I love a raglan sleeve. Or rather, I really hate setting in sleeves so apparently I’ll go to great ends to avoid them. But raglans: an easier fit for wide shoulders (at least that’s been my experience!), super quick and easy to sew, and I like the styling they provide, a little sporty but not necessarily so. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite raglan patterns from indie sewists here. Full disclosure: I haven’t sewn all of these. My picks are based on favorable reviews and to show the full range of looks – many not sporty at all! – that you can get with raglan sleeves in both knit and woven fabrics. Here are my picks, in no particular order.
1. Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio - Are you tired of me talking about this pattern yet? Fresh off a Linden Bender – and I’ve got 2 hacked sweatshirts, 3 tees and a dress to show for it. There’s just so much you can do with this pattern beyond the classic sweatshirt, which I also love! Continue reading
We are so very exited to welcome Mimi G to the Sew News blog this week! Are you ready to sew some fabulous crop pants? Us, too! Mimi is joining us this week to discuss fabric selection.
If you sew, you’re probably aware that your fabric choice can make or break a garment, so the selection process is so important. For many new sewists, that is one thing they struggle with.
As you may or may not know, I began my sewing life in theatrical costuming. I learned to sew in my university costume shop, and worked for several years in a professional shop after I had my degree. For National Serger Month, I thought I’d tell you a bit about how we used sergers in the theatrical world.
We always had a serger or two in any shop — but we never used them for seaming. In fact, I never stitched a single seam with a serger until I started working for Sew News last year. If you consider the way theatrical costuming works, not sewing with a serger makes perfect sense.
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I attended the 2017 Denver Paper Fashion Show put on by the Art Directors Club of Denver on April 6. It was an event that I’ve wanted to attend for awhile and the stars aligned this year.
Denver Paper Fashion Show 2017
I went as the press rep for Sew News, which allowed me great access for photos.This event supports Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAV), a local community organization that provides after-school arts programs for urban youth ages 3 to 17. Their mission is to strengthen the community through the art. This event is judged by local Denver business owners, artists and community leaders. Teams compete for 1, 2 and 3 place and DAVA Choice, Star Student and Art Directors Spirit Award. For more information on DAVA please go to www.davarts.org and to see past Paper Fashion Shows head to ADCD.com. Continue reading
My tendency toward fabric hoarding is well documented…and I’m mostly okay with it. I set limits for myself and try to stick to plans to sew my stash…and sometimes succeed.
As I sew more and more garments, my stash of scraps is growing. And there’s some special stuff in there! Recently I embarked on a mission to use some of those scraps as I gear up for spring and summer sewing…and learned a few things along the way.
Use your scraps to create muslin samples. I’ve been auditioning a few woven tanks for summer sewing and wanted to test the fit of the Willow Tank by Grainline Studio. I had a good cut of thrifted black linen left from another make and some precious ikat (on an ikat bender, folks!). I simply cut the pattern pieces apart and added the strip at the front and back…and I think I want to do it again. Continue reading
The apex is a key location for pattern making, flat patterning, draping and adjusting a pattern for a custom fit. When you learn flat-pattern design, the apex is the starting point for rotating darts and creating any garment pattern you can imagine. When scaling a pattern for the perfect fit, you use the apex as a key reference point. If you draft a pattern from scratch, the apex should be the first mark you place on your paper.
When working with commercial patterns, there are some common-sense tricks that any sewist can use to determine this reference point that make it quick and easy to find. Some patterns have the apex already marked. Even if it is not marked, the apex is still there; you simply need to find it before you start to alter your pattern. It can be as simple as looking at the pattern and making a logical guestimate of the location, but for a more precise placement, follow the guidelines below. Continue reading
In case you missed it, our April sew along is with none other than the fabulous Mimi G of Mimi G Style. Mimi is all over this issue, with tons of helpful information for getting your spring and summer wardrobe plans in gear and a sew along – yes! We’ll be sewing up the wide-legged crop pants from her pattern Simplicity 8093 – the perfect warm-weather pant! For now, learn more about Mimi’s background, her inspiration and her take on the sewing community.
SN: What is your sewing background? I have been sewing since I was twelve years old. My aunt is a seamstress, and as a kid, I spent summers in Puerto Rico where my dad’s side of the family lives. Every morning I would wake up go my aunt’s studio and watch her sew. I was fascinated by how she turned fabric into these beautiful formal gowns, and I was immediately hooked. She would hand me scraps of fabric, and I would sit in the corner of her sewing studio hand stitching Barbie clothes. On my birthday that year my dad noticed I had an interest and bought me my first sewing machine-I think it was a Kenmore. I started to take apart my clothes and copy them onto new fabrics and then sew them back together; I am pretty sure that’s how I taught myself construction. I kept sewing for years after that, but when I started having my babies, that part of my life took over and I stopped sewing for a long time. About six or seven years ago I decided I wanted to start sewing again, so I picked it back up and started focusing on learning techniques. Being a self-taught seamstress is what I think helps me connect with so many aspiring seamsters because I understand what it’s like to want to learn to make something and having to go about it blindly. I wish I had the likes of a Mimi G Style when I was learning. Now I dedicate myself to teaching others to sew in an accessible and relatable way. Continue reading