Spring 2012 Color Palette Swatches

I realized last night that the color swatches for the Pantone Spring 2012 Fashion Color Palette blog post might be a bit small for some readers. So, here are the Pantone Spring 2012 Fashion Color Palette for women and men in larger swatches.

Tangerine Tango color chipTangerine Tango Solar Power color chipSolar Power
Bellflower color chipBellflower Cabaret color chipCabaret
Sodalite Blue color chipSodalite Blue Margarita color chipMargarita
Sweet Lilac color chipSweet Lilac Cockatoo color chipCockatoo
Driftwood color chipDriftwood Starfish color chipStarfish
Dazzling Blue color chipDazzling Blue Vintage Khaki color chipVintage Khaki
Granita color chipGranita Hawaiian Ocean color chipHawaiian Ocean
Tradewinds color chipTradewinds Grass Green color chipGrass Green

Take-Along a Swatch Sheet

In case you’re someone who likes to take a guide along while shopping, here’s a downloadable Swatch Sheet that you can take with your to the fabric store. Note: Colors may not exactly match to Pantone or between your computer screen and the print out, due differences in color calibration of your computer and/or printer.

Enjoy! and Happy Sewing…in color!

Pantone Spring 2012 Color Palette

Pantone Spring 2011 Color PaletteIt’s Fashion Week in New York and to kick it off Pantone has revealed the color palette for Spring 2012. Pantone invites us to Dance Into Spring with the Spring 2012 Fashion Color Forecast.

Pantone’s Spring 2012 Fashion Color Forecast reminds us that spring is a time of renewed energy, optimism and a promise of a brighter day. And color can help alter or sway a mood. This coming spring is a colorful palette of vivid brights, soft muted tones and fun-loving pastels.

Pantone Spring 2012 Color Palette for Women

Pantone usually leads with the color palette for women. For a larger view of the palette, just click on the graphic.

Pantone Spring 2012 Fashion Color Palette

Provocative Tangerine Tango, an enticing juicy orange, is a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s outlook this spring. Providing a jolt of energy, Solar Power radiates warmth and cheer.

Fanciful Bellflower, a distinct ornamental purple, exudes uniqueness and creativity. Scintillating and sexy, Cabaret is a sensual and intense rosy-red — an excellent choice for summer clothing and cosmetics.

Sodalite Blue, a classic maritime hue, brings order and calmness to mind. Like an anchor to a ship, this dependable shade works with every color in the palette. Cockatoo, a tactile blue-green, is sure to make your spirits soar. This unusual hue adds a whimsical touch to the palette and will surely make a statement this spring.

Margarita, a piquant yellow-green, lifts spirits with its refreshing and stimulating glow. Reminiscent of a blossoming garden on an early spring morning, fragrant Sweet Lilac evokes the fresh scents of summer. This delicate pinkish lilac adds a touch of romance to any wardrobe.

Natural versatile neutrals add practicality to this season’s brights. Driftwood, an adaptable blend of beige and gray with a slightly weathered feel, and Starfish, a perfect warm summer neutral, complement all colors featured in this season’s top 10.

For an ultra-bold vibrant look this spring, try mixing Bellflower with Tangerine Tango and Cabaret. Combine Margarita with Sweet Lilac and Cockatoo for a subtle alternative, or combine Margarita with Sweet Lilac and Driftwood for a more practical variation. Solar Power is best juxtaposed with Sodalite Blue. For a safer bet, add a natural neutral like Starfish to the mix.

— Pantone Spring 2012 Color Palette Press Release

Pantone Men’s Spring 2012 Color Palette

Pantone Spring 2012 Men's Color Palette

Pantone’s Men’s Spring 2012 Color Palette is similar to the Women’s Color Palette, but a bit more “braver” and “bolder.”

“Spring and summer naturally evoke feelings of calm ocean waters and tranquil beach vacations. Vivid Hawaiian Ocean adds sparkle to any attire. Pair it with Dazzling Blue to lift basic blues to new heights.

