How I get the Whitest Whites

February 2, 2016

I was doing laundry a couple of weekends ago and as I was taking my husband’s long sleeve white shirts out of the dryer, I thought back to the many times he brought home compliments from staff members of the fire department on how “white” his white shirts were. The guys in the staff meeting […]

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Save Time on Holiday Sewing Projects

December 4, 2015

Here we are at the last month of 2015. I don’t know about you, but this year has just seemed to whiz by. Looking back, I’m honestly not sure where it went. It’s the time of year that I’m especially fond of—sewing gifts! I think we often feel like every gift has to be made […]

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A Treasured Gift

August 21, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I think that those who sew and create are most appreciative when others hand craft a gift just for them. Mr. and Mrs. “M” came to visit us a couple of weeks ago. To my surprise, Mrs. “M” had crafted the most beautiful box I’ve ever seen. Just look at […]

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Clever Uses for Old Sewing Machine Parts

August 11, 2015

This past week I took a couple of vacation days while friends were in town visiting. Mr. “M” likes to check out corn (the former farmer in his veins cannot resist!) and shop at flee markets. While at a local flee market, Mrs. “M” spotted a sewing machine on top of one of the cabinets. […]

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Darts are “Control Freaks”!

June 26, 2015

As I finish up the next series for ASG, it comes to mind all that I have learned over the years regarding sewing. I’ll never, ever, forget the day the light bulb went off in my brain. In that instant it seemed everything came together all at once. It was in a college class on […]

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I’m T-R-Y-I-N-G!

June 18, 2015

As the first half of this “new year” is coming to a close, I was going back through some of the blogs for this year. At the beginning of the year, I vowed (like many of you I’m sure), to get organized, stay organized, and finish up some of those unfinished projects sitting in bins. […]

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Check the Tools!

June 9, 2015

As I work on the next series for the ASG website, it reminded me of something I wanted to pass along to you. When working with patterns, whether drafting from measurements or altering a commercial pattern, many measurement tools are used: French curve, tape measure, 36” ruler, L square, cutting board, etc. Because these tools […]

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Upcycle Denim

April 24, 2015

  Good Morning! I’ve been pondering all week what I should write for this week’s blog. Then a friend emailed me wondering what to do with her old jeans; she doesn’t want to give them away because she doesn’t feel they are good enough, but she said she’d rather re-purpose them and get in some […]

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Thoughts on Books for Pattern Alteration and Fitting

April 17, 2015

I definitely hit a chord with readers of this blog last week and our ASG Facebook page this week. It seems pattern alteration is a skill continually and eagerly sought yet it can be all but blood curdling. Which end of the spectrum are you on? As I continue to work on this Understanding Pattern […]

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Personal thoughts on Pattern Fitting

April 10, 2015

I’m working on a new series for ASG: Understanding Pattern Alteration. There is such a huge body of knowledge that goes into this subject. I posted thoughts earlier this week on our ASG Facebook page: “My mind has been active thinking about different pattern alteration concepts–why are there so many, do they all have very […]

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