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Measure Better
Check your measuring tapes against a plastic ruler or cutting table to ensure that they have not stretched out. Take measurements regularly – don’t assume that your measurements are the same month to month, or even over the course of a month. Taking
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Penrose Peasant Blouse
Register at sewdaily.com now through April 30, 2021,to get the Penrose Peasant Blouse pattern and video sew-along course free! Then sew up the perfect square-neck peasant blouse for spring — with us! By registering, you’re automatically entered to wi
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Coming Up
TRANSITION TO WARMER TEMPS IN STYLE! STITCH PANTS WITH A UNIQUE PIECED PANEL, HACK YOUR FAVORITE SHIRT INTO A SHIRTDRESS, CREATE A COOL CANVAS BACKPACK AND MORE, ALL IN THE SUMMER ISSUE OF SEW NEWS, ON NEWSSTANDS MAY 18, 2021. ■
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DIY L-shape Ruler
If you don’t have an L-shape ruler, there’s no need to go out and buy one. Just make your own! In a way, this is better because you can mark your own measurements on the one you’ve made. All you need is some cardstock, magazine board or cardboard to
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It's a Wrap
PATTERN: Wildwood Wrap Dress Version A by Sew House 7 (sewhouse7.com) SIZE: 12 FABRIC: Linen from Minerva Crafts (minveracrafts.com) As soon as this pattern was released, I knew I had to sew it up. I find that all the designs from Sew House 7 are a
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Editor in Chief Amanda Carestio Content Producer Meg Healy Online Editor Andrea Lotz Technical Editor Kim Saba Graphic Designer Jessica Hughes Photography Molly Stevenson Stylist Emily Smoot Hair and Makeup Beauty on Location Studio Illustrator Natha
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Sewstainable: Round Rope Bag
Supplies listed are enough to make one 8”-diameter bag. • 20 yards of 3/16” cotton macrame rope• Fabric dye• Thread: coordinating & topstitching• Coordinating scrap fabric (3”x34”)• Old leather belt• Awl or leather punch• Old button• Tapestry needl
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Cocoon Couture
Not quite out of the cold, and not quite into the heat — oh, what to wear? During times of transitional weather, layers are always a good idea. But instead of a basic cardigan or that same jacket you’ve been wearing for the past several years, why no
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Editor
DEAR READERS, Winters in Colorado can be long, dark and snowy. As we start into the new year each year, I find myself craving color, namely a nice, fresh green. That became the starting place for this issue of Sew News: a celebration of the coming sp
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WRAPPED & Refined
• Wrap top pattern (such as Wrap Top by Peppermint Magazine; see “Sources.”)• Collar pattern• Linen fabric (amount according to pattern envelope plus 1/4 yard; see “Sources.”)• 1/4 yard of lightweight fusible interfacing• 21/2 yards of coordinating d
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Off The Shelf
Do you dream of a studio that is well arranged, beautiful, organized and doesn’t cost a bundle? This book will help you design the creative studio of your dreams. Get a sneak peek inside studios of all sizes, designed for budgets large and small. Kee
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SEW & TELL
Tune in for a little SEW & TELL! Find episodes of the podcast at sewdaily.com/sewandtell or wherever you get your podcasts. ■
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Palm Pillows
Supplies listed are enough to make two pillow covers. • 1 1/4 yards of at least 45”-wide linen fabric• Two 22” squares of batting• Two 14”-long coordinating regular plastic zippers• Matching & contrasting all-purpose thread• Water-soluble fabric mar
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Get Sewcial
We love this “challenge” and hashtag because it encourages positive change and sustainable behaviors in the sewing community. Follow the tag to see sewists creatively use remaining fabric from sewing projects to make another garment or accessory. The
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Reader Tips
When gluing fabric to paper, you sometimes need more pressure than your fingers. Try using a small rolling pin. Ruth, email Organize your sewing machine needles using an embroidery floss box. Label each compartment for the needle size so you’ll kno
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Pass The Chips Pouch
