All posts by Amanda Carestio

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…

MeMadeMay: What It Is And How You Can Participate!

If you’re seeing lots of selfies in your Instagram feed, you’re probably well aware that Me Made May is upon us, also known (on Instagram) as #memademay and #mmm. The month-long challenge has been around for many years; it was started in 2010 by Zoe Edwards. “Me Made May kind of evolved from a personal challenge…

Sewing for Self-Care with Abby Glassenberg

April is Stress Awareness Month in the US. If you have stress in your life (don’t we all!), you’ve likely found ways of dealing with it. Crafting, specifically knitting and sewing, have been proven to help manage stress and symptoms of depression. In a recent issue of Sew News (find the full article there), columnist Abby…

Serger Buying Guide! Read Our Beginners Guide

Buying a serger can be a bit confusing for those new to this type of machine. Check out our Serger Buying Guide for beginners to sort all the bells and whistles out. Sergers, also known as overlock machines, use multiple thread strands to construct a strong seam that encloses the raw fabric edge, eliminating fraying…

Spring Sewing Plans – Sew News Staff

Spring is a short and mysterious season in Colorado: light snow one day, followed by clear skies and 70-degree temps. Here’s what we’re sewing for the season at Sew News HQ. As you’ll see, we each have a different approach to planning! How do you plan your seasonal makes? Share your notes and thoughts in…

Real World Wardrobe Planning

As careful as we plan and as well as we know ourselves and our bodies, the aspirational wardrobe can still be an issue for sewists. Read on for more on wardrobe planning that fits your lifestyle.  By Eryn Shields of Style Sew Me. Find the full article  in Sew News April/May 2018. Sewing my own…

Sewing Your Own Jeans – An Adventure: Part 3

We just sewed our own jeans. Sewed. Our Own. Jeans. Sorry, the thrill hasn’t worn off yet for sewing our own jeans! Maybe it never will? Jeans aren’t the final frontier of sewing your own clothes, but this certainly feels like a big moment. Thanks so much for joining us on this jeans sewing adventure.…

Sewing Jeans – An Adventure In Sewing Your Own: Part 2

We are sewing jeans! Thanks so much for joining us for part 2 of this jean sewing adventure. Today, we’re sharing our thoughts mid-stream (er, mid-jean)…the good, the bad and the ugly! How far are you into the process os sewing your own jeans? Amanda: I’ve made pockets, topstitched, installed the zipper, sewn the inseam…