Monday, November 30, 2009

Burda Style December 2009

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Cozy clothes for home

Off center bow tie blouse

No buttons-just a tie belt

4 great capes

Trend for 2009-Strong shoulders

Another trend for 2009- one shoulder dress

Sparkle skirt

Outfits for preteens

Plus Size
Gorgeous neckline

2 pieces-a sleeveless sheath dress and a soft jacket

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

 I'm so happy to post this review!  I have known the bride and her sister
(featured individually below) since they were little girls.  The fabric for 
the bridesmaid's dresses was a special order- a 100% polyester matte
 jersey from Anne Klein.  

Their mother, Pam, was the dressmaker for all the bridesmaid's dress and
and this is her review. 
  Bridesmaid dresses are always a little tricky.Combine a group of beautiful  
 young women, most of whom are very conscience of their body
 style and weight, make them all wear the same color and fashion and 
there is a strong possibility of disappointment.  Not so with this 
particular dress - ALL the bridesmaids looked great; even though the
 sizes ranged from a 6 to a 24, some tall -  some short.

We began with Butterick B5173 - a great little Maggy London dress. 
It is a one piece, no waist, short sleeved -  above-knee length dress. 
Make sure the bust measurement is correct, the dress style is to be
fitted at the bust for a correct hang to the skirt. 
We chose a medium-light weight navy knit; very easy to work with 
when using a ball-point needle.  We added 4 inches of length at the
 hip-line to adjust the skirt length to hit just below the knee.
Light weight interfacing was used on both pieces of the front and back 
tabs.  the other alteration to the pattern was to slightly round the 
triangular points 0n the front tab piece of the pattern.
The directions were easy to follow, the dresses made up quickly in 
less than 2 hours.

Thank you, Pam, for the beautiful pictures and great review!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

More Fabric for November 2009

Sku# CP2018
82% Cotton 18% Polyester
Designer Alice & Olivia

I love reversible fabrics!  It's like getting 2 fabrics for the price of 1.  The hand of this fabric is like a heavy lawn-crisp with a nice drape.  A modern, graphic daisy print in black and white perfect for a jacket, dress or skirt with simple lines.

Sewl Mate
reverse side

Construction in Progress

   Sheer Fusible Tricot Interfacing
 Button- Midnight 7/8" $5.00
Gutermann thread #020, 010
Ykk invisible zipper #580

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 10/09 #112

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5147, 5285, McCalls 5817, 5818, Simplicity 2701, 5259, Vogue 8188, 8531

Sewing Tip: Cut out using single fold layout to match the print.

97% Cotton 3% Lycra

This is a fun floral stretch cotton.  Broadcloth weight, the colors are a white ground with khaki leaves and tomato (orange) red roses.  The stretch is crosswise only.  Make a dress, pleated skirt, or light weight jacket.

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Black Stretch Sateen
Sku# CS20119091
97% Cotton 3%Spandex

Construction in Progress

Ykk invisible zipper #501
Gutermann thread #500, 390
Buttons-Sandy 11/16" $.40
Candy Apple 11/16" $.50
Marshmallow 7/8" $.65

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 9/09 #138

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5320,5350, McCalls 5591, 5859, Simplicity 2636, 2894, Vogue 8535, 8620

Sewing Tip: Use a one-way layout for the directional print.

Sku# CE2020
97% Cotton 3% Elastine
Designer Maggy London

Dots in a semi circle design this soft, light weight knit is from Maggy London.  The eggshell white ground has 1/8" dots in peach, orange, khaki, and dark brown.  It has stretch both lengthwise and crosswise with more stretch in the crosswise direction.  Make a trendy drapey T-shirt or wrap dress. 

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100% Silk

Construction in Progress

Gutermann thread #470, 511, 021,
Clear Elastic

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 8/09#114

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5327, 5387, McCalls 5586, 5886, Simplicity 2554, 2804, Vogue 8513, 8582

Sewing Tip:  Use a stretch needle to prevent skipped stitches.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Fabrics for November 2009

Sku# 1017
100% Wool
This is a fabulous tan and burgundy leaf print wool from Italy. It is a closely woven weave in a dress weight. Make a bias cut A-line skirt, shirtwaist dress or tunic top.

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Toast Twill
Sku# CE20713093
97% Cotton 3% Elastine

Construction in Progress
Buttons-Sangria 7/8" $4.00
Toffee Marble 13/16" $.65
Gutermann thread 536, 436
YKK invisible zipper #A893

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style Sept/09 #112

Pattern Suggestions: 5316, 5396, McCalls 5856, 5927, Simplicity 2550, 2698, Vogue 8511, 8623

Sewing Tip: Hold steam iron (on wool setting) over fabric to preshrink.

Sku# W1016
100% Tropical Weight Menswear Wool
All good wardrobes start with the basics and this is a must have for just that purpose. It is the perfect year around weight for skirts, jackets, pants and the classic sheath dress. Be sure to have this classic in your stash!

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Sku# S10618093
100% Silk Dupioni

Construction in Progress
Buttons-Jet Set 1" $1.10
Cat Eye 7/8" $4.00
Gutermann thread #010
YKK invisible zipper #580

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style Sept/09 #103

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5258, 5428, McCalls 5597, 5934, Simplicity 2473, 2562, Vogue 1123, 1143

Sewing Tip: Use a press cloth to prevent any shiny places on your fabric.

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