Thursday, May 17, 2018


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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Run For The Border Print

If you've been following along as the Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric builds her curated wardrobe, you'll remember the white and tangelo wrap tops.  She has added a fun embroidered border print denim (Sold Out) skirt to the mix.  Perfect start to a summer wardrobe!  Thanks Dorcas!!!

With temps pushing 90 in Houston our coveted, albeit short-lived, spring is quickly departing. The good news? Bring on the summer sewing! My first make is my uber-favorite Grainline Studios Moss skirt made with this fabulous embroidered border denim now in stock at Sew Much Fabric.

I have a closet full of shirts that look great with this multi-colored floral embroidery. The colors are so vibrant and rich.

I used cotton shirting for my pockets and fly shield and topstitching was easy on this denim, as it is on the lighter end of the denim weight scale.

And of course, this summer skirt is special enough to deserve a lining. I used cotton broadcloth and a decorative stitch hem.

I love wearing this skirt and it has already become a staple in my wardrobe! The embroidered denim (Sold Out) and both the white and orange 11 oz. rayon knits are all available at Sew Much Fabric. So summer, welcome to Houston! I'm ready for you.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Burda Style May 2018

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Summertime Glam!
Dress #118-Teal Green Tropical Print Viscose Poplin

The nautical look is always so crisp and clean! 
 Dress #106-Lapis Linen

Off-the-shoulder trend is still going strong!  

You'll need a summer jacket to save you from 
air conditioned buildings.
Jacket #101-Black/White Reversible Stripe

Plus Size
Summer Wrap Dress.....
Dress #124-Field of Flowers Stretch Cotton

.....and Summer Cut Outs!
Dress #125-Floral Print Satin Scuba Knit

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Flower Power

Large floral prints and cold shoulders are all over the fashion radar for spring/summer 2018.  Dorcas, Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric, looks stunning in both trends.  The fabric,  Black/Multi Color Floral Viscose Poplin, is sold out but this print in a new colorway will be in stock soon!  Thank You Dorcas!   

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!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spring Flowers

Prints are inspiring, whether florals or abstracts!

For The Office

Create a daytime professional look using Cream/Yellow/Grey Leaf Print Scuba Knit with your favorite sheath dress pattern.  Pair the dress with a jacket using Burda Jacket 03/2017 #114 with the Buttercup Linen or.....

...for a more subdued look, pair Fern Print Stretch Cotton with Burda Style 12/2017 #103 for the jacket and Black Stretch Cotton Sateen for a classic sheath dress!

Lazy Saturdays

Saturdays are for 
hanging out with friends, running errands or grabbing a bite to eat! Throw on an easy, chic dress like Butterick 6567 made with cotton fabrics Field of Flowers Stretch Cotton and Turquoise Egyptian Cotton.

If the weather hasn't quite caught up with spring and it's still cool use Vogue 1575 with Floral Print Satin Scuba Knit and Pink Tulip Rayon Jersey Knit.

Day Wedding 

Rock it with Butterick 6554 in Navy/Pastel Floral Rayon Matte Jersey Knit (Sold Out) and make a wrap in Wedgwood Blue Polyester Mikado for a versatile coverup.

Spring is such an exciting season with the promise of beautiful flowers and new birth.  Whether woven or knit, be creative and have fun with the beautiful fabrics at Sew Much Fabric!

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

Thursday, April 05, 2018

5 Ways to Wear Yellow this Spring for YOUR Skin Tone

Yellow is associated with happiness and optimism but most of us are unsure how to wear this sunshine color!  Lauren Battistini, chief color strategist and owner of LFB COLOR CONSULTING, is sharing 5 strategies to successfully add this trending color to your sewing list! Use these tips and head over to Sew Much Fabric and select your shade of Yellow!

1. Yellow is an inherently warm color, so cool or blue undertones have the most trouble wearing this hue. For cool, or blue undertones, or those that are more cool than warm, wearing a cool, crisp yellow and/or a soft butter yellow are your best options. The warmer the yellow, as in mustard or orange-yellow, the more sallow and uneven the skin tone will appear on those of you with cool undertones.
Buttercup LinenAmelia Lace-Sunset Yellow

Golden Amber Rayon Jersey KnitSatin Back Crepe-Canary Yellow

2. If you have to wear the warm yellows, even though they are not "your colors," consider bringing in cool tones as accents. Incorporate black either in the pattern or as a jacket. Pro tip: Bring in coolness to a warm yellow ensemble with silver jewelry. Yes, it does work, ladies, and be sure to wear that silver jewelry close to the face to offset the visual effects of the warm yellows.
Cream/Yellow/Grey Leaf Print Scuba Knit 

3. For warm undertones, this is your season to create several statement pieces in various shades of yellow. How do you know if a yellow is too blue or cool for you? Put it to your face and see if it makes you look dull or washed out. For deeper WARM undertones, too cool of a yellow will make the skin appear dull and flat. The right yellow will add warmth to your skin without turning you sallow or jaundiced in appearance.
Silk Charmeuse-Apple CiderDesert Sand Stretch Cotton Sateen

4. When mixing and matching your yellows with other colors in your wardrobe, it is most important to keep the intensity of the color palette consistent. Bright vibrant yellows combine best with other bright tones, and muted yellows pair best with other muted tones.
Buttercup LinenTangelo Rayon Jersey Knit
Chamois Wool Calvary TwillArmy Green Rayon Jersey Knit

5. With yellow, a little bit goes a long way. I love this idea of incorporating a tiny bit of yellow in a shirt or dress pattern, then investing in a yellow handbag or pair of shoes to complete the look. 
Field of Flowers Stretch CottonFloral Vine Cotton Lawn
Yellow is trending this spring and will play a big role in the fall.  Use these strategies to get to know your best shade of yellow or contact Lauren at LFB COLOR for a consultation!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Wrap Top/Pleated Skirt 2.0

In Dorcas's last post, she made a wrap top/pleated skirt into a fun weekend glam outfit.  Using the same patterns Dorcas has kicked it up several notches into a polished 50s style with a very modern update!  Have you used the same pattern more than once for a totally different look?  Thank you Brand Ambassador!!

If this skirt and top look eerily familiar, that's because they are a deux 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 (Sold Out) and White Rayon Jersey 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!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Burda Style 4/2018

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(Sold Out)

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Sleeves are still trending.....
Blouse #105B Egyptian Cotton-Optic White or 

Love the clean lines and sophisticated look!
Trench Dress #104  Desert Sand Stretch Cotton Sateen

Updated details for the classic blouse.
Blouse #105A  Egyptian Cotton-Turquoise

Fun look for the weekend!
Blouse #120 and Pants #114B Black/White Reversible Stripe

Plus Size
Contrasting colors are a great way to highlight the details of this skirt.
Skirt #126  Buttercup and Khaki Linen

This would also look great with a pencil skirt.