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.

Photo by Volha Flaxeco on Unsplash

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

October #POM Challenge

Each month at our meetings we'll announce a Pattern of the Month Challenge -- or, a POM! The hashtag for this will be #SGGPOM, and you'll be able to find all our challenges under the #SGGPOM tag on social media or here on the website.

We had a good response to the our first #POM challenge, which was to make up a simple woven top. So this month's challenge is to take that top making mojo and try out a knit top!

There are many knit top patterns out there, and you can choose whichever one you like. But we have some suggestions for easy tees that you can whip up in a month.

Here are some ideas.

FREE patterns:

Mandy Boat Tee by Tessuti - a popular free pattern to download
The Maria Denmark Kimono Tee - this one is free if you sign up for her newsletter

Plantain by Deer & Doe (also free!)

Laundry Day Tee by Love Notions - free with a code if you join the facebook group

Jalie's Yoko Top - a free boxy turtleneck knit top for the colder days ahead.

And some that are not free but really charming too!

Halfmoon Atelier's La Brea Top - designed for knits or wovens and with some neat finishing details at the sleeve

Jennifer Lauren Handmade's Bronte Top has some cute features around the neck and shoulder too

Friday Pattern Company's Adrienne Blouse- if you want to add some extra flair to your knit top, this popular pattern with statement sleeves might just be the ticket!

If you make a knit top for our #POM challenge, don't forget to bring it along to show off in our Sew & Tell at the November 19 meeting.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Introducing our first Pattern of the Month Challenge!

Seamwork Bo
Each month at our meetings we'll announce a Pattern of the Month Challenge -- or, a POM! The hashtag for this will be #SGGPOM, and you'll be able to find all our challenges under the #SGGPOM tag on social media or here on the website!

To start us off gently, this month's challenge is to make a Woven Top.

This can be any easy pullover top of your choice, as long as it is made in a woven and not a knit. (we'll get to those later!)

You are welcome to pick any pattern you like, but here are some suggestions:

Maya Top by Marilla Walker

Bo Top by Seamwork

Sutton Blouse by True Bias

Harmony Blouse by Love Notions

Shirt No. 1 by 100 Acts of Sewing

New Look 6217

McCalls 6685


In the Folds / Peppermint Magazine Ruffle Sleeve Top

Colette Sorbetto

Purl Soho Draft Your Own Boxy Top

Purl Soho Boxy Top version 1

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

First Meeting: September 10th!

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We're one week away from the very first Stratford Garment Guild meeting! ⁣
⁣Have you considered what me-made item you'll wear to the meeting for the "Sew & Tell" ? If you're just starting out, don't feel intimidated! Bring along that pattern you bought but haven't started on yet, or the picture you saw that made you start thinking about sewing clothes ✨⁣


Don't forget, you can print off and bring your membership form and registration fees to the first meeting, OR you can email the registration form and internet transfer your registration fees to register prior to Sept 10 -- if you register early online you will be eligible for our Early Bird Door Prize basket which we'll be drawing at our first meeting. All membership details are HERE.

Signing up early could net you this!

Bring your toonies for our monthly 50-50 draw as well!

Friday, July 5, 2019

It's Getting Real!

Planning is moving along for our Stratford Garment Guild!

Check out our Meeting Info Page to find out when and where the Guild will be meeting starting this fall -- spoiler alert, we will have the Upper Hall at St James Anglican Church here in Stratford on Tuesday nights. Besides the central location and large space it offers, the church grounds are also lovely for blog or social media photos of your makes -- I've done many of mine there!

And go on over to our Membership Page to find the membership application form and information on how to join. You have the choice to fill out the application and send fees online, or print it and bring it with you to your first meeting.

We look forward to meeting all of you and learning from one another, very soon.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Date Survey!

It's time for our Garment Guild to start booking space for us to meet together this fall. To that end, our date survey is now live! Please note that the meeting would take place from 7PM to 9PM on the chosen day.

The poll will close July 1st at 8PM, so if you are planning to join the Stratford Garment Guild be sure to let your voice be heard by then!