Thursday, June 14, 2018

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

How fun to attend summer weddings!  Let’s look at some inspiration for making some  amazing outfits for these special occasions.

 Afternoon Wedding or Reception

An afternoon wedding or reception calls for semi-formal attire.  A beautiful floral, like this light weight viscose poplin, is lovely for celebrating the newlyweds!
Pattern: Butterick 6556

Destination Wedding

If you’re heading to a destination wedding that's in a warm climate, a beautiful dress made in a bright tone of linen is just the ticket!
Pattern: Burda 06/2018 #102

Evening Wedding

An evening wedding is formal but not as formal as black tie.  A cocktail dress is perfect for this night time event!  
Pattern:Vogue 1566

Black Tie Wedding

You can pull out all the stops for a black tie ceremony!  A floor length dress adds to the elegance of the occasion.  
Pattern: McCalls 7154

There is a lot of flexibility when it comes to fabric and color choices for weddings and related events.  Use your imagination and have fun shopping from the fabrics at Sew Much Fabric

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

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Summer is Calling!

The best way to show-off a fabulous print like Lava Print Rayon Matte Jersey Knit is with a simple silhouette.  Dorcas, Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric, did just that to create this knockout look! Who says neutral colors in a print can’t make a bold statement!  Thanks Dorcas!!

My original thought for this yummy rayon knit called Lava Print Rayon Matte Jersey Knit from Sew Much Fabric was to make a top to go with the linen suit from my last blog post. However, it was nudging me in the direction of a dress instead because it wanted to be shown off. (Yes, I really do think my fabrics speak to me!) I chose the tank dress view of OOP McCall's 6355 that I've made SO many times and it's a pattern I dearly love because it's so versatile.

The colors in this fabric are all beautiful and it does look molten:

I lined my dress with beige performance knit and it worked great. I found a really helpful tutorial on how to machine finish the shoulder seams of a lined, sleeveless dress. I will definitely use this technique again. I was going to use my in progress photos using the technique on this dress but it's so narrow at the shoulders that the photos were more confusing than helpful.

This little tank will get lots of wear this summer. It was the perfect simple pattern to highlight this smokin' fabric!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

June 2018 Burda Style

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(Sold Out)
All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Love the mash-up of the 2 necklines!

This boho chic dress has just enough sophistication for the office.

Fun top for weekend get-togethers!

A snazzy sequin tank top is a great way to dress things up for casual summer affairs.

Plus Size
So comfy and pulled together for hanging around the house.

This is a great alternative to the pencil skirt for the office.
(Sold Out)

Neutral Ground

I love linen!  When Dorcas, Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric, decided to make a linen suit I was so excited!  She selected a fabulous Burda Style jacket from a recent issue and highlighted the design details with an animal print binding.  The printed knit top pulls everything together!  Thanks Dorcas!

Nothing says summer like a linen suit and I've put together two great Burda patterns along with khaki linen from Roz at Sew Much Fabric to make an outfit that I think will be a real workhorse in my wardrobe. The jacket is Burda Style 04/2018 #102 and the minute I saw it in the magazine I knew I had to make it. It was a challenge but nothing difficult so I thoroughly enjoyed making it. Really, the only time consuming part was tracing the 17 pieces!

This jacket has so many cute design details. The front, of course, but I also love the curved cuff on the sleeves:

and also the safari jacket styling in the back:

The pants are Burda 7062 which I've made many, many times and always come back to for a great fitting pant. And I was crushing on the rayon knit Roz has in stock called Random Dot (Sold Out) so I used it to complete my outfit pairing it with New Look 6470, a TNT in my stash:

I'm completely smitten with my linen suit and can't wait to wear it. Linen is so comfortable to wear in Houston's heat and humidity and it launders beautifully, too. Run on over to Sew Much Fabric and I'll bet Roz has linen in one of your favorite colors!

Thursday, May 17, 2018


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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Run For The Border Print

If you've been following along as the Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric builds her curated wardrobe, you'll remember the white and tangelo wrap tops.  She has added a fun embroidered border print denim (Sold Out) skirt to the mix.  Perfect start to a summer wardrobe!  Thanks Dorcas!!!

