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.
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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 (Sold Out). Add Metallic Gold Stretch Linen (Sold Out) 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 smfabric.com 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
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This blouse will keep you cool and chic for summer.
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What to wear to the office.
Dress #111-Red Wool Tricotine

Plus Size
Love the waistline details.

Weekend Glam