Helen’s sewing adventures started at the age of five. While in high school, she entered the local Singer sewing store competition. Her entry was a blue faille dress with a square neckline and a jacket with bound buttonholes. This won her first place! In her newlywed years she sewed throw pillows and corduroy covers for daybeds. She also sewed pants, shifts, and blouses for herself. Once her daughter was born, she learned how to smock and made her many dresses as well as a corduroy jumper and a flower girl dress for her aunt’s wedding. It was white satin, fully lined, with lace inserted in all the edges.
As her kids grew she bought a good machine and started tailoring their clothes. During this time, she also made two christening gowns for friends. One was an heirloom pattern, but the one she’s most proud of, was made from a friend’s wedding gown. She made a gown, coat, bonnet and slip, which were embellished with the appliqués from the wedding gown train. These days Helen’s favorite items to sew are dresses and jackets.
In 1993, Helen joined ASG. After moving to Seattle in 1996, she saw a notice about a meeting in West Seattle at Hancock Fabrics. Helen has held many positions within ASG. She has been a Neighborhood Group Leader, Charity Sewing Chair, VP, Chapter President, Regional Rep, National Board member (treasurer), and has chaired the National Nominating Committee. She is also a volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House. Helen also hosted the first chapter garage sale, and is a CTA for Pierce County. Unfortunately, she has served the maximum allowed years on the CAB, and is now just an all around indispensable member.