14th Annual Denver Paper Fashion Show 2018

Denver Paper Fashion Show, an event you can’t miss!

For the past 14 years Denver talent has shown what it can do with paper and scissors. Making gorgeous, out-of-this-world creations, all using paper. The Paper Fashion Show in years past has coincided with the coming of spring. It’s an amazing show that will wow you and inspire you. Last year I had the opportunity to sit in the media section and get a close up view of every dress and design. You can check out last year’s event here.

PFS Banner 1024x576 14th Annual Denver Paper Fashion Show 2018This year promises to be even bigger and better than last. The One Club For Creativity (formally The Art Directors Club Denver) spotlights emerging talent in the fashion, art and music communities of Denver and surrounding areas.

opfc mages 14th Annual Denver Paper Fashion Show 2018The show is judged by local area designers, artists and celebrities. The Paper Fashion Show benefits Downtown Aurora Visual Arts organization,(www.davarts.org)

 …a local community organization that provides after-school arts programs for at-risk youth. Combining art and technology, DAVA programs emphasize innovation, problem-solving, and connection to community. While arts education can connect to careers in the arts, at DAVA they do much more. Their unique approach results in students not only gaining skills in art, but also valuable education, job, and social skills in preparation for a wide range of life aspirations. By participating in the Paper Fashion Show, you are giving youth the opportunity to gain important social skills that directly transfer to positive youth development.

Partnering with The One Club for Creativity, in New York, this year’s show expects to reach people from all over the world and national media attention.

Tickets are still available for this year’s event. Please come by and support Denver, youth and the arts.

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How To Topstitch – Your Top 10 Tips For Perfect Stitching

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

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Project Runway All Stars Recap: S6 E 10

Project Runway All Stars Recap, Season 6 Episode 10: Rock Your Face Off

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This episode starts at the Hard Rock Cafe, where we get a good look at the merchandise available at the restaurant. Alyssa stands next to a juke box and tells the designers they have to create a dazzling performance outfit from the stage. The designers choose a track from the juke box to inspire their look. Continue reading

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Sketch to Sew: Drawing as Planning with Sienna of Not a Primary Color

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. sienna10 1024x768 Sketch to Sew: Drawing as Planning with Sienna of Not a Primary Color Continue reading

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Spring Wardrobe Tips and More in the Sew News April/May issue

SN10418 221x300 Spring Wardrobe Tips and More in the Sew News April/May issueBring 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

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Project Runway All Stars S6: E9 Recap

Project Runway All Stars Season 6, Episode 9 Recap: Posen on the Red Carpet

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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

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Celebrate Barbie’s 59th Birthday – Share Your Stories With Us!

March 9, 2018 marks Barbie’s 59th birthday!

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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

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Easter Dresses to Sew

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!

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Sketch to Sew: Fashion Sketching Tips from Meg Healy of BurdaStyle

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.

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Project Runway All Stars Recap: Mizrahi Madness

Project Runway All Stars Recap

Season 6, Episode 8: Mizrahi Madness

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This episode was all about color. The designers took a trip to an Isaac Mizrahi exhibit to view the evolution of his designs and his use of color. Continue reading

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And the winner of the Crafting for Cat Ladies giveaway is…

Jean!

Congratulations, Jean! 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 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!

 

 

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Giveaway: Crafting for Cat Ladies by Kat Roberts

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Project Runway All Stars S6 E7 Recap

Project Runway All Stars Season 6 Episode 7 Recap: A Kick in the Astros

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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.

Screen Shot 2018 02 23 at 12.39.51 PM Project Runway All Stars S6 E7 RecapJoshua 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

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Luzerne Trench Sew Along, Week 3: Bound Buttonhole Tutorial

Are you looking for tips and tricks on sewing a bound buttonhole; the Cadillac of buttonholes? Lucky you have the team from Deer & Doe showing you how, step-by-step to sew these beautiful bound buttonholes. Let’s get to it!

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These buttons need to be bound!

Welcome to week 3 of the Luzerne Trench sew along! Again today, we’re joined by the lovely team from Deer & Doe for their tips for sewing expert bound buttonholes, just one of the many details that make the Luzerne Trench special. You can find the original post here. And if you still need the pattern, we still have some copies available! Continue reading

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2018 Figure Skating Costumes

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.GettyImages 918119240 2018 Figure Skating Costumes Valentina Marchei & Ondrej Hotarek of Italy Continue reading

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Sewing Makes You Love Yourself – Lumps And All!

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.

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Luzerne Trench Sew Along Week 2: Trench Coat Fabric Recommendations

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!

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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

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