Friends collage

Friends catching up
JAN 9, 2018

Atlantic Sewing Guild started the New Year right – with something completely different for us.  We were joined by Jackie and Joseph Clairmont who are a wonderfully creative sister/brother duo.  As soon as they started the presentation about their Cos-Play adventures, they were inundated with questions from Guild members.  This was a particularly good result, as several of the most interested questioners had been self-confessedly totally uninterested in hearing about something so far from their usual experience as the world of fantasy creations!
Joseph started making his costumes way back in high school and Jackie thought this was a very peculiar pursuit – until she was later also bitten by this particular creative bug.  Now Joe fosters Jackie’s costume-sewing explorations & her studies in the Nova Scotia Community College Entrepreneurship Programme.  He approaches his work like it is “foam smithing”.
Joseph sculpts, casts & moulds many different types of materials into fanciful costumes & characters, with (and in) which he travels across Canada and as far afield as New York, where he attended Comic-Con with 200,000 other aficionadosIMG_4457!  (Comic-Con is a pop-culture conference phenomenon for people with interests as diverse as comic books, card & video games and which crosses genres as diverse as horror, animé and independent film.)  Can you even imagine being there with so many other people also enrobed in their fantastical dreams?
Once Jackie got interested in creating her own Hallowe’en costumes in high school, she began to see in Joe the perfect older brother guru, who introduced her to this world of most intriguing characters.  Joseph sculpts while Jackie sews.
IMG_4456She drafts and alters her own costume patterns and after NSCC is hoping to begin a costuming clinic.  Both are inspired by the challenging aspects of creating characters who exist first in the mind or from far-gone eras, then bringing them to life as interpretations with their artistic vision.  Jackie & Joe have met new friends from far & wide while also contributing to various charities through their participation & guest appearances.

Questions didn’t stop throughout the talk & beyond, members learning many new terms and concepts.  Before this evening, who of us could discuss the use of materials like ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), or the upcoming Geekquinox in April?  We even got to meet Ed Head, who serves as a base for Joe’s scupting.

All in all, this was a fascinating glimpse into a new world for ASG.  And who could fail to be impressed with the obvious regard and respect for each other that Joseph and Jackie Clairmont shared with us this first meeting of 2018?  (and yes, they sometimes do commissions)

Super “I Can” Brother & Sister

ASG had a propitious start to 2018,

filling up more boxes with materials for our community sewing day on February 3 *(SEE BELOW).  We are collecting warm hats, scarves and mittens for the homeless of our city.  And we will meet for a group sewing day to make pyjama pants from the warm donated fabrics.

We were able to glean some warm fabrics from Joy’s Finds recoveredfor our PJ purposes.  And this last grouping of Joy’s fabrics was again gratefully received by many members.

IMG_3946Janet kept her hands busy & Carolyn enjoyed the goings-on,

Carolyn enjoys the goings on

while Karen kept track of us and Sheila kept up with notes for us.
Wait a sec – who’s that?IMG_4475


Edgar shows us how to successfully mix it up in his Christmas shirts (& he actually used real buttonholes for these!) McCall’s 6044

IMG_4485Tory also shows us how to mix it up, adding fly-front, pockets & waistband to her Jalie jeans.  In October, she gave her popular class to sew the Eleanore pattern in a day (seriously – one!).  Tory’s Jeans in a Day Class

Pat is ahead of schedule with her self-imposed 2018 quantity sewing.  She showed iterations of Jalie’s Marie Claude 3667 in some lovely knits from Mill Yardage of New England.

IMG_4507Nancy‘s raglan dress was cozy & just perfect for winter (although we did miss her Twirly-Whirly) Butterick 6494

Anita, with one of her most favourite TNTs: the Jalie Helen cardi

Leanne showing us she is not being accosted by her clever neckpiece creation & in stitches as we discuss her very sharp Colette Phoebe dress

IMG_4526Nasira shows us another pattern she has recently been happy to complete (great job with Simplicity 5463!)

We wrap up the evening with Carolyn in her Love Notions slims with their Sloan sweater; and our President Lorna taking a bow in her version of the Jalie Jean.

Community Sew Day is Saturday Feb. 3, 10 – 4
51 Farnham Gate Rd., Halifax
Atlantic Sewing Guild on Facebook

We have a special guest lined up to speak at our next meeting – hints will be on ASG facebook & email to come!


Our New Facebook Group!

