Thursday, September 25, 2008

Fabrics for September 2008

100% Rayon Matte Jersey
Designer--Nicole Miller
This is a wonderful rayon matte jersey in citron green. Soft, drapey with crosswise stretch only, this fabric is perfect for cowl necklines, twist tops or anything with gathers. Pair this "pop" of color with neutrals like navy, chocolate brown, charcoal grey, black or eggplant.

Sewl Mates

97% Cotton 3% Spandex stretch corduroy

64% Cotton 36% Linen Tweed

Construction in Progress
Schmetz stretch needle size 11, Fusi knit interfacing, Gutermann thread #808

Sweet Inspiration

BWOF 5/08 #103

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5243, 5247, McCalls 5271, 5671, Simplicity 2804, 2883, Vogue 1012, 1056

Sewing Tip: It is best to fold matte jersey. Using a hanger can cause the finished garment to stretch out of shape.

97% Cotton 3% Lycra
Designer--Nicole Miller
For all you denim lovers, this is a must have!! This 8 oz stretch denim has a "wax" like print that only shows when the light hits it just right. A skirt, dress or light weight jacket would work well with this fabric.

Sewl Mates
100% Silk Dupioni (burnt orange)

Construction in Progress
Coats thread #346, Fusi knit interfacing, Buttons-Silver with copper center 5/8" $.60, Silver with black sunburst 3/4" $.90, 5/8" $.60

Sweet Inspiration

BWOF 8/08 #104

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5218, 5249, McCalls 5378, 5433, Simplicity 2885, 3744, Vogue 8511, 8408

Sewing Tip: This denim can be machine washed in cold water and dried on the perma press cycle. Iron with press cloth to prevent the "wax" jacquard from becoming dull.

80% Viscose 20% Polyester
Designer--Dana Buchman
This gorgeous brocade has a pliable hand with a raised/puckered surface. Put this fabric with denim for weekend wear or with wool suiting for office attire.

Sewl Mates
(See fabrics above)

Construction in Progress
Rayon lining (periwinkle), Coats thread #346, Armo Weft interfacing, Buttons-Dark shell with gold center 7/8" $1.90, 11/16" $1.50, Shell center with gold rim 1 1/4" $9.00, Olive 2-hole 7/8" $1.25, 1" 1.50

Sweet Inspiration

BWOF 8/08 #127A

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 4688, 5147, McCalls 5186, 5716, Simplicity 2810, New Look 6737, Vogue 2950, 8369

Sewing Tips: Embellish this brocade with heat set rhinestones in the center of the "dots" for an after 5 look.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Modern coat

A different style of the knit T-shirt
Back interest on the skirt

Classic shawl jacket

Button detail on blouse

Cropped jacket

Plus size faux wrap dress

Plus size jacket

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Pattern Rescue to the rescue!

While surfing for something else, I ran across this really cool website called Pattern Rescue. This is a place to recycle any unwanted patterns in your stash, find an old pattern or replace a pattern piece that you have lost or was destroyed. I have added this website link to the side bar so you can check it our for additional information.