A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snickett’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is a story of three orphans and their evil guardian’s repeated attempts to gain control of their family fortune before the oldest of the three turned 18 and claimed control.

What does this have to do with ANYTHING sewing related? Well, as I reflected on the current state of affairs of our local, independent fabric and sewing supply stores, it certainly does seem like we’ve had an evil guardian out there lately trying to do something similar.… Read the rest

Hitting it out of the Sewing Room

Plano ASG member, Tricia Kemp, showed off her latest creation at the November Toujours! Couture meeting.  It is a story of creativity and the value of ASG relationships, so we knew we had to share.

With the help of ASG friend, Penny Hanstein, Tricia developed a blouse sloper that she can now use to design any blouse she wants.  On her very first attempt, she hit it right out of the ballpark, or should we say sewing room.… Read the rest

Book Review

I recently had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of the new book by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr, A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing.  Since my self-described style is “Audrey Hepburn with a Twist”, I was excited to see what this book had to offer.  And I was not disappointed.  Let me tell you why.… Read the rest

Indigo Dyeing Seen Wandering a Museum in Budapest

Submitted by Markita Hall-Gumble

Plano ASG member Markita, recently had the opportunity to spend some time in Budapest, Hungary.  And in typical ASG fashion, she found “all things fiber” the city had to offer!  Enjoy a virtual walk through history of indigo dyeing as Markita takes us on a tour of the Goldberger Textile Museum. 

The Goldberger Textile Museum pays homage to the more than 200 years of industrial and social history of the previous Goldberger textile factory and surrounding area in Óbuda.  The Goldberger business was started by Ferenc Goldberg in 1784 and run by six subsequent generations. 

The largest section of the museum is devoted to the process of indigo vat dyeing.  Indigo (which is derived from one of the species of the indigo plant) was initially purchased from India until synthetic Indigo was developed.  And since this process requires a lot of water, banks of the Danube in Budapest was an ideal location.… Read the rest

Can We Put Your Mind at Ease?

By Debbie Bowles and Sheryl Belson

A few years ago, I adapted my knit Grainline Morris blazer pattern so I could make it with some luscious silk matka. I made all the pattern adjustments to shift from a zero-ease design that works with the stretch of a knit to a design that would work with a non-stretch woven.… Read the rest

Get ready for a Sewing Retreat!

Plano ASG’s annual retreat will be held on February 6th – 9th 2020. Registration will be coming soon! Be on the look-out for the email if you are interested!

Photo by Kris Atomic on Unsplash

We are headed back to Sunset, Texas! Time to pack your sewing gear and spend the weekend with your sewing buddies’ sew-cializing for a few days!… Read the rest

Meet Sheryl – Sewist with a Passion Sewing Socially

How long have you been a member? Since 2012

Sheryls’ s blackwood cardigan for the March Sew My Style 2019 challenge

What do you like to sew? I love sewing garments, especially when I can add a creative element to them.  I also like making my own purses, but more as a need than a creative outlet.… Read the rest

Sewing Machine Maintenance

We’ve heard the old saying cleanliness is next to godliness.  Whether you think that saying holds any truth, it definitely could be rewritten in our community as:

Sewing Machine cleanliness is next to impossible!

Maybe I exaggerate.  But it certainly is an endless task!  On a regular basis, we need to take a minute to clear out the lint in our sewing machines if we want them to function well.  They get all sorts of bits of thread and lint in the bobbin case and under the throat plate that really do get in the way of smooth sewing.  If we are in this sewing gig for the long haul and we want our sewing machine to be in it with us, we need to show it some love on a regular basis.  Plano member Marie B has an older mechanical sewing machine and says she opens it up to clean and oil it after each sewing project is completed which has help it keep sewing for over 35 years.  

But do we need to do more?
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Meet Kelli – Sewist with a heart for kids

Kelli Robertson is a multi-talented member using her skills for good in the community. We are glad she took some time to share what she’s been up to with us.

Kelli
How long have you been a member?

I’ve been a member since 2014.

What do you like to sew?

I really like to sew a little of everything.… Read the rest

Measurements Matter

One of the best parts of being a Member of the Plano Chapter of ASG is learning from other members. I made a personal goal to learn to sew my own clothes. I quickly ran into fitting issues and learned that I needed help. I brought a blouse that I was working on to the Designing Divas neighborhood group, and two wonderful ASG members offered to help me with fitting.… Read the rest

Meet Monica – Leader of Project Sew

Since Monica joined Plano ASG in 2014, she has been busy spreading her enthusiasm for sewing to DFW and beyond!

She does so many things and you can find everything she does on her sewing and DIY website called That’s Sew Monica.… Read the rest