Thursday, October 23, 2014

Burda Style November 2014

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Who doesn't love a pretty pleated skirt?
Skirt #115-Navy/Grey Leopard Brocade

Cute and flirty sheath dress
Dress #108C-Black and White Graphic Ponte Knit

Julia Roberts in Pretty Women
Dress #120-Satin Back Crepe in Deep Turquoise

You can omit the capelet and add straps for a different look.
Dress #106-Spicy Floral Silk CDC

Plus Size
This is a great weekend glam look. 
Add a belt and wear it to work.
Dress #123-Streaks

Elegant and Polished
Dress #127-Navy Ponte Knit

Thursday, October 09, 2014

October Mini Wardrobe Plan: Black Silk Charmeuse, Black Sequin Stretch Velvet, Black Metallic Jacquard Brocade

The holiday season is quickly approaching and it’s time to consider what you will make for the upcoming holiday soirees.  So there will be no last minute sewing, I’ve put together a mini holiday wardrobe plan. The color scheme is classic black featuring texture and shine to make sure you’re a stand out at every party.  All fabrics are from Sew Much Fabric.

The Basic Fabric: Black Silk Charmeuse

Black Silk Charmeuse exudes feminine and romantic attributes with just a touch of drama.  It will dress up any garment you wear it with. Take a pair of jeans and add a Black Silk Charmeuse blouse and you are ready for a causal holiday party.  Change from your office jacket into a Black Silk Charmeuse peplum blouse then add rhinestone accessories, a clutch purse and strappy heals and you’re off to after-hour cocktails.  A Black Silk Charmeuse jumpsuit would be perfect to ring in the New Year with your significant other. Pattern Suggestions: New Look 6303, McCalls 6990, Marfy 3163     
The Trending Fabric: Black Sequin Stretch Velvet

Tis the season for sparkle!!  If you don’t already have a sequin garment in your closet it’s time to sew one now.  The backing on this fabric is stretch velvet which makes it comfortable to wear to a holiday dinner party at home with friends or to a formal gala just by the pattern you select.  For an edgy look try jogging pants (Burda Style 8/2014 ##138A) paired with a Black Silk Charmeuse top.  For a causal look make a cardi wrap (Named Saunio Cardigan) to throw on over jeans or a pencil skirt.  And for a grand entrance how about a dress with a train (Vogue 1374)!!   Be sure to keep your accessories simple-all the glitz is in the fabric.

The Completer Fabric: Black Metallic Jacquard Brocade

Brocade is a woven fabric with a raised design typically with metallic threads and reversible.  This particular brocade has one side that is shinier than the other.  A modern way to wear the brocade is a moto jacket styled with the Black Silk Charmeuse as a T-shirt and the Black Sequin Stretch Velvet as jogging pants or a pencil skirt.  A slim cut brocade trouser paired with a Black Silk Charmeuse blouse and Black Sequin Stretch Velvet cardi would be another modern option.  Or make a classic trench coat which would be a fabulous way to update any holiday attire you already own.  Pattern Suggestions: Burda Style 3/2012 #115, Vogue 1414, Colette pattern Lady Grey

The holidays will be here before you know it.  Avoid the holiday rush and get started on this mini wardrobe plan!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

My First Couture Dress

Edited: This post has been edited to reflect the information Guest Blogger Carla meant to share.  Thanks Carla for updating the post!

I attended Susan Khalje’s Couture Dress class in August.  This was my first time taking the class and learning the couture techniques. I've sewn a lot over the years, but had never used couture techniques!  

I sew primarily for my daughter, so I chose a Vogue pattern 8922 (OOP). This pattern had a fitted bodice, flared skirt, and a set-in sleeve.  I especially wanted a sleeve as I have trouble fitting a garment on my daughter with a sleeve!  In the end, we made the dress sleeveless as the sleeve just didn't work

The challenge of this dress was the many panels—6 in the skirt front, 6 in the skirt back, 6 in the bodice front, and 6 in the bodice back!  That’s 24 in total!  With all the steps of underlining, catch stitching seam allowances, hand-picked zipper, attaching the lining by hand, and hand under-stitching—the dress was quite an undertaking!  

I used fabric from Sew Much Fabric –Plum Diamond Wool now sold out (other wool fabrics here).  

I will definitely attempt future garments using these techniques—especially the muslin and fitting!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Fashion Mixer-Behind the scences of the 2015 Sewing Contest/Fashion Show

Fashion design students from Alief ISD were invited to network and showcase some of their designs at the Mujeres Magazine Fashion Mixer Night at the Marriott Hotel in the Energy Corridor (Houston).  

They were given a booth so they could talk about the fashion design program and the end of the year sewing contest/fashion show.  They put together a portfolio using the techniques they recently learned.......

......and garments they recently made.

The students enthusiasm was contagious!! They did a fabulous job networking and creating interest about their upcoming fashion show. The next generation of sewing fashionistas is alive and well!!!

Thank you to Agnes Rivera and Mujeres Magazine for inviting us!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A CCC Dress!

I really like to call this color "aubergine" -- sounds fancier, doesn't it?  This was wonderful wool to work with (this Plum Diamond Wool is sold out but you can shop for other wool fabrics here).  The diagonal weave added so much interest -- almost looks like a wool pique if such a thing existed!  Very nice weight -- not to heavy -- and very amenable to steaming and molding.  Wish it came in more colors!!

The pattern is New Look 6909, one of my old stand-bys.  I love the pockets and the collar.  I call this a CCC Dress -- Church, Cocktails, Cemetery!  Ready for whatever comes my way, but hoping for the first 2 rather than the last.  

I used all of Susan Khalje's techniques for this -- underlining, lining, 
balanced darts, hand-picked zipper and all of that handwork that goes with couture sewing.   I call it "slow sewing", but it is relaxing and rewarding. 

Now for some cooler weather!

Thank you Cissie, this is another stunner!  And I love the acronym CCC!!