Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday/Small Business Saturday Storewide Sale!

It’s that time of year when the spirit of gratitude is celebrated. And in that spirit, l’m having the 1st store wide sale as a "Thank You" to everyone for a great year!  For 2 days, take an additional 20% off all sale or regular price merchandise (excluding Burda Style).  Head on over to Sew Much Fabric and use coupon code Give Thanks

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Burda Style 12/2016

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(Sold Out)

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Now this will keep you fashionable and warm!

Love the easy flow of this jersey dress. 

Turning a corporate style jacket into something pretty for evening.

Weekend lounge wear

Plus Size 
The gathered neckline is a separate piece!
Evening Dress #128B -Black Sequin Stretch Velvet

Perfect for a causal holiday party

Burda Style Vintage 2016

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Line Drawings

Classic Studio 54!
Evening Dress "Jerry"- Shimmer Satin-Peacock 

Gorgeous for running around town!
Cape "Meryl"- Coco Boucle'

Love the flair pants and peplum jacket!

How cool is this?!
Long Vest "Joni" -Pearl/Onyx Boucle'

Monday, November 21, 2016

A Little Black T-Shirt (LBT)

I'm loving Dorcas's new black T-shirt.  Thank you for sharing j.jill's method of making a T-shirt.  I'm definitely going to use it!  Follow my fellow Texan's sewing adventures at Lone Star Couture.

What item in a wardrobe is more basic than the T-shirt? It can transition from flea market to cocktail simply by changing from jeans and flats to a skirt and heels. Well, and maybe a little spritz of your fragrance after powdering your nose!

I have had this j.jill tee for probably 10 years. It's so ratty I don't wear it any longer but I've hung on to it because one day I wanted to clone it. Roz's invitation to participate in her Basics series was just the impetus I needed.

Here is a comparison of the old and new:

What I love about the j.jill shirt is the double layer front that creates a soft, becoming V-neck eliminating the need for neck binding, which on a V-neck can be fiddly. The best part of it, however, is the beefy rayon knit from Sew Much Fabric! I plan on buying this in every color that Roz stocks.

For my project I used my old standby Vogue 8536 which is no longer in print. Why, I don't know because it is the most basic of basics for great tees. Grab it online somewhere if you don't have it.

All I did was cut 2 fronts and use one for a facing and then treating them as one. At the back neck I made a binding from shoulder to shoulder. Easy peasy.

I wore the tail off of this shirt in Morocco. It's a great layering piece as proven in this picture taken in the Atlas mountains. It was one of 7, yes seven, shirts I had on that day because it was so cold.

As noted above, a basic tee can go from work...

to an evening out in no time!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wrapper's Delight!

What a chic wrap Samina made!  Perfect to wear for the cooler mornings or whenever you feel chilly in places like the movies or a restaurant.  You can follow Samina's sewing adventures at Sew Everything Blog.  Thank you Samina!

Hi Readers, is this a cute wrap or what!!   Its stylish and practical, and seems cozy enough for very mild winters in my area.

It has a sleeve for one arm and the other arm is put through an opening which is hidden under a flap. Slick! Or, the stole can be thrown over the shoulder instead of the arm going through the opening. The pattern is from Decades of Style pattern company which reproduces vintage styles for the modern seamstress. This is a reproduction of a 1950s look.

So, you know me, right? I complicate perfectly good things. The stole is lined, but I decided to keep it unlined to showcase the two-sided feature of a knit purchased from Sew Much Fabric. Also, it would serve as a “wearable muslin”, should I decide to make a lined version.

My plan was to make the three seams into fake flat felled seams. Why not a real flat felled seam? Because the knit fabric is a tad lofty for the layers formed with a real FF seam.  To make the fake FF seam, I stitched at 5/8”, trimmed one side down to ¼”, pressed the other (5/8) over the trimmed layer without folding as it’s done in real ff seams, topstitched evenly down the seam, and trimmed again close to the stitching. That worked ok, but just ok. This is was a “meh” moment.

The other decision involved finishing the stole’s edges – and there is a mile of edges. Just turning over and sewing a hem will take away the reversible look, which is looking like a distant goal at this point.  I could leave the edges raw since knit will not ravel. Or, I could use  fold-over elastic. Or, I should forget about making this wrap reversible. The fold-over elastic won. But, I have another question: how do you finish off the ends of the fold-over elastic? To end it all, this wrap is not reversible. Sorry.

The wrap feels great when it’s on, and I feel good in it.  Now, on to the lined version plan. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Burda Style 11/2016

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(Sold Out)

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Pretty details-neckline pleats, raglan sleeve slits and a front tie!

On trend for weekend glam!
Duster Vest #115 -Graphite Grey Ponte Knit

Use a contrasting color for the yoke and inside of the hood.

A glamorous coat for the upcoming holidays!
Camisole Top #112-Silk Charmeuse-Apple Cider

Plus Size
Beautiful Winter Coat
Coat #128B-Pearl/Onyx Boucle

Great look for the office!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

You'll Need a Clutch for the Holidays!

A clutch is the purse of choice for any special occasion. Finding the right clutch can be difficult.  Kasey has opened her business Embroidered by Kasey to help with this dilemma and any of your embroidery needs.  Congratulations Kasey!

Dear Fellow Fashionistas – I am officially in business! I’m offering bespoke embroidery services for your fine items. Your machine doesn’t do embroidery? Mine does – and I can help you with that special project! Jacket linings, borders on skirts and blouses, overlays for evening wear – let me help you accentuate your sewing!

To kick off my new venture, I’m featuring lovely evening fabrics from Sew Much Fabric for my Holiday Line of HandbagsMikado, dupioni, satins, sequins and more! Select two fabrics and then I can personalize it for you with embroidery. Making a gown? How about a matching handbag from your fabric? Or maybe just select one of the fun and unique fabrics that Roz offers and have it customized with your monogram (and a little bling….)

