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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.

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 🙂

The Original Sewing and Quilt Expo – Atlanta

March 17, 2011

So I attended the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo on Saturday.  I really hadn’t planned on attending any classes.  All I wanted to do was a little shopping.  I did a little shopping at Silhouette Patterns and Lorraine Henry’s booth.  I did take Lorraine Henry’s class on pants which was great considering that I just finished the trouser sewalog.  She did show me a few things that I could could use for the back of my pants.  1.  using a 40 inch flexible ruler to trace my curve and 2. she compared her body curve to different pants patterns body curve.  What a difference.    The main thing that I could use on the back pants patterns is to tilt above the crotch forward.  I’ll probably blog about it next month.

I did see Faye at the Expo and it was really good talking with her again.  Hi Faye ::waving::

Here’s what I bought.


From Silhouette patterns  #3400 Three piece yoga pants, Basic Pattern Making DVD.  From Conselle  40 inch flexible curve and Bias fusible tape.

That’s all for shopping.  I’ve decided to buy the Brother 2340CV coverhem machine so I’m saving my money.

On the sewing front, I have been making several muslins of dress bodices.  I want to make a new dress for Easter.  So far I’m tried Vogue 8667 view D.

I’ve given up on this for now.  Doing a 3 inch FBA and lowering the bust point on a shoulder princess seam is a lot of work.   I’ve moved on to Butterick B5147 view C.

Still need to do 3 inch FBA and lower bust point but it’s a little easier.

That’s it for now.

Day Three- The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo

March 14, 2010

No photos today..Sorry.

I had one class today and it was Linen, Lavender and Lace: Hand Embroidery 101 by JoLee Tarbell.    I learned hand embroidery from the same grandmothers who in steeled in me the love of sewing.  When it comes to crafting, I’m a lot like her.    She liked to sew, embroider, quilt and crochet.  I like to sew, embroider, knit and I’m learning to crochet.  I didn’t get the quilting bug but I can appreciate the work and art of quilting.

Anyway, back to the class.  This was a refresher course for me and I really enjoyed it.  I know sewing is my passion but I like embroidery too.  I would take another class with JoLee Tarbell.  She’s a very patient teacher and her instructions are on point.  In a few minutes, I was totally enjoying the art of embroidery again.  We learned and practiced a few stitches on a project.  The stitches are:  running stitch, back stitch, stem stitch and french knot.  I will finish my towel later this week and take pictures.

I didn’t run into other bloggers this year.  Although, I think I saw A Sewist Obsessed in one of Cynthia Guffey’s classes.

Day Two: Original Sewing & Quilting Expo

March 12, 2010

I had two classes today.  The first class was Core Sewing Skills with Cynthia Guffey.  I think the class would have been a lot better if there weren’t so many people in the class.  Don’t get me wrong, the information was great but you really couldn’t see what she was doing.

The second class was Dozen Favorite Construction Techniques with Peggy Sagers.  I got there early and sat in the front row.  Peggy’s back ground is in ready to wear and some of the advice she gives is opposite of the big Four pattern instructions.  She sewed in a sleeve right in front of the class using the flat insertion method.    The sleeve is on the bottom so that the sewing machine feed dogs can do the easing for you.  She did not sew a  double row of basting stitches and she used ONE pin at the shoulder seam.  I’m so trying that. This was a great class.

I like her factory techniques and I know I’ll use them to make my clothes.  I’m also interested in couture techniques but I would not couture my everyday garments.  I know I’ll use both techniques.

Okay so here’s the haul today.

I bought these items at the Silhouette Patterns booth.

One yard of Tie Interfacing.  In the class today, Peggy Sagers demonstrated how to use this interfacing on sleeve caps in jackets.  When I conquer blouses, I’m working on jackets. $9.50

Pants Fitting & Drafting.  I loved the DVDs I bought yesterday so I bought another one today $29.99.  When you buy this DVD at the expo, you get to select a pattern.  I got pattern 1900 (4 button jacket).  Peggy wore her’s today and it was pretty.

I bought my muslin to the expo, hoping to sucker someone into helping me..err..I mean ask for help.  I received great advice from a member of the Atlanta chapter of the American Sewing Guild.  She makes costumes and likes couture sewing.  Another member recommended a DVD that her group watched recently, Full Busted?  Sew Clothes that Fit. I ordered the DVD tonight.   I really should go to more meetings.

