Thursday, February 19, 2015

Burda Style March 2015

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Classic shirtwaist dress with a twist
Dress #110A-Watercolors
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Fabric selection can make this work for the office, a night out on the town, or for weekend glam.

Love this wrap dress with the front skirt pleat.
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A spring coat for those last few chilly days.....
Plus Size
A classic cowl neckline is always a good choice.
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Pretty fit and flare dress
Dress 133-Splotches

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What to Wear this Weekend: Color Blocking

I'm enjoying all of the wonderful guest blog posts featuring weekend glam projects! And this one is no exception.  Thank you Linda for sharing this recent make. You can keep up with Linda's sewing adventures on her blog,

While reading reviews at Pattern Review, I discovered a new to me online fabric store-Sew Much Fabric.  I liked a reviewer’s fabric so much that I wanted some for myself.  I did acquire that particular fabric; there was another one that also caught my attention, it was called Scallops (now sold out-other knits here). 

The design was wavy and straight horizontal lines of black, gray, golden brown with silver metallic threads running vertically.  Not really knowing what I wanted to make with this fabric I ordered several yards.

Recently I took the plunge and decided to use this lovely fabric and made McCall’s 7019.  I chose to make View A and View B.  View A has an even hemline front and back while View B has a longer back and contrasting fabric.  I wanted to use the contrasting fabric and keep an even hemline.

For the front piece I used the Scallop fabric as well as for the upper back.  For the lower back piece which comes forward to the front I used a solid black double knit from my fabric stash.  I also used this for the neck and sleeve bands.

I like the look for this combination and have received numerous positive comments about the fabric and style.  The fabric was a great knit to work with both from a cutting and sewing perspective.  I have enough left over to make a skirt which is my next project.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Animal Print and Weekend Glam

I love a great animal print and Carla has made a fabulous animal print knit top to wear for weekend glam.  And the fit is awesome!!  Thank You Carla!

 Vouge 9057

I took Craftsy Class – Sewing Fashion Knits with Linda Lee. I purchased from her website some of the fusible stabilizer for the shoulders and neck and the fusible web tape to secure the hem. Both products worked great.  I made view D.  I put the neck binding on using the “ready to wear” method in Linda’s class.  I also finished the hem with my new cover stitch machine!  Much to my surprise, after the Fashionista’s meeting Feb 2 where Andrea (Sew To Fit) measured me for the correct pattern size, the top actually fit perfect!  I used Sew Much Fabric sweater knit!  Love it!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Polk-a-Dots for Work

I love this beautiful dress Carla made for her daughter.  This is a perfect dress for a CPA to wear to work!  Thank you Carla for sharing this review.

Butterick 5951
After completing the Susan Khalje Couture Class, I decided to combine some of the couture techniques with some of my favorite techniques.  After making a muslin for view B—which my daughter did not like—I changed the bodice to View A.  I prefer to make adjustments on a traced paper pattern rather than the muslin.  Maybe I will change over time—but I like paper patterns!

I used fabric from Sew Much Fabric.  The bodice is a silk polk-a-dot and the skirt is a black wool (the black wool is now sold out).

I used silk organza to underline the bodice.  I knew I wanted to finish the sleeves as in the couture class by leaving extra seam allowances and catch stitching them to the underlining.  Then I attached the lining to the fashion fabric with a fell stitch.

The couture class only uses regular zippers, and I favor invisible zippers.  My daughter is 26 and no ready to wear for her age uses regular zippers.  I’m sure there is a couture method using invisible zippers, but I don’t know it.  So, I have a modified method—
Put the zipper in fashion fabric
Make neck facings out of the fashion fabric and attach to lining
Attach lining to back at zipper using zipper foot (couture does this by hand)
Attach lining to neck edge (stabilize neck edge with a stripe of silk organza selvage); understitch
Turn and press