Sew Chicago’s 2017 Kickoff

Sew Chicago welcomed the new year in January with a lively roundtable discussion of favorite sewing tips. The business meeting was led by our new co-leader Stephanie King, who has  chosen the honorary title Chief Creative Officer. Liz Buckley-Geer brought in a great technique for inserting invisible zippers with a clean finish from an article […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

How to Avoid a Fashion Don’t (aka “The Sloppy Syndrome”)

Somewhere in my research folder (aka the pile of papers stacked in my sewing room) is a September 2007 Vogue magazine article by Jean Hanff Korelitz titled “The Sloppy Syndrome.” After taking the ASG Chicago fit workshop with Sarah Veblen, I want to find this article because I need to read it again and reinforce how […]

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. […]

Invisible Zipper and Facing Homework Helper

Now for the easiest zipper application ever, and a cool trick to make the facing lie nice and smooth. Invisible zippers and conventional zippers are handled differently. For one thing, invisible zippers are inserted before the seam is sewn, so you are working from two unattached garment pieces. Also, because the invisible zipper creates a […]