Vintage Khaki, a timeless yet quintessential classic, is best paired with Granita, a full-bodied and robust deep red.

Breezy Tradewinds creates the perfect combination for spring with Dazzling Blue and Grass Green. This sporty yet classic golf green is sure to be a hit in active sportswear.”

Re-do It Design includes some interested interpretations to the color palettes when thinking in a color story. They look at it from a home decor view, but still very much applicable whether your considering your Spring 2012 wardrobe or making over your home.

Spring 2012 Fashion Color Palette Report

Download Pantone’s Color Report in .PDF with the designers’ influences and inspirations. The Pantone Color Report is filled with designer “must-have’s” and inspirational drawings. This year, Pantone also asked the designers what colorful item defined their style as a child. Fun and interesting to read what fashion design icons such as Betsey Johnson, Tommy Hilfiger, Caren Marc Valvo, Tracy Reese and others said.

Here’s a re-cap of the Spring 2012 Women’s and Men’s colors. What colors will you be using?

  • Tangerine Tango
  • Solar Power
  • Bellflower
  • Cabaret
  • Sodalite Blue
  • Margarita
  • Sweet Lilac
  • Cockatoo
  • Driftwood
  • Starfish
  • Dazzling Blue
  • Vintage Khaki
  • Granita
  • Hawaiian Ocean
  • Tradewinds
  • Grass Green

Still thinking Fall 2011? Here’s our blog post from Pantone’s Fall 2011 color report.

Image source: Pantone

Celebrate National Sewing Month!

National Sewing Month logoSeptember is here! On the one hand it means a melancholy feeling because summer is coming to an end and we’re heading to cooler temps. But on the other hand, September is a CELEBRATION OF SEWING! September is celebrated as National Sewing Month and is co-sponsored by the Sewing & Craft Alliance and the American Sewing Guild.

A Brief History of National Sewing Month

President Ronald Reagan signatureIn September 1982, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation #4976, declaring that September as National Sewing Month. The proclamation recognized the tens of millions of Americans home sewists and  “the skill and the self-reliance which are so characteristic of this Nation.” This was followed with successive annual proclamations by President Reagan during his terms. But in 2005, the request for a proclamation was not accommodated. However, even without a Presidential proclamation, September continued to be supported and promoted as National Sewing Month by various organizations.

In  2008, the American Sewing Guild joined forces with the Sewing & Craft Alliance to continue the promotion of National Sewing Month and provide a central location for the distribution of National Sewing Month information and materials to organizations, educators, sewing enthusiasts and anyone else interested in promoting and/or participating in activities for National Sewing Month.

Celebrate With Sewing: Sew For The Love Of It Contest

 Sew For the Love of It logoNational Sewing Month is celebrated with a contest to showcase and encourage sewing creativity and imagination. This year’s theme is “Sew For the LOVE of it!” 

The contest runs through September 30, 2011. Official rules and entry can be found on the National Sewing Month website. Here’s what you should be thinking:

“Show us what YOU love to sew! You choose the project, whether it’s an article of clothing, a toy, something for your home, an accessory, a quilt, or even an item for your car or boat. Whatever you decide to create, show your love with a within the project. It can be heart fabric, a pillow shaped like a heart, heart embroidery, heart-shaped pockets – it’s completely up to you. The item you enter must be hand-crafted and utilize fabric, thread and sewing machine and there MUST be a visible heart somewhere on the project itself. Whatever you choose to sew, just make sure we see the expression of your love of sewing!”

Think about using National Sewing Month in your neighborhood group challenge this month. If you have pictures, be sure to post them to the Members’ Projects album or email me to post them.

Follow National Sewing Month on Twitter

Twitter logo

The National Sewing Month is on Twitter, @sewingmonth. Watch their tweets for daily giveaways and tutorials posted to the National Sewing Month website.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, @sewchicago. Watch for our special National Sewing Month tweets with the hashtag “#NatSewMo”. We and other sewists around the Twitter-sphere are using the hashtag to share our enthusiasm for sewing!

