Thursday, January 25, 2018

February Burda Style

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

What's old is new again with this vintage inspired dress!
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Pants for my trendsetters

Professional and Elegant!  
This dress as step-by-step instructions with illustrations.
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Love the details in the back.
  Perfect in red for a causal Valentine's dinner.

Plus Size
This blouse is a workhorse.  
Wear it for work or the weekend.

 Trench Coat for Spring
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Faux Leather: Mixing a trend with a classic!!

Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric, Dorcas, hit all the right notes with the faux leather trend.  She combined a trending fabric, faux leather, with a classic pencil skirt!  Beautiful-Thanks Dorcas!

I love this skirt! This is a Black Embossed Faux Leather from Sew Much Fabric that is an over-embroidered with a damask pattern and it is SO much fun to wear. It made its debut Saturday night at a birthday dinner at the new Mastro's Houston and everyone raved about it.

Honestly,  I really wondered how this fabric would behave while I was sewing with it and I was so pleased when it went together with no problems whatsoever. I thought a walking foot might be needed but I sewed a sample with my standard presser foot and it worked just fine on the rayon backing and so I went with it:

And pressing was not the least bit problematic. I used an organza press cloth and did my pressing from the inside and it pressed remarkably well. Here are the back darts:

And the darts from the right side perfectly pressed and crisp:

I used my usual Petersham ribbon waistband:

I used Susan Khalje's pattern The Straight Skirt and I've made it several times but I know this one is going to quickly become one of my favorite wardrobe pieces. Give this fabric a try when you want to whip up something edgy and fun! My top is Burda 6990 in stretch velvet.
Thanks for reading and see you again soon!

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Sparkle and Shine!

We're starting off the New Year with sparkle and shine.  What I love about this dress is the classic color and chic silhouette.  It's timeless!   Thank you Dorcas!  You can follow Dorcas at Lone Star Couture.  

Happy New Year! And welcome to my first official blog post as Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric one of the premier on-line resources for exquisite fabrics, notions and expertise on how to style it into fashion!

This version of the classic McCall's sheath 2401 (out of print) is made from SMF's Smokey Taupe Sequin Stretch Lace overlaid on Smokey Taupe Satin, both available on the website. It was my first foray into sewing with a stretch lace overlay and so, as I'm famous for, I flew by the seat of my pants! I decided to approach it by basting the two layers together and treating them as one:

It worked great, even on the darts:

I inserted the zipper and sewed backs to front for a fitting. Thanks to my previous professional fitting with Andrea of Sew to Fit, there were no adjustments to make. Having perfection on fit and the fact that the reverse side of the satin was beautiful, I decided I didn't want the bulk of another layer of lining. My dilemma then was how to finish the neckline and inside? I cut a 2" wide bias strip of the satin and used that for the neckline finish and I was very pleased with it:

I winced and went ahead and serged the other raw seams and it actually looks great. By the way, a great tip I learned from Susan Khalje is not to sew your bust dart down along the side seam, let it remain free for a much better fit:

I left the sleeves unlined and that was an easy process to measure the correct length using the scalloped edge at the wrist:

The final result is I am LOVING this little sparkler of a dress!

I paired it with my Glam Trench Coat (fabrics from Sew Much Fabric: linen sold out, brocade here) and with the unexpected addition of my metallic cowboy boots it was a huge hit! In fact, I was having such a good time I forgot to have some photos taken!

I wish you all a blessed and bountiful 2018 with lots of time for sewing! See you next time!

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

End of 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! 
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Sale ends 1/6/18