The Story Behind the Notions Story-Spring 2015

by Ramona on April 29, 2016

Layout 1The Story Behind the Notions Story-Spring 2015

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

ASG’s annual conference never fails to inspire me! Last summer, at our conference in San Diego, I dropped in on Cheri Dowd’s class on sewing reversible clothing. I was intrigued. Then in a conversation with Marsha McClintock at her Saf-T-Pockets booth in the exhibit hall, I discovered that she and Cheri had collaborated on a pattern – #2013 Cheri’s Reversible Jacket. It seemed a natural to ask the two of them to collaborate on a cover story for Notions. The result: “Sew Your Traveling,” with inspiration for planning and creating a travel wardrobe by two extraordinarily talented ladies.

A second personal experience prompted me to ask Kathleen Cheetham, owner of Petite Plus Patterns, to write an article about how to recognize if you are a petite figure. Several years ago, during a retail shopping trip, I discovered that the petite-sized jackets fit me in the length and shoulders far better than the standard Misses’ versions. Since I had never defined myself as a petite figure, it was a real eye-opener. Give Kathleen’s article, “Surprise! You May Be a Petite,” a read . . . you may just have a similar revelation.

With warmer days on the horizon, consider adding activewear to your summer sewing list. Cindy Cummins and Allyce King have established themselves as experts in this sewing category with their new venture, Haute Knits. They are eager to share their knowledge with you. Check out “You Can Sew Activewear.”

If you have comments about what appears in Notions, topics you would like to see covered, were inspired on your sewing journey by something you read in our magazine, or have an idea for an article you might like to write, I’d love to hear from you. E-mail me at Or if you are coming to ASG Conference 2016 (Indianapolis, July 7-11), seek me out and let me know what you think!



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