Author Archives: Amanda Carestio

Celebrate Barbie’s 59th Birthday – Share Your Stories With Us!

March 9, 2018 marks Barbie’s 59th birthday! By Sew News columnist Abby Glassenberg Excerpted from Sew News February/March 2018 Many sewists got their start sewing for a favorite doll. For many people, that first favorite doll was a Barbie. Columnist Abby Glassenberg … Continue reading

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Sketch to Sew: Fashion Sketching Tips from Meg Healy of BurdaStyle

Do you draw your designs before stitching them? Fashion sketching is a great way to round out your sewing and planning skills. From capturing design and alteration ideas and setting sewing intentions to documenting your creative journey and testing out garment … Continue reading

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Luzerne Trench Sew Along, Week 3: Bound Buttonhole Tutorial

Are you looking for tips and tricks on sewing a bound buttonhole; the Cadillac of buttonholes? Lucky you have the team from Deer & Doe showing you how, step-by-step to sew these beautiful bound buttonholes. Let’s get to it! Welcome … Continue reading

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Sewing Makes You Love Yourself – Lumps And All!

Happy Valentines, Galentines, chocolates and wine/fancy fabric day, friends! We’re taking today to celebrate one of our favorite kinds of love: self-love. We’ve been so inspired by the Sewing Makes You Love Yourself challenge on Instagram (#smyly2018), we thought we’d … Continue reading

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Luzerne Trench Sew Along Week 2: Trench Coat Fabric Recommendations

Welcome to week 2 of the Luzerne Trench sew along! Again today, we’re joined by the lovely team from Deer & Doe for their fabric recommendations (and a few of our top picks).  Check out last week’s post for more … Continue reading

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Take the 10×10 Wardrobe Fashion Challenge

Do you want to get more wear out of your handmade garments? Do you feel lost or bored with what hangs in your closet? The 10×10 wardrobe challenge might be just the thing to re-inspire your wardrobe. By Delphine Colbeau … Continue reading

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Luzerne Trench Sew Along, Week 1: Inspiration Behind the Design

Welcome to our first sew along of 2018, friends! We’re starting off with a bang, with the amazing Luzerne Trench by Deer & Doe. If you’re not sure you need a trench in your life, let us convince you otherwise. … Continue reading

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How to Pick the Perfect Jacket for Your Body Shape

Spring is a great time to stitch up a new jacket or two, because the fabrics are fun and they don’t need heavy linings or insulation. Consider four body types, labeled for convenience with geometric shape names, and some fashion-forward … Continue reading

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Trench-spiration: Inspiring Trench Coat Trends to Sew

We’re so excited to continue our Sew Along series in the new year. First up is the Luzerne Trench by Deer & Doe. I’m a long-time fan of Deer & Doe Patterns: I find that their patterns offer interesting details, … Continue reading

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Sew News 2018 – New Year, New Columns!

The start of the new year is always kind of exciting around here. We all like starting anew (ahem, new projects), and we’re so excited to present our new line-up to you! The Common Thread – Explore the stories that … Continue reading

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Wardrobe Planning with Riva la Diva: 4 Steps to Developing Your Style

We’re so excited to launch a brand new column for 2018. Clothes Minded will focus on wardrobe planning, style considerations, finding your style and more, featuring a great list of sewists, bloggers and fashionistas. First up is Riva la Diva, … Continue reading

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New Years (Sewing) Resolutions for 2018 – Amanda’s Picks!

This week, the Sew News editorial staff will be sharing their sewing goals for 2018. I’ll go first! Friends, I sewed somewhere in the neighborhood of 65 garments this year. In that number, there’s a good mix of gifts (for … Continue reading

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Top 10 Trends to Sew in 2018

At then end of the year we can’t help but get excited about the upcoming trends in sewing for 2018. All of us here, love nothing more than flipping through magazines and browsing through our favorite feeds spotting new sewing … Continue reading

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LBD Sewing Pattern Review: Davie Dress by Sewaholic

If you’re in need of a fun and kicky dress for New Year’s Eve there are easy dress patterns that you still have time to make. Check out the editor’s picks for their favorite LBD. Some are black, others are … Continue reading

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LBD Sewing Pattern Review: New Look 6206

More than any time of the year the last few months require us to have a little black dress to wear to holiday office parties, family gatherings, or watching the local Nutcracker ballet. We’ve have our very own editors showing … Continue reading

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LBD Sewing Pattern Review: Vogue V1531 & Giveaway

More than any time of the year the last few months require us to have a little black dress to wear to holiday office parties, family gatherings, or watching the local Nutcracker ballet. We’ve have our very own editors showing … Continue reading

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LBD Sewing Pattern Review: Josie Sundress

All this month we’re showing off our little black dresses that we have sewn for our Dec/Jan 2018 issue of Sew News. We’ll have reviews on our makes and hope you show us your little black dress or other holiday wear.

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