• 1/8 yard each of light-green woven cotton fabric & dark-green or brown lightweight textured faux leather• 5” square of brown woven fabric• 7” brown regular plastic zipper• 1/2”-wide metal swivel claps• Matching all-purpose thread• Zipper foot Downl
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Experts
RAE CUMBIE (“Curve Appeal” – page 22) is the Creative Director at Fit for Art Patterns, which offers patterns for modern wardrobe basics that focus on fit and include artful design options. She coaches sewists of all skill levels, in classes and on h
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Staff Picks
1. Sewing machine, check. Serger, check. The next thing you need is a cover stitch machine, and the Baby Lock Euphoria Cover Stitch Machine is the perfect addition to your machine family. This machine can really bring your home sewing to the next lev
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Good Day Godets
Always consider the fabric weight and drape for a godet skirt. Drapey fabric creates a skirt with a lot of movement, while a fabric without drape holds a more dramatic silhouette. Select most any fabric for the skirt ruffle, as long as it’s not too h
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Martha Porter Of Buried Diamond
SN: Describe your perfect day. MP: This is tricky to answer after months of sheltering in place due to Covid 19 — there are many things I miss, but I've made peace with spending more time inside. My perfect day would include iced coffee, a long walk
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Ever After BLOUSE
• Loose-fitting woven blouse pattern with long sleeves• Lightweight woven fabric (amount according to measurements)• Approximately 3 yards of single-fold bias tape• Approximately 1/2 yard of 1/4”-wide elastic• All-purpose thread• Pattern or tracing p
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Seam Finishes And Hems
Overcast finish (1): This treatment is suitable for all knit and woven fabrics. Use a serger 3-thread overlock or the overcast stitch on a conventional sewing machine to stitch close to the hem edge. Machine zigzag finish (2): This finish is suitable
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Tip
Create your own single fold bias tape by cutting 1”-wide strips of the main fabric on the bias. Press one long edge 1/4” toward the wrong side Usually the seam allowances are removed from patterns before manipulation. However, the featured pattern k
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Donny Hoang
Sew News: What do you love most about sewing? Donny Hoang: My favorite part about sewing is the opportunity to customize and personalize a garment anywhere along the process. From sketching the idea to making the pattern (or adjusting an old one) t
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RESORT Remix
• Short sleeve men’s button-up (size according to your shoulder-width measurement)• 1/2” coordinating single-fold bias tape (amount according to measurements)• All-purpose thread• Removable fabric marker Use 1/4” seam allowances unless otherwise not
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Curve Appeal
QI recently made a wrap top in woven fabric. The front fits great but the back and sleeves are too tight. How do I avoid these surprises in the future? A Wrap tops, like any sewn garment, require careful fitting attention to each piece in the garme
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Paint It LIKE POLLOCK
Paint a simple leather wristlet with bold, geometric shapes to hold everyday essentials. • 9›1/2”x17” & 1”x16” rectangle of 3- to 4-ounce leather• 7”-long metal regular zipper• 1/2”-wide swivel clasp• Painter’s tape• PTFE presser foot• All-purpose ny
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Neckline Know-how
Necklines are easy to install on a serger, provided you keep these tips in mind. When serging ribbing or self-fabric neckband, consider these tips. • The more the neckband is stretched while being applied around the neckline, the flatter the neckband
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Be Prepared
Learn how to determine if leather needs to be prepared to accept paint. • Apply leather paint to a leather scrap selected for the finished project. Once the paint is dry, bend and manipulate the leather to check the pain adhesion. If the paint doesn
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Next-level Knits
Pretreat cotton, cotton-blend and rayon knit fabrics, but don’t pretreat ribbing. Prewash knit fabrics on cold at least twice to allow for maximum shrinkage. Tumble dry on low. For a quick lining or for added structure, especially with smaller piec
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