SEASIDE SEWING OCTOBER 2018 SEW WINDY

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 

NEXT MEETING
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2018, 7PM
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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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.
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And Lo the call was answered.  Mightily.

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Scribe of the Band dutifully recorded all for posterity.
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Concluding the Gathering, a Noble Challenge was issued for all to henceforth dare their hand by the month of October.
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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
AT OUR NEW LOCATION
come early to register (~6:30 for 7:00)
Trinity Anglican Church Hall
321 Main Avenue,
Halifax

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YOUR COLOURFUL FRIENDS

A SPECIAL TREAT
to remind you of
your ASG cohorts

~whose STASHES are renowned
& who we will see again soon
at 1st meeting of
2018-2019~

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(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.,
Halifax
(above Dunbrack St., near top of Geizer’s Hill)

ASG ROUND ROBIN May 8/18

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“TOTALLY BIASED 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.

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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!
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(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

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ASG Always Eventful Sew & Tell

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

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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.

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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

 

 

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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.

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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!
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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)
CORNER OF MUMFORD & CHEBUCTO

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pdf’s your new BFF

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On April 10/18 Faye told 2 friends & they told 2 friends and sew on & sew on & sew on

FAYE UNRAVELS THE MYSTERIES OF .pdf’s in her well thought out & carefully prepared presentation

Although .pdf’s are all over the internet & we know they can be such useful tools, many of our members were stumped to interpret how to actually make use of them.  Faye enlightened us with great info, including a real slide show (how long has it been?) along with examples of how she’s used .pdf’s.  Several of the guild have tried to use Portable Document File patterns (previously thought of as “pretty damn fasts”), but had no idea of the specifics that could manipulate them for our best use.  Come to think of it, of course a test square is actually there for a reason – & it is so good to know that there is actually a way to control their sizing, rather than throwing hands in air & walking away.  And who knew that registration marks serve the very same purpose as notches on our “real patterns”; putting the patterns onto USB’s will take up less space than keeping everything on your computer; & that it’s actually a good & useful idea to make a file name include all the words you can think of to describe it’s contents?! (that last bit was a revelation – & now we don’t have to remember the one arcane & clever phrase we’d used that one time only for naming purposes).  Thanks so much, Friend Faye!

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Our 2 Friends & Our 2 Friends & Our 2 Friends do SEW & TELL

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Sheila shows us how to turn a pair of husband pants into a skirt for herself – a little knack she picked up in the Refashion Class with Lorna & Angela

 

 

 

IMG_4843Reina snaps her cuffs, showing her cheery By Hand London wool coat.  Of course, we also wanted to have a look at that great Heather dress. IMG_4834  No question there will be several of these snappy numbers sewn by ASG members in future!

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IMG_4854Angela did a great job calling members to her Refashion Class with Lorna & Angela. Here’s one of her refashions from skirt into dress!

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Our FriendPat’s Irish dance costumes are the stuff fantasy is made of – stunning stuff for those little performers!IMG_4898

Rhea in ASG perennial favourite, Jalie Hélène, as she shows us her granddaughter’s lovingly modified Pretty in Pink Love Notions Little Laundry Day TeeIMG_4905

 

 

 

And our Other Friend Pat in her cozy Burda cocoon, as we witness the beginning of her adventures in sewing All -the-Jeans-Pants & Skirts! Pat collage

 

 

We’ll be telling 2 friends & they’ll tell 2 friends to sew on & Sew Right On Atlantic Sewing Guild Friends!

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FEBRUARY SWEETHEARTS

 On the day before Valentine’s Day, who better to greet ASG members than the lovely Margo Bergman?Margo

So many of us already follow Margo’s blog Creating in the Gap that we  knew it was going to be a very special evening with her in our midst.  No question that Margo will have more devoted followers after her presentation this fine evening of February 13, 2018.

At the door we found her smiling face and just beyond, spied a colourful riot

of her creations.  We could see made up some of the very fabric that we’ve been holding onto in our own “Stash Closets” – a substantial spur to put scissors & thread to languishing potential.  No doubt we’re all members of the same “Fabric Petting Club”! (good concept BTW, Margo)

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FAR better than Home Dec use!

