Travel and Fabric and Sewing! Oh My!

If you are reading this article, I suspect you are a lover of fabric. Those of us sharing that love usually have a stash and the individual pieces of that stash sometimes have a story. Here are stories from Karen, Markita and Sheryl, a few of our Plano ASG members who have had the opportunity to wander the globe and love to feed their stash with souvenirs from their travels.… Read the rest

Jeans Making – Grand Finale

Welcome back to this Grand Jeans-Making Adventure! ICYMI, you can read about my search for the right fabric and supplies in Part 1 and my painful journey through jeans fit in Part 2. In part 3, my grand finale, I will share my experience of ….

Making a Wearable Pair of Jeans.
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Jeans Making – Part 2

Welcome back and thanks for joining me as I chronicle my grand jeans making adventure.  I had lots to learn about the various denim weights in Part 1

In Part 2 I found out the big thing to learn was JEANS FIT.  I had no idea when I started this that I would need to make 3 muslins!
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Jeans Making – Part 1

Part 1 – Getting Ready

Two years ago, I decided I wanted to jump on the jeans-making band wagon.  I bought the Closet Case Morgan boyfriend jeans pattern and was ready to go.  Six months later I had done nothing so when our chapter offered a jeans technique workshop, I was excited to attend. … Read the rest

Janelle’s Journey into Kantha

Submitted by Janelle Brantley

My sister Jacki called me on a Monday, from a Tues. Morning in East Texas, telling me about some Kantha throws she’d found and how wonderful they were.

They reminded her of  jackets she’d seen on Pinterest and in magazines and thought the throws would be perfect for a project.… 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

Designing Divas visit Balenciaga in Black at the Kimbell Art Museum

Tuesday, November 27, Designing Divas had a wonderful tour of the Balenciaga in Black exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. They learned how this leader of fashion design used fabric and form to create beautiful artwork. The group will strive to recreate the lines in
some of the designs to create their own patterns.… Read the rest

Home Grown Plano ASG Sews Jeans Workshop

At the Plano ASG chapter, we have so many talented members.  Member Debby B. agreed to teach us her secrets for creating jeans that no one will believe you made yourself!

 

In August we had two Jeans Techniques Workshops held at the “Best Little Retreat Center”  where attendees learned all the steps to making a RTW looking pair of jeans. … Read the rest

Tunic Bible Workshop

Tunic Bible Workshop is coming to Plano!  We are so excited to be hosting this event and we’ve been busy getting ready!

On July 14, 2018 we had the Tunic Bible Fitting workshop.  Plano ASG members tried on samples from the “Tunic Bible” in both woven and knit.  Everyone made notes on how to create the perfect fitting tunic ahead of the workshop. … Read the rest

Is a sewing subscription service for you?

Subscription services – They used to be book of the month club, fruit baskets, etc.  Then came the beauty product clubs, and the popular clothing club, stitch fix.

There have been crafting clubs, quilting and embroidery clubs, knitting clubs, well now there is a new subscription sewing club.

 

 

Needle Sharp is the brain child of Mary Grabenstatter. … Read the rest

Tutorials now all in one place!!!

  PLANO ASG MEMBERS SHARE THEIR TALENT !!!
We have so many talented members that have shared their expertise both on our YouTube channel as well as with pdf handouts.

We will be adding more of these tutorials so bookmark the tutorial page on our website it is here:  http://www.planoasgsews.org/tutorials/

Do you have a specific tutorial or how to request? … Read the rest

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