Thursday, March 15, 2018

Primary Colors

Samina artfully put together the three primary colors red, blue and yellow in a classic t-shirt.  Just so happens she wore it on primary election day in Texas!  Thanks Samina!

March 6, 2018 was primary election day in my state and I was dressed in “primary” colors; yeah – so literal that I was rolling my eyes at myself. But, it's kind of fun to dress literally for the occasion.

This pile of knits was ordered recently from Sew Much Fabric without any thought to the election season, or to the primary colors of the color wheel; yet, here we are.

The Top
Initially, I was going to use black knit for the neckband, the sleeve cuffs and the hem band, just for some contrast; because, this beautiful shade of golden amber doesn’t do any favors for my skin tone. But I love the color and black trim at the neck might be kinder and gentler.  Then plans changed and I used red for the neck band; and then, things took another turn when I used the cobalt blue for the cuff bands. Now the combination of colors became worthy of Tuesday’s primary elections!!

My go-to knit top pattern is the Renfrew from Sewaholic Patterns, and the “primary” top was the seventh time I’ve used it. I still wear the last six pieces and have been wearing them since 2014.

So, readers, many of us make it a point to wear certain items and colors on certain holidays. Red and green on the Christmas holidays, Red on Valentine’s Day and so on. I  took it a bit further to wear primary colors of the color wheel on primary election day. (It should be declared a public holiday, in my opinion.) Now, to plan a piece for wearing on the general election day in November – red, white and blue?  What’s the point if you can’t have fun with your self-sewn clothing?

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Modern Weekend Glam

Dorcas is dialing up her weekend glam look!  Comfortable fabrics like jersey knit and a pretty cotton print are easy to sew and wear.  Who says you can’t look fabulous and run errands, too?!   Thank you Dorcas!

Spring is finally here and I'm in love with these two pieces, both perfect for transitioning into warmer weather. The pleated skirt is Burda Style 01/2018 #121 and the knit top is a modified version of Burda 6848. Both of the beautiful fabrics are from Roz at Sew Much Fabric and each gave just the result I had in mind.

Burda Style 01/2018 #121
The inverted pleats of the Burda skirt needed a fabric with some body to achieve fullness without bulk. 

This Italian cotton broadcloth called Greystone Lassoed Flowers was just ideal and lovely to sew with. Crisp without being stiff and it presses like a dream.  Predominately a palette of khaki and grey, it's also steeped in sage with touches of apricot. Just my colors!

I pleated out some of the excess before cutting the lining pieces.

Finishing touches are the rayon lining and my favorite Petersham ribbon waistband treatment:

And now on to the Tangelo rayon knit top. Well, it's orange. Need I say more!? This is an 11 oz. rayon/spandex with 75% stretch in both directions. I knew I wanted a wrap top but also more coverage than any I had made in the past. I spotted Burda 6848 while pattern shopping and thought I'd give it a try:

I made View A but added a little experiment to it. I wasn't crazy about the wide band at the waist and decided to replace that with long ties that would wrap the waist and tie in front. I cut two 6" wide strips the width of the fabric, joined them to make one long piece, sewed the bodice to it and voila, a wrap shirt. And a favorite it shall become!

Fits great in the back, as well:

In my closet, this outfit will be easy to accessorize.  I'm really looking forward to wearing it!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Burda Style 3/2018

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Love the double zipper front!

For the trendsetters...
Cape/Jacket #105 and Pencil Skirt #103B

The dropped sleeve softens the tailored look of a bow-tie blouse.

The seaming in this dress is perfect for reversible fabrics!

Plus Size
So elegant for a formal affair!

Work appropriate with a feminine touch.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

One Pattern- Several Looks

Here’s the idea! Have you ever found a great pattern and made it in several different fabrics for different events? We’re translating this concept into using ONE pattern and making various looks to extend our seasonal transitional wardrobe!  Let’s use Burda’s version of the wrap dress.

