Sewing classes in chicago: tchad: workroom: studio: Debbie permoda: butterick 5557: front #2

So Debbie started off with Butterick #5557 to get a little dressy after-hours cocktail thing going on; we started off with the muslin.   Debbie is an advanced sewer, as is Tchad.  Our friends, let us tell you that these inset neckline corners are no fun at all if your fabric is too smooth and/or dense.  Debbie wanted to work this up in a medium weight satin, we dove in. The fit was great, although you really have to get those long side darts right or you will look ridiculous. Debbie chose a medium weight red satin, not unlike what the model in the pattern bookRead More →

Sewing classes in chicago: tchad: workroom: studio: tailoring supplies: iron: general mills: GM1A #4

We were tooling around an old tailor’s shop that had closed down and was being sold off when we found this little guy. Let us tell you now: If you can find one of these with a cord in good shape or you have the ability to repair the cord, get it. The nice ting, besides the weight that we love so much, is that there is no flat edge to the plate of the iron.  This iron is perfect for ironing full yardage because it doesn’t leave a crimped back end mark, but it is also perfect to use as a detail iron forRead More →

Sewing classes in chicago: tchad: workroom: studio: chudidar pant front: upcoming: indian clothing: tutorial

We’ve been working out the details for a chudidar pant pattern for a while. So… Coming up this Spring we’ll be presenting you guys with a way to turn a regular pants pattern into something like this modified more modern version of a traditional Indian chudidar.  A traditional chudidar is gathered at the waist, but we’ve had some questions in class over the years about modifying this so that the waist in general is flatter and more flattering while maintaining the fullness through the mid-hip and thighs. We’re looking at early May. Stay tuned.Read More →

Sewing classes in chicago: tchad: drafting: workroom: final dress project: red silk: black buttons

We get a lot (dude.  a LOT) of requests for first time projects up here.  Sometimes there is an automatic veto, sometimes there is a warning or caveat, and sometimes we are ON BOARD from the start.  This post is about one of the times we had no doubt. She came to us at first with just a rendering of the dress: We didn’t want to take the time to draft the sloper from scratch – it would have taken too long and eaten into our class time.  She was more interested in using the sloper to rough out the shape and work on herRead More →

sewing classes in chicago: tchad: drafting: label and date patterns: workroom: project

Whether you are altering a pattern and retracing it or making a new pattern from scratch, we cannot stress this enough: Label and date your patterns. Label and date your patterns. Label and date your patterns. Ok, got it? The thing is that as you work, you are going to be developing patterns and shapes and then forget their contexts.  You don’t think you will, but then 2 years have passed and you pick up that pair of pants you started and… where was I again? If you label and date your patterns you will find that you will have an easier time picking thingsRead More →