Thursday, April 19, 2018

Channeling Vogue 9296


I fell in love with this dress when it premiered earlier this year in the spring Vogue pattern collection. Well, it's really the fabric I was in love with, the dress was secondary and I wasn't that crazy about it, but somehow it called out for a this huge floral. My first impression of the dress was that the cold shoulder was a bit trendy but when Roz at Sew Much Fabric told me she had ordered the very fabric that McCall's used for their model, I knew I had to have it. It's a rayon poplin with a great weight and the perfect drape a flowy dress like this would require. Knowing the fabric was on the way, the pattern started growing on me and then it was a must have. Now I can't imagine having made anything else with this fabulous floral. And here's the Vogue for comparison:



It was a very simple make. The pattern has cup sizes which, for me, is always a plus. The only modification I made was to decrease the front slit in the bodice which I shortened 2". It's a sleek fit and looks as nice in the back as the front:


The sleeves are fun. It's been a long time since I've worn a full sleeve gathered with a cuff.



By the way, this fabric washes and dries like a dream! There were so many fun colors in this fabric I decided to use the grass green for all of my topstitching rather than predicable black:


Lukewarm turned to love for my new dress and think I'll have fun wearing it this summer!

Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

My Easter Confection



If this skirt and top look eerily familiar, that's because they are a deux over from my last post! When I find pieces that work well together it's a given that I will make them again right away. No exception with this Burda Style skirt (01 2018 #121) and knit top (Burda 6848).

This time I used the lovely zig zag tweed and white rayon knit from Sew Much Fabric and a guipure lace remnant from Promenade Fabrics which I used as a border and embellishment.

The construction of the skirt was similar to making a guipure skirt in that I determined the hem length and stitched that first. I then added the guipure border.  I cut individual motifs from the lace and started placing them. Uniformly to begin with:



And then I just kept adding here and there until it looked balanced to me:


Once the lace was all basted in place I stitched it down with my Bernina Stitch Regulator which is a pretty darn awesome little gadget for freehand stitching. I'm looking forward to playing around some more with it.



No individual motifs on the back since it is flat with no pleats. Here it's shown with my jean jacket:




The whip cream and cherry for my Easter treat is a silk charmeuse lining and my favorite Petersham ribbon waistband treatment:




The Burda top I modified by replacing the wide band on the pattern with wrap ties. I made the bodice as instructed omitting the band:



Then I cut two bands on the fold the width of the fabric to make the ties:


I made an opening at the right side seam to thread one of the ties through before wrapping and voila, a great wrap around shirt to complete my Easter Confection:




And I love it with my ribbon candy French jacket!




Happy Easter and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Lassoing Spring Flowers


Spring is finally here and I'm in love with these two pieces, both perfect for transitioning into warmer weather. The pleated skirt is Burda Style 01/2018 #121 and the knit top is a modified version of Burda 6848. Both of the beautiful fabrics are from Roz at Sew Much Fabric and each gave just the result I had in mind.

The inverted pleats of the Burda skirt needed a fabric with some body to achieve fullness without bulk.



This Italian cotton broadcloth called Greystone Lassoed Flowers was just ideal and lovely to sew with. Crisp without being stiff and it presses like a dream.  Predominately a palette of khaki and grey, it's also steeped in sage with touches of apricot. Just my colors!



I pleated out some of the excess before cutting the lining pieces



Finishing touches are the rayon lining and my favorite Petersham ribbon waistband treatment:




And now on to the Tangelo rayon knit top. Well, it's orange. Need I say more!? This is an 11 oz. rayon/spandex with 75% stretch in both directions. I knew I wanted a wrap top but also more coverage than any I had made in the past. I spotted Burda 6848 while pattern shopping and thought I'd give it a try:



I made View A but added a little experiment to it. I wasn't crazy about the wide band at the waist and decided to replace that with long ties that would wrap the waist and tie in front. I cut two 6" wide strips the width of the fabric, joined them to make one long piece, sewed the bodice to it and voila, a wrap shirt. And a favorite it shall become!



