Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Long and Short of It!

Carla has made another chic weekend glam hi/lo T-Shirt using Black/White Tile Rayon Matte Jersey.  This T-Shirt will serve her well for many fashion seasons to come!  Thank you Carla!!

I made Version A with a shortened sleeve and a modified hemline.  The really long pointy tops do not flatter me! 

I used Linda Lee’s method of “Ready to wear neck binding” in her knit class on Craftsy.  This is the best set of instructions for doing a neckline that looks just like ready to wear—and it’s really easy!

I love my top. The fabric is fantastic!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Suit Yourself!

The Menswear trend is back and hotter than ever; from flannel, tweeds, and stripes, to solid tropical weight wools and even brocades. Let’s look at the styles and fabric choices from Sew Much Fabric! Image from Calvin Klein’s Fall 2017 RTW collection

Outerwear: Coats
As we head into the winter months, a coat is high priority!  A tweed coat with just a hint of color like Black with Ruby Flecks Wool Blend or Black with Sea Grey Flecks Wool Blend will brighten an otherwise dreary winter day. A coat that's slightly oversized offers plenty of room to wear a suit underneath. Pattern- Burda Style 11/2016 #128B 

A coat in faux leather like Black Embossed Faux Leather has just a little feminine touch in the print! Pattern: Burda Style 09/2016 #117

Sports Jacket
A sports jacket is a completer piece for the menswear trend.  It completes or adds polish to a shirt and pair of pants.  Corduroy or wool flannel are the perfect fabrics for this look.  Pair with jeans, a scarf and cap for a chic weekend glam outfit!  Pattern- Burda 6746

A white cotton shirt is a wardrobe staple for both men and women. A pinstripe shirt is also classic menswear but in silk it softens the look and adds a more luxurious feel.  Pattern-Burda 7136

A power suit is quintessential menswear.  Tropical weight wool in black, navy and brown are great to wear all year around.  You'll need all three pieces-jacket, pants and skirt.  Break the suit up and wear the individual pieces with other items in your wardrobe.  Pattern: Vogue 9138

A tuxedo is a great alternative look for evening and so comfortable!  Use this Black/White Double Faced Suiting and add a little sparkle with a sequin shell top.  Pattern- Burda Style 10/2015 #126 

A second option for a tuxedo look is brocade.  Sparkle is always a welcome addition!  Pattern Burda Style 09/2014 #107 

Head over to Sew Much Fabric to see all of these fabrics plus more  and sew up a few of these menswear inspired outfits. These looks will last for many years to come and still be on trend!

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

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Burda Style 11/2017

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Figure flattering lines with lots of options for color combinations!

Such an effortlessly chic coat! 

Dress by designer Steffen Schraut
Dress #122-Red Wool Tricotine

For my trendsetters!

Plus Size
A new coat can brighten the dreariest of winter days.

Love a good flounce on a pencil skirt!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Harvest of Fashion for Fall/Winter 2017

This color story lets you mix textures and colors to make an entire wardrobe! Even though you’re only using 7 fabrics (with a few basics thrown in for good measure), the combinations are endless and will take you from daytime/work to evening to fun weekends.  Let’s take a look at some possible combinations!

Daytime/ Business
Start off with a polished jacket using McCalls 7549 with Black/ Ruby Flecks Wool Blend or Red Faux Leather.  Make a skirt (Vogue 9209) with the Red Faux Leather then add a classic white blouse with Dove White Shirting and Butterick 6028.

After Work Cocktails and Social Events
Take a traditional office look like Vogue 1560 and use Chili Red Silk/Wool Suiting to create a professional outfit for an after work social setting. 

This is a great look for those social events that don't require all out glamour!  Use Vogue 9267 and Black/White Stripe Red Floral Brocade.

Weekend Events-Informal Concerts, Museum Exhibits, Lunch with Friends
Time to kick back and enjoy the weekend with family and friends!  Try a swing top (Butterick 6136) made with a comfortable matte jersey like Floral/Stripe Rayon Jersey Knit and Torch Red Rayon Jersey Knit.  Wear it with the Red Faux Leather Skirt.  

And just for fun… 
Add one more swing top using Tan/Walnut/Black Lightweight Interlock Knit and McCalls 7435.  This top can go over the Red Faux leather skirt or the Chili Red Silk/Wool Suiting pants.  Additional options are slim fitting pants in Black Ponte or the Coral Ponte knit.

The combinations from these fabrics are endless and you can have so much fun mixing them and matching them. Accessories will be easy to coordinate as well.  Head over to Sew Much Fabric to see the Harvest of Fashion Collection and get started making your own fall collection!  

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Leather and Lace

  • Leathers and laces are all over the runways for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.
  • We will be looking at the assortment of faux leathers (that is pronounced ‘fo’, not ‘fox’), and laces to see how versatile the materials are in making garments. It does not have to always be a coat or jacket. (photos from Vogue Runway Fall 2017 Collections of  Iro and Louis Vuitton)


Laser Cut Faux Leathers – Daytime or Evening
Kick up your weekend glam look and make a vest or the classic jacket using Butterick 6328 with Pine Green Laser Cut Faux Leather.

Spice things up and make an edgy LBD using Black Laser Cut Faux Leather with McCalls 7282.  Add an exposed zipper in the back.  

Red Faux Leather for the Holidays!
Red is trending this fashions season but it's also popular for most holidays like Christmas and Valentines Day.  Pair a Red Faux Leather skirt (Vogue 8750 or 9090) with a classic white shirt or a sleeveless lace top and create two different looks with one skirt!

Moto or Bomber Jackets
Look fashionable and keep warm as the weather gets cooler with a moto or bomber jacket in Black Embossed Faux Leather and Burda Style 09/2017 #105!  


Wear Lace During the Day
Traditionally an evening fabric, lace can look great in the daytime.  A causal dress made with Burnished Gold Lace and McCalls 7530 or an A-line skirt with Black Guipure Lace and Simpicity 8421.  Add a faux leather or denim jacket to complete the look!

 Laces Create Glamorous Looks.
Creating a garment with lace always makes a statement for glamorous events! Use the Amelia Sunset Yellow Lace with Vogue 1471 for a formal affair.  For a more relaxed event, the Black/Gold Stretch Lace made as a top and pants with Vogue 1572 will turn heads.

Weekend Glam
Novelty laces in navy, ivory, and java brown will make a funky and fun cropped jacket. Use pattern Burda 03/2017 #101A. 

Head over to Sew Much Fabric to see the faux leather and laces and have fun sewing with these specialty fabrics!  Don’t forget to research your techniques for handling laces and faux leathers before you get started.  Enjoy sewing with these on trend fabrics!

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It's On Sale!

Selected Fabrics are discounted 20%-50% Off
Head on over to the website to see the complete selection of sale fabrics and SAVE!!
(some of the fabrics on sale top to bottom)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Little Grey Jacket

Jackets are a great completer piece.  Throw one on and you instantly upgrade your look.  Kasey made a classic style jacket in the trending color grey.  This jacket will serve her well for years to come!  Thanks Kasey!  You can follow Kasey and all of her embroidery work at Kasey Sasser Embroidery and Gifts.

