The Greater Seattle chapter of the American Sewing Guild holds events throughout the year to educate and entertain. We generally host:
- Our after-Expo banquet, held during SewExpo, featuring a nationally-known speaker
- Educational events for all members, twice per year
- Spring and fall sewing retreats
- Seattle ASG Annual Meeting
These events provide us opportunities to socialize, share, be inspired, and learn new skills.
Our popular Sew-Expo Banquet is held every year in Puyallup, the Saturday evening during the Sew Expo. The banquet is a Greater Seattle chapter annual tradition, where ASG members gather, not just from our own chapter but from all over the world! Join us for delightful conversation during the no-host cocktail hour, for the wonderful buffet, and for a most interesting speaker.
Spring Ed Event: Spring Inspiration
Our 2017 spring educational event, “Spring Fling,” will feature four of our chapter’s many talented sewers, on a variety of topics. Check out the details and register now!
Fall Education Event
Our 2016 fall educational event was “Focus on Fit with Suzy Furrer.” Suzy is the founder of Apparel Arts, a San Francisco-based fashion design school, and a respected instructor for Craftsy. She has worked in the apparel industry since the mid ’80s and studied pattern making with couturier Simmon Sethna before starting Apparel Arts. Suzy presented a lecture on the first day, and a fit workshop on the second.
Sunday’s class will be a hands-on fitting workshop. Each student is encouraged to bring a garment and/or pattern with fit issues that can be addressed. Suzy will also discuss how to use slopers to compare and change commercial patterns.
The annual Fall Retreat is held Camp Huston near Gold Bar, WA. The Spring Retreat is held each year at Dumas Bay, in Federal Way. Both retreats offer 3 or 4 day options–both mean plenty of sewing time, meeting new friends and catching up with old friends, and infinite opportunities to learn. Truly, there’s no experience like it!
We gathered on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina for another great annual meeting! We heard from our President, Maris Olsen, on the state of the chapter; held elections for our officers; had a silent auction; shared a wonderful potluck; and enjoyed a Sew Fabulous fashion show.
The silent auction is a fundraiser for our chapter. Members bring items they’ve made, or that are related to our shared passion, and everyone has an opportunity to (secretly) bid on these items. We see such wonderful creativity in these donated items–it’s fun and inspiring to appreciate the various talents of our members.