Lights! Camera! Conference! ASG visits L.A. for 2011

The American Sewing Guild (ASG) held its 2011 annual conference in Los Angeles, CA, from Aug. 18-22. Among the several hundred attendees were a group from the ASG Chicago Chapter. We send a big thanks to National and the L.A. chapter for making this a fantastic conference.

For anyone who has never attended conference, imagine a few hundred ASG members in one location with classrooms, an exhibit/vendor hall, and access to fabric shopping. It’s wonderful! Even if you attended alone, there are no strangers at conference because we all have a common interest: sewing. Mary Ann R., one of the Chicago members, explained, “The conference is a way of bonding with your peers and this happened to me the moment I entered the shuttle at the airport with other ASG members. Everywhere you went, there was another ASG member with a big smile and ‘Hi!'” This statement is so true. In fact, I had a mini-reunion with some of the ASG members I meet on the April 2010 Sew Many Options tour to New York with Marsha McClintock and Marla Kazell

Conference mostly focuses on workshops and classes and this year there was a wide variety from which to choose and those were primarily offered in two- to three-hour slots. “The classes brought out your creativity and made you think outside the box.  With each one, you walked away having learned something new,” said Mary Ann R.

Here are some highlights from some of the Chicago members who attended.

My Purses by Design handbag. Love it!

Purse Basics with Pamela L. Day and Roseanne Lauters of Purses by Design held a special half-day class on Aug. 18 that I attended and walked out with a fantastic handbag. Pamela and Roseanne prepped the class by having all the fabric pre-cut and interfaced. All we had to do was insert the magnetic snap and sew. It was a blast. They use a special interfacing for the lining that helps keep the bag stable but flexible. This was one of four classes the PbyD ladies offered.

Marie Yolande teaching "On the Edge." Wendy G. said Marie turned a hotel meeting room into a couture atelier.

On the Edge with Marie Yolande taught ASG members Wendy G. and Elizabeth H. the beauty of edge finishes and how they can “separate the amateurs from the professionals.” Marie, who has an extensive background in french needlework, showed the class how to use custom piping, shirred and ruched trims, and many other edge techniques. Wendy G. said it was just like being in an couture atelier.

Liz H. showing off her sample of fringed wool in the the "On the Edge" class

Sharleen from ASG Chicago attended Vest-S-Cape with Marsha McClintock of Saf-T-Pockets and walked out with a finished cape/wrap. [We’re waiting for a stunning photo of Sharleen in her cape; check back later to see it!]

It’s almost impossible to list all of the workshops we attended. If you’d like to see who taught, the 2011 conference brochure is still posted on the ASG national website.  Some of the others that quickly come to mind are: Christine Haynes‘ Creating Runway Looks at Home, Katrina Walker‘s Sensational Seams, Diane Ricks‘ Washaway Stabilizers, Anne St. Clair‘s Bra Fit. To read more about the workshops, visit Connie’s post As seen at the ASG National Conference or Celeste’s site “Sew Much Fun” for ASG Conference Reviewed.

Rami Kim's cathedral window coat.

One last class I’d like to mention is Hand Smocking with Rami Kim. She had the class work on two samples and something that seemed so difficult actually was incredibly easy. North American Hand Smocking is a lot of connecting the dots to create the design of your choice. These puckers and pulls of fabric create stunning designs for blouses, jackets, purses, or any item. Rami taught a few other classes on fabric folding, or Chopkey, as she refers to it in her native Korean language. She also displayed a beautiful gold coat done in Cathedral Window pattern.

For English Smocking, visit Vaune, one of the vendors at the conference. She had a beautiful selection of fabric and sold pleaters.

