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9 01, 2017

Kennedy Honors Stage Shines with Custom and Rental Stage Drapery

By |January 9th, 2017|Clients, Digital Printing, News, Products, Projects|2 Comments

We were excited to once again work with noted art director Alana Billingsley on the Grand Drape for the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors. When Alana reached out to Sew What? / Rent What? Senior Account Manager Gwen Winter to discuss the design vision, Alana’s original thought was to purchase an entire custom drapery package. In looking over Alana’s drawings, however, Gwen realized that the design of the Bi-Parting Drape portion was quite similar to our Crimson Cabaret Bi-Parting Drapes, part of Rent What?’s “Rockin’ Red” Drapery Collection.

Gwen’s suggestion to Alana? Achieve the design vision through a combination of rental and custom drapes, by purchasing a custom manufactured header element and renting our Crimson Cabaret drapery.

Photo Courtesy Alana Billingsley

The beautiful custom header was constructed of 3 large swags of a lightweight translucent shimmery fabric in copper, along with 7 large custom ropes custom-covered in Panne Velvet in Old Gold. The Crimson Cabaret Grand Bi-Parting Drapery is manufactured of Crimson Encore Velour, highlighted by gold digitally printed elements along with gold bullion fringe.

As you can see in the photo, the combination of the purchased and rented elements, along with stage lighting, set off the theater proscenium perfectly. What a beautiful backdrop to showcase the honorees!

28 11, 2016

The Holiday Season Is Already Upon Us!

By |November 28th, 2016|Products|1 Comment

‘Tis the season around Sew What?/Rent What? Inc. to start getting geared up for a fantastic and magical holiday season again. I know— with the temperatures being in the 80s and 90s across much of the nation (and especially here in sunny So. Cal.) it’s hard to believe that we are already at that festive time of year again, but we are. And we couldn’t be more excited!


Looking for something that you can hang up for your event right out of the box or hamper? Check out our versatile, decadent, and STUNNING flame retardant Austrian Draperies and Zip-Walls, Poly Muslin Backdrops, Pewter Textura Swags, Rich and Velvety Velours, and everything in between in our eclectic Rental Drapery Collections. We are sure to have the perfect drapes to help set the stage for all of your holiday-themed shindigs!


Have something more specific in mind for your upcoming special concerts, holiday parties, NYE bashes, yearly trade shows, or church productions? Let our team of custom drapery EXPERTS help create sensational soft goods for your very special holiday events. We know that our incredible sewing team can custom-build your own one-of-a-kind theatrical draperies from your own unique vision!


Or consider mixing and layering custom built draperies with some coordinating rental draperies, to help create a completely dazzling look without breaking your bank. Either way, contact a sales rep today so that we can be sure to have exactly what you’re looking for in plenty of time for all of your intimate or larger-than-life holiday soirees!


29 09, 2016

Timeless and Traditional Drapery Styles for the Holiday Season

By |September 29th, 2016|Products|0 Comments

Getting plenty of inquiries coming in that relate to affordable event and stage drapery looks for the upcoming holiday season.  As always we are well prepared here at Rent What? Inc with a variety of “out of the hamper” and “ready to hang” seasonal drapery sets.

Here are two drapery collections that come immediately to mind should you be planning for the holidays.

Timeless and Traditional Rental Drapery Collection

Capturing the timeless looks of old school theatre and French Burlesque is both naughty and nice.  Select the perfect pieces to compliment your stage and satisfy your budget. We have Austrian Drapes, gorgeous decorated Crimson Cabaret Drapes, Giant Swaggy Borders and Legs, Borders and Jabots to satisfy any full size stage design.

See the full TIMELESS AND TRADITIONAL collection here:

Enjoy a video presentation of this drapery collection on our YouTube channel here:


Silver Satin Rental Drapery Collection

Our silver and pewter toned drapery lights beautifully with a soft yet reflective finish. Not afraid of a hamper or a tour – this fabric is durable, too. Select the perfect pieces from a large inventory to compliment your stage and satisfy your budget.  Austrian Drape, Bi-parting Drapes, Giant Swags, Mini Swagettes, Legs and Borders are all in stock and ready to roll.

