All posts by Amanda Carestio

Tank Top Sewing Pattern Review: Ogden Cami by True Bias

Pattern: Ogden Cami by True Bias Figure Type: Any (pattern goes up to size 18) Fabric: Lightweight wovens, including linen, rayon, crepe, challis, voile Amanda’s Review: I sewed mine up in a straight size 14 and needed no fit adjustments, though I did slightly widen the straps (by 1/2″). I wasn’t sure I’d like this…

Pattern Roundup: Tie Front Blouse Sewing Patterns

Give your basic look an update with a tie-front blouse! We’re loving this trend for summer: carefree & playful, flattering & interesting and the perfect way to lighten up your look. These tops wok especially well with high-waist pants and skirts, another one of our favorite summer trends. Here are a few of our top tie-front…

National Bikini Day

National Bikini Day: Show Off Your Curves!

Happy National Bikini Day! When it comes to bikini body, we’re team put your body in a bikini. And team sew your own – along with 45% of our Facebook community! Whether you’ve sewn 1 swimsuit or 10 two pieces, the swimsuit making – and wearing – experience can be transformative. We spoke to several members…

Summer Pant Sewing Pattern Hack

Summer Pant Sewing Pattern Hack

Wrap pants are a must-have this summer. We’ve only found one thing better: faux wrap pants (as in, sans the exposure risk). Follow these sewing instructions to hack a favorite pants pattern into a high-end faux wrap pant that’s easy to style and wear. by Ana Jankovic (originally appeared in Sew News, April/May 2017) SUPPLIES…

MeMadeMay: Recap

MeMadeMay is done, friends! Did you take part? Did you learn new things about your wardrobe and/or your sewing practice? The Sew News staff each took part in our own ways. Read more about the challenge our goals here, then read below for how things went and what we each learned through the month-long experience. Jill…

Sewing a Travel Wardrobe

Sewing for an upcoming vacation is the perfect excuse to think (thoroughly!!!) about what you’re sewing and packing. And I’ve learned that there is something magical about traveling with handmades – I don’t know if it’s seeing all your handiwork together (in a suitcase!) or planning items and having wonderful trip memories tied to them…

Summer Pant Sewing Patterns: Roundup Time!

Summer pants are a wardrobe staple. Ditch the skinny jeans and swap them out for comfort and style of a summer pant. Some of my favorite looks this season include swishy, summery pants – from wide legs to oversized pockets to ruffles – in fun, sunny prints. Summer pants are a great wardrobe basic: they’re…