Saturday, October 16, 2010

Last Fabrics for Oct 2010

Poppy Red Floral Print Silk
100% Silk
Gorgeous silk charmeuse print in a poppy red (orange red) with an abstract 1-1/2" black and ivory floral print.  Make a dress, blouse, lingerie or use as a fabulous lining.

Sewl Mate
Bankers Grey Menswear Wool
100% Topical Weight Wool

Construction in Progress
Buttons: Red Pepper 5/8"  $.30
Black Faceted  7/16"  $.45
Gutermann thread #405

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 10/2010  #118A

Patttern Suggetions: Butterick 5284, 5417, McCalls 5977, 6024, Simplicity 2281, 2360, Vogue 1190, 1207

Sewing Tip: French seams give a high end look for the seam finish.

Emerald Stretch Satin Back Crepe
98% Silk 2% Elastine
This stunning emerald green color coordinates well with colors like black, grey, brown, navy, taupe and camel.  The satin back crepe weave make both flat and shiny side usable and the touch of stretch adds comfort.  Make a blouse or dress with a cowl or draped neckline, lingerie or lining.

Sewl Mate
Black/Ivory Dash

Construction in Progress
Button: Kelly  13/16"  $2.20
Gutermann thread #788

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 5/09 # 118

Pattern Suggestion: Butterick 5488, 5496, McCalls 6068, 6202, Simplicity 2305, 2601, Vogue 1120, 1196

Sewing Tip: Use a jean needle size 70.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

More New Fabrics for Oct 2010

Brown Tweed Knit
53% Viscose  38% Wool   8% Nylon   1% Elastine

This lovely brown and cream tweed knit is perfect for fall.  A stable knit the hand is similar to menswear wool.  Excellent crosswise stretch and no lengthwise stretch.  Perfect for dresses, skirts and soft jackets.

Sewl Mate
Henna Brown Crinkle
100% Polyester

Construction in Progress
Schmetz Stretch Needles #1722
Bosal-Sheer Fusible Tricot
YKK invisible zipper #570
Gutermann thread #594

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 09/2010 #122

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5247, 5498, McCalls 5937, 6162, Simplicity 2284, 2372, Vogue 8682, 8685

Sewing Tip: Use a twin needle for topstitching.
Bitter Chocolate
68% Lyocell  14% Nylon  9% Angora  9% Spandex
Soft to the touch, this beautiful bitter chocolate knit is a wardrobe workhorse.  The color goes well with pastels, brights, and most neutrals.  The fiber Lyocell is in the rayon family.  One of its trade names is Tencel.  This is a nice tee shirt weight knit with good crosswise and lengthwise stretch.  Great for making tops or dresses with draping. 

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Leopard Print
97% Cotton 3% Elastine

Construction in Progress
Gutermann thread #596

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 10/2010 # 142

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5101, 5398, McCalls 5752, 5890, Simplicity 2369, 2560, Vogue 1197, 8688

Sewing Tip: This knit has a nap.  Use the "with nap" yardage and layout.

Lilac/Grey Heather Knit
100% Cotton
This lightweight knit has a wonderful soft hand.  The colorway is lilac, grey with a touch of cream.  Good crosswise stretch and slight lengthwise stretch.  Sew a t-shirt or cardi wrap.

Sewl Mate
Bankers Grey Menswear Wool
100% Wool

Construction in Progress
Schmetz Stretch Needle #1722
Gutermann thread #907, #110

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 10/2010 # 140A

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5495, 5525, McCalls 6120, 6164, Simplicity 2364, 2554,Vogue 8650, 8669

Sewing Tip: A rotary cutter is the easiest and most accurate method for cutting this fabric.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pattern Review Simplicity 2406 view B

Black Stripe Shirting
100% Cotton

Prewash: Cold water/perma press; Dry on perma press cycle

Notions: black rayon lining, thread, 1 button from my button jar

Alterations: This dress is a basic rectangle so not much fitting is involved.  I did need to do a small FBA by adding 1/2" to the width and 1" to the length.

Construction Details: The instructions are good but pay attention to how the sleeves are put together.  
I did make a few changes.
 I cut the dress on the cross grain so the stripes would be vertical.
I shortened the back slit to 7".

I added a lining. The lining doubled as interfacing for the neck facings.

I trimmed 1/8" from the hem of the lining.  This causes the lining to roll to the inside.

Other Details:
I didn't make the fabric belt.


Conclusion: This is an easy to sew and easy to fit dress.  The sleeves are the details that add that "punch of style!"  This would look great in this knit.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Burda Style Oct 2010

All Style at a Glance

Line Drawings

These are wonderful professional looks.

This cute vest is a petite size.

This bomber jacket has a detachable collar

I really like this shawl collar.

Special Occasion Dress

Plus Size
Sleeve Details

This dress can go from daytime to nighttime.

Great page boy hat

What's coming for Nov 2010!

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