Thursday, May 21, 2015

Burda Style June 2015

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This dress is versatile!  The model is wearing the dress with sneakers perfect for weekend glam but put on a pair of strappy sandals and you are on your way to dinner.
Dress #123-Signature Knit

Fun twist on the classic shirt
Blouse #109-Blue Stripes

This version of a moto jacket has nice seaming in the front and doesn't require ribbing.
Jacket #101-Daisy Lace Knit-Navy  

This jumpsuit is definitely channeling the 70's in a good way!
Jumpsuit #119C-Black Rayon Crepe

Plus Size
Culottes are the big trend for summer 2015.  

This duster coat in lace is so elegant and sophisticated.
Duster #127-Lace-Burnished Gold

Thursday, May 07, 2015

May 2015 Mini Wardrobe Plan

Silk Charmeuse-Sunshine Twist, Black/White Pinstripe, Black/Ivory/Lemongrass Tweed, Cream Stretch Sateen

Spring is finally here to stay and it’s time to stop procrastinating and recharge your wardrobe.  I’ve put together 4 fabrics and selected 8 pieces from 6 patterns for May’s mini wardrobe plan (MWP). With all the possible combinations in this MWP your sewing time will be well spent.  And with a few smart and versatile accessories you will be ready for almost any occasion.  All fabrics are from Sew Much Fabric.

The Basics

The key to any good wardrobe plan is basics. Let’s start with a classic Black and White Pinstripe in a year around wool and cotton blend fabric.  I selected the top, pants and skirt from Butterick 6030, a wardrobe pattern.  The top is cropped, a current trend, but if that’s not for you just add a few inches-that’s the beauty of sewing. The top looks great for weekend glam when paired with the featured skirt or pants and a pair of sandals. Add a jacket and you're ready for the office. The pants are a classic shape and the skirt is flowy but not too flowy which works great for the workplace, casual wear or special occasions.

The Pop of Color

Get ready for summer’s social whirl with this sunny shade of yellow silk charmeuse.  It’s the perfect pop of color against the Black and White Pinstripe.  I've paired Vogue 1387 (view A) and the skirt from Butterick 6030 for a simple but elegant look for  dressier occasions.  Add any color accessory of your choice (turquoise, coral, silver or gold to name a few) and have yourself a ball!  Try combining the blouse with the Black/White Pinstripe skirt (or pants) and you have a great outfit for a lunch date.  

The Completer

This Black/Ivory/Lemongrass Tweed pulls it all together.  This fabric has a slight open weave so use a fusible interfacing to give the fabric that extra body for structured garments.  The jacket (Burda Style 2/2015 #119) is a Chanel-styled jacket with self made fringe.  Combine the jacket with a coordinating dress (Vogue 8972) and you have just created a very chic look!  Pipe the dress with the Cream Stretch Sateen or Black/White Pinstripe suiting fabric for added interest.  

I’m using the Cream Stretch Sateen, Burda Style 4/2015 #116 (jacket) and Simplicity 1696 (pants) as a bonus look to help round out your weekend glam attire. These easy and adaptable pieces blend right into this MWP.  Wear the jacket with the tweed dress (Vogue 8972) to a meeting or add the Black/White Pinstripe top with both cream pants and jacket for a night out at the movies.  

These “clothes encounters” are a winning combination of texture, versatility and style.  Have fun mixing and matching.  And for those that purchased the very first MWP you can add this Month’s Plan to extend your wardrobe combinations even more! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring Trend: Culottes

Audrey is wearing one of my favorite trends-culottes!  They are a great summer alternative for shorts.  She paired the grey culottes with a printed linen top.  Be sure to admire her print matching skills!  You can follow Audrey's sewing adventures at Sew Tawdry. Thanks Audrey!

My latest sewing projects are a pair of culottes and a jacket. I wore culottes many years ago and remember liking them a lot.  The patterns is from Burda 4 2015, pattern 113. 

The fabric is a tropical weight wool blend, 97% Wool 3% Lycra purchased from Roz at Sew Much Fabric . It is a lightweight fabric with some body, which was the Burda fabric recommendation. This pattern has deep pleats in the front and the longest darts I have ever seen in the back. They actually end below butt level. They look okay though.

The culottes are definitely comfortable to wear. For some reason the "legs" of my culottes look much wider than those in the magazine pictures. Ah well, perhaps because I am shorter and wider than most models. The waistband is about 2" high which is great if you want to wear cropped tops without flashing skin. I made a semi fitted, waist length jacket to wear with these culottes. The linen print fabric was also purchased from SMF. The colors, white, gray and a light chartreuse (greenish yellow) are so fresh and calming. I liked everything about this fabric. The pattern is one of many McCall's NY NY Collection patterns in my stash. They all have garments which were a little different from the popular styles back in the 1990's, when they were issued, so I think that saves them from reeking heavily of that era.

Cropped tops seem to be very popular now. For the last couple years, Burda magazines has had patterns for many of them,  but they are all too boxy for my narrow shoulders and the shapelessness overwhelms my top half. My "over 55 years old" interpretation of this trend is a semi fitted, cropped at the waist top, like this jacket.  The jacket is unlined. I serged all the edges of the garment pieces to prevent raveling. This jacket was a fast, fun sew.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Burda Style May 2015

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What to wear to a summer wedding.

Vacation.....time to relax!
Maxi Dress #113-Watercolors

Great cover-up for air conditioned buildings
Poncho #126B-Daisy Lace Knit-Navy

Style Mix!
Jacket #122-Black Stretch Pique

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Perfect for a causal lunch with the girls.
Blouse #131A-Salt and Pepper

A pulled together look for lounging at home.
Tunic #129B-Ladders

Thursday, April 09, 2015

A Demure Coatdress

Cissie's coatdress will be perfect for many spring seasons to come. And yes, Cissie, I would definitely say demure!  Thanks, Cissie!

This linen was a dream to work with.  Of course, being linen, it will wrinkle, but not nearly as badly as some.  It is lined with Bemburg rayon and the collar is made from a scrap of birdseye pique in my stash (Sew Much Fabric now has this pique in stock). The pattern features bound buttonholes, darts in the bodice front and back, flaps, an a-line skirt and a detachable collar.  I love the lines of this coat dress and feel quite lady-like in this take on a 1967 Simplicity pattern!  Dare I say "demure"??

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Burda Style Easy Spring/Summer 2015

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This is perfect for those early, cool spring days.
Midi Cardigan #1C-Cascading Floral Knit

Girly and Romantic!

Love the interesting lines of this skirt.
Maxi Skirt #5E-Navy Ponte Knit

Instruction included for this lovely bucket bag that can transform into a back pack!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Burda Style April 2015

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The sleeves give this relaxed look a glamorous touch!
Blouse #112A-Oyster/Black Polka Dot Silk Shantung

Hello summer!
Wrap Around Dress #121-White/Black Windowpane Linen

The 70's are back and culottes are trending....

Wouldn't this look fabulous in a suiting fabric and denim?!

Plus Size
For all of your summer special occasions

Kids Fashions
For your mini fashionista!
Dress #136-Linen Grey Circles
contrast the collar with White Linen