Category Archives: Sewing Inspiration

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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Project Runway Week in Review S16, E4

We’re Sleeping Wear? Season 16, Episode 4 The designers must incorporate surface embellishment techniques into sleepwear fashions for Heidi Klum’s Sleepwear Collection. The winning look will be mass produced for Heidi’s line. photos courtesy of mylifetime.com. I was super excited … Continue reading

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Sundress Week: Jill’s Recommendations

I do have a few opinions on what makes a great sundress. Sundresses should be comfortable. If you’re dealing with a high heat situation you do not want to be wearing an tight fitting, pinchy dress. Comfort is on the … Continue reading

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Sundress Week: Josie Dress by Christine Haynes for Sew News

Kate’s Take on the Josie Sundress The first issue of Sew News that was released after I came to work here had the Josie Sundress on the cover. I thought it was so cute, and I thought it might be … Continue reading

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Creating Couture Embellishment: A Review & Giveaway

One of my goals in my personal sewing game is to slow down and enjoy the process. Sometimes when I start a project I’m so focused on finishing it and wearing it that I lose sight of opportunities to take … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Sundresses Of The Season!

Nothing spells summer like a sweet sundress. When the weather turns hot, sundresses are the only way to go. How do you define a sundress? Do you think easy to make, easy to wear, easy to style, something that shows … Continue reading

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#MeMadeMay: Kate’s Favorite Patterns

It was only recently that I was introduced to the concept of a “tried and true” pattern — one that you enjoy making and like the fit and style enough to make again and again. I was always a try-something-new … Continue reading

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Sewing the Gallery Tunic

Did you read our Gallery Tunic Sew-Along back in August? Even though I was the one who posted it, I wasn’t the one who sewed the sample garment. I have to admit, though, as I cleaned up the text and … Continue reading

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Masterclass Mini-Tutorial: Draft Your Own Fly-Front Zipper

Have you seen our new February/March 2017 issue yet? We’re really excited about our new Masterclass column. In it, Linda Reynolds goes over in detail how to tackle some of the more intimidating sewing tasks that a sewist might run … Continue reading

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STAR WARS: Storytelling Through Costume

“I saw this Jedi costume… At last I had an idea of who I was, how to carry myself, and I had my way of being.” —Samuel L. Jackson, Actor Costume is a vital storytelling element, visually communicating information about … Continue reading

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BurdaStyle Cape Top

Seasonally appropriate? Not in the least! I’m a summer girl, so sometimes the only thing that gets me through fall and winter is dreaming about when the warm weather will come around again. That’s what was behind my choice to … Continue reading

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How To Sew Leggings

Leggings have been a trend for a while, but it’s one I hadn’t really gotten into. But when I saw the article in the Feb/Mar 2016 issue of Sew News about making your own leggings, I decided to give it … Continue reading

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Name Your #1 Favorite Sewing Tool

 Name Your #1 Favorite Sewing Tool Do you have a sewing tool or notion that you can’t live without? You know the kind that if you were on a deserted island you wouldn’t want to be without it? There is … Continue reading

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Why Should I Take A Sewing Certification Course? Learn What A Certification Course Does For You.

I get a lot of questions on what certification means when taking a online or face-to-face class. It’s a good question and I think it deserves a bit of space, because some of these classes can be expensive, so you’ll … Continue reading

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Tips On Copying Garments from RTW

Have you ever wanted to copy a RTW garment and make a pattern out of it? I see clothes all the time at the mall or online shopping and think how easily I could make it myself. Actually, it’s a … Continue reading

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Up in Arms Blouse featuring Art Gallery Fabrics

Shortly after I started working for Sew News in March, I was looking through recent issues and spotted the Up in Arms Blouse (Feb/Mar 2016). I thought it was super cute, and it promptly went on my list of projects … Continue reading

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Best Excuse For More Fabric? Dresses! Check Out Cool Dresses For A Hot Summer.

Recently I attended a 1940s summer ball. It was a great night of dancing, mingling with military veterans, vintage fashion and people watching. I have never seen so many women dressed up outside of a wedding or other formal event. … Continue reading

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