Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pattern Review Vogue 2980 with Vogue 8593


Vogue 2980

Vogue 8593

96% Cotton 4% Lycra

Prewash: Cold water, permapress cycle; Lay flat to dry.  This fabric shrunk 3 inches in length and none in width.

Notions: Gutermann thread and stretch needle 

Alterations: I've made this top before.  The alterations are noted here.  The big change this time was turning this top into a dress.  I used Vogue 8593 a knits only pattern like the top.  I also liked the fitted skirt portion of the dress.  

 Trace the skirt portion of the dress from the waistline down.

Match the waistline of the top with the waistline of the dress.

 You now have your dress pattern.

 Construction Details: This dress is very easy and very fast to sew.  3-1/2 hours from cut out to hem.
I serged all seams.


Pleats of the collar in side seam

1/2" double stitched hem for sleeve

1" single stitched hem

Back view

Side view

Conclusion: This fabric was a good weight for this dress.  The beefiness of the knit helps the collar stand nicely.  I've made the top twice.  Now that I've turned it into a dress I'll probably make it 1 (ok, probably 2) more time with short sleeves for the summer. 

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Burda Style March 2010


All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

This would look great with a high waisted skirt or skinny jeans.

 Fun weekend blouse

 Spring Coat

 Stylish and comfortable

This would also be a great casual look in denim or stretch cotton.

Spring Formals

Wedding Day

Plus Size
Love the waistline details

Daytime Formal

Nighttime Glamour
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

More New Fabric for February 2010

Spring-Time Cotton Sateen
97% Cotton 3% Spandex
Designer-Betsy Johnson
This is a fun, pucci-inspired print from Betsy Johnson.  Spring colors of white, pink, fuchsia, taupe, soft yellow and black on a dress weight stretch cotton sateen.  Make a day dress, pencil skirt or spring jacket.
Sewl Mates
Timeless Taupe

Construction in Progress
Thread: Gutermann #020
Invisible Zipper:  YKK #501
Buttons: White/Gold Nailhead 11/16" $1.15, 7/8" $1.65
Rayon Hem Tape: White

Sweet Inspiration


Burda Style 07/09  #111
Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5353, 5453, McCalls 4440, 6042, Simplicity 2564, 2703, Vogue 8184, 8612 

Sewing Tip: Use a very small zig zag stitch (like you use for knits) if you are having trouble with seams breaking.

French Pink Knit
68% Cotton 30% Viscose 2% Elastine
Designer-Eileen Fisher
This is a comfy T-shirt knit.  Cotton in feel, it has good crosswise stretch and no lengthwise stretch.  Perfect for tops/dresses with tucks or gathers. 
Sewl Mates

Construction in Progress
Machine Needles: Schmetz Stretch  
Thread: Gutermann #307

Sweet Inspiration


Burda Style 02/2010 #122B

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5029, 5313, McCalls 6031, 6036, Simplicity 2603, 2956, Vogue 8632, 8634 

Sewing Tip: Use clear elastic to stabilize shoulder and neck seams.

Midnight Navy Cotton Sateen
100% Cotton Sateen
Designer-Marc Jacobs
Navy blue is always a spring time favorite.  No stretch and suit weight, pair this with white for a crisp nautical 
feel.  Great for a fitted sheath dress, pencil skirt or a cute pea coat.

Sewl Mate
White Seersucker
100% Cotton

Construction in Progress
Thread: Gutermann #280
Buttons: Gold/Navy Torch  7/8"  $4.50, 1-1/8" $5.80, 1-3/8" $7.75
Rayon Hem Tape: Navy

Sweet Inspiration


Accent Colors
-InStyle Magazine

Burda Style 01/2010 #123

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5402, 5466, McCalls 5186, 5817, Simplicity 2812, 2868, Vogue 1167, 8680 

Sewing Tip: Dry clean this sateen to keep the dark color and smooth finish.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Fabrics for February 2010




SKU# CV2032

Wonderful suit weight tweeds for spring imported from Italy.  Thick yarns are closely woven but not stiff.  Make a spring coat, Chanel style jacket or sheath dress.

Sewl Mates
100% Linen

Sku# P30121001
100% Polyester Satin back crepe

SKU# CE40618091
98% Cotton 2% Elastine

Construction in Progress
YKK Invisible Zipper #874
Buttons: Lemon Grass 9/16" $1.75, 7/8" $3.00
Thread: Coats #524

Buttons: Ballerina Pink 13/16" $1.70, 1" $2.00
Thread: Gutermann #300
YKK Invisible Zipper #513

Buttons: Cloudy Lilac 7/8" #3.00, 11/16" $1.90
Thread: Gutermann #903
YKK Invisible Zipper #552

Sweet Inspiration



Burda Style 02/2010 # 140

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5147, 5399, McCalls 5923, 6041, Simplicity 2452, 2648, Vogue 1037, 1082

Sewing Tip: Use fusible interfacing to back this fabric.  It will stabilize the fabric's weave and reduce the edges from raveling.  

This dress weight woven brocade is perfect for spring's formal affairs.  The background is banker's grey with woven, geometric ovals in cream and pearl grey with a satin finish.  Make a tunic top, cocktail dress or dinner suit.
Sewl Mates
100% Silk 3-ply Silk

Construction in Progress
Buttons: Cotton Fluff  7/8" $7.00
Thread: Gutermann #110
YKK Invisible Zipper # S922

Sweet Inspiration



Burda Style 3/09 Top #127, Skirt #126

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5451, 5459, McCalls 5815, 5845, Simplicity 2444, 2583, Vogue 1026, 8644 

Sewing Tip: This fabric is dry clean only!


Steel Grey

Timeless Taupe
These are fabulous knits!  They are stable knits with good crosswise stretch and a small amount of lengthwise stretch.  They have a fine faille weave with a subtle sheen and wonderful drape.  Make a sheath dress for day or night or a jacket and pencil skirt.

Sewl Mate
(see above)

97% Wool 3% Lycra

Construction in Progress
Thread: Gutermann #110
1/4" Clear Elastic

Thread: Gutermann  #506

Sweet Inspiration



Use the colors on the right for accent colors.
-InStyle Magazine

Burda Style 05/08 #104
Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5244,5384, McCalls 5937, 5940 , Simplicity 2550, 2568, Vogue 1150, 1151 

Sewing Tip: This fabric has a sheen.  Be sure to purchase "with nap" yardage.