Summer Fabric Series: Tips for Sewing with Sheers

It’s summertime, so bring on all the silky, drapey, flowy fabric goodness. Silk, crepe de chine, chiffon, lawn, voile – these fabrics are among our faves, but they can be intimidating and tricky to work with. This week, we continue our summer fabric series with a focus on cutting and sewing sheers.

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Shorts Sewing Pattern Roundup: Our Top Picks

Whether you’re super into shorts or not, in some climates, they’re a must for summer. Shorts are perfect for testing pants patterns (and many patterns include them as an option), they don’t often require a large amount of fabric and you can likely sew a pair from your stash. Plus, they’re perfect in a variety of fabrics, from sporty knits to structured twill to softer canvas, linen and more.

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Pattern Round Up: Shorts

They might not be the most glamorous thing in your wardrobe – though some are surprisingly sophisticated – but if they’ll get worn and/or you need a pair for warm weather, that’s reason enough to sew them. Read on for more about our favorite shorts sewing patterns. Any of your favorites not on the list? Please add them in the comments! Continue reading

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Tony Award Fashions

I am a total theater geek and live for the Tony Awards. I love to see and hear what’s new on Broadway and while I watch the awards, I’m always inspired to travel to New York and have a weekend hopping from theater to theater along the Great White Way.

hiking Tony Award FashionsThis year, I’ve had the joy of watching Hamilton in Denver, and I’ll just say that it is totally worth the hype. If you get a chance to see it, do it–whether you think you like theater or not. It is a truly brilliant piece of art. Continue reading

 Tony Award Fashions
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Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 1: Pattern Prep, Fabric, and Front Band Assembly

Welcome to part one of our Cap Sleeve (Plus Size) Blouse Sew Along with Meg Healy from BurdaStyle.com!

This week we will introduce you to the blouse pattern and how you can “Sproutify” it to get your size’s pattern pieces directly printed on the fabric with custom print placement. Then Meg will cover the suitable fabrics, as well as the first sewing steps to create this lovely, waist-hugging blouse. Take it away Meg!
Cap Sleeve Blouse Sew Along MAIN Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 1: Pattern Prep, Fabric, and Front Band AssemblyThis pattern is a beautiful blouse for women who like to accentuate their waistline. The crossover bodice and tying bands define the midriff, while the extended shoulders and attached cap sleeves are wonderfully complementary and add visual balance to the pattern. Continue reading

 Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 1: Pattern Prep, Fabric, and Front Band Assembly
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Summer Fabrics Series: How to Sew Gauze Fabric

Screen Shot 2018 06 01 at 11.41.47 AM 191x300 Summer Fabrics Series: How to Sew Gauze FabricWe’re focusing on fun summer fabrics all month long! Gauze is one of our favorite summer fabrics to sew. From swaddle cloths for babies to fashionable garments, accessories and quilts, double gauze fabric is a delight to use and wear. It is also fun and easy to sew, with a few special techniques and tips. Continue reading

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Favorite Woven T-shirt Sewing Patterns: Roundup Time!

We spent May reviewing some of our favorite knit t-shirt patterns but we also wanted to give some love to our other summer favorite, woven t-shirts. From boxy to fitted and basic to interesting details, these are some of our top woven t-shirt sewing patterns, in no particular order. If your favorite isn’t on the list, please add it in the comments!

One of our most popular tops is the Up in Arms Blouse. Easy for advance sewists but great for beginners, this pattern is quick to sew and a great lesson for set in sleeves.

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The Up in Arms Blouse from the Feb/Mar 2016 issue of Sew News.

