Wednesday, August 1, 2007
I just returned from the ASG conference in Sacramento. It was fantastic. 4 days of non-stop education and inspiration. Here we are in our Simplicity ASG garments. Most ladies chose the kimono top although quite a few chose my pattern, the 50's retro blouse, jacket, skirt and pants. What a fun thing to have all these women together in their individual projects.
The other photo shows me with EllenAnne Geisel who was the keynote speaker. She talked about her book, "The Apron Book". She was amazing, poignant and hysterically funny. Everybody loved her. Many of us bought her book and she autographed them for everybody.
I went with my friend Barbara and together we took many classes. Our favorites were Peggy Sagers with her factory methods with lots of new ideas to try, Linda MacPhee because she is so energetic and funny, Linda Lee with ideas for handling raw edges, and Diane Ericson for encouraging us to bring out our creative side. Also a hands on felting lesson from Barb Callahan we really loved. We took an all day class from Connie Crawford that was a bit strange for me as she insisted I should be starting with a size 16 (I usually use 8 or 10 with FBA). Even the 16 she put on me required a FBA plus lots of altering at the shoulders and armscye. I don't think I will adopt her method.
We met 2 executives from Simplicity. They had a booth there as Simplicity is a sponsor of the event. I asked them what’s up with Simplicity and they assured me that all the changes are for the best. They plan to lease out the big plant which had become a white elephant with football size space for folding patterns, now done in one small room. They are contracting out printing which will result in better pattern paper and envelope printing. All good things for us and for them. They were very excited about the future for Simplicity.