Friday 28 December 2018

Sewing and Sustainability

Our December meeting guest speaker Janeen has put together an extensively detailed document with all sorts of sustainable sewing information!  You can find it here.

Wednesday 28 November 2018

We're Hosting a BRA-MAKING Workshop!!

attn: This workshop has SOLD OUT!!  We hope to be hosting more in the future, so please stay tuned!

The Ottawa Garment Guild is proud to host Professional Bra Maker, Pat Stephens of BoobieTraps, for our January workshop!

Pat is from Powassan, Ontario, a small town just south of North Bay. A sewist for many years, she learned to make her own bras in the mid 1990s through instructor Beverly Johnson, Owner and Operator of Bra Makers Supply in Hamilton Ontario, and known world-wide as the “Fairy BraMother’.

Upon retirement in 2014, Pat started her small home business making custom bras and swimwear by opening BoobieTraps. Today, she has completed several professional bra making courses through Beverly Johnson’s Professional Bra Making School in Hamilton, Ontario and maintains a steady stream of clients looking for custom bras and swimwear, and students taking bra making classes.

In this 2-day course students will follow Beverly Johnson’s approach to make her PinUp Girls Classic Bra Pattern. This bra is a full band bra with a 2-piece cup and once you learn the steps of making this bra, you can adapt this pattern to have many different looks and seam lines which can totally change the look of the bra.

Each student will receive a Bra Kit (white) that includes the necessary fabrics and findings to learn to make a bra.

Pat fits each student for underwires and for any needed personalized pattern adjustments. Along with the bra kit and one set of wires, each student receives a copy of the multi-sized PinUp Girls’ Classic Bra pattern and instruction sheets for making a complete bra.

To ensure that you are getting the best fit and learning experience, class sizes are being kept small.

Lunch is not provided, however a break will be made so you can eat your packed lunch or purchase lunch in the area.

***Students must be able to sew at an intermediate level (if you can set a sleeve, you should do fine sewing a bra). ****

The Guild is grateful for the continued support of our success by Darrell Thomas Textiles, which has agreed to allow the use of the learning space at the store (153 Preston St.) for the duration of both course sessions.

Thank you to Darrell and all of the store staff!

OGG Members - keep an eye out on your email in the next day or two for details of how to sign up!

OGG Members will receive first opportunity to register for the course, as a benefit of membership!  Any remaining spots available in a week's time will be opened via the general mailing list.

Monday 5 November 2018

Holiday Sew-in

The Ottawa Garment Guild is hosting a sew-in on Saturday November 24 from 10am-4pm.  Get a start on your Christmas crafting, work on your holiday dress or pump out a few gifts. We’re advertising this one as a holiday-themed sew-in, but feel free to work on anything you like! Cost is $20 for OGG members, and $25 for non-members.  This time around, we are providing a pizza lunch! If you have allergies or dietary restrictions, please let us know so we can see if we can accomodate you.Spaces are limited to 15 people, and we need at least 8 signed up to make this a go. The last day to sign up is Saturday, November 17. You can pay online via square or bring cash with you to the sew-in (exact change is preferred)Signing up means we're reserving a spot just for you!  Since space is limited, if you're not 100% sure you can make it, please give others the opportunity to register first.  Thanks!

Sign-up deadline: November 17, 2018.

Sunday 14 October 2018

November Pattern of the Month

We're getting ready for fall by making leggings! We've rounded up a couple pattern suggestions, but you can absolutely make whatever kind of leggings you like. If you do, don't forget to use the #oggpom hashtag!

Pattern Suggestions:


Free/ Draft your Own

Children and Babies


Monday 24 September 2018

Frocktails Outfit Inspiration!

Our lovely Treasurer, Kate, has put together a FANTASTIC post with all sorts of Frocktails outfit inspo!!

If you’re reading this post, I hope you’re thinking about coming to our inaugural Frocktails event!!  It will be a wonderful evening of enjoying food, conversation, and fashion with fellow Ottawa-area sewists.

You may also be wondering what to make to wear? I am so excited to offer some ideas of what you could make for Frocktails.  I have taken inspiration from the runway and red carpets of the world, and I hope you are inspired by these garments. I also lucked out with the Emmy awards taking place on September 17, providing an influx of gowns and suits to populate this post with!

Monday 17 September 2018

Frocktails Tickets are NOW ON SALE!!!!

The Ottawa Garment Guild is beyond excited to be hosting the first ever Ottawa Frocktails!  This is the perfect event for any sewists from Ottawa and beyond looking to make something a little fancier than usual - and wear it with pride for a fun night out!

For our inagural year, Ottawa Frocktails will be held in the Paris Room of the M├ętropolitan Brasserie on Saturday November 17th at 7pm.

Follow this link to get your ticket NOW!!

Monday 10 September 2018

Sign up for 18/19 membership now

Have you signed up for your 18/19 membership yet? Do it online before our meeting Thursday and save yourself (and us!) some time.
Welcome 2nd season of the Ottawa Garment Guild! We are thrilled to be starting our first full season of the Ottawa Garment Guild. Last year's short season was so well received, that we were left in awe of our community of sewists. We can't wait to see you all at our first meeting Thursday September 13th at 7:30 at St. Mark's Anglican Church on Fisher Ave. Meetings will continue to be held on the second Thursday of every month, from September through June. Membership dues are payable at our 1st meeting. This year we are also offering a discount to students (please provide us with proof of registration, such as a current timetable.) Full membership $50 Student membership $30 Drop ins are always welcome to join us for $10 a meeting.

