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

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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.

SITE SEEING e1525804745824 Mothers Day Gift of a Lifetime!Are we always traveling with the group or is there alone time, too?

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!

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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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Giveaway: Coloring with Thread by Tula Pink

TulaColoringThread 228x300 Giveaway: Coloring with Thread by Tula PinkIt’s giveaway time!

We’re giving away a copy of Coloring with Thread by Tula Pink, as seen in the April/May 2018 issue of Sew News:

Stitch the whimsical world of Tula Pink! Seventeen of Tula’s animal and floral designs from her best-selling fabric collections have been rendered and primed for hand embroidery. Step-by-step instructions for over 20 embroidery stitches, color guides and thread color suggestions from Tula herself ensure a gorgeous finished design. A CD-rom containing each motif is included for easy sizing and printing for any project.

For your chance to win a copy of Coloring with Thread, leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, May 4, at noon Mountain Standard Time. We’ll randomly pick a winner from among the commenters Friday afternoon using Random.org.

Good luck!

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It’s T-Shirt Month!

May is T-Shirt Month!

GettyImages 836248792 1 Its T Shirt Month! What’s your go-to garment? For most people, it’s a T-shirt. You can’t beat the comfort and forgiving fit of everyday T-shirts, and they’re super simple to sew. Continue reading

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What to Wear to a Royal Wedding

5 Royal Wedding Fashion Must-Haves

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While most of us aren’t invited to the royal wedding in a few weeks, it’s still fun to imagine what we might wear, had we been invited. Continue reading

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Emerson Crop Pant Sewing Pattern

I never thought a cropped pant would make it to my TNT (tried and true) list, but the Emerson Crop Pants  by True Bias  have firmly cemented their place there. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve made them – 8? The pattern was my first foray into wide-leg pants, and I haven’t turned back! I love that the pants are comfortable and stylish – and that waistband is genius. I love it so much I’ve hacked it into a skirt!

I’ve made four pairs of pants – one a muslin, one in Robert Kaufman Brussels washer linen (highly recommend!) and two pairs for my mom. Even she’s a fan! Continue reading

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Emerson Crop Pants Sew Along, Week 3: Waistband Construction

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Welcome back to week three of the Emerson Crop Pants sew along, the final installment – let’s get these pants done, friends!!! Today, we’re going to construct the waistband, which is, in my opinion, quite genius! With a flat front band and an elasticized back, the waistband provides style and comfort. Special thanks to Kelli of True Bias for creating such a lovely pattern and for partnering with us for the sew along. Take it away, Kelli! Continue reading

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Want to go to Italy?

Imagine this: You wake up in Italy with a full itinerary that you didn’t have to plan yourself.

After getting dressed, you have breakfast with other sewists, discuss the plan for the day and get on a bus to travel and see the sights.

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#ITALY2018!

Your day is full of sewing-related activities, like touring a thread factory and leather studio, with plenty of shopping, eating and socializing along the way. You make new friends and visit new places all with a tour guide who speaks the language.

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This is what happens when you sign up for the BurdaStyle Italy tour through Craftours! Plus, BurdaStyle editor Meg Healy and yours truly, Sew News editor Ellen March, get to come along, too. Meg and I are planning some extra activities for the bus rides as we travel to and from each destination. And we can’t wait to get to know you!

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If you’ve ever wanted to travel to Europe but have been scared at the prospect of not knowing the language, not being able to navigate from city to city, or if something else has been holding you back–this is the tour for you.

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I can’t wait to get a leather bag (and maybe some shoes) in Florence. The quality is astounding, plus the prices are super affordable. And then there’s the cooking lesson at a vineyard! We will be making our own pasta and drinking wine while we do it. (I’m allergic to wine, but I’ve been assured it’s still fun!) Not to mention the fabric shopping…

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I hope you’ll come along!

 

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Emerson Crop Pants Sew Along, Week 2: Assembly Tips

Thanks for joining us for week two of the Emerson Crop Pants sew along! This week, we’re tackling the major construction steps for the pants. Review last week for tips on construction the pockets and pleats. And join us next week for all things waistband (spoiler: it’s so clever!) and finishing. Take it away, Kelli!

