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Sew News

December/January 2021

Sew News magazine is a complete resource for sewers of all skill levels. Each issue of Sew News magazine is packed with practical sewing information, how-to guides and the latest on fashion, fabrics, books and new products.

Pays:
United States
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Peak Media Properties, LLC
Fréquence:
Bimonthly
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3 min.
staff picks

1. The stars all align (and keep you organized) in this amazing Signs of the Sewdiac 12 Month Calendar. If your studio walls are looking a little empty, this is just the inspiration to keep you sewing and on track, or just bring a little bit of sewing into your everyday organization. Complete with write ups for each month, this calendar will have you connecting with your inner sewdiac. etsy.com/com/shop/SamanthaClaridgeShop 2. Inspired by Audrey Hepburn as Regina Lambert in Charade, Naughty Bobbin’s La Megéve Pullover and Stirrup Pant is the perfect solution to sewing yourself out of the winter blues — and keeping you looking cozy chic! This two-in-one pattern includes a pullover with in-seam hand-warming pockets and rolled Bateau collar alongside ponteknit elastic-waist stirrup pants. We love this plush winter…

7 min.
curve appeal

Q I purchased a unisex hoodie pattern and want to make one for myself and one for my girlfriend. The trouble is, our measurements are the same in the chest and hip, which are the only listed measurements. She is average size and busty and I am very tall with wide shoulders. How do I get the pattern to work for both of us? Q Begin with a few measurements from a hoodie that fits each of you well. Put on the chosen hoodies to assess the fit and capture the measurements. Take measurements from the shoulder down the front and back to the band or hemline. Be sure to cross over the apex of the bust for the front measurement. Also measure across your girlfriend’s full bust from underarm seam…

7 min.
sara trail & the social justice sewing academy

From writing her own patterns for the Designed with Love by Sara collection, to developing her own instructional sewing DVD’s, designing her own fabric lines for Simplicity and graduating from Harvard University with a graduate degree in education after attending UC Berkley undergrad, Sara Trail has a resume that inspires. When she’s not working full-time at the Solano County Jail in Fairfield, California, helping inmates get their high school diplomas, Sara also serves as the Executive Director of the Social Justice Sewing Academy. Her passion for social justice, her drive to educate and make change — not later, but now — is palpable. She is changing narratives within the quilting community and moving the needle in a more empathetic and inclusive direction. If you are familiar with the Social Justice Sewing…

1 min.
cowl couture

Skill Level: Intermediate SUPPLIES • 13”x25” rectangle each of faux fur (main panel) & coordinating mediumweight woven or knit fabric (lining)• Two 1/2”x13” strips of medium-weight fusible interfacing• Matching all-purpose thread• 12” separating metal zipper• Reversible zipper pull• Zipper stop• Removable fabric marker• Zipper foot• Hand sewing needle (optional)• Tassel (optional) CONSTRUCT Use 1/2" seam allowances unless otherwise noted. Fuse one interfacing strip to each main-panel short-edge wrong side according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Trim the fur 3/8” from the perimeter. Remove the zipper stop and pull from the zipper. Replace with a reversible pull and stop. Position the main panel right side up on a flat work surface. Designate one long edge as the upper edge. Separate the zipper. Position the left zipper tape over the main-panel right short edge with right sides together, aligning the upper…

6 min.
level up:upgrade your space, machines & tools

A beginner machine or tool can be just what you needed to get you started on your sewing journey. It makes good sense to hold off on a big investment until you know you love sewing. But now, you’ve made a commitment to sewing, and it’s become an important part of your entertainment, your creative outlet and your self-care. Now is the time to consider investing in high quality tools and supplies to take your skills to the next level. Here are some points to think through as you consider upgrades for your sewing room. SEWING MACHINE Time spent with your sewing machine should feel happy, productive and satisfying, but if you’re working with a machine that you’ve outgrown, it can be frustrating. Most beginners don’t do a ton of research before…

1 min.
off the shelf

FOOLPROOF FABRIC DYEING By Linda Johansen Get info on all of the basics you need to dye fabric, including necessary tools, the best dyes, which fabrics to use, additives, precautions and more — all in one handy reference tool! Dyeing expert Linda Johansen offers a full overview of the process, including special tips and techniques for tricky colors. The compact size is perfect to take along to a class or to the fabric store to match complementary fabrics and materials. ctpub.com ZERO WASTE GIFT WRAP By Christine Leech Embrace zero waste living with this collection of sustainable gift-wrap solutions including furoshiki, the traditional Japanese technique of fabric knotting. Whether you use a vintage silk scarf or create your own fabric with patchwork, piecing and dyeing techniques, or reuse unwanted items to make quirky gift wraps…