Dear Fellow Sewers,
I’m sure the last thing you’re thinking about in the midst of spring is getting into a swimsuit, but as the weather gets hotter we’re focusing on summer style and getting ready to jump in the pool! It’s time to think about revealing a little more skin in sweet shorts, simple skirts, frilly dresses and sleeveless tops.
Shades of purple, pink and coral are prevalent this season, and they’re perfect for venturing outdoors while making a statement. Choose fabrics featuring these colors and vibrant prints to emerge from rainy spring weather like a flower in bloom.
Here are some of the things you can expect this month as we delve into the June/July issue of Sew News—on newsstands May 19. Plus, find new offerings at shopsewitall.com and shop.sewdaily.com that will help you embrace the warmer weather. Reveal a little skin in a cute pair of shorts! Join our June/July Sew-Along to watch videos and learn from others while you create your own pair. Contrast piping gives a great pop of color and interest to these one-of-a-kind shorts.
Skirts have a forgiving fit and require little yardage, so they’re affordable and easy to sew. Find the Striped Paper Bag Waist Skirt from Stitch Summer and make your own to wear cinched with a matching or contrasting skinny belt.
There’s also a video that takes you through the construction to make things even easier. We’ve also got a second skirt option (also featuring a paper-bag waist) that has side-seam pockets. Find the Pick Pocket Skirt e-Pattern by April Rhodes, plus the video featuring it on Sew it All series 800, available on DVD.
Making your own swimsuit ensures a proper fit and desired coverage, so why not give it a try? We have a great pattern made by Michelle Lesniak of Project Runway fame. Michelle made this swimsuit exclusively for Sew it All fans, and it’s now available as an e-Pattern.
If it’s not your style, perhaps you’d be interested in our vintage swimwear feature in the June/July issue of Sew News instead. The top and bottom both have fuller coverage and will have you looking like Marilyn Monroe.
We’ve also expanded our online education platform to offer you more live and on-demand web seminars. Recent topics include: How to Create a Fabric Arts Business; Serger Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting; and Writing a Sewing Tutorial 101. These web seminars are conducted by industry experts, and they all love connecting with you. Give one a try today!
Thanks for reading,
Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery & Stitch magazines