Indy pattern round table

Sew Chicago kicked off the new year with a round table discussion of independent pattern companies. It was great fun! Each member was encouraged to come with their favorite and not so favorite patterns and share their experience. It was a very positive experience and quite interesting to hear the opinions of other garnet sewers. […]

Happy 2018 from Sew Chicago

Sew Chicago closed out 2017 with our annual holiday brunch. We forgot to take a group picture, but we had a great time together. We had our annual gift exchange. Sew & Tell included Steph’s fabulous new coat with the perfectly-matched plaid lining, Rhonda’s lovely and versatile detachable collar, Linda’s tank top – her first […]

Septembers Innovative Pockets

Sew Chicago welcomed fall with an innovative pocket program. What better way to get ready for fall sewing than thinking about incorporating pockets, lots of pockets! Pockets on jackets, dresses, coats, pants and even pajamas! Welt pockets, ribbon welt pockets, welt pockets with flaps, shaped welt pockets, cut on pockets, patch pockets, applied pockets and […]

New Homes for Fabric, Patterns and Books

We all have some pieces in our fabric collections that aren’t quite right for us. They might have seemed perfect at one time, but something changed. As for patterns, there are the duplicates we bought by mistake, the design lines that probably won’t be flattering on us after all and suddenly we have an accumulation […]

Serge Ahead!

The July meeting was a hands on one that was all about sergers and coverstitch machines. We had seven machines set up, 3 sergers, 2 coverstitch and 2 combination machines. Many of us have these machines but are not always very comfortable on what can be done with them or how to make modifications when […]

Sew Chicago’s Festive Holiday 2016

Sew Chicago celebrated another year of learning, support and camaraderie with our annual holiday brunch. This is the third year that we held our brunch at Troquet River North, where we enjoyed a warm welcome and a variety of tempting menu selections. This year, Linda made the table extra festive with centerpieces that showcased her machine’s […]

Sew Chicago walks the runway!

Thank you to all the Sew Chicago members that participated in the ASG Chicago chapter annual fashion show and luncheon. We had 4 members, Wendy Grossman, Liz Houlihan, Linda Anders and Stephanie King walk the runway in the Sew Chicago Neighborhood group challenge of a buttoned down shirt. The criteria for the challenge was to […]

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 […]

Contemplating Coats

Yes, it’s been hot and humid this summer, but we Chicago gals know that won’t last for long. Before we know it, the weather reports will be talking about wind chill. Before that happens is the best time to assess our outerwear for fall and winter and decide whether we need to add to that […]