Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Fabric for November 2010
Watercolors and Sequins
97% Nylon 3% Spandex
(close up)

This knit reminds me of a Monet painting!  The fiber is nylon but feels like cotton and the spandex gives it good crosswise stretch but no lengthwise stretch.  It has a narrow (1/8")  ribbon like stripe spaced 1" apart.  On top of the stripes are clear sequins that give a very subtle sparkle.  Each sequin is spaced 1-1/4" apart.  The color way has shades of magenta, lavender and lemon yellow on a charcoal grey background.  Make a fabulous t-shirt or dress for the holidays.

Sewl Mate
Bankers Grey Menswear Wool
100% Tropical Weight Wool

Construction in Progress
Gutermann Thread #936, #925

Sweet Inspiration

 Burda Style 12/2010 #109

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5555, 5564, McCalls 6161, 6240, Simplicity 2560, 2630, Vogue 1179, 8646

Sewing Tip: Remove the sequins on facings, collars or cuff  to prevent skin irritation.

Black T-Shirt Knit
95% Cotton 5% Elastic
Fill in your wardrobe with this basic black t-shirt knit.  This has good crosswise stretch and slight lengthwise stretch.  Perfect for wrap tops, cardi wraps and the classic t-shirt.

Sewl Mate
Black/Ivory/Red Box Plaid
97% Wool  3% Spandex

Construction in Progress

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 10/2010 #142

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5497, 5562, McCalls 6120, 6241, Simplicity 2283, 2554, Vogue 1197, 8651

Sewing Tip: Use Stay-Tape to prevent the shoulder seam from stretching.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pattern Review Vogue 1205

Sku# CE2047
96% Cotton 4% Elastine

Prewash: cold water/cotton cycle  dry on perma press cycle
The fabric shruck 2-1/2 inches in length only.

Alterations:  My usual size is a 12 for the front and a 10 for the back.  Looking at the finished measurements printed on the pattern I decided to cut a size 14.

A full bust adjustment (FBA) was in order.  On the right side I measured 3-12" down from the shoulder and drew a horizontal line.

Draw a vertical line through the bust point on both sides.

I drew a horizontal line across the bodice where my actual bust point is. Cut to but not through the cutting line.

I needed 3/4" in width

and 1-1/2" in length.
Don't forget to true the grain line and right armhole.

Construction Details: I didn't change the order of construction because of the way the lining is inserted.
This knit had enough stretch so I could eliminate the zipper.  I didn't use a seam finish so that there would be no impressions on the right side.

I also added sheer fusible interfacing for the hem.  This stabilized the hem and made it very easy to  hand
sew an invisible hem.

Lining Front

Lining Back

Side view

Back view

Conclusion: I have always been a big fan of Kay Unger and I'm so glad her designs are now available for anyone who can sew. This will work for several holiday parties I will attend.  I will make this again as a top for spring. 

Monday, November 01, 2010

Burda Style November 2010

All Styles at a Glance
Line Drawings

Love this causal chic look!

The 2 textures of fabric make this coat so interesting.

The zipper trim makes this jacket edgy!

Separates for evening 

This would be a lovely bridesmaid dress.

Adorable Coat

Plus size coats

Love how the dress (in the right corner) is styled as a soft jacket.

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