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American Sewing Expo/Inspired by Threads

AmberE | Posted in Talk With Us on

I’m fresh off the plane from the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan, which I attended to emcee the Inspired by Threads finalists fashion show and announce the challenge winners. Janet Pray and her team do such an excellent job of bring this huge expo together each year. It was a great experience to see reader’s garments come to life and to meet each of the finalists as we prepared backstage. We will publish the winning entries in an upcoming issue and have a video that includes the fashion show and finalist interviews posted on the Web site soon. 

I want to encourage all of the members of Gatherings to participate in this contest, as it is a wonderful place to showcase your inspiration to us and to readers. If you are a finalist, you can model your garment at the expo. It’s not too early to get started–you can take your inspiration from the Aug/Sept 2006 through to the June/July 2007 issues. Look for next year’s rules to be posted soon at Threadsmagazine.com and in the meantime you can use the current rules as a guideline.

Was anyone else at the expo or the fashion show? Would love to hear about your Novi experiences.




  1. Thimbelina | | #1

    Hi Amber
    I was one of the young sewer finalists in the contest and really enjoyed the experience of entering. The fashion show was so inspiring and it was great to meet you and all the other finalists. I am already planning next year's entry, and I'd just like to thank everyone at Threads for holding such a fun challenge every year. I was wondering if it would be possible to get any feedback on my garment, since my couture sewing and pattern-drafting techniques are self-taught. If you have any suggestions that I could implement in future outfits I would love to hear them ( I could email you with my name). But it's fine if you don't have time to correspond, I understand that you have a lot of responsibilities.

    Thanks again for a great contest.
    (BTW, this is my first post here, so I hope I did everything right!)

    1. AmberE | | #2

      We would love to give you some tips. Which one was your garment? Thanks for your enthusiasm---I always make time to correspond with readers, particularly young sewers!

  2. WandaJ | | #3

    Even though I did not attend the Expo I do look forward to seeing the contestant's and winner's garments in the magazine and on-line. What I would like to see in upcoming issues of Threads is detailed information about the fabric, design, and how some of the garments in the contest are constructed. I've sat and 'drooled' over some of the garments (especially, from the Texas Quilt Expo) and wonder how they are constructed, what pattern was used and of course what the fabric content is and where it was purchased.

    What's Threads thoughts on this type of an article?

    1. AmberE | | #4

      You read our minds---that's just what we are planning to do

      1. TashaGirl | | #5

        I was able to attend the fashion show and was so impressed by the garments made by ALL of the finalists!  It is especially inspiring to see the talants of the young sewers!!!!   Great show!

        1. AmberE | | #6

          Yes, those young sewers are something! (And the rest of the talent as well!) We are looking for ways to improve the show next year---would love any suggestions.  Thanks, Amber

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