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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Jingle Belles! Sew Sensational Sequins this Festive Season!

We suggest sequins!! Yes, sequins!! Take a look at what the stores are, silver & all things shiny! If nothing else, a pair of sequined slippers for Christmas morning! Shoes are metallic, gold & silver this year. Shiny is everywhere. I'm not suggesting a tweak to necklines or lapels, no no no! I'm saying solid, metallic, sequin-ing! And there are so many, wonderful, creative ways to sequin....
Consider sequins if you intend to make something to wear that is really of the moment (& let's talk girl to girl here, you can safely go a little OTT on Christmas day/night or at those pre Christmas parties and gatherings!). So go ahead and create something to wear that speaks of the current trends but works for all ages, styles and body shapes. Or make and give something sequined as a gift that totally wows the lucky recipient. 
Sequins, shiny sequins do say 'fun times' at Christmas, see our photos and links for shiny inspiration!
Oh & me? I'll be making a spangly skirt, maybe the one with sequined hem. Oh and I'm dying to wear it!

Pencil skirts are always classy and this silver sequin one from Delia Creates is no exception.
For big impact and wear-ability (no sitting on scratchy sequins), why not try a sequin fronted dress? This one from Merricks Art is a refashion but could easily be made from scratch.
This sequin maxi from Mimi G is perfect for all your after 5 needs. It could even be more casual with the right top.
If a sequin skirt or dress is a bit too much sparkle, how about this sequin cardi from The Sewing Rabbit?
Or maybe an elegant bolero to finish off  your fave LBD? Try this one from Anna Evers.
For just a kiss of sparkly goodness, why not embellish a plain skirt, like this one from Dare I DIY?
Or add some strategic spangle to a top or cardi. This version is from Brit & Co.
And if you really can't bear to wear your sequins, why not try this clutch from Sweet Verbena?

All of these link to patterns, tutorials and how to's but sewing with sequins has it's challenges. If sewing sequins is new to you, you might find these guides helpful. There's guides from Melly Sews, Poppykettle, Shop The Garment District and Burda Style.

I know what you're thinking.....Sequins are all well and good but how do I wear them without looking like a Christmas tree? We have you covered there too! These guides from All Women, Glitter Guide, Glamour and Cosmopolitan give you the low down on wearing sequins. Everyone (regardless of age, body type or personal style) can wear a bit of bling! Just keep things simple and let the sequins do all of the shiny! Unexpected casual mis matches (like the Mimi G skirt paired with a casual tank) work well but a simple camisole top would work just as well. Sequins do the heavy lifting, allowing you to be free of costume jewelry and frou frou shoes. We all know the festive season goes hand in hand with shiny but a sequin garment can be fab at any celebration, all year round!

If you make a special, sequined, seasonal something - we'd love to see it! Post it to Facebook, email it to or share it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #asgmember.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Have you heard of Sewvember?

Australian sewing blogger Amanda from Bimble + Pimble,  has created a fabulous new wave of social media sewing fun with "Bimble + Pimble Sewvember" .

The idea is to post a photo a day on Instagram,on the following topics:

The response has been fantastic!

It's always fascinating...often comforting...and sometimes downright hilarious to see the daily pictures posted by sewing aficionados from all over the world!
I've discovered all manner of sewing tools I must have, that my stash issues are pretty normal, that my sewing library must have some new additions and that I'm not the only person who SWOAP (sews without a plan) - and we are known as 'squirrels'.
The other benefit of Sewvember has been introduction to a  HUGE number of  new (to me) sewing instagrammers and bloggers.  Goodness, this creative, inspired and inspiring community is expanding exponentially!
Why not jump in for the last days of Sewvember?
If you have an Instagram account, use the search function to look for #bpsewvember
If you want to set up an Instagram account, you need a smart phone, with the Instagram app downloaded. It's free to set up.  .
Here's a sample of my Sewvember'll have to get your own Instagram account to read what these pics are about!
For those of you already savvy with Instagram, we've also started a #asgmember page. So far, it's Sarah and I posting to #asgmember, but we'd love it if other ASG members with Instagram accounts posted pics of their sewing creations. Just remember to include the tag: #asgmember when you post.
Yet another fabulous way to further and share the love of sewing!!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Sewing in South Australia? Come and see Adelaide Sewing Centre

Come and see Adelaide Sewing Centre!

Adelaide Sewing Centre, located at 647a Marion Road, ASCOT PARK SA 5043, has lots to offer! As one of our Industry Partners, members receive a discount here, so be sure to bring your member card!

Phone: (08) 8276 3273
Fax: (08) 8277 8777

As well as an informative website here, they have an online store and post regularly on Facebook here.So don't forget to 'like'!

Established in 1990, Adelaide Sewing Centre has been servicing the South Australian Sewing Industry. A family owned & operated business, Adelaide Sewing Centre has grown from primarily a Sewing Machine Sales & Repair Centre, to now offering a wide variety & range of Classes, Courses, Threads, Haberdashery, Quilting Fabrics & Supplies. Selling Babylock, Handi Quilter, Husqvarna and Janome machines.

Adelaide Sewing Centre run a busy calendar of regular events and classes. Here’s a few coming up:

Sewing Club is held on the 4th Friday & Saturday of each month. This is a demonstration based group open to anyone interested in quilting, embroidery, dressmaking, crafting & overlocking. Each month Kathy demonstrates a sewing, embroidery, overlocking or patchwork & quilting technique as well as demonstrating, discussing & showing new accessories, gadgets & fabrics. You are encouraged to bring along “show & tell” of projects you have completed or a project you are stuck with and could use some advice.

Quilt Bugs Quilting Group
This is a monthly class for anyone interested in learning or perfecting their patchwork & quilting skills. It is open to any skill level and is a great way to learn at your own pace in a friendly, no pressure environment.
1st Monday of each month, 10 .00 am to 2.00 pm.
Cost: $35 per class payable with booking

GO! Inspiration Day
Coming up on Saturday 22nd November is the 4th and final GO! Inspiration day for the year! Heather & Jodie have been working hard to come up with NEW super creative, out of the box, crazy samples you can recreate with your GO! Cutting system. Grab a friend and come enjoy what we have to offer.
10.00 am to 12 noon.  Cost: $15 payable with booking

So drop in, phone or email for more information to book classes.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Eco Fabrics Thanksgiving Sewing Retreat - Book Now!

Our Industry Partners, Eco Fabrics invite you to their 
Thanksgiving Sewing Retreat!
Join us for A Day full of Fun, Festivities and Feasting.
You will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Lunch, full of lovely experiences and memories to last a lifetime.

Also, get your Christmas Gifts sorted by making four different and unique projects throughout the day.
We will also have  lots of  raffles, prizes, like our major prize an accuquilt go fabric cutter valued at $299

 View the introduction of new products and sew much more!!!!!
Call to Book Now as Spaces are Very Limited!
02 8544 8195
When: Saturday Nov. 29th
Time: 10am - 5:30pm
Cost:$205 includes all four kits, and beautiful thanksgiving lunch
Where: Port Hacking Community Centre 


184 Gannons Road South
Caringbah NSW
Click here for more info.

Friday, 7 November 2014

FREE Pattern Friday! Perpendicular Striped Pencil Skirt


Here's a quick make with fabulous visual impact!!


Click here for instructions on how to make a simple stretch pencil skirt.
Then click here for instructions on how to make this stripe-y version!
Whip it up and wear the same day (or night!)
We'd love to see pictures of what you make with this pattern!