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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
7 04, 2021

Hustle Like U Broke Podcast Interview with Megan Duckett

By |April 7th, 2021|Company, News|1 Comment

So interesting (and fun) to listen to Hustle Like U Broke (HLUB), a podcast focused on the live concert and entertainment industry. Matthew Walt, Kyle Hamilton, Christine Dallas, and Chris Lee are industry veterans who share their perspectives on the state of the industry as well as featuring interviews with a wide variety of people who work behind the scenes of live entertainment.

And this week’s guest is none other than our own Megan Duckett! In today’s episode, titled “Passion, Profit, and Perserverance,” Megan and the HLUB team talk about Megan’s early days in the concert touring industry, the origins of Sew What? Inc., how the company has evolved over the years, and much more. The episode is informative, interesting, and definitely amusing!

Want to listen? You can tune in on your favorite service, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and more. I’m looking forward to bingeing on their previous episodes now that I have discovered them!

15 12, 2020

So Much To Still Be Grateful For…

By |December 15th, 2020|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Like many people around the country, we here at SW? always look forward to our yearly company holiday potluck and White Elephant gift exchange party. It’s always a completely fabulous time, filled with great food, lots of hearty laughter, and hugs galore. Unfortunately, this year has brought about many changes to our “normal” holiday social activities around one another—and having a gathering where we eat and sing and dance and laugh with one another is not something anyone should be doing right now. We are so grateful to still be able to work with each other following strict social distancing with health and safety protocols in place, and we are genuinely glad to be able to continue to keep the Whatters Family as safe and healthy as possible.

So instead, we wanted to showcase some photos from our incredible holiday party from last year—and hopefully also share with you some of our infectious joy! It was a really wonderful event, filled with all kinds of delicious sweets and hot chocolate, festive music and decorations, and some of the most incredible—and silly—white elephant presents we’d ever seen.

With a wildly eclectic variety of gifts being unwrapped, stolen, passed along from person to person, and sometimes taken back again, it was utterly comical from beginning to end! From beautiful holiday decorations to soft and fuzzy blankets to children-themed gifts to more “mature” content gifts (uhhh, can you say alcohol? lol), to everything in between, it was absolutely hilarious watching the gifts get passed from person to person until they found their “forever owner” after three steals.

What a fun stroll down memory lane….and knowing that these hard times too shall pass, it helps us to remember what amazing folks we are so lucky to still be able to work with on a daily basis. In light of the pandemic, Sew What? was retrofitted this past year and has been using our sewing team’s expert manufacturing skills to aide in offsetting the spread of the virus as much as we can, by building and selling custom-made face masks (and selling other PPE materials, too). And for those who learned to be extra crafty this year, we also now sell Do-It-Yourself-Mask Kits with all the materials needed to make 5 of your own dual-layered face masks, too.

All of these “Covid-19 Response” products not only help alleviate the burden of face mask and PPE shortages, but we also offer a selection of charity masks and PPE items, too–which automatically donate $1 to several important causes with every single selected item purchased. So now our company is fortunate to be able to still sell and rent our quality curtains to those who are lucky enough to have a need for them in today’s current (shall we say, “unstable”) event and touring industries, but we are so very pleased to report that our comfortable, unique, and affordable dual-layered designer and custom dual-layered face masks are now starting to get a name for themselves, too.

We here at Sew What and Rent What are just as eager and excited as everyone else is for the production industry to go back to the way it was “pre-pandemic”, but in the meantime we are sincerely thankful for all that we are blessed to still have. More than anything, we are so appreciative for all of the support our amazing clients have given us these past 10 months. And by this time next year, we are confident and looking forward to a time where we—and the rest of the country—will be back to having a crazy-fun holiday and end of the year celebration, where we will be able to eat tons of goodies, sing and dance to music in the warehouse, and laugh and hug each other once again. From our family to yours, we all wish you a very Happy Holiday season, a truly wonderful 2021, and that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. And please–for your sake and for everyone else’s–wear a mask!

7 12, 2020

Brand New Product from SW? Just in Time for the Holidays!!

By |December 7th, 2020|News|1 Comment

Our clients have spoken, and so we are very pleased to now offer everyone a 5 Mask Do It Yourself Kit with all of the supplies needed to make your own custom dual-layered face masks. These kits consist of pre-cut cloth face and liner pieces for 5 masks, coated wires for bridge-of-nose comfort, soft long cloth ties that can be tied around the ears or behind the head, and access online to a super-easy DIY instructional video. (You will just need to provide your own thread—and who doesn’t have spools of thread lying around the house just waiting to be used for something fabulous?).

These kits are a wonderfully thoughtful and unique holiday gift to send to those in your life who love to sew things for themselves. Or better yet, a great gift for yourself where you will be able to finally show off all of those crafting skills that you have been polishing all year long! You can even embellish the fabric before you sew—bedazzle on colorful crystal sequins or rhinestones, write your family members’ names with felt pens, add some fun designs with glitter fabric glue, or anything else you can think of to personalize each mask for someone special. Get the whole family involved—the kids will LOVE to help decorate them!

Taking the guesswork out of how to choose, measure, and cut the correct fabric for these dual-layered face masks will make sewing them an absolute snap (our simple how-to video will show you the way!). Each kit comes with face-fabric pieces in white, black, burgundy, royal blue, and pewter grey, so there will be something for everyone. Sewn with a pocket for a PM 2.5 Activated Charcoal Mask Filter, you can also add a pack to your SW? shopping cart, and thereby provide even more protection for your loved ones and those living in your community.

Buy yours now so that you can have them in hand in time for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or any other upcoming holiday or occasion that you’d like to celebrate in a truly distinctive way. And with these all-inclusive kits providing supplies for five face masks at under $2 a mask—you just can’t beat the price!

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 –

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