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Pin one of the front shorts / pants to its coordinating back, right sides touching, along the outside and inner legs. Stitch.

Finish seam allowance in desired manner. I serged the seam allowances. Repeat for other leg. Press seam allowances open for inner leg (or to one side if you serged like I did) and to the back for the outer leg. Continue reading

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6 Spring Trends to Sew

Love them or hate them, fashion trends can infuse and inspire your sewing with new colors, silhouettes and accessories you might not otherwise explore. Spring is a great time to try new things, experiment and have fun with fashion. Here are our top trends to try this spring.spring trends 2018 1 6 Spring Trends to SewFirst, a word about color: all the colors are in, so do you. From pastels and bold pops to sheers and prints to sequin and fringe trim…now is your chance to embrace your inner extra! Continue reading

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Trading Spaces is Back Episode 1 Recap

Trading Spaces S9, E1 Recap: Not Our First Rodeo

It’s season 9 of Trading Spaces, back after a 10-year hiatus, and I just had to watch the first episode and report!

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I loved Trading Spaces back in the day. In fact, I had the pleasure of interviewing several Trading Spaces designers for Sew News, including Frank Bielec who is back this season. I was always fascinated by the amount of work that went into teach room transformation in only two days–knowing that reality TV isn’t always what it seems. I always looked for the sewists–sometimes they were the homeowners, who needed a little tutorial on the machine or sewed by hand to get the pillows done in time. So when TLC announced they were bringing back the show, I had to watch and hope that we would see much more sewing this time around.

As usual, we don’t get to witness much of the process from the designers. They have their design all mapped out before we even begin to learn about the homeowners. I want to see the sketches, the color swatches, the fabric shopping, the thrift store bargains…but I guess there’s not much time for that. Instead, we learn about the homeowners–they are sisters who live next door to each other. One couple needs their master bedroom updated. The other needs a guest room that people will actually want to stay in. Here we go.

Couple #1 are working with Doug Wilson. Doug was always one to push the envelope, but surprise everyone in the end with the result. He didn’t disappoint. His couple wanted an oasis–a tropical retreat–for their relatives, expressing that the existing room was too dark. Doug responds first by having them paint the ceiling dark brown. Then he turns up with yards of burlap and has them start stapling it to the walls. Hilarity. The couple is totally against this and even said “No. We’re not doing that.” But end up doing it anyway.

Couple #2 are working with Hildi Santo Tomas. If you remember the show, you remember Hildi. She was notorious for doing the most outlandish things–just to get a rise out of the homeowners and the audience. Furniture glued to the ceiling, straw glued to walls, flowers stapled to walls, sand on the floor (the entire floor)…need I go on? Obviously I was on the edge of my seat to see what she would do in the first episode of the series reboot. First, she found a cool fabric print, but then she decided to mimic it on every wall and the ceiling. Too much of a good thing really is just that. Couple #2 are completely against this, stating that they would just paint too slowly and the ceiling would be spared. Not so much. They flaked on their homework, left the ceiling alone, and Hildi made them all do it the next morning, swapping time and space in the room with Ty Pennington, who had to install an entirely fabricated Murphy bed.

In the end, Couple #1 finished their burlap-covered walls and the homeowners…liked it? They said they did, but I couldn’t really tell. They did get a cool handmade platform bed and matching dresser out of the deal, courtesy of Carter Oosterhouse, which was probably worth the $2,000 investment alone.

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Couple #2 finished the ceiling, Hildi brought in even more of the fabric print with custom Roman shades and they managed to finish .25 over budget.

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Yes, that pattern was on each wall and on the ceiling. The Murphy bed was a nice touch, but even Ty stated that they would need an army to help them lift it back to the wall. Hope they don’t have frequent house guests, because they will have nowhere to keep those club chairs (notice they are up against the door in the above photo).

