Monday 18 March 2024

March 2024 Meeting Recap

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 to the March meeting of the 6th Season of the Ottawa Garment Guild

  • Guest Speaker
    • Guest presenter: This month, we're delighted to host Hailey Wyatt to speak about her clothing brand, Wyatt House, and the meticulously hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind garments that she makes. Hailey's background in science has been instrumental in shaping her approach to fashion. She sees fashion design as an opportunity to merge her scientific mindset with artistic expression and sustainable practices.

  • Spring Calendar - 
    • Sew-in 
    • Virtual
      • once a month via Zoom link
      • 7:30pm to 9pm
      • Apr 14, May 5 and June 2

    • In Person
      • Saturday March 16th and May 18th
      • Location: St. Mark's Anglican Church, 1606 Fisher Avenue, Ottawa ON K2C 1X8
      • Time: 10 to 4pm 
      • Members $15. Non-members $20 (includes Pizza lunch)
      • Please purchase your ticket here on the square store
      • Any dietary requirements please email ogg.workshops@gmail.com

  • Events

    Event Every Third Saturday!

    • March 16 - Sew-In
    • April 20 - Photographing your Makes w/ Stéphanie
    • May 18 - Sew-In
    • June 15 - End of Season Event - TBC

  • Sewing SOS


    • Jessica - Didn’t get the button placement correct, how to fix?
      • Snaps / hooks and eyes in between the buttons
      • Secret button on the other side of the placket
      • If there’s enough ease, just stitch it closed

    • Chloé - How do you make sure facings stay in place and don’t flip up
      • Stitch to any available seam or stitch in the ditch at all seams
      • Stitch it down as if it’s a design choice
      • Make sure it’s a big enough facing
      • That it has enough weight to stay down
      • Tasha - By Gum By Golly 
        • Most facings should be much bigger than they are drafted
      • Instead of cotton twill which would be pulled with increased friction or surface, make facings of a fabric with a smoother hand

    • Kimberley - got machine tuned up because the needle down function wasn’t working and not stitching - stitching perfectly in store - got it home and its happening again - due to travel?
      • Thump it
      • Are you travelling with the needle down and in fabric?
      • Much sympathy was given

    • Carmen - Happy Anniversary! - 6 years!

    • Claire promises cake in April

  • March #OGGPOM -  Spring Sewing
    • See below for more info

  • Sew and Tell! and Pattern of the Month (#oggpom): 
    • Thank you all for sharing your #DIY makes
You can find March's slides (and all of our past meetingshere!

Wednesday 14 February 2024

February 2024 Meeting Recap

 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 to the February meeting of the 6th Season of the Ottawa Garment Guild

  • Guest Speaker
    • This month we were pleased to welcome Peggy Mead, the designer and pattern maker behind Sew House Seven, a brand known for widely beloved patterns like the Burnside Bibs, Free Range Slacks and Toaster Sweater, among others. Peggy launched Sew House Seven with the intent of creating simple, easy-to-follow patterns that encourage and inspire beginners, yet appeal to sewists of all levels. She talked us through her pattern design background, and starting up Sew House Seven, and what it's been like to run a indie pattern business for the past 10 years.

  • Winter Calendar - 
    • Sew-in 
    • Virtual
      • once a month via Zoom link
      • 7:30pm to 9pm
      • Feb 11, Mar 10, Apr 14, May 5 and June 2

    • In Person
      • Saturday March 16th and May 18th
      • Location: St. Mark's Anglican Church, 1606 Fisher Avenue, Ottawa ON K2C 1X8
      • Time: 10 to 4pm 
      • Members $15. Non-members $20 (includes Pizza lunch)
      • Please purchase your ticket here on the square store
      • Any dietary requirements please email ogg.workshops@gmail.com

  • Events

    Event Every Third Saturday!

    • Feb 17 - Bundle Dying Workshop w/ Leah purchase your ticket here
    • March 16 - Sew-In
    • April 20 - Photographing your Makes w/ Stéphanie
    • May 18 - Sew-In
    • June 15 - End of Season Event - TBC

  • Sewing SOS

    • Laura-Lee came to us with the question of how to refashion an a-line dress in scuba while keeping the pockets. 
    • Emily showed how her fleece vest now has perfectly installed snaps, she showed how she used quilting cotton as reinforcement instead of interfacing. 

