Saturday, July 26, 2008

One More Fabric for July 2008

56"
95% Polyester 5% Spandex
16.00
This fall knits, from casual to dressy, are an essential component for your wardrobe. This modern print matte jersey has more stretch crosswise than lengthwise. The fabric is soft and drapey with a black background and emerald and kelly green print.


Sewl Mates
58"
48% Cotton 48% Model 4% Lycra
(black)
16.00


Construction in Progress

Fusi Knit, Gutermann thread #752, #720, YKK invisible zipper #582


Sweet Inspiration




Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5206, 5191, McCalls 5516, 5713, Simplicity 2850, New Look 6807, Vogue 8513, 8478

Sewing Tip: For accurate cutting with knits, use a rotary cutter.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Fabric Markdowns for July 2008


45"
100% Silk Chiffon
Was 13.00 Now 6.50

This is a beautiful shade of soft jade green. A blouse with shirring, gathers, or pleats would be ideal with this fabric. Pair it with navy, chocolate brown, grey or taupe.


60"
100% Rayon Knit
Was 26.00 Now 13.00
Designer--Jeanne Maag

Heather grey is a good neutral to add to your wardrobe. This knit would make a great wrap dress or top. With a great neutral like this, add accessories in colors that pop like burgundy, teal, or dark brown.


58"
45% Polyester 35% Acrylic 15% Rayon 5% Wool
Was 15.00 Now 7.50

Start your fall sewing with this lovely tweed. This fabric has heavy slubs in tan, maize and cream. A jacket in this fabric would look chic with a pair of jeans.
57"
98% Wool 2% Metallic
Was 20.00 Now 10.00

This was hard to photograph. This is a gorgeous chocolate brown/cream/gold metallic tweed. A coat or two piece suit would be a very sophisticated addition to your wardrobe.


60"
100% Wool Crepe
Was 17.00 Now 8.50

We love wool crepe! It has a wonderful drape for wide leg pants or a gored skirt. Pair this burgundy/tan/taupe tweed with the burgundy charmeuse remnant below for a high end look.


Remnants

45"
100% Burgundy Silk Charmeuse
(dress weight)
Was 17.00 Now 2 5/8 for 22.13

45"
100% Grey Silk Shantung
(suit weight -reversible shiny or matte)
Was 25.00 Now 1 3/4 21.00


Sunday, July 13, 2008

More Fabrics for July 2008

58"
64% Cotton 36% Linen
25.00
Designer--Ann Taylor

The transition from summer to fall continues with one of the trends for the upcoming season-tweed. Colors of dark olive to citron, violet to lavender and winter white point to the season but the cotton and linen blend will let you wear it now. Great for jackets, skirts,or sheath dresses.

Sewl Mates
45"
100% Sueded Silk Shantung
(winter white)
15.00

60"
100% Polyester Satin Back Crepe
(burnished gold)
10.50

Construction in Progress
Armo Weft interfacing, YKK invisible zipper #S597, Gutermann thread #500,
Buttons-Olive/Antique Gold #M2671 1" $3.75, Gold #K1311 1 1/8" $2.75, Rayon hem tape, Rayon lining Winter White

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Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 4463, 4613, McCalls 5637, 5668, Simplicity 2858, New Look 6749, Vogue 1037, 8123

Sewing Tips: Cut a bias strip of interfacing to stabilize the hem of your garment.


60"
96% Rayon 4% Spandex
21.00
Designer-Anna Sui
This is a 2 way stretch matte jersey from Anna Sui. The fabric has a fun print of
birds, bird cages, and flowers on a black background with violet, metallic antique gold and winter white. Perfect weight for tops and wrap dresses.

Sewl Mates
58"
48% Cotton 48% Modal 4% Lycra
(black)
16.00
Designer- Eileen Fisher


Construction in Progress
Coats thread #98, Fusi Knit interfacing, Ykk invisible zipper #580


Sweet Inspiration



Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5132, 5219, McCalls 5533, 5709, Simplicity 2844, 3882, Vogue 1058, 8381

Sewing Tip: Invisible zippers are the best and most attractive zipper for knits.





Thursday, July 10, 2008

BWOF July 2008


All Styles At A Glance

Line Drawings

Wrap Skirt

Love this simple but elegant top!

Cocktail Suit

Fun Summer Skirt

Tutorial for concealed buttons

Fab Plus Size Fashions


Cute infant wear
Contact us at Houstonsmf@aol.com for purchasing info.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Fabrics for July 2008

48"
97% Cotton 3% Lycra
10.00
This dress weight cotton sateen is in the hot color for summer-yellow. Go causal with a skirt or capris. Dress it up in a sheath dress or jacket.

Sewl Mates
60"
100% Wool
Black/White check
18.00


Construction in Progress
Gutermann thread #835, Ykk invisible zipper #504, Buttons-Yellow #K949 11/16" $.30, Wood #K1368 3/4" $.55


Sweet Inspiration
(Instyle 5/2008)




Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 4974, 5186, McCalls 5701, 5665, Simplicity 2885, 2927, Vogue 1048, 8442

Sewing Tip: Stitch seams using a small zigzag stitch-.05 width and 2.5 length. This will provide your seams with "give" and prevent the thread from breaking during normal wear.


57"
60% Cotton 40% Linen
25.00
Designer-Anna Sui
Stripes are classic especially in black and white. The white stripes are spaced 1/2" apart and have the appearance of topstitching with twin needles. This suit weight fabric is great for walking shorts, pencil skirt, sheath dress or pants. Change the direction of the stripes for visual interest.

Sewl Mates
60"
75% Cotton 25% Polyester
White eyelet pique
20.00

Construction in Progress
Rayon hem tape, Ykk invisible zipper #580, Buttons-Black/Gold #FW1 1" $1.50, Black #R52283 7/8" $1.15, Rayon Lining

Sweet Inspiration


Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 4998, 4662, McCalls 5711, 5716, Simplicity 3673, 2858, Vogue 8495, 1053

Sewing Tip: This fabric holds a crease very well. Finger press your seams until you are sure of the fit.

43"
60% Rayon 40% Linen
10.00
Forget about the wrinkles it's time to beat the heat and humidity with linen. This lavender linen is dress weight. Pair it with neutral colors like grey, brown, navy, black or white.


Sewl Mates
(see above)

Construction in Progress
Buttons-Lavender/Gold 1" 3.00, 3/4" $2.50, Lavender #LM1427 7/8" $1.25, YKK invisible zipper #552, Coats thread #375

Sweet Inspiration
(Instyle 5/2008)




Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5214, 5225, McCalls 5621, 5587, Simplicity 2923, 2896, Vogue 1045, 8495

Sewing Tip: Silk Organza is a great interfacing for linen.