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 […]

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 […]

A Party Among Ribbons and Trims

It’s always a party when the members of Sew Chicago get together, but our April meeting was an actual party surrounded by ribbons, trims, feathers and other delightful embellishments to inspire creativity. The venue was the fabulous boutique Soutache, at 2125 North Damen. It was the first visit for some of our members, but definitely […]

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 […]

Embellish This 2

The dress is done. After a few of us took one of the Soutache Ribbon classes (see Embellish This post on August 3, 2010), I wanted to find a project to test my new talents. I chose to lengthen the hem on a casual cotton dress I bought earlier this summer. I wore it most […]

Embellish This

The cardigan you bought is functional, but blah. The dress you made is cute, but missing something. The jacket, the t-shirt, and the skirt in your closet are all in good condition, but need facelifts. What can you do? Embellish! Breakout the ribbons, buttons, trims, zippers, and more to give some of your tired favorites […]