Red Hot Mess Challenge

What do you do when you receive a donation of a LARGE bolt of red knit fabric and a TUB full of tape measures? How about a challenge?! Our Special Events team created a fun challenge to find ways to incorporate both into any kind of project our members could dream of.… Read the rest

Fireside Chat with Anita Morris of Anita by Design

We had an incredible 37 minutes with this lovely lady! You will love her exuberance, authenticity, joy and sparkling smile. Anita Morris of Anita by Design shares her passion for helping people learn to sew, her unique way of planning her sewing projects, as well as how she has weathered some of life’s hardest moments.… Read the rest

Makers Gonna Make

Plano member, Annette Berlyn, splits her time between her home in South Africa and her daughter’s home here is Texas.  If one thing is true about Annette, it is that she will create the most interesting things out of anything she can get her hands on!

We hope you enjoy her story of how a simple museum visit with a friend turned her into an entrepreneur artist for the museum gift shop.… Read the rest

Fireside Chat with Kimberly Jolly of the Fat Quarter Shop

We recently had the pleasure of doing this 20 minute interview with Kimberly Jolly. Kimberly is the owner of the Fat Quarter Shop and It’s Sew Emma. Between those two companies, she covers all sorts of quilting and cross stitching fabrics, supplies, and patterns. It was great fun to hear how this accountant turned creative and made her journey to where she is today.… Read the rest

Advancing Sewing Skills Online

Over the past few months, our members have shared their favorite source of sewing inspiration and their favorite books.  This time some of our members are sharing their favorite online learning opportunities.  We have heard several people lament that the pandemic seems to be dealing a blow to their sew-jo. … Read the rest

Ginger Joins ASG

Ginger was afraid she wouldn’t fit in. She thought she was too inexperienced. Listen to this 8 minute video and hear what helped her overcome that feeling and how she feels now. We are so glad Ginger made the leap and is now a valued part of our chapter! Then, if you haven’t already, join ASG!… Read the rest

After the Masks

When COVID sent us all inside, our minds were consumed with questions like

WHAT NOW?

We needed something to combat all kinds of feelings.  Fear.  Boredom.  Lack of purpose.  And we had to find the solution to those feelings within the confines of our own homes.

Because we sew, many of us found the solace we needed right inside our sewing room. … Read the rest

Using your iPhone for Fit

Sometimes we find the best sewing tools in the most unlikely places! Watch this 5 minute video and learn 3 ways you can turn your smart phone into your very own fit advisor.

Click here to see the tripod I used. I love that it has bendable legs!

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Fireside Chat with Emily Hallman about Capsule Wardrobe Planning

We spent about a half hour with Emily Hallman talking about color, style and the joy of sewing your own wardrobe. She publishes a capsule wardrobe blog and has over 40K followers on Instagram, both an enormous source of inspirational eye candy! Emily describes herself as a shoe lover, bookworm, dog mama, fashion enthusiast, and sewist.… Read the rest

Fireside Chat with Suzy Furrer of Apparel Arts

Suzy Furrer is the star of our next fireside chat and she is another delight you won’t want to miss. Suzy is the founder/director of the Bay area fashion design school, Apparel Arts where she teaches classes on pattern making, textiles, sewing, design principles and tailoring.  In addition to teaching at her own school, Suzy teaches at conferences, guilds, and schools around the country, online on Blueprint, and has even taught for big name companies like GAP, Pixar, and Lucas Films.… Read the rest

Fireside Chat with Gail Yellen and her Serge Magic

Join me for a 25 minute fireside chat with Gail Yellen of Gail Patrice Designs and hear all about her serger magic. Gail offers a collection of patterns, teaches a wide range of classes and workshops, authored the book, Serger Essentials, and has a YouTube channel where she offers a wide range of videos called Serger Tip Clips.… Read the rest

Plano ASG meets Jenny Rushmore at Cashmerette

When Jenny Rushmore saw a gap in the options pattern companies offered curvy sewists, she didn’t sit back and accept it. She started her own company and filled it! We recently had the pleasure of a fireside chat with her and heard about her journey through building her company, Cashmerette and co-founding the Curvy Sewing Collective.… Read the rest