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 […]

Couture Wonderland

   Imagine a place filled with the work of a brilliant couture designer. Now imagine that this is not a museum. The designer has invited you and your friends to not only look, but to touch, sketch, take pictures and examine her creations inside and out. Then, imagine the designer answers your questions and tells […]

Celebrating with Sew Chicago

Sew Chicago celebrated another fantastic year of inspiring one another, learning together and sharing our passion for sewing at our annual holiday brunch on December 11, 2011. Artist Scottie Kersta-Wilson showed us samples of her new collection of one-of-a-kind photo-derived fabric and scarves, and gave away a scarf as a door prize. We enjoyed Sew […]