Sew Spooky – our favorite handmade Halloween costumes!

Homemade Halloween Sew Spooky   our favorite handmade Halloween costumes!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

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Ginger Jean Sew Along: Week 2 Construction

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!

 Ginger Jean Sew Along: Week 2 Construction

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

 Ginger Jean Sew Along: Week 2 Construction
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Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along – Fitting Issues

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.

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Departure Shift Dress Hack

20161010 112901 e1477346403645 576x1024 Departure Shift Dress HackThis year, I’ve been keeping close tabs on my fabric and sewing pattern spending habits. Other than noticing that I spend A LOT (!!!!) on my hobby/habit, I’ve been trying to make smarter decisions about both: buying fabric prints and colors that I’ll actually wear (rather than novelty prints of parrots just because – though I do love parrots!) and patterns that will be good for everyday wear…and that I’m willing to commit to making three of. I’ve been sewing lots of basics this year, and I’m kind of hooked. Though I’ve been focused largely on separates, I love a simple shift dress – enter the Departure Shift Dress by Christine Haynes. Effortless shaping, a boxy silhouette and a simple zipper closure – this dress is right up my don’t-usually-wear-dresses alley.

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Sewing Room Nightmares: What’s Your Space Look Like? + Enter Into A Giveaway!

Sewing Room Nightmares

My sewing room looks like a battle zone or a hoarder’s nightmare on a good day. Over the weekend I did manage to tidy it up, but it still looks like Godzilla went through it. I hear other sewists say they can’t sew in a disorganized space and I have to agree. I find I can’t sew unless my room is somewhat cleaned up. Are you like me where having disorder ruins the creative process?

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Jennifer Paganelli’s lovely studio.

My space is small, but I sure can cram a lot in there. A lot. The trouble is, if I can’t see the fabric, notions or other items, I won’t use it. There is no way I can remember all that I have, let alone where it is. If it’s out and visible, there’s a far greater chance I’ll be using it. So, the solution is that I need a bigger space to hold my hobby, right? Continue reading

 Sewing Room Nightmares: Whats Your Space Look Like? + Enter Into A Giveaway!
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Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along – Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices

PatternCover 5001 Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Pattern Prep & Fabric ChoicesThe Clover Slim Pants from Colette Patterns are an easy-to-make pant designed for the beginner. Join Rhonda Buss for the next few weeks as we work on this versatile pattern together. Even if you’ve never made a pair of pants, you know from buying them that the real issue with pants is the fit. Continue reading

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Ginger Jeans Sew Along Starts Now! Shopping List & Prep Work

 

Exciting to announce our Ginger Jean Sew Along. This has been one of our more anticipated sew alongs. I have trouble just trying jeans on, such a hassle. Making them can be a bit intimidating and that’s why we have Rhonda here to guide you along the way. Be sure to leave any comments if you’re having any trouble. This sew along first appeared in the Oct/Nov 2016 issue of Sew News and we love the styling that was done for it. So, let’s get started!

Jeans have become a staple of almost everyone’s wardrobe. Be it young, old, male or female, we love to wear jeans. They can be dressed up or down depending on the style and wash of the fabric. But, and there is a very big but…shopping for jeans can be a nightmare!!! A great alternative to wasting countless hours shopping and trying on jeans is to make your own, and the perfect pattern is the Ginger Jeans pattern from Closet Case Files.

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 Ginger Jeans Sew Along Starts Now! Shopping List & Prep WorkThe pattern includes 2 styles, a comfortable low-rise with a straight leg, and a high-waisted version with skinny legs. With the low-rise version, the emphasis is truly on comfortable as this is not a jean that you will be tugging at because it sits too low on your hips. Continue reading

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