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A New Country and a First Sewing Machine
Christina’s Story in Her Own Words
I started to sew at age 21. I immigrated to the USA from the Netherlands (Holland) in 1962 when I was 20. I brought 2 summer dresses and 2 winter outfits and had $10 in my pocket. I married a Dutch guy who earned minimum wage and had no money to buy clothes.
I went to the auction to buy a sewing machine. I went to Sears to try on some dresses to figure out what size I was because I had no idea. I had never sewn before. Then I went to the fabric store, bought a pattern and some fabric and taught myself to sew. This shows how dumb I was: my first fabric was a plaid and the pattern had princess seams! I learned through trial and error but really liked it. I sewed my own dresses, my kids’ clothes, and my husband’s shirts. I never tried tailoring. When my oldest daughter learned to sew in Middle School, she started sewing her own clothes and somehow during her sewing adventures she met Peggy and learned about ASG.
When I retired I decided to make sewing my main hobby and joined ASG . That was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It is so inspiring to meet and be with others who like to do the same thing. I was asked to join the Chapter Advisory Board and have served as president for 4 years.
ASGIE Member 26 Years
Former ASGIE President, 4 years
Fashion Show Coordinator
12 Months Challenge Neighborhood Group Leader
Step Up! Neighborhood Group Member
Christina’s Breezy Summer Harem Pants and Scarf
I was always a rather conservative dresser but admired people who wore scarves , lace, ruffles, flowing garments, etc. Now I could try it all and found I liked wearing something different from store-bought. I really liked the challenge of finding a piece of fabric, in this case donated by Monica, and trying to figure out what to do with it.
I used Judy Kessinger’s basic pants pattern and placed the front and back together to eliminate the side seam. That made the legs wider. I made a large hem to accommodate the 1” wide elastic. I pieced the leftover scraps of fabric together to sew a matching scarf. The challis fabric and this style of pants feels very cool in the summer and are fun to wear.
I have used Judy Kessinger’s pattern probably more than 10 times after adjusting the fit the first few times. It feels good to have a basic pattern that fits and if I could just keep my body the same size it would even be better! My goal is to create a basic sloper and draft my own patterns.
I thank all my ASG Sewing Sisters for their love and support. I would not be where I am today without you!
And ASGIE thanks Christina for her many wonderful contributions! We wouldn’t be the same without her!
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Beautiful Denim Jackets
by MaryAnn Make ASG News!
ASGIE Member - 5 years
ASGIE Member MaryAnn is highlighted on ASG's Chapter News!
ASG email 6/23/2023
"We spotted these lovely projects on the Inland Empire chapter Facebook page and couldn't help but share. ASG member MaryAnn is decorating denim jackets with lovely designs. So beautiful, MaryAnn!"
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Judy and Margaret
Fashion Club Volunteers
Featured in the American Sewing Guild email, January 27 2023, Chapter News
ASGIE Member -
over 30 years, one of the first 10 members of the original Inland Empire Chapter which was called the Riverside / San Bernardino Chapter at the time; member of the Orange County Chapter before that
1st VP / Hospitality
Corona Neighborhood Group Leader
12 Months Challenge Neighborhood Group
ASGIE Member - 10 years
Treasurer / Publicity
Corona Neighborhood Group Leader
“Congratulations to Judy from the Inland Empire chapter for sharing her love of sewing with some 7th & 8th graders at a local school that has a sewing club. And a big shoutout to Margaret who also attended as Judy's assistant. Judy gave an engaging presentation about the two-fold top that really got the kids excited to do some sewing. Great job, ladies!”
Judy used the 2-fold top to show the different fashion options of this one top. Margaret suggested this pattern because there are only two seams and can be made in so many different ways. The students began by designing the tops on paper.
Each student received one yard of black t-shirt knit fabric which was donated by Sandra and her husband at the Fabric Shop in Pomona. Judy put together sewing kits so the students “would be able to see their creations come off the drawing board so to speak.” With a variety of sewing levels in the group, Judy’s extensive beginner sewing kit of 17 items included scissors, pins, measuring tape, thread, and a seam ripper. Kits remain in the classroom to use during class.
In the kit was this lovely note from Judy to the students.
“I hope you will be able to use this sewing kit for many years to come. You may not end up designing or making your own clothes, but you will be able to at least sew on a button, hem a pair of pants or do some mending. Hopefully you will develop a lifelong love of sewing as I have. It is a useful skill to have.”