Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Burda Style January 2015

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

The dropwaist silhouette is trending.... 

This tiered skirt is a fun and girly look but the unfinished hem gives it edge!
Skirt #114-Polyester Chiffon in Coral and Peach

Easy, Breezy Sophistication!
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Love a fun printed coat for spring.
Coat # 102-Step Around
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Plus Size
This is great for work or out and about for the weekend.  Add a skinny belt to create more waistline definition.
Top #12B-Animal Print Knit Grey  (Sold Out)
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Statement Coat
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Black Faux Leather Skirt and a Knit Top

Leather, both faux and real, have been trending for the last several fashion seasons.  So when this Black Faux Stretch Leather came in I had to sew a skirt ASAP!  

The pattern is an OOP McCalls 4837 view C that I made once before using a rayon/poly blend georgette.

This is an easy pattern but the fabric requires some special handling. Always practice sewing techniques on your remnant pieces of fabric before you commit to your garment. Here are my tips when sewing with this Black Faux Stretch Leather:

  • Use a rotary cutter to cut out the fabric.
  • I used a size 11 stretch needle.
  • Loosen the presser foot pressure so the fabric can glide through easily.
  • Use a silk organza press cloth and an iron setting between 2 and 3.  I pressed on both the wrong and right side.  Don’t press for very long!
  • I used a fusible stretch interfacing for the invisible zipper. (see tip above)
  • I made this before so I knew how long I wanted the skirt to be. I left the hem as is. This is where the rotary cutter is very useful!
  • Stabilize the waist with stay tape.

The knit top (Streaks) is Burda Style 10/2014 #103.  It’s a quick knit top once you can decipher how to join the front to the back.

It's important to transfer all markings to your fabric.

This is the fold line for the cowl.

This is the placement line for joining the back to the front.

Shoulder Line

This is the notch that matches the intersection of the cowl fold line and the placement line on the front.

Finish the back neckline with a strip of knit up to the notch.

Match the back notch with the front.

Right sides together, stitch along the placement line.

This what it should look like.

I hope these tips will help you successfully sew with stretch faux leather and make this Burda Style knit top!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Working through the Holiday-Behind the scences of the 2015 Sewing Contest/Fashion Show

The students at Elsik High School are putting in overtime getting ready for the 2015 Sewing Contest and Fashion Show!  While their friends were going to the movies, cruising the mall or playing video games, these dedicated future fashion designers were working hard to ensure their garments look top notch for the show.  The students sacrificed their Thanksgiving holidays and went into the classroom to sew, sew, sew!  

Fashion design instructor, Abby, has done a great job inspiring the students with fabrics, magazine images and the students' own designs to keep their creative juices flowing.  Abby wrote a grant that was approved and the class now has professional dressforms. And you'll notice they are being trained of the importance of "fabric only" scissors!!!  :)

Sewing is alive and well for the next generation! 
(Sewing Contest/Fashion Show date is Friday, April 17, 2015)