Summer Challenge 2019 – Forgotten Closet Gems

Angela Gladwin is spearheading this years Summer Challenge. She wants you to pull out that item hanging at the back of your closet.

Why do you still have it — do you love the fabric, a particular detail, how well it fits?

Why is it forgotten – is it out of style, no longer fits well, needs a repair?

What can you do with it so that it is no longer a forgotten gem? Can it be refashioned into a more current style? Can it be altered for a better fit? Can it be repaired? Can the buttons or a unique detail be removed and used for another item? The possibilities are endless🙂

We are looking forward to seeing your GEMS at the guild meeting on October 10, 2019.

Happy Summer Sewing✂️


2019 April Meeting – A Feast For Your Eyes

We sat in awe of the beauty and talent surrounding us, listening to Christina’s stories behind the designing and creating of her quilts, clothes, accessories and home decor creations.

This tiger was the most challenging. A photo of a tiger at the Thailand Tiger Temple was her inspiration. Note the messages nestled in the blades of grass .. some one heard the cries for help because the Tiger Temple has been permanently closed.

And those lovely quilts were the backdrop for our ‘Sew and Tell’ where we were shown shopping bags made from PC coffee pod bags; a couple of early submissions for the May Apron Challenge, a Chicken Quilt, a Jalie rain jacket (just in time for spring in Nova Scotia) and a couple of very, wearable dresses.


‘ Short Snaps’ were the feature of the meeting — four of our members each shared an interesting, unique technique

  • Brenda showed us how to make jewelry with strips of scrap fabric and beads
  • Tory shared her story of how she Marie Kondo’d here way to a somewhat capsule wardrobe and taught us how to ‘properly’ our garments
  • Heike developed a technique for stabilizing and fearlessly cutting into hand-knit fabric
  • Elte marked out a skirt and top onto fabric using a measuring tape and some simple math .. no pattern needed!
  • And after we absorbed all this information and enjoyed a little social time we were treated to ever popular ‘Sew and Tell’
  • This cozy jacket is Kwik Sew 4139 and made from a reversible fabric
  • How lovely is Lorna’s trench coat? It is the Taylor Trench pattern by Rebecca Page
  • Kathleen is kicking up her heals in this self-drafted skirt made from drapery
    Reina used the Claudette dress pattern to make a skirt. Top is the Astoria pattern from Seamwork
  • Pat was busy sewing the Jalie Raglan 3245 for granddaughters but still found time to make herself a Josie top by StyleArc

    Susan has made this her go to pattern for everyday dresses – New Look 6352
    Janet used Simplicity 9320 to make herself this top.
    Nancy’s Poolside Tote by Noodlehead will be carting things to more places than the pool and beach
    Yours truly is wearing a Grainline Driftless Cardi over the Seamwork Brit dress.
    Another Laundry Day Tee (Love Notions) by Priscilla

    This is the Gillianne Cardi from DG patterns made by Anita

  • February Challenge – Mentionable Unmentionables!

    Our February 2019 meeting fell on Valentines Day, so a challenge featuring lingerie and loungewear was certainly appropriate.

    Marilyn watches TV in her burgundy sparkling (Style 2077) gown – just like a movie star ⭐️ While Mary prefers the warmth of this valentine fleece she used to make Kwik Sew 3209. And Lorna is just going for ‘sexy’ with her silky Jalie ‘Melanie’ kimono (#3889) worn over a silk slip.

    Sleepwear that doubles as loungewear: Norma beautifully embroidered the neckline on this Kwik Sew 4080 nightgown. Suzanne’s Carolyn pyjamas (Closet Case Patterns), complete with pockets, are much to nice to be worn only for sleeping. Edgar and Kathleen like these comfy pj bottoms for lounging around the house.

    Pat made those beautiful bathrobe from Jalie 2567 for her grandson! He is just a little taller than her 😉

    And now for the ‘unmentionables’. Nancy’s itty bitty Scrundles (from Stitch Upon a Time) are too cute for words. Reina made a matching workout bra and panty combo that is really to nice to cover up (Keri No-Bounce sports bra and basic panties from Pin-Up Girls). What a good mother Carolyn is making these Jalie Gerald (#3885) boxers for her son. Jocelyn is feeling bashful about showing off her valentine panties. Carolyn made herself a bright sports bra from Stitch Upon a Time’s Greenstyle pattern.


    Views both benign & ridiculous –

    – Boats almost beaten to a pulp by wind on our first day, followed by a cruise ship that dwarfed George’s Island.