We are excited to share with you that the Atlantic Sewing Guild now has a Facebook Group!

The group is open for anyone who shares our sewing related interests to join, Guild Member or not. It will be our way of interacting with not only other Guild members, but also the rest of the world who share our passion.

If being part of our group is something you think you would like to do, or try, please head over to the group and request to join. Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Some Things You Might Want to Know about Frixion Pens

Our Guild Member Faye wanted to share the following articles with you on Frixion Pens. From the articles linked, “Frixion pens are a line of pens and highlighters made by Pilot that are heat erasable. Frixion pens make a crisp, clear mark which goes on smoothly and easily with no skipping.”

Frixion Pens – All You Need to Know

The article referenced three other articles the author had written, but I couldn’t find a link easily so one link is all I can give. Besides, if it’s all you need to know as the title says, then you don’t really need the other three articles, do you? 🙂

Enjoy! Thanks Faye!

The Great British Sewing Bee, Season 3 in ON!

Faye wanted to share these new episodes of The Great British Sewing Bee, Season 3 with you from YouTube because most of us in Canada can’t get them any other way. Looks a bit like British Project Runway, but a lot of fun nonetheless!

The season is in progress, though, so to get notices of new episodes, you’ll need to subscribe to The Great British Sewing Bee YoutTube channel. It’s a free subscription if you either sign up for a free YouTube account, or give them your email.

Thanks, Faye!



Let’s Read an Online Draping Book Together!

Well, no. Maybe let’s not.

But I wanted to show you something in case you didn’t see comments made in the last post about the ASG online library I created on the issuu site platform. This is something very useful for any of you out there with your own blogs who might want to share online books, magazine and other documents on the issuu site with your readers.

Any book you find, you can just click on the “share” link after opening it to “read”. Grab the link to put into your blog, like below, and your readers can read it on your site! I can only verify this works on WordPress as this blog is on the WordPress platform, but I would bet it’d work the same way on other major blogging platforms.

For an example, I’ve chosen a book I’m interested in that I know some others are as well. At least one is taking a class on draping, which I wish I could be but I have a long trip in the middle of it so it’s not practical. Here’s one way I’ll be learning until the class is offered again and I can take it.

So click on the picture below to see how you can read the book online, even if you’re not interested cause it’s for the technological feature I’m blogging it here. Hit the ESC key if it goes full screen on you and you want to get back to normal screen usage.

Welcome to the New ASG Online Library!

Hello ladies and gentle men,

I don’t know how excited you ever get about reading a blog post, or writing one, but I’m about as excited to write this one as I’ve ever been for a blog post… and this isn’t even my blog! 🙂

May I introduce to you our new Atlantic Sewing Guild online library!

That’s right. I said “library”. This is a free collection of books, magazines and other digital press content I have started to aggregate on the ISSUU site that is also available as an app for Apple and Android.

What is ISSUU, you ask?

In short, it’s Pinterest where the “pins” are digital “books”!

If that doesn’t raise any addiction concerns, let me just say now this is your first and only warning about it.

On ISSUU, you can find normally paper content in digital format, as well as digital only content. There’s over 15 million documents. It’s easy to read and scan through. Most of it is high quality such that you can zoom in quite a bit and not be limited to a tablet, phone or even desktop monitor screen rendition of the content. You can collect these documents in “stacks” the way you pin on “boards” on Pinterest, to organize them. You can “follow” people who collect documents as you do, or just some stacks they have, to have them find new documents you might be interested in. You can scan documents in to post, or find a digital copy somewhere to post. You can “Like” documents, comment on them and do other things as well. But that’s all for the account owners.

What I’m here to tell you about is the collection I started for us and all the content you can start going through already.

There are 15 stacks of books and magazines on various fashion and sewing related content. Some will take a while to read, while others you might just want to skim through. And if nothing is of interest to you, just wait. More will be added. Perhaps in the near future, we could get group contributors, a feature not yet available unlike on Pinterest, I don’t believe. I just discovered this site 24 hours ago and had the idea for this library to share with you and others who learn of it. It’s gotten big acclaim from sources such as TIME magazine and the Webby awards!

You do not need an ISSUU account to read any content or access our library. However, you will if you want to collect your own “books”, or follow our library and/or others’ to see what’s newly found and/or published, organize things in your own way, and so on. A free account can be had which has all the features a general reader might care for, but it is up to you if you want to sign up.