A conference wouldn’t be complete without shopping and tours.  The conference had a exhibit hall for shopping and we made that most of that! But the best is L.A.’s downtown fabric district. It’s maze that could take you weeks to go through. Thankfully a group of the ASG L.A. chapter members put together a handy guide to point out a few spots to visit if you were running short on time. It’s a crazy mix of elegant and inexpensive textiles and trims. From home dec to silk to basic cottons, there was no shortage. If you are visiting on your own, some places you might want to hit in that 8th and 9th street area are: L.A. Fred’s for home dec; Eco Fabric for home dec and Tex Carmel for silks and linens; Trim 2000 for (you guessed it) trims; Michael Levine and Michael Levine’s Annex from just about everything; and off the beaten path were B. Black and Sons for a “step back in time to what a fabric store would be like in the 1920s and 1930s.”

Connie (L) and Wendy (R) with Judy Fitzgerald of Sawyer Brook Fabrics at breakfast. Wendy was thrilled she meet the lady who cuts her fabric and processes her internet orders.

A few of us stayed through Monday to take advantage of some of the fabric shopping tours to Santa Barbara Lace and Textile and another to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and more fabric shopping. The FIDM group was definitely the most packed with three busloads of ASG members. Sharleen and I made it to the bus that started the tour at Mood in L.A. And even thought I don’t have a photo of this to prove it, I do have witness . . . we meet Burt from Project Runway at Mood! He was so nice and posed for pictures with anyone who asked. You guessed it, I didn’t ask to have my photo taken, but I did wish him luck.

I could go on and on about the L.A. trip. It was a blast. The 2012 annual conference will be in Houston, TX from Aug. 16-20 and 2013 will be in Arlington, VA. Hope we see you at both!

As Seen At The American Sewing Guild National Conference

Photos contributed by President Connie G.

American Sewing Guild National Conference logoThe American Sewing Guild National Conference was held in Los Angeles this year. Eleven of our Chicago chapter members attended and filled their days with learning new techniques and meeting old and new friends. Below are some pictures and tidbits that our President, Connie G. sent back.

Running In Stitches Neighborhood Group leader Celeste wrote about her ASG Conference experience on her blog. Be sure to take a peek at her jeans-to-skirt reconstruction with the pretty machine embroidery.

Sights and Thoughts From Connie

Gel-bleached jacket

Gel-bleached jacket

Linda MacPhee Transforms Fabrics
In Linda MacPhee‘s class, a denim jacket was transformed with dishwasher gel bleach. Use a squeeze bottle to control your lines. Save your squeeze ketchup bottles and use that or buy the squeeze bottles at your local craft store.

Linda is also know for her “beggar fabric.” But, beggar fabric is not easy to find. So, Linda made her own by cutting holes  in a top fabric and laundering. Then the fabric is backed with a dotted sheer fabric. Beggar fabric doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, it’s a great way to use up scraps and remnants.

Think that twin-needle is just for heirloom sewing? Try this: thread up some colorful thread in that twin-needle and wander your fabric. You’ll create a fun stipple that is perfect for quilting or embellishing a plain fabric.

Double-needle stipple Denim jacket

Use fleece as inserts to mimic bias to add texture to your piece. Since fleece doesn’t fray, you don’t need to worry about turning under tiny edges…just cut and sew. With fleece, you can also bend it any which way you desire without worrying too much about grains. Although, keep in mind that some fleece have a nap.

Fleece inserts

Fleece inserts

Button embellishments

Button embellishments

Add dimension to your machine embroidery with buttons! Don’t have an embroidery machine? Use your decorative stitches in rows with variegated thread. Or maybe even try hand embroidery.


Upcycled sweaterDo you have a bunch of sweaters that need a new life? You’re either tired of them or they might not fit as well as they used to? Gather them all up and upcycle them into a new sweater. Don’t worry about matching; the idea is to create a patchwork. Use your serger for quick construction…and leave the serged edges to the outside of the garment for additional texture and interest. Go ahead and raid your husband’s and children’s closets…because you’re fabric shopping!

