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. Zoom link will be shared closer to the meeting date.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

January Meeting: Menswear With Julian Collins


The Stratford Garment Guild is very excited to announce that our speaker for our first Zoom meeting of the year is Julian Collins! 

Julian Collins is a force of nature in the sewing world, reviewing menswear patterns, serving as a Bernina and Laurastar brand ambassador, running his own FB group "Sew Manly", writing for Sew News, & being featured on numerous podcasts, among many other activities. 

He will be sharing his experiences as a male sewist as well as his take on the current state of men's or masculine presenting clothing in the sewing world. He'll also be sharing a little on his extensive machine collection. We'll even get a bit of a trunk show from him, sharing some of his notable pieces! You can check him out on IG at @juliancreates or at his website 

Remember that SGG meetings this year are open to all, no paid membership required, so if you know someone who is interested in menswear, bright colours, or creativity and joy be sure to invite them to join in on Tuesday Jan 11 at 7 pm. 

Zoom link will be shared closer to the meeting date. Hope to see you all then.

Topic: Stratford Garment Guild
Time: Jan 11, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 820 6777 6030

Sunday, November 21, 2021

December Meeting: Holiday Bash!


It's that time of year again... Join the Stratford Garment Guild for some social time at our 2021 Holiday Bash! 

Join in as we celebrate our 2021 projects and our 2022 plans. Bring your favourite beverage and snacks and be ready for some fun party games. 

All are welcome, you don't need to be a paid up member to attend. Check out the Guild at our social evening on Zoom and see if one of your 2022 goals will be to become an official member! 

Friday, October 22, 2021

November Meeting: #SewOver50

The SGG is so thrilled to announce that our next meeting (November 9, 2021 at 7 pm on Zoom) will feature at least one of the founders of the #SewOver50 IG account. Since this account started up, to give more visibility to the presence of those of us over 50 in the sewing world, it has grown enormously and now has nearly 40 000 followers. 

We look forward to talking to the SewOver50 founders about how and why the account started, why they run it, and some of the exciting initiatives and successes they've seen since they began. I hope you'll all join us! 

Here is the Zoom meeting info for tonight - please join us if you are an Ontario region sewist who wants to check out the Guild :) 
Stratford Garment Guild November Meeting
Time: Nov 9, 2021 07:00 PM America/Toronto
Meeting ID: 865 5149 7945

Sunday, September 26, 2021

October Meeting: Capsule Wardrobe Planning with Samantha Schmidt


Our next guild meeting is via Zoom, on Tues Oct 12 at 7 pm. All welcome! The Zoom link will be shared closer to the date. 

What will be doing, you ask? We will be learning master tips for creating a Capsule Wardrobe with our Canadian climate in mind! Samantha Schmidt from the blog is an experienced capsule maker and will be sharing ideas on how to make this concept work for you -- based in Ottawa, she focuses on how to be practical about capsules and still have all the all-weather clothing you need. 

Hope you will join us and be ready to learn some tips for organizing your sewing queue to meet your needs. We will start at 7 so will have a waiting room & let you in then. See log in info below. 

Here is the link for the meeting..
Topic: Stratford Garment Guild - October Meeting
Time: Oct 12, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 519 461 0515

Sunday, September 5, 2021

September Season Kickoff: Meetup in the Park!

We are happy to announce that the SGG is back for another season! 

Our first meeting will be next Sunday, Sept. 12, 2-4 pm -- in person! We are hosting a meetup next to the Bridge to Nowhere, in Confederation Park.  Please feel free to drop by anytime you can in that time; we will catch up with one another, share our summer makes and fall sewing plans, and brainstorm ideas for the Guild this year. 

There are a few benches and picnic tables in the space but please bring your own lawnchair and/or beverage to be comfy. Wear one of your recent makes and snap a photo in the gardens or at the Instagrammable bridge 🙂