This is what happens when ASG sewers invade a yacht club
Those boats are going nowhere!
GREETING ~ SHARING ~ PRODUCING
This was our first 6 DAY
(3+3) event, but won’t be our last!
STAY TUNED FOR AUTUMN SESSION
This was our first 6 DAY
(3+3) event, but won’t be our last!
STAY TUNED FOR AUTUMN SESSION
Sheila MacDonald, our long-term Atlantic Sewing Guild member is known for her organizational skills and persistence in finishing projects to high standards. She has graciously given us the list of items that are included in her sewing luggage for those wonderful times when sewing away from home – at one of our classes; “SIN Saturdays” (Sew It Now), or longer sewing retreats. We know that if we’ve forgotten something (other than the sewing machine – & yes, it has happened), Sheila probably has “several somethings” to help us out! Following is the checklist she reviews when heading out (rather like an airline pilot, she is!). It would be hard to think of something that Sheila has forgotten. For those of us with upcoming Seaside Sewing, this will be a great help – thank-you Sheila for keeping us up-to-date!
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)
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”.
Thanks as well to Fabricville (see Margo’s feature) and to the Halifax Hair Design Centre for the best door prizes evah.
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
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
♥Pat’s latest Jalie pants
♥Nasirah’s OOP Simplicity 5463 beautiful paisley shirt
Wearing her Cecilia Podolak Fearless Tee Anita♥ pulls from her deep “bag of tricks” a new collection of her cozy felted hats & mitts.
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 Christina♥ created her own Fantastic Menagerie – how gorgeous are these guys?
Special relaxation & enjoyment time with ♥beautiful sewing friends♥ !
I thought you might be interested in the final tally of our Community Sewing Day. I can’t express my thanks enough for the wonderful effort put forth by our Atlantic Sewing Guild sewers. Our first round of items, based on donations of items like socks, mittens, etc. was already delivered and from what I understand was immediately depleted.
Our latest, and final delivery included 47 pairs of sewn sleep pants; 3 pairs of pyjama sets suitable for females; 18 scarves; 1 knit hat; 1 knit scarf;1 XS pair of waterproof gloves; 1 woollen embellished shawl.
An impressive delivery!
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 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!
The 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.)
I would like to thank all the members of the Atlantic Sewing Guild for the tremendous outpouring of support enabling us on February 3 to produce so many sleep pants for those who are homeless or on the fringes. Through the auspices of Mobile Outreach Street Health (MOSH), these garments will be used by those who will be laundering their clothing.
While I organized the day, I could not have achieved it without the donations of fabric, elastics, cording, and funds to purchase additional elastic. The volunteers who donated their time should be given accolades because our production was the result of their substantial efforts. We were able to achieve lots of sleep pants and many of the larger scraps made wonderful scarves/hats. Above is a photo showing some of their wonderful efforts because all of it could not be shown on one table and some are still out with our volunteers for to finishing with elastic when we ran out.
On Saturday February 3, 2018 Sewing People from the Atlantic Sewing Guild met to sew PJ pants for a homeless shelter in Halifax. Fabric was donated by members and while some volunteers cut out the PJ’s, others worked as an assembly line to complete the pants.
At earlier meetings Guild members also donated hats, mitts and scarves to include.
The Atlantic Sewing Guild is a group of garment sewers that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (September – June 2nd Tuesdays of the months at St Agnes Church at 7pm).
Once a year the group picks a group to benefit from the community sewing day. Past projects have included fidget muffs for Alzheimer patients; pillow cases for the IWK; warm fleece booties & lapghans for Vets.
Thanks to Norma Horne for the write-up.
We have a special guest lined up to speak at our next meeting – hints will be on ASG facebook & email to come!
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”.
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“.
Rhea‘s using reversible knit for Love Notions Origami
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.
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.
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.
Here’s a bargain you can scoop up, if it fits your machine better than it fits Rhea’s embroidery machine. $69. Contact her: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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