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29 08, 2018

Mylar Rain Curtains Add Shimmery, Sparkly Drama To Many Kinds Of Stage Designs

By |August 29th, 2018|Products|1 Comment

There is no better time than now to start exploring the fabulous and versatile drapery design elements in our Oh’ So Swanky Rental Drapery Collection. More specifically, if you want to add some extra sparkle and shine to the event’s atmosphere, you can never go wrong with our exceptional Silver Mylar Rain Curtains. Try out these light-as-air rental drapes to give your staging some extra sparkly movement, providing you with a shimmery and glittery backdrop for all types of productions. Lightweight and easy to transport, these fierce theatrical curtains will heighten the drama with any style of event motif.

Mylar Rain Curtains are extremely durable with webbing, grommets, and ties on top, making them a breeze to hang and tour with. Our theatre clients love these appealing, easy-to-install drapes, too. These curtains can also be lit up in a multitude of ways, to help you produce the exact mood and tone that you are going for with each scene–making these a lighting designer’s dream come true. With the simple addition of some colorful lighting, these dynamic drapes can take on and reflect whatever color scheme you desire.

These beautiful rain curtains easily add a ton of sparkle and texture to what might otherwise be a very plain, lackluster stage or theatre. You can also layer these drapes with different colored draping behind them from our Specialty Rental Drapery Collections for enhanced flair and dimension. These versatile drapes can provide a wonderful splash of sparkle and excitement behind your dancers, singers, and guest speakers alike. Everyone from touring rock bands to special orchestra performances can enjoy designing with these lively drapes.

You can never go wrong with an old school mylar “rain curtain” – always a fun and shimmering backdrop for all kinds of productions. Consider adding some enchanting “Rain” to your next show or exclusive event—and just watch as they transform your stage design into something truly magical! Contact one of our representatives today, and we’ll be happy to help you better explore the best options for you—whether they be for a rental or custom drapes, based on your event’s own unique, distinctive needs.

28 08, 2018

Exquisite Custom Drapery Panels Create Stunning Backdrop For National Tour

By |August 28th, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Sometimes our clients are looking for alluring stage drapes that will completely captivate audiences of all kinds, yet still be adaptable enough to travel from location to location while out on a tour. Recently I had the opportunity to work with the talented production manager Deb Miller, with renowned tour production company OSA International. They wanted us to build them custom theatrical stage drapes for the upcoming tour for visionary musician, songwriter, composer, producer, and recording artist David Foster. Designing the stage for his “The Hitman Tour” this past summer, Deb wanted to make sure that the drapes would be stunning in and of themselves, but also be versatile enough to work in concert halls of all sizes and configurations.

Fabric choice was going to be absolutely vital in constructing this distinctive stage design. Deb knew that they wanted to be able to hang tall, silky, shimmery strips of fabric in panels as their main backdrop. This would enable the tour and lighting designers to not only fill the stage to be as wide or as narrow as it needed to be, but it would also allow them to utilize the “negative space” in between each drape to give the design extra depth and dimension.

Deb decided on a glittery White-Silver Domino fabric for these 30’h panels. We began with a reversible material that has striking metallic threading and a very soft hand, we then shirred this dazzling yet lightweight fabric at 100% fullness–enabling the tour to easily style these “ready to hang” curtains from show to show. And ties on top of the curtains allowed them to be hung as narrow or wide as the designers desired. Imaginative, colorful theatrical lighting effects played off of these textured drapes beautifully, helping give each segment of Mr. Foster’s shows a truly one-of-a-kind look and feel—just like his exceptional music!

Brilliantly photographed by both Robert Kusel and David Butler, you can see how these drapes added an impeccable touch to the tour’s overall timeless motif. We love to facilitate our clients’ unique design visions becoming a breathtaking reality through our fabulous custom-built stage drapes. Contact one of our sales reps today and let us further assist you with some lovely custom—or rental—curtains that will delight and excite your audiences, too!

21 08, 2018

Electrifying Custom-Built Stage Drapes Created For Dynamic World Tour

By |August 21st, 2018|Company, Fabrics, Products, Projects|1 Comment

When you are working with an artist and band that are larger-than-life in personality, it only makes sense to create a stage design that will appear larger-than-life as well.  Arguably one of the biggest personalities to take foot on any concert stage is the vivacious and brilliant pop singer Boy George, and especially so when he’s performing with his talented (off and on) band of over 37 years, Culture Club. Together they have dazzled audiences far and wide for almost four decades, and don’t show signs of stopping any time soon!

Boy George and Culture Club performing in Austin, Texas (2018-07-10)

Set Designer “Extraordinaire” Baz Halpin of Silent House Productions contacted our Senior Account Manager Shane Nelsen to have Sew What? Inc. provide them with some exceptionally one-of-a-kind stage drapes for Culture Club’s current international “Life” tour. These concerts will be blazing around the world from summer through winter (and beyond), and on arena and theatres stages of all sizes and layouts. They needed an eclectic array of fabulous soft goods that they could swag, drape, and frame the prosceniums with that could be blended together to create a luminous, dramatic appearance for audiences of all magnitudes to enjoy.

