Tuesday, May 28, 2013

 Pattern Review: "The Last of the Lemons" 

Jalie 2919 

Jalie 2919 - Pattern Cover

Jalie 2805

Jalie 2805 - T-Shirt Pattern Cover

I adore this lemon stripe fabric!  Obviously I do, since I must have bought the whole bolt of it! My 11 year of granddaughter has a precious knit summer dress (pictures coming when I catch her!)
and I have this great summer cardigan.  The pattern is Jalie 2919, one of my old stand-bys.  Restaurants here in the summer are notoriously frigid and I often need a jacket.  This should be perfect with white skinny jeans and a tank top.  

The knit was wonderful to sew with.  Because of the stripes, I had to do a single fold which adds a little extra time, but other than that it went together quickly and effortlessly.  I have learned (the hard way) that there are knits and there are knits.  This may have been a bit pricier than some, but it was well worth it.  You get what you pay for!  Great drape and hand!

I had just enough to make this T-shirt, which I'm sure will get loads of wear this summer.   The pattern is another old, TNT Jalie pattern-2805.  A classic T-shirt with cap sleeves and absolutely no gaping at all!  This shirt took less than an hour, from cutting out to finishing, even counting matching the stripes.  

Cissie, this is so weekend glam!!!!!  Thanks for the review!

This knit is sold out, but www.smfabric.com has other options to make your own twin sweater set like Cissie's.  I suggest these knits-  Abacus Print JerseyBlack and White Houndstooth Knit or  Red Plum Tie Dye Knit.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Burda Style Magazine 6/2013

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

This is so nice for causal Friday.
blouse #119-White Linen
skirt #121-Blue Stretch Denim

Vacation anyone?
shorts 111A-Black Denim

Date Night!

Perfect for a summer wedding.

Plus Size
Everybody needs a summer tunic!

Tunic #142-Red Galaxy

Wear this to meet friends at the corner coffee shop.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pattern Review: Vogue 8728

Sea Island Floral
100% Silk crepe de chine


I've been looking forward to this dress all year and found a great silk for it this spring.  The pattern is 1947 Vintage Vogue 8728.  I made a few alterations based on the muslin I made of the top of the dress only.  I add two inches of gathering to the top and the skirt.  The fabric gathered so well and I wanted a fuller look.  The picture on the pattern envelope is a little deceiving.  I also added about an inch to the sleeve to make sure it completely covered my shoulder.  And I added height to the top to ensure the neckline wasn't too low for my liking.  
I originally wanted to bring the shoulder seams in so the boat neck was narrower but i made the minor mistake of adding shoulder width to the front but not the back shoulder when I cut out the fabric.  Oops!  It still fits fine but I do have to adjust it once in a while when wearing it. 
 The pattern did not have a lining so I added a piece of facing to the front midriff.  Ideally, I would have liked to have a lining under the front blouse gathers too stabilize them but it seemed a little too complicated and time consuming to create one.  

You'll notice the hem of the sleeve is a little curly.  I would like to re-stitch that so it's smoother.  I would also like to tighten up the neck binding so it lays flatter.  It had to be hand sewn because my needle had trouble going through all the layers.  I tried switching several needles but each one struggled.  I enjoy hand sewing though.  

The button on the back adds just an extra touch of vintage I think.  If I did it over again, I would make a small keyhole in the back under the button. 

 I'm wearing a small petticoat under the skirt to give it just a little body for a vintage flare.  I've gotten lots of compliments and am so happy to finally have a vintage inspired dress!

Enjoy your vintage dress Abby and thanks for the great review!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Hollywood dazzles with classic style

Smfabric.com just loves it when Hollywood takes a hint from us.  Okay, I’m teasing.  But I was so excited to see the red carpet saturated in Cannes, France with the beautiful trend of black and white.  It seems like everyone got the memo!  Color was definitely in short order at the 2013 Film Festival.

Look at some of the fabulous evening wear.  Want to replicate a look, we have the fabric to help you do just that.

Cannes Film Festival 2013: Red Carpet Celebrity Fashion: Zoe Saldana
(photo credit usmagazine.com)

Sami Gayle: 'The Congress' Photo Call at Cannes 2013
(photo credit justjaredjr.com)

(photo credit wmagazine.com)

'The Bling Ring' cast
(photo credit LA Times)

Aishwarya Rai Wears Black At Cannes 2013
(photo credit boldsky.com)

Jennifer Lawrence at Cannes 2013
(photo credit marieclaire.co.uk)