Friday, September 23, 2016

Burda Style Plus Size Fall 2016

 To purchase, go to smfabric.com
(Sold Out)

All Styles at a Glance


Line Drawings


Simple and stylish coat for fall!  This would look fabulous in a wool plaid or a brocade.


A classic Chanel-like jacket goes rock and roll!
Jacket #410B-Moody Tweed
Pants #413B-Merlot Ponte Knit


This blouse in a classic white shirting fabric looks great with a pencil skirt or jeans.


Special Occasions


It's the details at the bodice, waist and hem!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Burda Style 10/2016

To purchase, go to smfabric.com
(Sold Out)

All Styles at a Glance



Line Drawings



Culottes with a twist-a front button panel!
Culottes #110-Vanilla White Stretch Double Cloth Wool

Love all the details on this sheath dress
Dress #108-Elegant Navy Blue Tropical Stretch Wool

 Nice option for a T-Shirt
T-Shirt #101-White Rayon Jersey Knit

Color blocking still going strong!  This is the petite pattern.
Sheath Dress #105-Merlot Ponte Knit and Graphite Grey Ponte Knit

So cute and comfortable for weekend errands
Tunic #121A-Moroccan Print Rayon Challis-Cinnamon

Burda Style 10/2016

To purchase, go to smfabric.com
(Sold Out)

All Styles at a Glance



Line Drawings



Culottes with a twist-a front button panel!
Culottes #110-Vanilla White Stretch Double Cloth Wool

Love all the details on this sheath dress
Dress #108-Elegant Navy Blue Tropical Stretch Wool

 Nice option for a T-Shirt
T-Shirt #101-White Rayon Jersey Knit

Color blocking still going strong!  This is the petite pattern.
Sheath Dress #105-Merlot Ponte Knit and Graphite Grey Ponte Knit

So cute and comfortable for weekend errands
Tunic #121A-Moroccan Print Rayon Challis-Cinnamon

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Found: The Perfect T-Shirt!

What a great feeling to get a pattern like the classic t-shirt perfected!  Everything works-the fit, style and construction techniques.  Fabulous work Carla!!!


I’m trying to perfect making knit tops that rival the best of the better retail options.  I chose Roz’s Fractured Light Matte Jersey because of the design and drape. 
McCalls 7323 


 I first made View C with some cheap knit I had in my stash.  I certainly can wear this version but I felt the bottom was a little to “round” looking.  Hubby said it looked too much like a maternity top!  That was a jolt that made me change the bottom.  I re-drew the bottom to be higher in the front and longer in the back similar to view A.  






To be certain of the front/back length, simply find the center point you want it to hit in the front and the back and then hand draw the shape.  My final pattern is perfect.  I used the retail neckline finish as I learned in the Craftsy class I mentioned in a previous post. Also, using the cover stitch machine for the sleeve and bottom hems really adds a professional finish!    

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wardrobe Basic: The T-Shirt


photo:InStyle 7/2016
The fourth installment of the Fit-Along series of Wardrobe Basics is the classic T-shirt.  If you missed the last three, you can read about the denim jacket here, the classic white shirt here and the sheath dress here

The t-shirt is the quiet workhorse in your wardrobe.  It is not the most exciting item you have but without it our wardrobe wouldn’t be the same.  It works well as a layering piece worn under just about anything-denim jackets, suits, an unbuttoned classic blouse, jumpsuit or sheath dress.  It can also stand on its own worn with a pencil skirt, dress slacks and of course the classic combo t-shirt and jeans. And it’s perfect for showing off statement jewelry or scarfs! 


 Photo: U.S. Naval Historical Center,  Wikimedia Commons, Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The T-shirt was originally 
called the undershirt and in the late 1800's was considered taboo to wear in public.  In 1905, the US Navy adopted the undershirt as part of their uniform. The word t-shirt was first used by the author F.Scott Fitzgerald in 1920 in his novel, This Side of Paradise But is was Marlon Brando in the movie A Streetcar Named Desire that made the t-shirt popular to the mass public. Today, the t-shirt is a fashion statement for men and women!


 Fabric Selection
White Rayon Jersey KnitBlack Rayon Jersey Knit  
Lightweight knit fabrics with lycra or spandex have excellent stretch and recovery, an important attribute for t-shirts.  The two rayon jerseys featured are classic colors to have in your wardrobe.  


 Pattern Selection

 I won’t be able to cover all of the many varied figure types and some patterns can work for more than one figure type.  But I hope this will help you to look at patterns more critically and analyze what will best work for you. When selecting a pattern for a T-shirt look at the neckline, the sleeve and the hem and select the styles that will work for your figure type.  Be sure to sign up for Sew Much Fabric’s mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the home page) for additional exclusive information including updates on videos by Sew-to-Fit for pattern alterations to get that perfect fit!  


Knit t-shirts are a great way to show off this figure type!  The stretch factor molds to show off the curves.  But be careful to not over-fit (read too tight) or this classic style becomes too suggestive! 
Pattern Suggestion: McCalls 6355
Neckline: V-neck, Scoop neck
Sleeve: Set-in or Raglan
Hem: Just below hip bone or a curved hem




Defining the waist and softening the shoulder area with a wide neckline will balance the lower half of the inverted triangle.  
Pattern SuggestionBurda Style 09/2014 #125
Neckline: Wide v-neck or wide boat neck 
Sleeves: Raglan, set-in 
Hem:  Few inches below hipbone  



This figure type looks great in interesting necklines and sleeves!  They bring all the attention to the upper body.   
Pattern Suggestion: StyleArc Emily Knit Top
Neckline: V-neck line, crew neck, square, any interesting neckline
Sleeves: Cap sleeve (extends the shoulder), elbow length sleeve to define the waist.
Hem: End at the top of the hip




The t-shirt should skim across the body especially around the mid-section.    
Pattern Suggestion: Burda Style 01/2015 #129
Neckline: V-neck, scoop neck, boat-neck
Sleeve: High armhole will help to define space between your arm and torso.  Try a hem on a slight diagonal.
Hem: Stopping the hem at the fullest part of the tummy will give the appearance of cutting your stomach in half.  



Ruching at the side seams, a breast pocket and the diagonal line of the raglan sleeves are nice details that create curves for this figure type.      
Pattern SuggestionStyle Arc Ann T-Top
Neckline: Crew neck or scoop
Sleeve: Drop shoulder, set-in or raglan
Hem: Hi-low hem or just above the hip line.

The t-shirt can handle any area of your life-the office, weekends or a night out on the town.  Enjoy making a collection of t-shirts in figure flattering styles you'll love!   


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Burda Style 09/2016

To purchase, go to smfabric.com.
(Sold Out)

All Styles at a Glance


Line Drawings


Boho style with a sophisticated feel.

Weekend Glam
Skirt #106 -Blue Denim

Ruffles!
Tunic #103 -Ivory Silk Double Georgette

Classic jacket for petite sizes.
Jacket #108-Vanilla White Stretch Double Cloth Wool


Plus Size
What to wear to the office
Top #136 -Silk Charmeuse-Teal Green
Skirt #134A -Sage/Teal, Chartreuse Dot Cotton Suiting



A nod to the 50s
Dress #137 -Red Wool Tricotine