Mary, Queen of Prints Exhibit  

Adventures with Sheryl and Debby

What a field of eye candy!  Debby Bowles and I made the trek to the design district near downtown Dallas recently to hear a lecture on the history of print in fashion.  It was a very interesting lecture that highlighted 4 designers, all with a unique signature look. … Read the rest

2018 ASG Plano Sewing Retreat!

 

 

Sewing retreats are a wonderful way to relax, unwind, rejuvenate, and inspire our minds and bodies.  You will meet new friends and learn a new technique or two!

The 2018 AGS Plano was another huge success!  There were 26 ladies sewing day and night!  The Sunset Retreat and Quilt Shop is setup to allow you to sew and shop all night if you want to!  … Read the rest

Sheryl’s Creative Journey into the land of Koos

In 2017 I decided to set a goal of growing my creative skills.  These do not come naturally to me.  I am a process/rows-and-columns kind of thinker by nature.  As I set out to look for way to achieve that goal, I decided to sign up for Marla Kazell’s Koos coat workshop. … Read the rest

It is almost a New Year – Set reasonable goals

Time for reflection, for planning and goal setting.

I am going to encourage you to set reasonable goals for 2017.  I would characterize myself as someone who attempts to over achieve.  I have lots of plans for lots of great designs, projects, paintings and more.   In my mind, I think, I can lose ## pounds, return to my body’s athletic and physical shape of my 20’s or 30’s.… Read the rest

Adventures of a traveling sewist

I count myself very lucky that I have been able to travel about North and South America and Europe.  Soon my travels will take me farther afield, but for now, I would like to share with you my recent adventures in Europe.

In early November, I spent 5 days in London.  … Read the rest

If you think there is something wrong with your machine…..

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You are probably right!  You just have to find the right repair person.

I have been very frustrated with my Viking Diamond Royale in recent months.  It made terrible noise when I sewed on anything (even when embroidering) and shredded my thread.  A machine that expensive shouldn’t act that way. New needles, new thread, different stitch – nothing mattered, it still made that noise. Read the rest

Couture exhibit and talk at Houston Museum of Fine Art

High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter, featured exhibit at the Fine Art Museum of Houston through August 12th, 2016.

Franz Xaver Winterhalter, the 19th century’s most renowned portraitist of European aristocracy, captured the elegance and opulence of his distinguished sitters with an unrivaled brilliance. The worth dresscomprehensive exhibition High Society: The Portraits of Franz X.Read the rest

Gathering in Chicago – Pattern Review Weekend 2016

accessory contestPattern Review Weekend 2016 – Chicago
I just returned home from an amazing 3 day weekend with my sewing people.   15 years ago, a new sewer, computer programmer decided to create a gathering space for sewing folk.  Today the site has over 400,000 members across the world.   I will admit I am not an every day user of the website, sometimes I think I go months or years at one point without using the site.  … Read the rest

A Visit to Stetson Hat Factory

The more you know about how something is created, the more you can appreciate the craftsmanship.  This applies to not only garments, but also hats.  Recently, members of Plano ASG along with members of the Dallas Millinery Society toured the HatCo Stetson/Resistol factory in Garland, TX.    John Stetson first marketed the iconic cowboy hat over 150 years ago.  … Read the rest

Cross Country Quilting Adventures

by Sandie Gregio

Maggpic 1ie Tinnin and I attended a three day class at Quilting by the Bay in Panama City, Florida given by Nancy Mahoney.  It took us two days to drive to Florida since flying with a sewing machine is difficult, and we took our husbands.  After checking into our hotel, I drove to the quilt shop to scope it out. … Read the rest

Clothing Memories

Musings on Memories and Clothing

Love,_Loss_and_What_I_WoreNow showing at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas through March 6, 2016  “Love, Loss and What I Wore by by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron ”

Superstar sisters Delia Ephron and the late, great Nora wrote some of the most popular romantic comedies in history, including Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally.… Read the rest

An Epic Weekend of Fashion, Sewing & Style!

The Sew-cial Media Darling

Meet Mimi Goodwin – I think the most famous Fashion, Sewing & Style forward blogger. You may argue that there are other sewing bloggers that are famous too. However, are they also promoting fashion (I mean today’s fashion, not fuddy-duddy looks) and style? On her blog, MimiGStyle shows us how to “Buy it, Make it, Mix it,  & Rock it!” Her sewing tutorials are geared towards beginners and she uses lots of knits.… Read the rest