Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Burda Style December 2017

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Gotta love a printed coat!

Great pullover to wear for at home holiday parties.

And a skirt for the office Christmas party.
Skirt #121-Brocade-Spice Wine/Gold Foil

A lace dress to bring in the New Year!
Dress #107B-Black Border Chantilly Lace

Plus Size
Cocktail Time
Tunic #123A-Black/Gold Stretch Lace

Love the waistline details
Jumpsuit #126-Black Silk Double Georgette

Friday, November 24, 2017

Oh! What a Night!

  • We have reached the time of year when we are being invited to celebrate the season! And with that comes the need to create festive, fun, and trendy garments to sparkle at these holiday events.
  • Let’s explore a few possibilities with fabrics from Sew Much Fabric!
  • Images from Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2017 Collection

Office Party for the Holidays- 
Go from daytime business straight into party mode by adding a jacket.

The red background of this Jasper Red Floral Print Rayon Challis as a shirt dress is a nice way to do holiday cheer in an office setting!  Pattern- Vogue 9201 

Make a lace Chanel-esque jacket with Navy Novelty Lace to wear over the dress and you're ready to meet your colleagues out for drinks. Pattern- Vogue 9247

Or make a beautiful knit wrap dress (Butterick 6411) in a muted shade of green like Army Green Rayon Jersey Knit and pair it with the Navy Novelty Lace Jacket. 

Weekend Holiday Gatherings-Time to relax!
Decorating the tree, Christmas shopping or taking photos for this year's Christmas card, it's time to relax with family and friends!  Make a white blouse (Burda Style 07/2017 #119A) with details at the neck and/or sleeve for a festive look using 

Sew up a pair of pants using Black/White Windowpane Stretch Cotton Sateen and Burda Style 3/2010 #135A to wear with the white blouse for holiday shopping or just hanging out with family and friends.

Time to add a little glam for the annual family Christmas pictures! Use the same white blouse and make a pleated brocade skirt with Black/Gold Swirl Brocade for just a hint of sparkle. 

A Formal Affair- 
Holiday festivities that require formal dresses. 
There are lots of options when it's time to dress up!  Consider making an impact with color and sew a dress (Vogue 1566) with Brocade-Spice Wine/Gold Foil.

For a red carpet New Year's Eve look you can't go wrong making a beautiful jewel tone formal in Deep Turquoise Satin Back Crepe.  Pattern- Vogue 1474

You’ll be sure to get attention with these beautiful fabrics from Sew Much Fabric.  Let’s get started! The clock is ticking!

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Long and Short of It!

Carla has made another chic weekend glam hi/lo T-Shirt using Black/White Tile Rayon Matte Jersey.  This T-Shirt will serve her well for many fashion seasons to come!  Thank you Carla!!

I made Version A with a shortened sleeve and a modified hemline.  The really long pointy tops do not flatter me! 

I used Linda Lee’s method of “Ready to wear neck binding” in her knit class on Craftsy.  This is the best set of instructions for doing a neckline that looks just like ready to wear—and it’s really easy!

I love my top. The fabric is fantastic!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Suit Yourself!

The Menswear trend is back and hotter than ever; from flannel, tweeds, and stripes, to solid tropical weight wools and even brocades. Let’s look at the styles and fabric choices from Sew Much Fabric! Image from Calvin Klein’s Fall 2017 RTW collection

Outerwear: Coats
As we head into the winter months, a coat is high priority!  A tweed coat with just a hint of color like Black with Ruby Flecks Wool Blend or Black with Sea Grey Flecks Wool Blend will brighten an otherwise dreary winter day. A coat that's slightly oversized offers plenty of room to wear a suit underneath. Pattern- Burda Style 11/2016 #128B 

A coat in faux leather like Black Embossed Faux Leather has just a little feminine touch in the print! Pattern: Burda Style 09/2016 #117

Sports Jacket
A sports jacket is a completer piece for the menswear trend.  It completes or adds polish to a shirt and pair of pants.  Corduroy (Sold Out) or wool flannel are the perfect fabrics for this look.  Pair with jeans, a scarf and cap for a chic weekend glam outfit!  Pattern- Burda 6746

A white cotton shirt is a wardrobe staple for both men and women. A pinstripe shirt is also classic menswear but in silk it softens the look and adds a more luxurious feel.  Pattern-Burda 7136

A power suit is quintessential menswear.  Tropical weight wool in black, navy and brown are great to wear all year around.  You'll need all three pieces-jacket, pants and skirt.  Break the suit up and wear the individual pieces with other items in your wardrobe.  Pattern: Vogue 9138

A tuxedo is a great alternative look for evening and so comfortable!  Use this Black/White Double Faced Suiting and add a little sparkle with a sequin shell top.  Pattern- Burda Style 10/2015 #126 

A second option for a tuxedo look is brocade.  Sparkle is always a welcome addition!  Pattern Burda Style 09/2014 #107 

Head over to Sew Much Fabric to see all of these fabrics plus more  and sew up a few of these menswear inspired outfits. These looks will last for many years to come and still be on trend!

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Burda Style 11/2017

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Figure flattering lines with lots of options for color combinations!

Such an effortlessly chic coat! 

Dress by designer Steffen Schraut
Dress #122-Red Wool Tricotine

For my trendsetters!

Plus Size
A new coat can brighten the dreariest of winter days.

Love a good flounce on a pencil skirt!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Harvest of Fashion for Fall/Winter 2017

This color story lets you mix textures and colors to make an entire wardrobe! Even though you’re only using 7 fabrics (with a few basics thrown in for good measure), the combinations are endless and will take you from daytime/work to evening to fun weekends.  Let’s take a look at some possible combinations!

Daytime/ Business
Start off with a polished jacket using McCalls 7549 with Black/ Ruby Flecks Wool Blend or Red Faux Leather.  Make a skirt (Vogue 9209) with the Red Faux Leather then add a classic white blouse with Dove White Shirting and Butterick 6028.

After Work Cocktails and Social Events
Take a traditional office look like Vogue 1560 and use Chili Red Silk/Wool Suiting to create a professional outfit for an after work social setting. 

This is a great look for those social events that don't require all out glamour!  Use Vogue 9267 and Black/White Stripe Red Floral Brocade.

Weekend Events-Informal Concerts, Museum Exhibits, Lunch with Friends
Time to kick back and enjoy the weekend with family and friends!  Try a swing top (Butterick 6136) made with a comfortable matte jersey like Floral/Stripe Rayon Jersey Knit and Torch Red Rayon Jersey Knit.  Wear it with the Red Faux Leather Skirt.  

And just for fun… 
Add one more swing top using Tan/Walnut/Black Lightweight Interlock Knit and McCalls 7435.  This top can go over the Red Faux leather skirt or the Chili Red Silk/Wool Suiting pants.  Additional options are slim fitting pants in Black Ponte or the Coral Ponte knit.

The combinations from these fabrics are endless and you can have so much fun mixing them and matching them. Accessories will be easy to coordinate as well.  Head over to Sew Much Fabric to see the Harvest of Fashion Collection and get started making your own fall collection!  

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.