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READER TIPS for summer sewing!
ANITA MORRIS OF ANITA BY DESIGN
WORKING WITH KNIT FABRICS • Knit fabrics, especially spandex blends, are both comfortable and ideal for casual athletic garments. Learn techniques that take the guesswork out of sewing knits.
Sewing Elastic WITH A SERGER • Give your activewear, swimwear, and loungewear a professional finish by using your serger to attach the elastic. Not only does this give your creations a very polished look, sewing elastic on a serger is also easy, precise, fast, and can be used for a large variety of projects.
SERGING ELASTIC • Keep these tips in mind when using your serger to sew elastic.
PERSONAL WORKOUT WEAR: TWO APPROACHES
BRANDON HAYDEN of Happily Dressed
Sewing MENSWEAR VOLUME 1: PATTERN SOURCING • Follow along as we explore menswear sewing topics with instructor and expert sewist, Julian Collins. First up, Julian shares his tips for sourcing menswear patterns.
SEWSTAINABLE: UPCYCLE, SEW & SWEAT • Thrift stores, garage sales, and even your own closet are fantastic resources for upcycling materials. Discover how to transform a basic T-shirt into a stylish tank featuring a playful saying and twisted shoulder detail.
Lattice STATUS • Cruise around town on your bike, scooter, or skates in style with comfortable athleisure bike shorts featuring faux-leather lattice accent panels. For added interest, use a contrasting sheer or mesh knit fabric for the side panel.
Strappy STUDIO TANK • Alter a basic cropped top into a custom athletic tank featuring sheer side panels and strappy accents.
Match Point HACK • Stitch a comfortable athleisureinspired look for effortless summer style. Use a swimsuit pattern as the bodice foundation and simply draft an A-line skirt for a fitted workout dress.
YOU CAN HACK IT • Learn some basics to easily hack a swimsuit pattern into an athleisure dress.
Color GUARD • Protect yourself from the sun during fun summer activities with a rash guard, created using your favorite raglan knit shirt pattern.
Cool Down SHORTS • Quickly hack a pants pattern into a comfy and classic pair of gym shorts.
DOWNWARD Duffle • Create your new favorite goto bag for the gym or travel, featuring a combination of holographic vinyl and durable canvas, detachable shoulder strap, and exterior pockets.
DYO Scuba SKIRT • Neoprene fabric is a versatile material perfect for athleisurewear. Neoprene is inexpensive, available in a variety of colors, drapes well, and is super comfortable to wear. Draft and stitch a stylish neoprene skirt that you can wear to the gym or on the court.
#SEWSCRAPPY Undies • Underwear is a great scrap-busting project because they require very little fabric. Learn how to alter basic underwear patterns to create a pieced pair and boy shorts.
TEE TIME • Create a cropped knot top by hacking your favorite T-shirt pattern and finishing it with lovely lettuce-edge effect.
Power PLAY • Learn all about power mesh fabric and add support to your memade swimsuits, lingerie, and athleticwear.
SWIMWEAR SPECIFICS • Discover some basics on using power mesh for swimwear.
SEWING FOR GOOD: The Sewing Labs
STORIES FROM THE SEWING LABS
Using INDUSTRIAL Machines • Are industrial machines worth the investment? Read considerations from sewing machine (and shoe) collector Russell Conte to find out if...