She began sewing buttons at the age of four, later graduating to a pink Kennie & clearly flew from there.  Margo obviously enjoys the sewing & producing her gorgeous clothes, but also believes in working hard to make progress.  She frequently moves the goalpost further out for herself.  “Do more work.  Do more work” – a good mantra to remind us that the final garments we see on her blog are lovely, but are the results of  mindfully putting in the elbow grease.   She might make it look effortless, but Margo assures us that she too has “wadders” & has no qualms in throwing them out.  Hurray for that – let’s all get rid of those albatrosses!  And while we’re at it, we can put to rest that the  idea that “selfish sewing” is anything other than perfectly fine.

ASG loved Margo’s visit (thank you so much) and we also enjoyed meeting her dressed-up “friends”.IMG_4645
Thanks as well to Fabricville  (see Margo’s feature) and to the Halifax Hair Design Centre for the best door prizes evah.

WITH MARGO’S WARDROBE A FITTING BACKDROP,
WE SEW & TELL

Suzanne continues her fast & furious output with the ASG fave: her funky Jalie Helene cardigan; a Joy’s Find navy in Grainline Morris blazer and one of Margo’s faves (seen above), the True Bias Ogden cami

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Marg shared her grandson’s new quilt with us – which seems to coordinate nicely with the Map of the World behind.  May he live in health with happy travels!

Bev sewed up the Loes Hinse Euro pant pattern for her classic cords, trying out instructions in the latest Threads mag for the waistband and in-seam pocket

PatPat’s latest Jalie pants

IMG_4722 copyNasirah’s OOP Simplicity 5463 beautiful paisley shirt

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Edgar in a new McCall’s 6044 shirt & his first foray into trousers,  Kwik Sew 4045

Wearing her Cecilia Podolak Fearless Tee Anita pulls from her deep “bag of tricks” a new collection of her cozy felted hats & mitts.

Norma‘s Jalie 2682 with the interesting folded neck
& creamy cozy Silhouette’s Nina top #211

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Eltee is one of our most joyous new ASG members.  She cuts without having to use patterns  & we may be privileged in a future meeting to have her do a presentation on her methods. (cross your fingers)

 

 

RingMaster Christinacreated her own Fantastic Menagerie – how gorgeous are these guys?
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Margo thought she might be missing out on a monthly party with ASG and we think she’s right – it’s all about fun!

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Special relaxation & enjoyment time with beautiful sewing friends !

Planning upcoming ASG events…

IMG_4663Angela tells us about the Refashioning Class she and Lorna  are doing on March 22 & 24. ASG Refash Class info
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Cindy and Nancy hatching plans for double-barrelled Seaside Sewing May 1-3 & May 4-5.

 

 

DON’T MISS our next meeting featuring “ALWAYS BIASED”

ATLANTIC SEWING GUILD
TUESDAY, March 13, 2018, 7PM
Campbell Centre (BEHIND ST. AGNES CHURCH)
CORNER OF MUMFORD & CHEBUCTO

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FEBRUARY 13 MEETING GUARANTEE

ASG Members are guaranteed to shake any February blues at our next meeting

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We have the fab, fun and fresh Margo Bergman making a presentation to us!  Margo is quite the sewing celebrity in these parts with her popular sewing blog, Creating in the Gap.  She will be bringing us tales of adventure in blogging and in creating her lovely (& colourful!) wardrobe, showing how the process fits into her life.Margo wardrobe

Margo is our kind of people! She loves clothes and is a self-declared fabric addict, a pattern hoarder who just can’t stop making things.  The sewing projects she does are many and varied.  Margo is a good example that it is indeed possible to produce beautiful clothes using, typically, local sources.

Right now Margo’s doing a crazy brave thing in her life &  she serves as an object lesson for those who tend to hold back: it can be wonderful to take a step into the unknown.  She has “secret skills to break out when a situation calls for it”, like so many of us who don’t necessarily acknowledge this in our daily grind .  Maybe she’ll even explain how to back up a truck & trailer or more importantly what she’s created using a Christmas tablecloth!

Margo heartThe day before Valentine’s Day will be a marvelous time to join the Atlantic Sewing Guild to have a close up look at both the clothing and the Gal Creating in The Gap! (See Margo’s quote from Ira Glass here.)

