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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Easy, No-Worries Project: Sewing Machine Cover

I love to make things, not just garments. There’s something very freeing about making a thing, primarily because you don’t need to worry about fit or if you’re going to have it finished for this season. These things often are made just to make yourself happy. I call them “No-Worries Projects” or “Low-Threat Projects” because […]

Steam Power & More Playing With Darts

Our May meeting began with an exploration of how our iron and pressing  aids can help mold fabric into three-dimensional garments. We saw how steam plus shrinking thread or Texture Magic® can add dimension to the fabric itself and how steam applied to sleeve heads can prepare sleeve caps for pucker-free insertion.  We learned that […]