STAR WARS: Storytelling Through Costume

“I saw this Jedi costume… At last I had an idea of who I was, how to carry myself, and I had my way of being.”

—Samuel L. Jackson, Actor

Costume is a vital storytelling element, visually communicating information about a character and his or her role within a story. The importance of costume in film is the idea behind “Star WarsTM and the Power of Costume,” an exhibition running at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado through Apr. 2, 2017.

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Tableau of Jedi and Sith

The exhibition features a collection of original costume pieces from the first seven films in the Star WarsTM series (costumes from Rogue One: a Star Wars Story, released in December 2016, are not included in the collection). The costumes are displayed on mannequins that were specially made to fit under the garments, ensuring that the fit and lengths are perfect and allowing the forms to express more of the character associated with the costumes than is usually possible. Florence Müller, Denver Art Museum’s curator of fashion, explains that one of the great challenges of exhibiting garments is making sure they lay and drape in such a way as to showcase the garments to their best effect. The costumes in the Star WarsTM exhibition arrived at the museum already on their carefully packed mannequins.

While many of the costumes from “Star WarsTM and the Power of Costume” have been exhibited before, the Denver Art Museum has added a new and exciting element. In order to better display the creative process, they borrowed from Lucasfilm Ltd. a wide range of process memorabilia, including storyboards, costume renderings, fabric swatches and patterns. These items tell the deeper story of how the costumes were conceived, refined and constructed. Continue reading

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And the winner of the Signature Bags giveaway is…

Melanie C!

Congratulations, Melanie! We’ll be in touch soon so we can get your prize in the mail to you.

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If you didn’t win this time but are still interested in the book, you can find Signature Bags by Michelle Golightly at shopsewitall.com.

Look for our next book giveaway on February 28, 2017!

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Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Final week of the Islander Cape Sew Along! We would all love to see your final cape. Let me know if you have completed it and I will post on our Facebook page.

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This installment is all about the finishing details. Rhonda has some great suggestions for making your cape the outer garment you’ll wear over and over again.

This will be the final post for the Islander Cape Super Express  sew along. The name says it all, super express, and yes, it’s a fast piece to make! So no reason to stretch the sew along out to 4 weeks. Continue reading

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Check Out Our New Issue! Plus Freebies!

We have a new issue hitting newsstand on January 15. We’re so excited for this issue with its new columns, fantastic new projects and shiny new faces and plus, all your favorites too.

sn1703 cover 500 Check Out Our New Issue! Plus Freebies!Here’s a sneak peek into our next fabulous issue!

Features

Knit Necklines – by Justine Abbitt

Justine shows you how to master the knit neckline with three different techniques for expert looking finishes.

Take It Or Weave It Basket – Tara Curtis

basket 1000 697x1024 Check Out Our New Issue! Plus Freebies!When this sample came in we were all marveling at the intricate look and feel of this fabric basket. We have step-by-step instructions to complete your own fab basket that will be great for yourself or has a gift. Download the pattern and if you make one please, please send us a photo!

Tulip Wrap Skirt – Nicki LaFoille

Everyone needs a classic wrap skirt in their wardrobe. Nicki shows how simple it is to make one you’ll wear again and again.

wrap skirt 1000 675x1024 Check Out Our New Issue! Plus Freebies!Fabric In Focus – Tina Lewis 

Make the most of a precious scrap of wool, tapestry or ikat with this perfectly sized flap bag. Easy to make and fun to wear, grab the free pattern to get started!

flab bag blue 1000 671x1024 Check Out Our New Issue! Plus Freebies!Sport Glam – Nicki Lafoille

We’ve got the sporty glam look all done up in our latest issue. These pants are comfy but jazz them up with some heels for a look that’s great for a night on the town. Find the free pattern here and find all the how-tos in this issue!

pants 1000 676x1024 Check Out Our New Issue! Plus Freebies!New Column! Master Class – Linda Reynolds

Linda will be instructing you how to make the most of those fine details we love. In this issue she’ll show you, step-by-step how to install a fly front zipper. A must for jeans and trousers even skirts.

Bead & Knot Bracelet – Kate Blocher

S3420SIA Check Out Our New Issue! Plus Freebies!Sometimes fabric is so cool you want to wear it as jewelry. This quick and easy jewelry project allows you to wear your favorite fabric to complete any outfit! Find a cute project from Kate Blocher’s new book See Kate Sew!

Two Sew Alongs!

There will be two sew alongs in this issue. The Clare Coat from Closet Case Files will be happening January 10.  clare coat pattern 6000 Check Out Our New Issue! Plus Freebies!The lovely Appleton Dress from Cashmerette and Jenny Rushmore will begin on February 7. Find the details in the latest issue or check back on the Sew News Blog.

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Read about the fascinating costumes from the movie series. See the exhibit at the Denver Art Museum!

Plus we have new columns from Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette Pattern and the Curvy Sewing Collective. Meet your favorite sewists, seamstresses and experts in Meet the Maker and Get Sewcial with our new column on what’s happening online.

There is so much more to love in our new issue, and great news, we’re expanding our page count starting in our next issue! Stay tuned for more!

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Giveaway: Signature Bags by Michelle Golightly

It’s giveaway time!

