The Story Behind the Notions Story – Fall 2016

by Ramona on October 11, 2016


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

A subscription to Notions magazine is one of the members-only benefits of belonging to ASG. If you are reading this blog and aren’t an ASG member, I hope that this peek into its contents will inspire you to become a part of this great organization. 

Our cover story, “Oh, You Beautiful Doll,” is one that sewers of every age can relate to. Who doesn’t enjoy making doll clothes? With the holidays approaching, custom-made doll clothes make a wonderful gift. Doll clothes are also a great teaching tool for members of the younger set who want to learn to sew. The article also showcases several ASG chapters who have created and raffled off wardrobes (18” doll included). The money it brings in helps underwrite the cost of guest speakers and other educational sewing opportunities for their members.

One of the most heartwarming stories in the issue is “A Fabric Legacy.” Dallis Hardwick was chapter president and beloved member of ASG’s Dayton, Ohio Chapter. She lost her battle with cancer in early 2014 but, thanks to the generosity of her family and the efforts of the Dayton Chapter, she impacted every person who attended ASG Conference 2016 in Indianapolis. Dayton Chapter members participated in the annual fashion show, wearing garments made from fabric from Dallis’ fabulous collection.  Her patterns and yarns were donated as supplies for several classes. Some of her knitting and crochet books served as prizes at the Friday evening Attendees Get-Together. Fabrics and books, courtesy of Dallis, were fashioned into centerpieces for both the Saturday and Sunday luncheons. Everyone who attended ASG Conference 2016 was touched by Dallis in some way – an extraordinary legacy! 

There is no end to the talents and enthusiasm of our members. The Sew Young section of this issue includes four inspiring stories of chapters and members who are reaching out to teach young people to sew. They are truly committed to keeping the ASG mission – “Advancing sewing as an art and life skill” – alive with future generations. 

If you have knowledge you’d love to share with your fellow ASG members or comments about what appears in Notions, I’d love to hear from you. Email me at

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