Thursday, January 28, 2016

Burda Style February 2016

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

The ruffles add a feminine touch without overpowering the blouse. 
Blouse #107-Silk Charmeuse-Black and Ivory
Pant #114-Black Cotton Geometric Stretch Jacquard

Color blocking is a great way to highlight the positive!
Dress #124-Red/Black Reversible Knit

Weekend Glam
Jumpsuit #110B-Warm Stone Stretch Denim

The lace is what makes this simple style a knock-out.
Lace Blouse 102A-Scarlet Red Lace

Plus Size
This has great style with casual ease.  
Trenchcoat #128A-Natural Linen
Pants #129-Ivory Double Cloth Linen

A dress with so many flattering features: 
V-neck line and a pretty A-line skirt and pockets.
Dress #136-Peony Pink Stretch Denim

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

“Lazy Sewers Jeans”

This pattern is making its second debut on this blog!  Thanks Cissie for sharing how fabulous this looks in a print!

I love print jeans and I love Jalie’s Eleonora pattern so when I saw the tie-dyed denim I knew this was a great pairing.  The fabric has just the right amount of stretch for this pattern.  I call these “lazy sewers jeans” as the faux fly front and yokes eliminate all of the time-consuming aspects of sewing jeans!!  Plus, these fit perfectly and are so comfortable.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Wardrobe Basic: Denim Jacket

The third installment of the Fit-Along series of Wardrobe Basics is the classic denim jacket.  If you missed the last two, you can read about the classic white shirt here and the sheath dress here

Originally, the denim jacket was designed to be a utilitarian work coat designed by -you guessed it- Levi Strauss in the early 1900’s. The broad back and wide sleeves made it easy for cowboys to move freely while working on the ranch.  It wasn’t until the early 1950’s that the blue jean jacket crossed over from work attire to a fashion statement.  Movie stars like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe made it look very cool to wear the denim jacket as everyday fashion.  Fast forward to today and the denim jacket is now a chic way to polish off a weekend glam look!

Fabric Selection

The name of this third fit-along/wardrobe basic series is self-explanatory that denim is the fabric of choice! Since denim jackets are not just for “working on the ranch” denims like non-stretch (Blue Jean Denim), slight stretch (Evening Blue Stretch Denim) or more stretch (Deep Navy Blue Stretch Denim) can be used.  If you decide to make only one denim jacket choose a dark wash. Dark washes have a dressier and more polished look.  Lighter washes tend to work best for very casual wear.  

Patterns and Figure Types

The general design of the denim 
jacket has changed very little over the years.  The five classic denim jacket patterns that I have listed are all very similar- Burda Style 02/2010 #109, Jalie 2320, Style Arc Stacie Jean Jacket, Islander’s Jacket Express and Burda 7018. There are a few design elements that you can change to any of these patterns to get the best look for your body type. 

If you already have this classic jacket in your wardrobe, consider an alternative denim jacket. This is a jacket that moves away from the classic silhouette but is still considered a denim jacket because denim fabric is used.  

As I stated in previous posts, I won’t be able to cover all of the many varied figure types.  And some patterns can work for more than one figure type.  But I hope this will help you to look at patterns more critically and analyze what will best work for you. Be sure to sign up for Sew Much Fabric’s mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the home page) for additional exclusive information including updates on videos by Sew-to-Fit on how to do pattern alterations for that perfect fit.  

Classic: Bypass the boxy denim jacket and follow the natural curves of this silhouette by slightly nipping in at the waistline.

The Alternative: Vogue 9037-The V-neckline nipped in waist and flared hip follow the hour glass shape.

Classic: A boxy shape that stops at the high hip can help to balance out a larger bust.  Avoid pocket flaps and limit contrast topstitching to the collar, front placket and lower band or try tone on tone topstitching. 

The Alternative: Burda Style 04/2015 #116-The rounded dolman sleeves soften the shoulder line of the inverted triangle shape and the stand collar frames the face.  The waistline seam gives a peplum effect and the lower pockets help balance the hipline. Leave off the upper pockets.  

Classic: Bring all the attention to the top of the jacket with pockets and flaps and stop the lower band at the high hip. 

The Alternative: Burda Style 12/2015 #108B-The shoulder detail helps to balance the hips and the waistline seam defines your small waist.

Classic: A boxy (not oversized) jacket is a great shape.  Stop the lower band across the middle of the tummy.  It visually cuts the tummy in half. 

The Alternative: Burda Style 09/2012 #135 is a rock and roll spin on the denim jacket.    

Classic: Well fitted shoulders and a nipped in waist or stopping the band at the waist can create curves.

The Alternative: Vogue 1439 as a lot of great seaming to highlight the waist.  The simple hook and eye nips the waistline in.  

The classic denim jacket is so versatile it has become a wardrobe basic.  Reach for it whenever you need a dressy outfit to feel more relaxed or add polish to your weekend attire!

Thursday, January 07, 2016

A Skirt for All Occasions

New Year's Eve has passed and Valentine's Day is the next holiday you want to dress for.  Andrea, from Sew To Fit, has killed two occasions with one skirt when she made this fabulous black sequin skirt. She made the blouse, too!  Though the red silk charmeuse is sold out, the magenta silk charmeuse  (now sold out-all silk charmeuses here) would be a great option.  Andrea has also produced a video to show you how to sew invisible darts in this fabric plus a few other helpful tips. Thanks Andrea!

