Sew Grateful: Chicago Social Sewing

Friends, I've been wanting to participate in the lovely Debi's Sew Grateful event for some time.  While I know it's still a week away, I wanted to share with you this fabulous sewing event I hosted this past weekend.

As you know from this post, I recently hosted a free sewing class in my apartment for anyone who wanted to learn how to sew buttons.  I am so grateful to have learned this incredible skill and I wanted to share my passion with anyone who wanted to learn. The response was astounding: 12 people showed up for an afternoon of food, laughter, and learning.  It was an honor to have them all in my home and be able to teach them something I love so dearly. 

Pictures by my darling friend, Mina, who was trying out her new camera lens.  I will definitely be framing some of these for my sewing room.

Rob making mini cinnamon rolls.

Our delightful spread of food.

My thread and scissors collection.

 Close up of my bobbins.

One of my favorites.

I used my flower bowls to hold the two-hole, four-hole, and shank buttons.

The finished cinnamon rolls.  They didn't last long after this photo was taken!

Homemade tamales from here

Needles!  Get 'em while they're hot!

Practicing threading the needle.

My friends, both old and new, were all so focused and determined.  I could not have taught a more fabulous group.

This is your sampler, mmmkay?

Selecting demonstration buttons.

A back view of my thread holder - possibly one of my favorite things that Mama Grand passed onto me.

Fixing the random thread loops.

What is a sewing event without wine, I ask you?

A close up of the pinking shears - these were much loved by all.

Taking pictures of their handiwork.  Some even took their samplers home to teach their significant others.

Mina's pristine and perfect sampler.  

Inspecting their handiwork - I've never seen such lovely stitching!

My friends were diligent and energetic and open-minded - everything I could ever ask for in a sewing group.  I don't need to tell you how excited I am about teaching them hem stitches and hooks & eyes!

How are you celebrating Sew Grateful Week, friends?  Let me know what you're planning in the comments below!


Chic in LA: Kelly Wearstler Boutique

Instead of depressing you with more photos of the Viceroy Anguilla, I thought I'd revisit my trip to Los Angeles.  While there I was able to pop into Kelly Wearstler's new clothing boutique on Melrose Avenue.  For those of you who don't know, she also designed the Viceroy Anguilla, so my jumping around actually makes sense. The store is full of quirky details as well as tons of marble which is has become known for as an interior designer.  The clothing isn't for everyone but I love her printed blouses and dresses for spring. She also showcases her china collection and other accessories.  Kelly Wearstler is too cool for school but that's why I like her. If everyone played it safe, life would be very boring. 

Kelly Wearstler
8440 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic