Thursday, March 16, 2017


  • The NY fashion week shows are over and many exciting looks came down the runways for fall.  But since we are just about to have SPRING, it might be fun to look at some of the current trends. One of the most energizing trends is textured fabrics. They are being used for work clothes as well as casual and evening.
  • Let’s take a look at a few designers for inspiration.

Textures for Day 

Weekend Glam
                                       Primrose Leno Weave Cotton          Burda Style 03/2017 #116B                                            
The weekend is a time to really have fun with fashion!  This Primrose Leno Weave Cotton (a Pantone color for spring/summer) in a cold-shoulder blouse is a perfect way to glam up your weekend attire.  

Office Wear  
ZigZag Tweed                                   Vogue 1500
Duplicate this dress from Anne Klein for the office using the textured tweed ZigZag Tweed and Vogue 1500.

Daytime Events
Lapis Blue Floral Eyelet / Silk Charmeuse-Royal Blue      McCalls 7366                          
What to wear to an outdoor wedding, fashion show or an informal brunch with the girls?  Make a jumpsuit using Lapis Blue Floral Eyelet lined with Royal Blue Silk Charmeuse and McCall’s 7366. 

Textures for Night

Date Night
Reptile Print Stretch Sequin Tulle          Michael Kors            
On those Saturday nights when a plain old t-shirt won't do, make one in this Reptile Print Stretch Sequin Tulle!  A t-shirt pattern like McCalls 6927 with a center back opening is best.  Pair with Blue Denim or Graphite Grey Ponte Knit.

Office Events
Black Lace with White Backing                       Vogue  9172  
Updated your classic skirt with a flounce. Use Black Lace with White Backing and Vogue 9172.  Pair with Ivory Silk Double Georgette and make a beautiful classic blouse.

Formal Soirees 
Smokey Taupe Lace and Sequin Stretch Lace       Vogue 1534
It's time to "put on the Ritz" when the occasion calls for black tie! A Satin in Smokey Taupe  and coordinating Smokey Taupe Sequin Stretch Lace using Vogue 1534 is just the ticket.

Sewing with textured fabrics can be fun, challenging, and rewarding.  Refer to sewing guides for how to handle lace and other textured fabrics.  Head over to Sew Much Fabric to see all the Textured Fabrics. And don’t forget your notions from the web site- threads, buttons, and linings.

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Knits-The Real Fabric of our Lives!

  • An easy way to transition from cold weather to warmer days is to wear garments made with knits. They are comfortable, versatile, and easy to construct!
  • We want to give a brief homage to two great designers who specialized in their use of knit fabrics:
  • Sonia Rykiel who passed away just recently in 2016 
  • Scott Barrie- great designer from the 1970s who made classic styles using knits
  • Knit fabric and pattern inspirations!

Sonia Rykiel's knitwear designs and techniques caused her to be known as the “Queen of Knits”. She passed away in August of 2016. 

Known for making beautiful dresses using matte jersey, he was at the height of fashion during the 1970s. He was a master at draping jersey and chiffon.

Ponte Knits

Using Vogue 9193, this pattern can be versatile by making a daytime, weekend glam look with Soft Blush Ponte Knit as the top and Coral Ponte Knit for the pants.

Or make the classic dressy version using White Ponte for the top and Midnight Black Ponte for the pants. Both of these great looks are from one pattern! 

Jersey Knits
Jersey knits and a wrap dress go hand in hand!  Make this mock wrap dress with the beautiful Black Denim Matte Jersey using Burda Style 08/2016 #131. 

Or go with the traditional wrap dress using Butterick 6054 and make it in a solid color like Cobalt Rayon Jersey Knit.

Reversible Knits
And how about those reversible knits that we love?  McCalls 7538 is a fabulous look for spring made with Seafoam Blue/Kiwi Reversible Knit.  

Scuba knit is the knit of choice for the trendsetter. Use Vogue 1486 to showcase this Hot Pink/Earth Brown Reversible Scuba Knit. 

Print-tastic Knit
Printed knits are always a great way to express your personality through your clothing.  An abstract print like Fractured Light Matte Jersey with McCalls 7579 has an edgy vibe!

Or a nautical knit like Cobalt Blue/White Stripe Ponte Knit is perfect for the modern classic in a Chanel-like jacket. Use Burda Style 02/2017 #108 

That’s it for now.  Happy sewing!  Check out all of the fabulous knits and tricot linings at Sew Much Fabric so you can get started right away on these great Spring projects.

