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21 11, 2018

Ultra Violet Backdrop for TOTO

By |November 21st, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Sew What? Inc. was recently given the opportunity to create a backdrop for TOTO. The artwork for this backdrop was initially delivered as a “square piece of art”. This is often typical for art that has been designed for an album or CD cover. In order to achieve a landscape style backdrop piece, it was necessary to have the artwork extended to add graphic elements to both the sides and the bottom of the scene. For this we worked directly with John Rios of John Rios Designs who is a skilled entertainment industry graphic artist and backdrop designer. In this case he used the style and theme of the client’s original artwork design and added details in the style of the original art so that it would fit the landscape shape we needed. The art was carefully formatted and saved so that the output would be at the greatest dpi resolution.

The new art file was then zipped and delivered to us at Sew What? Inc where we printed the file on our wide format vutek printer in house. The piece was printed onto our heavy cotton canvas substrate, and there are many hours of printing involved in a backdrop of this size. Once printed onto 10-foot-wide panels of cloth, the drop was vertically seamed by our sewing staff. The graphic was carefully lined up so that the detailed pattern was beautifully and invisibly matched when sewn into its finished size of 30’h x 40’w. Webbing reinforcements, hems and pockets were added to make the backdrop installation ready.

Once sewn the drape was then applied to a paint frame, where our skilled scenic artist took time to hand paint Ultra Violet effects carefully onto the key areas of the graphic.  This is a slow process and requires great care. The painting must be constantly checked under black light to make sure the UV effects are producing the desired effect.  More than just highlights, it was important that the drop had one look when under traditional stage lighting (to look and feel like the album art), and then take on its own complete UV look when the Ultra Violet lights are applied to it on stage (another worldly glow! Astronomical!).

23 04, 2018

Winter Wonderland – Sew Whatters show their style in some SW? Swag!

By |April 23rd, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Over the years, we have had so many fun and unique T-Shirt designs. From tongue in cheek catch phrases to blinged out wings, we all have a mighty fine collection of SW? swag.  Each design has had a unique twist – as different staff have stepped in to design the theme and in many cases craft the design too.  Not only can our team create amazing drapes and backdrops, but they have rock’n fashion style too!

So, when the weather took a cold turn recently, we decided that some fun SW beanies were just what the doctor ordered! Perfect antidote for the chill, and we can’t help but smile when we all bop around in our logo beannies together.

Kim Curran, our Chief Purchasing Agent, and Andrea Fraser of our Customer Care Department look adorable rocking their branded beannies ?

For those of you who visit our facility – these were a custom short run…… and there are just a few left.  Ask for yours at the shipping and receiving office before they are all gone.

14 03, 2018

Versatile Silver Satin for Stage Drapes and Backdrops

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

So often we have clients enquire about our rental drapes – asking which of our rental drapery collections is the most versatile for stage lighting.

Hands down – we always recommend our Silver Satin Collection. This collection of rental drapes is so extensive, from theatre legs to full arena sized Austrian curtains, swaggy borders to bi-parting main stage drapes.  Mix and match from our palette of silver satins and silks – and add in some black chrome illusion for the ultimate stage design.

We love this variety of silver patina fabrics! The lighting scenarios that the glossy silver and pewter toned cloth offers is so extensive.  We have seen clients use these drapes in a wide variety of ways, and under variable stage lighting conditions. With so many different results, it is hard to believe that they are all the same drapes!  That in a nutshell is the beauty of this collection.  No two events or installations will ever look the same.

Check out Jennifer Hudson in front of this mesmerizing stage design by Butch Allen – these massive silver swags are available for rent in our inventory. Contact us for more information.

Take the silver collection in the image below – here you see the same drapery elements, with a different installation configuration. Lit with burnt umber tones, the overall effect is both dramatic and vintage.  This timeless lighting design combined with the traditional visuals of swags and jabots takes the audience back to the 1940’s.