Screen Shot 2018 04 09 at 2.58.08 PM Trading Spaces is Back Episode 1 RecapAnd, yes, those are hollowed-out egg shells acting as a “statue,” as Paige Davis calls it. I guarantee the homeowners repaint and throw away those egg shells immediately. They opened their eyes for the reveal and the woman starts crying. Paige questions whether they are tears of joy. I guarantee, they aren’t. She hates it but keeps complimenting the “amount of work that went into it.” The husband is visibly disappointed.

Did these people not watch ten years ago? Very few homeowners were pleased, if I’m remembering correctly. Plus, the designers almost always do the exact opposite of what is requested. So if you’re going to be on this show, you should just ask for shag carpeting, a naked statue of yourself and pillows made of human hair if you want to get anything you’ll actually want and use. Just sayin.

Prove me wrong, Trading Spaces! Let’s see some actual designs we could use in our own lives rather than creating drama for the sake of drama and a ridiculous design that causes the homeowners to spend twice as much money to fix. (Maybe a more interesting show would be “Trading Spaces: After the Crew Leaves. Wouldn’t you love to see the first thing that happens once the cameras are off?)

I’ll watch again, but I can’t commit to the entire season…yet.

 

 

 

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Emerson Crop Pants Sew Along, Week 1: Pattern Prep, Pleats & Pockets

Thanks for joining us for the Emerson Crop Pants sew along!

These wide-legged crop pants are the perfect blend of style and comfort (via an elastic waist at the pant back). Seriously, you’re going to love the waistband! The recommended fabrics include linen, cotton, rayon challis, chambray and lightweight denim. Depending on the fabric chosen, these pants are perfect for the heat of summer and in transitional seasons as well. emerson1 4 1024x1024 Emerson Crop Pants Sew Along, Week 1: Pattern Prep, Pleats & Pockets

Pair them with the perfect top, shoes and accessories…and you can get a ton of mileage from one garment – date night, casual wedding, everyday! Today we’re joined by designer Kelli Ward/True Bias to get started with the pant prep and construction steps. And there’s still time to join: grab the digital pattern  and sew a pair with us! Take it away, Kelli! Continue reading

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Project Runway All Stars S6, E13: Finale Recap

Project Runway All Stars Season 6, Episode 13: History in the Making

It’s the FINALE!

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In this episode, the three remaining designers had to finish seven-piece collections to show on the runway for a few hundred people. Past-eliminated designers were on hand to help with the final sewing, as everyone was only given five days to complete their looks. Candace helped Anthony, Amanda helped Stanley and Helen helped Fabio. It was a love fest. I’ve never actually seen more actual sewing, pressing, fiddling and overall process on this show and it was such a welcomed change. No drama–just a bird’s eye view on their process. It was fascinating.

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Stanley went with an “all-American” collection, featuring a sportswear take on red, white and blue.

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Fabio went with an oversized collection, including his smocked look from last week and hinting at it in other garments in the collection. He edited his fabric print and swapped it with a bright yellow that really made things pop.

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Anthony did his “Audrey Hepburn turned Rihanna” collection, and it didn’t disappoint. He included velvet, mesh, paint and an interesting print to tie it all together. He was the most concerned with construction technique, falling behind to make sure everything was sewn impeccably. Candace was continually worried for him, but she managed to help him achieve his goals.

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After a very long deliberation, it wasn’t clear who was the winner. All of the judges liked each collection for different reasons, with Alyssa favoring Fabio, guest judge Catherine Zeta Jones favoring Anthony and Isaac favoring Stanley. I still secretly wanted Anthony to win for his sheer delight and enthusiasm alone. Enthusiasm goes a long way in my book.

I thought Stanley’s designs were too basic. The red dress, which Isaac fawned over, looked so simple to me. I thought Fabio’s looks were interesting but not wearable and, to Zeta Jones’ point, looked too “strange,” as if someone on the street might wonder who you were and what you were trying to be. Anthony really went with his vision, stating it several times. It showed. His attention to detail and editing eye all played a part in his sleek collection.

And… to everyone’s surprise. ANTHONY WINS! I honestly couldn’t believe the judges trusted him with this win. I thought for sure they would choose safe, polished Stanley. Even Fabio had a leg up because of his artistic point of view. I’ve never been more happy and in more agreement of a Project Runway winner. His squeal was everything.

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