Summer Fabrics Series: How to Sew Cork Fabric

Join us this month on the Sew News blog as we get geared up for summer sewing with tips for sewing a variety of fun fabrics, from cork to double gauze. First up, we’re talking all things cork. An eco-friendly alternative to leather, cork fabric is a perfect pick for bag making or for any project where structure is needed.

by Sara Lawson
The full article can be found in the June/July issue of Sew News.

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Available in over 80 prints and colors, cork fabric is not a frugal purchase, so make a little go a long way. Because of its durability, cork is a great pick for embroidery, appliqué, home décor and more. Cork is perfect for bag making: Use it for straps and bag accents, paired with coordinating quilting cotton. Small pouches are also another favorite use for cork. Continue reading

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T-shirt Pattern Review: Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade

T-shirt pattern reviews from Sew News!

This month we are reviewing several T-shirt patterns, that wardrobe staple that every pattern collection should have. We’ll be showing you our makes and what we liked, any alterations and tips for making one of your own. Next up is Kate with her version of the Hey June Handmade Lane Raglan top.

Pattern: Lane Raglan, Hey June Handmade

Fabric: Art Gallery Fabrics Knit in Twinklestar Berry and Peachy Custard

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Any Adjustments: Because my bust and hip usually indicate different sizes, I cut an XL to the waist per my upper bust measurement and then blended the side seams out to a 2XL below the waist to ensure I had enough room in the hips. Continue reading

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New Issue Of Sew News! Summer Sewing At It’s Best!

It’s MeMadeMay and our sewing lists are growing, friends! Look the pages of the June/July issue of Sew News for tips, techniques, insights, inspiration and more to sew the perfect summer wardrobe. There’s so much to love in this issue – I can’t wait to tell you about it all!SN10618 221x300 New Issue Of Sew News! Summer Sewing At Its Best!

Isn’t it nice to have a group of sewers testing patterns for you? We hope our staff pattern reviews have been helpful to you, especially this month! So far, we’ve covered pants, LBDs and t-shirt sewing patterns. In this issue, we reviewed 10 different tank top patterns on 10 different body types. Find the perfect one for you!

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I have a few favorite skirt patterns I love to sew on repeat. In this issue, we’ve got tips for adding a neat center button placket and experimenting with two hems – curved and hi-low split hem – to help you make the most of patterns you already have.

We also delve into swimwear – the good, the lessons learned and the transformative impact swimsuit sewing can have with thoughts from the sewing community and pattern recommendations. Plus, fit expert Rae Cumbie shares her tips for fitting swimsuits and picking the right silhouette (spoiler alert: pick a suit that makes you feel confident!).

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If you’ve got any bags on your summer sewing list – I know I do!! – take a look at our cork sewing article, written by bag designing phenom Sara Lawson. Cork sews up similar to vinyl – and maybe even more easily? – for a textured, durable look perfect for summer bags. We’ve also got a pattern for the cutest watermelon-themed handbag by Michelle Morris.

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Plan your summer makes with words of wisdom from Rachel Pinheiro, of House of Pinheiro. A talented sewist and fashion sewing icon, Rachel shares her tips for creating a balanced wardrobe full of workhorse basics, statement pieces and seasonal looks.

Thinking about making extra cash with your sewing skills? Columnist Abby Glassenberg  considers the pros and cons of turning a hobby into a business and shares insights from a variety of industry professionals.

We’ve also packed a ton of cut projects into this issue! Pick from  a sunny paper-pieced lemon table runner, a flowy and flirty summer dress, a collared pintuck tank, a mesh maxi cover-up and more.

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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

 

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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.

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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

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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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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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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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