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Lt. Governor Simon declares today Pattern Review Day 

Honors Fishman’s four generations of family-ownership and operation

CHICAGO – May 15, 2011. Accompanied by women in homemade fashions, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon on Sunday honored the nation’s top online sewing forum on its 10th anniversary at Fishman’s Fabrics, a renowned family-owned and operated fabric store in Chicago’s South Loop.

More than 100 sewists from as far away as Alaska, California and Ontario spent tens of thousands of dollars on fabrics and notions in Chicago’s destination sewing supply stores this weekend during’s 10th annual conference. Simon, an avid sewist since she first learned the craft as a member of 4-H, showed off her inaugural suit and ball gown to the sewing tourists. She created the outfits from fabric purchased at Fishman’s Fabrics

“Sewing is a craft that I have been passionate about for many years, and I am happy to spend time today with fellow sewists who share my enthusiasm, creativity and thrift,” Simon said. “Chicago is a well-known destination for sports, arts and architecture, and today we recognize another tourist attraction – our sewing tradition.”

Lt. Governor Simon issued a declaration to today in honor of its 10th anniversary. The organization, composed of more than 250,000 online subscribers, provides a forum for sewists to share tips and ideas and provide advice for fellow members. More than 80,000 user-generated pattern, machine, store and item reviews can be found on the website.

Participants in’s annual workshop and convention visited three Chicagoland-area fabric stores -- Fishman’s Fabrics, Soutache Ribbons and Vogue Fabrics’ flagship store in Evanston – and also showcased their latest projects and ideas.

“I’m thrilled to bring the PatternReview Weekend to Chicago on our 10th anniversary,” Deepika Prakash, founder, said. “Each time I picked a sewing pattern for a project, I used to have the same questions: Would the finished garment look like the picture on the pattern envelope? Has someone else made this pattern already that is willing to offer advice and tips? I didn’t have the answers, but knew someone in the world might – that’s how was born.”

The weekend’s culminating event was a visit to family-owned Fishman’s Fabrics, in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. The store first opened in 1903 and stocks an expansive selection of national and international fabrics in its 10,000-square-foot warehouse.

“I’m proud to be a part of the Chicago community to support the art and life skill of sewing,” said Gregg Fishman, President of Fishman’s Fabrics. “For four generations, our mission has been simple at Fishman’s Fabrics: Identify the best fabrics in the world and provide our customers with these at the best price possible.”

Simon also issued a declaration to Fishman’s Fabrics in honor of its longstanding status as a staple of Chicago’s business landscape.

PatternReview Declaration.pdf
Fishmans Fabrics Declaration.pdf