Shirt No. 1 by 100 Acts of Sewing - If you’re new to woven t-shirts, start with this great basic. Shirt no. 1 is a great pattern on its own, with  lots of customizing options – color block for impact or piece together stash or scraps for a high-end look. The fit is easy and boxy, perfect for summer. Continue reading

 Favorite Woven T shirt Sewing Patterns: Roundup Time!
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June Sew Along Preview: BurdaStyle Cap-Sleeve Wrap Blouse #124

If your summer sewing plans don’t feature a wrap blouse, get on board! Wrap styles are flattering, comfortable and easy to wear for a variety of body shapes. This month’s sew along features the Cap Sleeve Wrap Blouse #124, a plus-size pattern (US 18-26) that’s beginner and figure-friendly. And it’s also one of the featured patterns in our exciting Sprout Patterns partnership, so you can customize the design to your heart’s content, picking main and contrast fabrics from a huge variety of Spoonflower prints and substrates – and the pattern comes printed and ready for you to simply cut and sew.

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Begin customizing your wrap blouse here! Even better: order now through the end of the month (June) and use code is SEWCAPSLV for 15% off the Cap Sleeve Blouse (limit 1 Cap Sleeve Blouse offer per customer). Continue reading

 June Sew Along Preview: BurdaStyle Cap Sleeve Wrap Blouse #124
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DIY July 4th Crafts, Projects and Inspiration

Get ready for July 4 with these great project ideas!

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July 4 will be here before we know it! So it’s time to start decorating with all things red, white and blue. I love to involve my kids in the decorating, and having them paint some firework art using paper towel rolls is always a hit. We also love sparklers at my house, and I can’t think of another fun way to hand them out than with a nifty sparkler wrap. Continue reading

 DIY July 4th Crafts, Projects and Inspiration
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Summer Fabrics Series: How to Sew Cork Fabric

Join us this month on the Sew News blog as we get geared up for summer sewing with tips for sewing a variety of fun fabrics, from cork to double gauze. First up, we’re talking all things cork. An eco-friendly alternative to leather, cork fabric is a perfect pick for bag making or for any project where structure is needed.

by Sara Lawson
The full article can be found in the June/July issue of Sew News.

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Sublime Bag Pattern by Sew Sweetness

Available in over 80 prints and colors, cork fabric is not a frugal purchase, so make a little go a long way. Because of its durability, cork is a great pick for embroidery, appliqué, home décor and more. Cork is perfect for bag making: Use it for straps and bag accents, paired with coordinating quilting cotton. Small pouches are also another favorite use for cork. Continue reading

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T-shirt Pattern Review: Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade

T-shirt pattern reviews from Sew News!

This month we are reviewing several T-shirt patterns, that wardrobe staple that every pattern collection should have. We’ll be showing you our makes and what we liked, any alterations and tips for making one of your own. Next up is Kate with her version of the Hey June Handmade Lane Raglan top.

Pattern: Lane Raglan, Hey June Handmade

Fabric: Art Gallery Fabrics Knit in Twinklestar Berry and Peachy Custard

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Any Adjustments: Because my bust and hip usually indicate different sizes, I cut an XL to the waist per my upper bust measurement and then blended the side seams out to a 2XL below the waist to ensure I had enough room in the hips. Continue reading

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New Issue Of Sew News! Summer Sewing At It’s Best!

It’s MeMadeMay and our sewing lists are growing, friends! Look the pages of the June/July issue of Sew News for tips, techniques, insights, inspiration and more to sew the perfect summer wardrobe. There’s so much to love in this issue – I can’t wait to tell you about it all!SN10618 221x300 New Issue Of Sew News! Summer Sewing At Its Best!

Isn’t it nice to have a group of sewers testing patterns for you? We hope our staff pattern reviews have been helpful to you, especially this month! So far, we’ve covered pants, LBDs and t-shirt sewing patterns. In this issue, we reviewed 10 different tank top patterns on 10 different body types. Find the perfect one for you!

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I have a few favorite skirt patterns I love to sew on repeat. In this issue, we’ve got tips for adding a neat center button placket and experimenting with two hems – curved and hi-low split hem – to help you make the most of patterns you already have.

We also delve into swimwear – the good, the lessons learned and the transformative impact swimsuit sewing can have with thoughts from the sewing community and pattern recommendations. Plus, fit expert Rae Cumbie shares her tips for fitting swimsuits and picking the right silhouette (spoiler alert: pick a suit that makes you feel confident!).

