @ the Badlander 208 Ryman · Proceeds from Bingo and the bar go to our beloved festival. Celestial Chaos & Green Sickness play @ 11pm - NO COVER!
8 pm performances @ Downtown Dance Collective 121 West Main St · Hypsy Gypsies, Anne Basinski, Peggy Meinholtz, Bob Eisen, Jyotir, Nelson Barahona, The Djembe Group, Downtown
Dance Collective dancers.
tuesday, november 3
NON Miss oula Mandala Project silent clean-up & washing away at Caras.

thank you:
Charlie’s Bar Badlander Betty’s divine Big Dipper Ice cream Cynical and Jaded New Belgium Brewing REOH Rockin Rudy’s VSA arts of Montana Advanced litho printing Downtown Dance Collective Jonas Ehudin, Garden City Gondola Jeannette Rankin Peace Center Groundswell media productions Missoula International School Selvedge Studio & all who have contributed their time, energy & donations

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Special Report:

Houston, Texas
Fall Quilt MarketWe just got back from Houston. 2009 reveals...
organics, french fantastic, portabellopixie, simple, vintage inspired, grey, chlorophyll, mustard, grape, ultra marine, screen prints, perfect purse handles, japanese cottons, oliver + s, patterns, orange scissors, vintage buttons, top notch trims, jacobean...guess you'll just have to come in to see the rest.

amy butler's booth

sandi henderson and leah. sandi won best booth! she lives in missoula now and has promised to come do a workshop. we will let you know when her new line arrives!

check out her blog portabellopixie

we call this one glacier girl, it is a combo of secret seconds top and selvedge fabric.

*cut the top at the waist, gathered the bear fabric and sewed them together.

*leah has been working on a record redesign project and made this fabulous handbag from the .50 bin at Record Heaven.

Cassie made some fabulous apple pin cushions from a Heather Bailey pattern. Interested in a class? Give us a call, we would love to teach you and your friends how to make this adorable apple. Check out Cassie's blog to see what she has made!


Kids can sew too! From pants and skirts to bags or even a pillow!
These cute girls are twins, Isabel and Stella
Their mom event took a class after she saw how much fun they had!

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special events

We are proud to announce the arrival of our new website!

Look for our fabric to be sold online very soon!

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Hip Strip Block Party bliss!
Lance and Tommy were our men's wear models for the fashion show.
Selvedge beauties Kristen and Lauren made their own super cute outfits.

And in the middle, our favorite workshopper Tina!

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new arrivals

Lots of new retro-inspired prints.
Perfect for summer table cloths or even check book covers!
Only $7.95 per yard!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

#1 project for fall


STEP ONE: cut your focus fabric 7-10" wider and longer than your canvas frame

STEP TWO: pull fabric tightly over the back of your canvas and staple in place. *(tip: start in the middle of each side and work your way out to the corners-pull it tight)

STEP THREE: finish the corners and proudly hang it on your wall

variations: use this process to cover a corkboard for fashionable organization or go green and cheap by recovering an ugly old painting canvas from goodwill (or your own basement). different sizes of canvas and fabrics can change the look of your project for the perfect combo

Friday, September 18, 2009

Goodwill ReDesign!

goodwill redesign project by selvedge studio
*this project is what Brynn calls the katie holmes sunday outfit
*it started with a large linen men's dress shirt, band collar (3.99)

* we cut off the cuffs, ruched the shoulders, and added elastic to the wrist for a flowy cuff
*the tom jeans are straight-of-the-rack 2.99
*our paper boy bag completes the look, it is a $35 class at selvedge
*of course katie is in disguise driving this vintage vw van

we call this one glacier girl
, it is a combo of secret seconds top and selvedge fabric.

*cut the top at the waist, gathered the bear fabric and sewed them together.

*leah has been working on a record redesign project and made this fabulous handbag from the .50 bin at Record Heaven.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Dior Roses @ Selvedge's Saturday Workshop

Recently, we made Dior roses out of bias cut silk! These little flowers dress up everything from bags to evening wear. They are pretty simple to make and before you know it, you'll be putting them on everything!
1. Cut a piece of silk on the bias (45 degrees from the selvedge edge) that is 30" x 4" (or about)
2. Fold your strip in half lengthwise and baste along the bottom.
3. Gather your strip and secure your thread!
4. Start by making a center and turn clockwise while stitching through all the layers. Depending on how you want your flower to look, you can add tucks or extra fullness.
5. Secure the end and you're done!!

Come by and check out our Saturday Workshops. They are from 11am-1pm and are FREE or depending on the project a couple bucks. We have lots of fun, new projects for fall and winter planned!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hip Strip Fashion at it's Finest!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Hip Strip Block Party last Saturday! It was a blast! Hot, yes but the misters and Kettlehouse beer kept everyone comfortable. The fashion show was incredible from whipped cream to menswear! We are lucky to have so many creative individuals in our community. Here are two of Selvedge's menswear models Tommy and Lance along with their arm candy, Selvedge beauties Lauren and Kristen. And our favorite Saturday workshopper Tina!

Monday, July 6, 2009

New Oil Cloth Just In!!

Lots of new retro-inspired prints. Perfect for summer table cloths or even check book covers! Only $7.95 per yard! Now that's a screaming deal.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Summer Classes!

Stay productive during the lazy days of summer with a class at Selvedge! We've got plenty of beginning sewing classes to get you started. We are offering some basic patternmaking and home dec classes too! Kids classes have been popular as well. They can choose from pants, skirt, bag, or a pillow! These cute girls are twins Isabel and Stella. Their mom even took a class after she saw how much fun they had!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

We all make mistakes

thanks to Aimee, Matty, and Jen, our fabulous judges!

thanks to dj cinder

Monday, April 6, 2009

Alison Moon and her European Travel Outfit

the winner with her European travel outfit!

project selvedge finale

selvedge finale

3 2009

Final contestants Megan, Gretchen and Alison

wait for the judges decision….

shows her line

and her models