Thursday, June 28, 2018

Burda Style July 2018

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Cool update of this classic 60s silhouette with pockets.

The infinity dress!

You can't get enough cute tops for summer.

The volume in this skirt is twirl worthy!
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The simplicity of this dress lends itself to prints or solids.

Comfortable and cute dress to wear when you need a little retail therapy!

Tropical Mix!

If you can't stick a hibiscus in your hair and run to the tropics you can certainly dress the part!  I think Dorcas, Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric, nailed this tropical chic look.  Thanks Dorcas!!

I loved my last paper bag waist pants so much I knew I had to make another pair when I saw this wonderful tropical print (Sold Out) from Sew Much Fabric. Rayon poplin has the perfect weight and drape for pants with pleats, a full skirt or swishy dress. It's an amazing fabric that launders like a dream and barely needs the touch of an iron. These pants are from the custom trouser pattern drafted for me by Andrea of Sew To Fit.

I've topped off this summer duo with McCall's 7775 dress pattern which I shortened to be a top 

and I used the Kiwi Linen from SMF. This pattern is not for the faint of heart. As simple as it appears I found it to require some fairly major surgery to alleviate gaping around the under arm area. I estimate I removed a good 3" from each side in order for it to fit properly.

However, in the end, all of my dislike of fiddling with this pattern was made up by being able to look at this luscious green linen. I cinched the pant waist with a brown grosgrain ribbon belt that ties the two pieces together. The kiwi linen was the perfect topping for the island-y pants and I love the whole look!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

How fun to attend summer weddings!  Let’s look at some inspiration for making some  amazing outfits for these special occasions.

 Afternoon Wedding or Reception

An afternoon wedding or reception calls for semi-formal attire.  A beautiful floral, like this light weight viscose poplin, is lovely for celebrating the newlyweds!
Pattern: Butterick 6556

Destination Wedding

If you’re heading to a destination wedding that's in a warm climate, a beautiful dress made in a bright tone of linen is just the ticket!
Pattern: Burda 06/2018 #102

Evening Wedding

An evening wedding is formal but not as formal as black tie.  A cocktail dress is perfect for this night time event!  
Pattern:Vogue 1566

Black Tie Wedding

You can pull out all the stops for a black tie ceremony!  A floor length dress adds to the elegance of the occasion.  
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Pattern: McCalls 7154

There is a lot of flexibility when it comes to fabric and color choices for weddings and related events.  Use your imagination and have fun shopping from the fabrics at Sew Much Fabric

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

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Summer is Calling!

The best way to show-off a fabulous print like Lava Print Rayon Matte Jersey Knit  (Sold Out) is with a simple silhouette.  Dorcas, Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric, did just that to create this knockout look! Who says neutral colors in a print can’t make a bold statement!  Thanks Dorcas!!

My original thought for this yummy rayon knit called Lava Print Rayon Matte Jersey Knit (Sold Out) from Sew Much Fabric was to make a top to go with the linen suit from my last blog post. However, it was nudging me in the direction of a dress instead because it wanted to be shown off. (Yes, I really do think my fabrics speak to me!) I chose the tank dress view of OOP McCall's 6355 that I've made SO many times and it's a pattern I dearly love because it's so versatile.

The colors in this fabric are all beautiful and it does look molten:

I lined my dress with beige performance knit and it worked great. I found a really helpful tutorial on how to machine finish the shoulder seams of a lined, sleeveless dress. I will definitely use this technique again. I was going to use my in progress photos using the technique on this dress but it's so narrow at the shoulders that the photos were more confusing than helpful.

This little tank will get lots of wear this summer. It was the perfect simple pattern to highlight this smokin' fabric!