It is said by more than a few stylist in the world of fashion that I should have at least one "fancy" skirt, in this case a sequin skirt for the fun times and events....whether dressed up or down.  A piece such as this is a great go to item for any holiday or celebratory occasion.  Well, I do as I am told by my wardrobe consultant.  See, I made a sequin skirt.  Guess what???  I love it!!!

I originally wanted to use a basic McCalls pattern for the skirt.  But decided to stick with my high waisted look based off Pamela's Patterns and my own measurements.  I just used my hip, waist and length measurement to create the skirt.  I included a 2 inch allowance for the top in order to make for a wide sew-on 1.5" elastic. 

Black Diamond Stretch Sequin

The sequin fabric is from  This fabric is extremely nice.  I mean, before working with this sequin, I had a serious phobia against working with sequins.  I love does not act anything like the fabric sequins I have had experience using.  The pyramid shaping to the sequins gives it such a distinctive look and feel.

It looks like leather at first glance.  The sequins are no more than 1/8" big and are "stacked", I mean stacked densely on the knit backing.  I was worried about adding the four darts to get the shaping and how I would work them in without adding excess bulk. Be sure to watch the video on tips to sew invisible darts in this fabric.

The lining was a really nice designer grade tricot that is lightweight, yet strong enough to stand up to the weight of the fabric. 

I wore the outfit to a friend's New Year's Eve gathering with the over the knee boots. Such fun was had making this wonderful sequin skirt!  

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Behind the Scenes -The Art of Fashion 2016

For the last 4 years as a community service project,  I’ve collaborated with Elsik High School’s fashion design program by sponsoring and producing a fashion show/design competition.  If you are new to these parts you can read about previous shows here, here, here and here.  We are headed into our 5th year getting ready for the 2016 Fashion Show and Design Competition, "The Art of Fashion”.  This year the designers are challenged to select a painting from a well known artist as inspiration and create a 3-piece collection.  I’m very excited about the Design Competition because this is the first time the designers will put together a collection. There is a lot of activity that happens before the models walk down the runway.  Here’s a rundown on what’s happening behind the scenes as we prepare for the Show!

Getting Organized

Staying on track and organized is 
mandatory so the school year was started by selecting student designers for leadership positions. Their job is to assist their fellow designers to get everything accomplished in a timely manner.  Five designers were selected for a leadership role-one lead supervisor and four scene supervisors.  Each scene supervisor was assigned a scene.  The scene supervisor is responsible for everything that is needed to complete that scene including the music, organizing the line-up and the final look pictures (20 looks in each scene).  The lead supervisor is responsible for the 4 scene leaders and assisting Mrs. Rey, the fashion design instructor. 

Dreaming Big and the Camryn Flower

Ann, from Youtique Bridal and former fashion show judge 2014-2015, stopped by and talked to the advanced designers about Dreaming Big!  

Ann also came bearing gifts for each designer, a composition book to write down their big dreams and a kit to make her Camryn Flower

 The designers learned a new skill and came up with some awesome ways to use this beautiful flower!

Designers’ Workshop

We had our first Designers’ Workshop on Saturday, Oct 17.   Industry experts shared their knowledge with the designers to help them improve their skill set.  In the morning, Amy from Schwartz Designz spoke with the designers on how to put together a professional portfolio. She walked them through the process step by step with lots of tips and left a completed portfolio for the designers to refer to. 

 In the afternoon, Briggett and Bridget, instructors from HCC gave demonstrations on various sewing techniques.  We ended the day with door prizes-a sewing machine and sewing books donated by a few of Sew Much Fabric’s clients.  

HCC Field Trip

In November, we ended the semester with a field trip to Houston Community College (HCC) Fashion Design Department.  The Division Chair of Lifestyle, Arts & Design Careers, Suzette Brimmer, Adjunct Professor Briggett Smith and HCC’s Fashion Representative, Freddie Saucedo provided the students with a tour of the entire department and a very entertaining lecture on fashion history from the late 1800s to today.  A huge thank you to Suzette, Briggett and Freddie for putting together such a fun and informative tour of the fashion design department! Several student designers are looking forward to attending HCC after graduation.  

It’s been a great year so far as we work our way to the runway
 on Saturday, April 30, 2016.  See you there!!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Head on over to to take advantage of the 
"Take 10"  Sale!

You can save up to 60% off when you take an extra 10% off already reduced fabrics under “It’s on Sale” and “Last Chance”!  Use coupon code Take 10 and enjoy the additional savings.
 Sale Ends 1/1/16 at midnight CST .

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Burda Style January 2016

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(Sold Out)

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

This skirt has lots of possibilities-from causal to formal!
Maxi Skirt #106-Red/Hot Pink Reversible Knit

The Details: Double layered bodice and panels at the hip creating a smooth line leaving all the flare at the hem.
Dress #107B-Silk Charmeuse-Apple Cider

Simple but elegant blouse for New Year's Eve
Blouse #114A-Shimmer Satin-Peacock

I love the structure of this dress. 

Plus Size
Weekend Glam!
Blouse #132A-Reptile Print Silk Double Georgette
Pants #135A-Tan Calvary Stretch Cotton

Jacket #129-Navy/Ivory Tweed