Sunday, November 30, 2008

Fabrics for November 2008

58"
94% Polyester 6% Spandex
16.00
Designer- Anne Klein
This is a modern print matte jersey in black and cream. Very drapey with 2 way stretch, this fabric will work well for all seasons.

Sewl Mates
60"
100% Wool Crepe
18.00


Construction in Progress
Clear Elastic, Gutermann thread #22, Roller Foot


Sweet Inspiration


BWOF 10/2008 #117

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5243, 5283, McCalls 5271, 5752, Simplicity 2883, 3678, Vogue 8513, 8536

Sewing Tip: If your knits are not feeding through your sewing machine smoothly, try a walking foot or a roller foot.

52"
72% Cotton 26% Polyester 2% Lycra
17.00
Designer- Anne Klein

57"
100% Cotton
17.00
Designer-Anne Klein
If you have not updated your wardrobe with a few new denim pieces, here is your chance! The first denim has a muted herringbone weave and is a dark wash. The second denim has no stretch and is a mid-tone blue with a slight grey cast.


Sewl Mates
58"
100% Rayon Matte Jersey
21.00


Construction in Progress
Gutermann thread #100 & #576 (for topstitching), Jean zipper, Schmetz jean needle size 12


Sweet Inspiration


BWOF 9/2008 #122

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5250, 5288, McCalls 5525, 5759, Simplicity 2812, 5259, Vogue 1082, 8541

Sewing Tip: Is your topstitching straight? If not, use a 1/4" foot for easy and accurate topstitching.


Friday, November 28, 2008


Magazine Photo

Line Drawing

Fabric: 58"
100% Rayon Jersey Knit
21.00
This colorway is sold out, but we still have it in the navy/purple/pink colorway.

Prewash: I washed the fabric in cold water and dried on the perma-press cycle. The fabric shrunk 2" in width and 7" in length. The hand of the fabric felt "beefier".

Notions: Schmetz stretch needles size 75/11, roller foot, thread, clear elastic, steam-a-seam 2, whisper weft interfacing

Alterations: I cut a size 38 without any alterations, not even a FBA! My usual size would be a 42 for the front and a 40 for the back. This pattern is designed for stretch wovens so wearing ease is included in the pattern. By using a knit the built in ease works in my favor and I could eliminate the FBA.


Construction Details: This is a quick and easy project. I did, however, but it together my way.
1. Stitch the side tucks permanently
2. Eliminate the zipper
3. Eliminate the neckline facings
4. Add clear elastic to the front neckline (cut elastic 1"-1 1/2 " shorter than the neckline)

5. and interface the back neckline. Turn and topstitch
6. Sew the sleeve in flat
7. Stitch side seams
8. Use steam-a-seam 2 for the lower hem and sleeve hem.
The roller foot was used for the entire project. It worked very well when applying the clear elastic.


Conclusion: This is a new TNT (tried and true) pattern for me! I've already made it again.
(stretch velvet from "the archives" 16?-17? years ago)
This is a basic for any wardrobe. Change it up with different sleeves or no sleeves at all. I'll definitely make this again and again.

Sunday, November 09, 2008



All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Wonderful Coat and Dress Ensemble for the big Holiday Events
Brocade Jacket that could Dress Up a Pencil Skirt or Blue Jeans

Fun Knit Top for Cocktails

Lovely Skirt with an Interesting Inset

Jacket with Pocket Details

Simple Silhouette with Fabulous Fabric

Snazzy Winter Coat

Plus Size Coat

and Jacket

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