Walnut Creek/East Bay Chapter



 August 25 and 26, 2018

Easy Fit & Sew Knits.

This month we are expanding our general meeting program to two days. If you want to spend Saturday and Sunday making comfortable, easy-to-wear clothes this is the workshop for you.

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T-Shirt and Yoga Pants project modeled

T-Shirt and Yoga Pants project

Jennifer’s program was one of everyone’s favorites at the 2017 ASG Conference. Now, you don’t have to spend all that money to get to Conference. She is coming to visit us.

Jennifer will demonstrate how to adjust pattern pieces for a perfect fit. Learn how to figure out how much stretch your fabric really has. You will learn how to get professional results with your knit garments. Discover notions that make finishing your necklines and hems a snap. At the end of the weekend, you will have 2 or 3 finished garments.

The pattern you receive as part of the class kit includes Yoga pants, Tee, Cardi, Raglan Sleeve Top and Tank Top 2 Ways.

See below for What to Bring along with your $40.00 Kit Fee

Welcome to the Easy Fit and Sew Tee and Yoga Pants Workshop. We’ll start by trying on sample tees and yoga pants to quickly figure out your best starting sizes. Then I’ll demonstrate how to adjust the pattern pieces for a perfect fit. Learn how to figure out how much stretch your fabric really has and how it will affect the fit of your tee. After cutting out the pieces it’s time to sew. I’ll show you how to get professional results whether you’re constructing your knit garments on your serger or your sewing machine. Discover notions that make finishing your necklines and hems a snap. You’ll leave with a finished outfit.

Very Special Note: Please RSVP to Donna Alexander at 650-873-6224 or ssfdonna@gmail.com. Sewing space is limited.

Kit includes: Patterns, Fit Workbook and the choice of black or gray Performance Sports Knit Fabric for your yoga pants, stretch needles, fusible knit stay tape.

• Pre-Washed Knit for Tee: Rayon Jersey, ITY knit, Matte Jersey)with at least 25% stretch. 1 yd for short sleeve tee (sizes xs-xl) 1 ½ yds (sizes 2xl-4xl) or 1 1/2 yards for long sleeve tee (sizes xs-xl) 1 3/4 yards (sizes 2xl-4xl)

• If you’re bringing your Serger: 4 spools of thread to match fabric (Instead of bringing cone thread, purchase 4 spools of good quality all-purpose thread.

• If you’re bringing your Sewing Machine: 1 spool of thread to match the fabric.

• Basic Sewing Supplies: Pins, needles, thread, scissors, seam ripper

• Clear 18” grid ruler (2” x 18”)

• Scotch Tape • Pencil and colored pencils or high lighter

• Eraser

• Paper scissors Supply List

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Why? The national organization is sponsoring a Contest using ASG Fabric.

See the winning fabric and colors at the bottom of this post.


When:       Saturday, January 20, 2018

Where:      Odd Fellows Hall, 4349 Cowell Road, Concord, CA

Fee:            $15.00 for members / $25.00 for Non-Members

Time:          9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Note:         Bring Your Lunch.

Do you have a question? – Contact Donna Alexander at ssfdonna@gmail.com or (510) 612-0749


Sit and Sew for the ASG Fabric Contest

Our goal is two-fold.  One, to have a great showing of camp shirts made from the ASG Fabric Contest Winning design at this year’s conference in Las Vegas.  The second goal and this is the best, is to have fun with our sewing friends and make a cool camp shirt too!  Not interested in a camp shirt?  Bring anything you would like to work on.

If you have your fabric or can get it in time, pre-launder and bring it with you.  If not, then bring your camp shirt pattern for tissue fitting.  If you would like to make a test garment, cotton muslin, or gingham, or another lightweight cotton, linen, or blend are great for test garments.


Congratulations to Cecelia Harris on her winning design for the ASG 2017 Fabric Design Contest sponsored by Brother. She also created 3 companion designs that will make up our official ASG fabric line and can be purchased at MyFabricDesigns.com.
Cecelia’s winning design was selected by a vote by chapter presidents earlier this year. The winning entry was her original design that featured dress forms with the ASG logo inside, sitting on a background of scripted fabric names.

