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Saturday, 6 August 2016

MaaiDesign - ASG Industry Partner

MaaiDesign is one of the ASG's newest Industry Partners! Read more about them below!

Hi, my name is Maaike! I grew up in Belgium but have been calling Australia home for the past 10 years.

As a mum, I needed a creative and fun hobby that took me away from the daily chores…. So I picked up sewing again and was hooked!  I wanted to make my kids the cool clothes I love, and pieces for me that would fit properly... but I couldn’t find the unique fabrics I wanted in Australia!

So I went out looking for them, and started the MaaiDesign fabric store to share them with the rest of Australia.  MaaiDesign is an online fabric store specialising in unique and gorgeous European fabrics.

“Maai” is pronounced just like “My”.  MaaiDesign is, therefore, a reference to the joy of handmaking. Because whatever you sew, you can call it “My Design!”

I have a blog as well, have a look there if you’d like to see what I’ve been sewing.  And don’t forget to sign up to my newsletter on my website to find out about new products and promotions!

I also love sewing in a social environment, so I am planning on organising sewing events too.  So I look forward to meeting other ASG members soon. I will be attending the Guild's NSW Industry Day on 24th September, so maybe I’ll see you there!



Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Pattern Drafter comes to Perth!

The 2016 Federal Election did not take centre stage in Western Australia recently!

Maria Boncaldo, the inventor of The Pattern Drafter, came to Perth for the weekend and gave the Perth Metropolitan and Perth Metropolitan North regions an introduction to her approach to pattern drafting.

Thanks to Jennie van Driel for graciously allowing us to use her photo - she was so thrilled with the fit!
Over the weekend sixty Guild and non-Guild members enjoyed a day of fellowship and fun.

Three Pattern Drafter kits were given away as door prizes, plus prizes of complimentary membership for the non-members - a great way to get all those ladies who previously “didn’t even know there was a Guild” to come and see what we can do, and enjoy the company of like minded people!

The Pattern Drafter is an industry partner of the Australian Sewing Guild. 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Castaway to Couture Winners

What a fantastic response to the Castaway to Couture competition this year - over 70 highly creative entries from around Australia!

This year the Guild partnered with Echidna Sewing Products to offer a Brother Innovis Sewing & Embroidery machine as first prize. Judith Turner, author of The Sewing Bible for Clothes Alterations donated a 12-month subscription to her popular Sewing Genie Magic Circle, a collection of eBooks and videos with insights into the secrets of alterations and re-fashioning of garments.  Winners also received gift vouchers from McCalls Pattern Services, Handbag Hardware Australia and Craftsy.

Without further ado, we present the winners.

Judges' Choice 1st Prize - Adam Mikulicz

Judges' Choice 2nd Prize - Julie Livingstone

Finalist & Judges' Choice Highly Commended - Kristy Chan

Judges' Choice Highly Commended - Trish Stott

Viewers' Choice 1st Prize - Stefanie Alvez

Viewers' Choice 2nd Prize - Jackie Pardoe-Matthews

View gallery of all other entries
Thank you to all participants.  We look forward to seeing more marvelous creations next year.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Zebra Fabrics - ASG Industry Partner

Zebra Fabrics is one of the ASG's newest Industry Partners! Read more about Zebra Fabrics below!

Zebra Fabrics is an independent Australian online retailer of knit fabrics, focussing on natural fibres, primarily cotton jersey knits. Fabrics are sourced both locally and Europe. We stock plain and over 26 colours, and a variety of lycra jersey which is in stock most of the time.

Our range covers, whimsical, fun and fashion.

Looking for something special for high intensity sporting pursuits, we carry Supplex fabrics. Try one of our patterns from the Jalie Sewing Patterns from Canada who specialise in knit patterns.


Margo Parkyn
Ph: 0439 574540

Monday, 23 May 2016

One Thimble - ASG Industry Partner

One Thimble is one of the ASG's newest Industry Partners!  They are also the sponsor of the Crystal white shirt sew-along.  Thanks Jen! Read more about the One Thimble product below!