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If you’ve got any bags on your summer sewing list – I know I do!! – take a look at our cork sewing article, written by bag designing phenom Sara Lawson. Cork sews up similar to vinyl – and maybe even more easily? – for a textured, durable look perfect for summer bags. We’ve also got a pattern for the cutest watermelon-themed handbag by Michelle Morris.

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Plan your summer makes with words of wisdom from Rachel Pinheiro, of House of Pinheiro. A talented sewist and fashion sewing icon, Rachel shares her tips for creating a balanced wardrobe full of workhorse basics, statement pieces and seasonal looks.

Thinking about making extra cash with your sewing skills? Columnist Abby Glassenberg  considers the pros and cons of turning a hobby into a business and shares insights from a variety of industry professionals.

We’ve also packed a ton of cut projects into this issue! Pick from  a sunny paper-pieced lemon table runner, a flowy and flirty summer dress, a collared pintuck tank, a mesh maxi cover-up and more.

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 New Issue Of Sew News! Summer Sewing At Its Best!
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T-Shirt Pattern Review: Gina Renee Designs Flared Tee Shirt

Flared Tee-Shirt, Gina Renee Designs

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This pattern is a super simple make and comes with a long- or short, cap-sleeve option. The fit is very forgiving–it flares out at the hip (hence the name), hiding those pesky love handles. I also love the super wide scoop neck. Join us and make your own t-shirt for T-SHIRT MONTH! Continue reading

 T Shirt Pattern Review: Gina Renee Designs Flared Tee Shirt
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How To Sew Knits: Top Tips

It’s T-shirt month! Of course, T-shirts are generally made of knit fabrics, and sewing knits can be a little intimidating.

But they’re really not that hard, as long as you know a few basic tips and tricks. Because knit fabrics have stretch, they require a few more considerations than woven fabrics for successful sewing. Here’s what you need to know to sew knits like a pro. Continue reading

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Sewing with Knits: Understanding Negative Ease

Sewing with Knits: Understanding Negative Ease

 

GettyImages 502132113 Sewing with Knits: Understanding Negative EaseUnderstanding knits and how to sew them to fit is a complex topic, so here’s some fitting wisdom on how knits differ from wovens with regards to fit. Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Gift of a Lifetime!

Take your mom/daughter to Italy—a great Mother’s Day gift!

Have you heard? Ellen March, Sew News content director and Sew it All TV host is going to Italy on a fashion tour with BurdaStyle’s Meg Healy this fall. And you can come too! Limited spots are available and the tour registration closes next week, so it’s time to commit and make sure your passport is valid! Read on to learn more about the tour and take the leap to have the best vacation ever.

IMG 2914 e1525804648822 Mothers Day Gift of a Lifetime!Hi Meg! I can’t wait to go to Italy with you this fall. It sounds like such an amazing trip. Tell everyone a bit about the tour.

This tour is all about fashion in Italy – where it is made, how it is made, and everything in between. It is great trip if you haven’t or even have been to Italy before, it hits all the hot spots in terms of site seeing and has plenty of prearranged experiences, like fabric factory tours, and studio visits that you couldn’t have found yourself.

IMG 2634 e1525805126137 Mothers Day Gift of a Lifetime!What’s the best part about an organized tour like this?

For me, it was that I didn’t have to plan a thing – everything was taken care of and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy all the things that Italy has to offer.

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The majority of the tour is with everyone, but there is also lots of opportunity to enjoy Italy on your own.  Most evenings you are able to wander and enjoy dinner on your own, and in the major shopping destinations like Florence there are times allotted for plenty of shopping and eating! Also, the tour guide is fabulous at establishing meeting points and times for those who choose to “opt out” of certain activities or day trips if they prefer to do their own thing – it is very accommodating.

What was your favorite part about last year’s tour?

