Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New Fabrics for December 2009

Sku# ENR3023
80% Nylon 18% Rayon 2% Lycra

Sophisticated yet playful, this black stretch tulle will look great for any special occasion.  The soft tulle netting is nylon and the vine motif is rayon with just enough stretch for comfort.  Use as an overlay for a skirt, as  fitted sleeves on a dress or top, or as a sheer back of a dress.  (Featured in the picture with a cream satin to highlight design).

 Sewl Mate
 Silk Velvet-Black Rose Burnout
Sku# RS30818062
82% Rayon 18% Silk

 Construction in Progress
Ykk invisible zipper #580
Gutermann thread #010

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 12/09 #135

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 4918, 5182, McCalls 3880, 5319, Simplicity 2498, 4070, Vogue 1140, 8360

Sewing Tip:  No hemming is necessary for tulle.  The fabric does not ravel.

Sku #W1021
97% Wool 3% Lycra

Searching for another neutral other than black?  Try this tropical weight menswear wool in camel.  This color can be the other workhorse piece in your wardrobe.  Like black it can be worn year around.  Pair it with charcoal grey or burgundy for fall/winter and coral or turquoise for the spring/summer.

 Sewl Mate
100% Cotton

Construction in Progress
Button-Golden Glow 7/8" $3.00
Gutermann thread #503
Ykk invisible zipper #S597
Rayon seam binding-applesause

Sweet Inspiration



Burda Style 10/09 # 124A (jacket)  and  #125 (pants)

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5391, 5421, McCalls 5971, 5984, Simplicity 2477, 3688, Vogue 8614, 8623

Sewing Tip: Use a universal size 12 needle.

Sku# W1022
100% Wool

 Forever classic is what you'll get in this menswear wool.  The color palette is camel, butterscotch, espresso and cream.  This fabric will work well with fitted or A-line silhouettes.

 Sewl Mates
Camel menswear wool (see above)

Construction in Progress
Sheer Fusible Tricot Interfacing
Button-Granite 13/16" $2.80
Gutermann thread #551
YKK invisible zipper #S292

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 10/09 #119A

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5249, 5393, McCalls 5597, 5942, Simplicity 2520, 2562, Vogue 1117, 8511

Sewing Tip: The check is small enough for very easy matching.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Pattern Review: Vogue 2894

Vogue 2894

100% Silk Dupioni (fuchsia/purple iridescent)
(out of stock, but can be reordered)

Prewash: No pretreament for the dupioni.  The satin lining for the jacket was washed in my machine on delicate, short cycle with Tide HE.

Notions: Gutermann thread, Seams Great, and lace hem tape

Alterations: No pattern alterations were necessary (Praise the Lord!!!)  Not a normal happening!

Construction Details:  Jacket- Love, Love, Love the darts in the sleeve for tapering the sleeve cap.

Pocket Detail

Flattering Collar

Satin Lining

Skirt-There is no zipper.  The opening is in the left pocket.  This allows extra ease to get in and out.


Back View

There was enough fabric for pants!

Conclusion:  I will be making this pattern again in a beautiful black wool crepe.

Thank you Liz and great job!  You looked fabulous in this outfit at the Christmas party.  I am also checking out your coordinating shoes! 

Monday, December 07, 2009

Christmas Party 2009

This was the day before the Christmas party..........snow?
But this is south Texas-just wait a minute if you want different weather!

(my daughter enjoying the snow)

My early arrivers.  Always there when I need them.

Thanks Jeni and Liz!!!

Floral arrangement by Jeni for Eileen, our Sewing Fashionista facilitator.

Arriving guests!

Cynthia & Ms. B

Monica & Linda

Enjoying the food

Santa brought his bag with gifts.

Prizewinner Bev...

and Linda

Discount coupons

Serena, Peggy E. and Peggy L.

All of the prize winners


I want to thank all of the sewing fashionistas that came out to fellowship and celebrate the Christmas season.  You have graciously shared your sewing experiences with me and I look forward to next years "get togethers"
Hugs to All