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28 01, 2021

Vaccinated, And It Feels So Good!

By |January 28th, 2021|Masks, News, Products|1 Comment

With the Covid-19 vaccine being slowly given to all Americans over the course of the next 8-12 months, it is still being highly recommended to follow CDC guidelines like wearing a face mask until told otherwise by those studying this coronavirus. We have been very happy to offer our clients new, beautiful, adorable, and inspirational custom-embroidered Designer Face Mask designs over the past few months. Being able to wear a unique face mask for special holidays, events, charities, and topics that they are passionate about is a wonderful way to further encourage folks to continue to wear a face mask each and every time they step out of their homes, and any time they are around other people that are not part of their immediate households.

Our newest embroidered dual-layered cloth face masks are perhaps some of the most important ones we’ve ever made—“Vaccinated!” Wearing this custom embroidered face mask (with built-in pocket for PM 2.5 charcoal filters) helps to demonstrate to your friends, family, and neighbors that you will continue to do everything possible to once and for all help wipe out Covid-19 from its very existence. Available in both neutral black as well as patriotic red, white, and blue to better show off your American pride!

Doctors are saying that you need to be extremely careful for a while still–even after receiving the vaccination–so it’s very important that everyone keeps wearing a mask until told otherwise (especially with the Federal mandate being implemented). Our new dual layered face masks are great for families to provide to their elderly friends and loved ones who have already been lucky enough to have been vaccinated. As such, these are also really helpful for those in nursing homes, hospitals, care centers, and other high-volume facilities who need to better keep track of those who have already been able to get vaccinated, and those that still need one. By wearing these masks, they will be able to continue keeping each and every patient safe and healthy, and also uphold their patients’ comfort and confidence levels to be around those who may have not been able to be vaccinated yet.

By continuing to maintain 6 feet of social distance, by wearing a face mask whenever we’re around anyone outside our immediate households, and by getting vaccinated as soon as we are all able to safely do so, we can ALL help this country get healthy once again and businesses back on their feet (especially in the touring and event industries). Getting yourself and your loved ones vaccinated for Covid-19, and wearing one of these new dual-layered custom cloth face masks, are excellent ways to show the world that you’ve now honestly done everything possible to help flatten the curve of this terrible illness. And that you will still do whatever is needed to keep those in your community as safe and healthy as possible. Let’s beat this thing, together!

(Pair any of our face masks with one of these colorful Unisex Baseball Caps with Ear Saver System, to look good while also keeping your ears comfy all day long!)

14 10, 2020

Behind The Face Masks–How SW Has Adapted To The Changing Times

By |October 14th, 2020|Digital Printing, Masks, Products, Projects|0 Comments

The Global Covid-19 Pandemic has definitely put a “damper” on a lot of the entertainment industry’s regularly scheduled programs, concerts, and shows. There have been numerous changes going around SW?’s workroom lately….In light of the pandemic, Sew What? has been using our sewing team’s impressive and meticulous manufacturing skills to aide in offsetting the spread of the virus as much as we can, by building and selling colored, specialty, and custom-made face masks (and other PPE items) to help alleviate the burden of mask shortages that the country was starting to experience.

On top of also continuing to sell and rent fabulous drapes to new and existing clients who are lucky enough to have a need for them in today’s current environment, our sewing room has been completely retrofitted to build these extraordinary double-layered face masks as well. We are very pleased to report that our comfortable, unique, and affordable face masks are now starting to get a name for themselves, too! And we are thrilled to also be able to offer a whole selection of “Cover Up For A Cause” charity masks and PPE items, too, which automatically donate $1 to several important causes with every purchase.

This past spring, recent UCSB Journalism graduate Fabioloa Esqueda came to visit our facility and was able to speak with our company’s incredibly assiduous and industrious owner and President Megan Duckett, to hear all about the trials, tribulations, and uncertainties that have been the forefront of her thinking during this harrowing time for us all. Fabiola was also able to converse with some of our diligent manufacturing team members to hear about their own personal experiences during the county-mandated quarantine, too.

She ended up writing up an amazing piece entitled “Behind The Face Masks,” consisting of an engaging article and a gripping video. Both beautifully illustrate Sew What?’s transition in efforts for both our remarkable company leader, Megan, as well as our magnificent sewing staff–some of whom have been working with SW? for a decade or longer. We were honored to have been able to impart our story with Fabiola, and to have her share it with all of her readers too.

Please take a few minutes to read and watch this piece about our Whatter’s Family journey into the truly unknown. A lot of companies have had to retrofit their business models during these unprecedented times, and we feel privileged to have helped demonstrate that they are NOT alone. Our hope is that by continuing to work together, and by supporting local businesses in the touring and entertainment industries, we will get through this difficult time and come out the other end stronger than ever.

22 04, 2020

7 Mask Gift Set – Tattoo Inspired Designs

By |April 22nd, 2020|Masks, News, Products|3 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!