Thursday, August 20, 2009

More Fabrics for August 2009

Paprika/Dark Plum Brocade
sku# P3005
100% Polyester
Designer-Vera Wang
Start your morning with a meeting at the office and end your evening with cocktails wearing this sophisticated brocade. Light weight and reversible, make a jacket/dress combination or a skirt like Vera Wang (see below). The random circles are in shades of paprika and dark plum.

Sewl Mates
Use the reverse side

Construction in Progress
Rayon Hem Tape-Burnt Orange
Button-Brick Dust 7/8" $6.30
YKK invisible zipper # K045
Gutermann thread #940, #570

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 10/08 #116A

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5292, 5396, McCalls 5753, 5818, New Look 6736, Simplicity 2798, Vogue 1118, 8562

Sewing Tip: Use a press cloth and the poly/rayon heat setting on your iron when pressing.

Electric Violet Dot
sku# C2006
100% Cotton
Designer-Ellen Tracy
Shades of purple are everywhere this fall. This is a light weight faille with raised dots that form a paisley pattern. Make a blouse (worn on the outside), dress or jacket (back with a light weight interfacing).

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Eggshell white 3-ply sueded silk
sku# S10818063
100% Silk

Construction in Progress
Coats thread #378
YKK invisible zipper #526

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 8/09 #128

Pattern Suggestion: Butterick 5317, 5392, McCalls 5591, 5927, Simplicity 2512, 2588, Vogue 1026, 8503

Sewing Tip: Cut all pattern pieces with a one way layout.

Reptile Brocade
sku# CP2007
88% Cotton 12% Polyester
Designer-Dana Buchman
Animal prints are on trend for fall 2009. A dark chocolate and latte reptile print is perfect for suits, vests, light weight coats or sheath dresses. You may need extra yardage to match the print.

Sewl Mates
Brown/Black Heather Knit
sku# VNE30119093
95% Viscose 4%Nylon 1% Elastic
Designer-Eileen Fisher

Construction in Progress
Rayon Hem Tape-Deep Brown
Gutermann thread #587, #512
Button-Granite 13/16" $2.80

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 8/09 #120

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5249, 5399, McCalls 5887, 5935, Simplicity 2543, 2556, Vogue 8480, 8604

Sewing Tip: Cut on a single fold to accurately match the print.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Holiday Attire


Comfy Blouse

Buisness Attire

Weekend Jacket


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fabrics for August 2009

Blueberry/White Eyelet
sku# C001
100% Cotton
Designer-Maggy London
Finish the last days of summer with this gorgeous white blouse weight eyelet with blueberry ikat medallions. Each Medallion is 6.5" wide and 6.5" long. Make a Tory Burch inspired tunic to wear with blue jeans or white city shorts.

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Denim (non stretch)
sku# C21120083
100% Cotton

Construction in Progress
YKK invisible zipper #501
Gutermann thread #257
Buttons: Blue Pearl (4-hole) 9/16" $.40
Stardust (shank) 7/16" $.45

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 4/08 #130

Pattern Suggestion: Butterick 5218, 5390, McCalls 5804, 5878, Simplicity 2933, 3535, Vogue 1103, 8577

Sewing Tip: Use silk organza for interfacing.

White/White Stripe Shirting
sku# CE002
98% Cotton 2% Elastine
Designer-Anne Klein
Everybody needs a great white shirt and this fabric fits the bill. This white with white stripe stretch jacquard is dress weight. It's best suited for a blouse worn on the outside.

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Black/White Mini Houndstooth
sku# W11102063
100% Worsted Wool

Construction in Progress
YKK Invisible Zipper #501
Gutermann thread #020
Buttons: Sunburst (shank on left) 7/8" $1.75
Dainty (shank on right) 7/16" $1.75

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 4/09 #104

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5186, 5300, McCalls 5138, 5145, Simplicity 2584, 2633, Vogue 2967, 8322

Sewing Tip: Be sure to interface any areas you want to topstitch.

Turquoise/Teal Stretch Pique
sku# CS003
97% Cotton 3% Spandex
Designer-Maggy London

Geranium/Violet Stretch Pique
97% Cotton 3% Spandex
Designer-Maggy London
I love bold colors! They work for late summer and transition into fall. The colors are Turquoise/Teal/White and Geranium/Violet/White on a stretch pique. The print is a highly stylized floral and leaf. Make a fabulous pencil skirt, sheath dress or jacket.

Sewl Mates
White on White Stripe Shirting (see above)

Construction in Progress
Gutermann thread #744, #245
Buttons: Cheerios (4-hole) 7/8" $1.25,
Caribbean (tunnel shank) 3/4" $.85
YKK Invisible Zipper #538

YKK Invisible Zipper #820
Buttons: Gumdrop 1-1/8 $6.50
7/8" $6.00
Gutermann thread #914, #390

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 3/09 #104

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5277, 5333, McCalls 5845, 5878, Simplicity 2588, 2636, Vogue 1025, 8184

Sewing Tip: Stabalize the zipper seam allowance with a 3/4" wide fusible interfacing.