So without further delay, could someone please hand me the duck-billed scissors and I will cut this ribbon.

(snap, snap, snap photo-op)

Ladies and gentle men… our

ASG Fashion and Sewing Online Library

(there is now a link under the Library tab at upper right of our site to jump to our online library should you need to find it again in the future, or just bookmark it on your browser)


Who wants to be our digital librarian?

This ISSUU site and library I started is a vast and wonderful resource. Unfortunately, I neither have the time nor the knowledge of all the good resources out there to try and track down (if it were on ISSUU, like Threads magazine is not) over time aside from a bit here and there.

So does anybody in the Guild want to take on this role? I’ll give first offer to our current librarians should they want to do this. Otherwise, email the ASG address and maybe we can set up an arrangement where more than one person can contribute.

Start your own organization’s online library

This idea to pool online resources for an organization can be repeated by others, of course. Specifically thinking of some of our Guild members who are in other “guilds” or organizations like quilting, lace, crochet, knitting, crafts, etc. they might want to start a similar library, or show someone this post and get them to start their own library (or find someone who can). Same goes for any readers of this post, too, of course.

I love it when I get an idea that can be spread and be useful to many others. 🙂



That Medical Paper for Pattern Tracing

I’m in the middle of creating a ton of patterns for dress shirts with different yokes for my new wardrobe. I’m doing so using that medical tracing paper Miss Nancy occasionally gets for us in bulk at no cost to her. It’s doing wonders for my work and I just thought I’d take a moment to give her a shout out and send some love for it!

I canNOT imagine where I’d be without it! Nor would I want to!

It’s by far the best thing I spend money on for sewing when it comes down to a per dollar value at $4 a roll that could support a wardrobe. The serger is gonna take a lifetime to at least match that! Or at least half a dozen wardrobe makeovers, the first of which I’m just starting on now.

Thanks, Miss Nancy! Keep on showing us good new stuff. It might be a bit of a lottery which ones will have a huge impact, but if you don’t play, you can’t win, right?

Now, this new wardrobe thing had better work well, or else, the yoke will be on me!

Boooooooooooooooooooooo…. 😦

Does Anyone Know Anything About Covet Fashion – The Game App for iPad & iPhone?

Sample Covet Fashion Design
Sample Covet Fashion Design

Update: LeeAnne has had a quick look and provided a few comments in case listed at the end of the post, so you may want to look at them before deciding if you want to have a look. Thanks to LeeAnne!

I happened across this free app for iPad and iPhone that looks like a nice little design game, called Covet Fashion version 2.7.1. However, I have neither an iPad nor iPhone to try it. Does anyone know anything about it? Or if you care to download and try, can you show me it sometime?

Supposedly, it’s a bit of a game because people vote on designs, though someone said hardly anyone votes. I can see that as it’s probably a pretty niche audience. However, if it’s anything like a real good version of Wild Ginger pattern design software in terms of designs (rather than patterns), I think I would LOVE it! That’s because the previews in Wild Ginger are absolutely horrible! Their user interface is, too!

But if Covet Fashion were anything like I think it might be, I could use it as a design preview before going to Wild Ginger for something close given all the style options available in Wild Ginger. At least the key thing is I’ll know what I’m wanting before I design it. In Wild Ginger, I’m not really sure what I’m getting by choosing certain options cause the preview is that bad.

I hope some of our iPad addicts can tell me. Thanks.

The Stewed Tomato Cutting Board

Submitted by Norma

I have been sewing more than a garment a month and the floor has become unacceptable as the cutting table. I tried our small round dining table with a cardboard cutting mat on top – The table wasn’t big enough to provide support to the end of the cardboard mat and it was too low 😦

Our buffet was the perfect height but too narrow 😦

Solution the “stewed tomato cutting board” 🙂


  • 4 cans stewed or diced tomatoes (or apple juice if you prefer)
  • 1 cardboard cutting mat
  • 1 side board or buffet

Combine as shown in photo below

Stewed Tomato Cutting Board (click to enlarge)
Stewed Tomato Cutting Board (click to enlarge)


Thanks to Norma for this post submission! She emailed me the title, text and photo (many is fine). That’s all YOU have to do if you’d like to submit posts for our Guild site, if you are a Guild Member. I hope many more will follow in Norma’s example and show the world your beautiful and innovative creations, share your knowledge, or just otherwise entertain and enlighten us and our readers out there, in the Guild or not! 🙂