Monday, February 27, 2017

Knits-The Real Fabric of our Lives!

  • An easy way to transition from cold weather to warmer days is to wear garments made with knits. They are comfortable, versatile, and easy to construct!
  • We want to give a brief homage to two great designers who specialized in their use of knit fabrics:
  • Sonia Rykiel who passed away just recently in 2016 
  • Scott Barrie- great designer from the 1970s who made classic styles using knits
  • Knit fabric and pattern inspirations!

Sonia Rykiel's knitwear designs and techniques caused her to be known as the “Queen of Knits”. She passed away in August of 2016. 

Known for making beautiful dresses using matte jersey, he was at the height of fashion during the 1970s. He was a master at draping jersey and chiffon.

Ponte Knits

Using Vogue 9193, this pattern can be versatile by making a daytime, weekend glam look with Soft Blush Ponte Knit (Sold Out) as the top and Coral Ponte Knit for the pants.

Or make the classic dressy version using White Ponte for the top and Midnight Black Ponte for the pants. Both of these great looks are from one pattern! 

Jersey Knits
Jersey knits and a wrap dress go hand in hand!  Make this mock wrap dress with the beautiful Black Denim Matte Jersey (Sold Out) using Burda Style 08/2016 #131. 

Or go with the traditional wrap dress using Butterick 6054 and make it in a solid color like Cobalt Rayon Jersey Knit.

Reversible Knits
And how about those reversible knits that we love?  McCalls 7538 is a fabulous look for spring made with Seafoam Blue/Kiwi Reversible Knit (Sold Out)  

Scuba knit is the knit of choice for the trendsetter. Use Vogue 1486 to showcase this Hot Pink/Earth Brown Reversible Scuba Knit. 

Print-tastic Knit
Printed knits are always a great way to express your personality through your clothing.  An abstract print like Fractured Light Matte Jersey (Sold Out) with McCalls 7579 has an edgy vibe!

Or a nautical knit like Cobalt Blue/White Stripe Ponte Knit (Sold Out) is perfect for the modern classic in a Chanel-like jacket. Use Burda Style 02/2017 #108 

That’s it for now.  Happy sewing!  Check out all of the fabulous knits and tricot linings at Sew Much Fabric so you can get started right away on these great Spring projects.

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

Friday, February 24, 2017

Burda Style 3/2017

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Here comes the Bride!

(Sold Out)

Mother of the Bride/Groom

Perfect for Weekend Glam
Mini Dress #117A-Flora and Fowl Jersey Knit
(Sold Out)

Plus Size
Pattern Mixing
Dress 123A-Blue Chip Jersey Burnout Knit (Sold Out) and

Add a belt with this classic wrap dress.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Spring Trend: In The Trenches

  • Let’s consider updating a classic by making a new Trench Coat.
  • Trench coats have been around since World War I, were designed by Burberry, and were given the name “trench” coats because soldiers literally wore them while fighting in the trenches in Europe. 
  • Note the Burberry trench shown

Inspired Versions of the Trench Coat

Weekend Glam Trench
Using Vogue 9246, make this updated, chic, and versatile version of the trench coat using denim.  Make it in the traditional blue or try a bright color.  This will be a fabulous addition to your weekend glam wardrobe!
For the trendsetter, a metallic trench coat would look tres chic this spring.  Burda 02/2017 #103 is a great option for an inspired trench coat pattern.
The Printed Trench
For fun, use Burda Style 09/2010 #133 to sew up this short version. The Watercolor Floral Cotton Sateen or the bright Painterly Ikat Cotton Print  (Sold Out)will kick it up a notch and brighten your day! 
Watercolor Floral Cotton Sateen, Burda Style 09/2010 #133
(Sold Out)

The Contrasting Trench
Use Vogue 8884 to highlight the different elements of your trench coat by adding piping or a collar/lapel in a contrasting color or print.  
Have fun interpreting the trench coat that works with your wardrobe!  Happy Sewing!  And check out all of the fabulous fabric suggestions at Sew Much Fabric for your spring trench coat.

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

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Burda Style 2/2017

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(Sold Out)

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

This pattern is in tall sizes.  Great for the office!
Dress #109 -ZigZag Tweed

 The tie belt is attached to the back pleat -a nice detail instead of belt loops.
Jacket #102-Chambray Blue Woven Print Cotton
(Sold Out)

Same pattern as the jacket above in coat length!
Coat #103-Metallic Silver Linen
(Sold Out)

Love the cascading ruffles that go into the side seams. 
A nice look for Valentine's Day!
Top #106A-Lipstick Red Silk Double Georgette

Plus Size 
This dress is great to wear now and into the spring.
(Sold Out)

Classic silhouette that works for most body types.
Dress #118A-Painterly Ikat Cotton Print
(Sold Out)