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Sew News June/July 2020

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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.

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DEAR READERS, Summer sewing is kind of the best, isn’t it? If there’s anything I love more than making summer garments, it’s wearing them. Easy, breezy, likely linen: that’s my quintessential summer style. What’s yours? It’s no secret that I am a fan of an oversized silhouette, especially for summer: the less a garment touches me, the better. The Paonia Pinafore Dress on page 68 started life as a restyling of a spaghetti strap linen dress whose straps had stretched beyond repair. Designed to be worn over a snug tank or tee, this dress was my wardrobe MVP last summer. I knew I wanted to make more and I wanted to share this easy layering piece with you… so it became a pattern for this issue! Boxy is great (so great!), but sometimes…

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reader tips

STICK TO IT Use a glue stick to secure buttons when machine stitching them. The glue will wash away and not leave a trace. Sharon S., email MAKE A DATE Make a sewing appointment on your calendar. By scheduling a sewing date, you’re far more likely to actually sit down and sew. Jeanne R., Facebook FINDERS KEEPERS Download your machine manual from the Internet [onto your computer or phone] and search through it using the “Find” function to quickly find answers. Plus, there’s no more searching for the manual when your machine malfunctions! Susan V., Facebook SEWING KABOB Use bamboo skewers as stilettos. Cut the skewer to a comfortable size for your hand. Should the needle accidentally hit the skewer, it will pierce the wood instead of breaking the needle tip or metal stiletto. Patricia H., Facebook KNIT KNACK To avoid stretching lightweight…

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staff picks

1. If you are a fan of fashion, sewing, and cards then these Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing Book Playing Cards are perfect. Best-selling authors Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr bring fun fashion illustrations to life in this imaginative deck – you just may get so distracted by them while playing your game that you will want to immediately head to your sewing studio. These also make a fabulous gift for the sewist who has everything. ctpub.com 2. If you think you've made every dress possible, think again. If you haven’t sewn one up with puffy sheer sleeves, then make sure that the new Audrey Dress Pattern from Cami Made is next on your list. With its high collar and loose fit, it promises to keep you cozy and chic for…

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meridy dunn of groovy grey look

SN: Where do you find inspiration? MD: Everywhere. On the street, magazines, Instagram. Sometimes I just have to take a deep breath and remind myself that I can’t make everything. SN: What's your favorite fabric to work with? MD: I love natural fabrics, linen and cotton specifically. SN: What's your greatest extravagance? MD: Silk. Sewing it can be challenging, however wearing it is a dream. SN: What's your must-have tool in your studio? MD: My new motorized height-adjustable worktables. I do all my sewing standing up, and my tables allow me to work at a perfect height. No more neck and back issues. SN: What's your motto? MD: Find joy in as many things as possible. Never compare yourself to others, just be you. SN: What other hobbies do you enjoy? MD: Other than daydreaming about my next creation, I love…

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grommets & eyelets

DESIGNER DETAILS Grommets and eyelets have been part of the garment industry since the first metal versions replaced hand-sewn eyelets on corsets and shoes in the early 1800s. Initially, grommets and eyelets were strictly functional metal rings, but in recent years they’ve appeared in designer garments in clever and innovative ways. Grommets and eyelets are available in a variety of sizes and colors. Use them on garments, accessories and home-décor projects to create attractive and functional closures and openings, or creativity apply them to projects as embellishments. The terms “grommets” and “eyelets” are often used interchangeably, as grommets and eyelets are very similar in appearance and serve many of the same purposes. Both are available in a wide range of sizes and finishes and feature a shaft that’s inserted through a hole in…

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tricks of the trade

Keep these tips in mind for best results when planning a design and selecting fabric appropriate for grommets and eyelets. • Select fabric that has a fairly tight weave or is tightly knit. Loose weaves don’t provide enough support for the weight of the metal, and many knits stretch and allow the grommet or eyelet to pop out. Avoid placing grommets or eyelets in any garment areas that will stretch. • When using grommets or eyelets on knit fabrics, make the smallest hole possible, and then stretch the fabric tightly around the shank. • Select grommets or eyelets that are the appropriate size for the fabric weight and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the number of fabric layers to use. • Use interfacing to reinforce the fabric area where eyelets or grommets are applied…