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 →

Susan's beaded silk evening gown worked up at Tchad workrooms

Susan was working on her beaded silk evening gown and thought she’d sed a picture to her kids.  She snapped the pic, sent it off, and then happily chatted about them and how great they are while she couchstiched this and backstitched that. Then her phone went off.  She picked it up and read: “I don’t know, Mom. It’s A LOT” Picking up the scraps of beading, rhinestones and opals (with an assist and a wig form from Tchad) she said: “Jerks.  I’ll show them A LOT” She then sent them this:   “Well, here’s the matching hat”Read More →

All of the regular folks up here know that there is so much more than sewing going on on any given day.  There is such a mix of people from all over that you never know what you are going to be exposed to. Recently, Hillary (not that one) was showing us the effect of water pressure on styrofoam.  The head on the left was taken down 300 feet. Huh.Read More →