Accessorize Me!

The October meeting at Sew Chicago was all about accessories. As designers and sewists we spend a lot of time thinking about the clothes that we make. Many decisions come into play such as choices about color, silhouette, fabric type, construction details and more. As sewists we expect our garments to have a voice, to make […]

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. […]

Fit Quest

Fit: the tiny word that causes untold frustration. It’s the Holy Grail of garment sewers. It’s probably the number one reason home sewers give up garment sewing. My personal sewing library includes an entire section devoted exclusively to fit. Then there are the “systems” and products promising the perfect fit that so many of us […]

Sew creative to build a wardrobe

You know that feeling . . . the one you get when you open your closet and think, “Ugh. I Don’t have a thing to wear.” And in reality, your closet is bursting with clothes. What would you say to the possibility of eliminating that “ugh” feeling? How? Simple: sew creative to build a wardrobe. […]

The Science of Wearable Art

If you don’t think nuclear physics and wearable art have anything in common, you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the beautiful creations of our guest presenter for October, Eve Kovacs. Sadly, the many pictures I took of the beautiful samples Eve showed us disappeared when my camera and wallet were stolen while I was […]

The Polar Express Comes Through My Sewing Room

Anyone who’s met me for 30 minutes easily figures out that I will do anything for my niece and nephew. So, when my sister-in-law emailed me saying my nephew needed a pillow for naptime at pre-school, with a removable cover, and did I have the time to make one? “NO PROBLEM,” Aunt Tina replied joyfully! The wheels […]

Sew Chicago’s Wendy Grossman Interviewed on ABC

Go to school and you could become famous. That’s what happened to Chief Instigator Wendy when she went to a serging class at Vogue Fabrics last week. Local ABC news journalist, Leah Hope, reports in her September 20 segment “Back To Basics” that skills such as sewing which was traditionally handed down from mothers to […]

Celebrating National Sewing Month

Sew – a needle pulling thread…Ok, so Rogers & Hammerstein spelled it as S-O but I think they meant S-E-W. Silly songwriters. September is National Sewing Month! What are you sewing for National Sewing Month? Do you have anything planned? Replacing a button? On one of your tops, a significant other’s shirt or a Barbie […]