Thursday, February 20, 2014

Teaching at ASG Convention

Mark Your Calendars for ASG Conference

Hyatt Regency St. Louis, at the Arch

July 24 - 28, 2014

I am so excited!  I hope you will be excited for me, too. 

I will be teaching at the American Sewing Guild National Convention in St. Louis in July!!

My friend Ruth C insisted I send in a teaching proposal, so I did, and they accepted me.  I will be teaching 3 different classes over the 4 day convention, with one repeat.  They are:

Shoes As Stylish As You:  We will cover a shoe with fashion fabric and your choice of embellishments, thus learning the techniques you will use to have a wardrobe of shoes to match your wardrobe of garments.  The class project will finish as a pincushion.  You may remember my Threads article on this topic.

Marfy Magic For You:  This is a trunk show of Marfy garments with a discussion of how to choose, use and acquire the patterns.  If you read my blog, you know I love Marfy, and it is so much fun to spread the love.  This is the class I'll repeat.

Clever With Your Needle: Specialty Hand Details:  Again, if you read my blog, you know I love to use hand details on my garments, and this will introduce them to you and discuss just why and when we would want to use them.  In a hands-on setting, we will learn to put a hand-stitched lining into a coat or jacket,  make a personalized medallion to use in a coat/jacket lining,  try some hand topstitching and saddle stitching, buttonholes, and some other fun details.  Here's a photo of the type of thing we will be talking about and trying.

So, if you are even thinking about going to Convention, think hard!  I want to see you all there, and get to meet you IRL!  When you decide, I want to know about it, so we can plan to meet. 

Catching Up to Style Arc

I have been hearing about Style Arc patterns for quite a while.  Ann, of Gorgeous Fabrics told me to get with it last year and try them, even suggesting a few I would like.  As usual, I'm a little behind, but I ordered the new Zoe Pencil Skirt the other day and along with it got February's Free-Pattern-of-the-Month, the Issy Knit Top.

Here they are laid out on the dining room table.  I have already traced and laid out the skirt.  I  have a nice blue tweedy wool that will be a good trial, and I have a gorgeous Elegance fabric from Mardel that I will use next if it is as good as I think it may be.  I love the idea of the dart shaping they're using, and the shifted side seams.  Let's hope it likes me too!