Linda Prieto is starting off with a basic sample of reproduction vintage prints in cotton and rayon for her new site telalinda.com

Linda Prieto talks about her newest sewing project: telalinda.com – a vintage reproduction fabric line that tries to duplicate the print and texture of fabrics form the early 20th century.Read More →

Picture of front of Pattern envelope: Pictorial Printed Pattern 1930s at the Tchad Chicago sewing studio workroom library in Chicago

Just a neat sleeve pattern that was donated to the archive lately.  Someone saw it on the back tables, mentioned that Simplicity had done a reprint of sleeves, and was asking why there would be a need for sleeve patterns alone. Read More →

A section of yardage from Oak Fabric in Chicago on the Tchad workroom sewing studio tables. It is a dusty slate teal with a light blue and gold vaguely mid-century directional print.

It is lighter than muslin or most shirtings, smooth, plain weave, with just the slightest hint of polish to it.  Any heavier polish and it would veer into polished cottons or chintz – any lighter and it would veer into voile, lawn, or batiste.  
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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: 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 →