With temps pushing 90 in Houston our coveted, albeit short-lived, spring is quickly departing. The good news? Bring on the summer sewing! My first make is my uber-favorite Grainline Studios Moss skirt made with this fabulous embroidered border denim now in stock at Sew Much Fabric.

I have a closet full of shirts that look great with this multi-colored floral embroidery. The colors are so vibrant and rich.

I used cotton shirting for my pockets and fly shield and topstitching was easy on this denim, as it is on the lighter end of the denim weight scale.

And of course, this summer skirt is special enough to deserve a lining. I used cotton broadcloth and a decorative stitch hem.

I love wearing this skirt and it has already become a staple in my wardrobe! The embroidered denim (Sold Out) and both the white and orange 11 oz. rayon knits are all available at Sew Much Fabric. So summer, welcome to Houston! I'm ready for you.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Burda Style May 2018

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Summertime Glam!
Dress #118-Teal Green Tropical Print Viscose Poplin

The nautical look is always so crisp and clean! 
 Dress #106-Lapis Linen

Off-the-shoulder trend is still going strong!  

You'll need a summer jacket to save you from 
air conditioned buildings.
Jacket #101-Black/White Reversible Stripe
(Sold Out)

Plus Size
Summer Wrap Dress.....
Dress #124-Field of Flowers Stretch Cotton

.....and Summer Cut Outs!
Dress #125-Floral Print Satin Scuba Knit

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Flower Power

Large floral prints and cold shoulders are all over the fashion radar for spring/summer 2018.  Dorcas, Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric, looks stunning in both trends.  The fabric,  Black/Multi Color Floral Viscose Poplin, is sold out but this print in a new colorway will be in stock soon!  Thank You Dorcas!   

I fell in love with this dress when it premiered earlier this year in the spring Vogue pattern collection. Well, it's really the fabric I was in love with, the dress was secondary and I wasn't that crazy about it, but somehow it called out for a this huge floral. My first impression of the dress was that the cold shoulder was a bit trendy but when Roz at Sew Much Fabric told me she had ordered the very fabric that McCall's used for their model, I knew I had to have it. It's a rayon poplin with a great weight and the perfect drape a flowy dress like this would require. Knowing the fabric was on the way, the pattern started growing on me and then it was a must have. Now I can't imagine having made anything else with this fabulous floral. And here's the Vogue for comparison:

It was a very simple make. The pattern has cup sizes which, for me, is always a plus. The only modification I made was to decrease the front slit in the bodice which I shortened 2". It's a sleek fit and looks as nice in the back as the front:

The sleeves are fun. It's been a long time since I've worn a full sleeve gathered with a cuff. 

By the way, this fabric washes and dries like a dream! There were so many fun colors in this fabric I decided to use the grass green for all of my topstitching rather than predicable black:

Lukewarm turned to love for my new dress and think I'll have fun wearing it this summer!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spring Flowers

Prints are inspiring, whether florals or abstracts!

For The Office

Create a daytime professional look using Cream/Yellow/Grey Leaf Print Scuba Knit with your favorite sheath dress pattern.  Pair the dress with a jacket using Burda Jacket 03/2017 #114 with the Buttercup Linen or.....

...for a more subdued look, pair Fern Print Stretch Cotton with Burda Style 12/2017 #103 for the jacket and Black Stretch Cotton Sateen for a classic sheath dress!

Lazy Saturdays

Saturdays are for 
hanging out with friends, running errands or grabbing a bite to eat! Throw on an easy, chic dress like Butterick 6567 made with cotton fabrics Field of Flowers Stretch Cotton and Turquoise Egyptian Cotton.

If the weather hasn't quite caught up with spring and it's still cool use Vogue 1575 with Floral Print Satin Scuba Knit and Pink Tulip Rayon Jersey Knit.

Day Wedding 

Rock it with Butterick 6554 in Navy/Pastel Floral Rayon Matte Jersey Knit (Sold Out) and make a wrap in Wedgwood Blue Polyester Mikado for a versatile coverup.

Spring is such an exciting season with the promise of beautiful flowers and new birth.  Whether woven or knit, be creative and have fun with the beautiful fabrics at Sew Much Fabric!

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