Friday, September 28, 2007

More Early Fall Fabrics

90% Cotton 10% Spandex
Designer--RenfrewWe heart knits! This gorgeous apple green knit is mid-weight, has a beefy hand and stretches in both directions. Pair this knit with any of this seasons neutrals-grey, navy, brown, camel or black. Machine wash cold delicate cycle, dry flat.

Sewl Mates60"
100% Wool
on sale was 18.00 now 12.00

60% Wool 40% Silk
on sale was 17.00 now 12.00

Construction in ProgressEasy Knit Interfacing, Gutermann 704, Schmetz Stretch size 11,

Sweet InspirationPattern Suggestions: Vogue 7762, Butterick 5100, McCalls 5520, 5536, Kwik Sew 3338

Sewing Tip: Put some "give" in your seams by using a slight zig zag stitch (0.5 width 2.5 length).

98% Wool 2% Lycra
Designer--Anne Klein
We're channeling Katherine Hepburn! This windowpane check is a soft, drapey, medium weight Italian wool with a 3 inch repeat. The colorway is dark espresso/cream with coral vertical stripes and apple green horizontal stripes. Dry clean only!

Sewl Mates 45"
100% Sueded Silk Charmeuse (Coral)

Apple Green Knit from above

Construction in Progress

Schmetz Universal size 12, Rayon Lining (Espresso), Armo Weft Interfacing, Invisible Zipper (U891), Button (K1530) Gutermann thread 596 (for contrast) 525 (for blending)

Sweet Inspiration

Pattern Suggestions: Vogue 8280, 8162, Butterick 4928, McCalls 5527, Simplicity 3690

Sewing Tip: When steam pressing wool, be sure to let the fabric completely dry before removing it from pressing surface.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Dress Code for People Over 40

Many of us "Old Folks" (those over 40, WAY over 40 or
hovering near 40) are quite confused about how we should
present ourselves. We're unsure about the kind of image we
are projecting and whether or not we are correct as we try
to conform to current fashions. Despite what you may have
seen on the streets, the following combinations DO NOT go
together and should be avoided:

1. A nose ring and bifocals or trifocals
2. Spiked hair and bald spots
3. A pierced tongue and dentures
4. Minis skirts and support hose
5. Ankle bracelets and corn pads
6. Speedo's and cellulite
7. A belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scar
8. Unbuttoned disco shirts and a heart monitor
9. Midriff shirts and a midriff bulge
10. Bikinis and liver spots
11. Short shorts and varicose veins
12. Inline skates and a walker

And last, but not least . . . my personal favorite:

13. Thongs and Depends

Please keep these basic guidelines foremost in your mind
when you shop

Thanks for sharing Jan! I'll let you know when I can stop cracking up!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Early Fall Fabrics 2007

94% Rayon 6% Spandex
Designer--Nicole Miller

These knit fabrics are as soft as butta! You'll be fashionably dressed but feel like you're wearing pj's. Both fabrics are 2-way stretch jerseys, very light weight and drapey. Perfect for fashions with soft gathers or pleats. Machine wash cold, delicate cycle, dry flat.

Sewl Mates

Wool Suiting
100% Wool
on sale was 18.00 now 12.00

Stretch Corduroy
97% Cotton 3% Lycra
on sale was 8.50 now 4.25

Construction in Progress

Thread-Gutermann #534 (left) & Gutermann #520 (right)
Needle-Schmetz Stretch size 11
Clear Elastic

Sweet Imspirations

Sewing Tips:
There is a great article in the current issue of Threads (Oct/Nov 2007 #133) on sewing with knits.

100% Silk
20.00 per yard
Designer--Dana Buchman
(color lightened to see details - true color in pictures below)

This is a denim upgrade! Mid weight and malleable, this denim feels like a heavy weight silk noil. Don't really want to make a pair of traditional jeans? Then use your favorite pant pattern and make a pair of denim trousers.

Sewl Mates

Reembroidered Lace
65% Rayon 35% Polyester

Silk Blend Suiting
56% Silk 33% Cotton 12% Rayon
on sale was 18.00 now 12.00

Construction in Progress

Thread-Gutermann #267 and #870 for topstitching
Needle-Schmetz Universal size 12
Brass Jean Zipper
Interfacing-Texture Weft

Sweet Inspiration

Pattern Suggestions:
McCalls 5429, McCalls 5314, Simplicity 4084, Vogue 2981

Sewing Tips: Use a Schmetz 1792 topstitching needle for even, smooth topstitching. The fabric becomes drapier if prewashed in cold water/dry on perma-press cycle. There was minimal shrinkage. I would dry clean after first washing to maintain the color.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Fall Fashions 2007 Trend Report

It's time to get your closet in shape for fall. This season is full of polar opposites but also timeless options. I think you're gonna like what this season has to offer. So here it is in a nutshell-Fall 2007!!

1. Overall Trends: Menswear or Chic & Ladylike
Formfitting, Hourglass Shapes or Soft, Controlled Volume
Silhouettes of the 40's or 70's

2. Color: Black, Grey, Creamy White, Camel
Bright Pops of Color--Purple, Red, Hot Pink, Emerald Green, Cobalt Blue
Metallic--Gold and Silver

3. Fabric: Anything knit from jersey to chunky sweater knit, Tweeds, Plaids, Leopard, Geometric
Prints, Leather, Denim, Feathers, Sequins, Fur

4. Blouses: Bowties, Sleeves with Volume

5. Dresses: Sheath Style with Nipped in Waistlines

6. Suits: Matching Jacket/Pants/Skirts

7. Skirts: Pencil & High Waisted

8. Pants: Slouchy or Skinny

9. Eveningwear: Bright Colors and Shiny Fabrics

10. Coats: Capes and Trench

11. Accessories: Gloves, Hats, Statement Rings, Chunky Bracelets, 2 or more Necklaces for a
Layered Look

12. Handbags: Structured & Framed, Croc (real or embossed), Shoulder Straps, Clutches for
Day or Night

13. Shoes: High Heeled Oxfords and Mary Janes, Cap Toe, Bright Colors, 40's Platforms,
Ankle Boots, Satin for Evening

Your going to look fabulous this fall!