ASG Conference - Chicago
Topic: July, 2008
As I mentioned in a previous post, I went to the American Sewing Guild (ASG) conference in Chicago and I took 4 days of classes.
The first class was Christine Jonson's pants fitting class. This class was a lot of sitting around and watching compared to other classes, and yes I did get kind of bored, BUT it was interesting to watch Christine fit pants to each person and each body style/type. I did learn a lot from watching.... and brought home a pants pattern that should fit. If you haven't tried any of Christine's patterns, I highly recommend them. I have sewn up several and they go together nicely and are very nice... her fabrics are wonderful too. www.cjpatterns.com
The next day I took a Perfect Edges class with Mary Ray. This class was to provide you with ideas on ways to finish garment hems and edges. I think a bit too much time was spent in the beginning going over basic interfacing and facing techniques.... been there, done that, but the last hour she got down to the fun and different edges. I got some nice ideas from this class. I particularly liked the triangle edges on a skirt and will defintely be doing that technique in the near future
Saturday's class was a bra fitting and making class. that was a great class. We worked hard and left the class with a completely finished and fitted bra. A bit "industrial" looking for my taste, but I got a pattern and can't wait to make a bra that fits AND the straps will stay on my shoulders!
Friday evening was the fashion show. Any member can enter their item and it is not judged. And there were lots of garments and a big variety. I wrote down a few numbers of patterns that I particularly liked. I was especially excited to see a few young sewers with beautiful garments.... We need more of those!! Most of my photos of this event didn't come out too well, but here's a few
I met up with a cyber sewing friend and we had a great dinner and a nice chat. it is so nice to sit around talking sewing and garment construction with someone who's eyes light up. I also had lunch on another day with a fiber artist friend who moved to Chicago, it was nice catching up with her and talking about colors, fibers, and techniques.
Sunday's class was a class on color theory and mixed media techniques. We made a wrap. that class was fun, but I would have liked more time to work on the wrap and less time "practicing" on paper.
All in all my trip to Chicago was wonderful! I got to spend time doing my
2 3 favorite things: visiting with family, sewing, and eating!
Posted by sue
at 10:35 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 4:37 PM PDT