It doesn’t quite feel like fall yet but I’m ready for it this year with a great new topper in a ponté knit from Sew Much Fabric. This 16 oz. knit will stretch if you need it to, but is stable enough to be used like a woven. This knit comes in fabulous fall colors and is the perfect weight for this topper – which is the perfect little everywhere jacket for our weather here in Houston.
This knit is great to work with – washes well, irons and steams like a dream and sews really easily. I used a #90 ballpoint needle and lengthened my stitch from 2.4 to 2.8 for construction seams, and used a 4mm stitch length for topstitching; the knit is very spongy and the stitches will sink in if you don’t lengthen it. And with a 60” width you’ll barely need two yards for even the largest size.
The pattern 8464 is a vintage re-release by Simplicity for their new fall line. It looked like a fun, quick make, and it didn’t disappoint; a kimono-sleeve top with two simple darts for shaping, 7/8 length sleeve and the perfect hip length – not even any closures to put in! Aside from the tiny bit of hand stitching around the sleeves and to close the lining, I think cutting and construction was all of two hours… pretty good!
For the ladies out there worried about doing an FBA on a kimono top – don’t! This pattern is designed (in the larger size set) with 10 inches of ease at the bust. Besides which you’ll have plenty to borrow from the kimono armhole area – my busty sister-sewers, this topper is great for us! I did go up two sizes and added three inches to the sleeve width, but after constructing this and putting it on, I don’t think going up the two sizes was needed (maybe just one?) But, I will be wearing this over long sleeves and light weight sweaters this fall and winter so the extra room won’t be bad. Do note, the length of the shoulder bust dart needs to be altered to match where your bust falls. In my case I lengthened the dart by 2 1/8 inches.

The lining was an old mistake from years ago – I ordered a stretch silk charmeuse when I needed a regular. But it’s finally been used as a hidden pop of color. I tell you nothing is more cuddly and luxurious than a charmeuse lining! It will also slide right over whatever top you’re wearing. And of course what lining is complete without embroidery? This particular design is the gilded peacock by Urban Threads (available for application to any project by me!) I didn’t sew the darts into the lining, I just folded the extra fabric as a pleat; I think this lets the lining move better under the jacket.

And the finishing touch of course was buttons for the false back placket – an understated but lovely gold button also from Sew Much Fabric (Roz has the best buttons!) This jacket seems a little big in the back, but the placket serves to control the extra width and give a better fit.

This pattern lends itself to so many kinds of embellishment – bold topstitching, soutache or braids, shaped pockets – and of course you can add a button or hook closure if you’d like. I myself chose a simple patch pocket as I did not want the flap in the original design, but it could be an interesting focal point with the right embellishment.

Another great idea for this pattern is to use a brocade for an evening jacket, perfect for the upcoming holiday season. I personally am eyeing the black metallic jacquard with a lining in teal charmeuse, but the orchid Lurex with aubergine satin would be terrific combo as well. But don’t stop there! The ruby or sea grey wool or heather flannel would also be great choices for this pattern. I see at least two more of these quick and easy jackets in my future!

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Fall is Here! Part II

  • Lots of fall trends to sew up:
  • Faux leather and lace
  • Prints
  • Sequins and glittery fabrics
  • Tweeds and menswear fabrics
  • Image Lanvin Fall 2017-18 collection
  • And Sew Much Fabric has them all!

Color Palette 3

Color Palette 4

Gotta Have Jackets and Tops
Make this with Antique Gold/Black Reversible Stretch Satin (Sold Out) or the Black with Sea Gray Flecks Wool Blend in Butterick 6496.  Make a longer vest version or jacket! And just for fun, use the Black Embossed Faux Leather!

Tops can go solid or print using Vogue 9272 in Floral Stripe Rayon Matte Jersey or Bluebell Rayon Jersey Knit. 

Versatile Dresses- Business Daytime or Evening
Use Ivory/Black Abstract Oval Stretch Cotton or make it in Blue Sky Hummingbird Rayon Jacquard. Use Vogue 9269. Prints are in for Fall!

Sheath Dress from Burda 08/2017 #120 works with French Roast/Cream/Gold Metallic Brocade or White Ponte Knit.

Basic Pieces To Complete The Look
A pencil skirt in Black Corduroy for weekend glam and Navy Novelty Lace for the office or date night.

Also consider the Teal Blue Ponte Knit and the Black Wool Tricotine for classic pants that go from day to evening and weekends using Vogue 9155.

As you can see, there is so much to choose from and sew many ideas to be creative!  Head over to Sew Much Fabric to see all the fabrics in color palette 3 and 4 and have fun sewing your fall wardrobe!

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