Friday, December 12, 2008

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Love the bias plaid top of this dress

Great Coat

Ooh La La Lingerie

Formal Attire

Face framing neckline

Timeless silhouette

Hot trend for 2008-Tuxedo dressing

Formal Attire for Plus Size


Holiday Decorating

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tracing Paper

One of the most FAQ is about what to use when tracing off BWOF patterns. Our favorite thing to use is artist tracing or sketching paper.

It comes in white or yellow and in 18", 24", or 36" width. It doesn't tear easily and is very transparent.

I have the 24" X 20 yards. You can trace a lot of patterns with this size.

I purchased mine at Aaron Brothers in Katy on I10 and Fry Rd. Cynthia got hers at Hobby Lobby in The Fountains on Hwy 59 in Stafford. Eileen purchased hers online at But you can also use good old gift wrap tissue paper from the Dollar Stores! Leave a comment and share what you use and where you get your tracing paper.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Markdowns for December 2008

100% Polyester
9.00 Now 4.50
(Cream) (Black)
These are tricot knits with gold foil metallic lettering and crosses. Perfect for Bible book covers, alter cloths, Christmas stockings or wall hangings.

48% Cotton 48% Modal 4% Lycra
16.00 Now 8.00
Designer--Eileen Fisher
(Tomato Bisque)


94% Polyester 6% Spandex
15.00 Now 7.50
Designer--Anne Klein
(Turquoise/Olive Border Print-Border on both sides)

(Peacock Blue and Khaki Pinwheel)
Knits are one of the hottest fabrics in fashion today. They are easy to sew, great for travel and comfortable to wear.


68% Cotton 32% Silk
25.00 Now 1 5/8 yds $20.32

94% Polyester 6% Spandex
16.00 Now 1 3/8 yds $11.00
Designer Anne Klein

75% Rayon 25% Silk
26.00 Now 2 1/8 yds $27.63

100% Polyester Satin
10.00 Now 1 7/8 yds $9.38
(Aubergine) (Navy -goes with velvet above)

Ivory Trim
(from top to bottom)
1. 3.50 Now 1.75
2. 3.25 Now 1.63
3. 3.40 Now 1.70
4. 1.70 Now .85

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and remnants!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Fabrics for November 2008

94% Polyester 6% Spandex
Designer- Anne Klein
This is a modern print matte jersey in black and cream. Very drapey with 2 way stretch, this fabric will work well for all seasons.

Sewl Mates
100% Wool Crepe

Construction in Progress
Clear Elastic, Gutermann thread #22, Roller Foot

Sweet Inspiration

BWOF 10/2008 #117

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5243, 5283, McCalls 5271, 5752, Simplicity 2883, 3678, Vogue 8513, 8536

Sewing Tip: If your knits are not feeding through your sewing machine smoothly, try a walking foot or a roller foot.

72% Cotton 26% Polyester 2% Lycra
Designer- Anne Klein

100% Cotton
Designer-Anne Klein
If you have not updated your wardrobe with a few new denim pieces, here is your chance! The first denim has a muted herringbone weave and is a dark wash. The second denim has no stretch and is a mid-tone blue with a slight grey cast.

Sewl Mates
100% Rayon Matte Jersey

Construction in Progress
Gutermann thread #100 & #576 (for topstitching), Jean zipper, Schmetz jean needle size 12

Sweet Inspiration

BWOF 9/2008 #122

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5250, 5288, McCalls 5525, 5759, Simplicity 2812, 5259, Vogue 1082, 8541

Sewing Tip: Is your topstitching straight? If not, use a 1/4" foot for easy and accurate topstitching.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Magazine Photo

Line Drawing

Fabric: 58"
100% Rayon Jersey Knit
This colorway is sold out, but we still have it in the navy/purple/pink colorway.

Prewash: I washed the fabric in cold water and dried on the perma-press cycle. The fabric shrunk 2" in width and 7" in length. The hand of the fabric felt "beefier".

Notions: Schmetz stretch needles size 75/11, roller foot, thread, clear elastic, steam-a-seam 2, whisper weft interfacing

Alterations: I cut a size 38 without any alterations, not even a FBA! My usual size would be a 42 for the front and a 40 for the back. This pattern is designed for stretch wovens so wearing ease is included in the pattern. By using a knit the built in ease works in my favor and I could eliminate the FBA.

Construction Details: This is a quick and easy project. I did, however, but it together my way.
1. Stitch the side tucks permanently
2. Eliminate the zipper
3. Eliminate the neckline facings
4. Add clear elastic to the front neckline (cut elastic 1"-1 1/2 " shorter than the neckline)

5. and interface the back neckline. Turn and topstitch
6. Sew the sleeve in flat
7. Stitch side seams
8. Use steam-a-seam 2 for the lower hem and sleeve hem.
The roller foot was used for the entire project. It worked very well when applying the clear elastic.

Conclusion: This is a new TNT (tried and true) pattern for me! I've already made it again.
(stretch velvet from "the archives" 16?-17? years ago)
This is a basic for any wardrobe. Change it up with different sleeves or no sleeves at all. I'll definitely make this again and again.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Wonderful Coat and Dress Ensemble for the big Holiday Events
Brocade Jacket that could Dress Up a Pencil Skirt or Blue Jeans

Fun Knit Top for Cocktails

Lovely Skirt with an Interesting Inset

Jacket with Pocket Details

Simple Silhouette with Fabulous Fabric

Snazzy Winter Coat

Plus Size Coat

and Jacket

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