It’s MeMadeMay and our sewing lists are growing, friends! Look the pages of the June/July issue of Sew News for tips, techniques, insights, inspiration and more to sew the perfect summer wardrobe. There’s so much to love in this issue – I can’t wait to tell you about it all!
Isn’t it nice to have a group of sewers testing patterns for you? We hope our staff pattern reviews have been helpful to you, especially this month! So far, we’ve covered pants, LBDs and t-shirt sewing patterns. In this issue, we reviewed 10 different tank top patterns on 10 different body types. Find the perfect one for you!
I have a few favorite skirt patterns I love to sew on repeat. In this issue, we’ve got tips for adding a neat center button placket and experimenting with two hems – curved and hi-low split hem – to help you make the most of patterns you already have.
We also delve into swimwear – the good, the lessons learned and the transformative impact swimsuit sewing can have with thoughts from the sewing community and pattern recommendations. Plus, fit expert Rae Cumbie shares her tips for fitting swimsuits and picking the right silhouette (spoiler alert: pick a suit that makes you feel confident!).
If you’ve got any bags on your summer sewing list – I know I do!! – take a look at our cork sewing article, written by bag designing phenom Sara Lawson. Cork sews up similar to vinyl – and maybe even more easily? – for a textured, durable look perfect for summer bags. We’ve also got a pattern for the cutest watermelon-themed handbag by Michelle Morris.
Plan your summer makes with words of wisdom from Rachel Pinheiro, of House of Pinheiro. A talented sewist and fashion sewing icon, Rachel shares her tips for creating a balanced wardrobe full of workhorse basics, statement pieces and seasonal looks.
Thinking about making extra cash with your sewing skills? Columnist Abby Glassenberg considers the pros and cons of turning a hobby into a business and shares insights from a variety of industry professionals.
We’ve also packed a ton of cut projects into this issue! Pick from a sunny paper-pieced lemon table runner, a flowy and flirty summer dress, a collared pintuck tank, a mesh maxi cover-up and more.