See the full SILVER SATIN collection here:

Enjoy a video presentation of this drapery collection our YouTube channel here:


10 02, 2016

Mix of Rockin’ Red Rental Drapes Creates A Spectacular Look!

By |February 10th, 2016|Products, Projects|1 Comment

We love seeing the gorgeous rental drapes from our dynamic drapery collections being used for all kinds of special events, rock tours, trade shows, and even holiday parties. Recently we got to see a fantastic example of this by working with the creative folks at Rock The House Entertainment Group, who were designing a really big and sensational holiday event for a large international software company, focused around a fun-filled theme of “A Night At The Movies.”

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While they had 10 “zones” in total that they had to design and decorate with a specific film’s theme, they knew that they wanted the largest zone to have a “classic cinema feel,” and so they contacted Rent What? Representative Carrie Johns to get some great ideas and suggestions for this important focal point of the event. Lead by innovative Event Designer Ryan Konikoff, and his skilled Production Manager Ryan Durfee, their team knew that they wanted floor to ceiling crimson red drapes with a traditional valance, and preferably some dazzling splashes of gold, too. Together they decided to go with some rich, velvety, dramatic drapes from our Rockin’ Red Drapery Collection, and it turned out to be a smash hit!

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Using our spectacular 30’h x 31’w Crimson Cabaret pleated theatrical stage drapes, made of Encore Velour adorned with intricate gold printed detail and gold bullion fringe, with matching Crimson Cabaret border and pleated legs, as well as a 40’w Red Super-Vel swagged border, they were able to construct the exact look that their clients were hoping for. It was fantastic to see our drapes bring to life the classic cinematic feel in their renderings and sketches of this project! Hearing from their clients that “the amazing drape covering the big wall tied the whole event together” really made us very proud to be a part of such a stunningly memorable stage design. Photographed beautifully by Marissa Diaz, we can see how creatively mixing and matching drapes from the same drapery collection can create a breathtaking, one-of-a-kind event design. We’ve always loved working with Rock The House on many of their exciting projects, and we genuinely look forward to working with them again in the future.

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16 07, 2015

Versatile Custom-Built Drapes Wow Audience At Recent Gala

By |July 16th, 2015|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Choosing the right custom-built soft goods can sometimes be quite daunting–there are many factors to consider, in the hopes that not only will you be able to use them for your special event, but also for future event designs as well. Color, fabric, fullness, seams, lining, and cut can all make a huge difference with the overall look and versatility of your draping. That’s why we have a team of experts here at Sew What? Inc., on hand to help guide our wonderful clients every step of the way!

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Recently we were thrilled to work with one of our most creative clients, event designer Luke Gulley, who needed some soft goods built for a very important event down in San Diego, California that he and his team from MSI Meeting Services, Inc. were designing. They needed to create a beautiful and dynamic staging motif and décor for the Tony Award-Winning La Jolla Playhouse’s 2015 Annual Gala, which helped raise over $1.5 million for its Educational Outreach Programs and New Play Development Programs.

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Working with our Creative Director Shane Nelsen, they came up with some gorgeous multi-purpose drapes that completely wow’d the crowd! Cranberry Party Knit Ceiling Swags helped set the mood and guide the party guests through the entrance way and into the main event. Then Truss Arch Swags and Drape Panels perfectly dressed the stage for the band’s electrifying performance. Both styles of drape were built with 5” pipe pockets along the top and bottom of the drapes, which helped give Gulley and his design team plenty of options when it came to decorating, allowing their design vision to completely come to life. Photographed spectacularly by both Gulley and in-house photographer Daniel Norwood, you can see what a dramatically breathtaking ambiance these drapes helped to create for this very exciting event. And because these drapes are in “neutral” shades of red, they will be able to use them time and time again for many special events to come.

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