Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ponte Knit Pants and a Cautionary Tale!

I'm loving this TNT pants pattern Samina made using the Midnight Black Ponte Knit.  Even though she had a few hiccups along the way they turn out great!!  You can follow Samina at Sew Everything Blog.  Thanks Samina!

A tried and true pattern, (also referred to as TNT) can be a dangerous thing. It can make a sewer too cocky for her own good. It happened to me recently with this project.

I’ve made (and almost worn out) pants with Vogue 1411 seven times to be exact. With this, the eighth pair, I became over-confident in assuming that I could finish all cutting-to-wearing tasks in a very short time.  Wrong!!!  The rush was the direct cause of some errors; fortunately, they were caught before creating more havoc. The lesson is that these pants could have easily become a “wadder”.  Then I would have had to go back to Sew Much Fabric to order more. 
Iron Your Pattern
Sheer neglect. Un-ironed pattern piece

Result of careless cutting with un-ironed pattern piece. Oops.

It’s always a good idea to iron out the pattern with a warm, dry iron to smooth it out. Creases and wrinkles in the paper are not ok.  This time I neglected to do that and guess what. There were two edges in the pattern piece which were folded over slightly – and I cut around the folded edge without realizing that. Fortunately, the seam width could be adjusted and no real harm was done.

At this point I became very careful, and slowed down to check and re-check everything. Guess what, the pants got done faster than my usual turn around for sewing projects.  Like Mr. Turtle whose slow and steady progress won him the race against that upstart Mr. Hare.

The only minor change I made to this pattern was the length, which I shortened by 3 inches. Two inches were removed by tucking up the lower pant leg pieces below the knee point, and the last one inch by shortening the hem. I like this length! What do you think?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Blues Clues

Carolina Herrera for Spring 2017

Pantone has come up with several wonderful versions of “Blue” for the spring/summer of 2017 and on into Fall 2017. This is a versatile color that works well as a neutral and allows one to stretch their wardrobe by using different garment combinations. Let’s explore the fabric at Sew Much Fabric!

Pantone’s colors for Spring and Summer 2017 (Not all colors are shown)

Pantone calls them:
Island Paradise
Lapis Blue

Casual days and nights

Make this chic look using White Ponte Knit pants with a flowy sheer top made from Abstract Palm Tree Sheer Stripe Organza. Use Vogue 1551 for top and Vogue 9189 for slim pants. 

Bluebell Rayon Jersey Knit for a top (McCalls 7249) matched with a skirt in Island Hues Rayon Matte Jersey (McCalls 7386) are a great pulled together look for the weekend!

Looks great in prints or solids!
A print like Blue Sky Hummingbird Rayon Jacquard made into a wrap dress has summer written all over it!  Pattern Vogue 9251

Cobalt Rayon Jersey Knit works beautifully made from Vogue 9251. Elegant and comfortable for a formal affair!

Neutrals for Fall 2017- Navy Peony and Marina
Pantone referred to the Navy Peony as an anchor shade or neutral for fall. Along with that was the Marina blue which is lighter than expected for fall, but goes beautifully with the other bright colors in the fall palette. 

Slide into Fall 2017 with these Shades of Blue.
Marina-  This fun look will transition from summer into fall with Copen Blue Stretch Cotton Shirting for the skirt and Beach Blue/White Cotton Eyelash Check for the top. Vogue 1515.

Navy Peony- Use Navy Rayon Jersey Knit for a daytime look that changes quickly for evening with accessories.  Use Burda 04/2016 #128B for a smashing look!
As you can see, blue is versatile and easy to mix and match with pieces in your wardrobe.  Check out all the shades of blue fabrics at Sew Much Fabric and let’s start sewing!

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Blue Note

Kasey has put this fabric to the test!  And as a classic t-shirt in this vibrant shade of blue it's a great addition to her wardrobe.  Thanks Kasey!

The 11oz rayon jersey knit (used here in cobalt blue) is a great quality fabric with the ease of wash and wear. It sews very well and has excellent recovery. I wore this over a recent weekend trip and was able to wear it on a very long and hot day (18 hours), wash out a small stain from salad dressing in the hotel sink with bar soap, and wear it again on the trip home (about 5 more hours in the airport, plane ride and driving home.) Wonderful resilience and recovery – I didn't feel at as if I was wearing a stretched out shirt for the second day.

Here it is in the photo after a regular wash cycle and long stint in the dryer, perfectly fine and no pilling after its third washing in this manner. No, not the recommended treatment but I’m not one to be dainty about a t-shirt. The pattern used is McCall’s 6964, but I know it would also be a great fabric for any of Sew to Fit’s new tops patterns.

Some tips on this fabric: trim or clip the selvage, it’s very tight and will throw off the grain of the fabric if you don’t. Also, try using a fusible wash-away stay tape to turn up your hems; while it adds a few minutes to your prep time, this will give the fabric some stability and allow much easier sewing whether with a coverstitch or regular sewing machine.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Burda Style 7/2017

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

This has summer written all over it!  
Great sundress or beach cover-up.

This skater dress has a beautiful racer back with an exposed zipper.

Burda calls this a modern shake-up of the business blouse!

