Our Favorite Sundresses Of The Season!

Nothing spells summer like a sweet sundress. When the weather turns hot, sundresses are the only way to go. How do you define a sundress? Do you think easy to make, easy to wear, easy to style, something that shows a little bit of sun-kissed skin or the perfect travel garment – or all of the above? Stay tuned this week as the Sew News editors share their thoughts on what makes the perfect sundress and a few of their favorite sundress patterns.

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Follow the links below for more on our favorite sundress patterns:

Kate’s Pick: Josie Sundress by Christine Haynes (also pictured above!)

Amanda’s Pick: Isla Dress Pattern by Made by Rae 















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Favorite Wrap Dress Patterns

Dresses are the perfect thing to wear in mid-summer heat…and thank goodness they’re also one of our favorite things to sew! Join us this month as the Sew News and BurdaStyle editors discuss our favorite dress patterns, starting with wrap dresses.

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Travel Trio Sew Along, Week 1: Tips for Working with Knit Fabrics

Screen Shot 2017 07 11 at 3.48.47 PM 181x300 Travel Trio Sew Along, Week 1: Tips for Working with Knit FabricsIf your summer includes big travel plans, we’ve got the perfect pattern for you: meet Christine Jonson‘s Travel Trio Two 331! Made from knit fabric – and perfect for stuffing in your carry-on! – this pattern includes a whole mini travel wardrobe, including a knit skirt, a funnel neck top and a hooded jacket perfect for transitioning seasons and climates. Each design features a number of dynamic options, so this pattern can take you from travel to beyond. The Travel Trio designer Christine Jonson joins us today with tips for sewing with stretch fabrics, like those recommended for this pattern, with some specific tips for making the wrap skirt. Take it away, Christine!

This wrap skirt has a flattering tapered silhouette that looks great at any length. Classic and dressy when long. Casual and cute made short with leggings underneath! It is super fast and easy to sew and can be made reversible.

It is important to check the tension on your serger before beginning this skirt. You will be edge serging quite a bit and may need to loosen the tension on one layer to prevent the stitch from gathering. Continue reading

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Summer Sewing Inspiration is Here!

I often spend countless hours perusing websites (Pinterest mostly), flipping through magazines (like this one), combing thrift store aisles and simply people watching to find inspiration for my next sewing projects. It’s an exhausting pursuit, albeit super fun.

As we approach the dog days of summer, it becomes more challenging to search for a great quick-and-easy dress pattern, place mat set or handmade gift idea. The heat just makes sewingseem so difficult, amirite?

In anticipation of this, we’ve created a free digital lookbook, full of inspiration to get your creative juices flowing. We carefully selected projects that will take you through the rest of summer in style.

Inside the lookbook are great photos of ten summer-inspired projects, from skirts to pillows to bags and fun gifts. (Has anyone else been invited to several baby showers this summer? Just me? Applique bibs are the ticket!) And the best part is that we’ve included specialty tools that will help you sew better, faster and have more fun.

This hexagon paper-pieced project showcases Superior Bottom Line thread, which is perfect for piecing. You’ll notice a difference as the thread passes effortlessly through the fabric layers. It’s available in 55 colors, so you’re sure to find what you need to match fabrics in your stash.

Screen Shot 2017 07 11 at 10.20.19 AM 300x281 Summer Sewing Inspiration is Here! Screen Shot 2017 07 11 at 10.33.22 AM 300x92 Summer Sewing Inspiration is Here!A great handbag is a must for summer and purchased wooden handles give it professional polish. If you’re new to quilting, don’t let the hexagon piecing scare you–it’s an easy technique when you’re armed with the right tools. Your hexagons and diamonds will go together perfectly if you mark exactly where to start and stop stitching with the Prep-Tool™ by Guidelines4Quilting™. You can also set the Seam Guide at a precise scant ¼” to perfectly piece everything together. Mistake-proof and slip-proof your cutting with the Guidelines Ruler™ and slip-proof your templates and everything else with their amazing Grip Strips™. Watch this video to learn how to use them!

