Thursday, March 30, 2017

Burda Style 4/2017

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Great way to use smaller pieces of fabric for a fashion statement!
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Designer Pattern from Dimitri

Perfect for the warmer weather that is to come!
Blouse #111A -Cyan Leno Weave Cotton

Highlight the back yoke and use the opposite side of a reversible fabric. 
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Plus Size
Change it up and use a print for date night!
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Sleeve are trending!
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Spring into Sleeves!

  • Spring has arrived and now is a great time to sew up some beautiful blouses. (And dresses!)
  • Sleeve variations are everywhere on the fashion runways and we will look at a few just to get you inspired.
  • On the right is Michael Kors’ version of the Marie sleeve which was popular in the late 1800s (picture on the left)
Marie Sleeves
Vogue 9243  Ivory Silk Double Georgette (top)  Egyptian Cotton-Swiss Ivory (bottom)
Vogue 9243 is a spot on version of the Marie sleeves.  This style can become your new white blouse for the spring/summer!  Make it in Ivory Silk Double Georgette paired with a high-waist pencil skirt for the office or in Egyptian Cotton - Swiss Ivory (Temporarily Out of Stock) to wear with jeans for the weekend.

Bell Du Jour Sleeves
Moroccan Print Rayon Challis-Teal Blue      McCalls 7545
Elle magazine calls these “bell du jour” because of their bell shapes. These can be casual versions like McCalls 7545 made from a soft fabric like Moroccan Print Rayon Challis-Teal Blue (Sold Out) or Floral Brushstrokes Silk Charmeuse (Sold Out) for a dressier garment. 

Gigot Sleeve or Leg-o-Mutton
(Top Row) Antique White/Metallic Gold Sheer Damask   (Bottom Row)  Old and Modern  Version Vogue 1518
Make your  wardrobe work for daytime and evening. Try the Antique White/Metallic Gold Sheer Damask (Sold Out) for the updated look interpreted by Vogue 1518 a Zandra Rhodes pattern.

Bishop Sleeves
(Top Row) Black Stretch Wool Crepe, Polyester Chiffon 60"-BlackBlack Guipure Lace
(Bottom Row) RTW dress, Marfy F3315,  Marfy F3411

Take an old classic and re-work to make it trendy and modern! Try using Black Stretch Wool Crepe (Sold Out) and the Black Chiffon for the classic look or add interest by adding the Black Guipure Lace to the top of the dress like the Marfy F3315 pattern.

Cold Shoulder Sleeves

How about using the Ivory/Gold Metallic Stretch Brocade to show off your sewing skills? Make this cold shoulder dress Burda 11/2016 #108C and you will knock them out! Updated leg-o-mutton sleeve with bare shoulders!

This is so exciting to be able to look back over 100 years and see old silhouettes being used in new and modern ways and fabrics! Be sure to check out all of the spring fabrics for this sleeve trend. and have fun sewing these looks.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017


  • The NY fashion week shows are over and many exciting looks came down the runways for fall.  But since we are just about to have SPRING, it might be fun to look at some of the current trends. One of the most energizing trends is textured fabrics. They are being used for work clothes as well as casual and evening.
  • Let’s take a look at a few designers for inspiration.

Textures for Day 

Weekend Glam
                                       Primrose Leno Weave Cotton          Burda Style 03/2017 #116B                                            
The weekend is a time to really have fun with fashion!  This Primrose Leno Weave Cotton (Sold Out) (a Pantone color for spring/summer) in a cold-shoulder blouse is a perfect way to glam up your weekend attire.  

Office Wear  
ZigZag Tweed                                   Vogue 1500
Duplicate this dress from Anne Klein for the office using the textured tweed ZigZag Tweed and Vogue 1500.

Daytime Events
Lapis Blue Floral Eyelet / Silk Charmeuse-Royal Blue      McCalls 7366                          
What to wear to an outdoor wedding, fashion show or an informal brunch with the girls?  Make a jumpsuit using Lapis Blue Floral Eyelet (Sold Out) lined with Royal Blue Silk Charmeuse and McCall’s 7366. 

Textures for Night

Date Night
Reptile Print Stretch Sequin Tulle          Michael Kors            
On those Saturday nights when a plain old t-shirt won't do, make one in this Reptile Print Stretch Sequin Tulle!  A t-shirt pattern like McCalls 6927 with a center back opening is best.  Pair with Blue Denim (Temporarily Out of Stock) or Graphite Grey Ponte Knit.

Office Events
Black Lace with White Backing                       Vogue  9172  
Updated your classic skirt with a flounce. Use Black Lace with White Backing (Sold Out) and Vogue 9172.  Pair with Ivory Silk Double Georgette and make a beautiful classic blouse.

Formal Soirees 
Smokey Taupe Lace and Sequin Stretch Lace       Vogue 1534
It's time to "put on the Ritz" when the occasion calls for black tie! A Satin in Smokey Taupe  and coordinating Smokey Taupe Sequin Stretch Lace using Vogue 1534 is just the ticket.

Sewing with textured fabrics can be fun, challenging, and rewarding.  Refer to sewing guides for how to handle lace and other textured fabrics.  Head over to Sew Much Fabric to see all the Textured Fabrics. And don’t forget your notions from the web site- threads, buttons, and linings.

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