Darling Ranges Dress Sew Along, Week 1: Setting Sleeves

Megan Nielsen headshot 200x300 Darling Ranges Dress Sew Along, Week 1: Setting SleevesShirtdresses are one of our favorite summertime makes here at SN HQ. And today, you have many design options, including Megan Nielsen’s Darling Ranges Dress. In flowy or more structured fabrics, this dress is an indie fave, with its modern yet feminine take on the shirtdress. Grab the pattern and join us for a sew along…starting right now! Today, Megan is sharing her tips for perfect sleeve insertion; next week, we’ll tackle pockets and attaching the skirt. Take it away, Megan!

Today we’re going to be inserting our sleeves in the Darling Ranges dress. We’ll be using the inset sleeve method.

MN2001 sewalong set sleeves 1a 200x300 Darling Ranges Dress Sew Along, Week 1: Setting SleevesThis method of sleeve insertion will come in handy when sewing my Darling Ranges dress pattern, Sudley dress and blouse pattern or Dove blouse pattern. In this method, I use a single row of basting stitches, which I sew right on top of when setting the sleeve. Please note that some people prefer to sew two lines of basting stitches, one on either side of the final seam line and still others prefer to skip basting all together, and use strategic pinning to distribute the sleeve cap ease. All of those methods are perfectly valid, and you should choose the one that works best for you.

And if you’re wondering why you need sleeve cap ease at all, the reason is simple: it allows the sleeve to conform to your body better. Most patterns include a lot of sleeve cap ease, anything from 1″ to 2″. To be honest, I think that’s why most people find inserting sleeves challenging and frustrating. Too much sleeve cap ease is a pain to work with and I don’t think there is any benefit in it. For my patterns I prefer to include minimal ease, 1/2″-1″ depending on the pattern. I find it is easier to sew and provides ample room for comfort and movement.

Ready for some sleeve action? Lets do it!  Continue reading

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Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

The Tony Awards is beginning to show that it can have a seat at the big kids table. If you’ve been a watcher of the Tony Awards you can’t help but notice that stars are bringing a lot more A game to their fashion choices. Anyone remember when Frances McDormand accepted the Best Actress award in a (gasp!) jean jacket? Lucky for fashion followers, critics and lovers of glitz and glam there were no jeans at this years show. However, you can tell there is a much more understated look to this awards show than say the Oscars, Cannes, Gold Globes etc.

Let’s look at some of the more memorable looks of the night. I have to say one of my favorites is Katrina Lenk. Her gold dress, especially against the floral back drop was simple elegance.

Did you have a favorite or least favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.

Jason Sudekis Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

Jason Sudekis

Courtney Reed Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

Courtney Reed

Colbie Smulders Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

Colbie Smulders

Chrissy Tiegen Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

Chrissy Tiegen

Bette Midler Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

The Great Bette Midler

Anna Kendrick Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

Anna Kendrick

Amanza Smith Borwn Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

Amanza Smith Brown

Andrew Rannells Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

Andrew Rannells

Ben Platt Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

Ben Platt

Johnathan Groff Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

Johnathan Groff

Katrina Lenk Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

Katrina Lenk

Laura Osnes Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

Laura Osnes

Sarah Paulson Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

Sarah Paulson

Stacy Mindich Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

Stacy Mindich

Thalia Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

Thalia

 

Photo Credit: All, Getty Images

 

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Crimson & Clover Train Cases Sew Along, Week 3: Attaching the Lid

2CC Sew Along FB 300x251 Crimson & Clover Train Cases Sew Along, Week 3: Attaching the LidThank you for joining us for our Crimson & Clover Train Cases Sew Along with the lovely Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness! Today, we’re talking through attaching the lid and finishing the bag, guided by your host, Sara Lawson. Don’t forget to share your creations with us online on Facebook or Instagram (using the tag #sewalongwithsewnews) or email us directly. We can’t wait to see your train cases!

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My friend Terry made these beautiful Crimson and Clover Train Cases out of Tula Pink Foxfield fabric. Although there are photos in the sewing instructions on how to sew the lid and the bottom of the bag, this step is better visualized in person, so Terry shot this hyperlapse video of the final step in the pattern of pinning the lining to the bottom of the bag (the lid is finished in the same manner). Hope you enjoy!

For more on constructing this bag, see week 1 for piping tips and week 2 for zipper installation

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Sew Along With Sew News: Darling Ranges Dress

Sew along with Sew News! Get ready for another exciting sew along with Sew News!

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Our next sew along is with Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges Dress. Another fan favorite, Megan Nielsen’s Darling Ranges Dress is a best-of with all levels of sewists. Join us for plenty of tips and tricks.

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The Darling Ranges Dress is a modern take on the shirtdress (which is so popular on Instagram). The design combines practical features, such as roomy pockets and ties that allow the dress to be worn loose or fitted, with a flattering silhouette that’s bound to be a great fit for every body.

Sew Along Schedule:

June 13 – Setting the Sleeve
June 20 – Inserting Pickets & Constructing the Skirt
June 27 – Sewing A Placket

See you on the blog!

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Me Made May 2017 – Recap: Lessons Learned & Goals Reached

Me Made May 2017 has been a lot of fun for us here at Sew News. We wanted to recap this month long event with a few personal reflections and we would love to hear from you. How did you do? Did you make it through the entire month wearing something you made? Are you going to participate next year? Tell us your thoughts too!

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2015 03 06 02.35.33 11 150x150 Me Made May 2017   Recap: Lessons Learned & Goals ReachedAmanda – This was my first full-throttle Me Made May and I learned so much!