Love the linear lines of this dress.
Dress #116A -Midnight Black and White Ponte Knit  

Plus Size
What to wear to a summer formal.

Date Night!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Formal Affair

  • Have you ever been invited to birthday parties, business events, or weddings that requires formal attire, only to look in your closet and find that you don’t have anything appropriate?
  • Trying to shop for that perfect dress is hard work. So why not make a classy formal garment with the beautiful fabrics available at Sew Much Fabric!
  • Let’s get started! 

Birthday Celebrations

Special milestone birthdays require a celebration!  Use the Plum/Cream/Gold Metallic Brocade and make a dress with a flared skirt to dance and toast the special day.  Pattern: Vogue 1392 

Business Events
You'll want to look polished and professional at the business conference cocktail party.  A sheath dress in beautiful colors like Chili Red Silk/Wool Suiting or Plum Polyester Mikado will help you break out of the LBD rut! Pattern: Vogue 1182.

Class Reunions
What fun to reconnect with old friends and share fond memories. You will turn heads during the formal dance by mixing a sequin with a solid using Emerald Green Sequin Stretch Mesh and Black Wool Tricotine.  Pattern: Vogue 9148

Wedding Guest
Black/Rose Plum Reversible Floral Taffeta or Black/Swiss Mocha Reversible Floral Taffeta are great choices for weddings that start at 3pm and go into the evening with the reception.  Pattern: Butterick 5983

Wear All White Parties
The most popular parties in the summer are when the dress code requires the guests to wear all white!  A jumpsuit will look chic made with a trending fabric like the Ivory Eyelet. Line with Silk Crepe de Chine in White.  Pattern: Burda Style 06/2015 #119C

Remember that you don’t have to make the pattern look exactly like the sketch on the pattern envelope. Use your creativity and make it your own; whether you alter the length, neckline, or design lines.  Happy Sewing! 

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Baby, Let's Cruise......

  • Now that you've booked that wonderful cruise for July, August or September, it's time to start working on your wardrobe for that week of fun.
  • You'll need some basic pieces that can be mixed and matched, some casual pieces for sightseeing and at least 2 glamorous outfits for those formal on-board dinners.  
  • Let's get to work!
The Key to Planning
  • The secret is to plan around one neutral color and mix pieces that work with that color.  So, if your neutral color is black, select pieces that are interchangeable with black and add a pop of color.
  • Another color palette idea:  Grey as the neutral then add white or cream and coral
  • Let's explore these ideas.  Perhaps basic pull-on pants in Black Ponte Knit and a capri pant in White Ponte Knit.  This allows you to take a variety of tops to create multiple looks

Getting to and from the ship-Comfortable and Trendy
You'll want to look great upon arrival and exit from the ship! A cute top in Black/White Cotton Eyelash Check and Inkwell Stretch Denim for pants is both comfortable and trendy.  Pattern Vogue 9258

If you prefer knits, use Black/White Tile Rayon Matte Jersey for a cold shoulder top and Black or White Rayon Matte Jersey for the palazzo pants or vice versa.  Pattern Kwik Sew 4207 (top) and McCalls 7415 (palazzo pants)

Casual Days on Board
Enjoy all the activities on board the ship with a knit top mixing prints and solids like Fiery Hues Rayon Matte Jersey, Cobalt Rayon Jersey Knit and White Rayon Jersey Knit.  Pattern Butterick 6396

A tropical print like Ecru/Black Palm Leaves Rayon Crepe in a jumpsuit is another option for casual days on the ship!  

Sight Seeing and Shopping
Time to take in the food, people, landscape and of course souvenir shopping!  Go with a multi color fabric like In Vivid Color Cotton Stretch Sateen.  It's lightweight and easy to mix and match.  Pair with White Ponte pants or capris.  Pattern Burda Style 07/2016 #124

An off the shoulder blouse in Copen Blue Stretch Cotton Shirting and Black/Grey Geometric Stretch Cotton for wide leg pants is another chic choice for taking in the sights! Pattern Vogue 9257

Oh What a Night-Dancing, Casino or Taking in a Show!
Your wardrobe wouldn't be complete without at least one maxi dress.  This pattern can be causal but by changing the fabric it becomes a dressy one for those formal on-board dinners.  Use Silver Sequin Stretch Mesh over the Smokey Grey Silk Charmeuse. Pattern Burda 4/2017 #101 

For even more glamour, use Black/Iridescent Sequin Stretch Mesh over Black Silk Double Georgette for an unforgettable look.  Pattern Vogue 1534

All Aboard!  
  • The key is to stay with 1 or 2 basic neutrals and build the week's garments around those colors and add a pop of color to spice it up!
  • Whether it's a a 5-day or 7-day cruise, make beautiful memories with the pictures, souvenirs, and great experiences without worry of wardrobe issues.  Start sewing now and be sure to check out all the wonderful new fabrics on the website!

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

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Burda Style 6/2017

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

This dress works for day or night
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Jumpsuits are still trending

Love the crisp look of this peplum blouse!

Summer Nights

Plus Size
Boho Chic!
Dress 122B-Ecru/Black Palm Leaves Rayon Crepe

Weekend Glam