Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Early Spring 2007 Mailer

60"
55% Viscose 15% Linen 30% Cotton
18.00
Designer--Ellen Tracy



59"
92% Viscose 8% Linen
16.00




60"
55% Silk 45% Cotton
18.00




49"
50% Polyester 50% Nylon
12.00
Designer--Anna Sui




49"
50% Polyester 50% Nylon
12.00
Designer--Anna Sui






45"
100% Linen (dress weight)
20.00
Designer--Helen Wang


42"
100% Cotton with Sequins
16.00
Designer--Helen Wang




45"
100% Silk Chiffon
12.00
Designer--Anna Sui


Saturday, January 20, 2007

Vogue 1543

I'm not a fan of heavy, bulky coats. Maybe it's my age (forty something) or just wanting my life to be "lighter", but I don't want to wear things that weigh me down. So this year I decided to take a jacket pattern and turn it into a fun, light weight coat. I used Vogue 1543 (OOP) and an animal print cotton twill. The pattern had enough ease to fit over sweaters, so I only needed to make a few changes.




First I did a FBA alteration,




sewed the side slits closed,




and added belt loops and a tie belt.




I have enough fabric left to make an additional belt with red twill on the other side.
The pattern is unlined with bias binding finish. I added a lining and finished the edges with bias binding as a facing.




The finished coat is light and not at all bulky.





Even though this pattern is OOP there are similar patterns available. Make one for yourself this spring in pique, cotton/lycra blend or linen.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Late Winter 2007 Mailer

60"
100% Cotton Suiting
14.00 per yard
Lime / Black / Aqua




52"
96% Cotton 4% Lycra
12.00 per yard





52"
96% Cotton 4% Lycra
12.00 per yard


Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Spring Trends 2007


Happy New Year! It's time to look ahead and plan your Spring/Summer 2007 wardrobe. Fashion no longer dictates to just one style. Fashion is full of choices for all ages, body types and lifestyles so select the ones that apply to you. Here is an overview of the new season's trends.

1. Overall Trends: Minimalist or Futuristic-structured, A-line shapes in black and white or geometric prints
Feminine-very billowy, sheer shapes in floral prints
Sporty-layered T-shirts and anorak jackets all made in athletic fabrics like
mesh, nylon and jerseys

2. Color: Black/white, navy/white-always a springtime favorite
Neutrals-sands, creams, taupes, and grays
Brights-yellow, orange, electric blue, green, violet
Metallics- silver and gold for day and night
Prints- florals, stripes and dots

3. Fabrics: Soft knits, lace, eyelets, organza, chiffon, beaded, linens and fabrics with lycra

4. Dresses: The #1 trend of the season-Bubble, baby doll, shifts, wrap, empire and drop waist
Hemlines are at or above the knee

5. Blouses: Poet and bell sleeves, ruffles, light weigh fabrics (you'll need camisoles)

6. Skirts: Layered ruffles, A-line, pencil

7. Pants/Shorts: Wide leg, slouchy pants
Shorts worn to the knee like last summer
Leggings and slim pants are hanging around but are on the back burner

8. Accessories: Wear lots of chunky bangles
Jewelery made of clear lucite

9. Handbags: Large, over sized in silver metallic or white
Clutch bags for evening

10. Shoes: Chunky wedges
Ballet flats

Which trends will you choose?