Monday, December 31, 2018

End-of-the-Year Clearance Sale!


Out with the old and in with the new!  

Take an additional 15% off fabrics already reduced for savings up to 60% Off!
(Includes newly reduced fabrics)

Use Coupon Code 2018
Sale ends 1/6/19 at midnight CST

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Burda Style 01/2019

 To purchase, go to smfabric.com

All Styles at a Glance


Line Drawings


Statement Jacket

Dance the night away!

Weekend Glam

Warm and Stylish


Plus Size
This jacket works for any occasion-office, weekend
 or special occasion.

Sheath dress with sleeve details

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Year-End Review 2018

It's time to start saying goodbye to 2018.  But before we begin our sewing plans for 2019, let's take a quick look back at all of the fabulous garments made in 2018 with fabrics from Sew Much Fabric!

First up is Dorcas, Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric
She added beautiful pieces to her closet that many of you were inspired by.  You can read all of her posts here.  


Samina, Andrea, and Kasey wrote blog posts and graciously shared their tips on working with various fabrics.  Fabulous!!

And others sent in pictures for us to admire and to see the fabrics come to life!  


Thank You to everyone for taking the time to write blog posts and/or for sending in pictures of your fabulous makes!  Each of you kept us motivated with sewing ideas.  I know 2019 will bring new ideas and tips and I'm looking forward to sharing what's hot off your sewing machine.
Happy (Sewing) New Year!!  

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Reptile: The Other Animal Print

Thank you, Andrea, for sharing your style journey and great tips on sewing with this Reptile Print Stretch Sequin Tulle!  

After a year of working through the process of wardrobe education and planning, and learning to understand color as it relates to my taste and style. I came out of the year-long "Sewing With a Plan" process with a deeply renewed sense of confidence and trust in my choice of clothing, whether I  make the garment myself or purchase ready to wear.

I had no clue what my style was, I would just make whatever came to mind, or across the "interwebs" with no direction for how it would fit into my wardrobe life.   We learned to understand style and aesthetic from our Wardrobe Consultant, aka, Roz of Sew Much Fabric.  She taught us how to pinpoint our personal style esthetic and taste in clothing, and evaluate our lifestyle or wardrobe life. Mine turned out to be my all-time favorite: Bohemian, aka BOHO.  My secondary style aesthetic,  "Urban Chic" came as a surprise to me, not to mention I didn't know what it entailed, let alone, how it looked.  I realized how exacting these two styles were for me when I began creating my own mood board via Pinterest.

To end the year, we were challenged to make an outfit that represented our style aesthetic to show at our annual Holiday celebration.  This year we celebrated with a "Runway My Way" Show.  The fashion show was a huge success!  As my commentary was read by Lauren of LFB Color, our Color Strategist, during my "Runway Walk" I felt like a superstar and was extremely comfortable.
Photos by: Victoria Garcia Studios
Pattern and Fabric 
Pattern:  Top and pants- Self-drafted 
Fabric: from Sew Much Fabric
           Lining- Beige Tricot Lining 
           Back yoke and waistband- Leather 
                  Back- Golden Amber Rayon Jersey Knit
                  Underlining- Beige Tricot Lining (front only)   
                  Front placket/bindings-calfskin leather I got on a trip to                    Florence, Italy.

Construction Details
Because the project included so many construction elements and fabric combinations, I made sure to document the entire sewing and making of this outfit, along with my Runway Walk on my youtube video.  Here are a few video screenshots to give you an idea of how easy it is to sew this combination.

I am very satisfied with my outfit and will be able to switch it up anytime, to wear the top with jeans or other pants, and the sequin pants, I could easily wear them with a silk blouse and jacket to turn it up.

My sewing has changed tremendously after this experience.  It is much easier to decide what to make and I just don't stress anymore about what others are sewing.  I am in my own space and I LOVE IT!!!
Photos by: Victoria Garcia Studios

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Misty Top 2.0

I this is my favorite version of the Misty Top by Andrea of Sew To Fit.  The new sleeve and waist sash just make this so figure flattering.  I know you'll want to make one, too!  Thanks, Andrea!!