Tip: Try to use similar fiber content within one garment. If you mix an all-wool piece with swatches from a cotton/acrylic sweater, you may end up with a shrunken, felted panel at the next wash.

Learn From the Experts

Sandra Betzina

Sandra Betzina

One of the many advantages of the American Sewing Guild National Conference is having access to many wonderful teachers who are known thoughout the sewing industry. Some classes are hands-on, while others are lecture. Sandra Betzina and Linda MacPhee were just a two of the instructors that were at this year’s ASG National Conference.

Did you go to the ASG National Conference this year in Los Angeles? Tell us your experience, we’d love to hear from you!

Tweet Day: Shark Sewing

Shark Week. It’s become not just a must watch of Discovery Channel for the past 24 years (yes, 24 years of Shark Week!), but also spawned themed sewing posts around the blogsphere.

At the end of Shark Week, we tweeted an entire day of shark-related sewing patterns, tutorials and inspiration with the Twitter hastag #sharksewing. Did you see it? Did you follow us? Well, if you missed one or two or even a few, here’s a recap of the tweeted links.

Happy shark hunting!

Watch for another day of tweets with a theme. Who knows what the next topic will be. If you have a topic that you’d like to see, tweet me at @SewChicago or email me.
Shark fabric

"Woo Woo sharkies" available on Spoonflower.com

Also be sure to check out other shark fabric at Spoonflower.com. Or will you design your own for next year’s Shark Week?

Textile Factory Waltz

They say that music soothes the savage beast. If that’s the case, then here’s a soother to play to your sewing machine or serger the next time it decides to have a mind of its own. Titled Valsa das MĂĄquinas (Machine´s Waltz), this video features equipment from a Brazilian textile factory set to a waltz. Enjoy!

Earth Day Sewing

Earth Day

(Image source: ecozenboutique.blogspot.com)

Happy Earth Day! Are you expecting me to tell you that today is the perfect day to make a tote bag from a t-shirt? C’mon, we can be more imaginative than that, don’t you think?

Eco-Friendly Fabrics

Bamboo knit dressHow about making something from an earth-friendly fiber? Such as a non-petroleum product. Or an organic fiber. Bamboo knits are more widely available these days; Vogue Fabrics (an ASG Supporting Retailer) has a selection of bamboo knits that have a lovely hand and come in a variety of colors. I recently made some scarves and a convertible dress out of their bamboo knit. It was easy

To learn more about eco-friendly fabrics, here are a couple of links:

However, do be careful in trusting everything labeled as “organic.” Some practices are still not as regulated, so some of the so-called organics may not be as organic as they claim to be and may just be a way to inflate the price/yard. Unfortunately, as a consumer, we don’t have a way to ask for verification.


Reconstructed Outfit by Alla

Material Girls' Alla shows her reconstruction challenge outfit

Upcycling. Recycling. Reconstructed clothes. Altered Couture. Call it what you may, you could be earth-friendly by taking an existing item and making it into something new or embellish something you have to give it new life. This isn’t new; generations have done it before us, but the current trend is to call it “Altered Couture.” Kinda nicer than “I recycled this old shirt,” don’t you agree?

Here’s an interview about eco-sewing from Whip-up.net with Ruth Singer. Ruth Singer is the author of Sew Eco, sewing sustainable and re-used materials and Sew it Up, a modern manual of practical and decorative sewing (called The Sewing Bible in US/Canada). Ruth is a textile artist and designer, creating one-off exhibition pieces using her large stash of sustainable and vintage fabrics. She also writes and designs projects for magazines and books, and teaches extensively in the UK.

Earth Day Sewing Projects

I don’t think you have to go so far as to only use a treadle sewing machine, but maybe Earth Day is the opportunity to catch up on hand-sewing…no electricity needed to run a sewing machine. How about hand-picking a zipper instead of machine sewing? Nancy S. from SewChicago NG said her grandmother used to press her hand-sewn aprons by folding neatly; placing under a book on a chair; and sitting on it during supper. Talk about no carbon footprints!

