Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Burda Style November 2013

To purchase, go to 

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Bring out your biker chic!
Leather for the sleeves can be special ordered from

Wear this for date night or Sunday brunch.
blouse #121B-Red Silk Charmeuse

For the cooler mornings make a matching cardi-wrap.  The dress will get you through the warmer afternoons.
cowl dress #114-Scallops

Love this dress for a holiday luncheon.

Plus Size
Great knit dress for business travel.
dress #133B-Summer Blues

Look elegant and comfortable in this dress.
dress #135B-Streaks

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tie Dye Draped Top

I have been anxious to try Paco Peralta's Draped Top pattern and decided that my latest SMF stash acquiisition would be perfect for this project.  I finally gave in to the Red Plum Tie Dye cotton knit that Roz has on sale, like I needed another addition to my stash.  A quick muslin with my standard square shoulder  a slight forward shoulder adjustment and an increase in the hips resulted in a great fitting draped top. 

The fabric was prewashed and dried in the dryer so I wouldn't have any future shrinkage in case the top was accidentally dried with other laundry.  Hubby can be so helpful sometimes.  I really like to hang my tops to dry, especially since this one is a cotton/lycra blend.  It is super soft and lightweight. 

This project was perfect to experiment with some new techniques.  Most of the time I just use my serger to zip up a knit top, but with this one I used several different techniques.  The shoulder seams were sewn with a 1.5 mm by 1.5 mm zig-zag over clear elastic.  Usually I iron on a tricot interfacing and just sew a straight stitch while gently stretching the fabric.  The side seams were sewn following instruction from Jalie patterns that you can find on YouTube

I also weighted the drape by sewing a little pocket to hold either a curtain weight or in my case a spare quarter that I found on my husband’s dresser.  The armholes were bound by cutting a 1 ¼ inch strip of fabric, folding it in half and stitching a ¼ inch seam. The binding was then pressed inside and topstitched down.  Mettler 60 weight in white was used to stitch the top with the exception of the hem which was sewn using a cover stitch on the serger.

To prevent skipped stitches and tunneling 1 inch strips of a Sulky product called Sticky Fabri-Solvy which is water soluble and washes out beautifully was lined up along the edge of the bottom of the top.  The hem was then pressed up and stitched.  I love this technique for hemming knits and it should work like a dream with a double needle stitched hem also.

I love Paco’s pattern and plan to make several tops in silk charmeuse using this pattern.  One additional item, for this top the front seam was eliminated by taping the two front pieces together and cutting the front as one piece.  The muslin was made as drafted by Paco.  

Thanks Ronnie!  Your workmanship is beautiful and you achieved a wonderful fit.  I'm looking forward to the silk charmeuse versions.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Burda Style Classic 2013

 To purchase, go to

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawing

This issue has a week's worth of style!

 jacket #0002B

Casual Friday.... 
3/4-length jacket #0006 A-French Vanilla Boucle'
cigarette trousers #0009-Black Cotton Stretch Twill Sateen

Weekend Glam....
top #0001-Desert Sunset

Date Night!!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Trending.......Going Grey

Grey is the color to watch for Fall 2013 into Spring 2014.  While I love black--nothing can replace all that it does for us (slimming us down being one of the many reasons to snuggle up to black). Grey captures a certain subtle elegance that winds its way through all of the different facets of any given day--work, dinner, or chillaxin at home.  And the color palette for grey is enormous!  Slate, pewter, charcoal-there are probably more than 50 shades of grey out there! (Sorry, but I couldn't resist).

Grey is the color that blends white with black-making the range of grey everything from very light to colors that get deeper and richer as you move closer to the black spectrum.

Many fashionistas love the color grey, because it looks credible and professional when worn for work and it looks shimmery and sexy for your weekend glam plans.  But even more incredible, is that grey looks fantastic with every neutral color you could imagine!

(French Vanilla Boucle, Chocolate Brown Menswear Wool, Wall Street Grey)


And a pop of color goes a long way.  Orange-check; fuchsia-check; cobalt-check; green check...and on and on...

Mixing patterns (like animal prints and pinstripes) is easy with a neutral color like grey!

And to accessorize this range of colors, don't just stick to silver or platinum.  Be bold by mixing your grey palette with gold accessories-shoes, purses, jewelry.

Don't forget your nails! Nail Polish is in on the grey trend, too!

Who says grey is drab?  Add a grey outfit or two to your wardrobe and see what a workhorse color it is!