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Biltmore Estate Downton Abbey Meet Up

Biltmore Estate Meet-Up "Dressing Downton"  April 24, 2015

Please join us at Biltmore Estate for a day of fun and touring.  We will plan on meeting in the morning at 9:30 for the first tour of the mansion of the Vanderbilts, who were contemporaries to the Downton Abbey series.  The 45 dresses and suits are displayed throughout the three floors of the estate.  After the tour, we will plan on having lunch at the Stables Cafe right by the estate.  The afternoon will be free to roam the gardens or winery.  The flowers should be in full bloom by the end of April.

Please purchase your tickets online at before April 17, 2015 for the best pricing.  There are senior rates and possibly a AAA discount that may apply.  I highly recommend the audio tour, especially if you have never been before.  It will be an add on once you select your ticket date, as part of the checkout process.  A second day may be purchased for a deeply discounted rate on the day of the visit, if you plan on making a weekend of it.  Hotels are plentiful in the area.  The Biltmore website has a link for local hotels.

The day of the event you will need you ticket to enter the parking lot area.  The bus will take you from the parking lot to the house.  It takes a little over 2 hours to tour the home with the audio tour and plenty of time to see the garments.  The dresses are set back from the tour line by about 8-10 feet.  If you would like to REALLY see details of the garments, you may want to bring opera glasses or small binoculars.  The garments are truly works of art.

Please rsvp to with your name and contact information.  I will have some local recommendations for other things to do in the area that I will send seperately.






SAGA National Retreat in Chicago!

Come join us for the SAGA National Retreat in Chicago, July 16-20, 2015!

Registration opens April 1st! 

Make Hotel Reservations here!

Chicago Brochure is Available - Get all the Details!

Smock Across America Contest

  Do you see White? White is the color for the Chicago Smock Across America Contest! Get those creative juices flowing and stitch up your entry for the contest. Click on the file below for the complete rules. The winner will receive a puff iron!


Regional Meet-Ups

Come join your SAGA friends for the day! See a needlework exhibit, tour an historic home, or have fun fabric shopping! 


Biltmore and Downton Abbey Exhibit - April 24, 2015  - click on file for all the details!

FIT Museum - June 18, 2015
 - and more are being planned!

Mystery Smock-Along!

Fourth Clue is Posted Below!


If you haven't joined our Facebook Smock-Along group, you can do so here. Details will also be posted here on our website each week, click on the smock-along button on the upper right hand side of the website.

SAGA Smocked Bib - Prep work, all clues and construction.




SAGA Board Announces Smock Across America!

View the details for all 3 Retreats!


Valley Forge Retreat

Come Join us for the Valley Forge Retreat, October 8-12, 2015!