Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mini Wardrobe Plan February 2015

February’s MWP is being inspired by the colors in your spice rack. I love the rich warm colors of this 70’s inspired bohemian trend.   I selected 3 fabrics Apricot LinenOrange Tweed and Spicy Floral Silk CDC and put together 3 looks-“Work Week”, “Weekend Glam” and “On the Town”.   However, you can easily mix and match any of the garments from one look to another look.  All fabrics are from Sew Much Fabric.

Work Week
A structured tweed jacket (Burda 10/2014 #120) and a tailored shirt (Burda 4/2011 #105) read professional while the full skirt (Vogue 9031) adds a touch of femininity.  Pair with nude pumps and gold hoop earrings.  Mix it up: Switch the jacket and shirt to the apricot linen shell top, add some pearls and have a fun night on the town.  

 Weekend Glam
The tweed pants (McCalls 7098) and shell top (Vogue 9020) are great separates. Add the kimono (New Look 6072) as a fun substitute for a cardigan to keep away the indoor chill.  Accessorize with flats and a chocolate brown tote.   Mix it up: Wear the blouse from the work week look instead of the shell top and kimono.

On the Town
A sleeveless sheath dress (McCalls 6028) is classic but the orange tweed with the apricot piping make it a standout.  Add a scarf/wrap using the spicy silk plus a pair of strappy sandals and gold accessories for a little sparkle.  Mix it up: Remove the scarf and add the tweed jacket-you’re ready for your next meeting!  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Burda Style February 2015

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Fitted in the front, loose fit in the back!
Don't like the back fullness? Add a belt.

This dress could also be worn as a tunic.
Dress #107B-Watercolors

This coat will up your weekend quotient.

New Feature-Style Mix

Plus Size
Love the polished look of this coat.

This is such a cool, edgy look.
Pants #132-Black Rayon Crepe

Blue Stripes and Grainline Archer

Dreary cold weather last week had me dreaming of spring and summer.  This beautiful Blue and White Stripe silk/voile was just the thing to lift my spirits.  I have wanted a sheer overblouse for a while now and this fabric will be great over a camisole.   I used the Grainline "Archer" shirt pattern because there were very few seamlines to interfere with the stripes.  Now to await some decent weather!!

Thank you Cissie!  I can see this dressed up (pencil skirt) or down (jeans).  And love, love the use of horizontal and vertical stripes! 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winning Combiniation: Classic and Bold Print!

Patty sent in her recent project Butterick 3246 using White/Red/Black Knit.  I think the pairing of a classic style with a bold print looks great!  Thank you Patty!!

The fabric is a matte jersey from Sew Much Fabric.  

Butterick 3246 (OOP)
I serged all sides of tunic top and skit.  Used 3 thread on serger machine. No hem on tunic top.  Using a walking foot, sew according to pattern directions.  I sewed 1inch on side seems at .3 length and loosened the tension by 1.  For silk braid I used invisible thread on  needle and C. Clark thread for bobbin. 

Sew on top in zig-zag almost .3 length. and loosed tension one point.  For hem on skirt turned up one fourth inch and used EZ-Steam II. It is a 2 sided-pressure sensitive fusible tape made by Pellon got it at Jo Ann's. Very good and easy.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Alumni Support: Behind the Scenes of the 2015 Sewing Contest and Fashion Show

I love when alumni reach back and offer support to the students of their alma mater.  The 2nd place winner of last year's Sewing Contest, Tommy Lu, did just that.  Tommy took time out during his break from the University of North Texas to share his college experience with the fashion design seniors at Elsik High School. Abby, the fashion design instructor at Elsik, wrote this post about Tommy's visit.  Thanks Abby and congratulations Tommy on completing your first semester of college!!

 Former Elsik fashion design student, Tommy Lu visited the Advanced Fashion Design class just before finals in December. Tommy is passionate about fashion, designing, sewing, sketching and anything else related to the fashion world. He has a natural gift for sketching designs and does so often in his spare time. 

He is self motivated which he demonstrated last year by researching on his own the design technique of draping and practiced on his own. 

He graduated last year, in 2014, with the 2nd place prize in Elsik's spring fashion show. He created a classy red, A line dress with a jacket.

Tommy is attending the University of North Texas and is taking the pre-fashion design courses. He will soon be able to apply to get into the fashion design program after completing the perquisite freshmen year courses. 

Several current Elsik students are interested in UNT as their post-high school education. Tommy willingly agreed to visit and talk about his experience so far.

Two students have already been accepted and are trying to decide if it's the right school for them. Tommy showed them the classes offered and required at UNT and how the application process works. They asked him questions about classes, teachers, freshmen dorms, and other typical college life questions. Being able to ask a college student about college life was a really great experience for the students and those considering UNT have some very big decisions ahead if them!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Burda Style January 2015

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

The dropwaist silhouette is trending.... 

This tiered skirt is a fun and girly look but the unfinished hem gives it edge!
Skirt #114-Polyester Chiffon in Coral and Peach

Easy, Breezy Sophistication!

Love a fun printed coat for spring.
Coat # 102-Step Around

Plus Size
This is great for work or out and about for the weekend.  Add a skinny belt to create more waistline definition.

Statement Coat

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Black Faux Leather Skirt and a Knit Top

Leather, both faux and real, have been trending for the last several fashion seasons.  So when this Black Faux Stretch Leather came in I had to sew a skirt ASAP!  

The pattern is an OOP McCalls 4837 view C that I made once before using a rayon/poly blend georgette.

This is an easy pattern but the fabric requires some special handling. Always practice sewing techniques on your remnant pieces of fabric before you commit to your garment. Here are my tips when sewing with this Black Faux Stretch Leather:

  • Use a rotary cutter to cut out the fabric.
  • I used a size 11 stretch needle.
  • Loosen the presser foot pressure so the fabric can glide through easily.
  • Use a silk organza press cloth and an iron setting between 2 and 3.  I pressed on both the wrong and right side.  Don’t press for very long!
  • I used a fusible stretch interfacing for the invisible zipper. (see tip above)
  • I made this before so I knew how long I wanted the skirt to be. I left the hem as is. This is where the rotary cutter is very useful!
  • Stabilize the waist with stay tape.

The knit top (Streaks) is Burda Style 10/2014 #103.  It’s a quick knit top once you can decipher how to join the front to the back.

It's important to transfer all markings to your fabric.

This is the fold line for the cowl.

This is the placement line for joining the back to the front.

Shoulder Line

This is the notch that matches the intersection of the cowl fold line and the placement line on the front.

Finish the back neckline with a strip of knit up to the notch.

Match the back notch with the front.

Right sides together, stitch along the placement line.

This what it should look like.

I hope these tips will help you successfully sew with stretch faux leather and make this Burda Style knit top!