High-End Hack: Pearl Hem Pant Tutorial

Pearl Hem Pants
Embellished denim is everywhere and adorned with everything, including pearls, gems and embroidery. Begin with a pair of ready-made jeans and easily create your own designer denim without breaking the bank.

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Project Runway All Stars Season 6, E 2 Recap

Project Runway All Stars Season 6, E 2: Damsels in Distress

This week, the designers were tasked with creating a distressed look. They had to concoct a story for their model that included some sort of tragedy–a reason why her clothing was torn, ripped, burnt, bleached, etc. The designers really went all out with these stories, and it made the work much more entertaining.

photos courtesy of mylifetime.com.

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Wardrobe Planning with Riva la Diva: 4 Steps to Developing Your Style

Butterick Magenta Coat b6385 225x300 Wardrobe Planning with Riva la Diva: 4 Steps to Developing Your StyleWe’re so excited to launch a brand new column for 2018. Clothes Minded will focus on wardrobe planning, style considerations, finding your style and more, featuring a great list of sewists, bloggers and fashionistas. First up is Riva la Diva, who has immaculate style, definite sewing skills and an inspiring message about developing your own style. Continue reading

 Wardrobe Planning with Riva la Diva: 4 Steps to Developing Your Style
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2018 Sewing Goals – Assistant Editor, Jessica Ziebarth

Happy New Year!

This year I am looking forward to sewing more for myself. I seem to always get caught up in mending something for someone, making gifts for friends and family or sewing up a project for work. Though I am sure I will still be sewing for all of the above, I will make more of an effort to put my sewing projects first. I am already planning to tackle my “mending pile” this weekend. You know, that pile of clothes you have kept around in hopes that you will repair it, while the pile just keeps growing and growing. After that pile is no longer haunting me I plan to move on to more exciting things, like new grocery bags, pants that I can use in late Winter and transition into Spring in, and I’m definitely making myself a duster (hopefully in velvet!).

I am really excited to share what I have been sewing for my new 2018 columns in Sew New with everyone. Check out the sneak peeks below! Continue reading

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And the Winner of the Stylish Wraps Giveaway Is…

Joanne S!

Congratulations, Joanne! 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  interested in purchasing the book, you can find Stylish Wraps at tuttlepublishing.com.

Look for our next book giveaway on March 1, 2018!

 

 And the Winner of the Stylish Wraps Giveaway Is…
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Project Runway All Stars Season 6: Episode 1 Recap

Project Runway All Stars Season 6, Episode 1: Rookies vs Vets

All Stars is BACK and I’m excited to see some of my favorite personalities from past seasons of Project Runway.

photos courtesy of mylifetime.com.

My top 3 from the start (based on past performance) are: Continue reading

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Sewing Inspiration – Cruise Wear For Dress and Casual

The week before Christmas, I was lucky enough to take a Caribbean cruise with several family members. We had been planning the cruise for almost a year, so of course, I had it in mind as I sewed over the course of the year. In the end, I wore a homemade garment every day of the cruise! While I was having too much fun to remember to ask someone to get a picture of me every day (Amanda’s better at that sort of thing), I did get some. Read on to see me in my Me-Made cruisewear. Continue reading

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Giveaway: Stylish Wraps by Yoshiko Tsukiori

It’s giveaway time!

Stylish Wraps 242x300 Giveaway: Stylish Wraps by Yoshiko TsukioriWe’re giving away a copy of Stylish Wraps by Yoshiko Tsukiori, as seen in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Sew News:

Japanese fashion designer Yoshiko Tsukiori created this collection of lightweight wraps to be easy to sew and look fantastic. Five included patterns are used to make 22 timeless wraps, including capes, ponchos, jackets, coats and stoles. The versatile patterns are easy to adapt to suit your personal style, and the soft loose lines are flattering on any figure. Whether your tastes run to feminine, classic, both or other, this book has something for you.

For your chance to win a copy of Stylish Wraps, leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, Jan 5, at noon (Mountain Standard Time). We’ll randomly pick a winner from among the commenters Friday afternoon using Random.org.

Good luck!

 

 Giveaway: Stylish Wraps by Yoshiko Tsukiori
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Sewing Workout Wear – New Year, New You!

Let the HEALTHY stuff begin…again.