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We’re giving away a copy of Signature Bags by Michelle Golightly, as seen in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Sew News:

Indulge your artistic side with Signature Bags. While the phrase “homemade bag” doesn’t always bring the most stylish images to mind, you’ll find Michelle’s designs to be fresh and fashionable. There’s something for everyone to love, from clutches and purses to totes and backpacks. Detailed step-by-step instructions, illustrations and tips ensure success for every level of sewist. Includes patterns on CD.

For your chance to win a copy of Signature Bags, leave a comment on this post between now and Monday, January 9, at noon (Mountain Standard Time). We’ll randomly pick a winner from among the commenters Monday afternoon using Random.org.

Good luck!

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(Sewing) Year in Review + Goals for 2017!

Screen Shot 2017 01 05 at 12.47.34 PM (Sewing) Year in Review + Goals for 2017!2016 was a big year in my world. I made lots and lots of things….including a human (a baby boy in July)! I was serious about sewing this year – I lost count at 33ish garments: roughly 23 tops, 3 skirts, 4 shorts/pants, 3 dresses, and probably a few I’ve forgotten. There were definitely lots of easy garments in that number but I made significant strides to increase the percentage of me-mades in my wardrobe. (#MeMadeMay – I’m ready for you this year!) And I learned a lot along the way:

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Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

We are back at it! Everyone here is ready to get sewing for 2017! Are you working on the cape? If so, you’re almost finished and the end result will be a lovely and wearable cape. Let’s have Rhonda show us how to make perfect pockets and more with the Islander Cape Sew Along!

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

The first cape I owned was made for me by my mother. It was floor length, and made in a cobalt blue faux fur. Like the Cape Super Express, it too had a hood. Not only was it a bold color, it was a big and sweeping design, and I felt like a million bucks when I wore it. So needless to say, a cape brings back some wonderful memories and I am excited about wearing my new capes!

If you would like to accent your cape as I did mine with a contrasting fabric, there are just a few points to keep in mind

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

The front of the cape pattern has 3 pieces, so the top of the cape is a separate pattern from the lower portion of the cape. The back has only 1 pattern piece, so if you would like to accent the top of the cape with a contrasting fabric, the back pattern will need to be cut apart.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

To do this, match the front pattern to the back and align the notches. Cut the top portion of the back pattern away from the lower portion. Notice that I added a slight curve to my line. Be sure to make a note on the pattern to add seam allowance to both the top and bottom pattern pieces!

Although the cape is quite roomy and offers a loose fit, it does have some shape. The back has darts at the neckline and the front has bust darts that radiate up from the seam and down on the lower section of the front cape.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Once I sew in my darts, I like to clip them open and press them flat.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Once all darts have been sewn, lay the pieces aside.

It is important to pay attention to the instructions as different seam allowances are used throughout the pattern.

I decided to use a denim for my cape, but it ended up being a “make it work” situation as I was a little short on fabric. In order to get the hood, I had to cut the pattern piece into a number of pieces. In order to make this look like it was intended, I then top stitched all of the seams. If you do decide to do something like this, just be sure to remember the seam allowance!

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

The center back seam allowance of the hood is 5/8″. Note that the lining is smaller than the outer hood as the outer hood includes a facing. The instructions call for the facing to be interfaced. I did not use interfacing in either of the capes. With the faux fur, I wanted the hood to be soft as it fell over the shoulders, and with the denim, I felt that it didn’t need it. So, just think about the look you are going for, and the type of fabric you are using so as to whether or not the facing should be interfaced.

The hood lining is sewn to the hood with a 3/8″ seam allowance.

          Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Once the lining has been sewn to the outer hood, stitch along the neckline of the hood with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Set the hood aside for now.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Sew the pocket facing to the pocket with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Once the pocket facing is sewn to the pocket, I like to edge stitch the seam. This will help to hold the seam in place.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

 The instructions say to sew the pocket to the front and side front panels with a 5/8″ seam allowance. I prefer to sew the pocket to the panels with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Once sewn, I then edge stitch the seam allowance.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Once the pockets are in place, sew the center front to the side front with a 5/8″ seam allowance.

As you see in the picture below, the seam of the pocket will be away from the fold. Since I am top stitching my seams, I pressed the seam allowance open.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

 I then top stitched the seam allowance on the center front panel only.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

 To sew the pocket closed, clip the seam allowance on the side front panel, lay the pockets together and stitch around with a 5/8” seam alowance.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

 There is a “v” shape in the lower side front panel of the cape. Stitch at this point with a 5/8″ seam allowance.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

And then clip just to the stitching line. Be careful not to clip through the stitching line.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Now sew the top of the cape to the lower sections with a 5/8″ seam allowance. Do not stitch between the notches. The area between the notches will be the arm slots.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

I am going to show you a different method for attaching the outer cape to the lining at the arm slots, so for now, press the seam allowance open.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Once the seam allowance has been pressed open, clip away the fullness of the “v” which I am pointing to below.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Sew the back cape to the front. The side seams will be 5/8″ seam allowances.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

At this point, our capes are really taking shape!

A sneak peek at the lining I will be using for my cape. The hood is lined in a velvet as I thought it would be a nice contrast to the lining fabric.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

In our next post, we will sew the lining together and attach the facings. The lining will then be attached to the cape at the arm slots. We’ll attach the hood and then sew the lining/facing to the neckline and front opening. Our final steps will be to add the buttonholes and hem the cape. It really lives up to its name, Cape Super Express!!!

Until next time…

Sew On!

Rhonda Buss

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