Mary Ray Workshop

This past weekend ASG Chicago offered a Friday evening trunk show and 2 half day workshops with designer, clothing maker and teacher Mary Ray. Despite the bitterly cold temperatures there was a full house for this special event, including quite a few regulars from our Sew Chicago Neighborhood group. It was a special treat to […]

Border Prints Beyond Boho

We are all familiar with the traditional use of border prints in garments – place the border along the hem of a skirt or dress. At our June meeting, Sew Chicago explored other possibilities for using non-directional border prints and some tips about using these fabrics in garments. Liz H. treated us to a trunk […]

Impressive Plackets!

The Sew Chicago April meeting was all about shirt plackets. The group continues to get ready for our button down shirt challenge for the Chicago ASG fashion show in the fall. Member, Linda Anders, took us through a wealth of information on shirt front button plackets. She started by sharing her expertise from years of sewing […]

Unlocking the Secrets of Pattern Magic

Liz H. was intrigued by Tomoko Nakamichi’s book, Pattern Magic, which inspired a cult following here in the US long before the English translation was published. She decided to replicate the book’s Bamboo Shoot bodice to incorporate into a dress. She accomplished her objective, noting along the way that the instructions in the book are less […]

Put that Piping in Your Garment and Look Smokin’

In the July Sew Chicago neighborhood group meeting, Liz H. presented “architectural and decorative” applications for piping. “Piping can be functional to add stability, but it also is a great design detail in seam lines, necklines, cuffs, and more,” explained Liz. You can purchase ready-made piping, but it is limited in the color and width. […]