Still want to bust out your sewing machine? How about making a stuffed globe or an endangered animal.

  • Globe: Use this pattern for your basic ball shape, then trace the continents from a map onto felt and appliquÊ to your ball.
  • Endangered Animal: Search the internet for free animal patterns or check your library or bookstore for “Wild and Wonderful Fleece Animals” for a fun selection

Twitter logoFollow our tweets today for more Earth Day-inspired projects and ideas— including the obligatory t-shirt tote. 🙂 Happy Earth Day Sewing!

Shopping Trip: Fabricville

FabricvilleWhat do you think about when preparing to visit a new city? Many of us leave home with a list of fabric store addresses that we found on the web. On a trip to Montreal I visited Fabricville. Located downtown in the shopping area, I was pleasantly surprised to find a large, well-stocked, and very busy, store.

Graphic prints lined the shelves at Fabricville and ready-to-wear store windows were showing printed tops trimmed with lots gold or silver cords and braids. The European fashion influence was very apparent. Naturally there were lots of knitted woolen garments.

Can you guess what almost everyone wears? Boots. Everyone, young and old, wears boots to keep warm. I wore my boots everywhere.

Use the internet the next time you are planning a trip. And send us your shopping experiences.

Show Us What You’ve Got, ASG Chicago!

Grab a cup and stay a while

Our ASG Chicago chapter blog has been live for almost two weeks! We’ve posted a few things to say “hello” and to give you a loose idea of what’s going on here and a couple of topics that we’ll be blogging about.

But, you might be wondering “why a blog?” The blog gives us (us, meaning the Advisory Board and Neighborhood Group leaders) a way to communicate with you and others beyond our chapter. On this blog, you’ll be able to leave comments on every blog post and every page and have conversations with other ASG Chicago members and visitors of the blog. Instead of being a one-way communication to you, you can now talk back and discuss with others not in your neighborhood group by adding comments to the blog posts and photo albums.

The blog also gives us a chance to communicate with you more frequently. For reminders of new educational events that Wendy is putting together; for sew-ins and community service reminders; and we’ve dedicated a portion on the right-hand side for you to post pictures and share with everyone in color all the wonderful projects that you’ve been sewing.

For our readers who aren’t quite yet members of the American Sewing Guild, we hope that you’ll get to know a bit more about us through our blog and join us at an event or in a Neighborhood Group (NG). Our Neighborhood Groups are where sewists can meet face-to-face.

What about the website and the newsletter?

American Sewing Guild artwork: Lorelei's Three PeopleThe asgchicago.org website and the Cutting Edge newsletter work together to communicate to you and with you. Please do refer often to the website for important event dates, neighborhood information as well as use it as your reference for the list of supporting retailers. The Cutting Edge newsletter will continue to be our bi-monthly quarterly “round-up” of news, community service and reminder of upcoming events. The blog gives us the opportunity to bring you news and information in between the times that the Cutting Edge is sent to our members.

What can I find on the blog?

More than likely, you’re reading this while this post is on the home page. Like a website, a blogsite is composed of several pages with different information. You can see those across the top where the About Us tab is.

  • About Us — A description of who our chapter is and our goal as a chapter of the American Sewing Guild. If you’re in need of a Neighborhood Group, you can contact Aileen our Neighborhood Group Chair to help you connect with one.
  • Community Service — ASG members are very giving with their time and skills to use toward community service projects. Check back often to this tab for information about the national community service and other community service projects that you can donate your sewing skills to help deserving organizations. This year, members from around the chapter are answering the call to make pretty dresses for larger-sized teens in the Curvy Girl Prom Dress Challenge.
  • Educational Resources — The Chapter Advisory Board is happy to have Wendy Grossman (Sew Chicago NG) step up as our Education Chair to not only develop events with sewing educators, but also to share her extensive research of sewing techniques and resources. Check in this area often as Wendy adds to this list of valuable resources.
  • In the News — Believe it or not, we attract the media…and not just Notions. In this section, we’ll keep a running list of the various newspapers and local media that has talked about our ASG chapter. So, if you miss a blog post, you can always check back in this section to see who’s talking about us.

