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 […]

ASG National Conference 2016

Indianapolis was the birthplace of the American Sewing Guild and it was the site for its 2016 Annual Conference. Four Sew Chicago members were there to meet sewing enthusiasts from all over the country, expand our knowledge of sewing and design and add to our collections of fabric, patterns, books and tools. We arrived late […]

What’s Couture Got to Do With Us Home Sewers?

I’ll admit it. When I first picked up a book on couture sewing techniques I oohed and aahed at the pictures of the gorgeous couture garments. Then when I turned to the pages that laid out the steps that go into achieving those looks and the seemingly endless  amount of hand sewing involved, I placed […]

Vintage-Inspired Curvy Girl Prom Dresses

This stunning dress and matching chiffon scarf are the essence of understated elegance. Come prom night, someone with a vintage sense of style is going to feel like Grace Kelly, thanks to Sharleen. The ensemble is fashioned out of fabric that was donated to ASG. Sharleen used Burda 3345 as the springboard for the design. […]

Express Yourself in Fabric

The contestants on Project Runway have done it twice. The Pixel Ladies taught an ASG Online! webinar about it, Sew Chicago member Renee does it all the time, and you can do it too. What are we talking about? Putting our own personal stamp on fabric. No, this doesn’t involve getting your hands stained with […]

Confessions of a Research Fanatic

I returned to sewing a few years ago after a long hiatus and I knew that my skills were not only rusty but seriously outdated. I also knew that, perfectionist that I am, I would abandon sewing yet again if I wasn’t happy with the results of my sewing efforts. That meant I needed to […]

2011 Curvy Girl Prom Dress Challenge

Now that the holidays are behind us and the wind chill is a number that makes your teeth chatter, it’s prime sewing season in Chicago. Not that we need an excuse to sew, but it’s a lot easier to spend our free time at our sewing machines when going outside means layering on half the […]

Sew Chicago on the Runway

Sew Chicago made quite a splash at the 2010 ASG Chicago Chapter Fashion Show. We showed 8 of the 51 entries for a total of 11 garments. Sewing machines were smoking and needles were flying into the wee hours of the morning, but it was well worth it.  (Those hem stitches that got progressively farther […]