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Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – March 8, 2013

March 10, 2013

Day 2



All I’d plan to buy was three more pieces of lace.  Of course, I got more than lace 🙂

Here are all of the pieces of lace I’ve purchase over the last two days.

brown navy black lace

brown navy black lace

Black – day 2 purchase.  Navy and Brown  -day 1 purchase

white red plum lace

white red plum lace

Plum and white – day 2 purchase, red – day 1 purchase

Lace pieces

Lace pieces

I couldn’t resist these pieces of lace.  I can just see then as embellishments for a bra.  All lace was purchased from Luc Smiers Fine French Laces

Jalie 2921 and Christine Jonson 1219

Jalie 2921 and Christine Jonson 1219

jacket sleeve interfacing

jacket sleeve interfacing

I bought these two patterns Jalie 2921 and christine Jonson no. 1219.  I’ve wanted Jalie 2921 pattern ever since I saw all of the reviews on patternreview.  Christine Jonson no. 1219.  This looks like an easy summer wardrobe.  I purchased these patterns from Carol Steinbrecher for Conselle.    I also purchased a yard of this interfacing.  Carol uses it on jacket sleeve hems.

I’m done with the expo for this year.  I noticed at lot of sewing vendors did not attend this year.  I hope this isn’t the shape of things to come otherwise they should rename it the Original Quilt Expo.

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – Atlanta March 7, 2013

March 9, 2013


This year, I decided not to attend classes and concentrate on buying sewing notions.  The expo had plenty of notions for quilters but very little for garment sewers.   I did find a few things.  Click on photo to enlarge the photo.

buttonhole cutter

buttonhole cutter

seam guide and buttonhole cutter

seam guide and buttonhole cutter

Vendor – A Fine Notion Texas  I’ve been wanting a buttonhole cutter for a while but I’ve always hesitated to buy one because of shipping costs.  This set contains a buttonhole cutter knife, circular cutter punch and hardwood cutting block for $7.95.  Score!  One can never have too many seam gauges.  This one is much larger than my favorite seam guide.  I’m eager to try it.

Seam Allowance Curve

Seam Allowance Curve

Vendor – Carol Steinbrecher for Conselle/Style Solutions

I’ve seen this Seam Allowance curve on and Shams blogged about it.  I bought the 5/8″ ruler.

microtip scissors and  finger light

microtip scissors and finger light

Vendor – Scissors Man I bought a second pair of micro tip scissors and a finger light. I’ll give a review of the finger light later.

steel thread spool holder

steel thread spool holder

Vendor – Marathon thread Guy I have a plastic Dritz cone thread holder and I haven’t been happy with it. It’s very filmsy.  This thread holder is heavy and solid.

3 stretch laces for bra sewing

3 stretch laces for bra sewing

Lace vendor – Luc Smiers Fine French Laces  The website doesn’t show a lot of the Stretch Tulle Net Lace but that’s what I bought.  This is my most exciting purchase!  I couldn’t believe I found lace similar to what I’ve seen Sigrid use on her beautiful bras.  I bought a yard each.  I’m seriously thinking of going back tomorrow to buy more. Woo-hoo!

closeup red lace

closeup red lace

closeup blue lace

closeup blue lace

The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo 2012 Atlanta

March 19, 2012


Did you miss me?  Sorry but things are really crazy around here.  I’ll explain in another post.  Hopefully, things will settle down in the near future!

Here’s my experience at expo.  This year, I spent a half a day at the expo.  I was there to shop!  Here’s what I bought.

I bought three spools of silk thread from  YLI Threads.  I bought hemostats from  Specialty Product Sales-Famore Cutlery or “the Scissor guy”.  I’ll use the hemostats when I do burn tests on my fabric.

From Vogue Fabrics, I bought two The Sewing Workshop patterns.

I’ve wanted the Quincy Top & Pants pattern ever since I saw Martha’s version.  I’d wear it as a jacket during the summer.

I love twin sets and this pattern is just different enough but still stylish.

Finally, I bought fabric from The Wool House.

The fuchsia fabric is wool crepe the navy is tropical weight wool.  I bought two yards of each.  I later found similar fabric at my favorite fabric store in Atlanta, Gail K,  for less.  Oh well, live and learn.

I didn’t take any classes this year because I plan to take longer,  hands-on classes offered locally.  That’s it for now.  I hope everyone had a happy Monday 🙂

Burn baby burn

January 29, 2012

On Saturday, the City-Wide Couture of Atlanta had a program on burn testing fabric.  It was an awesome program.   We burned a variety of fabrics and studied the results.  I didn’t take pictures because I was too busy setting fabric on fire 🙂  The equipment used in the class were:  disposable metal pan, water, long tweezers or hemostats, matches or lighter, fabric and a Fiber Burn chart.

I’m so glad that I attended this program.  There are a few fabrics in my stash that I will be burn testing.

Other fabric burn testing resources


Here’s a video of burn fibers test.


Claire Shaeffer’s Fabric Sewing Guide by Claire Shaeffer

More Fabric Savvy by Sandra Betzina


Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2011

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted but things have been going on in my sewing world.  Look for more posts soon.  I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving has a happy and safe holiday.


2010 ASG Conference – What I bought

September 6, 2010

I budgeted $80 to spend at the conference.  My rational was I only had a few hours on Friday to shop and I didn’t really need anything.  Ha!  Whatever..

