City of Chicago April & May Fashion Events

The City of Chicago is hosting some exciting fashion related events starting Monday, April 28 and, the best part, these are free!

  • April 28 from 5 pm to 9 pm screening of the film of Men of the Cloth and a panel discussion with the director and members of the bespoke tailor community, and a networking reception. Free admission and the event Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 E. Randolph St.
  • May 3-4, 2014 Saturday, 10am-6pm. Sunday, 11am-5pm.¬†FashionChicago¬ģ¬†(Spring 2014):¬† Shopping Event in the Tent.¬†Join StyleChicago.com in the tent at Millennium Park on Saturday (10am-6pm) & Sunday (11am-5pm), May 3-4, 2014 for FashionChicago¬ģ, an amazing designer shopping event featuring more than 30 of Chicago’s finest fashion designers – all under 1 tent¬†– in the heart of downtown Chicago. Free admission for this event in Millennium Park – Chase Promenade North, 201 E. Randolph St.
  • July 22-23, 2014¬†Fashion Focus Chicago Sidewalk Sale. The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents the eighth annual¬†Chicago Sidewalk Sale¬†on¬†July 22 and 23 at Daley Plaza from 9am to 3pm daily. The two-day shopping event will offer fashion enthusiasts and bargain shoppers an assortment of affordable apparel and accessories from Chicago designers and independent boutiques. Free admission for this event in Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

Fabric Challenge 2013

Every year, we give 1 yard of fabric to members who are up to the challenge of incorporating it in a project that falls into one of five categories: children’s wear, toys, quilts, adult wear, accessories or home decor. This year’s fabric was a multi-colored stripe, some on a white background and the rest on a black background. It was donated by ASG Chicago supporting retailer Linda Z’s.

The projects are displayed at our annual meeting/luncheon/fashion show and attendees vote on their favorite in each category. This year, the fabric inspired lots of great entries. See for yourself:

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The voting is anonymous, and it was tough to choose a favorite. They all look like winners, don’t they?

National Sewing Month at Area Libraries

Some enterprising ASG Chicago Neighborhood Groups organized displays at their community libraries to celebrate National Sewing Month. We have pictures of displays at the Oak Forest, Illinois Library, prepared by the “Bobbin Along” group and a northwest Indiana library prepared by the “Thread Heads” of Valparaiso. Don’t they look great?

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Are you ready for the Sew Spring Fling 2013?

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It’s that time of year again. Time for Spring Fling 2013! This year’s fling takes place April 27th at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 8149 Golf Road, Niles, IL 60714, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free. Feel free to bring guests. Members can buy, sell or donate fabric, patterns and sewing books. Whistle Stop Demos are a wonderful opportunity to learn new sewing techniques. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

Members interested in selling fabric please click here for information and to obtain fabric inventory forms.

ASG Chicago Member Wins Sew it All Casting Call

Congrats to ASG Chicago Chapter Member Rhonda Buss! Rhonda is the winner of the Sew it All Casting Contest. Rhonda will demonstrate a dress on an episode of  Sew it All TV that will air in April of 2014. Check out her audition video. Congrats again Rhonda!!!

 

ASG Chicago Member Wins IPCA Ticket to Paradise Contest

The 2013 Ticket to Paradise Grand Prize went to Eve Kovacs of Woodridge, Illinois, who used patterns from Saf-T-Pockets to create a skirt and jacket ensemble.Photo: Charles Islander, C Islander Graphics and Photography


The 2013 Ticket to Paradise Grand Prize went to Eve Kovacs of Woodridge, Illinois, who used patterns from Saf-T-Pockets to create a skirt and jacket ensemble.
Photo: Charles Islander, C Islander Graphics and Photography

Courtesy of Threads.com …

At the International Textile Expo in Las Vegas, March 18-20, the Independent Pattern Company Alliance presented its annual sewing contest fashion show and awarded the top prizes to the contest winners. Each year, the IPCA’s contest challenges sewers to select patterns from one of the IPCA member pattern companies and then unleash their imaginations to create garments inspired by the contest theme. The 2013 theme was “Ticket to Paradise”, and contestants were encouraged to make garments that express their idea of “paradise”. The winning garments were selected from a field of finalists during the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington, earlier in March.

The 2013 Ticket to Paradise Grand Prize went to Eve Kovacs of Woodridge, Illinois, who used patterns from Saf-T-Pockets to create a skirt and jacket ensemble…

Click here to read more.

