Tuesday 21 May 2024

May 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 May meeting of the Ottawa Garment Guild

  • Guest Speaker
    • This month we hosted Louise Delorme and Debra Bertrand of Cavadelo Flax Garden, their passion project that they began in 2021 with the goal of growing flax and processing it all the way through to a woven fabric. They’re now at 6700 square feet of growing space, capable of producing roughly 18m of material. Louise and Debra kindly brought in samples of all the stages of production and told us about linen production in other regions of Canada.

  • Spring Calendar 
    • Sew-in 
    • Virtual
      • once a month via Zoom link
      • 7:30pm to 9pm
      • Last one this season on June 2

  • Events

    Event Every Third Saturday!
    • June 15 - burn tests and fabric swap at Vincent Massey 
    • June 22 - Movie Night at the NAC (members only)

  • Elections
    • A big thank you goes out to our nominees who have volunteered for positions on the Executive!
      • Candidate for President: Leah Stolarski
      • Candidate for Vice-President: Laura-Lee MacDonald
      • Candidate for Secretary : Lianne Wallace
      • Candidate for Treasurer: Laura Gibson-MacGregor
      • Candidate for Events Coordinator: Kimberly Low
      • Candidate for Workshops and Sew-ins Coordinator: Jean Montminy
      • Candidate for Social Media Manager: Kallie Auld

      • Members make sure to vote (check your inbox!) before June 3rd!

  • Sewing SOS

    • Leah asked about lining a sheer pre-gathered dress. 
      • Options were to tack the lining just below the sheering, 
      • skin-toned bike shorts (a bit of the gamble if daughter would remember to wear them) 
      • a half-slip

  • May #OGGPOM -  Linen
    • See below for more info

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

Monday 20 May 2024

2024-25 Elections - Meet your candidates

Elections are coming up soon! Watch your email for a survey link. Voting will be open from Monday May 20, 2024, to Monday June 3, 2024. Meet the candidates below!

Candidate for President: Leah Stolarski

Greetings OGGers! I’m Leah and many of you probably know me. I have been an enthusiastic OGG member since the very first meeting and, prior to this year, an executive committee member since the 2019/20 season. In my tenure as social media manager, I established our Facebook group and designed our promotional card you may have seen in local sewing stores. As special events coordinator, I helped the guild pivot at the start of the pandemic including planning a zoom trivia night, starting the sewing support groups, and running two online charity fabric sales that raised a combined $1488 for the Ottawa Food Bank. Finally, as my big hurrah before heading to Southern California with my family for a year, I chaired our first post-pandemic Frocktails in April 2022. As I prepare for our return to Ottawa, I’m looking forward to serving on the executive as your Vice-President, fresh with new ideas to keep meeting the needs of this fantastic community of talented, creative, passionate sewists.

Candidate for Vice-President: Laura-Lee MacDonald

Hello all! I am Laura-Lee (@PippiAnnShirley on IG) and for the last year I have been your Sew In and Workshop Coordinator. I am hopeful that your enjoyment of my efforts in this role will encourage you to vote for me as your new Vice President. I am excited to engage with you all to determine topics and speakers that we can learn from over the next couple of years, as well as the other duties of the VP. Thank you for your support!

Candidate for Secretary : Lianne Wallace

Hi there! I’m Lianne and would love to be considered for the position of Secretary. I grew up watching my mom sew, and I finally took it up myself about six years ago. I love listening to a podcast and creating an outfit - especially any type of secret pyjamas. This was my first year as Guild member. I love the sense of community and the inspiration of seeing everyone’s makes and projects. Next year I’d love to be more involved and contribute to the work of the Guild. I’ve always appreciated the monthly meeting summaries as a memory jogger and especially when I wasn’t able to make the meeting. I enjoy writing and in my day job I regularly write a ton of meeting notes and summaries. I have lots of practice capturing the key takeaways and including some interesting tidbits - and it would be great to have the chance to apply these skills to something I love. 

Candidate for Treasurer: Laura Gibson-MacGregor
I have acted as OGG Treasurer since September 2020 and am seeking re-election for another term. I am organized and detail-oriented, and I believe these skills help me to be effective in this role and to support the exec in their roles as well. I have been a member of the Guild since 2018 and have really appreciated the sense of community it provides and the support that members give one another in improving their sewing skills. I look forward to continuing to support everything OGG has to offer to Ottawa sewists in my role as Treasurer.


Candidate for Events Coordinator: Kimberly Low
I've been sewing off and on since I was a kid with anyone willing to teach me, home etc., but I've been consistently garment sewing for the past 9 years. I've been the secretary for the past 4 years and I'm running for events co-ordinator because I would like a new challenge and would like to further contribute to the sense of community the guild offers. 


Candidate for Workshops and Sew-ins Coordinator: Jean Montminy
I am excited to express my interest in the Workshop Coordinator position on the Garment Guild board. As an active member of this wonderful community and a passionate sewer, I would be honored to contribute my skills and dedication to organizing workshops and sew-ins that engage and inspire our fellow members.
Being part of the Garment Guild has been a very rewarding experience for me. I have greatly enjoyed connecting with individuals who share my love for sewing. It would be a privilege to take on a more active role in organizing the guild's programming and ensuring that our members have access to engaging workshops that cater to their interests and skill levels.
If selected for this position, I would make it a priority to gather feedback from the membership and tailor our workshop offerings and sew-ins accordingly. I believe that by listening to our community and incorporating their ideas, we can create a diverse and exciting lineup of events that bring out the best in our members' creativity and skills.
With my strong organizational abilities, attention to detail, and relevant work experience, I am confident that I can excel in this role. My background as a Major Account Manager and Systems Engineer (IBM), Executive Assistant (CCSTA), and Vacation Consultant (Expedia) has equipped me with the necessary skills to coordinate events, manage budgets, and communicate effectively with various stakeholders.
In conclusion, I am eager to contribute my skills, experience, and passion for sewing to the Garment Guild board. I believe that together, we can create a vibrant and enriching workshop program that inspires our members and strengthens our community. I look forward to working alongside the dedicated individuals who make the Garment Guild such a special place.

Candidate for Social Media Manager: Kallie Auld
Hi all!  I’m Kallie (Kay-lee, aka @kalliesews) and I was the Founding President for the OGG.  After a few years working with the Executive team to build the OGG, I took a step back from my duties to start a family.  Now that my two boys are a little older I’m looking forward to once again attending meetings in person and volunteering on the Executive Committee.  I am running for the position of Social Media Manager.  In this position I hope keep up the amazing work Stephanie has been doing to regularly update the OGG’s social media platforms, advertise for all the various OGG events, moderate and run the Discord server, and to keep everything running smoothly.  I love the online sewing community and I look forward to the opportunity to further grow the OGG’s online following, and in turn, our membership!  

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!