Friday, July 17, 2015

Soutache - The Cutest Little Victorian Button and Trim Shop

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.

Shoppers are like kids in a candy store.  Some come into the store looking for something unique and special for a custom garment or fascinator/hat.  Last Tuesday, an author of a sewing book came in to buy buttons for a military style jacket featured in her new book.  She bought $65.00 worth of metal buttons.  Everyone who stops by appears to have a great appreciation for the quality of goods that Soutache carries.

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!


  1. What a great feature! Now I need to plan. Trip to Chicago!

  2. I bought some buttons when they had a booth at the fashion show the year I attended. Every once in awhile I take them out to put them on something but I keep thinking the garment should be really special since the buttons are so awesome! I really would like to see the store in person...I need to get back to Chicago soon!

  3. Oh, how I miss the Windy City. That is such a cute store, I could spend hours in there looking at everything. Thanks for sharing the address too. Another great place to visit.

  4. What a beautiful store! Thanks for sharing all of that eye candy.

  5. I agree from your pictures it looks clean, organized and cute.

  6. I was at their old location for PR weekend in 2012 with you, but it is such a fun store!

  7. Beautiful shop and agree a candy store for all sewistas. TFS.

  8. Real nice. Such a nice selection. Thanks for sharing.

  9. This is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing.



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