Monday, April 14, 2008

Sew News Inspiration

A couple of days ago I picked up the April/May edition of Sew News. I was pleasantly surprised at home much I enjoyed this issue.

Of course the article, "One Pattern, 3 Look's" caught my eye first! This article is well written and photographed. It will encourage you to use your pattern as a jumping off point and to dream of many different looks for your pattern.

The article has great diagrams showing how to cut up and change a pattern. And as a TNT pattern fanatic, who is constantly reimagining her patterns, I loved this article.

Another article is called, "Three of a Kind" where three different Sew News staff members used the same skirt pattern but came up with three different looks. Each look fits the sewist's lifestyle and figure, but really highlights how everyone should make a pattern that works for them and not just copy what's on the cover of the pattern envelope.

Also included an interview of Carmen Webber, Season 4 Project Runway contestant was interesting especially since Carmen wasn't on PR long enough to become a fan favorite! The article was informative and showed several of her designs.

The last article worth mentioning is called, "Neckline Redefined" which gives you in-depth instructions on how to alter your pattern's neckline. Since I've altered a neckline or two on both tops and dresses this was very useful information...confirming some things I already knew and and also reinforcing some others!

Probably the reason I liked this issue so much is because it is all about encouraging you to experiment with your pattern, to dream up something new, to challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and do something a little different! If you are not a subscriber or you don't regularly pick-up Sew News, but you are looking for a resource that will assist you in becoming more proficient in "interpreting" and "changing" a pattern...this issue is for you!

I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled with the entire issue! So if you can, please pick one up!


  1. I was pleasantly surprised by this issue also. I stopped my subscription because I wasn't interested in most of the articles. I picked this one up and loved it right away. I liked the basic stuff they covered like ease.

  2. I also stopped my subscription, but got this one for the cover photo. I am planning a lace jacket for a mother of the bride outfit and that picture caught my eye. Then the magazine followd me home

  3. Thanks for the review. Like Mary, I stopped by subscription to Sew News. I really need to read the "One Pattern, 3 Looks" article. One of my goals is to play around more with patterns and create the look I want.

  4. I have this issue too. It's great. I hope they continue with these kinds of articles.

  5. Great post. Sometimes that is the hardest part for me.. I am working on my vision.

  6. Thanks for the heads up! I will try to get this issue!

  7. Sounds interesting.I am going to have to get that issue.

  8. I have this issue and went back to reread it after reading your post--made me see it in a more positive light! Thanks for sharing your point of view as well as the fabulous garments you create. I read your blog daily--even when it means rereading a previous post. You are a real inspiration!

    Thanks again for the review of an old friend~

    Lynda in LV

  9. Carolyn, every company should get you to market their products! I just picked up this issue at Joann's (used my 50% of coupon), and started reading earlier. I like it so far! Thanks for pointing those of us who are still starting up in the right direction!


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