Friday, June 25, 2010

Burda Style July 2010

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Love the back pleated peplum

This would look great color blocked.

Summer dress in petite sizes

Soft and pretty

Skinny Jeans

Plus Size
Weekend tunic and pants

Shirt-jacket with pants with hem details

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Monday, June 21, 2010

New Fabrics for June 2010

Velvet Houndstooth
66% Viscose 20% Polyester 13% Wool 1% Lycra
Designer J'envie
This a beautiful black and white twill weave with a slightly raised black velvet houndstooth print.  The hand of this fabric has a very nice drape with just a "touch" of stretch.  Make a trench coat, suit or dress.

Sewl Mate
Graphite Gray Matte Jersey

Construction in Progress
Button: Around the Bend  1-3/16"  $1.25
Rayon Hem Tape-Black
Rayon Lining-Black

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 4/2010 #123

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5292, 5396, McCalls 5753, 6042, Simplicity 2455, 2648, Vogue 8280, 8614

Sewing Tip: Use a Hong Kong seam finish for a beautiful look inside.

Henna Brown Crinkle

Black Crinkle
100% Polyester
This is a fun, fashion forward fabric.  The surface is quilted and crinkled with an overall shine.  A fabric backing is tacked intermittently and can be separated from the quilted layer.  The hand is soft with a nice drape.  Great for a jacket or trench coat.

Sewl Mate
Black Stretch Sateen
97% Cotton 3% Spandex

Grey Herringbone Stripe
49% Wool 48% Rayon 3% Lycra
Was $16.00  Now $8.00
Construction in Progress
Button: Roasted Coriander 9/16"  $1.80, 7/8" $2.60, 1-1/16" $3.60
Gutermann thread #593

Button: Black Canvas 3/4" $.95, 7/8" $1.10, 1-1/8" $1.25
Gutermann thread #010
Sweet Inspiration

Burday Style 4/2010 #137

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5296, 5467, McCalls 5525, 5941, Simplicity 2508, 3694, Vogue 8526, 8600

Sewing Tip: Press using a press cloth and a dry iron.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

1st Anniversary of the Sewing Fashionistas

Wow!!!  It's been one year since our first meeting of the Sewing Fashionistas. 
During this time I've had great fun getting to know each of the ladies better. They bring style and great sewing advice each and every time we meet. Here are a few highlights of our Anniversary meeting.

Liz graciously gave beautiful tulips to Eileen, Cynthia and me.  
Jeni (pictured left) presents tulips to Eileen.

Sharing information

We are using the book A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style by Tim Gunn. We're working our way through the  "Top Ten List".  Trench coats are next!

Getting fashion inspiration

Gathering sewing techniques from Vogue Pattern Magazine.

My favorite time-"Sew and Tell"
Eileen with our 1st project-"The Day Dress"

Our "Lady in Red" Liz in Vogue 2950 an Oscar de la Renta design.

Joanne's perfect dress for summer.
(All pictures taken by Samina)

  Special thanks to Eileen for being our "fearless facilitator".  You always keep us focused and moving forward.   Finally,a big thank you to all the ladies for a great first year.  I'm looking forward to the next meeting. 

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pattern Review Vogue 8488

Dark Chocolate Eyelet
100% Cotton

Prewash: cold water perma-press cycle, dry on perma-press
This shrunk only 1 inch in length.  I also had to press before cutting out.

Notions: Gutermann thread, 18" invisible zipper, Sewin' Sheer interfacing, stay tape, lining

Alterations:  I did a FBA by adding 3/4" in width and 1-3/4" in length to make sure the bodice seam fell below the bust line.  

Adding length to the bust caused the waistline to drop to low.  A simple shortening of the length at the waistline took care of that. I eliminated some of the fullness of the skirt by tapering down to a size 6 at the hips and continuing to the hem.

Construction:  I usually vary from the instructions.  I like to sew the front completely, the back completely and then the side seams.  This allows for easier alterations if any are needed.  I applied Sewin' Sheer interfacing (a sew-in interfacing) to the zipper area.

I also used Stay Tape at the neckline to prevent any stretching.  The lining is a cotton broadcloth from my Mom's stash.





Conclusion:  Got to love a summer dress with a full skirt-good air circulation!!  Add a jacket to kick it up a notch.  View C may be in my future.