Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Pattern Review with Beverly

Recently Beverly stopped by the warehouse to get her "fabric fix". Beverly is an instructor in Fashion and Retail Management at the Art Institute of Houston. She recently was awarded Faculty of the Quarter for Winter 2008. She is also writing a text book to be published by Fairchild this fall. More on that later!! She was wearing an outfit made out of a silk tweed she purchased from us several years ago. I had my camera so opportunity presented itself. Here is what Beverly had to say about her suit.

Vogue 7859 (OOP)

Fabric: 100% Silk Tweed

Prewash: Dry clean

Notions: Gutermann thread, Polyester lining and fusible interfacing (can't remember which one)

Alterations: The only alteration was the length of the jacket. Since I'm short, I reduced the length by 1 inch in the front and back so that it would hit my waistline properly. The fringe was made by using a piece of fabric about 3 inches wide on the selvage and measuring it to fit along the length of the jacket. The selvage edge was sewn into the facing seam and then fringed after all the construction was complete. With this method, I don't have to worry about the yarns pulling out of the fringe.

The jacket is fully lined.

Conclusion: The suit is very comfortable. The colors are bright and easy to accessorize. I wear it to church and special events. I often wear the jacket with blue jeans and a solid color tee shirt.
Thanks Bev! You look gorgeous!

Friday, May 23, 2008

All styles at a glance

Line drawings

Great summer shirt dress

The little summer black dress

Summer party dress

Love this skirt!

Gorgeous knit top

This would work as a blouse or jacket.

I like the detailing on the blouse.

Awesome plus size jacket

Beautiful needle work
Contact us at houstonsmf@aol.com for purchasing information.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

More Fabrics for May 2008

These beautiful mosaic print knits are from Eileen Fisher. Perfect for your summer travels, these rayon knits have the look and feel of silk. Treat yourself to one or both of these luxurious fabrics.

100% Rayon Matte Jersey
Designer--Eileen Fisher
(Chocolate Brown/Khaki/Garnet Red)

(Navy/Lt Blue/Purple/Pink)

Sewl Mates50"
97% Cotton 3% Lycra (garnet red)
Designer--Anne Klein

55% Linen 45% Rayon (eggshell white)
Designer--Maggy London

Construction in ProgressGutermann Thread 596, 278, Stretch Twin Needle

Sweet Inspiration

This beautiful dress can be yours using.........

this pattern. Take the sleeves from view A and attach them to view B.

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5206, 4739, McCalls 5662, 5671, Simplicity 2971, New Look 6647, Vogue 8486, 2945

Sewing Tip: Try a lettuce edge hem with your knits for a different look.