We’ll be adding a few more areas to the top as we go along, so don’t forget to look up there once in a while.

On the left-hand side, you’ll find timely-information:

  • We’ll use the top-left side to remind you about sew-ins or challenges that you can get involved in.
  • Subscribe by email to the blog by entering your email. By subscribing, you’ll be emailed each time a new post is published or when someone comments on the blog. This will make it easier to keep in the conversation. Subscribe today!
  • Since we’re all about communication with each other, we’ve also started a Webring, which is a list of websites related to our chapter. Did you know some of our NGs have a blog, too?

On the right-hand side, we’re showcasing YOU! As you finish projects, upload them to our Members’ Projects album on Flickr. It’s free to join and you can upload any sized picture to it. Then, our blog will show the most recent four pictures on the right-hand side. It’s so much fun to see what the other members are doing! Hop over there after you read this to see the pictures that have already been posted.

While you’re on Flickr, go ahead and join our other photo album, ASG Chicago – Sewing as an Art and Life Skill, where you can post pictures from NG meetings, sew-ins or anytime you get together. We’re finding another area in the blog to put these pictures. So, join that photo album and show us what you do at your meetings — we’d love to see your pictures!

Under the right-hand photos are three sections to help you find posts…this will come in handy as we start writing more regularly.

  • Categories will let you find blog posts that have been grouped together by topic.
  • Follow the comments section to see who’s joining in the conversations.
  • Use the tags links to show a list of blog posts that have these words associated to them.

In the center of the page are the blog posts. Each time someone writes something, that’s called a “post.” You’ll be able to see who contributed and when the post was published. At the bottom of each post, you’ll be able to:

  • Rate It: We’re hoping for 5 stars, but if the post is a 1-star, please let us know.
  • Share It: For our readers who are on Facebook and Twitter, you can use these buttons to share our posts with your friends. We’ve made it easy for you to email your friends about the post with the email link. And, since we might be posting tutorials or other project ideas on the blog, you’ll be able to print out the blog post easily with the “Print” button.
  • The “Filed Under” link works the same way as the Categories pull-down on the right-hand side.
  • The Tagged link in the blog post searches other blogs for these words. Click one of these to see what other people are writing about these topics.
  • You can “Like” a post if you don’t want to rate…or you can do both.
  • Most importantly, you can Leave A Comment on the blog post. Ask a follow-up question; let us know what you think about a topic; whatever you’d like to write. We’ll reply to you on the blog, too, so others can join the conversation. This is the best part of the blog…we can all share ideas and information with each other.

What kind of topics will be on the blog?

I love bloggingAnything and everything related to sewing. Home dec; quilts; fashion; accessories; crafted items, such as softies; book reviews; class reviews; sewing technology; sewing events and museums within Illinois and beyond…even some sewing-related holidays! (Hint: Do you know what sewing-related observance happens on February 8? Come back and find out!)

We’re starting with a few people to blog, but we’re encouraging more to contribute. If you’d like to contribute or if you don’t want to write a blog post, but want to see a specific topic written about, let us know! For now, you can email me (Tina) and I’ll be your roving reporter for the blog. Want to join me in being a roving reporter? Let me know!

Whether you’re new to sewing, a returned sewist or you’ve been running stitches your whole life….if you sew for yourself, a friend, family member, American Girl or a pampered pet, we’re glad you’re with us and joining us in our blog adventure. We’re looking forward to sharing and talking with you!

In the meantime, go to the Flickr photo albums and SHOW US WHAT YOU’VE GOT, ASG CHICAGO! You’re a talented group of sewists and we want to show you off to the world!

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