Saturday, June 9, 2018

Anyone Can Win!

Submit your entry for ASG's Anyone Can Win contest
Deadline to Enter is Midnight EDT, July 1, 2018

No special sewing skills required! Because the winners are selected electronically at random, everyone who enters has an equal chance of winning.
  • Get started by making all or part of one of the 13 designated ASG Simplicity patterns. Unsure which ones they are? Go to the Members Only section of the ASG website or check the contest information in the Winter 2018 issue of ASG Notions.
  • There are two categories: one for ASG members “over age 18” and one for any sewer “age 18 and under.” The latter does not have to be an ASG Junior Member. However, these youth entries do require an ASG member as a sponsor. You don’t have to be involved in the young person’s sewing; we just want you to encourage he/she to enter! 

The entry process is easy

  1. Take a digital photo of your creation.
  2. Go to the Members Only section of the ASG website.
  3. Click on Submit Your Entry.
  4. Fill out the entry form, and follow the easy instructions to upload and label your photo (only one photo per garment, please – but you are welcome to submit more than one garment).

And what will you win?

  • The first ASG “over 18” member selected will receive a wonderful assortment of Clover sewing tools from Nancy’s Notions.
  • The second member selected will receive an assortment of A&E Intressa premium polyester thread.
  • The first “18-and-under” winners will receive gift cards from Nancy’s Notions - $100 for the first winner and $50 for the second winner. Both young winners will also receive one-year ASG Junior Memberships.
All winners will also be featured in ASG Notions. So . . . what are you waiting for? Start sewing!!!
Enter by Midnight EDT, July 1, 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sew a Chanel-Style Jacket with the Kingstowne Clothiers

Over the next 6 months, the sewists of the Kingstowne Clothiers will be working on a Chanel-style jacket sew-along beginning in July. Joann's frequently features sales on sewing patterns, so here is an opportunity to mark your calendars for good deals (Simplicity is on sale May 25-28; Butterick is on sale May 30-June 2; and Vogue and McCall's are on sale June 1-4). Alternatively, you may purchase them online (good deals for Club BMV members).

Suggested patterns include:
Additional supplies you will need for this sew-along include:
The sewing calendar and details are listed below. All meetings take place at the Franconia Government Center Community Room, 6121 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA. The meeting location is approximately 2 miles from the Franconia-Springfield Metro for those who use mass transit. The Moovit app provides more detailed instructions.

All meetings start at 10:30 am and end at 12:30 pm. Many times, the room is not booked after 12:30 so we may have the option to remain longer to finish up our sewing tasks.

June 16: At this meeting, we will discuss patterns, fabric and lining selection, and any supplies needed. We will compare measurements to the pattern, and make any adjustments to create our muslin. Please bring swatches of your potential fabric and lining to this meeting. Your homework will be to purchase the fabric and lining and any additional sewing supplies.

July 21: The focus will be on fitting the muslin and thread tracing the pattern onto the fashion fabric. At this meetings, sewists should expect to complete the shell tracing. They should also cut out the shell and lining fabric.

August 18: At this meeting, the focus will be on quilting the lining to the shell pieces and quilting the sleeves. Home work will be completing any remaining quilting tasks.

September 15: The focus of this meeting will be on assembling the shell and hand-sewing the lining. Sewists should expect to complete the shell and any remaining hand-sewing at home before the next meeting.

October 20: At this meeting, the focus will be on completing the sleeves. If not accomplished at the meeting, homework will include sewing the sleeves and sewing in the sleeve lining.

November 17: The focus of this meeting will be on making buttons and sewing the bound buttonholes. Sewists should complete the buttons and buttonholes for the coat prior to the December meeting.

December 15: The focus will be on the final details: trim and pockets as well as adding the jacket weights to make it hang nicely! At this meeting, sewists should expect to apply trim, stitch the  pockets into place, and sew in the chain. Anything not completed should be easily finished at home!

January 19: Everybody should be ready to model their Chanel-style jackets for the January meeting and be prepared for runway modeling at the Spring Fling!

