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We are in the process of enrolling the 2020 Spring Session of sewing classes in the Chicago Workroom and there is still time and space left to get on board!   Here is what we have for you this Spring: Monday: 12-3, 3-6, or 6-9 16 March – 18 May Tuesday: 12-3, 3-6, or 6-9 17 March – 19 May Wednesday: 12-3, 3-6, or 6-9 18 March – 20 May Thursday: No Classes Scheduled Friday: No Classes Scheduled Saturday: 1-4 or 4-7 21 March – 23 May Sunday: 10-1, 1-4, or 4-7 22 March – 17 May Class meets the following days: 22 March, 29Read More →

Image from District Leather Website posted to Tchad Sewing Classes in Chicago Blog

We’ve recently started the Winter 2020 session of sewing classes, and as usual people are bringing all kinds of things to the workroom cutting tables. We’ve recently discovered a leather and hide resource that is amazing: District Leathers. You can find just about anything there.  Check them out!Read More →

I spent last night with my 92 year old grandma and some prohibition-era bathtub wine on the back stoop somewhere out in greater Appalachia at midnight ringing a giant farmyard bell.  That can only mean that the new year has begun and now I’m gearing up to head back to the big city, roll up my sleeves, and get to work. I’ll be carrying with me almost a thousand patterns for the archive from 1938-1972 and am in the planning stages for everything from lectures on Charles James and his particularly prickly design process to programs for the American Sewing Guild using Pattern Magic, theRead More →

Omoleye drafts a pattern at Tchad Workroom Sewing classes in Chicgao Atelier

We are in the process of enrolling the 2020 Winter Session of sewing classes in the Chicago Workroom and there is still time and space left to get on board!   Here is what we have for you this Winter: Monday: 12-3, 3-6, or 6-9 6 January – 9 March Tuesday: 12-3, 3-6, or 6-9 7 January – 10 March Wednesday: 12-3, 3-6, or 6-9 8 January – 11 March Thursday: No Classes Scheduled Friday: No Classes Scheduled Saturday: 1-4 or 4-7 11 January – 14 March Sunday: 10-1, 1-4, or 4-7 12 January – 15 March Just let us know what you need –Read More →

A photograph of David Pye's seminal book The Nature and Art of Workmanship photographed at the Tchad Workroom library in Chicago that hosts sewing classes in Chicago

As part of Tchad’s new role of President of the Haute Couture Club of Chicago, Tchad is offering all members of the club as well as current and past students an invitation to the first lecture salon in a series about workmanship and design. We will be talking about David Pye’s The Nature and Art of Workmanship.  David Pye was a professor at the Royal College of Art, London for years and wrote …The Nature… to give the artist a way to talk about their work and begin thinking about the different approaches one can take when considering how to execute design through workmanship. WeRead More →

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 →

The front bodice section of Vogue #2890 as constructed by Jae before attaching the skirt at the Tchad sewing studio workrooms in Chicago Jae wears the gunmetal grey silk version of Vogue #2890 by Belleville Sassoon that she worked up in the Tchad chicago sewing studio workroom classes.

We’ve had Vogue #2890 up at the workrooms a couple of times of the years, and it is always a crowd-pleaser IF you pay attention to what you are doing AND you don’t mind adapting the shape just a bit in the back of the corset and bodice. 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 →

Omoleye models the Sasha Pant by Closet Case Patterns that she made during open sewing studio time at the tchad workrooms in Chicago

Omoleye and her mother Rosebud took advantage of some free open sewing studio time last week to get a good handle on pants – the PDF download of Closet Case Patterns’ Sasha pant works up like a dream.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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