Tomorrow is the last day of expo.  I might go to Vogue Fabrics and buy the wonderful blue, sheer silk for $5.99/yard.

Day One: The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Atlanta, Georgia

March 11, 2010

Thursday March 11, 2010

Day One

Rain + Atlanta traffic + 9 am class = Late to Class

My first class was The Gap! which was taught by Peggy Sagers of Silhouette Patterns. This was a great class which taught me more about draping and fit. It wasn’t a draping class but I could understand the principles of draping now that I’ve been sewing for over a year. I missed part of the class but I had a few “ah-ha” moments. I’ll be using my French curve a lot more. Peggy explained that most gaps are due to L, C or D. L=length, C=Circumference or D=depth (dart). L,C, D is also the sequence of making adjustments. Add or subtract length, then circumference then depth. It was a one hour class.

This was the only class I’d preregistered for the day. After her class, I signed up for another class she was teaching at 2:30pm. I then went into the Exhibit Hall. Because I’d attended Expo last year, I made a list of things I wanted to buy and put the list on my Blackberry. There were more exhibitors who catered to quilters but there were some vendors who had items for garment sewers. The first place I went was to Golden Hands Industries, Inc. (800-998-1392). Last year, I bought a tailor board, this year I bought I ham holder for $22.95.  I can take that off my sewing wish list.

Next, I went to the Silhouette Patterns booth and bought two DVD’s. Success from the Start and Achieving great fit through Muslins. They had a special if you bought the Success from the Start DVD, you got one pattern free so I chose pattern #700, Alex’s blouse. The pictures don’t do the patterns justice. I learned this because I watched the fashion show. What a difference! $74.10

I visited the Gadgets Galore at Thread and ( and bought the New & Improved 3-in-1 Color Tool by Joen Wolfrom. This tool was mention on Beth’s blog, The Rusty Bobbin: Inklings. I liked her idea so I had to have one.$16.95

The next class began at 2:30pm…I wasn’t late for that one :). Making Sheers Simple was also taught by Peggy Sagers. She had 3 great tips for sewing with sheers. I have a few sheer fabrics so I’m going to use her tips in the spring to make summer tops. That was my day. I came home and watched the DVD’s. I still don’t know about my blouse. Something is wrong but I don’t know how to fix.

So here’s the haul ….

Sewing Wish List

  1. Large rotary cutting mat
  2. Personalized tags
  3. Ham holders
  4. Sleeve board and cover
  5. Take a fitting class
  6. Narrow Folding table
  7. Coverstitch machine

I’m going back to Expo tomorrow for more classes. Hopefully, I’ll learn something that will help me with blouse patterns.

Original Sewing & Quilting Expo 2010 – Atlanta

January 6, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I hope y’all had a great time during the holidays. I completed a lot of things around the house which put a stop to all sewing! I have been keeping up with my favorite sewing and knitting blogs 🙂

To celebrate finishing the things on my to-do list for the holidays, I registered for the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo in Atlanta. I’m so excited. I sighed up for 5 classes again this year. I learned my lesson last year and signed up for classes early. I got all five classes that I wanted 🙂 I will try to do a day by day update like I did last year. If you’re thinking about going to the Expo this year, sign up early to get your classes.

See ya.

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Atlanta Day 3

March 8, 2009

Oh my Gawd!  Guess who I ran into today!!!!

Ebby J, Lisa H. and Faye

Ebby J, Lisa H. and Faye

Faye (Faye’s Sewing Adventures) , Lisa H. (Sew On and Sew On) and Ebby J. (Just Be Yourself and Sew).  I must admit.  I was hoping to run into one of them at the Expo 🙂  I was so excited that I didn’t get a picture of the four of us all together but they did!  Be sure to check out their blogs Faye.  It was great to meet them in person 🙂 🙂 🙂

Now, for the classes I took today

Easy Zippers.  Instructor – Mickey Hudson-Sandoval.

