Sunday, October 30, 2011

Burda Style November 2011

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Cocktail Hour
Dress #125

New take on a wrap top
Top #121

This knit top is the sewing lesson of the month.  
Top #114A

Top trend of the fall-faux fur!
Coat #101

High waisted pencil skirt
Skirt #109

Pant pattern for real leather
Pants #108B

Plus Size
Love the deep inverted pleat!
Skirt #135

Beautiful neckline/waistline details
Blouse #130
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

More New Fabrics for October 2011

Cream/Brown Faux Fur
Fur is a leading trend for Fall 2011.  This stunning faux fur has a very luxurious feel with the look of pelts sewn together.  The colors are cream and brown.  Make a vest, jacket, coat, detachable collar/cuff or a fabulous pillow.

Sewl Mate
Blue Denim

Construction in Progress
Gutermann thread # 506, 524

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 09/2011 #114

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 3311, 5265, McCalls 4975, 6443, Simplicity  1943, 2150 
Vogue 1201, 1276

Sewing Tip: Trace your pattern on the fur backing using tailors chalk.  Then cut through the backing only.

Blue Denim
Good quality denim is something you always want in your stash!  This mid-weight denim has a lovely "broken in feel".  The blue is not to dark or to light.  Make a dress, jacket, skirt or pants.  Accent with topstitching or faux fur. 

Sewl Mate
Floral Paisley Stretch Georgette
97% Silk  3% Lycra

Construction in Progress
Buttons: Antique Silver Crest with Gold Rim 5/8" $1.20,  3/4" $1.60
Machine Needle-Jean Needle

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 09/2011 #102

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5649, 5682, McCalls 6246, 6324, Simplicity 2056, 2451
Vogue 8604, 8774

Sewing Tip: Use heavy duty thread or 2 spools of thread threaded together for topstitching. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Fabrics for October 2011

Sku# CR1153
Black/Cream Eyelash
This is a wonderful woven cotton brocade.  The base fabric is slightly heavier than batiste weight.  The abstract floral has a mottled pattern outlined with "eyelashes" in cream.  Slightly sheer (you'll need a lining) the hand is a little crisp but pliable.  Beautiful for vintage style dresses, tunics or light weight jackets. 

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Sku #CS2137 
Cream Stretch Sateen
95% Cotton
5% Spandex

Construction in Progress
Rayon Lining-Black
Buttons: Around the Bend  1-3/16"  $1.25
Silky Vanilla 4-hole  1-1/8"  $2.10
Gutermann thread 010, 021
YKK invisible zipper #580
Interfacing-Bosal Sheer Fusible Tricot

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 10/2011 #120

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 3345, 5640, McCalls 5927, 6122, Simplicity 2246, 2444, Vogue 1246, 1269

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

Diamond Jacquard
This is a gorgeous dress weight novelty weave from Tibi.  Nubby, thick threads form an overall diamond shape pattern. The hand is loosely woven with good drape.  The colors are cornflower blue and ecru.  Make a tunic, an A-line skirt or a wrap blouse. 

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  Sku #2129  
Parchment Cotton Voile
100% Cotton

Construction in Progress
Rayon Lining-Aqua Marine
Button: Grains of Sand  7/8"  $2.00
Gutermann #215,#506

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 5/2011 #121

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5214, 5467, McCalls 5430, 5431, Simplicity 2451, 2655, Vogue 8604, 8605

Sewing Tip: Fuse areas that need stability with Bosal Sheer Fusible Interfacing.

Woven Shadows 
100% Cotton
 This is a gorgeous dress weight novelty weave from Tibi.  The 1" check pattern fades from ivory to cornflower blue and has a nubby feel.  The hand has a "weighty" drape.  Make a dress, skirt or shrug jacket.

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Sku #CNE 3080 
White Shirting
65% Cotton 30% Nylon 5% Elastine

Construction in Progress
 Rayon Lining- Aqua Marine
Buttons: Silver Streak  5/8"  $1.05
Etched in White 11/16" $.50 

Sweet Inspiration

 Burda Style 8/2011 #127

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5600, 5603, McCalls 6279, 6407, Simplicity 2337, 2443, Vogue 8743, 8765

Sewing Tip: Use Stay-Tape at the shoulders, neckline and waistline.

Purple/Black Reversible Knit
 Reversible fabrics are like getting 2 for the price of 1!  One side of this dress weight wool double knit is purple and the other is black.  Perfect for cardigans, tops, or wrap skirts where the other side is seen.

Sewl Mate
The good thing about reversible fabrics are that they come with their own mate!

Construction in Progress

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 10/2011 #135A

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5673, 5677, McCalls 5890, 6432 
New Look 6786Simplicity 2054, Vogue 8685, 8699

Sewing Tip: Preshrink this fabric by steaming with a iron held slightly above the fabric not on the fabric.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Pattern Review Simplicity 3786 view E
Samina has shared this pattern review with us.

Fabric: Sheer, crinkly coral cotton.  
(sold out)

Pre-treatment: machine-washed in a delicate cold water cycle and hung to dry. Of course it will crinkle substantially, and it will shrink. Ironing it will get it back to a smoother texture. Be aware that even after ironing it out, the fabric shrank by 4 inches. No problem for me as there was still enough for the blouse.  If the end garment is going to be dry cleaned, of course there is no need to pre-treat; but I like to make everyday clothing.

Sewing this pattern went smoothly.  I love that the panel in the front is made separately with shoulder-to-hem princess lines. It gives an opportunity for fit.
Due to the delicate nature of the fabric, french seams would have been ideal, but I used Seams Great as a seam-finish – just because.  Serging the seams was nixed because I think that is too much thread in a delicate fabric.
There was an “uh-oh” moment with the tucks and neckline – both these things were carelessness on my part.  Since this fabric is sheer, ripping the seam would have been disastrous. So, note to the self (and others): do not make errors when sewing this kind of fabric!

To keep the sheer look, I did not line this blouse, but wear it with a skin colored camisole. Be sure that the neckline of the cami is lower than the neck opening. I had to deal with that issue………

I love this blouse!!  It has been worn throughout the summer with white pants & sandals, as well as jeans. If the warm weather continues, I will continue wearing it with darker bottoms and booties.  This coral color looks great with gold jewelry in smaller delicate shapes, since large jewelry seems to overwhelm the delicate fabric. I’ve also used a Missoni scarf (real Missoni, y’all!) with coordinating colors.  I would love to hear about other styling options………….
Cleaning the finished garment: it will continue to crinkle up and seem to shrink every time it’s washed. I always stretch it out when still wet and hang it up to dry.  Dry cleaning is a good option, but I prefer not to spend money on dry cleaning on something I wear so repeatedly.  I’d rather spend those dollars on fabric. So what’ve you got, Roz?

Samina, you did a great job.  Thanks for the review!