 Materials List

  •  Basic Camp Shirt Pattern (see below for suggestions) and/or other projects you plan to work on.
  • Measuring tape, notebook, clear tape, pencil, ruler, etc. for making pattern adjustments.
  • Basic sewing supplies such as pins, marking tools, scissors, rotary cutter/ruler/mat if you have, etc.
  • Fabric to make your camp shirt.  Can be ordered on My Fabric Designs website.  See article on pages 13-14 of this newsletter for information on how to order.
  • Bring muslin, gingham, or other fabric to test out the pattern if you have not yet received your fabric from My Fabric Designs.
  • Thread to match or coordinate with the fabric.
  • Sewing machine with cord and foot pedal.

Burda 5161, an older pattern, suggested by Jan Driscoll, that is out of print but might be available online.

Walnut Creek/East Bay Chapter, CA of the American Sewing Guild, Inc.

P.O. Box 5504, Concord, CA 94524-0504

You may choose gray, yellow, turquoise or red. What you see in gray also comes in alternate colors. Please click the link above and type ASG in the site’s search bar.

New Program Schedule
New Program Schedule

We have made changes to the programs due to the availability of the hall. The vest class has been moved to the summer.

Fall 2018 Stash Sale

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Fall 2018 Stash Sale


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Artistry In Fashion Field Trip, Saturday, September 29, 2018

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Artistry In Fashion Field Trip, Saturday, September 29, 2018

Canada College fashion Department Celebrates its 29th annual “Artistry In Fashion” Saturday, September 29, 2018. Noon-3PM Guest speaker Peggy Sagers will discuss pant fitting in Bldg 3, Room 255 during the Fashion Department Open House. 10 AM -4:M: Professional Designer Sale featuring 60+ designers selling clothing, jewelry, and fashions on the plaza. 11:00 AM: Designer Showcase/Fashion Show in the outdoor amphitheater. Noon-3PM Fashion Department Open House in Bldg 3, Room 255. View student projects and garments. $10.00 Donation....

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Fall Stash Sale Saturday October 6 2018, 9 AM to 1 PM

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Fall Stash Sale Saturday October 6 2018, 9 AM to 1 PM

It’s Back!!   The Stash Sale Presented by: Walnut Creek/East Bay Chapter of the American Sewing Guild Remember? Great fabric and sewing related items at bargain basement prices. Saturday, October 6, 2018 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Odd Fellows Hall – 4349 Cowell Rd. Concord, CA Beautiful fabrics, patterns, yarns, notions, trims and much more, including 2 or 3 nice sewing machines, newly serviced and in good working order. We have moved our storage and want to take home as little as possible. You will find all kinds of goodies and terrific deals....

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Community Service – Sweet Dreams Quilt Pattern

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Here is a year-round community service opportunity that allows you to share your love of sewing by making and donating quilts to those in need.  Attached is a pattern for a quilt top that you can use to cut using your scraps.  In addition, if you attend one of the Chapter’s program events, kits are cut and ready to take home.  You are able to work on the quilt top and then return it to a monthly program, when it is completed. For more information on cutting and/or assembling these easy quilt tops for donation, please feel free to...

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Year-Round Community Service Opportunities

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Here are just a few ways you can use your love of sewing year-round by donating your gifts to our community. Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center: One of the many programs the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC) provides for its patients is the Layette Program.  The program has been in operation for over 30 years and provides a new mother with basic essentials needed for their infants.  The items provided in the layette include a blanket, receiving blanket, sleeper, onesie, cap, thermometer and baby toy.  They have a group of...

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Zippy Notions Bag

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The Zippy Notions Bag is a multi-zippered bag with storage space in and between 2 zippered pockets and a convenient front tray. When the front tray lies down it becomes a handy place for your sewing notions which keep them contained while you sew. Stops tools from rolling away! PLEASE read the brochure and have your pieces cut before you arrive. Your preparation gives you a chance to actually finish this project by the end of the day. Zippy Notions Bag Brochure Click this button to access and download the Zippy Notions Bag Pattern: Zippy...

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