It’s always a party when the members of Sew Chicago get together, but our April meeting was an actual party surrounded by ribbons, trims, feathers and other delightful embellishments to inspire creativity. The venue was the fabulous boutique Soutache, at 2125 North Damen. It was the first visit for some of our members, but definitely not the last.
These days, so many places we shop for the supplies we need to make our creative vision a reality have all the charm of a 1950s warehouse. Soutache is the exact opposite. From the moment you walk through the door, you cannot help being inspired to take your projects up a notch. Or three.
Soutache will be celebrating five years in business later this year, and owner Maili Powell was happy to share the story of what led her to take the plunge and bring this unique shop to Chicago. Many of her customers don’t sew, but they find great ways to add pizazz to ready-to-wear garments, often with the help of the talented and utterly delightful Mareena Hunter. And then there are the brides, who find feathers, lace, ribbon and other delights for making belts and adorning everything from veils to bouquets.
Mareena, who was a guest speaker at an earlier meeting and taught hands-on workshops for our group over the summer, shared some of her retail inspirations with us.
We spent the rest of the evening choosing the perfect embellishments for our projects and enjoying each other’s company. It was so much fun, we’ve been invited to do it again next fall!