Fits great in the back, as well:



In my closet this outfit will be easy to accessorize. I'm really looking forward to wearing it!


Thanks for stopping by and see you next time.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Yellow is the New Red for Valentine's!





It's been so dreary this week and I'm SO ready for spring! Sew Much Fabric is, too, with these sunny and fun fabrics. Yellow is trending this year and has always been one of my favorite colors. This golden amber rayon jersey knit is especially rich and saturated and looks fabulous with the abstract print stretch cotton twill from Italy in white, honey, amber and black.
 
To me, the abstract print of the twill  was reminiscent of an animal print so I instinctively reached for another animal print because I like to mix them. My friend Julie Starr had just gifted me with a load of bias tapes in 3 different animal prints from Farmhouse Fabrics and one of them was the perfect scale and color for my skirt. I already knew I wanted to use Burda 02/2017 #117 because I love the detail at the yoke and pockets. One would usually go with black for the trim and buttons I but I felt like that was too predictable so I went with the cheetah.





 
The top is Burda 02/2013 #126. It's basically a raglan tee but with the soft gathering at the shoulders it has much more interest and femininity.
 
 

The skirt is fully lined with satin binding at the hem. I love making skirts-probably because they are so easy to fit!




I love my new skirt and top and until it warms up I'll enjoy wearing them with two of my other Sew Much Fabric jackets!


 
Thanks for reading, happy sewing and see you next time!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Patent Leather Pencil Skirt


I love this skirt! This is a faux leather from Sew Much Fabric that is over-embroidered with a damask pattern and it is SO much fun to wear. It made its debut Saturday night at a birthday dinner at the new Mastro's Houston and everyone raved about it.
 
Honestly,  I really wondered how this fabric would behave while I was sewing with it and I was so pleased when it went together with no problems whatsoever. I thought a walking foot might be needed but I sewed a sample with my standard presser foot and it worked just fine on the rayon backing and so I went with it:



And pressing was not the least bit problematic. I used an organza press cloth and did my pressing from the inside and it pressed remarkably well. Here are the back darts:


And the darts from the right side perfectly pressed and crisp:


I used my usual Petersham ribbon waistband:


I used Susan Khalje's pattern The Straight Skirt and I've made it several times but I know this one is going to quickly become one of my favorite wardrobe pieces. Give this fabric a try when you want to whip up something edgy and fun! My top is Burda 6990 in stretch velvet.

 
Thanks for reading and see you again soon!

Monday, January 1, 2018

A Sparkly New Year!


Happy New Year! And welcome to my first official blog post as Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric one of the premier on-line resources for exquisite fabrics, notions and expertise on how to style it into fashion!
 
This version of the classic McCall's sheath 2401 is made from SMF's Smokey Taupe Sequin Stretch Lace overlaid on Smokey Taupe Satin, both available on the website. It was my first foray into sewing with a stretch lace overlay and so, as I'm famous for, I flew by the seat of my pants! I decided to approach it by basting the two layers together and treating them as one:


It worked great, even on the darts:


I inserted the zipper and sewed backs to front for a fitting. Thanks to my previous professional fitting with Andrea of Sew to Fit ,there were no adjustments to make. Having perfection on fit and the fact that the reverse side of the satin was beautiful, I decided I didn't want the bulk of another layer of lining. My dilemma then was how to finish the neckline and inside? I cut a 2" wide bias strip of the satin and used that for the neckline finish and I was very pleased with it:


I winced and went ahead and serged the other raw seams and it actually looks great. By the way, a great tip I learned from Susan Khalje is not to sew your bust dart down along the side seam, let it remain free for a much better fit:


I left the sleeves unlined and that was an easy process to measure the correct length using the scalloped edge at the wrist:
 
 
The final result is I am LOVING this little sparkler of a dress!
 
 
I paired it with my Glam Trench Coat (fabrics from Sew Much Fabric) and with the unexpected addition of my metallic cowboy boots it was a huge hit! In fact, I was having such a good time I forgot to have some photos taken!
 
 
I wish you all a blessed and bountiful 2018 with lots of time for sewing! See you next time!