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 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 17, 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.  Please note the special date of this meeting.

December 9, 2017: Annual Holiday Brunch

Save the date for our annual holiday brunch at Troquet River North. Please note the special date of this meeting.


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

22 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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