Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Late Summer/Early Fall Grooving!

Summer is for grooving and even though we are anticipating cooler temperatures, it’s still fun to enjoy the last warm days of summer with fun events while we wear beautiful clothes.  So since it's hard to let summer go, we'll look at some opportunities for making some wonderful, versatile garments suited for summer and beyond. 


Late summer/early fall weddings or local events, look your best!


Attending a destination wedding or local event, look your best!
Channel your inner goddess of love with wrapped and drapey silhouettes using the Whimsical Floral Digital Print Rayon Jersey Knit. Florals are all over the runways!  Or select a solid color in Teal Green Rayon Jersey Knit.  Consider Vogue 9312 for a quick construction in the print jersey or the solid. Dress it up or down with accessories.



Did you say brunch?  Or a late summer BBQ? Oh yes! Rock these events with beautiful textures and prints!  

Brunch. Backyard BBQ. Neighborhood farmers' market. These fabrics are begging to be made into this jumpsuit from Vogue 1591. Use the Black Sundial Eyelet and underline with the color of your choice or use Island Tropical Print Rayon Poplin-Black. Wear this straight into early autumn with a small cover-up jacket or t-shirt worn underneath.



Dance the night away under the stars! Plan for a date night or girls’ night out looking sultry and glamorous.

Aiming for eyes on you all night long? I'm loving blush the color of the season and so flattering on a variety of skin tones. Go with the Ivory/Rose Gold Brocade or the Pale Peach/Apricot/Coral Rose Jacquard Brocade for an unforgettable look!  Here’s an idea. The fabrics can be used on either side!





What a great way to end the summer and start fall in one or more of these fabulous garments!  Start your sewing adventure by browsing the selection of current trendy colors and fabrics at Sew Much Fabric!  Enjoy!

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

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Burda Style September 2018


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Line Drawings


The diagonal belt loop!
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Tailored and feminine, this is a great option for the office. 

The Petite Pattern

This sleeveless jacket is great to transition into fall!

Plus Size
Military-inspired dress for the office or weekend.
Dress #122-Black/White Patchwork Reversible Stretch Cotton

Two looks-one top!
Top #125-Khaki Green Animal Print Viscose Jersey Knit

Pairing Classics with Prints

A few things work every time like pairing a classic pattern (McCalls 7085) with a vibrant print like Chartreuse/Fuchsia/Bone/Orange Geometric Viscose Jersey Knit. Love it Dorcas-Thanks!!

I love trying a new pattern that I can immediately add to my TNT lineup. McCalls 7085 classic sheath is just such a pattern. Although it is drafted for a woven fabric I used this gorgeous Nanette Lepore, Chartreuse/Fuchsia/Bone/Orange Geometric Viscose Jersey Knit, from Roz at Sew Much Fabric. The colors, Chartreuse, Fuchsia, Bone and Orange are just so vibrant and vivid:


I lined the dress with Tricot knit, also from Sew Much Fabric and if you've never used this lining you absolutely must give it a try!


The beauty of the pattern is the shaping from 12 darts- 4 in front plus 2 bust darts, 4 in the back and 2 at the back shoulder. I'm not that wild about making darts but I sure do love the fit they give:

I went down a size since I was using a knit and also took in an additional bit at the waist for a great fit front:


and back!

Roz still has this fabric in stock and it is the perfect weight for transitioning into fall. I have no doubt this dress is going to be a huge favorite and I can't wait to wear it!



Wednesday, August 08, 2018

August Sale!



Be sure and head on over to the website and see the new fabric markdowns and further price reduction on previously markdown fabrics!  It's On Sale!   Last Chance! 

Happy Fabric Shopping!


Thursday, August 02, 2018

Summer White

White, that warm-weather staple, is also a popular dress code for summer parties.  Andrea's mother was invited to such a party and needed an outfit fast! It all worked out and I think she looks super chic in her white rayon jersey jumpsuit (McCalls 7716).  Thank, Andrea!


Now you all know I am a sucker for last minute projects, especially when the request comes from my Mom.  So, this is how it went last week (Wednesday) on a visit to her house.  She informs me that she cannot find anything to wear to a party that's in two days.  Yep!!! Two days, aside from the evening I'm at her house.  At this particular point, she knows there is no way I'd let her look anything but FABULOUS!!!  

We decided to peruse the internet in search of something she liked.  She loves the 70s style and she definitely wanted a jumpsuit, that was confirmed.  All we had to do at this point is find a jumpsuit that was her style and fabulous.


We ended up going with an item that we saw on Amazon which was pretty nice, but of course, we didn’t have time to order one and I already knew it was going to be made out of the cheapest polyester that would have probably suffocated her in this Texas heat.  

Without a doubt, I decided we needed to find some fabric she could wear...it had to be a natural fiber.  We checked the local fabric store...NOPE!!  It was too late to order any from online.  I ended up calling Roz, with Sew Much Fabric, with the hopes she would accommodate me and allow me to pick up the 11oz Rayon Knit that is my absolute favorite!!  

YAYYY... she agreed, and you know I was out at almost 9pm, the drive is almost an hour from me.  I was desperate.  THANK YOU ROZ!!
White Rayon Jersey Knit, Beige Tricot Lining
The fabric was extremely easy to work with of course.  I did take the time to test several stitches in order to create the optimum seam finishes. 

This is the stitch I used for construction and hemming:  75/11-2.8 Stretch needle (Schmetz)  I used the Wooly nylon in the bobbin.  

 In some cases, I switched back and forth from a 2.8 - 4.0 length depending on the seam and throughout, I used my walking foot.



For the pants, I had to consider the strength of the fabric so I made sure that I had zero ease in the crotch because I knew the pants would stretch from the weight of the fabric which is normal for any type of knit pants.

The pattern called for a woven, but this jersey handled this pattern like a champ, even when I had to put a zipper into the center back!


My mom had a great time at the party and everyone loved her jumpsuit!

Summer Whimsy!

Summer is a season to have fun with fashion!  Dorcas, Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric, is doing just that with a little bit of whimsy!  Thanks, Dorcas!! 



If you're in Texas, you're probably sizzling in this heat wave, too, so what better way to stay cool than sewing another Sizzler Sundress from Naughty Bobbins?  This time I've used a Whimsical Floral Digital Print Rayon Jersey Knit from Roz at Sew Much Fabric. As Brand Ambassador I have the privilege of choosing the fabric with which I want to sew. Last week I visited Roz in person with another knit in mind for this project, but once I spied this happy floral it stole my heart! 

And now for a miracle find I'm just learning out about! The front of this dress has a gathered panel so it is not lined:


However, the bodice and back of the dress are lined. Roz introduced me to Tricot for lining. What planet have I been living on that I'm just discovering this wonder fabric?? It is simply divine:


The Sizzler may be my all time favorite dress. The finishing techniques are so professional and you end up with such a neat, beautifully made garment.


In addition to the crossed front V, I love the deep V in the back. But it's a perfect V- no bra peeking!


Perfect pattern, perfect fabric, perfect lining. If you have to brave the heat, you may as well do it in perfection!