Boy George & Culture Club - 31 July 2018

They chose some IFR Crushed Gloss Silver Satin as the fabric to build all of these various theatrical stage drapes out of—which is a fantastic fabric to tour with. It is Inherently Flame Retardant so it tests well at venues, it is already “crushed” so it comes out of the hamper already made with a remarkable texture (and therefore is not afraid of wrinkling), and it’s a sturdy fabric so it does well with hanging along trusses and bastions. Using Baz’s incredibly imaginative design vision and drapery diagrams, Shane was able to have our gifted sewing team build 19 completely independent and completely unique curtains for this tour.

Boy George and Culture Club performing in Austin, Texas (2018-07-10)

And with Tour Manager Ian Faddie’s truly inspired “eye for staging”, the tour’s team is able to build an astonishing stage at each and every show. Using an assortment of custom-made, striking Angle/Profile Cut Drapes, exceptional Tab Drapes, and phenomenal Swagged Drapes, this design has a little bit of everything to it….and always ends with completely breathtaking results.  Colorful theatrical lighting motifs also help to give all parts of the show a completely unique mood and feel. Contact one of our representatives today so that we can help you make your theoretical design concept become a tangible reality for your next big concert, production, trade show, or other special event—either through sensational custom-built drapes, or from a variety of gorgeous rental draperies, too.

20 08, 2018

Indie Artist Rocks Out In Front Of Exceptionally Stunning Custom Drapes

By |August 20th, 2018|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

No one rocks out on stage quite like our Sew What clients do—and no two are alike! So why should their drapes be alike? Recently our Senior Account Manager Shane Nelsen worked with the team for powerhouse Australian Indie Rock singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett’s current International tour. They wanted us to help to create some custom stage drapes that would give them a one-of-a-kind look that would allow their team to transform all sizes and types of tour stages — from larger-than-life outdoor arenas to more intimate club and theatre venues.

Courtney Barnett - Courtney Melba Barnett with Bones Sloane, Dave Mudie, Dan Luscombe & Katie Harkin

This past spring, gifted lighting designer Heather Cosette contacted Shane Nelsen. Heather had developed an innovative design concept for the upcoming tour, and she wanted our help in making her design come to life. Shane was more than happy to take on this challenge! Heather’s design was based on a traditional  “Austrian drape” pattern. However, rather than sewing these drapes with the customary 4 ft swags, or “smiles,” that a typical Austrian drape has, she wanted these 30’h drapes to all have a dramatic single 20’w swag instead.

Courtney Barnett

Next up was choosing the right fabric. Heather envisioned an opaque metallic fabric that would look fantastic indoors and outdoors, with or without colorful theatrical lighting splashed onto it, and from both near and far away. Shane highly recommended FR Black-Silver Metallic Knit Boucle, and once she saw how dazzling this fabric appeared (especially with swags and fullness sewn in), she never looked back! The various lighting elements sometimes made the drapes look shimmery, other times like sheet metal, and still other times almost velvety in texture.


We were beyond thrilled with how spectacular these versatile drapes turned out for Ms. Barnett’s tour, and we were very excited to be a part of this amazing, original project. Contact one of our reps today so that we can help turn your own design vision into “on-stage reality,” too! And if you can check out one of these brilliantly engaging shows this fall when the Courtney Barnett Tour comes back to the US in September and October, you can see these lovely drapes in person.

Dare to be inspired–You can see these distinctive custom drapes being showcased beautifully with additional photos in one of the new galleries on our SW Flickr page.

Courtney Barnett, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker at Surly Festival Field Minneapolis

14 08, 2018

Red Rental Draperies Help Give Classic Stage Look For Rock Tour

By |August 14th, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Earlier this year, we were thrilled to get to work with Tuyet Ngyuen, the Tour Manager and overall creative designer for the transcendent American rock band Deer Tick, on some stage designs for the band’s 2018 US tour. They had a few fairly intimate venues on this leg of the tour that they wanted to create a “classic” stage look for. But they needed drapery that would be eye-catching in and of itself and yet also be versatile enough to distinctively light up with colorful theatrical lighting that would help give each part of their performance a different vibe and energy all their own.

Deer Tick (2/27/18)

Tuyet decided for this leg of the tour that they would choose some of our luxurious, velvety Red Super-Vel pleated rental draperies from our appropriately titled Rockin’ Red Drapery Collection. Working well not only for the tour’s cozier venues,but also for the standard-sized theaters that they played in, these drapes added a stunning pop of rich color behind the band. The fabric has an almost “crushed” nap to it, so the drapes also reflect theatrical colorful lighting onto them spectacularly—creating gorgeous hues for all types of moods and motifs during the shows.

As you can see in the video, these red curtains looked absolutely wonderful behind this eclectic band’s fantastically enjoyable performances. With an extensive amount of sizes and styles to choose from, all of our Specialty Rental Drapery Collections offer a wide selection of beautifully pleated legs, dramatic swagged and pleated borders, interesting pipe and drape panels, magnificent Venetians, exquisite Austrians, and embellished Grand Stage Drapes, and therefore can provide something unique for every occasion. We love being able to help take the guess work out of our client’s stage designs by suggesting to them some easy-to-install, out of the hamper, ready-to-go drapery that can be set up for almost any type of concert, event, or production imaginable. Contact us today so that we can help you get the exact look that you are wanting, too!