Friday, June 17, 2022

SGG Summer Challenge!


Introducing our Summer-long challenge, the "Hinterland Who's Who!"
This challenge is a retro throwback. Combining classic Hinterland Who's Who tv spots with the popular Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated, our challenge is to take one of the animals in a video and use it for inspiration in some way to make a Hinterland Dress. Don't have that Pattern? That's okay, use another pattern with the same basic style and go for it! Have some retro fun this summer!
(This challenge runs July-August)

This year you also have options:

If you're not into the Hinterland Who's Who, you can set a self-directed challenge instead-- take a class from one of our many presenters of this season, like Susan Khalje who has many classes on her website, or the half-scale design classes from Threadora, or even a couple of recorded classes by Liz Haywood

Whatever you choose, have fun with your summer sewing!

Friday, May 13, 2022

June Meeting: In Person Gathering!


We are so thrilled to be able to meet in-person for the last meeting of this season! We are returning to our original location, St James Anglican Church, Upper Hall (enter by the door at the top of the ramp on Hamilton St.) Please note that masks are required while indoors at this location.

We will be having a short business meeting, time for Sew & Tell (wear something fabulous!) and then we'll be having a fabric and pattern swap. Please try to note the size and type of your fabric if possible, and whatever isn't claimed by someone else by the end of night should go home with you again, please. 

The grounds of the church make for good photo ops so if you want to arrive early to get some garment photos you might find a good backdrop :) Come ready to share your sewing news and thoughts about next season too. 

Everyone welcome to this meeting - you do NOT have to be a paid member of the Garment Guild to come to this get-together. It's the perfect time to check us out, and see if you'd like to join us for next season.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

May Meeting: Half-Scale Design with Threadora


May's meeting is coming up! Join us on Zoom Tuesday May 10 at 7 pm to hear from Britney King aka Threadora Gowns. Britney has a bridal sewing business and also runs Threadora Gowns, an online shop and blog where she teaches classes on half-scale design and shares lots of inspiration for this technique.

If you sign up for her newsletter you can get a free pattern to make your own half-scale mannequin so that you can sew along with her classes -- she has 3 ballgown courses so far. There is even a sewalong class for the mannequin if you need help with it.
Britney will be sharing her sewing journey, how and why she started Threadora Gowns, and more on what exactly half-scale design is and why you'd want to try it out. Also, we'll be treated to a half-scale trunk show as she shares some of her many pieces with us.
This should be an enjoyable night of fashion and fancy sewing talk -- hope you will all join us then. Don't forget, everyone is welcome to attend 🙂

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

April Meeting: Couture with Susan Khalje


We are really thrilled that Susan Khalje, couture sewing specialist, is joining us on Tuesday, April 12 (7 pm on Zoom)
She will be discussing the elements that define "Couture" when talking about home sewing. Susan has many years of teaching about couture techniques, and her expertise in this area is mind-blowing!
If you have questions about anything couture, you can share them here or at our Facebook page, as she would love to talk about the things we are curious about. Check out her website for more info about Susan herself, and her new online classes too.

April Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, April 12
7pm (You will be entered into our waiting room and we will "let you in" at 7pm)
Meeting ID: 846 0568 3868

Thursday, February 17, 2022

March Meeting: Movement for Sewists with Emily Anderson


We're so thrilled to have Emily Anderson of All Bodies Welcome Yoga join us for our March meeting (Tues March 8, 2022) Emily is a multiple certified Yoga instructor from Pittsburgh, who focuses on yoga for all bodies and fitness levels, and runs an online and in-person yoga practice ( She's also a sewist herself.
We’ll follow Emily through a LIVE Yoga for Sewists class where we’ll learn about movements to stretch the body between sewing marathons. No prior yoga experienced needed, no special clothes or yoga mats either! We will practice seated and standing movements.
We will practice for 45 minutes and save some time for Q&A and sewcializing! All welcome to join us in this practical and useful session. (Zoom link will be shared closer to the meeting date).

Here is the link to our Tuesday Monthly Meeting. Remember - at this time you do not have to be a paid member of Stratford Garment Guild to attend our Zoom meetings. Everyone is encouraged to attend! We will "let you in" from the waiting room at 7pm. Please have a recognizable name when you log in.
Topic: Stratford Garment Guild Monthly Meeting
Time: Mar 8, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 834 4066 2403

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

March Challenge: Zero Waste Patterns!

What's our challenge to our members this month? To try out a zero waste pattern to share next month! 

Liz's presentation gave us lots of great leads on zero waste patterns, from her own to a wide range of other options. Let's see what you come up with.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

February Meeting: Zero Waste Sewing with Liz Haywood


For our February meeting (Tues Feb 8, 7 pm on Zoom) we are delighted to welcome Liz Haywood directly from Australia! 

Liz is an expert in Zero Waste sewing, a technique that, not surprisingly, results in no scraps or fabric waste. She can be found on her blog,, or on IG at @lizhaywood3754 if you want to investigate her cool patterns ahead of time -- she also has a 2020 book called Zero Waste Sewing. 

Liz will be sharing her philosophy and best practices for zero waste sewing and why we might be interested in this form of sewing. Looking forward to lots of learning!

Don't forget, there is no membership fee while we are online, so invite any sewing friends you think may be interested to check us out.