Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More Fabrics for March 2011

Sku #C2112
Ivory Embroidered Eyelet
58"
100% Cotton
$12.00
Tone on tone ivory embroidered eyelet is done in a stripe pattern with a 3" repeat.  The base fabric is brushed with a tiny faille weave.  The hand has a lovely drape not stiff at all.  Make a tunic or shirtdress.

Sewl Mates
Sku #S1095
Caramel Silk Matka
57"
100% Silk
$20.00

Construction in Progress
Bosal Sheer Fusible Interfacing
Buttons: Fortune Cookie 3/4"  $1.75
Pique  5/8"  $.50
Gutermann thread #021
Rayon Hem Tape Silk White

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Burda Style 4/2011 #135B


Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 4659, 5496, McCalls 4769, 5847, Simplicity 2176, 2183, Vogue 2961, 8495

Sewing Tip: Try a hong kong seam finish using rayon hem tape for a polished look on the inside.



Dark Brown Washed Linen
60"
100% Linen
$13.00
Washed linen feels like summer-comfortable and relaxed.  And the dark brown color will take you into fall.  Sew a wrap skirt, blouse, or wide leg pants.

Sewl Mate
Safari Print
56"
96% Cotton 4% Spandex
$17.00

Construction in Progress
Buttons: Woodcut  7/8"  $4.00
Half and Half   9/16"  $1.60
Rayon Hem Tape-Deep Brown

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Burda Style 4/2011 #140

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5558, 5600, McCalls 5430, 5591, Simplicity 2178, 2414, Vogue 1088, 8708

Sewing Tip: Use lots of steam for beautiful flat seams.


60"
Cotton/Spandex
$12.00
Sku #CS2115 
Cherry Red to Cream Stripes

Khaki to Cream Stripes
Dark Charcoal Grey to Cream
Stripes are in the forefront of fashion for spring 2011.  The fabric is a dress weight stretch poplin with a good drape.  The stripes have a 4-5/8" repeat with the stretch going lengthwise.  Perfect for a tunic, a summer jacket or sheath dress.

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

(see above)

Graphite Grey Matte Jersey 
60"
Cotton/Rayon/Lycra
$10.00

Construction in Progress
Rayon Lining- Diamond White
Button: Fire Engine  3/4"  $.30

Rayon Lining-Diamond White
Button: Fossil  13/16"  $3.75

Rayon Lining-Grey
Buttons: Black Starfish  7/8"  $1.80
Spotlights   1-1/8"  $2.00

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Burda Style 4/2011 #101A

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5467, 5601, McCalls 2260, 6279, Simplicity 2209, 2257, Vogue 1167, 8184

Sewing Tip:  Use Bosal Sheer Fusible Tricot interfacing.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Burda Style April 2011

All Styles at a Glance


Line Drawings


Mother/Daughter Weekend Wear
Dress #132
Skirt #145

Perfect for Causal Friday
Blouse #105
Pants #117C

Weekend Get-a-Way
Dress #116

This waist length jacket is great with the wide leg pants.
Jacket #102
Pants #120

Plus Size
Sleeve Details
Tunic #136

Love the bright fuchsia color!
Skirt #140
To purchase go to www.smfabric.com

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Pattern Review Burda Style 12/2010 #114
 



Yellow/Brown Animal Print Knit
60"
100% Polyester Knit
$18.00

Prewash: Washed on the perma press cycle cold water and dried on the perma press cycle.  There was no shirkage.

Notions:  1" Elastic, Gutermann thread #799

Alterations: I cut a size 40 and had no alterations.  The finished length is 20-1/2" so consider this before you cut your fabric.

Construction Details: This is a 1-1/2 dot, easy-to-sew pattern and can be made in a few hours.  The pattern calls for a "stretch waistband" which I assume is the same as the wide waistband elastic that was popular a few years ago.  Instead, I cut a waistband out of the fashion fabric.
1) Using 1" elastic, cut fabric 3-1/4" wide and the length of the waist.
2) Fold the waistband in half and sew onto skirt leaving a 1-1/2 opening.


