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 Event– Pattern/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.