Monday 9 July 2018

Member Survey

Now that we're done our first season, we would like to hear what you think!  Please take 5 minutes and fill in our survey below, so we can make next years' season even better!  If you have any further comments or questions, you can always contacts us at:

Saturday 7 July 2018

Thank You!!

I want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended our first season of meetings.  Your enthusiasm for the OGG has been so wonderful.  I was not at all expecting the response we got - we finished the year with 50 members!!  Amazing!  I also want to say a huge thank-you to Crystal, Kate, Gemini, Vicki, Sam, and Beth for being the best first executive team I could have asked for.  You've all been a treat to work with, and there is no way I could have gotten this Guild off the ground without you.  Looking forward to working with you all in planning next year <3

Hope you all enjoy your summer!  We'll start up the next season of OGG meetings in September on the second Thursday of every month, with our first meeting being on September 13th.

Kallie Auld

Wednesday 4 July 2018

We're looking for pattern reviews!

Are you planning on tackling some new patterns over the summer? Would you be interested in writing a review for our blog? We are looking for sewists of all levels to give feedback on patterns they are trying for the first time. All it entails is filling out a form and taking some pictures. If you are interested, you can view the template via google drive, make a copy, fill it out, and send it back to us! Don't worry if you don't consider yourself a "blogger" or a "writer" - your insight is valuable and we are here to make your writing its best! If you want more info, send us an email.

Otherwise, start sewing and reviewing!

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Swimsuit Sew-in

The Ottawa Garment Guild is hosting a sew-in on Saturday June 9th from 10am-4pm.  This particular sew-in is going to be swimsuit oriented, and Kallie is going to be on hand to help out anyone who wants to make their own swimsuit!

Wednesday 18 April 2018

May Pattern of the Month: Knit tees

Procrastinating sewing basics for your or your family? Need an excuse to try sewing with knits? Here's your chance: May's Pattern of the Month is knit tees.

We've got tons of pattern suggestions lined up. None of these work for you? Do your own thing and show it off at our May meeting! Don't forget to use the #OGGPOM hashtag.

Pattern Suggestions: Women

Pattern Suggestions: Men

Pattern Suggestions: Children

Sunday 15 April 2018

We want to hear from you!

The OGG wants to give members a space to connect and learn from each other online and we're looking to you for content and feedback! Fill out the form below to let us know what kind of topics you'd like to read about from other members and if you'd be interested in contributing. Only fill out the questions you want to or feel are relevant to you.

Don't worry if you've never blogged before or don't consider yourself a "writer" - we've got your back! We are 100 per cent here to help you each step of the way.

Wednesday 14 March 2018

April Pattern of the Month

Our Pattern of the Month for April is Infinity scarves. We haven't chosen a specific pattern, so you can go nuts and sew up whatever you would like! Here are a few tutorials we've found around the interwebs:

This is the perfect project for beginners when done up in a woven or people looking to try knits for the first time. If you make a scarf this month, please send us a pic, bring it to our April 12 meeting and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #OGGPOM

Monday 5 March 2018

Our First Ever Monthly Meeting Thursday March 8

All meetings will start at 7:30pm and go until roughly 9pm. For our first meeting, feel free to arrive any time after 7pm, so we can get everyone paid up and registered. For the remainder of the meetings, we ask that you don't arrive any earlier than 7:15pm to allow us to get things set up.

Membership Fees:
Year 1 (March - June 2018)

Full Membership - $20 Single Meeting Drop-In - $10 

Year 2 (September 2018 - June 2019)

Full Membership - $50 Single Meeting Drop-In - $10 

If you would like to register as a member right away, we ask that you follow the link below to fill out our membership form to speed up registration. We ask that you bring exact change, or bring a cheque payable to Ottawa Garment Guild.

In this meeting:

Pattern of the Month - March 8th
For our first "Pattern of the Month", we're asking you to pick your favourite pattern! Bring in your favourite "TNT" (tried 'n' true) pattern or sewn item to share during "Sew & Tell" at the end of the meeting, and tell us why it's your favourite!

"Sewing S.O.S."
Stuck on a pattern and need some help? Have a UFO that you just can't figure out how to finish? Send us an email with your question, and we'll feature a couple questions during the meeting to help you finish up your project! Please send your email to:


Parking & Church Entrance Info:

The church is located at 1606 Fisher Ave. When driving south on Fisher, turn right onto Normandy Cres. and then left into the parking lot. Please do not park in the first section of the parking lot, this is reserved for the choir members who will also be at the church during our meeting time.

Monday 5 February 2018

OGG drop-in info session Thursday, February 8

Are you interested in connecting with other sewists in the Ottawa area? Head to the newly created Ottawa Garment Guild's open house to learn more about meetings, events and workshops we plan to put on this year! This is a drop-in even and requires no registration and no fee. Drop in at any time between 6 and 8 p.m. to chat with the executive about our plans for this year and next.