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Burda Style 3/2017

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Here comes the Bride!


Mother of the Bride/Groom

Perfect for Weekend Glam
Mini Dress #117A-Flora and Fowl Jersey Knit

Plus Size
Pattern Mixing

Add a belt with this classic wrap dress.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Spring Trend: In The Trenches

  • Let’s consider updating a classic by making a new Trench Coat.
  • Trench coats have been around since World War I, were designed by Burberry, and were given the name “trench” coats because soldiers literally wore them while fighting in the trenches in Europe. 
  • Note the Burberry trench shown

Inspired Versions of the Trench Coat

Weekend Glam Trench
Using Vogue 9246, make this updated, chic, and versatile version of the trench coat using denim.  Make it in the traditional blue or try a bright color.  This will be a fabulous addition to your weekend glam wardrobe!
For the trendsetter, a metallic trench coat would look tres chic this spring.  Burda 02/2017 #103 is a great option for an inspired trench coat pattern.
The Printed Trench
For fun, use Burda Style 09/2010 #133 to sew up this short version. The Watercolor Floral Cotton Sateen or the bright Painterly Ikat Cotton Print will kick it up a notch and brighten your day! 
Use Vogue 8884 to highlight the different elements of your trench coat by adding piping or a collar/lapel in a contrasting color or print.  
Have fun interpreting the trench coat that works with your wardrobe!  Happy Sewing!  And check out all of the fabulous fabric suggestions at Sew Much Fabric for your spring trench coat.

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Burda Style 2/2017

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(Sold Out)

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

This pattern is in tall sizes.  Great for the office!
Dress #109 -ZigZag Tweed

 The tie belt is attached to the back pleat -a nice detail instead of belt loops.
Jacket #102-Chambray Blue Woven Print Cotton

Same pattern as the jacket above in coat length!
Coat #103-Metallic Silver Linen

Love the cascading ruffles that go into the side seams. 
A nice look for Valentine's Day!
Top #106A-Lipstick Red Silk Double Georgette

Plus Size 
This dress is great to wear now and into the spring.

Classic silhouette that works for most body types.
Dress #118A-Painterly Ikat Cotton Print

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Special Touches to Wardrobe Basics

Dorcas has added two great wardrobe basics to her wardrobe the blue jean jacket and classic white shirt. But what i love is she added her own special touches!  You can follow Dorcas at her blog Lone Star Couture.  Thank you Dorcas! 

One of the main staples of any wardrobe is a basic, button-up shirt. My favorite is the Sewaholic Granville. Although Sewaholic patterns are drafted for a pear shape, which I am definitely not, I have successfully tweaked this pattern with an FBA and a slimming down through the waist and hips. Now, it is my go-to shirt pattern. I also like to make my shirts more of a tunic length. Just a personal preference.

As an addition to Roz's Wardrobe Basics series for Sew Much Fabric, I made this shirt from a metallic linen that was a joy to sew with. Can linen have drape? This one does! It's been a long time since I've so enjoyed shirt-making and I attribute it to this great fabric.

The 100% cotton denim also came from Sew Much Fabric and it has a great weight, perfect for behaving with steam and for setting snaps but it's not stiff. It's comfortable to wear. Again, along with my obsession with the colors of Morocco and now my embroidery module I went a little crazy and did a motif for the back of my jacket.

I love being able to add these two great basics to my wardrobe! Thanks, Roz!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Be the Lady in Red

Love and beauty are often conveyed by the shades of red especially during the month of February when Valentine’s Day is celebrated. We've put inspirational ideas together for the many ways to celebrate "The Day of Love"!  Head over to Sew Much Fabric and see all of the suggested fabrics for Valentine's Day!

Romantic Nights for Dinner and Dancing
Make a special ensemble for that romantic evening! 

Formal Affairs
Be well dressed for Valentine weddings or the Go Red for Women Galas.
Scarlet Red Lace and Burda Style 11/2016 #116  

For the Office
Make a versatile classic dress in a shade of red for the office.
Red Wool Tricotine Burda Style 01/2017 #112A 

Merlot Ponte Knit McCalls 7533 

Lunch Date
Pair this romantic sleeve blouse with a pair of sleek trousers. This look can go from day to evening just by changing accessories
Silk Charmeuse-Pink Parfait and Vogue 9243

Causal Dates
What to wear for relaxing at home

Brick Wall Cotton Stretch Poplin (top)
Red Stretch Denim (pants) and Vogue 9114 (Sold Out)

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.