Thursday, February 20, 2020

March #SGGPOM Challenge

Something easy and freestyle for this month's POM Challenge! We are asking you to make a skirt. That's right, any skirt! Knit, woven, lined, maxi -- whatever floats your boat.

Use an Indie pattern or a Big Four one, draft your own, whatever you like. Just be ready to share it on March 10!

Here are some ideas for free skirt patterns in case you'd like to try something new.

Itch to Stitch Lindy Petal Skirt 

Simple elastic waist skirt tutorial

By Hand London's Circle Skirt Calculator

Megan Nielsen's Veronika Skirt (free with newsletter subscription)

Pleated A Line Skirt from So Sew Easy (lots of pop-ups on this site but safe)

Wendy Ward basic a line with pockets (free with a free registration)

Elbe Textiles Lawley Skirt

Ready to Sew Justine Skirt

Justine Skirt
And don't forget, you can always check out the free resources at the Stratford Public Library, like perhaps this book, The Essential A-Line

March Meeting: Fast Fashion & Trashion Week

March 10, 2020   7 - 9 pm, St James Anglican Church, Stratford ON
Non-members welcome; $5 at the door

March's meeting is an exciting presentation about Fast Fashion, Sustainability, and Stratford's own Trashion Week! Founder Jessica Guy will share information about how and why she was inspired to create a Trashion Week right here in Stratford, and what the ideas behind it are. A designer from the ReFashion Competition in 2019 will accompany her to talk about her experience entering the ReFashion runway show.

If you're interested in taking a look at the various events (including the ReFashion Show) ahead of time, check out the Trashion Week website for lots of info on the 2020 events as well as images of past years. (ps - check out the 2018 ReFashion show pics, too!)

Friday, January 24, 2020

February Fitting!

February's meeting is coming up quickly! Learn all about how to gauge patterns, assess for fit and make your changes properly, from an expert sewist.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

February's #SGGPOM challenge

February is on its way! We've chosen our POM Challenge this month in honour of Valentine's Day -- we are challenging you to make some lingerie.

We are working with a loose definition of lingerie -- if that means you'll finally tackle some bra making or maybe undies from knit scraps, or try some nightwear or a slip, whatever counts as lingerie to you counts as a part of our challenge.

We encourage you to bring your #SGGPOM item to show off at the February meeting, but no in person modelling required -- or desired! ;)

Here are a few patterns to inspire you:

Bras -- All Ontario, all the time:

Beverly Johnson's Bra Makers Supply has SO MANY patterns!

Emerald Erin's Jordy Bralette

Ooh LuLu's Romy Soft Bra


Acacia Undies by Megan Nielsen

Colette Madeleine Mini Bloomers

Muna & Broad Plus Size Undies


'Patterns by Gertie' Butterick 6031 Slip & Camisole set

Ogden Cami by True Bias

Ella Cami Set by Designer Stitch (free)


Carolyn Pajamas by Closet Case Files

Suki Robe by Helen's Closet

Melanie Kimono by Jalie

There are also a variety of free patterns in all these categories at Mood Sewciety

Or, take a look at this extensive list of free lingerie/nightwear patterns on Hello Sewing (some links may be out of date)

Friday, December 13, 2019

January's #SGGPOM Challenge

Now that December's holiday festivities and our swapping of fabric and patterns has concluded, it's time to think about our January POM Challenge!

We think that January is a great time to start thinking about all those resolutions and since many of them include activewear, January's challenge is to make a pair of leggings.

Here are a few pattern suggestions -- though of course, as always, you are welcome to make any pattern you like.

Free Patterns 

Patterns for Pirates Peg Leg Leggings (not only is this free, but there is a pack of add-ons & a maternity version, also free!)

Easy Everyday Leggings by DG Patterns

Anything But Basic Leggings by DIBY Club

Lotus Leggings by Mood Sewciety

Paid Patterns 

Jalie Clara Highwaisted Leggings 

The Avery Leggings by Helen's Closet

The Virginia Leggings by Megan Nielsen

Made to Measure Leggings from Sew  (you can purchase this online class and make leggings to your exact measurements)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

December's #POM Challenge

What's our #SGGPOM challenge for December's meeting? A simple one: we're asking members to make yourselves a nametag to wear at meetings, so that we can get to know one another better! Make it super simple, make it fancy, make it reflect your other interests... it's  up to you.

(We will still have temporary nametag materials available at meetings if you've forgotten yours or haven't yet made one)

Here are some quick ideas from Pinterest. Hope you are inspired!

Monday, November 25, 2019

December's Holiday Social & Swap!

December's meeting is coming up very quickly. We'll be meeting on Tuesday December 10, 2019 at 7 pm. It's a special meeting -- it's our Guild Holiday Social! Feel free to wear something festive if you wish (it's a great location for blog photos!) and remember to have something to share in our Sew & Tell.

What does this meeting involve? We'll be having some refreshments and social time for the first part of our meeting. Remember to BYOM - bring your own mug - if you would like to partake of the coffee and tea. Also, if you can, any quick squares or finger food would be a welcome addition. We will only have napkins to work with so nothing too fussy, please :)

The second part of our meeting will be our Festive Fabric & Pattern Swap! If you have fabric or patterns you'd like to part with, bring them along. Please be sure that they are:
  • Clean
  • Marked with yardage and type of fabric if you know it (ie: 1m. of 45" wide cotton)
  • Still usable with all pieces if a pattern 
We will be depositing all that is brought onto two tables which we'll then open to swapping after our break. You don't have to bring something to take something - our goal is to find new homes for as many of these unwanted pieces as possible. Anything left at the end of the night will be given to charitable groups in our community.

Remember, all are welcome to our meetings, non-members are $5 at the door.

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