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Screen Shot 2017 07 11 at 10.37.46 AM 300x86 Summer Sewing Inspiration is Here!Who doesn’t love a simple knit skirt in the summer? Knit is a great fabric choice, especially if you’re traveling and need to throw something in the suitcase that won’t wrinkle. If you have a serger, sewing knits is super simple. But for many of us who only own a standard sewing machine, we need all the tips we can get! Try installing a walking foot onto your machine. It helps feed the fabric layers through the machine at the same rate so there’s less pulling, bunching and slippage. The Janome Memory Craft 9400QCP machine comes with an AcuFeed Flex Dual Feed Holder with AD Foot, which is less bulky than traditional walking, or even-feed, sewing machine feet and more sophisticated. Did I mention it COMES WITH the machine? You don’t have to purchase it separately! The machine also comes with several other useful feet, including a rolled hem foot, which is also super useful for this project!

Screen Shot 2017 07 11 at 10.20.02 AM 227x300 Summer Sewing Inspiration is Here! Janome logo 300x83 Summer Sewing Inspiration is Here!The thought of making swimwear seems really daunting, but it’s a great way to ensure a perfect fit as well as showcase great fabrics that don’t look like anyone’s suit on the beach. These boys’ trunks are impressive–no one will believe you made them yourself. The addition of fusible interfacings from Therm O Web provide structure and stabilization for sewing.

Screen Shot 2017 07 11 at 10.20.36 AM 217x300 Summer Sewing Inspiration is Here! Thermoweb logo 300x73 Summer Sewing Inspiration is Here!Another super helpful product from Therm O Web is spray adhesive They carry temporary and permanent spray adhesives for a number of projects. I particularly love using temporary spray adhesive for applique projects as well as garments. (Try using it to secure knit fabric seams in lieu of pins!) This table runner is made much easier by spraying a bit of adhesive on each layer before quilting them together. There’s no slippage…and did I mention NO PINS needed? Hurrah!

Screen Shot 2017 07 11 at 10.19.48 AM 252x300 Summer Sewing Inspiration is Here! Thermoweb logo 300x73 Summer Sewing Inspiration is Here!This is just a small sampling of inspiration you’ll find in our summer lookbook. Check it out for yourself! And if you like what you see, all the instructions and needed pattern pieces are available in a handy miniMag as one download. Grab it, check your stash for bright summery fabrics and make something new tonight!

Let us know how you like the lookbook by commenting below. We love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Sewing,



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And the Winner of the Sew Caroline Weekend Style Giveaway Is…


Congratulations, Donna! 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 Sew Caroline Weekend Style at shopsewitall.com.

Look for our next book giveaway on September 7, 2017!


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Giveaway: Sew Caroline Weekend Style by Caroline Hulse

It’s giveaway time!

We’re giving away a copy of Sew Caroline Weekend Style by Caroline Hulse as seen in the June/July 2017 issue of Sew News:Sew Caroline 227x300 Giveaway: Sew Caroline Weekend Style by Caroline Hulse

From Friday date night to a Sunday morning spent lounging around, your weekend wardrobe will never disappoint when you can simply sew the perfect outfit! Let blogger Caroline Hulse teach you everything you need to know, from must-have tools and materials to basic stitches and step-by-step techniques. You’ll be ready to sew 15 easy, go-to pieces in no time, perfect for all your weekend adventures.

For your chance to win a copy of Sew Caroline Weekend Style, leave a comment on this post between now and tomorrow, July 7, at noon (Mountain Daylight Time). We’ll randomly pick a winner from among the commenters tomorrow afternoon using Random.org.

Good luck!


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Darling Ranges Dress Sew Along, Week 3: Sewing a Placket

The Darling Ranges Dress is such a lovely take on the shirtdress – and the pattern includes a blouse and shift dress (sans the skirt) too! Pattern designer Megan Nielsen joins us today to share her tips and techniques for installing the dress’s placket. (And if you missed week one and two, read here for tips on setting the sleeves and here for tips on inseam pockets!)

Today we are going to tackle the Darling Ranges dress neckline and placket. I know the placket may seem daunting – but I promise, if you take it slowly and carefully it will all make sense and work out beautifully!

I love this method for creating the placket and neckline together, as I think it results in a really neat and fluid line of sewing.

Alrightly, lets get started!

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Stay stitch 1/4″ (0.6cm) along the edge of the neckline to prevent the neckline stretching during construction. Continue reading

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