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About Lynda

In 2004, as I was starting graduate school, I decided to leave my highly stressful management position in higher education and take on a "low-key" job working for Sew What? Inc., a manufacturer of theatrical drapery. Little did I know that I would love the company, my co-workers, and our terrific customers so much that I would choose to stay here even after I was awarded a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science. What do I do here at Sew What? Inc? The question should probably be, what don't I do? I have done most of the jobs here, from purchasing to accounting to sales (though not sewing - I'm an OK home sewer, but that is it) at one time or another. Currently, my position is General Manager, and I function as an all-around trouble-shooter, computer guru, supervisor, writer, researcher and much more. One of the hats I wear here is as the resident Flame Retardancy expert. I am self-educated on the subject, having done tons of research and talked to dozens of industry professionals throughout the years to gain a solid understanding of flame retardancy requirements in the United States. I love to educate people and have written several articles on flame retardancy requirements for drapery used in public spaces. On a personal level, I love to cook (I studied to be a chef in my younger days, but decided I didn't want to work that hard for so little money). I am a big fan of classic rock and like to go to concerts. I don't get to as many as I'd like, but three that come to mind are Aerosmith with Lenny Kravitz at the Staples Center, the Van Halen Friends & Family Show at the Forum, and Tom Jones at the House of Blues. Well, enough about me for now. I hope you enjoy my blog, and please feel free to jump in with a comment or question. I'd love to hear from you. Lynda Vaughn
27 04, 2020

Cover Up for a Cause

By |April 27th, 2020|Clients, Masks|0 Comments

As you are aware, our nation, our world, is facing a health crisis, and many communities now require mandatory face masks while in public.  Sew What? Inc., in our effort to help out, has switched from making curtains and backdrops for the entertainment industry to currently making personal cloth face masks.   From plain masks to designer masks to masks benefiting a variety of causes, this is truly a labor of love by the owner Megan Duckett.

Colleen and Kevin Swank from Cym Lighting Services recently shared a picture of Colleen wearing one of our masks.  Even though this year’s ride has been cancelled,  on her bike from The Unlikely Cyclist (a woman owned company that as supported Colleen over the years),  Colleen is still training to continue to bring attention to AIDS LifeCycle and to the LGBTQ Center of San Fernando Valley. 

We recently added a mask from which $1.00 of the cost will go to “True Colors United” to benefit their work with LGBTQ Youth Homelessness, as well as another mask from which $1.00 from the purchase will go to “MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund” to help the many musicians who have had their livelihoods canceled due to the virus.   These, along with masks to help “Save Our Rhino” and “Help Feed the Frontlines Fighting COVID-19,” are all part of the mask line we are making to help those in need while also helping slow the spread of the virus.

Most orders can be easily placed on the mask website – c19response.sewwhatinc.com

We at Sew What? Inc. hope you and your family are safe, healthy and happy while we work through these trying times together.

22 04, 2020

7 Mask Gift Set – Tattoo Inspired Designs

By |April 22nd, 2020|Masks, News, Products|0 Comments

We are excited to be making masks right now and doing our part (in some small way) to help keep people safe. And of course, our solid color masks are our core product.

But we wanted to offer people a little something more, and so we began our designer collection. Masks with fun, interesting and colorful designs to allow the wearer to show off a little personality.

Now we are taking it to another level with this gift set. This set includes seven (7) masks that were inspired by tattoo designs.  You’ll get one of each:

  • Día de los Muertos
  • Tiger
  • Webbed Destiny
  • Mariposa (Butterfly)
  • Harvest Dragon
  • Spirit Moth
  • Summer Bloom

Complete set designed by tattoo artist Tony “Solgr” Tovar, @solgr, The Dolorosa Tattoo Studio, Studio City CA.

Available in Adult or Junior sets.

10 03, 2020

Looking for Inspiration? Check Out our Portfolios

By |March 10th, 2020|News, Products, Projects|0 Comments

If you haven’t checked out our portfolios on our website recently, I wanted to give you a little taste of what you will find in each of the portfolios. Here are just a few projects to inspire you – visit out Portfolios page to see many other featured projects that we are proud to have worked on.

ROCK AND ROLL PORTFOLIO

America – the home of legendary rock bands and so many of today’s pop stars. Madonna, Britney Spears, Don Henley, Sting; we have draped and masked stages for the best of them. While we tend to remember a concert in terms of the “set” and the “lighting and effects,” the draperies play an often invisible but integral role in how the show comes together. Giant painted stage backdrops set the scene, masking hides tech areas from the crowd, borders dress the floating trusses to hide the lighting instruments, and skirting surrounds the stage and band risers. Soft goods, as they are known to the “roadies,” are a major part of any touring set.

Project: Tenacious D
Fabric: Brillante

The design for Tenacious D focused on two elements, surface and shape. First, a fabric surface that would mimic a projection screen, and second, a precisely shaped projection proscenium to showcase carefully mapped out graphics. The designer, Dan Hadley, selected our 120 “Brillante,” which has a jet-black backside and a bright white semi-matte surface to take front projection. In order to keep all areas of the proscenium “seamless,” the design was developed so that no individual surface exceeded the 10-foot width of the cloth. The legs were sewn as separate pieces to the proscenium header, making the set three pieces for an easy install. As these photos demonstrate, the Tenacious D production team was able to create a variety of unique looks using the projection proscenium strategy.

