In the October/November issue of Sew News, we took you inside the dynamic, inspiring workspace of Colette Patterns. Based in Portland, what started as a one-woman, kitchen-based company in 2009 has grown into a beloved pattern company. Known for its classic shapes and vintage details, Colette Patterns are decidedly wearable and modern. Over the next few weeks, we’ll share information and bonus content related to one of our favorite Colette Patterns, the Laurel Dress.
If you’re looking for the perfect basic dress, the Laurel is for you. Perfect in a wide range of fabrics and nearly any print (from stripes to plaids to large-scale repeats), this chic and simple shift dress is easy to sew, astoundingly versatile, and comfortable to wear year-round. The fit is semi-loose with a fitted bust and back darts to keep the shape streamlined. This simple design can be transformed for so many different looks, just in fabric selection alone. Try it in this season’s hottest fabric, velvet, for an upscale look perfect for upcoming holiday parties. Sew it in tweed for a cozy fall basic with vintage flavor, or rayon for a slinkier effect with drape. Or opt for double gauze and throw on some layers for the cooler months. Continue reading
Anatomy of a Bag: Tips & Techniques for Sewing Bags, With Linda Lee.
What You’ll Learn:
- An introduction to interesting materials to use for bags and bag components
- Techniques for installing zippers 3 different ways.
- How to line a bag
- Options for handles, straps and hardware with lots of examples
- How to sew several kinds of corners and shapes
- Step-by-step instructions to sew a Travel Bag – instructions included Continue reading
Back at the Ginger Jean Sew Along where we are continuing our construction phase of the Ginger Jean sew along. We’re almost finishing up. How are you jeans coming along? If you have any questions please leave them for Rhonda or myself. Now, let’s get going!
Blue jeans began as the quintessentially American garment. Originally designed by Levi Strauss to meet the needs of a rugged garment for miners and cowboys. In the 1950′s, blue jeans were embraced by teenagers and a movement began. Quite simply, people across the world love their jeans. Continue reading
We’re rounding the corner to the Clover Pant Sew Along. Now in week 3, it’s all about construction. If you are late to the sew along, purchase a pattern at shopsewitall.com, it’s easy to catch up! And click here for week 4, all about finishing.
Now, here’s Rhonda!
Halloween is a favorite holiday here at the Sew News office. Read below to find out more about some of our favorite handmade Halloween costumes throughout the years. Happy Halloween from Sew News! Continue reading
We are on our way to a perfect pair of pants. Have you started sewing the Ginger Jeans yet? If you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave a question here on the blog. These jeans are easy to sew, but as you’ll see in today’s post there are some cool tips that can make the sewing easier and more professional. Once you finish your jeans you may never buy another pair! Let’s have Rhonda take it away!
When it comes to making a pair of pants, much less a pair of jeans, many of us are quite intimidated by the process. While making a pair of pants is really a rather simple task, fitting them is an entirely different story. Continue reading
Glad you are joining us for the Clover Pant Sew Along week 2!
Anyone who has tackled making pants knows first hand the difficulty lies in fitting. It will be most helpful to make a fitting sample of the Clover pant pattern first.
Now, let’s have Rhonda take it away! Continue reading