Sew for the Skill of It

Internaional Sewing Month

September is National Sewing Month and this year’s theme is Sew for the Skill of It. We’re always thinking about ways to sharpen our sewing skills and it’s always exciting when we find new ways to celebrate the gift that those skills are.

Recently, word has been spreading about a fabulous reality TV show called the Great British Sewing Bee that has home sewists competing based solely on their sewing skills. The show sprinkles in some interesting historical information and gives glimpses of the contestants’ backgrounds, but the focus is the craft of sewing and how well the contestants execute the challenges, which include following a pattern, making made-to-measure clothes for real people and upcycling a purchased article of clothing. The sewing room is stocked with exquisite fabrics and trims referred to as the haberdashery. The judges are an expert sewing teacher and a Saville Row tailor and the drama comes, not from personality conflicts, but from hoping the contestants will be able to finish the challenges in time. It’s all very civilized and no bleeping is required. Contestants talk about “unpicking” their mistakes (so much gentler-sounding than ripping) and one remarked that a fabric had a mind of its own so she had to “speak to it very firmly.”  Wouldn’t it be great if we had something similar here in the US? A contest like this would be a great addition to ASG’s National Conference, for instance.

Season Two of the Great British Sewing Bee is in the works and the full episodes from Season One can be viewed on YouTube.  Watching is fun, but doing is what we sewing fanatics love best. Let’s all celebrate National Sewing Month by tackling a project that tests our skills, learning or brushing up on a technique that’s gotten the better of us in the past. Do it for the skill of it.

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Are you ready for the Sew Spring Fling 2013?

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It’s that time of year again. Time for Spring Fling 2013! This year’s fling takes place April 27th at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 8149 Golf Road, Niles, IL 60714, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free. Feel free to bring guests. Members can buy, sell or donate fabric, patterns and sewing books. Whistle Stop Demos are a wonderful opportunity to learn new sewing techniques. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

Members interested in selling fabric please click here for information and to obtain fabric inventory forms.

ASG Chicago Member Wins Sew it All Casting Call

Congrats to ASG Chicago Chapter Member Rhonda Buss! Rhonda is the winner of the Sew it All Casting Contest. Rhonda will demonstrate a dress on an episode of  Sew it All TV that will air in April of 2014. Check out her audition video. Congrats again Rhonda!!!

 

ASG Chicago Member Wins IPCA Ticket to Paradise Contest

The 2013 Ticket to Paradise Grand Prize went to Eve Kovacs of Woodridge, Illinois, who used patterns from Saf-T-Pockets to create a skirt and jacket ensemble.Photo: Charles Islander, C Islander Graphics and Photography


The 2013 Ticket to Paradise Grand Prize went to Eve Kovacs of Woodridge, Illinois, who used patterns from Saf-T-Pockets to create a skirt and jacket ensemble.
Photo: Charles Islander, C Islander Graphics and Photography

Courtesy of Threads.com …

At the International Textile Expo in Las Vegas, March 18-20, the Independent Pattern Company Alliance presented its annual sewing contest fashion show and awarded the top prizes to the contest winners. Each year, the IPCA’s contest challenges sewers to select patterns from one of the IPCA member pattern companies and then unleash their imaginations to create garments inspired by the contest theme. The 2013 theme was “Ticket to Paradise”, and contestants were encouraged to make garments that express their idea of “paradise”. The winning garments were selected from a field of finalists during the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington, earlier in March.

The 2013 Ticket to Paradise Grand Prize went to Eve Kovacs of Woodridge, Illinois, who used patterns from Saf-T-Pockets to create a skirt and jacket ensemble…

Click here to read more.

ASG Chicago Presents: Traditional Bargello Jacket Workshop with Joan Derylak

Blue Quilted Jacket Workshop Green Quilted Jacket

The Chicago Chapter of The American Sewing Guild presents A Traditional Bargello Jacket Workshop with Joan Derylak of Figure Flattering Quiltwear. This 2 day workshop takes place Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Fabrics Etc, 1105 South York Road in Bensenville, Illinois.

In this class students will create their own unique bargello jacket using 7 different fabrics, choosing from the Straight Bargello or Purple Garden. You supply the fabric and bring your machine, we supply the kit, which includes 4 copies of the pattern you select, lunch and snacks.

We will learn the basic techniques for creating bargello with tube construction and how to use this to design for our own uniquely beautiful Figure Flattering Quiltwear. Joan loves to see the creativity and enthusiasm, when a student first puts on her garment and looks in the mirror.  Most are surprised at the great fit and how the colors come together.

Friday morning:  Jacket fittings/alterations and marking our muslin. Students have 34 muslins in five styles to try on and choose from, bust sizes 32”-57”

Friday afternoon – Saturday:  Students will learn the basic techniques of bargello design, and how to apply this to a garment.  We will then sew, sew, sew.  Lastly will be a finishing/tailoring techniques demo.

Pre-class preparation required: Supply list and pre-class prep directions will be sent to you after you register.

Skill level: Purple Garden straight bargello jacket Beginner; Midnight Glacier slant bargello jacket Intermediate

Basic sewing skills are required.  Garment construction skills are helpful.

The Early Bird price for ASG Members who register by May 13, 2013 is only $135, which includes lunch, beverages, snacks and multiple copies of the pattern so you won’t have to do any tracing. The non-member price is $170.  Click here to register online or download a paper registration form. Don’t delay – space is limited!

Call for Fibre Artists!!!

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The Third Annual Driftless Area Fibre Arts Faire, sponsored by Arlene Byrne/de la Pear, will be held June1-2, 2013 at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, Wisconsin.  This year’s event will coincide with the June 1st Artist Parade during the day followed by Gallery Night in the evening.

This festival is held outside at Shake Rag Alley. A large tent that will be constructed to hold several artists. There is limited spaces for individual tents. With this in mind priority will be given to returning artists.

Registration deadline is March 30th. Notifications will be sent out April 15th.

Artist interested in participating contact Jennifer Golubiewski, for registration guide lines and an application, at 608.287.6872 and via email at driftlessfibrearts@gmail.com.

J. Stern’s Tee to Dress Tutorial

j. sterns tee to dress

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Stern

Check out Jennifer Stern’s How to make a Tee into a Knit Dress! tutorial. To view the entire tutorial click here for Jennifer’s website.

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