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Date: 7/1/13 8:47 PM

Ladies - do you have any ideas on a human interest article on sewing? I am taking an online class to learn how to "freelance" . However - I have to say I don't think I am going to be cut out for it because I might be too much of an introvert. I have to write approx. 1200 words and I cannot interview myself... (i.e. ideas and or quotes I could use in the write up are welcome).

I was thinking about writing something along the lines of there being a whole era where sewing wasn't cool (or even OK) I didn't learn how to sew until my 30s with the pregnancy of my third baby - mostly because I was so darn huge the only thing I could so is sit - so I took a class at G-street fabrics... I feel like I missed out on a lot (but don't worry I am catching up with the fabric and machine stash hidden around the house).... BUT I don't know if something like that WOULD actually be an interesting type topic...

The first slide the teacher has says this:
Subject: one person or group and what they’ve accomplished/learned/changed
Storytelling: conflict, tension, surprise, fascination (can be “as told to”)
Tone: humorous or heavy

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Date: 7/2/13 1:23 AM

When was it not O.K. to sew? Weird!

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Date: 7/2/13 3:45 AM

There is a web site called The Mexican Dress that sells a downloadable instruction booklet for making an easy embroidered authentic Mexican dress. Some of the customers have sent back pictures and stories. A librarian in Texas asked permission to teach a class using the pattern.The women who came to the class were of Mexican descent but did not know how to make this beautiful traditional garment.The designer was able I think to give back to them a piece of their heritage that had been lost.You can read about it on themexicandress.com

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Date: 7/2/13 5:01 AM

Contact an ASG Chapter if one is close by. I am the Editor for our Sarasota Chapter. Just published 4 articles.
One on sewing with Community Residents and a Little Dresses for Africa project. Also working with local churches to sew for areas homeless.
One teaching 4-H Sewing Camp-20 girls enrolled in 4 different levels- they made pillowcases for our local hospital's pediatric oncology unit.
One making medical procedure dolls for All Childrens Hospital.
Another on a local store donating fabric and ASG members donating time for KiDZQuilts.
These are just the more recent. ASG does so much community service that you would easily find a number of folks willing to be interviewed.
If no nearby Chapter contact them by phone. PM me if you need a contact for where you live and can't find one. Good luck! I am always struggling to find reporters for our Chapter Newsletter. Perhaps you could offer to share a smaller version that the Chapter could publish from your interview.
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Date: 7/2/13 8:01 AM

Carry,
Thanks for the great link.

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Date: 7/2/13 8:02 AM

Sandi and Carry - both are such helpful ideas thank you!

(And yes Sandi - that would be great - I'll PM whether or not I hear from someone from the local ASG)

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Date: 7/2/13 8:49 AM

For "inspiration" you may also want to read "Dressed to Kill" available on amazon.com. At least that is where I purchased my copy. It is a non-fiction book, and I believe the title is correct but cannot remember the name of the author, but she was female! Good luck with your article.

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Date: 7/2/13 11:07 AM

You know yourself better than anyone else, so why not go 3rd person and use "that person" as the subject.

Research has already been done.

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Date: 7/2/13 12:55 PM

I don't have a link, but you can try google. In Rensselaer NY, there is a program that works with recent immigrant women from Guyana, teaching them sewing and English at the same time; thus giving them a skill they can use to find work. Just a thought....

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Date: 7/2/13 2:26 PM

Can't think of any decade were sewing was "uncool or shunned" at all, but a very non technical way to get a story for your assignment if you don't have one of your own and don't want to more "steal one off the internet" someplace, would just be to go to any large Joann or Hancock brick and mortar kind of fabric store, and maybe "park yourself" at the sit down in chairs pattern books tables and just talk to some people there, sitting next to you and just strike up a conversation. Because if you need to "kind of interview" someone to get their story, you got to at least be where some of those people might be, and at least having them sitting down in a fabric store, might be a good place to catch some of them?

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