Aside from being thrown for a loop but this cool Colorado May, I definitely identified some holes in my wardrobe, worked on pairing some me-mades together and maybe even got myself out of my jeans-wearing rut, which is a challenge for me every spring. Here are some other findings:

  • More summer-weight denim! I wear jeans a lot in cooler months but I need some more bottoms that will go with anything.
  • Tank embargo! I could probably do with a few more tees but probably not a lot of tanks – I have a ton, some I didn’t even wear! But you know I’m going to go ahead and make some more….
  • More dresses! I need some just for fun pieces in my wardrobe. And probably some color too. I’m far too practical. I need some custom OOAK statement pieces.
  • More experimenting! I sewed quite a bit in May – including two pairs of shorts because I realized early on that that was a hole for me. I have a lot of me-mades at this point and could probably stand to slow down making basics. The skirt I’m wearing for the final day of May is probably the most-involved hack I’ve done. And I managed to take my time with it. It is exactly what I envisioned…and that is satisfying on a different level from simply sewing up a pattern from scratch. So I think I’m going to try build in something like this each month: an involved hack or self-drafted project something that slows me down, helps me hone my design skills and allows me to experiment a little more.
  • Different fabrics! I’m also going to work on bringing in some new types of fabrics aside from my go-tos: knits and linens. I’m thinking silky things…

The experience this year was painful at times (ugh daily selfies and fabric envy and my ever-expanding to-sew list!) but, more than that, it was beyond inspiring. The online sewing community is so kind and so supportive – I made a lot of new connections through the month.

head shot 200 wf 150x150 Me Made May 2017   Recap: Lessons Learned & Goals ReachedJill – This was my first hard-core Me Made May. In years past I’ve participated here and there but never for the full month. I realize I have a lot of spring and summer type clothes to wear, don’t know if I could have completed a month during fall and winter.

 

  • I would like to have more dresses in my spring and summer arsenal. Dresses are such an easy way to have a complete outfit, no-brainer wardrobe right there. My dream is to find a TNT (tried and true) dress and make seven of them. Wear them one right after the other.
  • Additionally, I want to sew more pants. I depend on those so much as an cool alternative during summer but would love to sew some in a heavier silk or linen.
  • Agree with experimentation! Because I have a life outside of sewing (darn it!) I tend to sew easy fast things like elastic waist pants, uncomplicated items. I want to slow down and sew a few things that are more complicated and time consuming.
  • I would love to have my sewing friends pick out some patterns for me that they think would look good on me. A fun way to get out of my usual wheelhouse.

Just as the month was closing I was actually getting used to having a selfie everyday. I love our sewing community, they’re so supportive and love hearing from them. It’s like a cheer-leading squad that follows you around. How awesome is that!

Kates headshot 150x150 Me Made May 2017   Recap: Lessons Learned & Goals ReachedKate – For my first Me Made May, I stuck to simple goals: something Me Made four out of five work days, plus three pieces I planned to make: a top, a pair of leggings, and a leather pouch to hold my phone in when wearing medieval-esque garb for a few things coming up this summer.

I’m actually pretty pleased with myself, as I reached or overreached all my goals. I managed to wear at least one Me Made piece every single workday this month (which was a challenge because I mostly make warm weather clothing and we had a lot of unseasonably cold weather this month). I also wore something Me Made most weekend days, if only for a little while (i.e., leggings while lounging around the house on Saturday morning).

  •  I completed my top early in the month, my leggings on the 29th, and my belt pouch last night. I didn’t stop sewing during the middle of the month, though — I was working on a few things for work in the meantime, and I’m almost done with a purse I randomly decided to draft. I also embroidered myself a few t-shirts (one with a design I digitized myself!) and a faux-medieval tunic for the events alluded to above.
  • On a non-fiber-arts related note, I managed to make some soap this month, as a Mother’s Day gift for my mom. In past years that wouldn’t be unusual, but I’ve been so busy (and sewing so much) that it’s only the second batch I’ve made this year. It came out well and smells great.

All in all, my first Me Made May went pretty well. My big lesson is that I need to make more cool-weather clothes, as it turns out I have a very limited number of those. That said, I just acquired fabric for two more summery tops, so my plan for kicking off June includes:

  • Finish up the purse I mentioned earlier
  • An Itch-to-Stitch Lago Tank in a wonderful galaxy print in purples and pinks
  • A Grainline Willow Top or an Up in Arms blouse in a drapey cherry-print rayon

We’ll see what happens after that!

Thanks everyone for the positive comments on our Instagram account and for inspiring us with all your makes everyday of the year!

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Crimson & Clover Train Cases Sew Along, Week 2: Sewing with Handbag Zippers

2CC Sew Along FB 300x251 Crimson & Clover Train Cases Sew Along, Week 2: Sewing with Handbag Zippers Thank you for joining us for week two of our Crimson & Clover Train Cases Sew Along with the lovely Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness! Zippers are a stumbling block for many sewists, but they don’t have to be. Today we’re discussing all things zippers, with some great zipper tips and tutorials from your host, Sara Lawson. 

Zippers 4 Ways – I wrote this post a few years ago after speaking on the same topic at Sewing Summit. In the post, I discuss how to insert a top zipper (like in a zippered pouch), how to insert a zipper into a panel of a bag, two different ways to install a zippered pocket, and how to sew an invisible zipper.

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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 kind of girl, but as I’ve discovered everyday patterns that I really love, I’ve learned the value of go-to patterns.

Here are a few of my favorite patterns: Continue reading

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