All about buttonholes

This morning’s Toujour Couture meeting was all about buttonholes.

A buttonhole by definition is a small slit in a garment or piece of fabric for fastening a button, but we all know a buttonhole is much more than a slit in cloth!

It can be either utilitarian or a design element depending on the garment being created.… Read the rest

Annual Luncheon and Election – October 27th

Just a reminder that our Annual Luncheon and Election of Officers is Saturday, October 27th, 11:30-3:00pm.

Please join us for a fantastic lunch served family style in the Venucci room at Maggiano’s, Willow Bend.

Guest Speaker will be Shirley Cunningham talking to us about Fabric and Fibers as Art.… Read the rest

Art from the Loom

The Mesquite Arts Council presents an exhibit by the White Rock Weaving Center. “Art From the Loom” is an exhibition featuring the artwork of twenty weavers using textile techniques as well as some innovative contemporary materials such as bamboo.

Stopping in at the White Rock Weaving Center is like stepping into a long-gone era filled with craftspeople.… Read the rest

The Secret Strength of Silk Organza

If you envision frilly little girls’ dresses, crisp sheer collars, or a translucent evening concoction when you hear the name “silk organza,” reconsider.

In this Threads Magazine article (download here) Marla Kazell, teacher of fine-sewing techniques, will show you several ways silk organza can greatly improve the results of your sewing.… Read the rest

ASG Sewing Hall of Fame 2012

Each year the National ASG picks a Hall of Fame Honoree. Induction into the Sewing Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have had a lasting impact on the home sewing industry with unique and innovative contributions through sewing education, product development, media or other sewing industry related endeavors.

Claire Shaeffer was the 2012 Inductee into the ASG Sewing Hall of Fame.… Read the rest

TAG – Teach Another Generation

One of the biggest news items from ASG Headquarters is a new program called TAG – Teach Another Generation. The program is just starting out, but the focus is on teaching young people to sew.

ASG now offers a junior membership for ages up to 17 and also from 17-22 years of age for those with a student ID.… Read the rest

More news from ASG Conference

Becky Bieri, Debby Bowles and Brenda Toub all wrote a little review of their experience attending the ASG conference in Houston:

We absolutely loved the conference, and wished everyone could have experienced the great sessions on how to improve our sewing expertise. It was inspirational to spend a whole day learning couture techniques live and in person with Susan Khalje. … Read the rest

Threads Magazine subscription

Threads Magazine offers a discount subscription to ASG groups when they order 10 or more subscriptions, new or renewals, in one order. This offer is open to ASG members only. If you are interested, please see the information in our October newsletter or contact Donna Simpson.

The deadline for the subscription through ASG is Nov 1, 2012.  … Read the rest

Sorbetto Top Pattern

This free Sorbetto top pattern (multi-sized for 0 to 18) by Colette Patterns is a perfect one-night-sewing-project. It’s a really simple top, great for beginners, but with lots of potential for variation for the more advanced seamstresses.

Colette says: “You could use a patterned bias tape, or just use a contrasting color.… Read the rest