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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…

Emerson Pants

The BEST Pants To Sew For Summer

Sewing a pair of summer pants, let alone wearing pants in the summertime, isn’t a typical activity. Usually we’re on the lookout for a flowy dress, pair of great fitting shorts or a simple skirt. But I have to tell you that this pant pattern is my new go-to, and I absolutely love it in…

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…

5 Eco-Friendly Fabrics

Using eco-friendly fabrics in your sewing. Many of us are aware that the fabric industry is not the most eco-friendly industry. The chemicals and processes required to grow, process and dye natural fabrics or to produce and dye man-made fabrics can be less that healthy for our environment. So for Earth Day, I’m going to…

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…

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…

High End Hack

High-End Hack: Pom-pom Shoe Embellishment Tutorial

Welcome to the second installment of the High-End Hack: Shoe Embellishment Tutorials. Bedazzled shoes are everywhere and adorned with everything: embroidery, pom-poms, tassels, beading — you name it. With a few simple steps, it’s easy (and inexpensive!) to transform a pair of basic flat mules into designer flats. Follow these simple step-by-step photos to create…