Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Fabrics for May 2008

52% Cotton 48% Acetate
Designer--Ellen Tracy

This wonderful woven jacquard has a matte satin finish. With colors of dark chocolate, shell pink and khaki this fabric can be worn all year around. Make a jacket and skirt or a lovely shirtdress.
Sewl Mates
Khaki cotton sateen
97% Cotton 3% Lycra

Construction in Progress
Universal needles size 12, Espresso rayon lining, Gutermann thread #594, Buttons 26262 3/4" $2.80, Ykk invisible zipper #U891

Sweet Inspiration

(All photos from Neiman Marcus)

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5147, 5107, McCalls 5464, 5596, Simplicity 2923, 2979, Vogue 2953, 8263

Sewing Tip: Because of the satin finish, be sure to use nap yardage and one way design layout.

97%Cotton 3% Spandex
Designer--Anne Klein

We love cotton/spandex in the summer! The cotton keeps you cool while the spandex reduces the wrinkle factor. These dress weight cotton sateens are great for jackets, skirts, pants or sheath dresses.
(Shell Pink)


Sewl Mates(See Above)

Navy/Off White Tweed
55% Silk 33% Cotton 12% Rayon
was 18.00 now 12.00
Designer Nanette Lepore

Construction in ProgressYkk invisible zipper #813, Coats thread #239, Buttons M25721 1 1/8" $7.50, 7/8" $6.50

Gutermann thread #420, Button LM41226B 3/4 $1.75, Ykk invisible zipper #520

Sweet Inspiration

(all pictures from Neiman Marcus)

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 4998, 5194, McCalls 5668, 5191, Simplicity 2958, 3747, Vogue 1053, 8263

Sewing Tips: According to Sandra Betzina, for buttonholes use clear elastic on the wrong side as a stabilizer.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Fashion Info You Need To Know No. 2

I found this information on Dana Buchman in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on 4/03/08. Dana Buchman is owned by Liz Claiborne a company that is facing financial struggles. Reorganization is taking place with sixteen brands that will either be sold, discontinued or licensed. Dana Buchman will fall under the license category. The exclusive deal is with Kohl's department store slated to start spring 2009. Claiborne is hoping this will give new life to a brand they feel has fallen out of favor. Of course moving from stores like Neiman Marcus with prices ranging from $200-$1500 to Kohl's with prices from $25-$130 there will be some quality changes. The article also stated that Ms. Buchman was "emotional" about the changes. Ya think?! I have always loved Ms. Buchman's sense of style and of course her fabrics. I'm anxious to see what kind of fabrics she will be using next year.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

BWOF 4/2008

All styles at a glance..

Line drawings

Lovely blouse

New take on the safari look

Love these summer capris

Business attire

I'm seeing a lot of these Marlene Dietrich style pants!

This Armani skirt from Neiman Marcus is $495.00.

You can make the look alike.

Fabulous plus size fashions
Each issue is $10.50. Email us at Houstonsmf@aol.com to purchase.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Fabrics for April 2008

97% Cotton 3% Spandex
Designer--Anna Sui
This soft cotton broadcloth, in shades of brown and khaki, pick up on the global trend for spring. Garments with gathers and pleats will work well with this fabric.

Sewl Mates
Khaki Denim
100% Cotton Denim

Construction in Progress
Schmetz universal size 10, Gutermann #506, Button-Gold/Silver 7/8" 4.00, Ykk invisible zipper # 884

Sweet Inspirationphoto from Saks

Photo from Neiman Marcus

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5177, 5180, McCalls 5314, 5587, Simplicity 3881, 2923, Vogue 8382, 8185

Sewing Tip: Sew 3 rows of gathering stitches instead of 2. This will give you more control for nice, even gathers.

100% Cotton
Designer--Ralph Lauren
Khaki & CoralFor those of you who have purchased Ralph Lauren denim before, I don't have to tell you about the quality. But for those of you who haven't here is your opportunity. These are mid-weight denims that are heavy enough for pants and jackets but light enough for a dress with pleats. The vendor says the denim is all cotton, but I think there may be a little spandex or lycra.

Sewl MatesWhite eyelet pique
75% Cotton 25% Polyester

Black print cotton sateen
97% Cotton 3% Spandex

Construction in ProgressKhaki denim-Button K1553 13/16" 1.40, Ykk invisible zipper #884,
Gutermann thread # 506
Coral denim-Buttons K6954 7/8" 4.50 & K6955 1 1/8" 6.00,
Ykk invisible zipper #813, Coats thread #130

Sweet InspirationPhoto from Neiman Marcus

Photo from Neiman Marcus

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5187, 5194, McCalls 5142, 5395, Simplicity 4135, 2958, Vogue 8502, 1036

Sewing Tips: Did you know denim has a nap? Be sure to lay all of your pattern pieces in the same direction.

97% Cotton 3% Spandex
Designer--Betsy JohnsonThis is a dress or summer jacket weight cotton sateen. With colors of black, tan, coral, ice blue, sage green and ivory, this fabric is sure to find a coordinating garment already hanging in your closet.

Sewl Mates: See coral denim above

Construction in ProgressYkk invisible zipper #580, Schmetz universal needle size 12, Button-K9118 7/8" $1.25, Gutermann thread #010

Sweet InspirationPhoto from Neiman Marcus
Photo from Neiman Marcus

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5025, 4974, Simplicity 2927, 3744, McCalls 5378, 5591, Vogue 8495, 8503

Sewing Tip: Don't line your summer cottons. Instead cover your seams with bias strips of lining fabric using the Hong Kong seam finish.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

April Fabric Markdowns

100% Cotton Lawn
Was 9.00 Now 4.50
Designer--Liz Claiborne

This shade of turquoise will be sure to keep you cool and calm this summer!
This fabric is opaque with a nice, soft hand. Great for blouses or flowy skirts.

97% Cotton 3% Lycra
Was 12.00 Now 6.00
Designer--Maggy London

You can have fun in the sun with shades of turquoise, coral, yellow and green.
This is a mid weight cotton good for capris, sheath dresses or skirts.

82% Cotton 18% Rayon
Was 13.00 Now 6.50

This cotton blend suiting coordinates well with the turquoise cotton lawn above or the grey suiting below. A jacket with the lantern sleeves would be lovely.

57% Rayon 40% Wool 3% Lycra
Was 16.00 Now 8.00

This grey suiting is perfect for work all year long!
With 3% Lycra, this has just enough stretch for comfort for a jacket, pants and skirt.