    Working hard and working fun and working together often means a working mess:

    New & familiar faces – all glad to be together sharing special sewcial time

    And our “Objets du Jour”

    Lorna’s great “sewn with fire” weights & pincushions
    Pat’s bow-tie lessons for One & All 

    New Location:
    Trinity Anglican Church 321 Main Ave., Halifax

    See ASG Facebook of October 16 for video of Just how Windy it was.
    And see October 21 for Seaside Swirl.

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    COME ONE! COME ALL!town clock town crier

    1st Meeting of new season – please come early for registration

    Meeting 7:00 – 9:00

    New meeting day ~ THURSDAYS ONGOING


    New location ~
    Trinity Anglican Church
    (Please Note: this is a scent-free building)

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    Headliner Tory LeBlanc  presents

    AKA More smiling, less cussing
    – ways to sew your garment a happy ending

    Map link to location

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    SEASIDE BAG CLASS Announcement

    Angela speaks

    A letter from Angela Gladwin


    Dear Atlantic Sewing Guild,

    Sew, I would like to talk about Sewing Retreats, or the packing up of notions & supplies for those fun times. If you are like me at my first which I attended in May 2018, you will have lots of containers and bags to hold all these notions … and I do mean lots!  I eventually narrowed it down to one bag, & sewed it up at that ASG Seaside Sewing event.  I am very happy with the amount it will hold.


    There are many bags of similar design out in the great wide net, under many recognizable names.  The bag I started with was offered free to one & all (thank you Ruby).  I have been re-tweaking the design & process over the summer as I make many more, including one for my sister-in-law. (It’s always Gifting Season!)

    This is a great bag to use up those scraps that multiply when we’re not looking.  For these, I used four different sewing themed fabrics.  You can make one to colour coordinate your personal style.  Or be wild and use up to 12 different fabrics!

    Atlantic Sewing Guild has asked me to present this bag class for you

    September 29/18.

    Join us & sew up your own Seaside Bag to corral your sewing supplies & notions; beauty items; children’s toys. (see where I am going with this?—-Tame All The Things!)

    See you soon!

    Supply list will be provided with registration at ASG first meeting on September 13.

    Classes, Registration and Payment

    • Classes are full day (9:30 AM set-up for 10:00 to 4:00 PM) unless otherwise stated.
    • Full day class is $40 for Guild members .
    • Registration for all classes will be on a first come, first served basis.
    • Registration will be first done at Guild Meetings, then via email to the Guild afterward.
    • Post dated cheques will not be accepted for registration of a class.
    • If the classes fill up, you can put your name on a waiting list.
    • All classes have to be paid up before the class date or you will lose your spot!
    • Classes held at Halifax Christian Church at 51 Farnham Gate Road (see map link below)

    Map to Halifax Christian Church link

    An Atlantic Sewing Guild Tale June 2018

    There once was a motley crew who shared profound interests.

    They merrily met monthly in a seaside city to share their vast knowledge & to chat & to laugh.

    Word spread far & wide about the good times being had by all.

    Gradually the gaggle became larger & then Much Larger in number.
    And soon the Interesting People were sharing very close quarters indeed, for the space had not expanded as their numbers had.  A special delegation was (not so) secretly empowered to expand their erstwhile horizons.
    They persevered in their joyful meetings, close quarters though they endured.  And they discovered how valuable it was to catch knowledge & friendship by osmosis & by rubbing elbows with others of their ilk.
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    During a particular gathering of Powerful Ilk, one of this band of Wise Ones stepped forward to relay stories of her journey to create a tome for all Sewing Kind.Barb1

    Barb2Her odyssey was roundly received and lauded as virtuous & just. Tomes were inscribed and hereafter to become part of true history & lore.

    Mighty powers gathered in this small nexus as their leader, aided by gesticulating hands of many, then called forth all to share their most recent quests & victories.
    Lorna bring me your makescollage hands

    And Lo the call was answered.  Mightily.

    collage Reina
    collage S&T (6)
    collage Cristina

    Scribe of the Band dutifully recorded all for posterity.
    Sheila notes

    Concluding the Gathering, a Noble Challenge was issued for all to henceforth dare their hand by the month of October.
    LeeAnne announcing

    The intrepid delegation which had been sent forth far & wide to seek a more commodious magical place achieved their task.
    And from this time forth, the new locus shall be so.


