May is National Sewing Month in Australia which aims to promote community awareness on the rewards of sewing. If you are looking for a fresh idea to keep young hands busy, sewing is a satisfying activity that provides many benefits for children. It helps build their self-confidence, improves dexterity & hand-to-eye coordination skills and promotes creativity. Sewing can make your kids become independent when they start making things that they need such as clothes for dolls, their own art projects or a new personalised shirt. There are plenty of things
The next AUSSEW-Along is coming your way, starting 29 May 2017
What exactly is a sew-along? In a nutshell, it is when a group of people all work on the same project in bite-size chunks. The beauty of a sew-along is that participants don’t have to all be in the same location. Instructions are distributed via a blog, facebook or email. These instructions can be written text, illustrations or videos. You can work on the project in your own sewing room, in your own time. Social media is generally the platform
Rhodes Fashion Sewers are hosting their annual sewing retreat
at the Stanwell Tops Conference Centre in NSW
“So what happens at a sewing retreat?”, you ask. Not much in the way of mundane and dreary chores; just lots and lots of sewing, laughter, fun, sharing and learning. There is no telephone to annoy you (unless you choose to keep your mobile phone turned on), no housework to be done and no family wanting to be fed. The only chore required is to make your bed every day.
This particular retreat will commence at
Tara Moss, ASG Patron, has dived into the sewing experience head first. Ten months after first taking up sewing, Tara found the courage to tackle her first Gertie dress. The end result was this stunning gold brocade number from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book.
Like all true sewing enthusiasts, Tara added her personal touch to the pattern with a few design alterations, as well as the mandatory fitting adjustments. Read about the production of this dress on Victory Lamour’s blog.
Note to Tara – If you can produce a garment like this you’ll soon
Voodoo Rabbit Fabrics is one of the ASG’s newest Industry Partners! Below, Voodoo Rabbit owner Kylie introduces her business!
Like a lot of you, I have been sewing since I was very young. As I got older I developed a taste for more unusual fabric designs such as the large conversational prints from Alexander Henry Fabrics. I noticed that the fabrics that I wanted for sewing dresses and bags was becoming harder and harder to get in Australia. I was sure that I couldn’t be the only person trying to
Castaway to Couture is an exciting, national re-fashioning competition, open to the public!
This competition is brought to you by the Australian Sewing Guild Ltd. and major sponsor Baby Lock Australia.
May is National Sewing month and to celebrate we once again bring you Castaway to Couture! The idea is simple –
· Buy a garment (or a few) at any Op Shop, or raid your wardrobe, and snap a ‘before’ pic.
· Use your awesome sewing skills to re-fashion it into something new.
· Take photos during the construction stage and of the finished
The creative working partnership with my mother started last year in 2015. I have always been interested in historical costume and vintage fashions ever since I was little but only recently have found time to explore this with invaluable help from my mother. My mother has always been passionate with sewing and would sporadically, throughout her adult life, sew a dress or a jacket with store bought patterns, at first with Home Yardage or Lincraft in Sydney and now Spotlight in Perth.
My mother grew up observing my grandmother regularly sewing
Tessuti Fabrics is one of the ASG’s newest Industry Partners! Read more about them below!
Established over twenty years ago, Tessuti Fabrics is now recognised as one of Australia’s leading retailers of quality and designer fabrics. With two retail stores in Sydney, one in Melbourne and an online shop, Tessuti has become the destination for dressmakers, fashion students and all lovers of sewing.
Tessuti takes enormous pride in sourcing fabrics that give our customers a unique and stylish range offering quality stock and designer ends. They purchase from some of the
Tara Moss – author, journalist, TV presenter, human rights activist. Tara is a woman of many talents and clearly does not shy away from a challenge. Crime fiction writer, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and advocate for the rights of women and children just scratches the surface. Read more…
Recently Tara has taken up the challenge of sewing and writes about it on her Victory Lamour blog:
Why did I make a promise to myself to (finally) learn the practical skill of sewing? The reason is simple. I wanted to be more self-sufficient. Scratch
Thread Den is an Australian Sewing Guild industry partner.
Thread Den has been teaching crafty types every year for nine years. At first it was about people looking for more crafty outlets for their crazy creations, but nowadays there isn’t such a simple stereotype that you can pin on the people that come into the Sewing Lounge. There are young professionals, empty nesters, teens, the self-employed…“One thing that we are seeing more of is corporations that pay for their employees to take creative courses for improved work/life balance”, said Danielle