Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Formal Affair

  • Have you ever been invited to birthday parties, business events, or weddings that requires formal attire, only to look in your closet and find that you don’t have anything appropriate?
  • Trying to shop for that perfect dress is hard work. So why not make a classy formal garment with the beautiful fabrics available at Sew Much Fabric!
  • Let’s get started! 

Birthday Celebrations

Special milestone birthdays require a celebration!  Use the Plum/Cream/Gold Metallic Brocade and make a dress with a flared skirt to dance and toast the special day.  Pattern: Vogue 1392 

Business Events
You'll want to look polished and professional at the business conference cocktail party.  A sheath dress in beautiful colors like Chili Red Silk/Wool Suiting or Plum Polyester Mikado will help you break out of the LBD rut! Pattern: Vogue 1182.

Class Reunions
What fun to reconnect with old friends and share fond memories. You will turn heads during the formal dance by mixing a sequin with a solid using Emerald Green Sequin Stretch Mesh and Black Wool Tricotine.  Pattern: Vogue 9148

Wedding Guest
Black/Rose Plum Reversible Floral Taffeta or Black/Swiss Mocha Reversible Floral Taffeta are great choices for weddings that start at 3pm and go into the evening with the reception.  Pattern: Butterick 5983

Wear All White Parties
The most popular parties in the summer are when the dress code requires the guests to wear all white!  A jumpsuit will look chic made with a trending fabric like the Ivory Eyelet. Line with Silk Crepe de Chine in White.  Pattern: Burda Style 06/2015 #119C

Remember that you don’t have to make the pattern look exactly like the sketch on the pattern envelope. Use your creativity and make it your own; whether you alter the length, neckline, or design lines.  Happy Sewing! 

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Baby, Let's Cruise......

  • Now that you've booked that wonderful cruise for July, August or September, it's time to start working on your wardrobe for that week of fun.
  • You'll need some basic pieces that can be mixed and matched, some casual pieces for sightseeing and at least 2 glamorous outfits for those formal on-board dinners.  
  • Let's get to work!
The Key to Planning
  • The secret is to plan around one neutral color and mix pieces that work with that color.  So, if your neutral color is black, select pieces that are interchangeable with black and add a pop of color.
  • Another color palette idea:  Grey as the neutral then add white or cream and coral
  • Let's explore these ideas.  Perhaps basic pull-on pants in Black Ponte Knit and a capri pant in White Ponte Knit.  This allows you to take a variety of tops to create multiple looks

Getting to and from the ship-Comfortable and Trendy
You'll want to look great upon arrival and exit from the ship! A cute top in Black/White Cotton Eyelash Check and Inkwell Stretch Denim for pants is both comfortable and trendy.  Pattern Vogue 9258

If you prefer knits, use Black/White Tile Rayon Matte Jersey for a cold shoulder top and Black or White Rayon Matte Jersey for the palazzo pants or vice versa.  Pattern Kwik Sew 4207 (top) and McCalls 7415 (palazzo pants)

Casual Days on Board
Enjoy all the activities on board the ship with a knit top mixing prints and solids like Fiery Hues Rayon Matte Jersey, Cobalt Rayon Jersey Knit and White Rayon Jersey Knit.  Pattern Butterick 6396

A tropical print like Ecru/Black Palm Leaves Rayon Crepe in a jumpsuit is another option for casual days on the ship!  

Sight Seeing and Shopping
Time to take in the food, people, landscape and of course souvenir shopping!  Go with a multi color fabric like In Vivid Color Cotton Stretch Sateen.  It's lightweight and easy to mix and match.  Pair with White Ponte pants or capris.  Pattern Burda Style 07/2016 #124

An off the shoulder blouse in Copen Blue Stretch Cotton Shirting and Black/Grey Geometric Stretch Cotton for wide leg pants is another chic choice for taking in the sights! Pattern Vogue 9257

Oh What a Night-Dancing, Casino or Taking in a Show!
Your wardrobe wouldn't be complete without at least one maxi dress.  This pattern can be causal but by changing the fabric it becomes a dressy one for those formal on-board dinners.  Use Silver Sequin Stretch Mesh over the Smokey Grey Silk Charmeuse. Pattern Burda 4/2017 #101 

For even more glamour, use Black/Iridescent Sequin Stretch Mesh over Black Silk Double Georgette for an unforgettable look.  Pattern Vogue 1534

All Aboard!  
  • The key is to stay with 1 or 2 basic neutrals and build the week's garments around those colors and add a pop of color to spice it up!
  • Whether it's a a 5-day or 7-day cruise, make beautiful memories with the pictures, souvenirs, and great experiences without worry of wardrobe issues.  Start sewing now and be sure to check out all the wonderful new fabrics on the website!

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Burda Style 6/2017

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

This dress works for day or night
(Sold Out)

Jumpsuits are still trending

Love the crisp look of this peplum blouse!

Summer Nights

Plus Size
Boho Chic!
Dress 122B-Ecru/Black Palm Leaves Rayon Crepe

Weekend Glam

Pretty in Pink!

Sewing garments that will keep you cool is what summer sewing in all about! Barbara, a local sewing engineer, drafted her own pattern to help her beat the heat. This pink denim is out of stock but you can shop other denims here.  Thanks Barbara!

