Sew Chicago’s 2017 Kickoff

Sew Chicago welcomed the new year in January with a lively roundtable discussion of favorite sewing tips. The business meeting was led by our new co-leader Stephanie King, who has  chosen the honorary title Chief Creative Officer.


Liz Buckley-Geer brought in a great technique for inserting invisible zippers with a clean finish from an article by Gail Grigg Hazen published in Threads Magazine No. 59, July 1995.


Linda explained what she’s learned about altering pants patterns to get the fit just right. She also explained how she made herself a cost-saving alternative to a seam stick that is long enough to press an entire pants seam without having to reposition the fabric.

Wendy shared the amazingly easy and always accurate technique for inset corners that Susan Khaljie teaches.

Steph showed us a sample of a great zippered pocket with the bag attached to the waistband so it stays put.

She also brought in samples of free lace inspired by one of the garments in Mary Ray’s trunk show and some fun noodly shapes she made from strips of knit fabric that were ready to be made into a necklace.

These and other tips sparked discussions of other helpful techniques.

Sew & Tell included Liz Buckley-Geer’s lovely sweater from The Fearless T-Shirt pattern by Cecelia Podolak.

Steph showed us another one of her fabulous knit dresses from Vogue 1336 that showcases her talent for combining fabrics as well as intricate construction.

img_0156Wendy showed her peplum blouse and Debbie W. got some advice from the group on pattern alterations. We can’t wait to see the finished product!





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