I have the pleasure of working at Soutache this month and in April. Now that I'm retired from the University, I am able to do something related to my favorite hobby. Soutache is located on the near north side of Chicago. Maili has moved across the street from her previous location.
If you remember, I mentioned Soutache in the Chicago PatternReview post back in 2011. I didn't really review the shop at that time but would like to share a few thoughts on it now.
First, I'd like to say that I love the layout of the store and presentation of the goods. It's vintage style reminds me of a Victorian shop. At the front of the store, one side of the store is ribbon/trim and the other is buttons. The middle of the store is displays and floral. At the back feathers, bridal, and findings. Upstairs is a large work/storage room where small classes can be held. Rhonda Buss and Susan Khalje hosted their winter workshop there.
I bought ribbon, feathers, and buttons. The prices are competitive considering the quality of the goods. Maili is the sole proprietor and occasionally has part-time staff come in to help out.
If you are in the Chicago land area, consider stopping by Soutache. The address is:
2130 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Happy Sewing! I mean Happy Shopping!