Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Last Fabrics for December 2011

Peach/Ivory Tropical Print
This luxurious silk/cotton lawn is a perfect kick off to spring.  The fabric is light, airy and transparent (you'll need a lining or wear a camisole underneath).  The print is a large tropical leaf pattern with colors of ivory, tangerine, rust, icy blue, dark brown, taupe grey and lavender.  Make a blouse, full skirt or dress.
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Orange Sherbert/Natural Stripe

Orange Sherbet Linen
100% Linen

Construction in Progress
Buttons: Pearl and Gold Stud  5/8" $.75
Coral's Eye  1/2"  $.35
Gutermann Thread #022, 510, 365, 355, 126, 907

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style  01/2012 #116B

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5486, 5646, McCalls 6506, 6512, Simplicity 2175, 2179, Vogue 1240, 8434

Sewing Tip: Use a size 9 Universal needle.

Grey Wool
100% Italian Wool
Designer- Adam
This is a classic wool suiting from designer Adam.  The fabric is from Italy and is light weight with a brushed surface.  The color is a heather nickle grey.  Make a tailored jacket, cape, pants or skirt.  

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Glacier Grey Knit
100% Polyester

Construction in Progress
Rayon Lining Grey
Buttons: Silver Arrowhead  7/8"  $1.75
Pop Top  1"  $3.50

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 12/2011 #104

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5535, 5687, McCalls 6201, 6211, Simplicity 1942, 2149, Vogue 8751,8758

Sewing Tip: When steam pressing, be sure to let the fabric completely dry before moving.

Silk Faced Abstract Jacquard
Silk Faced/Viscose Backed
Designer-Behnaz Sarafpour
This fabric is double faced.  The right side is a printed silk and the backing is a viscose jacquard.  The fabric is dress weight with a very nice drape.  The colors are charcoal grey, mid grey, ivory, citron yellow and pine green.  Make a tunic, skirt or dress.

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Grey Wool (see above)

Construction in Progress
Buttons: Stone Pearl Drop  3/4"  $1.40
Olive Granite Square  1-1/8"  $2.15
Gutermann Thread  #022, 835, 116, 125

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 12/2011 #110

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5652, 5707, McCalls 2255, 6117, New Look 6049, Simplicity 2406, Vogue 8278, 8746

Sewing Tip:  Use a single fold layout.

Pine Green Jacquard
100% Viscose
Designer-Phillip Lim
This lovely wood grain jacquard is from Phillip Lim.  The hand is silky with a very good drape.  The color is a rich dark pine green.  Make a blouse or a wrap skirt.  

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Camel Corduroy
98% Cotton 2% Lycra

Construction in Progress
 Buttons:Hunter Green/Gold Pebbled  7/8"  $2.50
Evergreen Pearl  13/16"  $5.50

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 12/2011 #106B

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5182, 5709, McCalls 6439, 6470, Simplicity 2305, 2549, Vogue 1168, 1226

Sewing Tip: Be sure and use "with nap" when calculating yardage.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Burda Style January 2012

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Love the use of matte/shine.
dress #103

This looks great for a party, but by switching the fabric to wool this would work for the office.
dress #114A

For tall sizes
jacket #101A

The ruffles really frame the face!
jacket #107

The blush pink and black are fabulous.
skirt #104

purse #168
shoe detail #167
scarf #166

Plus Size
Fun one arm tunic
tunic #132

Drop waist tunic
tunic #135
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

New Fabric for December 2011

Grey Pinstripe Suiting
This is a suit weight wool blend that can be worn all year around.  The background color is a mid grey with cobalt blue/white pinstripes spaced 1/2" apart and has a "hard" finish.  Make a jacket, pencil skirt, pants, vest, sheath dress.

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White Shirting
65% Cotton  30% Nylon  5% Elastine

Construction in Progress
Rayon Lining: Grey
Button: Hubcap  1"  $2.00

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 12/2011 #111C

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5520, 5534, McCalls 6038, 6279, Simplicity 2340, 2700, Vogue 8561, 8648

Sewing Tip: Use Fork Pins to match the pinstripes.

Camel Corduroy
98% Cotton 2% Lycra
Sew up this fabulous fine wale corduroy from Italy and stay warm this winter.  This is a soft, dress weight fabric with a little stretch for comfort.  The camel color is a great neutral and will work with almost any other color.  Make a jacket, pants, skirt or shirtwaist dress.  

Sewl Mates
Chambray Suiting
65% Cotton 30% Nylon 5% Elastine

Cream/Brown Faux Fur

Construction in Progress

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 11/2011 #133

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5616, 5685, McCalls 6387, 6440, Simplicity 2056, 2758, Vogue 1268, 8776

Sewing Tip: Even though this fabric has a nap, try changing the nap direction for a design effect.