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 […]

“Meet” Sarah Veblen

Members of Sew Chicago have heard me sing the praises of sewing educator and author, Sarah Veblen, for quite some time. We are working to bring Sarah to the Chicago area for a hands-on fit workshop next spring, and Sarah’s first book, The Complete Photo Guide to Pattern Fitting, is due to be published in […]

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 […]

Serge Ahead

I’ve heard rave reviews of sewing teacher Mac Berg and the three-part class she teaches at Vogue Fabric Store in Evanston that she calls “As the Serger Turns”, so I decided to check it out for myself. I’m glad I did. I was away from sewing when sergers were introduced to the home sewing market. […]

Draped to Fit

What happens when you average out all the different variations in the female form to develop a standard for commercial patterns?  You end up with a pattern that fits almost nobody. This is actually good news. As frustrating as it is to have to adjust every single pattern we buy, it’s reassuring to know we […]

Postcards from Summer Camp – Part 3

It wouldn’t be camp without some awards to take home to show mom and dad. So, in no particular order, here are our Oh2Sew 2010 Summer Camp Champ trophy winners. (Winners: feel free to print out the badge on the left and display them proudly!) Most Popular Camper Award goes to Wendy’s new Omniglide Trolley. […]

Postcards from Sewing Camp – Part 2

Today was another fun day at Louise Cutting’s Oh2Sew Sewing Intensive Weekend workshop! Today, we played with paperdolls and fabric squares as we learned to fine-tune some of our techniques for turning facings and the correct places to make pattern adjustments. We “slashed and spread” quarter-sized pattern pieces to figure how to alter patterns to […]