Beginning Seamstresses, This is Your Time!

by Ramona on October 28, 2011

All you beginner seamstresses out there, the American Sewing Guild has your back………..

Anya Ayoung-Chee

Anya Ayoung-Chee, a self-professed beginner seamstress, won Project Runway, Season 9! When we, the devoted fans of PR, saw her audition videos where she confessed to taking sewing lessons just before auditioning for the show, we thought she was already a loser. What, no sewing skills? You’re so auf-ed.

Anya has proven us skeptics totally wrong! Whether you agree with the judges or not, she has won the coveted cash prize, the technology suite, the media exposure, and many fans.

So, Anya, if you would like to really upgrade your sewing skills, join the American Sewing Guild to gain access to all our sewing education webinars presented by ASG Education Director Ramona Baird. That goes for all you beginners out there, too. Join us; we’re very nice people.

Readers, what projects did you make as a beginner seamstress? Aprons? Pillowcases? Chiffon Evening Gowns?  We’d love to know!


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Glo October 29, 2011 at 12:17 am

I made a dress in 8th grade Home EC class. It was terrible! The zipper was simply shameful and I made a D on that project. I practiced and practiced, got expert help from my Mom and in 9th grade I made a reversible 2 piece swimsuit. It was lavender on one side and plaid on the other and the zipper was great! (swim suits were mostly cotton “way back then” with zipper closures! ) I made an A on that project and I was extremely proud!

Laurie October 29, 2011 at 9:17 am

Hey! I made a skirt in 8th grade home ec ! I remember it was a rich camel colored linen, classic pencil type thing and it was wearable! I could actually wear it to school and I never got teased….took me a few decades to get back into sewing again. When I did, it was for a kitty bed. I figured they wouldn’t complain if there were problems with the lapped zipper.

Congratulations, Anya! Drive and a positive attitude — what an inspiration!

Susan November 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm

The message here is — learning something new can be good for you! And ASG is the right place to polish your skills, learn new techniques and get inspired. While skills can be acquired in the right places (like ASG), creativity comes from within, and should be nurtured. Anya learned a lot from her fellow contestants. Kind of like a Neighborhood Group. Hmmm…. interesting!

Samina November 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Susan, totally agree! See? Sewing people know things…….

Wilma November 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm

What an awesome way to explain this-now I know evertyhnig!

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