Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pattern Review Vogue 2980 with Vogue 8593

 

Vogue 2980
  

Vogue 8593
  

63"
96% Cotton 4% Lycra
$17.00
  

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.
  

Collar
  

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
 
To purchase, go to www.smfabric.com

Sunday, February 21, 2010

More New Fabric for February 2010

Spring-Time Cotton Sateen
50"
97% Cotton 3% Spandex
$16.00
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
60"
Cotton/Viscose
$15.00

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
64"
68% Cotton 30% Viscose 2% Elastine
$16.00
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
45"
100% Cotton Sateen
$18.00
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
56" 
100% Cotton
$17.00

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

60"
Cotton/Viscose
$16.00

Kiwi

Pink

SKU# CV2032
Lilac

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
 
60"
100% Linen
$13.00


Sku# P30121001
60"
100% Polyester Satin back crepe
$9.00

SKU# CE40618091
60"
98% Cotton 2% Elastine
$16.00

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.  

60"
Cotton/Polyester
$16.00
 
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
44"
100% Silk 3-ply Silk
$18.00

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!


60"
Cotton/Viscose
$15.00

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)

 
56"
97% Wool 3% Lycra
$20.00

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.