    Please join the Atlantic Sewing Guild next meeting
    Thursday, September 13, 2018
    come early to register (~6:30 for 7:00)
    Trinity Anglican Church Hall
    321 Main Avenue,

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    to remind you of
    your ASG cohorts

    ~whose STASHES are renowned
    & who we will see again soon
    at 1st meeting of

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    8 collageyRibbet collage

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    Ending collage

    (As promised no names are attached to these wondrous “Collections
    so have fun figuring out who goes with what!)

    DON’T MISS Atlantic Sewing Guild
    FIRST MEETING of 2019-2019 season

    THURSDAY September 13, 2018, 7PM

    (please come Early to register & chat) 

    First meeting at New Location:

    Trinity Anglican Church
    321 Main Ave.,
    (above Dunbrack St., near top of Geizer’s Hill)

    ASG ROUND ROBIN May 8/18

    Rockin' Round Robin

    *ROCKED* the Atlantic Sewing Guild

    On May 8, 2018, three talented and generous members shared their expertise with the Guild on handling various bias techniques.

    When Josée (ASG Past President) told us she had a very interesting & different way of cutting long bias strips, she was definitely not kidding.  Her clear demonstration was so helpful – & a great way to avoid that old tedious marking & cutting across a single layer.  Many watched her explanation several times & took away her directions to remind us how to do at home.


    Faye (Treasurer) showed us the ins & outs of how to use bias strips for gorgeous Hong Kong seam edge finishing.  IMG_5147Her tweed jacket Morris Blazer finish was also particularly interesting, as she had to make up for a short front facing pattern piece.  Always quick on our feet & ready to “wing it” –  these ASG sewers!

    (President) Lorna’s method of using bias strips to aid sleeve cap insertion will save us from those pesky little gathered blips at the sleeve head.

    Even though Pat M couldn’t be with us, we were able to peruse some of her beautiful

    IMG_5127work with bias strips during Round Robin, and see the  colourful backdrops they provided during the always eventful Sew & Tell.

    ASG Always Eventful Sew & Tell

    Suzanne’s traffic stopping Deer & Doe Luzerne trench and her commodious Swoon tote.

    Welcome to new member Lisa who told us about making the Sew Over It Grace, her part in an on-line sew-along, in which sewistas from all over the world create a piece especially for their assigned person (rather like the old pen pal letter arrangements, but with a whole lot more work – & excitement).  Lisa will be also be receiving a surprise in return.  Interesting concept!
    IMG_5007IMG_5009Our bee-keeper Donna’s two Jalie dolmans one in floral, cracking up our president with her quips, and in aptly coloured stripes.

    Pat N continues her quest to sew all the jeans skirts with OOP Kwik Sew 1708.

    Cindy co. copyCindy’s Cashmerette Concord T.


    Cathy took part in her first ASG Seaside Sewing event where she not only had a great time (& we enjoyed her being there!), but she also got back into garment sewing in a big way, sewing up shirts both for herself  (OOP Simplicity 9318) & her husband with McCall’s 6613IMG_5029





    Leeanne always finds really interesting patterns on the internet, an example being her Wiksten Kimono, which is a free download.LeeAnne




    IMG_5049Anita in her TNT Jalie Helene shows one of those great Summit packs and OOP Cecelia Podolak Fearless T-shirt 109.








    Elte’s lively garments always cheer – and she doesn’t use a pattern!


    IMG_5109Marcia’s stylish trifecta included her pretty-in-pink Blackwood Cardi,
    the StyleArc Evie top, and Closet Case Ebony dress.

    IMG_5058Nasirah won over that slippery fabric with her Kwik Sew shirt.

    Arylene’s foray into sewing a cozy little pink Burda coat.

    IMG_5066Nancy shows her linen/cotton Style Arc Vivienne with her always-special extra embroidered accents and her entire outfit IMG_5071 is also created by her, comprising Jalie top & cardi and OOP Kwik Sew 1708 skirt.

    Angela, a member of many interests, shows her intricate self-designed seascape quilt and is up to her refashioning again, with a dress made of 9 tee-shirts, which we watched her drape at ASG’s most recent Seaside Sewing retreat.

    A little robin told us that the usual good time was had by all!
    round robin

    DON’T MISS Atlantic Sewing Guild last meeting of the 2017-2018 season

    TUESDAY, June 13, 2018, 7PM, and our last ever at

    Campbell Centre (BEHIND ST. AGNES CHURCH)

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