Monday, July 18, 2011

Pattern Review McCalls5817, View A
or my ode to the "Safari Trend"

This pattern is out of print but still available on the McCalls website here.

Caramel Silk Matka
100% Silk

Prewash: None-I will dry clean this.
Notions: Rayon Lining-Bark, Gutermann thread #520, Bosal-Sheer Fusible Tricot, Twill Tape, Buttons: Toasted Bagel

Alterations:  I did my usual FBA.
The pattern is well drafted with an upper collar and and a proper under collar that is cut on the bias and slightly smaller than the upper collar.  I did have to establish the roll line for the lapel and collar.  I also added an 1/8" to the lapel so it would properly roll to the wrong side.

Construction Details

Roll Line




Additional Views
Skirt review is here.



With brown eyelet dress reviewed here.
Conclusion: The pattern drafting is very good and could have rated excellent if McCalls had included the roll line.  This safari look has been a fashion trend for a few seasons but it never really goes away.  I think this pattern is a classic nod to the trend.  This would also look great in the Navy Stretch Sateen or Black Foliage.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New Fabrics for July 2011

Floral/Paisley Stretch Georgette
97% Silk 3% Lyca
This is a beautiful floral/paisley print from designer Thakoon.  The fabric is semi sheer with excellent crosswise stretch-none lengthwise.  The colorway is navy, yellow, tomato red, turquoise, olive drab and ecru.  Make a blouse, maxi dress, or palazzo pants.

Sewl Mate
Honey Butter Super 100
100% Wool

Construction is Progress
 YKK Invisible Zipper #518
Buttons: Lake of Pearl 11/16" $2.00
Golden Knot 1/2" $.45
Gutermann thread #'s 431, 827, 276, 248, 523, 022

Sweet Inspiration

 Burda Style 04/2011 #108

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5177, 5646, McCalls 6119, 6125, Simplicity 2175, 2179, Vogue 1207, 1240

Sewing Tip:  Use the fabric as its own interfacing.

Navy Stretch Sateen
97% Cotton 3% Lycra
The gorgeous navy stretch sateen is from Italy.  Perfect for year around wear, the hand of the fabric has a wonderful soft drape not stiff at all.  Make a skirt, shorts or jacket.

Sewl Mate
Floral/Paisley Stretch Georgette
(see above)

Construction in Progress
Rayon Lining-Navy
Buttons: Mood Ring 7/8" $1.05

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 6/2011 #123 (pants)

Pattern Suggestion: Butterick 5601, 5638, McCalls 6246, 6332, Simplicity 2256, 2258, Vogue 1214, 8717

Sewing Tip: Use  "with nap" when calculating  yardage and layout.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Burda Style July 2011

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Beach Vacation!

This looks so cool for summer shopping-and it has pockets.
Top #128

Dress for Petites

The blouse is feminine and soft.
Blouse #120
Pant #125A (tall size)

Plus Size
Stepping out


Classic Sheath

So Sweet
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