Author Archives: Amanda Carestio

Metallic Foil Transfer Pillow Project

You may have seen these cuties before: they’re on the cover of our Dec/Jan issue of Sew News. The Deer Me pillows (by Amanda Niederhauser) are, in my humble opinion, the epitome of great holiday decor: they’re merry, modern AND they … Continue reading

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A Little History On The LBD (Little Black Dress)

You may have noticed that we’re a little black dress obsessed around here! In the Dec/January issue of Sew News, each member of the editorial team picked a dress pattern, sewed a sample and shared a review, as well as … Continue reading

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LBD Sewing Pattern Review: Melanie Misses by Modkid

Join us here on the Sew News blog as each editor sews and reviews their favorite little black dress. First off we have Amanda Carestio, Senior Editor for the Sewing Division. She has a surpring twist added to her dress. … Continue reading

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Beatrix Top Sew Along, Week 3: Creative Sewing Pattern Hacks

In addition to an amazing array of fabric options, which we covered in week 1, and easy fitting (see week 2), the Beatrix top is the perfect canvas for creative hacks. Which is exactly where a basic blouse pattern like … Continue reading

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Beatrix Top Sew Along, week 2: Bust Dart Adjustments

Welcome to week 2 of our Beatrix Top Sew Along! Last week, we discussed the many fabric options for this blouse. This week, we’re taking a closer look at bust darts. Let’s get rolling! For a basic blouse like this, … Continue reading

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Beatrix Top Sew Along, Week 1: Fabric Options

Welcome, friends, to the Beatrix Top Sew Along! I have to tell you, it is kind of fun putting together our sew along line-up. It’s always our goal to bring you a good mix of one-of-a-kind statement pieces, useful bags … Continue reading

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Holiday sewing inspiration with Sew News December/January issue!

Okay, I know last month I said Oct/Nov was my favorite…but I’m also absolutely loving the December 2017/January 2018 issue! Each year, our goal is to provide a good mix of holiday décor, quick gifts and festive (fancy!) party looks. … Continue reading

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Top Cardigan Pattern – Sew News Staff Picks

The Luxe Layer pattern from Oct/Nov Sew News has got us all in the mood for cardigans! From structured sweater knit cardis to lightweight cardigans for layering, cardigans are the perfect transition piece. They’re great in cooler weather, obviously, but … Continue reading

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Office Posh collared blazer pattern hack

If you love the Office Posh jacket hack in the Oct/Nov issue of Sew News, you are not alone! Created by long-time Sew News contributor Ana Jankovic, this jacket is an absolute stunner! The base pattern calls for an open jacket … Continue reading

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Tired of Boring Gifts? We’ve Got Fresh Ideas for Gift Giving

Halloween is my mental block, friends! As soon as it’s over though (and all the handmade costumes are put away until next year), I start my yearly holiday panic. What to make, what to purchase, all those teachers!?!? I’m always … Continue reading

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Pants Month – That’s a Wrap (pant)!

Thanks so much for joining us for Pants Month. Sewing pants can seem intimidating, but also, really rewarding. We hope that you enjoyed reading about new pants patterns, considered (and maybe reconsidered!) what styles work best for you, got inspired … Continue reading

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Pants Pattern Review: Luna Pants from Made by Rae

 Join in for Pants Month where we talk all things pants. We have reviews, tips and free patterns. Tell us if you’ve made pants, or have tried these pants patterns, we’d love to hear from you.  Pattern: Luna Pants, Made … Continue reading

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Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, week 3: Adding Piping to Pockets

This week we’re continuing our discussion regarding adding couture details to bags and piping is one of my favorite ways to create a polished finish. In week 1, we discussed interfacing, and for week 2, we covered double welt pockets. This … Continue reading

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Pants Pattern Review: Ninni Culottes by Named Clothing

Pattern: Ninni Culottes, Named Fabric: Tencel twill Size: 14 Any Adjustments: After making a muslin, I shortened the crotch on the pant front and back and sized down 2-3 sizes. For the pair featured here, I extended the culottes to … Continue reading

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Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, Week 2: Double Welt Pockets

Did last week get you in the mood for bag sewing? Us too! This week, pattern designer Alicia Miller presents her technique for double welt pockets. On the interior or as an exterior pocket, this technique is the perfect way to … Continue reading

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How to Fit Pants

This article by Christine Jonson originally appeared in the April/May 2011 issue of Sew News. Save time and frustration by learning the steps to successfully fit a comfortable and flattering pair of pants, from choosing the right pattern and size … Continue reading

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Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, Week 1: Interfacing for Bags

Are you ready for a little bag sewing! Join us for the Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, with pattern designer Alicia Miller. We are in love with this bag: the perfect size and too many high-end details to count! And … Continue reading

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