Thursday, September 25, 2014

Burda Style Easy Fall 2014

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Channeling Jackie O
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A different version of the sheath dress.
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This coat has nice clean lines.
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Interesting Cutouts!
Dress #4F-Navy Ponte Knit
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Burda Style October 2014

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Classic Caban (Pea) Jacket
Jacket #125-Loden Green Double Wool Crepe

Tunic for Tall Sizes
Tunic #115-Salt and Pepper

This dress is the sewing lesson for this issue.
Dress #101A-Navy Ponte Knit

Unconstructed ruffles!  

Plus Size
The flounce on this tunic is pleated and the sleeves are knit.

So many great details-keyhole neckline and pockets!
Dress #139-Emerald Green Wool

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Sewing:Emerald Green Wool Skirt

Here is my skirt from your wonderful emerald green wool.  It was just lovely to sew on and behaved nicely.  This is a color that had not previously existed in my wardrobe before but I think it will be very versatile and a nice change from my same-old, same-old (black and black).  The pattern is StyleArc's Etta skirt.  Basically this is a pencil skirt with a flounce, another variation in my wardrobe!

Thank you Cissie!  Excellent pattern/fabric combination and perfect for transitioning into fall.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Behind the scences of the 2015 Sewing Contest/Fashion Show

You may remember that I sponsor a sewing contest/fashion show for the Fashion Design classes of Alief ISD.  There's a lot that happens before the show and I thought I would share some of the activities that take place before the first model walks the runway. 

The fashion show is an opportunity for all of the fashion design students to share with family, friends and the community what sewing skills they have learned.  The sewing contest is the last scene of the fashion show and the students are given a specific challenge to complete. There are 4 criteria the students are judged on--fit, construction, interview and a portfolio. The portfolio was an area that the students really struggled with so I called fashion designer Aundria, a recent graduate of FIDM, to help.   

Aundria went right to work setting up the presentation in the computer lab.

The students learned how to use Photoshop, Illustrator and Word to put together a portfolio on the computer.

She also shared how to use paper, photo/magazine clippings and other art supplies to make a portfolio without any access to a computer.  

The students put into practice what they learned.

Thank you Aundria for taking the time to come out and share your expertise with the students.  They have the tools now to successfully put together their portfolios for the contest! 

Aundria and Abby (fashion design instructor)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Couture Sewing Class Week 2

We were so fortunate to have Susan Khalje for a second class!  For most of the students, this was their first time taking Susan's couture class and they all worked really hard.  It was a great class with outstanding garments.

Standing-Sue, Ronnie Carla, Cheryl, Jodi, Jackie, Becki, Kasey, Rachel, Eileen
Seated-Cynthia, Susan, Briggett, Julie, Dorcas
Photo Credit: Myk Fenstermacher
Ready for the tour?!

Sue is a custom dressmaker and the owner of J. Angelita Designs in Oakdale Minnesota. She worked on a wedding gown using the picture below for inspiration.

Deciding on the perfect lace placement for the bodice and skirt.

Ronnie was in the 1st week's couture class and continued to work on her dress in this class.
Inspiration                                    Almost there!

Carla worked on a dress for her daughter Vogue 8922 view C.

Underlining, basting and clipping on the wrong side......

.....turns into perfection on the right side!

Cheryl is an accomplished pianist and made a lovely brocade and lace dress that's perfect for her performances or any special occasion!  She used Susan Khalje's Cocktail Dress Pattern.
  Love the textures together.                     Binding the armhole.

Jodi made a dress for her daughter.
She chose a beautiful silk shantung.

The piping at the neckline is a nice detail.

Jackie's project is a pretty summer dress using a printed 4-ply silk and Vogue 8996.

      Underlining with silk charmeuse...              Coming together....

Becki is our Marfy aficionado!
Marfy 3379.

      Becki used a teal green boucle.           The fit is just spot on!

Kasey and her husband take ballroom dancing classes.
She made a beautiful navy lace dress for their recital.

So pretty!  
Wait, what is that she's holding? 
Her pincushion that's color coordinated.  
Love it!

Rachel is the owner of Rochelle's Workshop.  She teaches sewing and serger lessons here in Katy Tx.  She used vintage Vogue 8687. 

Love this shade of  pink-coral. 
Rachel is also going to make the coat using a fun print fabric.

Eileen was also in the the first week's couture class.  She was wrapping up a guipure lace pencil skirt.  Isn't that hem beautiful?!

Cynthia is the owner of ami de Paris.  She makes one-of-a kind handmade creations.  She had such an interesting project making a couture purse just perfect to carry your keys, lipstick and cell phone.

This purse has incredible details inside and out!!

The last three ladies all did Chanel jackets-Oh la la!

Briggett is an adjunct professor at HCC in the Fashion Design department.  She drafted her own pattern.  Susan perfected the fit.

 Julie worked hard and matched her boucle perfectly!  
A close up of her fabulous fabric and matching skills.

The Traditional Quilted Lining

Dorcas made this Chanel jacket seen in Threads Magazine. 

And the lining is awesome!!!

As always, I was in awe of the incredible and beautiful work that was achieved.  I look forward to seeing everyone next year!