Today marks 20 years since the passing of John Denver, who was tragically killed in a plane crash off the coast of California on Oct 12, 1997. We celebrate the life of the humanitarian, political activist, award-winning songwriter and performer by paying tribute to his personal sewist and costumer, who sewed his extravagant stage shirts for 10 years. Anna Zapp, a former Sew News contributor, shares what it was like to work with John Denver and how he changed her life, taking her sewing business to the next level and helping her become a sewist for the stars. Continue reading
The month of October we’re celebrating Pants Month here at Sew News. We’ll have tips and tricks for making pants of your own, as well as reviews from the editors of Sew News on their favorite pant patterns. Today we’re featuring Kate’s review of the Thurlow Trousers by Sewaholic Patterns.
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 we’ve still got several copies of the paper pattern in the store – grab one, gather your supplies and join us today for a discussion of bag interfacing. Take it away, Alicia! Continue reading
Storage is super important when you’re moving into a small dorm room. Why not make a few coordinating organizers to hide your unmentionables, store nonperishable food, keep mail and magazines tidy or hold shower essentials? These organizers nest together, and each one is easily carried by its sturdy rope handles.
If you’re just getting started sewing pants we’ve got plenty of tips and suggestions for you. All month long is Pants Month here at Sew News. We’ll have tips and reviews or our favorite pant patterns. We have trouser pants, elastic waist pants, roomy pants, unstructured pants. You name it we’ve probably reviewed it. Look through the blog, pick your favorite style and get to sewing!
Project Runway Recap -Season 16, Episode 8: Client on the Go
There are only 9 designers left, and the front runners are really separating themselves from the flock.
This week’s challenge was sponsored by Dixie cups. The designers had to create looks using a custom textile, and the winning print would eventually be printed onto Dixie cups! Plus, the winner gets $25,000. Huge stakes.
The month of October we’re celebrating Pants Month here at Sew News. We’ll have tips and tricks for making pants of your own, as well as reviews from the editors of Sew News on their favorite pant patterns. Today we’re featuring Jessica’s review of the Oceanside Pants from Blank Slate Patterns.
Pattern: Oceanside Pants, Blank Slate Patterns
Fabric: Art Gallery Fabrics Solid Smooth Denim in Wicked Sky
Any Adjustments: Left out button feature on front pockets and chose not to make a coordinating drawstring, instead using white cording.
Review: I love a good, wide-leg pant, and the Oceanside Pant is one of my faves. They’re so comfortable and easy to dress up or down. The drawstring is an additional plus for comfort, sizing and versatility. The simple exchange of the drawstring can change the whole look of the pant. I used lightweight denim that drapes beautifully on a looser-fit pant but doesn’t wrinkle the way linen does. This pattern was so simple to sew up, I could make a few in one sitting.
Check out Jessica’s Sew News blog “Oceanside Outfits + Easy Pants Sewing Project = Easy Style,” where she showcases over 10 outfits with this one pair of pants.