Thursday, February 19, 2015

Burda Style March 2015

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Classic shirtwaist dress with a twist
Dress #110A-Watercolors

Fabric selection can make this work for the office, a night out on the town, or for weekend glam.

Love this wrap dress with the front skirt pleat.

A spring coat for those last few chilly days.....
Plus Size
A classic cowl neckline is always a good choice.

Pretty fit and flare dress
Dress 133-Splotches

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What to Wear this Weekend: Color Blocking

I'm enjoying all of the wonderful guest blog posts featuring weekend glam projects! And this one is no exception.  Thank you Linda for sharing this recent make. You can keep up with Linda's sewing adventures on her blog,

While reading reviews at Pattern Review, I discovered a new to me online fabric store-Sew Much Fabric.  I liked a reviewer’s fabric so much that I wanted some for myself.  I did acquire that particular fabric; there was another one that also caught my attention, it was called Scallops (now sold out-other knits here). 

The design was wavy and straight horizontal lines of black, gray, golden brown with silver metallic threads running vertically.  Not really knowing what I wanted to make with this fabric I ordered several yards.

Recently I took the plunge and decided to use this lovely fabric and made McCall’s 7019.  I chose to make View A and View B.  View A has an even hemline front and back while View B has a longer back and contrasting fabric.  I wanted to use the contrasting fabric and keep an even hemline.

For the front piece I used the Scallop fabric as well as for the upper back.  For the lower back piece which comes forward to the front I used a solid black double knit from my fabric stash.  I also used this for the neck and sleeve bands.

I like the look for this combination and have received numerous positive comments about the fabric and style.  The fabric was a great knit to work with both from a cutting and sewing perspective.  I have enough left over to make a skirt which is my next project.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Animal Print and Weekend Glam

I love a great animal print and Carla has made a fabulous animal print knit top to wear for weekend glam.  And the fit is awesome!!  Thank You Carla!

 Vouge 9057

I took Craftsy Class – Sewing Fashion Knits with Linda Lee. I purchased from her website some of the fusible stabilizer for the shoulders and neck and the fusible web tape to secure the hem. Both products worked great.  I made view D.  I put the neck binding on using the “ready to wear” method in Linda’s class.  I also finished the hem with my new cover stitch machine!  Much to my surprise, after the Fashionista’s meeting Feb 2 where Andrea (Sew To Fit) measured me for the correct pattern size, the top actually fit perfect!  I used Sew Much Fabric sweater knit!  Love it!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Polk-a-Dots for Work

I love this beautiful dress Carla made for her daughter.  This is a perfect dress for a CPA to wear to work!  Thank you Carla for sharing this review.

Butterick 5951
After completing the Susan Khalje Couture Class, I decided to combine some of the couture techniques with some of my favorite techniques.  After making a muslin for view B—which my daughter did not like—I changed the bodice to View A.  I prefer to make adjustments on a traced paper pattern rather than the muslin.  Maybe I will change over time—but I like paper patterns!

I used fabric from Sew Much Fabric.  The bodice is a silk polk-a-dot and the skirt is a black wool (the black wool is now sold out).

I used silk organza to underline the bodice.  I knew I wanted to finish the sleeves as in the couture class by leaving extra seam allowances and catch stitching them to the underlining.  Then I attached the lining to the fashion fabric with a fell stitch.

The couture class only uses regular zippers, and I favor invisible zippers.  My daughter is 26 and no ready to wear for her age uses regular zippers.  I’m sure there is a couture method using invisible zippers, but I don’t know it.  So, I have a modified method—
Put the zipper in fashion fabric
Make neck facings out of the fashion fabric and attach to lining
Attach lining to back at zipper using zipper foot (couture does this by hand)
Attach lining to neck edge (stabilize neck edge with a stripe of silk organza selvage); understitch
Turn and press

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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(Sold Out)

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!