Tuesday, June 17, 2008

June 2008 Markdowns

97% Cotton 3% Lycra
Was 12.00 Now 6.00
Nothing says summer like white denim. A skirt, jacket, pants and/or shorts would work well out of this mid-weight denim. Try topstitching in a contrasting color like black, navy or brown for added interest.

100% Cotton
Was 10.00 Now 5.00
This is a mid-weight, slightly brushed cotton twill. The red color leans to the orange side.
This would look great in Vogue 8480.

71%Triacetate 29% Polyester
Was 16.00 Now 8.00
Designer--Jones New York
I always like fabrics that are beefy but have a nice drape. This fabric has a twill weave and the color is brown-taupe. Make a gored skirt, a shell blouse or an unstructured jacket.

100% Cotton
Was 12.00 Now 6.00
Designer--Maggy London
Boho chic is what I would call this! You will stay cool in this black cotton broadcloth with white embroidery. Pair it with the white cotton denim featured above.

100% silk satin
Was 20.00 Now 10.00 per panel
This is a dress weight satin that is sold by the panel. Each panel is 1yard and 14 inches long. I couldn't get the whole panel in one picture frame so there are 2 pictures.
The border of the panel
The middle of the panel.
This would look great in a cocktail sheath dress.

97% Cotton 3% Lycra
Was 13.00 Now 2 5/8 for 17.06
Lilac/Coral/ Fuchsia Floral

100% Polyester
Was 13.00 Now 1 3/4 for 11.38
Rose Satin-Backed Shantung

100% Silk
Was 15.00 Now 1yard for 7.50
Emerald green with soft gold iridescent dupioni

84% Polyester 16% Spandex
Was 18.50 Now 2 yards for 18.50
Turquoise and Black Matte Jersey

Thursday, June 12, 2008

BWOF for June 2008

All styles at a glance
Line Drawings

Summer Jacket

Pretty blouse and pants

Petite size
Another great shirtdress

Wrap skirt

Patterns from Anna Scholz for plus sizes

Another Anna Scholz dress

Even a Pesto recipe!
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Pattern Review Vogue 2951 the skirt
Fabric: 53"
96% Cotton 4% Lycra
Was 12.00 Now 6.00
Prewash: Cold water wash; Dry on perma press cycle
There was very little (like 1/4") shrinkage, but you will need to press the wrinkles out!

Notions: thread, 9" invisible zipper, lining (for the waistband facing), Fusi knit interfacing, stay tape, Universal needle size 12

Alterations: I cut a size 12 for the front and a size 10 for the back and that was it!

Construction: I only have a couple of things to say about the construction because the skirt was just that easy to make. First, I did change the order of construction. The instructions would have you put the zipper in last and I don't like that. I constructed the skirt front complete with the facing and did the same for the back. Then I sewed the sides seams, turned the facing to the inside and tacked the facings down. Second, was matching the print at the pocket. I completed the tucks on the skirt front and attached the pocket bag.

Place the skirt on the fabric matching the print.

Lay the side front pattern piece on top of the skirt and the fabric.
Line up the small dot and the notches. Remove the skirt and cut out the side front.
The side front is now a perfect match.

Left side
Right side

The finished skirt
The top is Vogue 2980 reviewed in previous entry.

Conclusion: This is a fashion forward skirt that is very easy to make. I would make this again in a tropical weight wool for fall.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Fabric: 60"
48% Cotton 48% Modal 4% Lycra

Prewash: Cold water delicate cycle; dry on permapress cycle
After it is constructed I will machine wash it but lay it flat to dry. This did shrink 1.75 inches in width and 2 inches in length. I would get an extra 1/8 yard to be safe.

Notions: thread, clear elastic, stretch twin needle 4.0/75

Alterations: When you work with knits you are usually working with negative ease. That means the finished measurement of your garment is less than your actual measurements. For example, I made size D. The bust measurement for size D is 38 inches on the size chart. The flat patten measurement is 34 3/4. The difference is 3 1/4 inches. The stretch in the knit makes up the difference and gives a fitted RTW look. Be sure and take your measurements carefully and follow the size chart. I did a muslin and found out the back waist length was too long. I took a 1 inch tuck center back and tapered to nothing at the side seam in two places.
I saw no need for a seam at the center back of the collar. I marked the seam allowance and put it on the fold.

Construction: Once you work out any fit issues, you can stitch this baby up in about 2-3 hours.
I added clear elastic across the center back where the collar is attached. This will help keep the shape when taking it on and off.
I also used Steam-a-Seam 2 for the hem and the hem of the sleeves.
I clipped the seam allowance and pressed them in opposite directions. This alleviates any bulk in the hem and makes it easier to topstitch.
Finished product

Conclusion: This is a very quick and easy project that looks good on most figure types. Change it up by using a contrasting fabric for the collar or lengthen into a dress.