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5 04, 2016

Sew What? Inc. LinkedIn Profile Offers Inspiration

By |April 5th, 2016|Company, Digital Printing, links, News, Products, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Looking for a unique go-to resource for event and concert design inspiration and ideas?  Prefer to have photo resources and quick explanations – are you a get-it-done efficiently designer type?

We have our Sew What? Inc corporate profile on LinkedIn ( )

We would love to have you join the conversation.  It’s a fantastic way to just get an idea each day – covering subjects such as digital printing, rental backdrops, Austrian drapery construction, custom drapery installation ideas and more…………..

Here are a couple of recent posts on our LinkedIn Sew What? / Rent What? company page: 

Imagine this, you attend a rock concert and you capture a photo on your phone and upload it to the internet. Where does it appear? Well, no doubt your photo will appear on more than one social account. One that especially comes to mind is Pinterest. So at the click of a button you have the world at your mouse! Sew What? Inc uploads a range of photos that interest and excite us, corresponding with our eight Sew What? inspired boards. These photos all help to share our views on Show Buzz/ Christian Faith/ Pipe and Drape/ Wedding Drapery and much more. Check it out today!


Wide format digital printing gives us the opportunity to present “picture perfect” images to our audience. Seamless images of up to 16′ wide can be produced, and a variety of fabrics – both for indoor and outdoor use – are available. Sew What? Inc is your source for quality digital printed products and informative and friendly service. In this video we showcase the custom backdrop printed for Australian singer-songwriter, Vance Joy. Video by: Tom Underhill Music By: IT’S OK!

First it was lighting – did you know? The sewing came later. We came from the road; lighting / carpentry / road crew / production. Being production minded and experienced has made the world of difference. That’s what allows us to speak “tour-ready and road-friendly” when it comes to textiles. Been around and a part of this crazy industry for a long time now…………… In case you are curious, this shot is from around 1993 – the Van Halen Pound Cake Video Shoot at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. Blue Jeans, High Tops and Super Troopers.


30 03, 2016

Using Pinterest to Entertain and Inspire

By |March 30th, 2016|Company, links|2 Comments

Many know the saying “a picture paints a thousand words.” Imagine this, you attend a rock concert. Along with hundreds of other concert-goers, you capture photos on your phone and upload them to the Internet. Where do these photos appear? Well, no doubt they will appear on more than one social media account.  One of the most fun sites is Pinterest, a company that allows users to share photos from the Internet, both their own and those of others. So at the click of a button, you have the world at your mouse.

Pinterest allows people to share these moments that are captured or discovered. On the Sew What/Rent What Pinterest account, we enjoy “pinning” a range of photos that interest and excite us, some taken by us, some provided to us by our customers, and some discovered on the Internet. We love the opportunity to share our enthusiasm for beautiful custom stage curtains while also inspiring those who discover our boards on Pinterest.

To highlight one of our pins, this collage photo shows several custom stage drapes (produced by Sew What? Inc.) that operate as kabuki drapes. This means that the drapes start out hanging from truss via solenoids (also shown in this collage), and then when the solenoids are released, the backdrops drop to the floor.


Stage curtains don’t just hide the show from the audience until the show begins, but they can also enhance and highlight the action on stage during the show. We discovered this photo on the Wynn Las Vegas webpage promoting “ShowStoppers,” their spectacular presentation of music and dance. The cool tones of the drapery are gorgeous, and we love how the drapery swags and other scenic elements provide an amazing backdrop to the dancers in their beautiful costumes.


These are just a couple of pins on our account. We have created eight different boards, focusing on topics ranging from Stage Drape Descriptions and Stage Design to Special Event Design Ideas, and much more, so there is sure to be something that will inspire you. Why not visit us on Pinterest next time you are surfing the Internet?

24 03, 2016

This Blog is 7 Years Old!

By |March 24th, 2016|Education, Fabrics, links, News, Products, Projects|3 Comments

It is hard to believe, but seven years ago today, on March 24, 2009, this blog went live with its first post! In those seven years, we have published nearly 750 posts on a wide range of topics related to custom stage curtains and rental stage drapes.  With several regular contributors plus more occasional contributors throughout those seven years, our readers have had the opportunity to experience different perspectives.

We have tried to educate on topics such as theatrical fabrics, stage effects, flame retardancy, and much more. We have also tried to inspire you by showcasing various projects that we have been involved with and offering ideas on how our readers can utilize stage drapery (whether a purchased custom stage drape or one of our many rental stage curtains) to achieve their design visions.


On that note, I’d like to highlight some of my favorite blog posts from the last seven years.  If you have been a regular reader throughout the years, then maybe you’ll recognize one or more of these posts and enjoy a second read.  If you are new to the blog, then we hope you will enjoy discovering these posts from the past.

2009: Interested in Theatre Lighting?

This blog post offers links to several books and websites focused on stage lighting, with an emphasis on connecting lighting novices to helpful resources. Rediscovering this post reminded me that I still want to order one of those books myself, to increase my knowledge of stage lighting!

2010: Upstage…Downstage…Where am I?

Most people (other than experienced theatre folks) have no idea what “upstage” or “downstage” means on a stage.  This post (with handy diagram) makes it easy to understand the different areas of a stage.

2011: Austrian Drapery Series (Part 1)

…and Part 2, and Part 3

Austrian drapes are so gorgeous that we can’t help but post on them any chance we can, which made it difficult to choose a favorite Austrian curtain blog post. However, this post won as, not only is this drape beautiful (see above!), but the post provides some good information on how these curtains are made.

