Thursday, January 26, 2017

Special Touches to Wardrobe Basics

Dorcas has added two great wardrobe basics to her wardrobe the blue jean jacket and classic white shirt. But what i love is she added her own special touches!  You can follow Dorcas at her blog Lone Star Couture.  Thank you Dorcas! 

One of the main staples of any wardrobe is a basic, button-up shirt. My favorite is the Sewaholic Granville. Although Sewaholic patterns are drafted for a pear shape, which I am definitely not, I have successfully tweaked this pattern with an FBA and a slimming down through the waist and hips. Now, it is my go-to shirt pattern. I also like to make my shirts more of a tunic length. Just a personal preference.

As an addition to Roz's Wardrobe Basics series for Sew Much Fabric, I made this shirt from a metallic linen (Sold Out) that was a joy to sew with. Can linen have drape? This one does! It's been a long time since I've so enjoyed shirt-making and I attribute it to this great fabric.

The 100% cotton denim also came from Sew Much Fabric and it has a great weight, perfect for behaving with steam and for setting snaps but it's not stiff. It's comfortable to wear. Again, along with my obsession with the colors of Morocco and now my embroidery module I went a little crazy and did a motif for the back of my jacket.

I love being able to add these two great basics to my wardrobe! Thanks, Roz!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Be the Lady in Red

Love and beauty are often conveyed by the shades of red especially during the month of February when Valentine’s Day is celebrated. We've put inspirational ideas together for the many ways to celebrate "The Day of Love"!  Head over to Sew Much Fabric and see all of the suggested fabrics for Valentine's Day!

Romantic Nights for Dinner and Dancing
Make a special ensemble for that romantic evening! 

Blush Pink Polyester Mikado (Sold Out) and Vogue 9241

Formal Affairs
Be well dressed for Valentine weddings or the Go Red for Women Galas.
Scarlet Red Lace and Burda Style 11/2016 #116  

Red Rose (Sold Out)Chili Red Silk/Wool Suiting  and McCalls 7355

For the Office
Make a versatile classic dress in a shade of red for the office.
Red Wool Tricotine Burda Style 01/2017 #112A 

Merlot Ponte Knit McCalls 7533 

Lunch Date
Pair this romantic sleeve blouse with a pair of sleek trousers. This look can go from day to evening just by changing accessories

Firecracker Red Cotton Stretch Twill (Sold Out) and Vogue 9131

Causal Dates
What to wear for relaxing at home

Brick Wall Cotton Stretch Poplin (top)(Sold Out)
Red Stretch Denim (pants) and Vogue 9114 (Sold Out)

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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Using both sides of the fabric coin!

I'm loving all of the different ways Andrea is using reversible knits. This lovely red/black reversible knit is sold out but you can select from any of these colorways. You can follow Andrea's blog at Sew-To-Fit .
Butterick 6287

Hey everyone,

I had to do a quick top to get my sewing mojo back, so to speak.  I have been wanting to sew for sure.  That's why I decided to go ahead and knock out something quick for my Mom to get me back into the game.  

The fabric is the same beautiful quality double sided rayon/spandex knit I got from Sew Much Fabric as my "almost reversible" dress. She is out of this color, but I have my eye on this gorgeous blue jean/saffron version.  I got this top completed in about 2 hours while periscoping the entire process during my regular "Sew & Chat" sessions.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Urban Cowgirl Chic

In January, Houston starts to get excited about the upcoming Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. With that comes exciting events to attend and look fashionable. Head on over to Sew Much Fabric where you'll see the fabrics mentioned below (plus a few more) to help you pull off this Urban Cowgirl Chic Look. Three categories are considered for your sewing fun;  Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Go Texan Day and Nightlife.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
The festivities (March 7-26) like the Bar-B-Que cook-off, parade, carnival and livestock shows are what the rodeo is all about!  You'll want to sew outfits that are comfortable and chic.
Butterick 6425, McCalls 7546, Burda Style 05/2016 #128
Blue Jean/ Saffron Reversible Knit (Cold-Shoulder Top/Pants)
Ivory Metallic Gold Linen (Sold Out) (Cold Shoulder Top)
Red Stretch Denim (Jumpsuit) (Sold Out)

Go Texan Day
March 3 is Go Texan Day. This is a citywide celebration when businesses and organizations are encouraged to dress "Texan". The fabrics and patterns below will keep you looking office appropriate and Urban Cowgirl Chic!
From Left to Right: McCalls 7549, McCalls 7392, Butterick 6183
Chambray Blue Woven Print Cotton  (Sold Out) (jacket)
Blue Denim  Temporarily Out of Stock) (skirt and culottes)
Egyptian Cotton - Swiss Ivory  (top)

From the concerts to parties there's a lot of activity at night!
Make more than one top to pair with jeans for multiple looks!

Left to right: Butterick 5797, Vogue 8772, Butterick 5682
Left to right: Black Lace with White Backing (Sold Out) (bustier)
Black Silk Double Georgette (bow-tie blouse)

Parties are where Urban Cowgirl Chic really shines!  You can make this Ralph Lauren Spring 2017 look using the blouse from Burda Style and the pants from Kwik Sew.
Left-Right: Ralph Lauren Spring 2017, Burda Style 04/2016 #109A, Kwik Sew 4178
Left to Right:  Silk Charmeuse-Violet 
Satin Back Crepe-Eggplant  Black Denim Matte Jersey

(Sold Out)
Nothing is more fun than using your creative skills to pair beautiful fabrics with your ideas for expanding your Urban Cowgirl Chic wardrobe. Have fun sewing! Ride ‘em Cowgirl!

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

Monday, January 02, 2017

Year End Clearance Sale!

Out with the old and in with the new!!  Head on over to and enjoy an additional 15% savings on fabrics in "It's On Sale" and "Last Chance".  Use the coupon code Reduced.  This sale will end at midnight CST 1/7/17.