1. Cutting Line Designs Easy, Ageless Cool pattern & elastic 2. button lanyard from Tennessee ASG chapter

3. Japanese pins (Susan Khalje), silk basting thread, rubber thimble 4. ? thread and silk thread

5 &6 Sewline kit making tools

I could have easily bought three times as much stuff.  I do plan to buy Japanese needles from Susan Khalje.  I wish I’d bought the book Initimately Yours-Bras that Fit and a bra kit.  I couldn’t take the bra making class but I’m very interested in making my own bras.

ETA. I bought the book Intimately Yours-Bras that Fit.  I’ve been reading it for days.  Today, I bought my THIRD sewing machine.  A Singer Creative Touch Fashion Machine 1030.  I bought it for $25 at the Goodwill store.  It’s not in great shape but it sews a three stitch zig-zag stitch.  That’s my rationale and I’m sticking to it 🙂

Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day.

2010 American Sewing Guild Conference-Susan Khalje Class

September 1, 2010

I attended my first American Sewing Guild (ASG)  Conference this year in Atlanta, Georgia.  I will be attending another ASG conference.  In fact, I like the ASG conference more than I like the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo.  I’m a garment sewer and while I admire quilting well…I’m just not a quilter.

Anyway, back to the ASG conference, I could only take one class because of my work schedule.  I selected Couture Techniques taught by the wonderful Susan Khalje.  It was an all day class (8am to 5pm).  Did I mention that I’m NOT a morning person?

This class focused mainly on hand stitching but Susan also taught a few machine stitching techniques.

Here’s what was taught:

Hand Stitching

  • Hand Overcasting
  • Catch Stitch
  • Fell Stitch
  • Slip Stitch
  • Back Stitch
  • Prick Stitch
  • Hand Picked Zipper
  • Covered Snaps
  • Attaching Hooks, eyes, and snaps
  • Thread Chains
  • Thread bars
  • Faggoting
  • Bound Button Holes – Bonus Technique!!!

Machine Stitching Techniques

  • Bias Spaghetti Straps
  • Angled Seams
  • Grosgrain Waist Facing
  • Narrow Machine Hem

I learned so much that by the end of the day my brain was mush.  Here are some of my samples.

1.  catch stitch 2. back stitch 3. fagot

4. fell stitch 5. hand picked zipper front closed 6. hand picked zipper

7. hand picked zipper back  8.  thread chain, thread bar, covered snap

9. grosgrain waist facing (front)  10.  grosgrain waist facing (back)

There were about 24 people in the class but I never felt rushed.  Susan was very good about ensuring that everyone understood the techniques and she didn’t mind repeating instructions. The room was setup with 2 people per table and each table had two sewing machines.  A pressing station with 4 irons and iron mats located in the rear of the room.   We received a handout describing most of the techniques and a kit with the most wonderful Japanese needles and pins(I bought the pins and I should have bought more needles), a snap and fabric to cover the snap, silk, lace applique and grosgrain ribbon.  I’m sure I’ve missed something but I can’t think of it now.

Her clothing samples were amazing!  Seriously.  AMAZING!   I wouldn’t mind taking another of her classes.

I budgeted $80 to spend at the conference.  I will never make THAT mistake again. Coming up in the next post,  what I bought.  Stay tuned.

Hand Stitching

June 2, 2010

I haven’t been sewing much lately but there is a sewing related activity in my future.  But more on that later.  Last Two Saturdays ago, I attended the Couture ASG meeting where I did this.

Hand stitching Sampler

This was a great meeting for me.  It was the first time I’d attended the Couture meeting and the ladies were great.  I learned: catch stitch, slip stitch, half back stitch, tailor tacks and how to cover snaps.  The instructors were wonderful and so were the members.  We would help each other figure out the stitches and short cuts.  There is a wealth of information among the ladies in the group.    My stitches aren’t perfect but with practice they will get better.  I used the sampler as a guide and made my own practice muslin.

Here are closeups of my stitches.

I can’t wait to talk Susan Khalje’s class in August.  I’m taking her all day hand stitching class.  Speaking of classes, I’m taking a one on one fitting blouse class with Pam Howard in June.  I’m so excited.   I know I’ll finally learn what alterations I need to make to sew a blouse that fits ME!!!


May 4, 2010

The pollen count might be down in Atlanta but the damage is done.  I’ve been under the weather for the past couple of weeks.  So no sewing.   Maybe this weekend

Whipstitch – Atlanta

April 22, 2010

Today, I went to Whipstitch on my lunch break and bought Colette Patterns, Rooibos.

Colette Patterns

photo from Colette Patterns website

That’s all I walked out with because I just didn’t have time to shop.  The manager, Diane or Diana (I can’t remember her name but I remember her friendly face) was so nice.  She told me they had Colette Patterns and that was that.  I know I’m going to be a frequent shopper because they had beautiful cotton fabric.  I can see a few summer skirts made with fabric from Whipstitch in my future.    If you’re in Atlanta be sure to stop by.

I couldn’t wait to open my purchase.  Colette Patterns are so different from the big 4 patterns.  First, the instructions are in a booklet and the steps are given in order.  What a concept.  I don’t like skipping around to follow big 4 pattern instructions.  Second, Collette Patterns include all sizes which is great.  I know other pattern companies do it, Jalie and Hot Patterns, come to mind but I bought Collette Patterns first.  Third the sizing seems to be more in line with ready to wear sizing.

On another note, I received my order from Gorgeous Fabrics.  Squeeeee!  Sorry, no pictures yet.  I’m too tired to take pictures but look for another post soon.