Topstitching is seen on bags, jeans, jackets, home dec projects and accessories.
When stitched right it gives added dimension and, in the case of jeans gives that store-bought quality to the finished garment. It’s a stitch that is designed to be seen (and complimented on). It can also serve to hold facings in place and give an firmer quality to hems. Find out how to topstitch for perfect lines, every time.
Achieve tip-top topstitching with these 10 master tips: Continue reading
If your sewing plans for 2018 include more careful planning, fashion sketching might be a useful step in that process. Next up in our Sketch to Sew series, we’re featuring inspiring maker Sienna, of @NotAPrimaryColor and notaprimarycolor.wordpress.com, about how she uses sketching to plan and prioritize her sewing goals. Continue reading
Bring it on, spring! There’s nothing like the changing season to kickstart our sewing mojo (aka sewjo). The April/May 2018 issue of Sew News has loads of inspiration to get you on your way to a fresh spring and summer wardrobe.
Have you been hunting for the perfect t-shirt pattern? Us, too! Peruse our t-shirt pattern reviews and join us in May on the Sew News blog for all things tees: additional reviews, knit sewing tips, neckband success and more. And I’ll share a hint: the Lane Raglan was in our top picks! Continue reading
Project Runway All Stars Season 6, Episode 9 Recap: Posen on the Red Carpet
Once again, I cannot get over Alyssa’s outfit. What exactly is she wearing THIS week? I hope it’s a Zac Posen original, because the designers started this week’s episode at his atelier and got to choose fabrics from his workroom. Continue reading
March 9, 2018 marks Barbie’s 59th birthday!
By Sew News columnist Abby Glassenberg
Excerpted from Sew News February/March 2018
Many sewists got their start sewing for a favorite doll. For many people, that first favorite doll was a Barbie. Columnist Abby Glassenberg explores how those humble beginnings shaped, and continue to shape, the home sewing industry. Continue reading
Easter Dresses to Sew for Kids
Easter is a bit later this year, giving us extra time to sew up some pretty fashions embellished with simple embroidery.
Sewing for kids is super enjoyable–the patterns are usually easy and not much fabric is needed. The dresses featured here are easily sewn in a few hours. Choose one or both for the littles in your life and get them ready for spring soirees!
Do you draw your designs before stitching them? Fashion sketching is a great way to round out your sewing and planning skills. From capturing design and alteration ideas and setting sewing intentions to documenting your creative journey and testing out garment proportions, sketching is an important tool if you’re willing to spend time honing your skills. Read on for top 5 tips from Meg Healy, Online Editor for BurdaStyle.
I learned fashion sketching in fashion school. I love to sketch out everything to get a sense of the design changes I want to make, how it will look in the fabric and what mood it conveys.
My top 5 tips for fashion sketching are: Continue reading
Congratulations, Jean! We’ll be in touch soon so we can get your prize in the mail to you.
If you didn’t win this time but are still interested in the book, you can find Crafting for Cat Ladies at larkcrafts.com. Or embroider cats on everything you own with the Fancy Felines Embroidery Design Collection, available at shopsewitall.com.
Look for our next book giveaway on May 3, 2018.
Don’t miss out! Find more great projects and ideas in our newest issue, available on newsstands and at shopsewitall.com!
It’s giveaway time! Continue reading
Project Runway All Stars Season 6 Episode 7 Recap: A Kick in the Astros
After a week hiatus, we’re back with Project Runway All-Stars! I’m not sure why they took a week off, but they sure turned up the volume this week with the avant garde challenge.
The designers were taken to a planetarium and viewed a film about the universe and all its glory. They were to take inspiration from that to create an avant garde look with $350 and two days. Now was the time to go big.
Joshua started out with a strong idea and an innovative technique. He used Pluto for his inspiration, choosing a color palette quite literally, and decided to make a cape/overlay/vest out of…hot glue. Seriously. Continue reading
2018 Winter Games–Costumes & Revelry
We’re in the throes of Olympics fever with ever-present goosebumps as we watch the events unfold each day. The athletes’ backstories, the extravagant costumes, the audience reactions, the celebrations–it’s awe-inspiring. The hope, pride, joy (and sometimes disappointment) are palpable.Valentina Marchei & Ondrej Hotarek of Italy Continue reading
Happy Valentines, Galentines, chocolates and wine/fancy fabric day, friends! We’re taking today to celebrate one of our favorite kinds of love: self-love. We’ve been so inspired by the Sewing Makes You Love Yourself challenge on Instagram (#smyly2018), we thought we’d chime in with our thoughts on how sewing has transformed, inspired and impacted our lives and our relationships…with ourselves. Join the conversation! Let us know in the comments if sewing has positively impacted your relationship with yourself and your body.
Welcome to week 2 of the Luzerne Trench sew along! Again today, we’re joined by the lovely team from Deer & Doe for their fabric recommendations (and a few of our top picks).
Check out last week’s post for more on the inspiration behind this design. And join us next week for a bound buttonhole tutorial, plus some special topics along the way. And don’t forget: there’s still time to join! Grab the pattern here and get started with us!
For Luzerne, we recommend light- to mediumweight twill or gabardine. The fabric must have enough body: avoid wools and rayon blends, or you’ll lose the structure of the jacket. At the same time, the fabric has to have some flexibility to ensure comfort. Stay away from anything too stiff and rigid. Finally, pick something with 100% cotton rather than an elastane blend, which would disrupt the fit and make you have to go down at least half a size. And if you’d like, you could also go for a waxed twill Continue reading