NEXT MEETING OF THE ATLANTIC SEWING GUILD
with MARGO BERGMAN
TUESDAY, February 13, 2018, 7PM
Campbell Centre (BEHIND ST. AGNES CHURCH)
CORNER OF MUMFORD & CHEBUCTO

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HEAD & SHOULDERS KNEES & TOES

Never listen when you hear that sewing
is a sedentary or solitary craft-

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Heads & Shoulders

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Knees & Toes

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Knees & Toes

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THE ATLANTIC SEWING GUILD

Pre-holiday hijincks
& strenuous exercise

At the December meet-up, Barb Emodi exercised our brains with a fabulous presentation on the many ways to approach pattern manipulation for your very best fit.  (And a reminder to “Control yourself, People: do one alteration at a time!”)  She distills to the sensible axiom of using differing methods, depending on the preference, comfort, location & size requirements of the Sewer/Seamstress/Sewist. This brought up another interesting thought of what we call ourselves in 2017 – soon to be 2018 – my personal fave is Sempstress, a lovely Victorian & dignified term – probably not generally loved for the same reasons.  However, the funniest has to be her blog’s Sewing on the Edge accidental moniker “a serial sewing sexist”.

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Maybe it’s those racy pictures she uses to explain alterations?

Barb made clear the differences among the many methods – we could see lights beginning to go on as members nodded & “aha’d” throughout her presentation.  We look forward to her book coming up for publication in Spring 2018: “Sew The Garment-Making Book of Knowledge.  Real-Life Lessons from a Serial Sewist“.

Sew & Tell added to the usual hilarity, made all the more so by a sweet & savoury repast shared by our talented bakers.

Rhea‘s using reversible knit for Love Notions Origami

 

Anita‘s also using a Love Notions – Trendy tunic; And McCall’s slippers with leather bottoms & fabric from VV

 

Marilyn completed the coat she was working on at SSS with a panel of  pretty scarf & Japanese appliqués; a clever bag to match from scraps; a beach bag towel combo for gifting.

 

Sheila using some of our bounty of Joy fabric for OOP Vogue 8335.  Her Summer Challenge (3 visible fabrics) in OOP Vogue 1363

 

Suzanne‘s very painstakingly & beautifully sewn Vogue 9267, which she plans to alter & adjust further to her satisfaction; Kathleen‘s dress that started with OOP Vogue 8582 & ended with Joy fabric & some salvaged golf shirt collars

 

Pat made many oven mitts for gifts, using jelly rolls (so pretty!); We celebrate with Nasirah‘s first use of a commercial pattern Simplicity 5463; Norma‘s Silhouette 709 which she also started at SSS & found needing significant lengthening, along with coordinating Silhouette Yoga Pants

 

Angela‘s creative use of a tunic with interesting & colourful border detail, which she fashioned into coordinates, with top tied in with embellishment.

 

Our very own comedy troupe, Julie, Lorna, Linda & Carolyn, showing their Jalie Jeans made in Tory‘s Jeans in a Day Class

 

Edgar‘s festive McCall’s 6044 slim shirt

 

Our generous Atlantic Sewing Guild members filled 2 bins already with warm socks, mitts and fabric for our upcoming Community Sewing Day (February 3), when we will sew up warm pyjama pants for the homeless of Halifax.

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Here’s a bargain you can scoop up, if it fits your machine better than it fits Rhea’s embroidery machine.  $69.  Contact her: eggbert.coolen@gmail.com.

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Please remember to bring donations to the next meeting of warm hats, socks, mitts or warm fabric cuts for PJ bottoms for our upcoming ASG Community Sewing Project

NEXT MEETING OF THE ATLANTIC SEWING GUILD TUESDAY, January 9, 2018
7PM AT THE CAMPBELL CENTRE
(BEHIND ST. AGNES CHURCH)
CORNER OF MUMFORD & CHEBUCTO)

PICTURES BEE WORTH MORE

THE GREAT HALIFAX SEWING BEE 2017

THE BEEG IDEA

THE SUPER BEES
Rhea, Mary, Anita, Brenda
HIVE FORCE beehind The Idea

THE SET UP

THE PROCESS

THE COLLABORATORS

THE RESULTS BEE IN

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Good time beeen had by allTHE WINNERS

Thank you kindly for the pictures – Karen, Rhea and Official Photog Josée.

NEXT MEETING OF THE ATLANTIC SEWING GUILD TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017
7PM AT THE CAMPBELL CENTRE
(BEHIND ST. AGNES CHURCH)
CORNER OF MUMFORD & CHEBUCTO