Sew Chicago Rocks the Runway

ASG Chicago held its 22nd Annual Fashion Show on October 15th, and Sew Chicago was a vital part of it.

Nancy enlisted four models from her family and they looked amazing. Here we have her two adorable granddaughters. Aubree is wearing The Little Piggie Dress and matching hat, which Nancy made from Simplicity 3859.  Ashley looks sophisticated in the polished cotton pink and ivory dress from McCall’s 5382. The shoes and Ashley’s handbag provided the perfect styling, didn’t they?

Nancy’s daughter Tracy looked fabulous in the watercolor dress and cardigan Nancy made from Butterick 5333 and Simplicity 2424.  And her sister Barbara had a great time showing the distressed embroidered taffeta party dress Nancy created using Simplicity 4070

As usual, Liz H. dazzled us with her talent. Her crinkled and tucked silk blouse from Linda McGehee’s book,  More Texture with Textiles, demonstrates how many tricks we can get our sewing machines to play while still looking elegant.

Liz also created a California Dreamin’ ensemble using the newly revised One-Seam Pants pattern from Cutting Line Designs.

Susan showed us two versions of Simplicity 2591 with her usual amount of exuberance. The black pique version allowed her to visit the South of France with her husband with only carry-on luggage and still come home with purchases from a French fabric store. (But of course!)

Renee’ couldn’t make it this year, but fortunately her garments did. Debora graced the runway with Renee’s printed linen jacket from Vogue 1099.

Liz H. really worked Renee’s embroidered jacket from Vogue 1126 and wide-legged pants from Vogue 1099.

Seven of our members participated in a group challenge to make a tee shirt or any of its many variations.

Renee’s entry, modeled by Nancy’s daughter Tammy, was a top in fabric she screen printed in a fabulous dragon design. Connie modeled Liz C.’s navy Marcy Tilton top from Vogue 8497.

Debora showed her linen/bamboo pleated cardigan from Jalie 2919, and told us her secret to getting the pleats right was to stiffen the very thin knit fabric with spray starch and press until dry. Thanks Debora!

Sisters Cynthia and Jay collaborated on Cynthia’s silver knit top with cowl from McCall’s 5705. My entry was a sage green ponte twinset from Pamela’s Patterns.

Of course, Liz H. had a twist to her entry, which was of her own design. Actually, it was more of a ruche and a twist. Sharleen’s entry was a complete knitwear look, with a draped neck tee using Sandra Betzina’s Vogue 1197 and yoga pants from Silhouettes 3400.










And, Stephenie represented Sew Chicago in the Fabric Challenge, which this year was to incorporate 1 yard of vegetable-dyed muslin into a project. Stephenie utilized the yellow Fabric Challenge fabric in the collar and cuffs of this jacket.

Great job everyone!

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