Sew Chicago Holiday Brunch

This past Sunday was the annual Sew Chicago Holiday brunch in the private room at Troquet River North.

Liz C, Linda A, Wendy G, Danielle S, Sandra Y, Debbie W, Nancy S, Steph K, Liz H, Carolyn A

Ten lovely ladies joined together to celebrate the holidays. There was a lovely brunch menu and several ladies took advantage of the bottomless mimosas 🙂 

We started our brunch out with general chit chat and hugs and how are you? Along with the favorite what are you working on? And did you make that? It’s amazing how much chatting a group of ten sewing ladies can get into!! We are always so happy to see each other. 

Our neighborhood group leader, Wendy, made us all a lovely favor. A silk organza press cloth with a white chalk marking pencil held together with a bit of wonder wrap, tied with a bit of ribbon and a yardage conversion chart from Fabrications in Michigan. A lovely bit of craftiness full of the most useful items! 

To determine the lineup of program meetings for 2016 we all filled out cards with 3-5 ideas which were then passed around the table and each person then had the chance to check off if they also like the idea. It was interesting to see how many of us had similar ideas, great minds think  alike!  I believe I saw several ‘sewing with sheers’ and various versions of ‘buttonholes’ on the cards. Once all the cards were passed around Wendy collected them and will use these as a guide for the upcoming years programs! A very ingenious way of deciding on what type of programs to hold.

Sew and Tell is always a must at any Sew Chicago gathering! Wendy is modeling her beautiful new self drafted jacket out of a wool/silk blend, sorry folks you won’t find this gorgeous pattern anywhere. Liz H showed off her knitting skills with a fancy new Santa hat, this too was self drafted! Liz C, made B6243 into a lovely top with a sheer overlay. That collar is just lovely and the fabric combination was unexpected and beautiful.  Steph K sewed up the new Cashmerette Appleton dress pattern with a great double faced ITY knit. Best part of this full wrap dress… No pins at the neckline! That’s right no gaping in sight. Not spictured, Debbie W wore a beautiful top made out of a lovely printed French fabric. 

A holiday gathering just would not be complete without a little gift exchange. Each guest brought a wrapped gift valued at 15 dollars. We pulled numbers for the order of gift picking. Always fun to watch gifts being unwrapped. Books seemed to be the number one choice of gifts to give, a great sewing library is a must!


There was much discussion on sewing goals for 2016. Several ladies have clearly put a lot of thought into this. I believe the rest of us are just a bit in denial over 2015 rapidly coming to an end!  Carolyn is going to work on button down shirts and pants. Liz H and Steph stated button down fitted shirts were also on their agendas. 

The Sew Chicago group challenge for the 2016 Chicago ASG chapter fashion show was announced and this years challenge garment will showcase button down shirts. Looks like we will have fantastic participation since several members have shirt making goals! 

Criteria for the challenge:

  • Must use buttons and any type of buttonhole for closure.
  • Must have a collar and cuffs
  • Must include a designer choice of embellishment

In the spring there will be 2 programs, one on plackets and one on cuffs, to inspire the group to get creative with their projects. Handouts on the previous collar program will also be made available for use. 

Nancy Snead also discussed a new Fashion Fit Workshop. An excellent place to go if you need help with garment fitting! Nancy is a certified Palmer Pletsch Fit Consultant. Please contact Nancy at for more information. 

Be on the lookout for upcoming event info to be updated on the calendar page.

Happy Holidays, Happy Sewing and Happy New Year to All!!

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