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9 12, 2009

Swags and Digitals for the Eagles

By |December 9th, 2009|News, Projects|0 Comments

Recently, both Sew What? and Rent What? had the opportunity to contribute custom stage drapery to The Eagles West Coast Tour, which opened on Monday in Portland, OR.

Production designer Butch Allen send us some rehearsals photos of our drapes on set – and I think they are just amazing!    Take a look at these Silver Swags from Rent What? :


Design: Butch Allen Designs; Photo Credit: Butch Allen

Also included in the rental package provided by Rent What? was a 24′ h x 50′ w backdrop, digitally printed by Sew What? to give the appearance of parchment (see the background in the photo above), as well as black masking pieces.

The tour also purchased a 24′ h x 24′ w custom digitally printed backdrop from Sew What?  Printed on clear vinyl, the clock image is dramatic while still allowing a view of the parchment backdrop behind it (as above).  Clever lighting in another scene makes the clock appear blue:


Design: Butch Allen Designs; Photo Credit: Butch Allen

More clever lighting, and somehow the drapery looks completely different:


Design: Butch Allen Designs; Photo Credit: Butch Allen

I can’t decide which of these three photos is my favorite; all three are just so beautiful.  Butch has created a wonderful set design, and I am so proud that Sew What? and Rent What? were brought on board to bring Butch’s vision to life.

The show is in Seattle tonight, and then goes to Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles, before finishing up in San Diego on December 21st.  So, if you happen to get to one of the shows – check out the drapery and let me know what you think!

7 12, 2009

Sew What? Star of the Month – Dec. 2009

By |December 7th, 2009|Company, Sew What Team|0 Comments

Meet Maria, Sewing Machine Operator

Maria has been with Sew What? for 3 1/2 years.


If you could take a vacation to any place in the world, where would you go, and why? I would go to Nicaragua to visit my kids.

Who is your favorite music artist?  Guille Avila – Christian music.

Do you have a special talent?  I counsel the youth surrounding me.  I tell them about how God loves them and wishes them well.  This way I gain their respect.

What is your favorite movie/show?  Para de Sufrir – Religious Testament Show.

What is your favorite memory from Sew What?  When I had to make some white pillow covers when I first started here.  I knew my job depended on it, but I hadn’t sewn zippers in several years.  It was quite a challenge!

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging?  When we worked on some yellow fine vinyl drapes that had angled cuts that were very tedious, but we approached the task with a positive outlook and a patient eye, and we accomplished it in the allotted time.

3 12, 2009

Exhibit Booths

By |December 3rd, 2009|Education, Products|4 Comments

I post a lot on traditional stage curtains as well as on the drapery we make for music tours, but I realized this afternoon that I have not posted on another element of our business – exhibit booths, drapes and supplies.

You may not know what I mean  by “exhibit booths,” but I am sure you have seen them (or perhaps even used them yourself).  These are the booths you see at trade shows and convention vendor floors. 

Commonly, the elements that are used to make up these exhibit booths are referred to as “Pipe and Base” or “Pipe and Drape.”  Often the booths are connected in a side by side and/or back to back configuration – a common configuration is to have a series of booths with 8′ backwalls and 3′ side walls (you can see drawings of these types of configurations on the “Wholesale Pipe and Drape Packages” page of our website).

In many cases, the standard booths are provided by the show organizer or venue – but booth holders often personalize them with their own drapery – or even bring their own hardware as well as drapery.

The hardware includes uprights, bases, and drape supports.  We distribute a “slip-fit” system of hardware.  This means that the bottom of the upright slips right into the center of the base – no screws required.  Uprights have slots in two areas – at the top and at about 3′ from the bottom.  The final piece of hardware is the drape support (also known as the crossbar).  This is the “pole” that the drapes hang from.  These drape supports have “hooks” on each end which fit into the slots on the uprights.

Drapes are usually made with an open rod pocket at the top – the drape support slides through the pocket (similiar to a home window drape sheer).  The most affordable option is to purchase single-width unpleated panels that are unpleated and use extra panels pushed together to give a natural pleated appearance.  For example, for a 10 foot wide backwall, we would recommend 4 drapes at 4′ wide each (or a total of 16′ in drapery width).

“Pipe and Drape” system are truly a “do-it-yourself” option.  A single stand-alone booth with an 8′ backwall, two 3′ sidewalls, and an open front requires only a few components and can be put up in by a couple of people in 15 minutes.  We even sell a couple of single booth packages that gives the customer every thing needed for a 10′ x 10′ booth – bases, uprights, telescopic drape supports, drapes, along with carry/storage bags for everything.

But another option that can personalize a booth is to purchase custom drapes.  Perhaps you select a different fabric, a different color, have an image digitally printed on the drapes, or even do something fun like these two-toned angled drapes  that we made for ourselves, to use in our own booth at a trade show:


Yes, the huge corporations spend a huge amount of money having custom booths designed and built for them – and many of them really are amazing.  But for the rest of us, pipe and drape is a great option that is both affordable and easily customizable.

Pipe & Drape Questions? See our whitepaper:
Demystifying Exhibit Booths: Pipe and Drape Systems