Monday, February 25, 2008

Spring Fabrics 2008

48% Cotton 48% Modal 4% Lycra
Designer-Eileen Fisher

Tomato Bisque



These are the knits you fall in love with. Midweight and soft like your favorite T-shirt, you 'll want to wear these everyday! The colors follow the "Safari" or "Out of Africa" fashion trend.

(Harpers Bazaar 1/2008)

Sewl Mates
100% Silk Tweed
Was 15.00 Now 10.00
Designer-Jones NY
Buttons-"Gumdrops" 1 1/8" 6.50 & 7/8" 6.00

55% Cotton 43% Rayon 2% Lycra Brown Plaid
Was 15.00 Now 7.50
Button-BE26262 3/4" 2.80

84% Polyester 16% Spandex Aqua/Black Knit
Was 18.50 Now 9.25
Designer Anne Klein

Construction in ProgressBlack Knit-Ykk zipper #580, Gutermann thread 010, Brown Knit-Ykk zipper #570, Gutermann thread # 594, Tomato Bisque Knit-Ykk zipper #K045, Gutermann thread #393

Sweet Inspiration

This top from Neiman Marcus looks just like...........
..........this pattern!

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5190, 4551, McCalls 5520, 5434, Vogue 8477, 1020

Sewing Tips: Trying to find the right side of knit fabric? Stretch the fabric crosswise and see which direction it curls. The side it curls towards is the right side.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Place for Everything

I was shopping at Office Max the other day, getting mundane office supplies, when I wandered down the "office organizing" aisle. At the end of the aisle, I found this cool, plastic 4x6 binder.

It's a 2 ring binder that comes with 2 dividers and fifty 3x5 2-hole index cards.

I thought this was the perfect place to carry my swatches when shopping for shoes, purses, and other accessories. I taped my swatches to the index card and left space on the side for notes.

For a $1.99, I think this is a great way to organize and shop for those finishing touches that complete your outfit.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

All patterns in this issue

Line drawings

Some of my favorites....
Check out the button detail!

I'm seeing a lot of bow tie necklines in the Fall 2008 collections, too.

Safari inspired jacket

Great for knits

The BWOF Plus issue comes out only twice a year.

Line drawings

Tutorial on pant fitting

On the left is a picture from Neiman Marcus 2/08 issue. BWOF pattern is on the right.

Great skirt for summer casual

Love the shirtdress

Another great pattern for knits

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Monday, February 04, 2008

February 2008 Markdowns

More markdowns to get you sewing on your spring wardrobe!!

Cream Jacquard
92% Viscose 8% Linen
Was 16.00 Now 8.00

Great surface texture and pattern make this fabric a good candidate for a white blouse (see 2/03/08 entry).

Cream/Taupe Stripe
55% Viscose 15% Linen 3% Cotton
Designer Ellen Tracy
Was 18.00 Now 9.00

The stripes on this dress weight fabric are crosswise but you can have fun turning them vertical or diagonal.

Cream/Tan Ribbon and Lace
50% Polyester 50% Nylon
Designer Anna Sui
Was 12.00 Now 6.00

This fabric is a soft netting with rows of satin ribbon and lace sewn lengthwise. Make a gorgeous blouse or skirt or use it as trim at the bottom of a sleeve or flounce on a skirt.

Black Ribbon and Lace
50% Polyester 50% Nylon
Designer Anna Sui
Was 12.00 Now 6.00
(Same as above)

Camel/Cream Stripe
55% Silk 45% Cotton
Was 18.00 Now 9.00

This is a lovely mid weight fabric for a blouse or dress. Underline it with interfacing and it would be suit weight. Coordinates with the camel stretch cotton below.

Camel Stretch Cotton
97% Cotton 3% Lycra
Was 10.00 Now 5.00

Pant weight fabric in a classic camel color with a slightly brushed surface.

100% Cotton
Designer Helen Wang
Was 16.00 Now 8.00

I had to turn off the flash for this picture. This is a rich shade of chocolate brown. It matches Gutermann thread # 593. Very soft broadcloth like cotton for a beautiful blouse or dress.

Navy/Cream Herringbone Stripe
49% Wool 48% Rayon 3% Lycra
Was 16.00 Now 8.00

This is perfect for a great shirtwaist dress or suit. Add a pop of color with your accessories.


Red Knit (see 11/16/07 entry)
100% Cotton Knit
Was 18.00 Now 1 7/8 for 16.88

Leaf Print Knit (see 10/16/07 Entry)
96% Cotton 4% Elastine
Designer Vera Wang
Was 21.00 Now 2 1/4 for 23.63

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Fabric: 59"
92% Viscose 8% Linen
Was 16.00 Now 8.00

I washed the fabric in warm water and dried on the perma press cycle. The fabric softened and shrunk 3" in length.

Notions: Fusi-Knit interfacing, thread, eight 1/2" buttons

Alterations: I love this pattern! It comes with pattern pieces for B, C, or D cup so no FBA!

Construction Details: If you are comfortable sewing a classic shirt, then this pattern will be a no brainer. The one obvious detail is the lantern sleeve-a hot trend for spring.
Because the fabric softened after the prewash, I fused both sides of the collar and collar stand. The center front is folded 3 times creating its own interfacing.

Conclusion: One of the trends for spring is the lantern sleeve. This pattern has 3 variations of this trend plus 2 other pretty sleeves. Add to this 3 different cup sizes and you're getting a lot of bang for your buck! I highly recommend this pattern.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Fabric: 55"
100% Rayon georgette
was 16.00 now 8.00

Prewash: I prewashed on the gentle cycle with cold water and dried on perma-press. I started with 2 1/4 yards and it shrunk 6" in length and 3" in width.

Notions: thread, so sheer interfacing, covered buttons

Alterations: I did a FBA of 1 3/8" which created a dart and added 1 1/8" to the lower edge.
I dropped down one size for the upper back.

Construction Details: As sheer fabrics go, georgette is easy to sew. The crepe surface gives the fabric "tooth" so there is minimal slippage. I laid the pattern out on the single fold to match the print. The edges were serged and pressed to one side.

The selvage edge was used for "stay tape" at the shoulder.

I covered the buttons to match the print or solid areas of the blouse.

Finished blouse

Conclusion: This is a good style for full busted women. The empire style gives definition to the smaller areas of your torso. This pattern would also be great in a solid color using trim to highlight the seaming.