I couldn’t get into her hands-on class so I took this one.  It was worth it.  I’d heard about the Islander Sewing System of sewing garments.  My sewing instructor from last year taught us a few of the techniques but Mickey really made me a believer.  She demonstrated inserting a centered zipper, a lapped zipper, an invisible zipper, a fly zipper and a mock fly zipper.  The techniques to insert these zippers are all used in factory sewing…without pins.  She made it look easy and encouraged everyone to put in a zipper then rip it out 10 times.  She said usually it takes anywhere from 5 to 10 times to get the techniques down cold.  All the zipper insertions looked simple EXCEPT the fly front.  I’m not ready for that yet.  I would most definitely take another class with her and I plan to…next year.  I bought the Easy Zipper DVD after class because I really want to be able to insert zippers easily.

Seven Habits of Highly Successful Sewers.  Instructor Judith Rasband.

Judith researched sewers who actually sewed clothes that they wear and were happy with the results.  From the research, she developed the 7 Habits For Successful Sewers.  I won’t list all of the habits because I’m sure they are her material and I don’t want to interfere with copyright.  The first habit really spoke to me.  The first habit is : Analyze the figure, lifestyle, and personal style.  I sometimes have trouble figuring out what looks good on me.  I’ve got hips and a stomach so I have to be careful to not wear thing that draw undo attention to those areas.  I was also interested in her pattern alteration methods.  She doesn’t do the slash method.  Instead, she makes alterations close to the seam lines.  I’d like to see her alteration methods in action.  Her methods are in her fashion design textbook Fabulous Fit.

I won’t attend this particular class again but if she were doing an alteration class, I would go to it.

On to Shopping…

Here’s what I bough:

Damage on day 3

Damage on day 3

Measuring made Easy by Lorraine Henry.  Includes a book and Two Easy Tape(TM) $16.00

Easy Zippers video and Kai N5000 Dressmaking Shears purchased from That Seam’s Fine (Mickey Hudson-Sandoval).   I’m guessing the damage was $60.oo

Yummy striped cashmere fabric from Peggy Sager.  Peggy actually cut my fabric herself.  Damage $10.00!!!!

Total $86.00 plus tax.  Total for three days $206.97 plus tax or $6.97 over my budget.  I’m not going to sweat it because I go my money’s worth with everything that I bought.

The expo was worth the money that I spend on classes and sewing supplies.  I met some really wonderful sewers and quilters.  I will be back next year March 11-13, 2010.

Now, I’m going put up my feet and rest 🙂

The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Atlanta Day 2

March 7, 2009

Well, I was early again today.

Wrist band for Friday

Wrist band for Friday

My first class was Tailoring Techniques for the Timid.  The instructor, Mary Ray, has had articles published in Threads and on the Sew Stylish website.  She showed the class various techniques like adding shape to the lapel, grading seam allowances, pressing.  She stressed pressing.  She had a variety of pressing cloths and a point presser/clapper.  I felt good about my purchase yesterday 🙂

All in all the class was okay.  I knew most of the stuff already and this was an introductory class.

My next class was Fitting Accomplished:  Upper Body with Cynthia Guffey.  The clouds parted and the sun began to shine when Cynthia began speaking.  She is a fitting goddess!  She talked about the shoulder slope and the upper back curve.  This one hour class really changed the way I look at fit and pattern alteration.  She showed us how to measure and calculate the shoulder slope with two clear rulers.

When the class was over, I ran to the ticket booth and signed up for her next class even though I was signed up for another class with her in the evening.

The next class was Fiting Accomplished: Transitional Fit with Cynthia Guffey.  In this class, she discussed the bust measurement and I was the person she used to make fitting adjustments.  She stressed selecting a pattern that fits neck and upper bust not the full bust for women who wear a C cup and above.  Princess seams which start at the shoulder is also good for above C cup because it gives you 6 places to add the extra width.

The last class was Fitting Accomplished:  Pants with Cynthia Guffey.  In this class, she discussed adjusting the pattern for a flat rear, round rear, adjust the crotch lenght, adjust the knee location in the pants pattern, adjusting the waist, hips and thighs.

I would HIGHLY recommend taking a class with Cynthia Guffey.  I would really like to take her four day fitting class in Louisiana.  She explains fitting in a way that I can totally understand.

My purchases:

Cythnia Guffy DVDs, bobbin buddies, button

Cythnia Guffy DVDs, bobbin buddies, button

Shoulder Slope DVD $29.99, Upper Back Curve & Back Waist Length DVD by Cynthia Guffey $29.99.  Six bobbin buddies $2.00, one brown button for neck warmer$3.99.  Total = 65.97 plus tax.