2012: Great Gag with Kabuki Drop

I’m not going to spoil the surprise, but trust me, you want to check out this post featuring one of the most novel and fun uses of kabuki solenoids that I’ve ever seen!

2013: Standard Drape Sizes

We get a fair number of inquiries from people who want a quote for custom stage curtains but have no idea of the size needed.  This is a terrific post that gives the reader a rough idea of the curtain size needed based on the on the type of venue.  It is also helpful for those in the planning stages for a complete drapery package, as it describes the number and types of drapes typically needed for different types of venues.

2014: Fabric Options for Traditional Bi-Parting Grand Drapes

This is another great post for novices who are starting the process of purchasing new custom stage drapery.  It describes several different fabric options for those looking for a traditional “velvety” look.

2015: When to Print and When to Paint

Back in the day, the only available scenic backdrops were painted.  Today, with grand format digital printing, you have a choice – printed or painted (or even a combination of the two). This extremely useful blog post breaks down when printed is better, when painted is better, and when you should consider a combo.

So there it is, a tiny selection of our posts over the last 7 years.  If you like them, subscribe to our feed to get new posts by email!

22 03, 2016

Favorite Video Resources

By |March 22nd, 2016|links, News, Products|1 Comment

Of course YouTube is like a time warp.  Once you enter, seemingly hours can pass while clicking around and exploring the myriad of videos – both useful and not – that seem to pop up in the watch next feed.  So……. It’s pretty easy to get distracted!

Here are a couple of really useful VIDEO RESOURCES that relate to our custom sewn drapery and stage backdrops.



A sniffer (aka snifter) kabuki drape effect is produced when a large drapery element is “magically” pulled up and disappears above the stage. This effect can be produced with ropes and pulleys, or more modern methodologies including fast speed motors. It is a combination effect – the drapes must be “kabukied” first from solenoids before they can be extracted up into the grid.

Your exclusive Sniffer effect team:;

View the video here:

Need some help with Pipe and Drape assembly?

It’s so simple! Pipe and drape packages are extremely versatile and can be used for a variety of events. Exhibits and conventions make use of these systems for portable custom trade show displays. Churches and other small organizations often utilize pipe and drape to create hallways and barriers. Or pipe and drape can add that finishing touch of flare around a live performance.

They can help your trade show exhibits and drapes make a powerful first impression. By selecting appropriate drapery panels, you can create a custom partition system that will either blend tastefully with your existing decor or give your event a colorful and competitive edge.

Watch our tutorial of Custom Pipe and Drape Setup and Uses by Sew What? Inc and Rent What? Inc.

Curious how our Portable Pop Up Dressing Rooms assemble?

Want to see if one of these on site changing spaces is right for your event?  You are going to love the convenience of our portable pop up rooms. Use them to create tech spaces, or as dressing rooms. Gang them together to make a green room. They are quick and easy to set up and travel conveniently in a roadworthy wheeled case.

Famous Friends who have rented our portable dressing rooms: We’ve dressed the best – Usher, Trey Songz, Jonas Brothers, AR Rahman, Foreigner and many many more artists and bands!  Here is a fun and fast look at the assembly process:  Easy as 1-2-3

13 01, 2016

Top Ten Blog Posts of 2015

By |January 13th, 2016|Company, Education, Fabrics, links, News, Products, Projects|1 Comment

With 2016 in full swing, I thought it would be fun to look back at our top ten most popular blog posts of last year, counting down from number 10 to number 1. Want to read one of the posts?  Just click on its title.

10. Want to Learn More About Kabukis?

Readers loved this easy-to-understand primer on how a kabuki drape works (complete with demonstration photos and videos).

9. Metal Mesh Drapes Electrify At Austin City Limits Live

The beauty and versatility of our Metal Mesh drapes (especially when lit) makes them popular to customers and blog readers alike.

8. Our Best Endorsements Come From You!

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The focus of this post was on how much we appreciate it when clients let us know when our drapery works out for them.  But I suspect that the incredible photo is what most readers loved!

7. Gold Satin Austrian Fits Gold Rush Theme Perfectly

Austrian Curtains are always a popular choice, and this one from our rental inventory works perfectly with the event theme!

6. Exciting Photos Capture Sniffer Effect Perfectly!

Featuring two of the most dramatic photos of a sniffer curtain in action that any of us have ever seen, it’s no wonder this post was popular!

5. Helping Set The Scene With Our Electrifying Mylar Rain Curtain

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Need instant glitz and glamour? A Mylar Rain Curtain may be just what you need, and one of ours looked great in the Golden Globes Photo Booth at the 72nd Annual Golden Globes® Awards.

4. Ivory Satin Austrian Drape Creates Spectacular Backdrop for Wedding

Austrian Curtains are always a popular choice, as the series of swags set a beautiful romantic tone to any stage or event design.

3. Versatile Custom-Built Drapes Wow Audience At Recent Gala

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Sometimes, the best thing to help kickstart your design plan is finding just the right inspiration.  This project offers plenty of inspiration on creative and innovative ways to use drapery in event decor.

2. Light Up Your Stage with an LED Stardrop

LED Drapes can add beauty and brilliance to your stage or event, and are easier to use than you might expect.  Learn more about them in this post.

And finally, our most popular blog post of 2015 (drumroll, please)…

1. Opaque, Transparent, or Translucent…Understanding Different Theatrical Fabrics

Trying to figure out what type of fabric to specify for your new custom stage curtain or backdrop?  This post is just what you need to learn about the different levels of fabric opacity, the various situations in which you might want an opaque fabric (or a transparent fabric, or a translucent fabric), and much more.