Thursday, January 19, 2017

Using both sides of the fabric coin!

I'm loving all of the different ways Andrea is using reversible knits. This lovely red/black reversible knit is sold out but you can select from any of these colorways. You can follow Andrea's blog at Sew-To-Fit .

Hey everyone,

I had to do a quick top to get my sewing mojo back, so to speak.  I have been wanting to sew for sure.  That's why I decided to go ahead and knock out something quick for my Mom to get me back into the game.  

The fabric is the same beautiful quality double sided rayon/spandex knit I got from Sew Much Fabric as my "almost reversible" dress. She is out of this color, but I have my eye on this gorgeous blue jean/saffron version.  I got this top completed in about 2 hours while periscoping the entire process during my regular "Sew & Chat" sessions.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Urban Cowgirl Chic

In January, Houston starts to get excited about the upcoming Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. With that comes exciting events to attend and look fashionable. Head on over to Sew Much Fabric where you'll see the fabrics mentioned below (plus a few more) to help you pull off this Urban Cowgirl Chic Look. Three categories are considered for your sewing fun;  Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Go Texan Day and Nightlife.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
The festivities (March 7-26) like the Bar-B-Que cook-off, parade, carnival and livestock shows are what the rodeo is all about!  You'll want to sew outfits that are comfortable and chic.
Butterick 6425, McCalls 7546, Burda Style 05/2016 #128
Blue Jean/ Saffron Reversible Knit (Cold-Shoulder Top/Pants)
Ivory Metallic Gold Linen (Cold Shoulder Top)
Red Stretch Denim (Jumpsuit)

Go Texan Day
March 3 is Go Texan Day. This is a citywide celebration when businesses and organizations are encouraged to dress "Texan". The fabrics and patterns below will keep you looking office appropriate and Urban Cowgirl Chic!
From Left to Right: McCalls 7549, McCalls 7392, Butterick 6183
Chambray Blue Woven Print Cotton  (jacket)
Blue Denim  (skirt and culottes)
Egyptian Cotton - Swiss Ivory  (top)


Nightlife
From the concerts to parties there's a lot of activity at night!
Concerts 
Make more than one top to pair with jeans for multiple looks!

Left to right: Butterick 5797, Vogue 8772, Butterick 5682
Left to right: Black Lace with White Backing (bustier)
Black Silk Double Georgette (bow-tie blouse)

Parties
Parties are where Urban Cowgirl Chic really shines!  You can make this Ralph Lauren Spring 2017 look using the blouse from Burda Style and the pants from Kwik Sew.
Left-Right: Ralph Lauren Spring 2017, Burda Style 04/2016 #109A, Kwik Sew 4178
Left to Right:  Silk Charmeuse-Violet 
Satin Back Crepe-Eggplant  Black Denim Matte Jersey

Nothing is more fun than using your creative skills to pair beautiful fabrics with your ideas for expanding your Urban Cowgirl Chic wardrobe. Have fun sewing! Ride ‘em Cowgirl!

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

Monday, January 02, 2017

Year End Clearance Sale!

Out with the old and in with the new!!  Head on over to smfabric.com and enjoy an additional 15% savings on fabrics in "It's On Sale" and "Last Chance".  Use the coupon code Reduced.  This sale will end at midnight CST 1/7/17.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Burda Style 1/2017



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

All Style at a Glance


Line Drawings


Business Class

This blouse could work for the office, cocktails or weekend glam.

Add a little shimmer for early spring!

For my trendsetters....
Pajama blouse and pants -#111 and 110A- Black/White Inkspots

Plus Size
Treat yourself to luxurious new undergarments in the New Year!
Tap Pants #123B-Silk Charmeuse-Apricot

Early morning comfort

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Velvet Sparkle for the Holidays

Head Turner!!!  That's the phrase that came to mind when I saw this pullover top. And if this wasn't fabulous enough, Cissie took it to another level by adding sable cuffs!  Thank You Cissie for sharing this beautiful holiday look.


I needed a quick, easy top with some holiday bling for a girls’ Christmas party. So happy to find this pretty sequined stretch velvet in my stash. 

The pattern is New Look 6439 and it went together from start to finish in 2 hours. The fabric was very nice to sew with and the sequins caused no needle breakage. I can wear the top with or without the sable cuffs! Depends on how flashy I want to look!! I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a bit of glamour for the holidays!

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

To Purchae, go to smfabric.com
(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

 To purchase go to smfabric.com

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!