For summer I now love dresses, loose and comfortable, (if it only touches at the shoulders I’m good). I look for fabric that I do not have to layer, is easy to travel with, easy to care for and easy to wear. Working with this denim was great! It met all my criteria, plus it had the drape to fall nicely, light weigh for comfort, but enough thickness not to require a slip.  Very easy to sew with, I used 1 piece facings and I could pull the back piece through the shoulders without much fuss. 

One Piece Facing
Most patterns do not come with a one piece facing; however they are very easy to make. Trace the neck and armhole of pattern pieces front and back.  Measure 2 & ¼” down, following the first line, where armhole comes to neck make a smooth curve. Turn under the outside edge ¼” and do a narrow edge stitch to finish this edge.  

To add a little interest to this simple dress I added a pleated ruffle.  My ruffler foot was set for a the deepest throw every 6 stitches, stitch length 2.25mm, worked out to be an approximately 1-1/2 to 1 ratio.  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

LBD - “Little Black Dress”

Every woman could use at least one little black dress, but you can never have too many black dresses, or too many black shoes. Right? So let’s take a look at some options for updating your LBD choices!

How did we get the LBD?

  • Historians attribute the little black dress to Coco Chanel in 1926. The color she used, black, was against the norm of that time. Her design was classic and quietly elegant and has since become a mainstay in probably every woman’s wardrobe. 
  • Make a dress that suits your personality and lifestyle.

Go Classic or Daring!
Use Vogue 1542 to make this elegant version with Black Wool Tricotine or Black Silk Charmeuse. 

Or another option is Vogue 1514 in Black Rayon Jersey Knit 

Daytime and Casual
Burda Style 01/2017 #116 with Black Stretch Wool Crepe is sophisticated and professional for office/daytime. 

Try the Black Stretch Pique for comfort and class with Vogue 9237 that can be dressed up for a lunch, dinner date or casual events.

LBDs for the Trendsetter
Step out of the box and pick a trendsetting silhouette to add in your wardrobe! 

Use Vogue 1501 and make this with Black Denim Matte Jersey. Trendy and fun!

Vogue 1545 works with beautiful stable knits like the Midnight Black Ponte Knit.

Time to have some fun sewing!
  • The little black dress is not just reserved for evening and after-five events.
  • Be sure to check out all the fun fabrics available at Sew Much Fabric and remember the “little black dress” does not always have to be basic! 
Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Need to Get Away?!

We are in the season where short weekend trips are popular and with that, comes the desire to have clothing that is comfortable and fashionable and allows you to mix-and-match without having to pack a lot of items.  Let’s look at some ideas that might tease you into sewing up that quick little mini-wardrobe.

Take Off and Landing
Romp it up!  Or down!   Great for traveling to and from your destination!  Use Ecru/Black Palm Leaves Rayon Crepe or Mustard/Daisy Rayon Crepe for a chic jumpsuit.
 Or a shorter version using the same Butterick 6330 in one of the many rayon matte jerseys available such as the Everglade Floral Rayon Matte Jersey.
Everglade Floral Rayon Matte Jersey  Butterick 6330
Shopping or Sightseeing
McCall’s 7605 works for versatile pieces using Island Hues Rayon Matte Jersey for the pants and White or Cobalt Rayon Jersey Knit for a flirty and fashionable top.

McCalls 7605 White Rayon Jersey KnitCobalt Rayon Jersey Knit
Island Hues Rayon Matte Jersey  

Look at McCall’s 7591 to make a maxi dress using solid rayon jersey knits like Kelly Green or Navy.  It can also be worn as a cover-up at the beach!
Kelly Green Rayon Jersey Knit, Navy Rayon Jersey Knit, McCall 7591
Time for Cocktails and Dinner
Try Burda Style 06/2016 #115A created from Antique White/Metallic Gold Sheer Damask.  Add Metallic Gold Stretch Linen at the waistband for a nice accent.  Beautiful for dinner at an elegant restaurant.
Antique White/Metallic Gold Sheer DamaskMetallic Gold Stretch Linen, Burda Style 06/2016 #115A
For a causal night out with dinner on the patio, make a one shoulder top with Simplicity 8386 using Black Rayon Jersey Knit.  Pair with a pleated midi skirt Burda Style 04/2015 #117B with Black/White Cotton Eyelash Check
Simple, comfortable, and classic!
Black Rayon Jersey Knit, Black/White Cotton Eyelash Check, Simplicity 8386,  Burda Style 04/2015 #117B
A weekend getaway is a time to be creative and adventurous in your fabric choices and colors.  Make sure you check for these fabric suggestions and more!

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

May 2017: It's On Sale!

Top to Bottom: Autumnal Checkerboard PlaidFlora and Fowl Jersey KnitZigZag TweedIvory Eyelet
Selected Fabrics are discounted 25%-50% Off
Head on over to the website to see the complete selection of sale fabrics and SAVE!!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Burda Style 5/2017

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Maxi dresses are a summer essential!

Pattern Mixing
(Sold Out)

This blouse will keep you cool and chic for summer.

What to wear to the office.
Dress #111-Red Wool Tricotine

Plus Size
Love the waistline details.

Weekend Glam