Calendar of Events

Unless indicated otherwise, Sew Chicago Neighborhood Group meetings are held on the second Friday of the month, beginning at 5:30 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there from work). To receive evites to our monthly meetings, please email Chief Instigator Wendy.

January 12, 2018: Independent pattern companies, Round table review

We’re kicking off 2018 with a round-table discussion of our favorite and not so favorite independent pattern companies and specific patterns.

February 9, 2018: Program CANCELED due to snow!

March 9, 2018: Designing with Darts!

Learn how to modify a basic well fitting bodice into many different styles through the use of dart manipulation. With the use of 1/4 scale paper patterns, scissors and tape we will all come up with some great new designs.

April 13, 2018: It’s the Knits- Necklines and Hemlines

Last year we learned all about different types of knits and what garments they were suited to. This program will build on that and we will explore different neckline and hemline techniques and alternative treatments to spice things up a bit!

May 11, 2018: Mixing fabric types in a single garment

Have you ever seen an eye catching garment in a store window and wonder how they come up with those cool fabric combinations? Join us for a look at mixing patterns and prints, combining knits and wovens and mixing in leather and faux leather to a garment.

**Saturday May 19th, 2018** Special EventPattern/Fabric exchange with Sew Saturday group!

June 8, 2018: Pleats, Pleats, Pleats!

Lets get together and learn all about pleats! This program will explore different types of pleats, show you how to add pleats to a pattern as well as construction and pressing techniques.

July 13, 2018: Large scale prints, patterns and plaids

Large scale prints and patterns are all the rage in RTW. Lets have some fun and explore some do’s and don’ts when working with these textiles! 

August 10, 2018: Sewing Needle Knowledge

Have you ever been confused by the multiple sizes and types of machine and hand sewing needles? Not sure which one to use for your fabric or Specialty thread? How about which hand stitch is the most appropriate for the technique? Then come and join us for an evening of needle know how! We will review both machine needles and hand sewing needles along with the most commonly used hand stitches. Don’t forget your glasses!

September 14, 2018: Fashion Style Update!

This month we have our very own Fashion Blogger extraordinaire, Janice Riggs from The Vivienne Files, giving us a fashion style update! Lets spend an evening together talking the latest fashion styles and how to curate a fashionable wardrobe.

October 12, 2018: Winter is coming! Time to break out the wool

The weather is getting colder and now is the time we all think about sewing with wool. Lets spend some time reviewing the different types of wool fabrics available to the home sewer. We will discuss care of wool garments, pre and post construction care as well as sewing and pressing tips. 

**October 27th, 2018** Special Event– ASG Chicago Chapter Luncheon and Fashion Show – The Cotillion in Palatine, IL

November 9, 2018:  ALL about Woven Hems

Hem treatments are something many of us wait until the very end of the process to think about. Sometimes we just want the garment finished and the Hem is all that stands in the way! Lets explore some different Hem techniques for woven garments, tips on when to choose one over another as well as some decorative hem treatments.

December 15, 2018: 10th Annual Holiday Brunch

Save the date for our annual holiday brunch celebrating 10 years together. 

 Please note the special date of this meeting.


*For events that require pre-payment, please email Chief Instigator Wendy.

23 thoughts on “Calendar of Events

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  2. I must be really lame…I am interested in becoming a member, but I could not find your location except that you have meetings on a Friday at 5:30….forgive me, please let me know the membership process. Thank you Debbie

    • Hi Debbie,

      I’m forwarding your information to our Chief Instigator Wendy to contact you. We meet in downtown Chicago in the home of one of the members. This makes it convenient for those working downtown to come after work.

      Looking forward to seeing you at a meeting!

  3. I would like to attend your meetings. Please put me on your list. I have been looking for Chicago/Loop sewing buddies. Susan

  4. Hi All;

    I love this blog and wish I was in Chicago to sew with you.

    Do you know about the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo that will be coming to Chicago in March? March 31 to April 2

    Would love to meet many of you while I am in town as I arrive Sunday night from Cleveland before the show starts.

    Here is the link to the show.

    Karen Erickson

    • We do know about the show and we are looking forward to attending. Let us know your booth number and we’ll be sure to stop by and introduce ourselves.

  5. You all have been on my “to do” list ever since I had the pleasure of meeting Tina at the Expo in March. Please email the location to me! Thank you so much!

      • I know it’s still early, but please keep me on the e-vite list for meeting locations! I hope to be at the August meeting: organization is not my strongest suit!

  6. Hello! I’ve been looking for a sewing group for so long! I am a beginner but am interested in your wardrobe planning session with The Mahogany Stylist. I am a college student, so I would not be able to attend many meetings past August, but please let me know about the event tomorrow (today! eek!) if it’s not to late to stop in.

  7. We were so happy to meet you last night. I can’t wait to see the silk dupioni dress you make for that wedding!

  8. I am interested in joining the group! Could you please e-mail me information regarding the sign up process and what is up for 2012 etc. Thank you!
    Amy Stefanik

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  11. hi,
    I am out in Sugar Grove. I have been wanting to make it to some of the sewing guild events for a long time to meet others that sew. But I run Sewing classes and tailoring business that always keeps me too busy to attend. Hoping to make it to something sometime soon.
    Ellen Violet
    Sugar Grove

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