The style I currently have available is the Modern Clutch pattern from Pink Sand Beach Designs. I’ve acquired permission for cottage production, and will soon be adding a few more of their styles to my line. The clutch fits the iPhone 6 and 7, but not quite the iPhone Plus size. I can make the bag a bit bigger for you and it will fit the 6 or 7 Plus. 

Yes, my fellow fashionistas can make one of their own, but why not let me make it for you and save the time, muss and fuss? And then I can add embroidery or monogramming just for you! 

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Pattern Review-A White T-Shirt

Kasey has sewn up a wardrobe basic, the white T-shirt!  The pattern is a design by Andrea at Sew To Fit.  Great job ladies!!!

This is a review of the White Rayon Jersey Knit from Sew Much Fabric, which I received in exchange for a review of the fabric as well as a review of Sew to Fit’s Tee Shirt Pattern (available soon), which I also received.

This fabric is very nice; it washed well and dried without much shrinkage (yes, I didn’t follow the directions; I put it in the dryer on low but will hang-dry the garment from now on.) It feels like a cotton knit, though it is a rayon/ spandex blend. It is lightweight yet still has that “heft” I find peculiar to jersey knits.

It sewed up well and went through my sewing machine like a breeze. Some cautions: it is lightweight, so start your seams with a piece of tissue paper. Also, clip or discard the selvage as it gets very tight and will throw off your grain lines. Lastly, the two sides are different so be sure to mark which side you’re using for the “right” side.

I think it would be great for not only t-shirts, but a wrap dress or wrap shirt (ballerina style.) And with winter coming up, it would be wonderful as lingerie to layer under wool or flannel dresses; it’s so soft it would make a snugly camisole, slip or even pant liner.

But of course it works well as a t-shirt. Andrea’s pattern, the Sew to Fit Tee Shirt, is such a terrifically simple pattern. It came together easily and I knocked it out in less than 90 minutes; I think it took me longer to print, assemble and trace off my size!

This tee has a yoked and split back, which affords many opportunities to customize the fit. It’s drafted to be nice and roomy in the hip and has a good length built in; I actually cut some length off where I’m usually adding several inches. And the plain neckline is very easy to change to suit your taste, as Andrea gives you directions to make a band to fit whatever neckline you create. I’m impressed not only with the size range, but the sleeve sizes; I only had to do a 1-inch full bicep adjustment from the largest size, whereas I usually have to do a 4- to 5-inch adjustment.

I made a size “18”, which was a 16 for the back bodice and a 22 for the front. I cut a size 26 for the sleeve with a 1-inch full bicep adjustment. I lowered the neckline my usual 2 inches, but when I make it again I may try a V-neck instead. It’s a little roomier in the hip than I would like for this kind of fabric, so I will likely trim it down. But overall a nice, quick pattern I think many women will enjoy making and wearing.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Love Affair with Reversible Knits

Andrea has used this reversible knit and New Look 6482 to its best advantage.  I can just see Andrea wearing this dress on date night with her handsome husband!  Andrea blogs at Sew to Fit and also check out her YouTube channel for more expert fitting and sewing advice.  Thank you Andrea!

Here is a simple project that took a little thought to finalize.  In my design process, most often I draw up a design before I sew it up, in order to help me visualize the look before I use my fabrics in the final design.  If I come across a pattern that has a basic design, it becomes my canvas for designing what I want.  But let's be clear, the design doesn't take shape until I've had time to doodle around the line drawing while giving my creative juices a chance to birth something wonderful.  When I sew with a print, the print speaks to me and directs my thoughts to a design.  In the case of a wonderful solid, I am free to do whatever, or maybe even embellish. In the case of this dress was ripe for any design I could imagine.  And this is what I imagined....

The moment I laid eyes on this reversible fabric,  I bought from SM, it was destined that I would make something which would take full advantage and display both sides of the beauty it has to offer.  I just love these two sided knits.  

I love how the inset on the side is at a slight angle giving it a slight asymmetric look at the hem. As you may already realize, this is not the original pattern. It was the diving board for this design, my design process began with this pattern.  The plain front was not what got my attention for this pattern, it was the side inset.  At first I thought the inset was mirrored on the back, both being on the right side, but this one has the inset opposite on the back, with the matching inset being on the left side of the back. 

Well, this dress was such a great success!  For now, I have more two-sided fabric to buy, and more color blocked dresses to design. What's your design process? Are you creating any color blocked wonders?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Details Made the T-Shirt

I love the details Kasey added to her T-Shirt.  The lapped shoulder and the cuff and tab on the sleeves really kick it up a notch.  Thanks Kasey!

This review is for the Seafoam Blue/ Kiwi Reversible Knit from Sew Much Fabric. I really loved the seafoam blue color, especially the soft sheen. I used it to make my usual t-shirt pattern, which truthfully started out as a Blue Ginger Doll Bonnie pattern, but quickly morphed into something completely different (doesn't it always?) 

In imitation of a lapped-shoulder boat-neck tee I already owned I created this neckline, and added a wide cuff to the sleeve. For this version I also created sleeve tabs adorned with Gold Basket Weave buttons (sold out), also from Sew Much Fabric, added a few more inches to the length and made a split seam tunic-type bottom.

The fabric was very nice to work with; it sewed well and didn’t curl when cut. It washed nicely but wanted a short stint in the dryer before hanging up to finish drying. It is a bit firmer to wear than you might expect from doing a stretch test; you might want to go up a half-size in your garment if you don’t like your clothes to be too fitted.

I got a lot of compliments on this top; everyone loved the color and wanted to know where I got it. They were of course duly impressed when I announced I had made it myself!