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 8, 2016: Explore Buttonholes
Lets take some time to satisfy our curiosity about buttonholes. In this meeting we will take some time to explore all different types of buttonholes, what they are for and alternatives types of buttonholes. A thorough review of buttonhole construction will be included.
February 12, 2016: Choosing and Sewing with Lace
Have you ever wanted to make a beautiful lace garment but just not sure were to start? Then this meeting is for you. We will look at a variety of types of lace, how to choose between different types of lace and review sewing techniques to use with lace.
*February 27, 2016: Museum Field Trip and Lunch
A group of us are seeing “Dressing Downton” at the Driehaus Museum and lunching together for an animated debriefing at Troquet River North.
March 11, 2016: Compelling Cuffs
Lets take our button down shirts to the next level with an evening learning all about different types of cuffs. We will see samples of several cuff types, review construction techniques along with types of interfacing to use in cuffs.
April 8, 2016: Impressive Plackets
Lets takes those button downs to an even higher level of class with a variety of impressive placket ideas. Join us for an evening to review different types of plackets, construction techniques along with samples and great discussion.
Saturday, May 21, 2016 in Elmhurst – Second Annual Fabric Exchange
We’re getting together with our sister Neighborhood Group, Sew Saturday, for our second annual Fabric, Pattern and (Sewing) Book Exchange in Elmhurst. Note the special date, location and that this is a daytime event.
June 17, 2016: Border Prints, A Roundtable Discussion
We will explore innovative ways to use fabrics with border prints, discuss some of the unexpected challenges that arise when working with them and techniques for handling those challenges. This is a roundtable discussion and all members are encouraged to bring in sample finished pieces as examples or yardage for ideas on how to get the most out of the border print. Note the special date of this meeting.
July 7-10, 2016: ASG National Conference
Road trip! This year, ASG’s National Conference is in Indianapolis, the birthplace of this great organization that brought us all together. Sew Chicago will be there in force and can’t wait to reconnect with sewing enthusiasts from around the country, take fabulous classes and hear keynote speaker, Professor Linda Przybyszewski, who has been an inspiration to many of us with her book, The Lost Art of Dress.
August 12, 2016: Warm Up Winter With Cozy Coats
Get the scoop on fabric choices, linings, interlining and techniques for sewing all those bulky layers so you can stay warm and look fabulous through the long Chicago winter.
September 9, 2016: Accessorize Me
In preparation for the ASG Chicago Fashion Show, members will be encouraged to bring in the garments they will wear on the runway and possible accessories and the group will give feedback on which ones are best. Non-fashion show garments are also welcome.
*October 8-9, 2016: Sewing Retreat
Get ready for another fun road trip. This time Sew Chicago is having its first-ever sewing retreat at Fabrications in Richland, Michigan. A $25 deposit will save your place with half of a cutting table, a work station for your machine and supplies and shared ironing stations. Steph and Wendy will be making lingerie and will be happy to give demos to anyone who is interested. Bring whatever projects you wish to work on or join us in our lingerie sew-along.
Note: Due to the retreat and chapter fashion show, there will be no October meeting.
*Saturday, October 22, 2016: ASG Chicago Chapter Fashion Show
Sew Chicago will be participating in the annual ASG Chicago Chapter Fashion Show and luncheon at Cotillion Banquets, 360 S. Creekside Drive, Palatine, Illinois.
November 11, 2016: National Conference Recap
Those of us who attended National Conference this year will present tips and techniques we learned in our classes, show samples we made in workshops and any garments we’ve made since then incorporating what we learned.
*For events that require pre-payment, please email Chief Instigator Wendy.