Tomorrow is the last day and I have one class in the morning.  Today’s classes with Cynthia Guffey was worth the price.  I will definitely attend the Expo next year.

The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo-Atlanta Day 1

March 6, 2009

I arrived at the Gwinnett Center 45 minutes early.  Can you say excited?   Anyway, the first order of business was parking.  The Gwinnett Center had plenty of parking and there were nice people directing you to the main parking lot closest to the entrance.  Yay.

When I walked inside, there was someone at the information desk of the Gwinnett Center who directed me downstairs where all the action was taking place.   I’d preregistered and all I had to do was get a wristband so I could enter the exhibition hall. From there, I went to my only class of the day.


Class-Pattern drafting: Tees, Tees, Teeswith Emma Seabrooke.  Cost $25 9am to 11:30 am.

The class description:  Take the “same old” out of your tees and turn them into the garments you dream of.  Try on sample size tees, learn you correct size and cut your pattern.  Draft several new necklines, draw a dress from a tee pattern, attach a tee to a skirt and learn to enlarge a sleeve.

Here’s what you get in the class.


The packet on the left consists of a handout which shows you how to alter a tee shirt neckline into a V neck, modified V, Curved, lowered, soft cowl front neckline,mandarin collar, wing collar placket and how to lengthen the tee shirt.  Also in the packet is colored tissue paper and Pati Palmer’s Perfect Pattern Paper. The pattern paper is great.  I’m going to have to order some!

We used Emma’s Pattern”Claire Tee Top & Cardiagn”.  Each student selected what kind of neckline they wanted and Emma and her helper assisted students.  We traced the upper front of the pattern on to the pattern paper.  Then made the alterations on the traced pattern.  We worked alone mostly while Emma went around the room to each student.  She’d get our attention and show us different fitting techniques when she was working with a student.

I learned a lot from this hands on class.  When I asked about the fitting issue with the shirt I’d been working on at home which wasn’t knit, she said it sounded like I need to add to the back of the shirt.  Hmmm.  This  could be true.  I thought it was the sleeve but I will give her suggestion a try.

The class was informative but I think there were too many people in the class and everyone didn’t get the same amount of attention form Emma.  I would suggest taking her class if you like sewing knits because she knows knits.

I also learned from other students.  I saw two things that I’m going to use.  One student used a large make-up bag to store all her basic sewing supplies including rulers.   Target, here I come!  Another student used a Rubbermaid(TM) container to hold her magnetic pin holder and pins.  Target, here I come!

After class, I went to the exhibition hall.  I had a list of items that I wanted to buy.  With that in mind, I looked at every vendor before I made a purchase.  I test drove the Janome 1000 CoverPro coverstitch machine and the BabyLock Imagine Wave Serger/Coverstitch machine.  I personally liked the Janome CoverPro.  Ashby Sewing Machine Company has an awesome Expo price for this machine.  I wish I’d known this because I would have done my research on cover stitch machines ahead of time.

There were a lot of quilting vendors.  I enjoyed the fashion sewing vendors more.  I didn’t go to the fashion shows.  By 1:00pm, I was ready to leave.  Info overload and hunger.

I did make some purchases:

bobbinbuddiesThe bobbin Buddies were 3 for $1.00.  At my local sewing store they cost 3 for $2.39.  I bought six today and I’ll buy more tomorrow if they still have them.


Tailor Board Another View

Tailor Board

Tailor Board

I bought the tailor board from Golden Hands Industries, Inc.  I’d read about them in last year’s review of the Expo on Pattern Review.  I’ve been looking for one of these.  The Expo price was $39.00.  Now, I can take clapper off my sewing wish list because the tailor board is a combination clapper, point presser and other pressing tools that I don’t know how to use 🙂

I also bought Peggy Segar’s Swing Dress pattern Silhouette #4000 for $14.00.  It was out of stock so they will have to ship it to me.

I spent a grand total of  $55.oo plus tax today.  Not bad considering… I didn’t buy fabric because it was too darn crowded in the Vogue Fabric booth.

I left the Gwinnett Center around 1:30pm and went to lunch at my favorite Indian Restaurant.  I’m going to put my feet up and plan day 2.

Stay tuned…