Monday, February 28, 2011

Last Fabrics for February 2011

Robins Egg/Black/Cream Tweed
60"
Cotton/Viscose 
$16.00
I love this tweed because of the "Mad Men" 60's vibe!  The colors are robin's egg blue, cream and black.  The hand has a lovely drape not stiff at all.  Make a sheath dress, fitted blazer or pencil skirt.

Sewl Mate
Eggshell White 3-ply Silk
44"
100% Silk
$18.00

Construction in Progress
Rayon Lining-Diamond White
Rayon Hem Tape-Silk White
Button-Cat Eye
Gutermann thread #010, 021, 602

Sweet Inspiration



Burda Style 2/2011 #119

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5570, 5619, McCalls 5523, 6211, Simplicity 2370, 2453, Vogue 8664, 8687

Sewing Tip:  To stabilize this fabric, use Bosal-Sheer Fusible Tricot.


Cream and Wheat Tweed
57"
47% Viscose 40% Cotton 13% Linen
$20.00
Designer-Tuleh
 
Another tweed that has that "Mad Men" 60's vibe!  The colors are cream and wheat that make a subtle plaid.  The overall hand has a nice drape but with body.  Make a sheath dress, fitted blazer or pencil skirt.

Sewl Mate
Straw Linen
60"
100% Linen
$13.00

Construction in Progress
Rayon Lining-Diamond White
Button-Island Pearl  1-1/16"  $3.60

Sweet Inspiration


Burda Style 02/2011 #109

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5459, 5534, McCalls 6042, 6329, Simplicity 2229, 2564, Vogue 1233, 8648

Sewing Tip:  Use a single fold layout to accurately match the plaids.


Denim Look
58"
Cotton/Linen
$13.00
Nautical is always a spring fashion trend.  This denim look in a cotton and linen blend follows the nautical trend.  The fabric is dress weight with a twill weave and has an easy, relaxed look.  Perfect for embellishments like nailheads or topstitching in white or gold.  Sew up a pair of cargo pants, a skirt or a shirtdress.

Sewl Mate
Lemon Dots
53"
100% Cotton 
$16.00

Construction in Progress
Buttons: Silver Arrow 7/8" $1.75, 3/4" $1.15

Sweet Inspiration


Burda Style 2/2011 #132B

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5353, 5598, McCalls 6294, 6318, Simplicity 2246, 2343, Vogue 1166, 8717

Sewing Tip:  Use a denim needle to prevent skipped stitches.


White Linen
54" 
100% Linen
$18.00
White linen always reminds me of a vacation at the beach.  This is a light weight but not quite hanky weight linen with a soft sheen.  Sew a camp shirt or a pretty pleated skirt for summer.

Sewl Mate
Caramel Silk Matka
57"
100% Silk
$20.00

Construction in Progress
Buttons: Flower Power 1/2" $.50
Dainty 7/16" $1.75

Sweet Inspiration


Burda Style 2/2011 #138

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5485, 5612, McCalls 6080, 6325, Simplicity 3684, 3789, Vogue 1165, 8708

Sewing Tip: Prewashing linen will give the fabric a softer hand.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

More Fabrics for February 2011

Highrise
44"
100% Silk
$15.00
Designer-Tuleh
This fun print features pencil sketches of city high-rises with trees in three shades of grey.  The fabric is a lightweight silk crepe de chine.  Make a dress or blouse with draping, ruffles or ruching.

Sewl Mate
Grey/Ivory Mini Houndstooth
97% Wool 3% Lycra
$10.00

Construction in Progress
Buttons: Charcoal Flower  5/8"  $.40
Oh, Oh Grey  5/8"  $.75
Gutermann thread #116, #110, #111

Sweet Inspiration


Burda Style 1/2011 #103

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5561, 5608, McCalls 6126, 6277, Simplicity 2220, 2305, Vogue 1153, 1226

Sewing Tip:  Use tissue paper underneath this fabrics when cutting out.  This will reduce the fabric from sliding around.

Pima Cotton White
56"
100% Cotton
$12.00
 
Tailored and elegant, you don't want to miss out on this fabric!  This is a beautiful soft white shirt weight pima cotton with a subtle sheen.  Perfect as a shirt for men or women.

Sewl Mate
Raspberry Stretch Linen
60% Linen 38% Cotton 2% Elastine
$19.00

Construction in Progress
Buttons: Eyes Have It-White  5/8"  $.30
Mini 4-Hole White  7/16"  $.20
Gutermann thread #010

Sweet Inspiration


Burda Style 1/2011 #107

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5526, 5615, McCalls 6124, 6167, Simplicity 2255, 2339, Vogue 8322, 8709

Sewing Tip: For marking this fabric, use tailor's tacks or clip within the seam allowance.
Sheer Bliss
53"
Silk/Cotton
$12.00
This is a sheer voile in an eggshell white color.  The silk gives this fabric a luxurious sheen.  Dress this up for an evening gown or wrap and for day make a blouse to wear over jeans.

Sewl Mate
Dupioni-Tiffany Blue Silk
45"
100% Silk
$15.00

Construction in Progress
Buttons: Silver Streak  5/8"  $1.05
Semi Clear  9/16"  $.25
Gutermann thread #021

Sweet Inspiration


Burda Style 2/2011 #144

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5034, 5355, McCalls 3880, 6030, Simplicity 2652, 4647, Vogue 2779, 8504

Sewing Tip: This fabric could also be used for underlining.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pattern Review Butterick 5562, View D




Lilac/Grey Heather Knit
60"
100% Cotton
$15.00
Designer-Theory

Prewash: Washed on the cotton cycle warm water and dried on perma press cycle.  The fabric shrunk 7" in length and 2" in width.

NotionsClear Elastic, Gutermann thread #113

Alterations:  I used the medium size (12-14) and didn't need my normal full bust adjustment.  There was a little too much ease in the bust area, so I ended up taking it in 1/2" at both side seams. 

Construction Details: I cut this out and put it together in 3-1/2 hours!  I deviated from the instructions for the sleeve and put it in flat and then sewed the side seams.

I used clear elastic elastic and stretched it to fit for the collar shirring.

Sleeve hem

Seam Finish




Conclusion: This is a great "sew and go" pattern.  It would look great lengthened into a dress. These knits would work, too-Black T-Shirt Knit and Burgundy/Taupe Animal Print Knit.