Author Archives: Amanda Carestio

Sew it All, Volume 11 is here!

It’s time to finally let the cat out of the (cute handmade) bag: Sew it All Volume 11 has landed! Hardworking wardrobe basics, plus all kinds of bags, accessories, simple gifts, home decor and more to fill out your fall … Continue reading

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Pattern Testing the Fringe Dress from Chalk And Notch

If you’re at all familiar with the online sewing community, you’re probably also familiar with the many independent pattern designers who inhabit that space. Independent designers offer a mix of PDF only and/or print patterns and proliferate Facebook and Instagram. … Continue reading

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Linden Sweatshirt Sew Along, week 2: Cutting & Sewing the Sweatshirt Body

Okay, friends – let the sweatshirt fun commence! Last week we covered knit fabrics & tools, this week we’re talking cutting and construction, starting with the sweatshirt body. First things, first! If you’re new to raglan patterns, the body and … Continue reading

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Fall Sewing Plans – Sew News Editor Picks

You’ve read about fall sewing trends with Mimi G, you’ve got your stretch velvet and your flannel and you’re ready to get sewing. Us too! Read on for more of what we’re planning for the fall. Amanda’s Plan Why, oh … Continue reading

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Linden Sweatshirt Sew Along, Week 1: Knit Fabrics & Tools

Welcome to week 1 of the Linden Sweatshirt Sew Along! If you’ve peeked inside our latest issue of Sew News or watched the video, you know I’m pretty obsessed with this pattern. I’ve made 6 (six!!) and I’m still finding … Continue reading

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Custom Sweatshirt DIY

We’re pretty sure you can wear sweatshirts everywhere this fall and winter. Provided you have a good base pattern (and we recommend the Linden!), sweatshirts are easy to customize and upgrade, with some simple hacks, fabric selection and easy embellishment. … Continue reading

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Fall Sewing Plans – Tips & Trends from Mimi G

 At Sew News Headquarters, we are moving on to all things fall sewing (okay, maybe after one more quick tank top!). Today, we’re featuring some of our favorite wardrobe planning tips and trends from stylish lady, designer, entrepreneur Mimi G. … Continue reading

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Linden Sweatshirt Sew Along – Meet the Designer

I’ll be hosting this month’s Linden Sweatshirt sew along…because, let’s face it, I’m completely obsessed with this pattern. Okay, and with most patterns from Grainline Studio. The designer behind Grainline’s modern/classic vibe is Jen Beeman. Learn more about her here … Continue reading

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Linden Sweatshirt Sew Along – Welcome!

If you’re thinking about sewing plans for fall, you’re in good company! Join us and sew up the ultimate fall staple, the Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio! With raglan sleeves and a relaxed fit, this pattern features two views – … Continue reading

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Custom Croquis – the new thing from MyBodyModel

If you’ve been sewing for a long time, it is exciting to see how technology has changed the landscape over the years. From customizable patterns to print-at-home downloads from up-and-coming independent designers, sewing today offers you more control and options … Continue reading

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Favorite Shirt Dress Sewing Patterns

If there’s a dress style we love for its ability to transition from summer to fall, it’s the shirtdress. Inspired by the button-up shirt, modern shirtdress patterns take on a variety of forms from shifts to vintage-inspired fit-and-flare designs and … Continue reading

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Sundress Week: Pattern Picks from BurdaStyle

Ty from Burdastyle.com joins us today with her top picks for sundress patterns.  In order for a regular dress to be considered a “sundress” I think it needs to show a little skin, and always have bare shoulders. I love … Continue reading

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Travel Trio Sew Along, week 2: Self-Lining for Reversible Garments

If you’ve been dreaming of creating a versatile travel wardrobe, look no further than Christine Jonson‘s Travel Trio Two 331! Made from knit fabric, this pattern includes full patterns for three versatile, wrinkle-avoiding garments,  including a knit skirt, a funnel neck top and … Continue reading

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Sundress Week: Isla Dress Pattern by Made by Rae

Amanda, here! Yay for sundress week! A bit of background before I hop into my pattern pick…so hold tight. When I started sewing, I focused on all dresses, all the time. After an extended break from sewing garments for myself, … Continue reading

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Favorite Wrap Dress Patterns

Dresses are the perfect thing to wear in mid-summer heat…and thank goodness they’re also one of our favorite things to sew! Join us this month as the Sew News and BurdaStyle editors discuss our favorite dress patterns, starting with wrap … Continue reading

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Travel Trio Sew Along, Week 1: Tips for Working with Knit Fabrics

If your summer includes big travel plans, we’ve got the perfect pattern for you: meet Christine Jonson‘s Travel Trio Two 331! Made from knit fabric – and perfect for stuffing in your carry-on! – this pattern includes a whole mini … Continue reading

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Darling Ranges Dress Sew Along, Week 3: Sewing a Placket

The Darling Ranges Dress is such a lovely take on the shirtdress – and the pattern includes a blouse and shift dress (sans the skirt) too! Pattern designer Megan Nielsen joins us today to share her tips and techniques for installing the dress’s placket. (And if … Continue reading

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