This version is the main version of the pattern with a sleeve hack and sash upgrade. I detailed this hack on my last "Sew & Chat" on my youtube channel.  Instead of sewing the sleeve as the two-piece with the split as drafted with the tie ends, I changed it up a bit.  The original pattern, as with this version, is well fitted at the bust-line and softly drapes out at the waist for comfort with a shirt-tail hem in the front and back.  The ties were added to the waistline so that I could have a sewn-on sash to give the effect of a peplum top, but without the waist seam.

In order to get the ties, I used the cuff tie pattern piece and lengthened it to sew them into the side seams and just wrapped them around the back and tied them at the front.  They are only turned and hemmed, not doubled.  I did not want to have the ties too heavy. 
To get the sleeves to open as they are, I folded back the cap area into a V-shape about 5 inches down towards the center.  Then I cut each separate pattern piece, front, and back.  They were then sewn together, up the center, creating a seam up the arm to the point where it split into the v-opening.  The open section was hemmed after the seam up to the shoulder before inserting the sleeve into the bodice using the flat method I show on my tutorial video here:  How To Sew in a Knit Sleeve.  
You can see in the picture above that the "split" was sewn closed as to create a "cold shoulder" effect with the cap area revealing a little skin detail.  

FABRIC:  The fabric is an 11oz rayon jersey knit from Sew Much Fabric.  The pattern was originally designed using this fabric, and rightly so...because to date, it is the best choice for this design, especially with the way the neckline is finished.  There is no finish at the neck because it wraps around the shawl shape and gets handstitched to the back neckline.  The front is unfinished and naturally folds on itself.


SKIRT: Self-drafted, made with another beautiful jersey from Sew Much Fabric, now sold out. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Linked

The 90s chain link print is back and is considered an iconic print today!  Dorcas, Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric, has linked this print Two Chains Viscose Jersey Knit -Camel with a beautiful faux wrap dress pattern!  Thanks, Dorcas!


Okay, I'm no Aretha Franklin but I am rockin' this Two Chain Viscose Rayon Knit from Sew Much Fabric. I knew this classic print called for a wrap dress but I just didn't want to fiddle with a traditional wrap, then I remembered McCall's 6163 (OOP), a mock wrap that I'd made years ago and loved.


I lined the dress with Tricot, also from Roz, and it really made a nice finish for the front crossover pieces rather than just a foldover as the pattern called for:









I also love the lining at the neckline for a professional finish:

And after fell stitching by hand:

All of these finishes plus no a hassle "wrap" and the cute gathered on cuff sleeves make for an on-trend knit wrap worthy of praise from DVF herself! All fabrics available at Roz at Sew Much Fabric!

Burda Style 12/2018

To purchase, go to smfabric.com
(Sold Out)

All Styles at a Glance



Line Drawings




Can't go wrong with a Chanel-like jacket!


Statement Coat!

This dress brings the focus to your face.  
Beautiful for the holidays.

Another look for the holidays with a little edge!  
Designer Pattern
Jumpsuit #119-Navy Blue Ponte Knit


Plus Size
Change the look of this top from dressy to casual 
with your fabric choice.

Love the neckline details paired with classic pants.
 

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Animal Instinct

Prints of the animal variety continue to reign supreme.  Dorcas, Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric, is the cat's meow in her new knit top. The pattern is a quick make and with the print, she has a top with a whole lot of style!  Thanks, Dorcas!


I don't know about you but I was over the year of the sleeve a year ago! To me, nothing is more interesting on a garment than the collar. Burda 6990 has long been a favorite of mine and yet this is the first time I've made View E that has the giant funnel collar. 

Originally, when I received this great knit from Roz at Sew Much Fabric, the Khaki Green Animal Print Rayon Jersey, I had in mind making a dress. However, after living with it a few days it announced that it wanted to be this top. (Yes, my fabric speaks to me!)

The collar of this top is just a big, long funnel. To give it some drape I lined it with Sew Much Fabric's Tricot lining:

To prevent the lining from showing I pulled it up about a half inch prior to attaching it to the neckline. 

I also lined the body of my shirt and love the feel of the Tricot: The lining in the collar really makes a nice drape:

I made the top tunic length and know I'll really enjoy wearing it as the weather cools down.