Tchad: corset: decima: workroom: sewing classes

We usually don’t do corsets up here – the corsets we talk about for strapless dresses are really more rigid long-line girdles, but that’s such an old lady word, right? – there are better places in Chicago to take corset making classes than here.  Look, we’re honest about our strong points. But if they aren’t in season… And we like you as a person… And you are good at arm-twisting… And then… we guess you get what you want. The thing is that if you have finished a corset and you have never worn a corset before… It is great!  All of the sudden youRead More →

Sewing classes in chicago: tchad: workroom: stdio: christen: sequins: bodice: blouse: darts

Sequined fabrics come up a lot in classes – from Indian to more Western pavé yardage and everything in between. Sometimes the conversation about them revolves around how hard on the machine and how uncomfortable they can be to wear.  This tells us that these people have only been wearing clothes with the sequins sewn into the seam.  To make the piece less scratchy and irritating, and to give it literally a seamless look, remove the sequins from the seam allowances, saving them to fill in the voids once you are done.  It takes longer, but it is entirely worth it – especially when youRead More →

sewing classes in chicago: tchad: workroom: studio: netta: pattern placement: lace: under

A quick tip if you are either having trouble placing you pattern on top of a lace or sheer or you want to be able to mirror or otherwise position the pattern on the piece nicely: Put the pattern itself under the fabric you are using and then either gingerly cut from there or throw a few pins in to keep it from sliding.  If you cover the table with a flannel or textured fabric that contrasts to the fabric you are cutting, even better to see what you are doing.  We use this all the time – especially for decorative placement.Read More →

sewing classes in chicago: tchad: workroom: studio: sylvia: wrap dress: front

Learning how to sew and think about sewing doesn’t just make you able to build things from scratch and take them out into the world, it can also make you a better shopper for ready to wear in that you will know what to look for.  In a lot of ways, even if you never sew another stitch after a sewing class, you should end up being more informed generally about construction and design. This wrap dress Sylvia wore in is a good example.  We initially thought it was something about the level of Banana Republic or maybe something she had made outside of classRead More →

sewing classes in chicago: tchad: workroom: studio: tichel: mitpachat: knit

Or perhaps a better title would be… “Tichel, you’re fancy!” So a student shows up to class looking a little down and wearing a plain tichel. She grabs a fancy knit scrap from the knit remnants, and 15 minutes later after some trimming and edging…   …and then we went on with the day. Because sometimes you just need a little something… more to get going…Read More →