A Look Into Steampunk: Fashion, Art & Technology

Steampunk, for the uninitiated is a sub genre of science fiction that masterfully blends Victorian and futuristic elements. Don’t confuse it with Goth or Emo. Steampunk in my opinion is far more artful. Here is a mini primer on Steampunk with examples from film, fiction, art and fashion.

I think my interest in Steampunk began while watching reruns of Wild Wild West with Robert Conrad when I was little.  I loved all those crazy gadgets and evil villains like Emma Valentine played wickedly by Anges Moorhead and Dr. Faustina (the great Ida Lupino). The show drew inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe, HG Wells and of course Jules Verne.

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Steampunk fiction continues to grow and evolve as a genre. Michael Moorcock is good place to start with traditional Steampunk fiction. Steampunk fiction is influenced by authors such as Charles Dickens, and again HG Wells, and Jules Verne.  Personally, I thought Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat series was Steampunk, but some would argue that it’s only sci-fi. Continue reading

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How to Fit Pants

This article by Christine Jonson originally appeared in the April/May 2011 issue of Sew News.

Save time and frustration by learning the steps to successfully fit a comfortable and flattering pair of pants, from choosing the right pattern and size to accessing fit to making final adjustments.

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Select a basic pants pattern with a shaped waistline and no waistband or pockets. The pants should have a flat front or a single front dart and single or double back darts. The pant should have a straight or slightly tapered leg. Continue reading

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Dante Basco Talks With Sew News On Cosplay & More!

Headshots 300x300 Dante Basco Talks With Sew News On Cosplay & More!Now that it’s October, we’re thinking about costumes (of course!). While a lot of people do their costume sewing at this time of year only, some people are thinking about costumes year-round. That’s how cosplayers tend to think — they plan their costumes around conventions and events in addition to Halloween.

To bring you a unique perspective on cosplay, we talked to actor and poet Dante Basco, who has played several iconic roles in properties that are beloved by cosplayers, about his experience with cosplay.

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Project Runway Recap, S 16, E 9: A “Little” Avant Garde

Project Runway Recap -Season 16, Episode 9: A “Little” Avant Garde

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This episode started off as a continuation of last week. Did Claire cheat? Or was she the clear winner of last week’s challenge? I’ll just say: cheater, cheater, pumpkin-eater.

Turns out, Claire broke the rules by having a measuring tape in her room after sewing time each night. She was measuring garments she brought with her to ensure the correct crotch depth, armhole curves and the like. Totally against the rules. So, Tim revoked her win, she did not collect $25,000 and her design would NOT be on the Dixie cup. Brandon won the design aspect, but no one would take home the 25K. Cliare is OUT, Batani is back IN.

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Remembering John Denver With Anna Zapp

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Today marks 20 years since the passing of John Denver, who was tragically killed in a plane crash off the coast of California on Oct 12, 1997. We celebrate the life of the humanitarian, political activist, award-winning songwriter and performer by paying tribute to his personal sewist and costumer, who sewed his extravagant stage shirts for 10 years. Anna Zapp, a former Sew News contributor, shares what it was like to work with John Denver and how he changed her life, taking her sewing business to the next level and helping her become a sewist for the stars. Continue reading

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Pant Pattern Review: Thurlow Trousers by Sewaholic

The month of October we’re celebrating Pants Month here at Sew News. We’ll have tips and tricks for making pants of your own, as well as reviews from the editors of Sew News on their favorite pant patterns. Today we’re featuring Kate’s review of the Thurlow Trousers by Sewaholic Patterns.

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Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, Week 1: Interfacing for Bags

Are you ready for a little bag sewing! Join us for the Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, with pattern designer Alicia Miller. We are in love with this bag: the perfect size and too many high-end details to count! And we’ve still got several copies of the paper pattern in the store – grab one, gather your supplies and join us today for a discussion of bag interfacing. Take it away, Alicia!Nora Doctor Bag 300x300 Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, Week 1: Interfacing for Bags Continue reading

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