Tuesday, January 27, 2009


All Styles at a glance

Line drawings

Career wear

Weekend wear

Saturday night...

...Sunday morning

Sheath dress for day....
...and night!

Tutorial for sway back
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Monday, January 26, 2009

Early Spring Fabrics 2009

45"
96% Cotton 4% Spandex
13.00
Designer-Anne Klein
Bark (dark brown), white, black

The Basics. All good, hardworking wardrobes start with the basics. These mid weight cotton sateen fabrics can be worn all four seasons. Get enough for a 3 piece suit-jacket, pants and skirt.

Sewl Mates
They're basics. They go with everything!!

Construction in Progress
Bark-Gutermann #596, Ykk zipper #U891, Buttons-brown/gold square 1 1/16" #3.75, brown/gold round 3/4" $2.80, White-Gutermann thread #020, Ykk zipper #501, Buttons-white/gold rim 7/8" $1.20, 5/8" $1.20, Black-Coats thread #2, YKK zipper #580, Buttons-black/gold 3/4" $4.50, 7/8" $5.50

Sweet Inspiration



(BWOF 6/2008 #128)


Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5087, 5255, McCalls 5590, 5753, New Look 6799, Simplicity 2848, Vogue 1093, 2973

Sewing Tip: Don't fudge on fit when using stretch cottons. Treat them like non-stretch cottons and use the same amount of wearing ease.

56"
100% Cotton
17.00
Designer-Anne Klein
This is a lovely white dotted swiss cotton batiste with leno weave stripes. The double stripes are 3/8" apart and the repeat between a set of double stripes is 1 1/8". Great spring/summer blouse, dress or lingerie.


Sewl Mates
60"
60% Cotton 40% Linen
25.00

Construction in Progress
Silk organza, Gutermann thread #020, Buttons-white half ball 3/8" $.50, white fish eye 2-hole $.20


Sweet Inspiration


(BWOF 5/2008 #105A)


Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 4985, 5037, McCalls 5384, 5471, Simplicity 2892, 3831, Vogue 8324, 8421


Sewing Tip: Use tailor tacks on light colored, sheer fabrics.

45"
97% Cotton 3% Spandex
13.00
Designer-Anne Klein
Animal prints are still strong for spring 2009. This is a mid weight cotton sateen print in bark and white. A pencil skirt or an embellished sheath dress would look great in this print. Wear a jacket made from the solid bark or white cotton sateen to complete the look.


Sewl Mates
(see solid cotton sateens above-bark and white)


Construction in Progress
Gutermann thread #596, Buttons-white/silver 9/16" $1.67, 3/4" $2.00. Ykk zipper #U891


Sweet Inspiration


(BWOF 5/2008 #116)


Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 4461, 5295, McCalls 5637, 5814, New Look 6849, Simplicity 2958, Vogue 1037, 8541

Sewing Tip: Use twill tape or stay tape to stabilize neck and shoulder areas.


55"
100% Cotton
15.00
Designer-Anne Klein
Soft and smooth to the touch, this cotton batiste is the coordinating print to the above stretch cotton sateen. This fabric works well with blouses/dresses that have ruffles or pleats.


Sewl Mates
(see coordinating print above)


Construction in Progress
Silk organza, Gutermann thread #596, Buttons-tortoise shell with brown rim 11/16" $3.00, 9/16" $2.75


Sweet Inspiration


(BWOF 7/2008 #108)


Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 4811, 5002, McCalls 5591, 5801, Simplicity 2702, 2965, Vogue 1086, 8557

Sewing Tip: To avoid putting large holes in your fabric, use a Microtex size 8 needle.

51"
96% Cotton 4% Spandex
13.00
Designer-Anne Klein
This is a great first print for the spring. With colors of strawberry pink, cream, and bark, this medium weight stretch cotton sateen would make a great A-line skirt or jean style jacket.

Sewl Mates
(see bark stretch cotton sateen above)

Construction in Progress
Buttons-Pink/Gold 5/8" $1.17, 3/4" $ 1.75, Gutermann thread #350


Sweet Inspirations


(BWOF 4/2008 #104B)


Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 4741, 4998, McCalls 5799, 5816, Simplicity 2703, 2927, Vogue 7848, 8123

Sewing Tip: Serging your seams is an excellent seam finish for this fabric.



Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fabrics for Late Winter 2009


61"
95% Viscose 4%Nylon 1% Elastic
27.00
Designer--Eileen Fisher
I love rich milk chocolate brown with black-it's such a elegant look. This is a mid-weight interlock knit-not too light or too heavy. It has more stretch crosswise than lengthwise. Make a beautiful twinset, unstructured jacket or dress.

Sewl Mates
50"
100% Merino wool knit
18.00


Construction in Progress
Gutermann thread #593, Fusi Knit interfacing, YKK invisible zipper #570

Sweet Inspiration



BWOF 2/2008 #103

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5244, 5248, McCalls 5529, 5713, Simplicity 2733, 2850, Vogue 1073, 8558

Sewing Tip: This fabric has a nap so be sure to use the "with nap" layout.

60"
93% Wool 7% Metallic
37.00
Designer--Oscar de la Renta
Sophisticated, soft colors of pink/beige with fine gold metallic threads and flecks of fuchsia, dark brown and cream, works perfect for late winter and early spring. This would be stunning in a coat, suit or fitted sheath dress.

Sewl Mates
45"
100% Silk dupioni
15.00


Construction in Progress
Rayon Bemberg lining (fuchsia), Buttons-tortoise/pearl 3/4" $5.50, 1 3/16" $7.00, pink/gold 5/8" $2.50, 7/8" $3.00, 1 1/8" $3.75, Gutermann thread #357, Rayon hem tape, Rose braided trim, YKK zipper #A573, Armo Weft interfacing

Sweet Inspiration



BWOF 11/2008 #102

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5262, 5277, McCalls 5464, 5818, Simplicity 2812, 4014, Vogue 2984, 8413

Sewing Tip: Always use a press cloth when ironing fabrics with metallic threads.


45"
100% Silk crepe de chine
25.00
Designer--Dana Buchmann
Dress up your wardrobe with polka dots-a classic print that never goes out of style. A 2-ply silk with bronze and pink dots on a burgundy background, I see this in a lovely blouse/dress with ruffles or bows.

Sewl Mates
(see above)


Construction in Progress
Covered buttons (9/16"), Gutermann thread #447, Sewing Sheer interfacing

Sweet Inspiration



BWOF 2/2008 #119

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5138, 5207, McCalls 5805, 5809, Simplicity 2732, 2933, Vogue 1013, 8434

Sewing Tip: For the ultimate in luxury, use this silk as a lining for the Oscar de la Renta wool tweed.