We miss Dolores dearly – the recent passing of the Cranberries lead singer certainly came as a shock to us here at Sew What? Inc.  We had many opportunities to supply softgoods over the years to this band, and our Silver Satin Collection was a go to for use on their tours.  Seen here, the Cranberries designer combined custom hard-set elements on fly bars to add depth to the stage and bring a thoroughly modern look to the design.  Add in our low-tech LED light strings as seen in this photo, and a whimsical world appears.

Fun design hint: See how the client added small silver swagettes at stage level to back the individual players? What a unique way to create spectacular photo-opportunity backgrounds for the concert photographers when taking close-up shots of the artists.

Does your design call for a variety of bright lighting palettes? Red – Blue – Purple? That’s not a problem.  These glossy silver tones take primary reds and blues with no issue.  Check out our 30’h x 60’w Silver Crushed Satin Austrian Stage Drape under LED stage lighting on a recent Lady Gaga tour.  As you can see – the versatility of silver cloth is unrivalled.

And last, but not by any means least……………..  Combine pieces from more that one drapery collection for the ultimate mix and match opportunity.  Seen here at the 57th LA County Holiday Celebration, a LED stardrop from our Starry Night Stardrop Collection is combined with a silver satin swag from the Silver Satin Collection.  Costumes, dancers, lights, sound, music.  The stage is sparkling with excitement, and our stardrop backdrop and satin swag certainly provides the perfect background.

Far more than stage curtains and theatrical drapery. Just like your audience, you want top performance. Sew What? delivers! Our Stage Curtains and Theatrical Draperies, Stage Backdrops, Curtain Tracks and Theatrical Supplies exceed your expectations and enhance your shows and events. With experience that ranges from the hottest rock concerts to the biggest theatrical events, to school auditorium performances, and just about any other kind of production under the sun, Sew What? is the answer. Click here to contact us or call us at (310) 639-6000 for information on our wide selection of rental drapery and custom drapery fabrication services.

13 02, 2018

Shimmering “Silver Illusion” drapery backdrop brings elegance to Ronald McDonald House Charities event

By |February 13th, 2018|News, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Sew What? Inc was delighted to be approached by Joe Feczko of Event Technology – Chicago to be a vendor for the 2017 Ronald McDonald House Charities event.  The event, produced by Real World Productions, featured a formal black-tie theme, and old school Hollywood glamour, and custom arched trusses dressed the stage.

After reviewing a variety of different flame-retardant textiles, our Silver Illusion was selected as the perfect fabric. This Inherently Flame Retardant polyester cloth was the perfect choice for a variety of reasons.  This soft and drapeable cloth lights beautifully, has reflective qualities giving a shimmery effect, and the dual toned thread of this cloth offers both low-lights and high-tones from the audience perspective.

Photographer: Event Producer and owner of Real World Productions, Steve Wallace

It is always quite a challenge to cut a curved top into heavily pleated drapery – however, the staff at Sew What? Inc stepped up to the plate and drafted a perfect pattern so that the large Illusion draperies fit perfectly into the custom curved truss. Webbing and grommets were installed into the top of the drape to allow a snug fit, and the completed scene was quite spectacular – the silver Sew What? drapery certainly offered the perfect backdrop for the awards ceremony.

We would like to congratulate Dr. Chowdhury, as “American non-profit Ronald McDonald House Charities nominated Dr Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, Vice Chairperson of BRAC, for its ‘Medical Award of Excellence 2017’ along with a grant of USD 100,000. The award was given in recognition of Dr Chowdhury’s outstanding contributions in the field of primary health care and community-based education across developing countries. The ceremony was held on 11th November, 2017, in Illinois, U.S.” For more details about this event and to read the full press release visit newshour.online.

Photographer: Event Producer and owner of Real World Productions, Steve Wallace

About Sew What? Inc

Sew What? Inc., located in Rancho Dominguez, California, is a well-known stage and theatrical drapery manufacturer known for its dramatic theatrical drapes and fabrics used in major rock concerts, top fashion shows and other artistic staged venues. Their drapes have dressed the stages of Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Madonna, and Rod Stewart to name a few. The company has received numerous awards for innovation, including the Dell/NFIB Small Business Excellence Award, and was featured on the 1000th cover of Rolling Stone. For information, contact Sew What? Inc. at (310) 639-6000, or email inquiries@sewwhatinc.com.

