Thursday, April 23, 2009

(skirt reviewed 1/18/09)

55% Cotton 45% Rayon
(sold out)
Prewash: Dry Clean

Notions: thread, 14" invisible zipper (cut down to 12"), Sheer Fusible Tricot interfacing, black rayon lining, stay tape, lace trim (was $1.80 now $.90)

Alterations: This style requires a muslin for me. The difference between my full bust and high bust is 4". After altering for a FBA, I did a quick muslin to find out how much the high bust would need to be taken in.
On the front band, I took a 1" tuck on left and right side for a total of 2".

On the side front I took a 1/2" tuck for a total of 1" and tapered to nothing. I eased the rest to fit the band and stabilized the seam with stay tape.

Constructions Details: This is a very straight forward pattern to construct. I added a few details not included in the instructions. I interfaced all of the pieces because of the fabric's loose weave.

The camisole was looking plain so I decided to add lace to the waistline, the upper band and the shoulder straps. Using tracing paper I marked the the waistline on the interfaced side of the garment.

I thread traced the same line so I could see it on the right side.

Place the lower solid bar edge of the trim along the thread traced line. Pin it down and do a small zigzag stitch along both solid bars of the trim.

The trim for the upper band and shoulder straps were centered and stitched in the same manner as above.

The last thing I added was the lining.
Conclusion: I had large blocks of fabric left from the skirt. You know, pieces that are too large to throw away. This is a great pattern for using up leftover fabric. This type of camisole can work wonders in your wardrobe. Wear it alone or under a jacket. Try color blocking or a brocade for evening. I'm already working on another one with more leftover fabric.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Make Mine A Knock-Off!

"Make mine a knockoff" will be a random series of posts of fashions found in magazines, websites or catalogs with suggested patterns and fabrics to make your own "knockoff" version.

This picture was found in Essence magazine o2/09 issue. I don't know the designer.

A closer look

Vogue 8351 is a very good knockoff pattern.

Detail Shots

Like the pattern, the sleeves are 3/4 length and have a cuff. Just remove the gathers from the sleeves or trace the bottom of a straight sleeve pattern.

It always hard to tell from a drawing on a pattern, but I think there are fewer gathers at the empire waist of this dress.

The shoulders have a couple of tucks....

...which makes the neckline wider across the shoulders.
I think this dress would look good with flats/sandals for shopping or a pair of heels for dinner and a night out on the town.

Fabric Suggestion

100% Rayon Matte Jersey
Designer--Eileen Fisher
Was 21.00 Now 10.50

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Fabrics for April 2009

100% Cotton
Designer-Maggy London
This fabric says summer!! It is a cotton broadcloth with a royal blue, yellow and teal floral pattern. Make a shirtwaist dress, wrap blouse or A-line skirt.

Sewl Mates
66% Linen 33% Viscose 1% Elastine

Construction in Progress
Sheer Stretch Tricot interfacing, Buttons-Royal Blue/Gold 5/8" $1.17, 3/4" $1.75, 4-hole yellow/multi 1/2" $.50, Gutermann thread #020, YKK invisible zipper #501

Sweet Inspiration

BWOF April/2008 #108B

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5314, 5316, McCalls 5654, 5856, Simplicity 2694, 2925, Vogue 1043, 8555

Sewing Tip: Cotton broadcloth is best hemmed by serging the edges, press your hem depth and topstitch.

100% Silk Suiting
This is a gorgeous orange sherbet silk suiting that mixes well with neutrals -chocolate brown, grey or taupe. Add a pop of color like turquoise or jade accessories for a fun summer look.

Sewl Mate
59% Cotton 27% Viscose 10% Nylon 4% Polyester

Construction in Progress
Armo Weft interfacing, Buttons-9/16" $1.60, 7/8" $2.20, Gutermann thread #460, YKK invisible zipper #522

Sweet Inspiration

BWOF April/09 #114

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5292, 5333, McCalls 5763, 5818, Simplicity 2868, 2958, Vogue 8532, 8564

Sewing Tip: This fabric is best laundered by dry cleaning only.

94% Polyester 6% Spandex
Designer--Maggy London
This was very difficult to photograph (metallic shows up on the right side of photo). This fabric is a matte jersey with a white ground/orange sherbet, ocean blue, mint green, taupe, black abstract floral and a silver metallic overlay. Fluid and drapey, this would work well with a T-shirt or dress pattern with gathers or pleats. You may need a swatch to see the lovely silver metallic.

Sewl Mates
(Orange Sherbet silk suiting above)

Construction in Progress
Gutermann thread #020, Schmetz stretch needle size 11, clear elastic, YKK invisible zipper #501

Sweet Inspiration

BWOF February/09 #119

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5278, 5318, McCalls 5423, 5662, Simplicity 2865, 2947, Vogue 1091, 8575

Sewing Tip: Use "with nap" yardage and layout for this knit.

100% Cotton
Designer--Ralph Lauren
Patchwork, ikat print in navy/powder blue cotton batiste is a summer skirt waiting to be made. Pair it with a red or khaki jacket for the office and lime green or fushcia T-shirt on the weekend.

Sewl Mates
97% Cotton 3% Lycra

Construction in Progress
Sheer Fusible Tricot, Gutermann thread #272, Button-3/4" $.80, YKK invisible zipper #K058

Sweet Inspiration

BWOF June/08 #118

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5218, 5315, McCalls 5471, 5842, New Look 6868, Simplicity 4233, Vogue 8515, 8577

Sewing Tip: This fabric can also be used as its own interfacing.

100% Linen (dress weight)
Apple Green / Ocean Blue
Love it or hate it linen is perfect for South Texas weather. These colors go great together in a color blocked garment. Try adding metallic accessories like silver, gold or copper.

Sewl Mates
100% Cotton suiting
Was 14.00 Now 7.00

(Metallic Knit shown above)

Construction in Progress
Sheer Fusible Tricot interfacing, Coats thread #526, Buttons- 3/4" $.63, 5/8" $.50, YKK invisible zipper #874

Sheer Fusible Tricot interfacing, Button-11/16" $.63, Gutermann thread #218, YKK invisible zipper #S879

Sweet Inspiration

BWOF Feb/2009 #115

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5249, 5332, McCalls 5634, 5859, Simplicity 2652, 2698, Vogue 8570, 8576

Sewing Tip: A flat-fell seam is a nice and neat seam finish for linen.