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10 12, 2013

Celebrating the Season at Sew What? and Rent What?

By |December 10th, 2013|Company, News, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|0 Comments

‘Tis the season to spread merriment and joy with those around you, and NO ONE knows how to spread the joy better than Sew What? and Rent What?, especially when a party is involved! This year we had our annual Holiday Fiesta a little earlier in the season than we normally do, which really helped all of us get into a fantastically festive holiday spirit!


Starting off our party with some delicious catered Italian favorites, everyone got to devour the scrumptious pasta and salads to their hearts’ content. But we didn’t sit for too long, because we had the most invigorating and boot-scootin’ dance party arranged by our wonderful DJ Michael from Ovation Entertainment, who always puts us in a dancing mood at all of our events. Offering everybody great party favors and loads of fun props always helps everyone feel extra silly, and no one gets us all to start dancing like crazy in front of the entire staff quite like Michael does! With games such as an extremely competitive limbo contest, then a company-wide “musical chairs”, to our “who can last the longest while dancing the most insanely energetic line dancing imaginable” contest, he had us dancing and running around and limbo-ing until we were absolutely exhausted.


We always look forward to these memorable and hysterically fun parties that the company throws for us for so many great occasions, but the annual Holiday Party is definitely one of our very favorites. We are proving time and time again that we are definitely a “family of Whatters”, and these fun and fabulous parties really help remind everyone that the work we all do is appreciated by management, which is always a great reason to celebrate!




Everyone at Sew What? and Rent What? wants to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Holiday Season, and a prosperous and healthy New Year!

9 12, 2013

Top 5 Steps to Navigating Flame Retardancy Requirements for Touring Soft Goods

By |December 9th, 2013|Education, Flame Retardancy|1 Comment

If you are a tour manager for an artist or band, we understand that you have a ton of tasks on your plate. You are coordinating everything from the hard and soft goods for the set design to the staging companies to the travel schedule. Sometimes it feels as if there just isn’t enough time in the day to take care of everything. I thought I’d help out by passing on a little information on flame retardancy for stage drapery. With this information upfront, hopefully it will mean less for you to worry about.


  1. Request 12” x 12” burn samples of the fabric(s) used for your newly purchased and rented stage drapes and other soft goods. Even with a Certificate of Flame Retardancy, a Fire Marshal at a venue may ask for a burn sample in order to do a field test onsite.
  2. Request the appropriate Certificate(s) of Flame Retardancy based on the tour schedule. Flame retardancy requirements vary state to state (and even city to city), and so letting your soft goods supplier know upfront where the tour is headed will help ensure that you have all the necessary certification.
  3. If a tour is headed to Boston, complete a Boston Fire Department Use Application and send it to Boston Fire Department, along with a 12” x 12” burn sample of each drapery fabric. This is typically required two to four weeks in advance of the Boston show.
  4. If your soft goods are more than a year old, have the drapery tested and re-certified by a certified flame retardancy company before the new tour begins. Some local Fire Marshals may be satisfied with doing a field burn test but others may not pass a drape for use at a show if the certificate is more than one year old.
  5. Don’t try to figure it out all on your own – ask questions! If you are unsure or unclear about any flame retardancy issue related to your new or existing soft goods, talk to your drapery supplier! They are the experts in the subject and can help you navigate this often complex subject.


4 12, 2013

Choose a Digitally Printed Backdrop as an Innovative Design Option for Your Holiday Worship Program

By |December 4th, 2013|Digital Printing, Products|0 Comments

We understand that, as a production designer for a church, synagogue, or other house of worship, your goal is to design a set for your holiday worship services that is both visually exciting and religiously relevant. Why not take a cue from the world of music touring production designers and make a digitally printed backdrop the centerpiece of your design?