The Story Behind the Notions Story-Winter 2015

by Ramona on January 26, 2015

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

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As a special benefit to members, ASG has produced a wonderful series of online videos on a wide variety of sewing topics. The talent behind these videos is ASG’s Education Director Ramona Baird. The 12-segment series on Prom and Special Occasion Dresses was originally developed with our Junior Members in mind but it contains a wealth of information for sewers of any age who are creating some party finery. I hope that as the Winter ’15 cover story gives you some additional sewing and fashion inspiration, you will also check out the videos. They are a wonderful benefit of your membership in ASG.

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When researching this story and looking for inspiration for the cover art, I stumbled across this photo of actress Amanda Seyfried in a stunning lace creation from the Valentino Resort 2015 collection. Our Notions’ art shows a two-piece version. . . a perfect project for the adventurous machine embroiderer.




Our 2015 Anyone Can Win contest, built around the ASG Simplicity Pattern collection, is underway. Details can be found on page 31 of this issue and also online. Go into the Members Only section of and click on the Anyone Can Win box at the bottom of the right column. Check to make sure your Simplicity pattern choice(s) are part of this year’s eligible list. Enter as many ASG Simplicity Pattern garments as you want (one garment/one photo per entry). Since winners are selected electronically at random, any ASG member who enters, regardless of sewing expertise or experience, has an equal chance to win. The deadline to upload your entry is midnight, EDT, July 1, 2015.

I’d like to thank all the contributors who help keep Notions full of useful information—this includes Joy Landeira, who writes the featured book review for each issue; Rosemary Fajgier, who reviews DVDs for us, Claire Shaeffer and Kathy Knapp, who contributed articles for this issue, and all the faithful chapter members who see to it that Chapter News is always full to the brim with information.

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 the ASG Facebook page or e-mail me at



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