The Story Behind the Notions Story

by Ramona on July 20, 2013

Guest post by Anne Marie Soto, editor of “Notions”, the ASG publication available with membership in the American Sewing Guild:

When is a T-shirt more than a T-shirt? When it’s beautifully made, with a flattering fit. 

Over the past few years, more and more chapters have submitted Chapter News stories to Notions that revolve around successful T-shirt fitting classes. Judging from the happy faces in the photos that accompanied their stories, these ASG members were onto something that should be shared with the rest of our membership. So we asked seven popular sewing experts (who all happen to be teaching at ASG Conference 2013 this August) to share what makes their T-shirt patterns special and how their favorite construction techniques can help sewers achieve professional results. Thank you to Connie Crawford, Judy Kessinger, Pamela Leggett, Marsha McClintock, Peggy Sagers, Emma Seabrooke and Jennifer Stern-Haseman for their contributions to the Summer ’13 cover story! I suspect that once you’ve perfected a T-shirt pattern, it’s a bit like the Lays potato chip “bet you can’t eat just one” commercial. I bet you can’t sew just one!



When ASG member Shira Steinberg-Oberkirsch offered to contribute a Sew ‘n Share article, she proposed some wonderful ideas. I told her to pick one and run with it. What lovely serendipity that her embellishment technique featuring Angelina fibers (“Angelina Adds Attitude”) turned out to be a great way to add a bit of bling to a T-shirt. (Bet you can’t sew just one!)



Ideas for articles come from many places. On my Yahoo! sewing group, one of our members started a conversation about her need for a lightweight portable machine to take to classes. As she got older, she reported, her “everyday” machine seemed to get heavier and heavier. “Class Act: Sew on the Go” highlights eight extremely portable machines (they range from 12.8 to 17 pounds) that are perfect travelling buddies – for class, for college, for vacation. 

If you have comments about what appears in NOTIONS, topics you would like to see covered, or even an article you might like to write, I’d love to hear from you. You can either leave a comment on this blog or e-mail me at


Rita Dougherty July 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm

How can I get that article. Thanks

Ramona July 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Rita, “Notions” is available to ASG members. Login to the members only section. On the left side of the webpage is a link to the current, as well as archived “Notions”. ~Ramona

Sandi Dickenson July 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I am in J Stearn’s Pattern Review Tshirt class. I would love to meet her someday- she is such a cool teacher online. I could not put down my Notions Magazine. This issue was the bomb- so packed full of stuff. Thanks!

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