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 13, 2017: Favorite Tips We Learned in the Past Year (or so)
We’re kicking off 2017 with a roundtable discussion of our favorite sewing tips and techniques. Everyone is encouraged to prepare up to three tips to share with the group. Samples and handouts are strongly encouraged.
February 17, 2017: Sewn Hats
Whether a practical way to stay warm, brave the rain without an umbrella, provide sun protection or a fun fashion statement, hats that can be folded flat for transport are a welcome addition to our wardrobes. We will look at some of the many patterns available for this essential accessory and get tips on construction techniques and materials that work best. Note the special date for this meeting.
March 10, 2017: Incorporating Lace in Garments
Last year we looked at the different types of lace and how to handle them. In this meeting, we’ll take the next step and look at ways of incorporating lace into lovely garments.
April 21, 2017: It’s the Knits
Knits have come a long way since most of us first learned to sew, and so have the techniques for working with them. We’ll devote our April meeting to looking at some of the different types of knits available now and the types of garments they work best in. Then we’ll learn how to manage knits that tend to have a mind of their own and coax them into becoming garments that are lovely to look at and comfortable to wear. Note the special date for this meeting.
May 12, 2017: Show Your Bias!
There’s something magical about garments cut on the bias. Fabrics with a lot of drape take on lovely qualities that can flatter the figure and transform a garment from ho-hum to OMG. Achieving this magic takes extra care and skill, which is what we’ll explore in this program.
June 9, 2017: Edge Finishes
Edge finishes are one of those details that can mean the difference between a garment that looks home made and one that has the look of a finely-crafted hand made creation. In June, we’ll explore what it takes to make edge finishes that make people say, “you MADE that?”
July 14, 2017: Serge Ahead
Most of us have sergers and some even have extra feet that do special tasks, but how many of us use the full capabilities of these amazing machines? In this hands-on session, we’ll learn how to make our sergers do some fun tricks.
Saturday, August 12, 2017: Annual Fabric, Pattern and Book Exchange
This is our annual get-together with our sister group, Sew Saturday, at Sew Smartt Studio in Elmhurst for a fun afternoon of exchanging fabric, fabric and sewing books. The hours are from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. You may sell or give away fabric, patterns or sewing books. The only rule is that if something you bring to sell or give away does not find a new home by the end of the event, you MUST take it with you. Note the special date, time and location for this meeting.
September 8, 2017: Innovative Pockets
Pockets can come in very handy (go ahead and cringe) but they can also be an interesting or fun design detail. We’ll look at some innovative pocket designs and see how they can take our garments to the next level of interest.
October 13, 2017: Trim Application Roundtable
Some of us have quite the collection of trims and no idea how to use them and others use trims all the time to great effect. In this roundtable discussion, we’ll share information about techniques for applying trims and inspiration for utilizing them in garments.
November 10, 2017: Working with Sheers
Sheer fabric can be intimidating, but the techniques for keeping them on grain for cutting, making inconspicuous seams and lovely hems are not difficult to master, as we’ll see in our November meeting.
December 9, 2017: Annual Holiday Brunch
Save the date for our annual holiday brunch. Please note the special date of this meeting.
*For events that require pre-payment, please email Chief Instigator Wendy.