30 01, 2018

Did you know………. Some fun facts from our Sew What? / Rent What? company archives

By |January 30th, 2018|Company|1 Comment

WORLD RECORD! The largest and heaviest single drape that we have ever made was for the Guiness Book Of World Records? Event producer, Steve Solomon of Upstage Right selected Sew What? Inc. to create the giant terrycloth towel for the record-breaking event. Measuring in at an incredible 131 feet by 78 feet, the towel displayed giant graphics for sponsor Nabisco Toasted Chips. With over 1,200 yards of fabric and 7,300 feet of thread, the towel literally covered the sands on Hermosa’s beach from strand to ocean. At a whopping 1500 lbs, the drape was moved with industrial forklifts to get it out of the sewing room, into the truck, and then onto the sand!  Want to read the press release? Check it out here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/07/prweb410911.htm

Beachgoers are the first to lay on the newly unveiled World’s Largest Beach Towel, made official by Guinness World Records, Wednesday, June 28, 2006, in Hermosa Beach, Calif. The towel measured 131 feet by 78 feet and weighed over 1,000 lbs. (AP Photo/Kraft Foods, John Hayes)

FINAL TOUR! We produced the softgoods for Motley Crue’s FINAL TOUR ever?! That’s right – these rock heavyweights retired in 2015 – and we were so pleased to be a part of it.  With pentangle appliqued sharkstooth scrims and printed drapery elements, we bid farewell to the legendary band with some of our most unique custom mixed media backdrops yet. Read all about it: https://sewwhatinc.com/company/press-room/stage-drapery-manufacturer-sew-what-inc-bids-farewell-to-motley-crue-on-its-final-tour/

ON TELEVISION! Did you know we were featured on CNN’s “Passion to Portfolio” series?  A recent video piece titled “The Woman Behind Rock Bands’ Backdrops” on the CNN Passion to Portfolio segment, focused on Megan Duckett – founder of Sew What? Inc. a theatrical draping company outside of Los Angeles, California. Sew What? provides concert backdrops worldwide for A-List musicians like KISS, John Legend, Rod Stewart and Madonna. Read the full press release: https://sewwhatinc.com/company/press-room/sew-what-inc-s-president-megan-duckett-appears-on-cnns-passion-to-portfolio-business-series/

SUPPORTING UNSIGNED MUSICIANS! At Sew What? Inc., we love the idea of “giving back” by supporting the arts and recognizing notable musicians in our videos, as well as putting something out there that shows off our products. Since 2012 we have exclusively featured unsigned artists, both local and nationwide, in our videos.  Rich Cole, James Lugo, It’s OK! The band, Thomas Underhill and more.  It is a pleasure to put back into the musical community! Want to know more about it? Read the full press release.

https://sewwhatinc.com/company/press-room/sew-what-inc-stage-drapery-videos-to-feature-less-recognized-local-and-unsigned-musicians/

About Sew What? Inc.  Sew What? Inc., located in Rancho Dominguez, California, is a well-known stage and theatrical drapery manufacturer known for its dramatic theatrical drapes and fabrics used in major rock concerts, top fashion shows and other artistic staged venues. Their drapes have dressed the stages of Madonna, Kings Of Leon and the Killers to name a few. The company has received numerous awards for innovation, including the Dell/NFIB Small Business Excellence Award, and was featured on the 1000th cover of Rolling Stone. For information, contact Sew What? Inc. at (310) 639-6000, or email inquiries@sewwhatinc.com.

About Rent What? Inc. Rent What? Inc. is committed to providing an ultimate experience in drapery rental products and customer service. The firm, located in Rancho Dominguez, CA, has set the stage for artists including Green Day, Miley Cyrus and Michael Jackson. In addition to its large inventory of Inherently Flame Retardant stage drapes, traveler tracks and portable dressing rooms, the company is widely regarded for its basic pricing schedules, innovative damage waiver policy and fast and friendly service. For information, contact Rent What? Inc. at (310) 639-6000 or visit sewwhatinc.com/rent-what-inc/.