3) Insert elastic and close opening.
4) Serge seam allowance.
I also used the fashion fabric for the lining.

Details

Side View

Back View

Conclusion: This is a fun, fast and comfortable skirt to make.  This would also look great in Kaleidoscope Knit or Tomato Red Knit.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sew Inspiring!!!

Thought you would enjoy this video.  You can truly do anything you put your mind to.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

New Fabrics for March 2011

Yellow/Brown Animal Print Knit
 60"
100% Polyester
$18.00
This gorgeous jersey animal print has a Cavalli feel to it!  It has excellent crosswise stretch and some lengthwise stretch.  The colors range from cream to yellow and toast to dark chocolate.  Wrap dresses, maxi dresses, or tops are perfect for this fabric.

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

Construction in Progress
Gutermann thread #593, 823, 799

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Burda Style 01/2011 #129

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5491, 5497, McCalls 6240, 6282, Simplicity 2369, 2554, Vogue 8665, 8688

Sewing Tip: Use a slight zig zag stitch (.75 in width and 2.5 in length) to build stretch into the seam.


Kaleidoscope Print Knit
60"
97% Rayon 3% Spandex
$16.00
This lovely jersey knit will be a great addition to your spring/summer wardrobe.  This has a beautiful drape with good crosswise stretch but less stretch lengthwise.  The Kaleidoscope print colors are lemongrass, bright olive, terra cotta and brown.  Make a top, boho style skirt or wrap dress.

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Kiwi Tweed Suiting
60"
Cotton/Viscose
$8.00

Construction in Progress
Gutermann thread #808, 776, 393, 587

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Burda Style 03/2011 #130A

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5564, 5606, McCalls 6034, 6112, Simplicity 2262, 2647, Vogue 1027, 1224
 
Sewing Tip:  Use a stretch needle to prevent skipped stitches.


Safari Print
56"
96% Cotton 4% Spandex
$17.00
Animal prints are a big trend for spring 2011.  This is a stable knit with excellent stretch lengthwise and crosswise.  The hand has a cottony feel with colors of white, rose beige and dark chocolate.  Make a cardigan, dress or top.  

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Dupioni-Rose Beige Silk
45"
100% Silk
$15.00

Construction in Progress
Gutermann thread #020, 357, 591

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Burda Style 03/2011 #135B

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5394, 5429,  McCalls 5978, 6162, Simplicity 2364, 2615, Vogue 8593, 8711

Sewing Tip: Try Bosal Sheer Fusible Tricot.  It has stretch but doesn't make the fabric stiff.


Wings and Stripes
54"
97% Rayon 3% Spandex
$16.00
Light weight and breezy, this T-shirt knit has a fun print of abstract wings in a stripe formation.  Excellent crosswise stretch with a little less stretch lengthwise.  The colorway is oatmeal, black, grape and steel blue.  Sew up a T-shirt with gathers or draping.

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Natural Stretch Linen
56"
60% Linen 38% Cotton 2% Elastine
$19.00

Construction in Progress
Gutermann thread #70, 224, 940, 10

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Burda Style 03/2011 #138


Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5495, 5563, McCalls 6109, 6288, Simplicity 2261, 3790, Vogue 8534, 8707

Sewing Tip: Use a with nap layout and also for yardage.


Peachy Pink Knit
60"
96% Cotton 4% Lycra
$14.00
Corals and pinks are big fashion news for spring/summer 2011 and this knit is a great combo of both colors.  This is a stable knit with good crosswise and lengthwise stretch.  Dresses, cardigans or tops will work well with this knit.

Sewl Mate
Denim Look
58"
Cotton/Linen
$13.00

Construction in Progress

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Burda Style 03/2011 #139

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5522, 5559, McCalls 6319, 6326, Simplicity 2283, 2443, Vogue 1205, 8682

Sewing Tip: Use a pressing motion (up and down) to not stretch the fabric.