DIGITAL PRINTING PORTFOLIO

If you can visualize it, we can print it.  As big or as wide as you want it.  Check out our show page of really impressive digitally printed backdrops and drapes for really impressive showbiz personalities such as Lady Gaga, Kenny Chesney and Brooks & Dunn.  And see what can be done to blow away the crowds at major public events and trade shows.  We can even combine digital printing with a whole host of special effects that will leave jaws on the floor. 

Project: Marc Anthony “Legacy Tour”
Fabric: Crystal Poplin

Sew What? Inc. created an extraordinary 46’h x 75’w digitally printed brail lift drape in just one week for Marc Anthony’s Legacy Tour. For this project, there were 16 vertical lift lines placed strategically on the back side of the drape. We craft these as near-invisible sewn vertical lines with O-rings running vertically to capture the aircraft cable that is used for lifting the drape. For durability and a gorgeous lighting surface, we chose to direct print onto our Crystal Poplin. In order to make sure that each printed segment is lined up perfectly, we used thousands of sewing pins to pre-pin by hand all the sections of cloth. This backdrop looked amazing on stage for the Legacy Tour!

THEATRE PORTFOLIO

Grand drape, tab curtain, austrian, theatrical backdrops, tabs, legs and borders…. These are all words that we associate with the stage and the wonderful world of theatre. Sew What? Inc specializes in theatrical drapery manufacturing, so your needs can all be filled with just one telephone call. Not only for professional theatres – don’t forget that schools, churches, universities and even cruise ships have stages!

Photo By George Davidson

Project: GRIDWORKS for Princess Cruises / Ruby Princess
Fabric: IFR 26oz Velour / Custom Dye

Once again we had the privilege of working with Gridworks, one of the premier providers servicing the audio/video needs of the cruise line industry. This project was for Princess Cruise’s Ruby Princess while in dry dock. Gridworks team of installation experts had visited the ship some months prior to dry dock, and were armed with the measurements for a fast changeover and successful replacement of the drapery elements in both the Princess Theatre and Explorers Lounge.  All elements were sewn from Inherently Flame Retardant velour. Aside from the obvious and most featured Austrian Drape there were over 20 other items dressing the stage – including several scrims, a leno, a muslin cyclorama and plenty of masking drapes, legs and borders.

SPECIAL EVENT PORTFOLIO

Grammy Awards, SAG Awards, Golden Globe Awards; you name them and we have draped them! Tents in tennis courts and 5 course dinners in stadiums – the special events industry is all about transformation. Watch while designers transform the ordinary special event into the extraordinary. Custom trade show displays rely on the many effects that drapery can provide. Our in-stock inventory of pipe and drape has been an instant solution for many special event planners with a sudden on-site masking issue. Designers and special event planners alike can benefit from our services and fast turnarounds.

Project: Indiana Conference for Women
Fabric: Silver Textura and Pewter Textura

For the Indiana Conference for Women, we used a mixture of drapes from our Silver Satin Rental Drapery Collection. This stage included a row of complementary 30’h Silver Satin, Silver Textura, and Pewter Textura drapery legs with 16’h-22’h Crushed Silver Satin Swags. These drapes covered the entire wall of the ballroom, giving the event a clean, timeless appearance. These curtains light up beautifully, reflecting the colorful light splashed onto them. By using this mix of our rental drapes, they were able to have their own unique vision become a stunning reality.

RENT WHAT? RENTAL PORTFOLIO

Our rental drapery team has performed for many of the biggest names in entertainment, so we know the realities of dressing up a major venue and dancing around all the surprises that can pop up at the last second. It’s not just about having the right products, but having the experience and service our customers will remember when it comes to booking each new tour.

Project: Jonathan Antoine
Fabric: Pewter Textura

For Jonathan Antoine’s first solo performance in the United States, his team was looking for stage curtains that would be easy to work with, light up beautifully, and give the stage a timeless look. Antoine’s team decided to use a variety of our Pewter Textura rental drapes from our Timeless and Traditional Rental Drapery Collection. The stage was set using a mixture of pre-pleated legs and swagettes in various sizes. These rental drapes, along with a creative lighting design, resulted in a stunning stage design that gave the show a modern, yet timeless look.

Pretty impressive, don’t you think? There is so much more on our Portfolios page, including links to more content on Flickr and YouTube. So, make sure to head over to our Portfolios page today, and feel free to contact us for help with your next project!

27 03, 2019

Celebrating 10 years of “It’s All Sew Biz”

By |March 27th, 2019|Company, News|3 Comments

It seems like only yesterday that I published the very first post on our company’s brand new blog, but amazingly enough, it was ten years ago, on March 24, 2009. In the beginning, I was not only the blog administrator, but also the primary author of posts, with Megan contributing as well. I was learning as I went along, so the early posts were mainly text with the occasional photo.

As the years went on, this blog evolved. As I became more comfortable with the WordPress platform and other platforms like Flickr and YouTube, we began to include more embedded content – including YouTube videos and Flickr photos of our custom stage drapes and rental stage curtains out on tour.

Over the years, the voice of the blog has become more diverse, as a variety of staff members have contributed posts. Some have contributed just one or two posts, while others have became regular and frequent authors. Today, blog posts are primarily written by Marianne, Megan and me (though my focus these days is more on administering the blog rather than writing posts).

It is just so amazing and gratifying to see how this blog has evolved and improved over the years. Whow would have imagined when we launched this new unfamiliar format ten years ago that the blog would still be going strong in 2019! Thank you to all of our readers and contributors – here’s to another ten years!