What a drag it is to think about working out right after a gluttonous holiday. The stores are suddenly full of workout wear, TV infomercials are all about training equipment, the short food videos on our social feeds all show the makings of healthy food. I’m hoping some of this will leak into my subconscious and help me make better choices now that 2018 is in full swing.

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Learn How To Sew in 2018! Introduction to Sewing Is Now Available

We have a great beginning sewing courses happening right now. If you’re a new sewer or know someone who is interested in learning to sew this is the online class for you.  notions5 Learn How To Sew in 2018! Introduction to Sewing Is Now AvailableAsk yourself these questions: Continue reading

 Learn How To Sew in 2018! Introduction to Sewing Is Now Available
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New Years (Sewing) Resolutions for 2018 – Amanda’s Picks!

This week, the Sew News editorial staff will be sharing their sewing goals for 2018. I’ll go first!

Friends, I sewed somewhere in the neighborhood of 65 garments this year. In that number, there’s a good mix of gifts (for my mom, my husband, and my daughter) and easy, instant-gratification projects but that’s probably still too many! I had a few misses, but overall, a large portion of the garments made their way into my daily wardrobe and for that, I am very proud. But I don’t need as many new things in 2018 – so I’m planning to slow down and skill up. Continue reading

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Top 10 Trends to Sew in 2018

At then end of the year we can’t help but get excited about the upcoming trends in sewing for 2018. All of us here, love nothing more than flipping through magazines and browsing through our favorite feeds spotting new sewing trends.

top 10 new Top 10 Trends to Sew in 2018Are you one to follow trends in sewing? Or, are you more likely to sew what you like and carve out new sewing trends of your own? Let us know in the comments section. And, as you work on setting your sewing goals for 2018, consider these top trends for 2018! Happy New Year!

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LBD Sewing Pattern Review: Davie Dress by Sewaholic

If you’re in need of a fun and kicky dress for New Year’s Eve there are easy dress patterns that you still have time to make. Check out the editor’s picks for their favorite LBD. Some are black, others are a bit more colorful, but all are appropriate for a festive night out on the town. For more ideas be sure to check out the Dec/Jan 2018 issue of Sew News magazine. Continue reading

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Happy Holidays from Us to You!

Happy Holidays Happy Holidays from Us to You!We hope you were able to get your handmade gifts sewn, wrapped and shipped in time this year. Now it’s time to relax and enjoy your friends and family, indulge in some great food and drink, and reflect on 2017.

What were your sewing goals? Did you make specific plans for patterns to make or techniques to learn? Next week, we’ll start exploring our sewing resolutions for 2018 while we reflect on our favorite 2017 sewing moments.

Join us on the blog and let us know what you want to learn/sew next year. We’re in this together!

In the meantime, sip some champagne, hot cider, cocoa, or whatever your favorite wintertime drink is and enjoy yourself. You deserve it.

Cheers to you!

 

 

 Happy Holidays from Us to You!
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LBD Sewing Pattern Review: New Look 6206

More than any time of the year the last few months require us to have a little black dress to wear to holiday office parties, family gatherings, or watching the local Nutcracker ballet. We’ve have our very own editors showing off their version of the LBD. Some are black, others are a bit   more colorful, but all are appropriate for a festive night out on the town.

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LBD Sewing Pattern Review: Vogue V1531 & Giveaway

More than any time of the year the last few months require us to have a little black dress to wear to holiday office parties, family gatherings, or watching the local Nutcracker ballet. We’ve have our very own editors showing off their version of the LBD. Some are black, others are a bit   more colorful, but all are appropriate for a festive night out on the town.

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 LBD Sewing Pattern Review: Vogue V1531 & Giveaway
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5 Kid-Friendly Sewing Projects for Winter Break

Keep your kids busy during winter break with some fun easy sewing projects. The projects listed below are recommended for kids ages 8-12, and adult supervision is recommended!

If your child is new to sewing, make sure to introduce him to the machine and point out all of the machine functions. Install a new needle and show the child how sharp the needle is (same goes for fabric scissors). It’s imperative to teach him to keep his little fingers away from the needle at all times, letting the machine guide the fabric under the presser foot rather than using fingers/hands to push/pull it through. Wind a bobbin and thread the machine, referring to the machine manual. Begin by having the child sew several straight lines onto fabric scraps. Change the stitch type to keep it interesting. Then move on to an easy project! (For more tips on how to teach kids to sew, look to our free ebook.) Continue reading

 5 Kid Friendly Sewing Projects for Winter Break
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