Daytime and Business
The wrap dress in a jersey knit is classic for day wear!  Solid colors like Navy or Torch Red are perfect for the office or any committee meetings you attend.

Weekends and Easy Dressing
Weekend attire is all about errands and rejuvenating with family and friends!  Use fun prints like Mustard/Daisy Rayon Crepe (Sold Out) or Field of Flowers Stretch Cotton for your weekend wrap dress.  For a trendy look, pair the dress with jeans as seen on the Burda Style pattern.

Live a Little for After-Five
A wrap dress for after-five? Yes!  Beautiful fabrics like Mini Black Sequin on Tulle or Black/Gold Stretch Lace (with a black lining) will look stunning for that night out on the town!

Be adventurous and think outside the box!  Remember, we don’t have to mimic what we see on the pattern envelope.  Be daring! Try new combinations.  Once you have determined that the fit is right,  you’re free to use them over and over.  Have fun sewing and check out all the new, beautiful fabrics at Sew Much Fabric

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

Thursday, February 08, 2018

T-shirt, Pencil Skirt and Waiting on Spring!

The weather is still a bit chilly but Brand Ambassador, Dorcas Ross, found a way to wear a little spring right now!  Thanks Dorcas!

It's been so dreary this week and I'm SO ready for spring! Sew Much Fabric is, too, with these sunny and fun fabrics. Yellow is trending this year and has always been one of my favorite colors. This Golden Amber Jersey Knit is especially rich and saturated and looks fabulous with the White/Honey/Amber/Black Cotton Stretch Twill  (Sold Out) from Italy.

To me, the abstract print of the twill  was reminiscent of an animal print so I instinctively reached for another animal print because I like to mix them. My friend Julie Starr had just gifted me with a load of bias tapes in 3 different animal prints from Farmhouse Fabrics and one of them was the perfect scale and color for my skirt. I already knew I wanted to use Burda 02/2017 #117 because I love the detail at the yoke and pockets. One would usually go with black for the trim and buttons I but I felt like that was too predictable so I went with the cheetah.

The top is Burda 02/2013 #126. It's basically a raglan tee but with the soft gathering at the shoulders it has much more interest and femininity.

The skirt is fully lined with satin binding at the hem. I love making skirts-probably because they are so easy to fit!

I love my new skirt and top and until it warms up I'll enjoy wearing them with two of my other Sew Much Fabric jackets!

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018

February Burda Style

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(Sold Out)
All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

What's old is new again with this vintage inspired dress!

Pants for my trendsetters

Professional and Elegant!  
This dress as step-by-step instructions with illustrations.

Love the details in the back.
  Perfect in red for a causal Valentine's dinner.

Plus Size
This blouse is a workhorse.  
Wear it for work or the weekend.

 Trench Coat for Spring

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Faux Leather: Mixing a trend with a classic!!

Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric, Dorcas, hit all the right notes with the faux leather trend.  She combined a trending fabric, faux leather, with a classic pencil skirt!  Beautiful-Thanks Dorcas!

I love this skirt! This is a Black Embossed Faux Leather from Sew Much Fabric that is an over-embroidered with a damask pattern and it is SO much fun to wear. It made its debut Saturday night at a birthday dinner at the new Mastro's Houston and everyone raved about it.

Honestly,  I really wondered how this fabric would behave while I was sewing with it and I was so pleased when it went together with no problems whatsoever. I thought a walking foot might be needed but I sewed a sample with my standard presser foot and it worked just fine on the rayon backing and so I went with it:

And pressing was not the least bit problematic. I used an organza press cloth and did my pressing from the inside and it pressed remarkably well. Here are the back darts:

And the darts from the right side perfectly pressed and crisp:

I used my usual Petersham ribbon waistband:

I used Susan Khalje's pattern The Straight Skirt and I've made it several times but I know this one is going to quickly become one of my favorite wardrobe pieces. Give this fabric a try when you want to whip up something edgy and fun! My top is Burda 6990 in stretch velvet.
Thanks for reading and see you again soon!