Saturday 16 September 2023

September 2023 Meeting Summary

If you weren't able to join us, please read on for a short recap. Members are welcome to request the full minutes by e-mail.

  • Welcome Back for the 6th Season of the Ottawa Garment Guild
  • Guest Speaker
    • Helen Brady from Square Lemon made an inspirational talk about about the value of creative communities. Helen is the founder of Square Lemon. a not-for-profit corporation based in Ottawa with a mission to foster creative community in around that national capital region and celebrate local artistic and crafting talent. 
  • Name Tags 
    • This year we would like to have name tags for each member, we will keep hold of them in-between the meetings. This meeting we had some temporary ones and we asked members to let us know their pro-noun and instagram handle. 
  • Call out for Volunteers
    • We are looking for volunteers to bring snacks to each meeting
    • We need more volunteers especially if as a Guild we want to put on special events like Frocktails. 
  • Fall Calendar - Sew-Ins (members only)
    • In Person 
      • Location: St Marks' Church, 1606 Fisher Ave, Ottawa, ON K2C 1X6
      • Time: 10-4pm
      • Saturday Oct 28th
      • Saturday December 9th
    • Virtually 
      • Every third Sunday in the month via Zoom link
      • 7:30pm to 9pm
      • Sept 17th, Oct 15th, Nov 19th, Dec 17th 
  • Fall Calendar
    • Workshop: Resin Button Workshop
      • Location: St Marks' Church, 1606 Fisher Ave, Ottawa, ON K2C 1X6
      • Time: 1-3pm
      • Purchase on the square store here
    • Workshop: Vintage Sewing Machine Repair with Skipped Stitches
      • Date and Location TDB
    • Fabric Sale 
      • Location: St Marks' Church, 1606 Fisher Ave, Ottawa, ON K2C 1X6
      • Time: 2pm
      • Nov 12th
    • Movie Night - Details to come
  • Spring Planning
    • Workshop: Bundle Dying with Plants and Natural Dyes
    • Montreal Shopping Trip
    • Sewing Retreat
    • Frocktails - On Hold
    • Dates TBD - More updates to come
  • Discord
    • After a successful trial over the summer we are moving chats away from Facebook onto Discord.
    • Stephanie guided us through our members only space for online sewing discussion
    • An email will be sent out to members for their invitation link to join our Discord 
    • If you are new to Discord, Stephanie has produced this short video to guide us through this social media platform.
  • Sewing SOS
    • Carmen asked us about alterations to swim suit patterns for shorter torsos. 
  • September #OGGPOM - #SewSmallSeptember
    • See below for more info
  • Sew and Tell! and Pattern of the Month (#oggpom): 
    • Thank you all for sharing your Double Gauze makes
    • Don't forget to use #oggpom for your OGGPOMs and #oggsewandtell on Instagram for other projects you would like to show off!
You can find September's slides (and all of our past meetingshere!

Pattern of the Month for September:

Septembers OGGPOM We are jumping on the Instagram challenge hosted by @neighbourhoodpatterns and @madswick_studio,  to use a pattern from a small indie designer that has less than 15k followers and/or use fabric from a small indie store. 

Remember it doesn't have to be something you sewed this month, you are welcome to share any past makes!

You are welcome to sew for yourself, a family member, a friend, or whoever you would like!  Remember to post your makes on Instagram using #OGGPOM so we can see what you're up to!