Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wrapper's Delight!

What a chic wrap Samina made!  Perfect to wear for the cooler mornings or whenever you feel chilly in places like the movies or a restaurant.  You can follow Samina's sewing adventures at Sew Everything Blog.  Thank you Samina!


Hi Readers, is this a cute wrap or what!!   Its stylish and practical, and seems cozy enough for very mild winters in my area.




It has a sleeve for one arm and the other arm is put through an opening which is hidden under a flap. Slick! Or, the stole can be thrown over the shoulder instead of the arm going through the opening. The pattern is from Decades of Style pattern company which reproduces vintage styles for the modern seamstress. This is a reproduction of a 1950s look.

So, you know me, right? I complicate perfectly good things. The stole is lined, but I decided to keep it unlined to showcase the two-sided feature of a knit purchased from Sew Much Fabric. Also, it would serve as a “wearable muslin”, should I decide to make a lined version.

My plan was to make the three seams into fake flat felled seams. Why not a real flat felled seam? Because the knit fabric is a tad lofty for the layers formed with a real FF seam.  To make the fake FF seam, I stitched at 5/8”, trimmed one side down to ¼”, pressed the other (5/8) over the trimmed layer without folding as it’s done in real ff seams, topstitched evenly down the seam, and trimmed again close to the stitching. That worked ok, but just ok. This is was a “meh” moment.



The other decision involved finishing the stole’s edges – and there is a mile of edges. Just turning over and sewing a hem will take away the reversible look, which is looking like a distant goal at this point.  I could leave the edges raw since knit will not ravel. Or, I could use  fold-over elastic. Or, I should forget about making this wrap reversible. The fold-over elastic won. But, I have another question: how do you finish off the ends of the fold-over elastic? To end it all, this wrap is not reversible. Sorry.




The wrap feels great when it’s on, and I feel good in it.  Now, on to the lined version plan. 


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Burda Style 11/2016

 To purchase, go to smfabric.com
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All Styles at a Glance


Line Drawings


Pretty details-neckline pleats, raglan sleeve slits and a front tie!
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On trend for weekend glam!
Duster Vest #115 -Graphite Grey Ponte Knit
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Use a contrasting color for the yoke and inside of the hood.
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A glamorous coat for the upcoming holidays!
Camisole Top #112-Silk Charmeuse-Apple Cider

Plus Size
Beautiful Winter Coat
Coat #128B-Pearl/Onyx Boucle
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Great look for the office!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

You'll Need a Clutch for the Holidays!

A clutch is the purse of choice for any special occasion. Finding the right clutch can be difficult.  Kasey has opened her business Embroidered by Kasey to help with this dilemma and any of your embroidery needs.  Congratulations Kasey!



Dear Fellow Fashionistas – I am officially in business! I’m offering bespoke embroidery services for your fine items. Your machine doesn’t do embroidery? Mine does – and I can help you with that special project! Jacket linings, borders on skirts and blouses, overlays for evening wear – let me help you accentuate your sewing!




To kick off my new venture, I’m featuring lovely evening fabrics from Sew Much Fabric for my Holiday Line of HandbagsMikado, dupioni, satins, sequins and more! Select two fabrics and then I can personalize it for you with embroidery. Making a gown? How about a matching handbag from your fabric? Or maybe just select one of the fun and unique fabrics that Roz offers and have it customized with your monogram (and a little bling….)

The style I currently have available is the Modern Clutch pattern from Pink Sand Beach Designs. I’ve acquired permission for cottage production, and will soon be adding a few more of their styles to my line. The clutch fits the iPhone 6 and 7, but not quite the iPhone Plus size. I can make the bag a bit bigger for you and it will fit the 6 or 7 Plus. 

Yes, my fellow fashionistas can make one of their own, but why not let me make it for you and save the time, muss and fuss? And then I can add embroidery or monogramming just for you! 

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Pattern Review-A White T-Shirt

Kasey has sewn up a wardrobe basic, the white T-shirt!  The pattern is a design by Andrea at Sew To Fit.  Great job ladies!!!



This is a review of the White Rayon Jersey Knit from Sew Much Fabric, which I received in exchange for a review of the fabric as well as a review of Sew to Fit’s Tee Shirt Pattern (available soon), which I also received.

This fabric is very nice; it washed well and dried without much shrinkage (yes, I didn’t follow the directions; I put it in the dryer on low but will hang-dry the garment from now on.) It feels like a cotton knit, though it is a rayon/ spandex blend. It is lightweight yet still has that “heft” I find peculiar to jersey knits.

It sewed up well and went through my sewing machine like a breeze. Some cautions: it is lightweight, so start your seams with a piece of tissue paper. Also, clip or discard the selvage as it gets very tight and will throw off your grain lines. Lastly, the two sides are different so be sure to mark which side you’re using for the “right” side.

I think it would be great for not only t-shirts, but a wrap dress or wrap shirt (ballerina style.) And with winter coming up, it would be wonderful as lingerie to layer under wool or flannel dresses; it’s so soft it would make a snugly camisole, slip or even pant liner.

But of course it works well as a t-shirt. Andrea’s pattern, the Sew to Fit Tee Shirt, is such a terrifically simple pattern. It came together easily and I knocked it out in less than 90 minutes; I think it took me longer to print, assemble and trace off my size!

This tee has a yoked and split back, which affords many opportunities to customize the fit. It’s drafted to be nice and roomy in the hip and has a good length built in; I actually cut some length off where I’m usually adding several inches. And the plain neckline is very easy to change to suit your taste, as Andrea gives you directions to make a band to fit whatever neckline you create. I’m impressed not only with the size range, but the sleeve sizes; I only had to do a 1-inch full bicep adjustment from the largest size, whereas I usually have to do a 4- to 5-inch adjustment.



I made a size “18”, which was a 16 for the back bodice and a 22 for the front. I cut a size 26 for the sleeve with a 1-inch full bicep adjustment. I lowered the neckline my usual 2 inches, but when I make it again I may try a V-neck instead. It’s a little roomier in the hip than I would like for this kind of fabric, so I will likely trim it down. But overall a nice, quick pattern I think many women will enjoy making and wearing.