ASG Chicago Presents: Traditional Bargello Jacket Workshop with Joan Derylak

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The Chicago Chapter of The American Sewing Guild presents A Traditional Bargello Jacket Workshop with Joan Derylak of Figure Flattering Quiltwear. This 2 day workshop takes place Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Fabrics Etc, 1105 South York Road in Bensenville, Illinois.

In this class students will create their own unique bargello jacket using 7 different fabrics, choosing from the Straight Bargello or Purple Garden. You supply the fabric and bring your machine, we supply the kit, which includes 4 copies of the pattern you select, lunch and snacks.

We will learn the basic techniques for creating bargello with tube construction and how to use this to design for our own uniquely beautiful Figure Flattering Quiltwear. Joan loves to see the creativity and enthusiasm, when a student first puts on her garment and looks in the mirror.  Most are surprised at the great fit and how the colors come together.

Friday morning:¬† Jacket fittings/alterations and marking our muslin. Students have 34 muslins in five styles to try on and choose from, bust sizes 32‚ÄĚ-57‚ÄĚ

Friday afternoon РSaturday:  Students will learn the basic techniques of bargello design, and how to apply this to a garment.  We will then sew, sew, sew.  Lastly will be a finishing/tailoring techniques demo.

Pre-class preparation required: Supply list and pre-class prep directions will be sent to you after you register.

Skill level: Purple Garden straight bargello jacket Beginner; Midnight Glacier slant bargello jacket Intermediate

Basic sewing skills are required.  Garment construction skills are helpful.

The Early Bird price for ASG Members who register by May 13, 2013 is only $135, which includes lunch, beverages, snacks and multiple copies of the pattern so you won’t have to do any tracing. The non-member price is $170.¬† Click here to register online or download a paper registration form. Don’t delay – space is limited!

Call for Fibre Artists!!!

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The Third Annual Driftless Area Fibre Arts Faire, sponsored by Arlene Byrne/de la Pear, will be held June1-2, 2013 at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, Wisconsin.  This year’s event will coincide with the June 1st Artist Parade during the day followed by Gallery Night in the evening.

This festival is held outside at Shake Rag Alley. A large tent that will be constructed to hold several artists. There is limited spaces for individual tents. With this in mind priority will be given to returning artists.

Registration deadline is March 30th. Notifications will be sent out April 15th.

Artist interested in participating contact Jennifer Golubiewski, for registration guide lines and an application, at 608.287.6872 and via email at driftlessfibrearts@gmail.com.

Workshop Alert: Don’t Miss Piecing with Silks, Satins & Other Fun Fabrics

Hope Quilt Designed by Judy Zoeler

Hope Quilt by Judy Zoeler

Workshop alert!!! Are you a quilter who feels your repertoire is limited to only cotton? Then we have just the workshop for you. Join us for Piecing with Silks, Satins & Other Fabrics with world-renowned quilter Judy Zoeler. For one day only Judy will conduct a hands-on workshop, Saturday, March 16th at the Holiday Inn Express in Palatine, Illinois.

Judy will introduce 20 students to the joys of quilting with silks, satins and other fun fabrics. Using her patters and fabric kit, Judy will help students create a fan-themed quilt square and learn special techniques for working with these beautiful yet delicate fabrics.

Space is limited and early bird registration is still available; $60 for American Sewing Guild members and $75 for non-members. Early bird pricing ends this Friday, February 15th. The workshop pattern, kit and lunch are included in the registration fee. To register and for more information click here.

You don’t want to miss this all day workshop. Sewing friends, quilting and good food – what more can you ask for? Hope to see you there!

Float quilt by Judy Zoeler

Float Quilt by Judy Zoeler

Jennifer Stern Workshop Weekend

Jennifer showing students how to raise the rise of their jeans. To see more photos click on the pics.

The ASG Chicago Chapter hosted Jean & Tee Fit Workshops with instructor Jennifer Stern. 35 attendees gathered for the all-day hands-on workshops held this past Saturday and Sunday. During Sunday’s workshop with Jennifer’s patterns and expertise attendees demystified the dilemma of denim to alter patterns and construct their own custom fit muslins for jean construction. On Saturday attendees created custom tees.

Alice Smith traces her jean pattern

Alice Smith traces her jean pattern

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Chicago Chapter President, Wendy Grossman, shows off her new tee

Join us for our next educational event, Piecing with Silks, Satins & Other Fun Stuff with Judy Zoelzer Levine on Saturday, March 16th at 10 AM at the Holiday Inn Express in Palatine. Early bird pricing is still available. For more information and to register click here.

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