Hi Sewing Friends!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I've been tackling some spring cleaning, and judging by the weather, it seems like I am right on schedule. I'm not finished yet. Today I'm going to focus on my sewing room. For some reason, I don't think I will be as detailed down there as I have been in the rest of the house. That might be because I spent 4 days cleaning so far.
I am just so excited about registering for my FIRST American Sewing Guild Annual Conference, that I just had to share it with someone, and why not my favorite Sewing Friends?
Last week the details about the conference were published on the ASG website. The conference is being held in Arlington, Virginia. It officially begins Friday, August 1; however, there are some day before classes. I knew that registration opened today, and I have been stalking the ASG website since midnight. Then I received a special email message this morning with a link to register. So, I was all prepared to register. I just may have been one of the first ones to register. If you are interested in attending the conference, you do not need to be a member of the ASG. The conference is being held at a very nice hotel and I've had a room reserved since the end of February. So, maybe now you can understand why I am sew excited. I even have some roommates. Now, I just have to wait a couple MORE months!!!
This seems like a really great package, and it so unlike any other expo I have ever attended. If you sign up for the full conference package, you get breakfast and lunch and 3 days of classes, for one flat fee. The only extra fees are the kit fees, which you pay directly to the instructor. Of course, there is plenty of shopping in the exhibit hall. This is like an all-inclusive sewing vacation. I just cannot wait.
When people ask me if I sew clothing, my immediate response is NO. Truth be known, I have dabbled with garments, but I can't seem to get past the test piece, known as a muslin or sloper, which is constructed of very plain fabric. Garment construction really intrigues me because I know I can do it, I just have ADHD. After I make the muslin, I'm already on to something else.
So...I'm stepping outside of my box, and I registered for a day before class called Pants, Pants, Pants with Peggy Sagers of Silhouette Patterns. She is like my newest idol. Every other Monday night she holds live webcasts on her website and explains in layman terms construction details and fitting issues, and how they are all inter-related. It actually makes sense! Looks like I have to prepare a pair of pants out of muslin in time for the class. Perhaps this time I will get somewhere this time.
Two other big classes I signed up for is the Jeans Fit Workshop and Jean Styling Workshop with Jennifer Stern-Haseman. Both of these classes are from 8am to 5pm. Do you think I'll know how to construct a pair of pants by the time I am finished?
I also signed up for the Revised and Updated One Seam Pants with Louise Cutting. One seam, how hard can that be? The trick will be in the type of fabric.
Another interesting class I am taking will be about how to photograph your work. I am really looking forward to this class too, because I would love to take my photography to the next level. I am always intrigued by others photography and wonder why my photos don't look as nice as theirs.
If you are interested in attending this conference, visit the ASG website, www.ASG.org. You don't have to be a member, and it's never to late to join the ASG. If you do join the ASG, please write down my name "Michelle Umlauf" on your registration form and let me know you joined. The ASG is having a membership drive. The member who recruits the most new members will win a 3 day visit by the ASG National Educator at their home. I am holding a contest for those who I recruit too, and you could win up to $50 of Sulky products. Read my post here about the contest.
If you attend the conference, please let me know, I'd like to meet you in person.
Have a great week!