Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Burda Style August 2013

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Leather is still trending for Fall 2013.
jacket #124-tall sizes
Smfabric.com has available for special order only leather
 in 50 colors.
Contact us at houstonsmf@aol.com for more info

 This jacket is one of the two sewing lesson.
The pants are fitted in all the right places with a nice 
flare at the hem.
pants-#118C both in chocolate brown menswear wool

Pretty pant suit for work
pants #118B-black menswear wool

Banded shirt for weekend glam.
shirt #129-desert sunset

Plus Size
Love the center ruching and funnel neckline!

Elegant hi/low blouse

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fringe Jacket

Here is a picture of my completed jacket with smfabric.com "Mod Squad" fabric.  I loved the skirt (review here) so much that I just knew I had to have a jacket to match.  

I used an OOP (out of print) McCalls pattern for this "faux Chanel" jacket! My sewing room may never recover from the wreck of making yards and yards of fringe with this fabric.  I have "fleas" everywhere.  

I think that this fabric would be equally wonderful as a sheath dress-- with fringe of course!!

With our mild southern winters, this will get lots of wear!

Cissie, this entire ensemble is gorgeous!  The pearls are so "Breakfast at Tiffany's".  You will be able to wear these pieces individually and collectively for years to come! 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

From England with Love: Fashion from Across the Pond

I am so excited to share this specific blog with you.  You all know how important it is for me to see young people continue to carry the torch for the art of sewing.  At 16 years old, Emma decided to design and sew her dress for the prom.  She contacted smfabric.com in her search for the perfect shade of coral for her dress.  She asked for swatches of the coral satin back crepe and coral polyester chiffon and they were just what she was looking for!  While Emma is from Great Britain, smfabric.com is proud to welcome our many clients from all over the world!

Now, to Emma's blog post:

Thank you so much for the fabric.  The colour is just gorgeous as you know how we struggled to find this colour.  The material and the final product were just perfect!

My dressmaker is Jo Chafer of www.joannaleighcouture.co.uk.  I designed my dress and Jo and I worked on it together.  

I also sewed on all the lace and did the beading.

I just finished school at 16.  In September, I am doing levels in textiles, art, business and geography but I would really like to do couture when I'm older as I love working for Jo!

Thank you Emma for sharing your dress from such a special day. The design and color are perfect for you.  Your career in couture sewing is looking very bright.  You look stunning!!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Summer Dress

Fabric used:  Sea Bubbles by Betsy Johnson from Sew Much Fabric.  I played with the print to find a portion of the print that could be matched for the front and back.  The fabric was prewashed in warm water on a gentle cycle and dried at low heat until almost dry.

Description: Dress 105 B in Burda Style Magazine 5/2013.  This dress can also be made into a top. The style is described as above knee length, slightly tapered to the hem edge, with full short bell sleeves with pleated shoulders.  The result: a chic dress for cruises and other special occasions when you'll feel great being noticed.

Pattern Sizing: European Sizes 36-44.  I made 44 and added additional ease through the hips.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes I very much like the line drawings in Burda Style magazine.  They allow you to see various possibilities with the pattern.  

Were the instructions easy to follow?  This was a 2 and 1/2 dot rating which equates to easy-intermediate level.  The pleating of the sleeves and the subsequent facings sewn on the shoulders are tricky, but the details absolutely make the dress. 

The instructions are without pictures so I read through the instructions several times to be clear.  I also used facings and sewed the interfacing to the facing before pressing the interfacing in place which makes a very nice finish inside your garment.  As you can see in this picture I fused bias knit tape in the armholes and neckline.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love the design elements of the dress and can't wait to make a solid top.  The bell sleeves are extremely flattering.  The dress is also cut tapered towards the hem which is very slimming.  The breeze will pick up the sleeves and whisk you away.

If you are looking for an addition to your summer wardrobe that uses a knit fabric and offers some modesty and high style this pattern is for you.  

Thanks Eileen!  What a pretty and fun dress for summer.  Great job on design placement!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

It's All in the Trim

This dress is fitted, with a scoop neck, short sleeves and an A-line skirt. The angled darts, waistline, sleeve and neckline edges are highlighted with applied trim.

The fabric was a unique light weight, double layered, quilted, textured silk/rayon fabric (sold out) from smfabric.com.  the print was in sober grays with faint splashes of white and greenish yellow.  I chose a trim in the same greenish yellow to add some interest to what otherwise would have been a basic style, dull colored, dress.

The dress is called the Ribbon Dress on the Burda Style website.  For the trim, the magazine instructions recommend petersham, which is very different than ribbon.  Instead I had to look for alternate trims that had a flexible weave.  Bias strips to the rescue.  A package of Wrights 1 inch double fold quilt binding, cut in half and the cut edge folded in, it created a 5/8" flexible trim.

My handy, dandy edge stitch foot (also called joining or stitch in a ditch), with the needle position set to 1/8" from the flange that rides along the edge of the trim, made sewing the trim to the dress a breeze.  

Rather than deal with facings on the neck opening, I lined the entire dress. It took a lot of tweaking to get the close fit I wanted in the bodice to prevent the wide neckline from falling off my shoulders.  

This fabric was so unique and I would love to see what others made from it.  It was very easy to sew and press, though a little shifty to cut out.  The texture discouraged wrinkles and I put it to the test, wearing it during a 7 hour car trip.  I had pre-washed the fabric prior to cutting out the dress so I was able to machine wash and dry it after the trip.  It just needed a little pressing to be ready to wear again.

Thanks Audrey!  Your dress is lovely and the bias binding really makes the dress pop!  Visit Audrey's blog sewtawdry.blogspot.com.