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 […]

Sew Chicago shows off our ‘Show your Bias’ on the runway!

Saturday October 28th was the Annual ASG Chicago Chapter luncheon and fashion show. Everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves this year! We had a wonderful lunch, a very comprehensive selection of raffles prizes (More than I have seen in the past several years) Rhonda Buss from Rhonda’s Creative Life was the guest speaker. The Fashion Show […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Decorative Stitches, Ribbons, Trims and Beautiful Buttons

Soutache was the site of another fun and informative Sew Chicago meeting recently. Carolyn provided samples and sound advice for adding decorative stitches to everything from a sewing project that cries out to go a step beyond basic to thrift store finds. This was the second of Carolyn’s presentations on exploring the full potential of […]