Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Butterick 4929 View B


Summer is here and a quick and easy skirt pattern is a necessity! And when I say quick and easy I mean quick and easy. There are only 2 pattern pieces for this skirt.
Fabric: 100% Embroidered Cotton from the Spring 2007 mailer (see 4/05/07 entry).
I prewashed the fabric in cold water and dried it on the permanent press cycle. The fabric shrinkage was 1 1/2" in the length and width. In the future, I will alternate between washing and dry cleaning to keep the black background from fading.

Notions: There were only a few-thread, 9" invisible zipper and Easy Knit interfacing.

Alterations: I shortened the skirt 3" at the lower edge.


There are two design features that I like about this skirt. First is the A-line shape. This is a universally flattering shape and is very cool for hot and humid Texas summers. Second is the wide band at the waist.

The band helps to "hold things together" at the waist. Also the pleats do not start at the waist causing any unnecessary tummy fluff.


When skirts are this fast and easy you have to make more than one. I know I have a winner when my 17 yr old daughter wants one!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

I'm in the Amen Corner!

I read this online today from the New York Times. It is from the column "On The Runway" by Cathy Horyn. Check it out and see if you're in the Amen Corner too.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Butterick 4976



The popular wrap dress is in every designer's collection. It is flattering on women of every age and figure type. I made the original wrap dress pattern in 1977. I loved it then and I love it now! Butterick 4976 is a mock wrap dress that goes together easily. I used the pucci-inspired print from the Late Summer 2006 Mailer (see 7/13/06 entry).

Alterations: I did my standard FBA alteration but the back bodice was slightly large, so I cut it a size smaller. I also shortened the skirt 1 1/2 inches at the bottom edge.

Construction changes: The neck facing is a bias strip cut from the fashion fabric. I substituted prepackaged single fold bias binding because I didn't want the printed fabric to show through.

This pattern includes a side zipper


and the hem is turned twice and topstitched.






Other style options are to make the bodice in one fabric and the belt/skirt in another. This will give the look of a 2-piece outfit. I highly recommend this pattern.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Late Spring 2007 Mailer

58"
84% Polyester 16% Spandex Matte Jersey
18.50
Designer--Anne Klein

54"
100% Cotton Lawn
$9.00
Designer--Liz Claiborne

45"
96% Cotton 4% Lycra Floral Pique
$12.00
Designer--Liz Claiborne



58"
82% Cotton 18% Rayon Suiting
$13.00


58"
55% Silk 33% Cotton 12% Rayon
$18.00
Designer--Nannette Lepore

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Sweet Inspiration

Prestonsbaby asked in the comment section about my fashion/fabric inspirations. I'm inspired by lots of everyday things (people watching, color combinations in nature, etc..) and of course the many fashion sources. I wanted to share some of these sources with you, so to the right I've added a list of links titled "Fashion Eye Candy". Just click on the name and it will take you to that website. I also subscribe to several (OK, maybe a few more than several) magazines. They are listed under "View my complete file".

Here is an example of how I use magazines as an inspiration to come up with a sewing project.

This is a picture from April '07 InStyle magazine.
The shirtdress on the left is a classic silhouette. You probably have a pattern like this or you can simply lengthen a shirt pattern. Use the tiger stripe linen from the Early Spring 2007 Mailer and you have a great look-a-like.


Wear this shirtdress into the fall over jeans and a light weight sweater. Cinch in the waist with a leather belt or wear it open like a jacket.

The safari look on the right is a trend that cycles in and out of fashion often. Again there are many safari jacket patterns like this one


or try a camp shirt pattern. Use the white cotton/lycra from the Late Winter 2007 Mailer for the pants and the warm beige cotton/lycra for the jacket.




The fabrics and patterns follow the pictures closely, but the options are endless. Creating is one of the aspects of sewing that I really love.
What are some of your inspirations?