One Thimble is a digital sewing magazine which is produced quarterly. It is compiled and edited by sewist Jen Kennedy in Cairns, but has contributors from all around the world.

One Thimble is delivered as a PDF which you download to your computer or mobile device. Each issue has 10+ PDF sewing patterns ranging from patterns for children’s clothing to quilts and toys and everything in between. The patterns can be printed out on a regular home printer and the tutorial steps are included in One Thimble.

Each issue of One Thimble also includes 20+ articles. The articles cover a range of topics from sewing techniques & sewing stories to advice for those running a handmade business. Each issue is jam-packed with inspiration and information to help self-taught sewists gain confidence and perfect new skills.

The May 2016 issue is our 11th issue. It is our winter issue and the theme for the issue is “Urban Jungle”. The patterns for this issue are
  • a Women’s Hoodie Vest (size xs-xxl); 
  • a sleeveless button through dress (kids size 1-12); 
  • a party dress with double flounce skirt (size nb-12); 
  • a jumper with a cowl collar (kids size 1-12);
  • a pattern for free motion appliques to be put onto a hood (fox, giraffe, panda); 
  • a hooded tunic/dress (kids size 1-12); 
  • long pants (kids size 1-12); 
  • baby shoes (size nb-18months); 
  • a quilt, cross-stitch, felt puzzle animal game and soft baby balls. 
The articles include trending fabrics, handmade gifts, interview with ASG, review of the Brother Cut & Scan machine, getting sewing for boys “right”, sew a softie day, sewing with laminated fabrics, how to install double capped rivets, how to create a double pull zipper, how to upcycle, how to sew knit fabrics on a sewing machine, how to freezer paper stencil, how to make quilted bunting, how to make a rag quilt, how to sew a rag quilt panel into clothing, how to add a strap to a hat, marketing your online business, how to design a website and how to use facebook groups for your creative business.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Cairns Create It - ASG Industry Partner

Cairns Create It, based (unsurprisingly) in Cairns (Qld) are one of the ASG's newest Industry Partners!  Read their introduction below!

Cairns Create It (formerly Craft Centre) has Cairns largest range for all your creative needs. We have the most comprehensive range of paint and art materials for beginners to professionals.  Specialising In quality cotton fabrics for quilting and dressmaking, we also stock haberdashery including threads for embroidery, yarn for knitting and crochet.

We have a great range of papers for paper-craft, cards and scrap booking. We also have beautiful beads and findings for jewellery making, and lots of bits and pieces to create with and stuff to keep the kids amused.

Send Cairns Create It an email to join their email list and/or for details of workshops and classes.


Address: Showground Shopping Centre, 157 Mulgrave Rd, Cairns.
Phone: (07) 4031 3024

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Sckafs Fabrics - ASG Industry Partner

Sckafs Fabrics, based in Indooroopilly (Qld) are one of the ASG's newest Industry Partners!
Read their introduction below!

Sckafs Fabrics is a family owned business established in 1979 and is still Brisbane’s leading destination for fabrics & haberdashery. We offer a wide selection of high quality & fashion forward bridal, evening & daywear fabrics. We also carry an extensive range of craft fabrics, haberdashery, trims, embellishments, sewing patterns & the biggest range of buttons you have ever seen which are sourced from all around the globe, thousands in fact! (YES, button heaven).

At Sckafs we pride ourselves on our high level of customer service & skills and our expertise & sewing knowledge is second to none so you’re guaranteed to be in good hands.

Come visit us in-store, we are conveniently located on level 1 at Indooroopilly shopping centre, Brisbane QLD - just a 10 minute drive from Brisbane CBD.  If you live abroad and can’t get to us, not to worry we do mail orders!

Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with the latest arrivals, promotions & sales in-store.


Phone: (07) 3378 8591

Australian Sewing Guild members receive a 10% discount on all full priced fabrics in-store all year round!