There were two experiences that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I know my tour mates did as well. First off, our evening trip to a family-run Tuscany Winery and cooking school where we learned how to make fresh pasta and then indulged in a 5-course meal with wine pairings.

IMG 3218 Mothers Day Gift of a Lifetime!Then the behind the scenes tour of a modern fabric printing factory where we saw designer fabric prints being made by silk screening, digital prints, and weaving – let’s just say it was so exclusive we couldn’t even take pictures of what we saw since they were the fabrics in preparation for future runway shows in Paris, Milan, and London.

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What was the best thing you ate?

 I’m really not a pasta loving person back home – but in Italy the Carbonara was just divine I had in Florence on our walking tour lunch break.

IMG 2886 Mothers Day Gift of a Lifetime!I also thoroughly enjoyed every Caprese salad I had, and especially this one seaside with a refreshing glass of Prosecco while we explored the little towns of Cinque Terre.

Did you go shopping? What was your favorite item that you bought?

Oh yes I went shopping! Before dinner one evening in Montecatini Terme I popped in a few shops and found these amazing leather boots – I knew going into the trip that I just had to purchase some leather shoes and these were perfect. A new friend I made on the tour went shopping with me and also bought the same pair!

BOOTS Mothers Day Gift of a Lifetime!Did you have to spend a lot of money aside from the tour cost?

The only extra money you have to spend is on personal shopping and some dinners and lunches! Every breakfast is included (and omg, the hotel Italian breakfast spreads are amazing), and all travel and admissions are covered as well. So depending on your shopping habits and taste for fine cuisine  – you can spend what is in your budget.

You traveled alone. Did you make friends? Were you nervous traveling by yourself?

In the beginning I was a bit nervous about travelling alone, but literally as soon as I hopped of the plane in Milan I was surrounded by an excited group of tour mates. There were mostly groups of two – husbands with their wives, best friends, mothers and daughters but there were also a number of people that travelled by themselves. I saw friendships forms between groups and individuals and even made some new friends myself! By the end of the trip one tour mate gathered every one’s email so that we could still all be connected.

Yes! I love mother/daughter trips! I’m bringing my mom to celebrate her 70th birthday. I can’t wait to spend this quality time with her experiencing the scenery, great food and sewing-related activities.  It will be an experience we will never forget, I’m sure. Can you gift the tour? Sounds like a great Mother’s Day present!

Yes totally! This tour would make a Mother’s Day present that one wouldn’t forget.

What if you want to find your own airfare? Are there options?

Many people actually chose the “land only” fare option ($3,097) since they made their own flight arrangements to further explore Italy or other parts of Europe.

How are the hotel accommodations?

So nice! I love a good hotel and every one we stayed in Italy was fabulous. My favorite was the Grand Hotel & La Pace, which we stayed for the majority of the trip in Montecatini Terme. It was a quintessential European classic hotel and made the whole experience authentic.

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Will anything be different this year?

This year we are putting together some great surprises for the bus rides including a group craft and other fun goodies!

Can’t wait!

We really hope you can join us. Call 815-663-4046 or Toll-Free at: 877-887-1188 - USA or Canada for more info about the tour and/or to register. Or visit the Craftours website.

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And the Winner of the Coloring with Thread Giveaway Is…

Marie!

Congratulations, Marie! We’ll be in touch soon so we can get your prize in the mail to you.

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If you didn’t win this time but are still interested in the book, you can find Coloring with Thread at shopsewitall.com.

Look for our next book giveaway on July 5!

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Don’t miss out! Find more great projects and ideas in our newest issue, available on newsstands and at shopsewitall.com!

 And the Winner of the Coloring with Thread Giveaway Is…
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T-Shirt Sewing Pattern Review: Inari Tee by Named Clothing

T-Shirt Sewing Pattern Review: Inari Tee by Named Clothing

Pattern: Inari Tee, Named Clothing
Fabric: NOSH Organic Jersey
Size: 12
Any Adjustments: The T-shirt is designed to be cropped so I added 2” at the hem for a longer length.

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