References include:
Craftsy Class: The Iconic Tweed Jacket
The Couture Cardigan Jacket: Secrets from a Chanel Collector by Claire Shaeffer
Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire Shaeffer
Couture Sewing: Making Designer Trims by Claire Shaeffer
Creating Couture Embellishment by Ellen W. Miller

Other resources:
Threads magazine (Part 1-3 series)
The Jacket
Tweed and Boucle: The Classic Cardigan Jacket

Is sewing a Chanel-style jacket on your bucket list? What other sew-alongs would you suggest?

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Save the Date! June De-Stash in Baltimore!

Do you have patterns, fabric, yarn, and other sewing assortments (even magazines and books) inciting guilt? Would you like to find a good home for these and possibly leave with stuff that makes you infinitely happier? Then you'll want to save June 24 as Renee, the blogger for Miss Celie's Pants has an awesome event planned! Registration for tickets will open on Friday, June 1, and even if you don't find a taker for your unloved items, Renee will make sure they find a home!

Start your personal de-stashing now, and plan on meeting cool sewists from around the region! Don't have a car? No convenient way to get to Baltimore? Comment below---maybe we can get a carpool going!

More details can be found here: #DestashBaltimore

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Kenneth King Sit & Sew Planned for June 29-30, 2018

The Kingstowne Clothiers of the Northern Virginia Chapter American Sewing Guild have planned a Sit & Sew Weekend with Kenneth King for Friday, June 29 (10 am - 6 pm) and Saturday, June 30 (10 am - 5pm)!

At a Sit & Sew, you bring your projects to work on, and Kenneth King will be available to offer advice  and recommendations.

It will be held at the Fabric Place Basement, 6660 Richmond Highway, Alexandria (located in the old Hancock's Fabrics in the Beacon Mall Shopping Center)
The cost is $233 for ASG members and $275 for non-members.

Space is limited to 15 participants and is filling quickly.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis so don't wait! A deposit of $100 is due by April 7, with the balance due May 15.

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Marois at
Friday June 29 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) - Saturday June 30 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Let's Go To NYC!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Departing Fair Oaks Mall at 5:30am
& Departing NYC at 7:30 pm

Join us for a Bus trip to NYC for a day of fun, fabric shopping, theater, or whatever your heart desires in the Big Apple.  Plan your own day - there is no tour guide.  Dress comfortably!

Cost is $65 roundtrip per person.

Sign up by May 1, 2018 (no refunds after April 19)

Family and friends are welcome, you don’t have to be an ASG member to travel with us!

The bus loads ½ hour prior to departure.  We must have 50 people or the trip will be canceled. 

Send restaurant suggestions and fun places to visit to  A list of stores in the garment district and your NYC suggestions will be distributed on the bus.

Arrangements will be made with Fairfax Mall Security to park in one of their parking lots - you will be notified of the location of secure parking before the trip. 

If you wish to stay close by, consider the Fairfax Marriot at Fair Oaks, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax, Virginia, 703-352-2525.
Please complete and return the registration form (found in the latest issue of "Full Seams Ahead" or on MyGrove) with check payable to NO VA ASG.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Winter Retreat Coming Up!

38 people are signed up for this year's ASG Northern Virginia Winter Retreat at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester, VA!

DittoForm will be doing body scans for those who want accurate measurements and made-to-measure mannequins.

Sewing games will be played (looking forward to "Left, Right and Center" with fat quarters and sewing notions).

Sewists will have opportunities to visit local purveyors of craft, knitting, and sewing supplies and make visits to local restaurants and tea shops!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

2017 Community Service Project

Our chapter has decided to make the 'Wish pillows' for our charity project.

Give Kids the World Village is a non-profit resort that provides cost-free, week-long vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Approximately 21,000 Wish pillows are given away each year to visiting children.

There will be three opportunities for you to participate and meet other ASGers:

1.  Suzie's Quilt Shop,10404 Portsmouth RD,(Westgate) Manassas,VA
July 8, 2017 10:30 There will be sewing machine work stations already set up OR bring your own machine. If you can bring 1 yd. of flannel and 1/2yd quilting fabric that will make 4 pillows.

2. At the Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
July 8th, 2017 9:00-11:30 They will be making the pillows too. Bring your machines and fabrics

3. Shenandoah Valley Girls will also being doing a Charity sew event on Sept 23, 2017 from 10 am to 4pm, Berryville VFW Post 9760, 425 Buckmarsh Street, Berryville, VA 22611