  • February #OGGPOM - #DIY
    • See below for more info

  • Sew and Tell! and Pattern of the Month (#oggpom): 
    • Thank you all for sharing your #Scraps makes
You can find February's slides (and all of our past meetingshere!

Wednesday 17 January 2024

January 2024 Meeting Recap

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 to the January meeting of the 6th Season of the Ottawa Garment Guild

  • Guest Speaker
    • This month we hosted some very special guest presenters, three of our own members for our first virtual meeting of the season, Carmen, Emily and Laura Lee took us on tours of their sewing spaces. We learnt how each sewing room is unique and inspirational. They shared their tips and tricks for storage and organisation of fabric, patterns, supplies and notions. now we are all ready to start the new year to update our own spaces. 

  • Winter Calendar - 
    • Sew-in 
    • Virtual
      • Every third Sunday in the month via Zoom link
      • 7:30pm to 9pm
      • Jan 21st, Feb18th, Mar 17th, Apr 20th
    • In Person
      • Saturday Jan 20th 
      • Location: St. Mark's Anglican Church, 1606 Fisher Avenue, Ottawa ON K2C 1X8
      • Time: 10 to 4pm 
      • Members $15. Non-members $20 (includes Pizza lunch)
      • Please purchase your ticket here 
      • Any dietary requirements please email ogg.workshops@gmail.com

  • Spring Planning

    Event Every Third Saturday!

    • Feb 17 - Bundle Dying Workshop w/ Leah purchase your ticket here
    • March 16 - Sew-In
    • April 20 - Photographing your Makes w/ Stéphanie
    • May 18 - Sew-In
    • June 15 - End of Season Event - TBC

  • Sewing SOS

    • Laura presented her pants that require a post hoc flat seat adjustment, lots of suggestions were presented by members to help Laura gain the fit she desires.
    • Emily showed how her shorts now have perfectly installed rivets, after she applied the suggestion of using an anvil instead of a wooden cutting board. 

  • January #OGGPOM - #scraps
    • See below for more info

  • Sew and Tell! and Pattern of the Month (#oggpom): 
    • Thank you all for sharing your #Structure makes
You can find Januarys's slides (and all of our past meetingshere!

Wednesday 3 January 2024

December 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 to the December meeting of the 6th Season of the Ottawa Garment Guild

  • Guest Speaker
    • This month, our very  own Stéphanie https://www.instagram.com/ecorcesdentelles/  talked to us about all things Interfacing: She discussed the different types, and their purpose. She shared tips and tricks for working with interfacing. 

  • Snacks
    • Thank you to Renee for bringing the popcorn and hot chocolate mix!
    • More volunteers needed for 2024! email ottawagarmentguild@gmail.com

  • Fall Calendar - 
    • Workshops
      • Vintage Sewing Machine Repair w/ Skipped Stitches
      • Tickets still available
      • Date: December 16th  2023
      • Location: Hintonburg Community Center
      • Members: $45 non-members $60
    • Sew-in 
      • Virtual
      • Every third Sunday in the month via Zoom link
      • 7:30pm to 9pm
      • Dec 17th, Jan 21st, Feb18th, Mar 17th, Apr 20th

  • Spring Planning

    Event Every Third Saturday!

    • Jan 20 - Sew-In Purchase tickets here on square
    • Feb 17 - Bundle Dying Workshop w/ Leah
    • March 16 - Sew-In
    • April 20 - Photographing your Makes w/ Stéphanie
    • May 18 - Sew-In
    • June 15 - End of Season Event - TBC

  • Sewing SOS

    • Emily bought in her SOS needing help to install rivets, despite our efforts during the break we weren't able to install them, we came to the conclusion an anvil really is needed when hammering in rivets as they prevent the springiness of wood.

  • December #OGGPOM - #structure
    • See below for more info

  • Sew and Tell! and Pattern of the Month (#oggpom): 
    • Thank you all for sharing your #FUNWITHFLEECE
You can find December's slides (and all of our past meetingshere!