Wednesday 18 October 2023

October 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 second meeting of the 6th Season of the Ottawa Garment Guild
  • Guest Speaker
    • This month we hosted Esmeralda Smith Romero, the founder of Olive + Elliot, an online retail space dedicated to sustainable, Canadian textiles. From field to fashion, Esmerelda aims to make a sustainable lifestyle easier to practice by promoting brands that are environmentally responsible and socially just.
  • 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. 
  • Snacks
    • Thank you to Jenny for volunteering to bring snacks
    • more volunteers needed! email
  • 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 - SOLD OUT
      • Saturday December 9th - On sale soon 
    • 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: 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 
      • If you are a guild member you can purchase a table here for $10
    • Movie Night - Details to come look out for members only email
  • 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.
    • If you are a member and are yet to join the Discord server, please send an email to receive the members only link.
    • If you are new to Discord, Stephanie has produced this short video to guide us through this social media platform.
  • Sewing SOS
    • Emily asked the group about setting snaps on thick sherpa fleece - something that terrifies us all greatly - lots of great suggestions including making a small hole for snap, use a mallet to flatten fabric before the snap is inserted. Good Luck Emily!
  • October #OGGPOM - #Corduory
    • See below for more info
  • Sew and Tell! and Pattern of the Month (#oggpom): 
    • Thank you all for sharing your #SewSmallSeptember
You can find October's slides (and all of our past meetingshere!

Pattern of the Month for October:

October's OGGPOM We are suggesting making a garment from Corduroy this fabric is perfect for fall garments, from pants, skirts, jackets, shirts, dresses even bags! 
    • Corduroy is a textile with a distinctively raised "cord" or wale texture
    • Generally made from cotton
    • Perfect for fall! 
Check out Corduroy Seamwork Projects: How to sew, wear, and style this classic napped fabric here

Remember when it comes to show and tell 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 or #virtuallOGGPOM if you want them including in the slides if you are joining us via Zoom.