Technique Boutique Kick-Off

At Sew Chicago’s January meeting, we introduced our Technique Boutique series in which we take an in-depth look at some essential sewing techniques. We started with zippers, covering lapped and invisible applications. We followed up with Homework Helper posts on this blog to solidify what was shown in the meeting and provide additional information. Preparing the program and blog posts really helped me get comfortable with these two zipper applications. This is a pretty big deal for someone who once gave up on sewing because of zippers!

Thanks to Mary Fran for taking all the pictures of our meeting.

In our Sew and Tell segment, Linda gave us a tour of her fabulous winter coat, which she constructed for cold mornings on the El platform. Extra-long sleeves, pockets cut generously enough to hold a pair of gloves and flannel interlining are among the features Linda built into her creation.

Renee was so inspired by the faux fur jacket Susan wore to the holiday party that she bought the exact same fabric and used it with a vintage pattern to make her own jacket.

Renee also made a fabulous evening purse to donate to the Glass Slipper Project and offered to make more with fabric left over from our Curvy Girl Prom Dresses.

And, speaking of Curvy Girl Prom Dresses, Sharleen was the first one in Sew Chicago to complete hers.

Sew Chicago is definitely off to a strong start in 2011.

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