Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fabrics for Late Winter 2009

95% Viscose 4%Nylon 1% Elastic
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
100% Merino wool knit

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.

93% Wool 7% Metallic
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
100% Silk dupioni

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.

100% Silk crepe de chine
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.

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