Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spring Fling 2012

The ASG Atlanta chapter held their annual Spring Fling event yesterday and as usual, the Sew Incredibles group was well represented. The theme of the event was International Cultures and each group was asked to decorate a table according to the customs/traditions of a country of their choosing. Our country was Japan. Here are a few shots of our table decorations:

Jan M., Sandie and Jan G. all participated in the international fashion show - featuring garments inspired from cultures all around the world.

Jan M. took home first place with her wonderful representation of Japanese culture and fashion. Her outfit consisted of the following items, all of which were made by Jan!

  • Haori - lined jacket, Folkwear Pattern 129, fabric,cotton jersey in ginko/lotus design with pale yellow cotton polyester lining
  • Kanzashi - hair ornament from remnants of the jacket fabric plus silver bead dangle and rhinestone center
  • Hanjuban - white cotton undershirt with side ties
  • Susoyoke - underskirt, white linen with cotton waist tie
  • Obie Belt -kimono silk fabric and tie from Original Quilt & Sewing Show. Lining from Haori lining.
  • Tabi - socks of white cotton with ankle designs from the internet
  • Purse of white cotton with blue sashiko stitching and the lining from the Haori jacket

Sandie represented many countries with her outfit: Indonesia, Israel and Japan. Here's a photo of Sandie in her outfit:

Jan G's dress was modeled by Sandie. It was made of all Liberty of London fabric purchased from - the design was inspired by the British flag. What a creative and wonderful dress!

Lastly, there was a quilt raffle to benefit Ovarian Cancer. The teal quilt, which is the signature color for Ovarian Cancer awareness. Over $200 was raised via the raffle and our very own Rita M. took home the quilt!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

April meeting - Swimmy Suits with Rena!

Our former fearless leader (Rena) dusted off her presentation skills last Thursday to share her knowledge and expertise with us related to sewing suits of the swimmy variety as well as leotards and dance costumes. Somehow, I only got one this shot, featuring the bottoms of one of the many swimsuits she's made, but here are a few samples of the others she's whipped up for her kiddos.

In her presentation, she stressed that many patterns can be used for not only costumes, but for swimsuits as well. For example, one pattern was used to create both this swim dress

Swim Dress

AND this dance costume:

Tap Costume

After the presentation, many of us participated in our favorite part of the meeting - Show & Tell!

Here are a few of the highlights:

Hellenne's bags made of Japanese fabric, accented with Sashhiko stitching done by hand!

Japanese fabric can be found at Super Buzzy

Jan made an adorable stuffed cat for her daughter:

And Lucretia made this awesome quilt for her grand-daughter!

Other notable topics/links/websites that were discussed: