Fashion Show Invitation

Fashion ShowAnyone in the Atlanta area, you are invited to the Atlanta Chapter of the American Sewing Guild Fall Fashion Show.  September is National Sewing month and we are celebrating in style. Anthony Williams from Project Runway is our guest MC.  All the fashions are made by ASG members, students, and future designers.  I am currently working on a fabulous outfit to model and I will blog about it in the future. For tickets go to this Atlanta Sewing Guild link. The deadline to purchase tickets is this Friday, August 29.

I hope to see you there.

Martina

Red Silk Sheath

Me 3There is something about a simple sheath dress that states sophistication.  The classic sheath can be dressy or casual, but even in a casual fabric it is still classy.

One day at Gail K’s, I was shopping for fabric to make a prototype for one of my husband’s inventions, I found this beautiful red tone on tone silk.  I love silk so I just had to have it, my immediate thought was to make a simple sheath dress, and this is what I came up with.

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Marfy Patterns

Cat 2Not too long ago a friend from ASG sent out an email about a free downloadable pattern from Marfy Patterns.  I had never heard of them before so I thought I would check them out, who doesn’t like something that is free.  Right?  On the website there were three free patterns, a top, skirt and jacket. I felt like I had hit the mother load. LOL I downloaded all three of them and decided to make the cute top.  In this article I will show you the steps in how to tape the downloaded pattern together, because there definitely were some challenges that I will explain. I will show you the solutions I came up with, and the link to the free patterns, if they are still available when you read this.

What I have learned about Marfy from their website is that they are an Italian pattern making company. They hand make each pattern and are known for their workmanship, styles and precision.  Find out more about them here. I personally can’t wait to try one of their actual patterns (not a downloadable one).  Their styles are fabulous!!!

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Jacket Pattern Alterations

Pink JacketI think the reason most people give up on sewing fashions for themselves is because of fit.  Fitting yourself can be quite a challenge, especially if you don’t have someone to help you pin, measure, take a tuck in, etc.  To be honest it can be quite a hassle, depressing and a very long process. But if you would take the time to get that perfect or almost perfect fit it can be so rewarding.  It makes you feel and look great in your well fitted outfit, much better than a store bought fashion. Also the more you fit yourself, the easier it becomes, then the more enjoyable the sewing process will become.

In this article I am going to show you some of the steps I took to alter the jacket pattern for my Reversible Jacket.  We are all made of different shapes and sizes, so I know you won’t have the exact altering issues that I have, but I hope you can learn from these examples and apply them in some sort of way.  Example, if I had to add to a curve, you might have to take away from a curve.  Same basic process, I add and you subtract, basic math and geometry.

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Reversible Jacket

Rev Jacket DualAbout 25 years ago I found a vintage Forstmann 100% wool bouclé jacket that was my husband’s grandmother’s.  It was about to be thrown away and I saved it.  I had it cleaned and I wore it a couple times, and it inspired me to want to make a more modern version of the jacket.  It took 25 years but I finally made one. Forstmann jacket

Forstmann labelI am not a “wool” person so I knew I didn’t want to make the new jacket out of wool.

One day while fabric shopping for another project, this beautiful synthetic faux Persian lamb jumped out at me. It came in three colors, and I fell in love with two of them.  I couldn’t make my mind up which was the prettiest, so I thought, why not make a reversible jacket, then I can have them both.  Here is the process in making this extremely soft and comfortable jacket.

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Easy Knitted Ribbon Scarf

ScarfFor those of you that follow my blog, you know that I am not a knitter, but these scarves are so easy and pretty that anyone can do it.

Red Heart Yarn When I went to the fabric store I didn’t set out to get yarn to make another scarf, but this Red Heart Ribbon Yarn was sitting on an end counter (great marketing) and when I looked at it I thought, wow, I think that can be knitted like the ruffled scarf I made.

I bought a couple colors and in a few hours I had two beautiful scarves.

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With Love – Prom Dress 2013

Prom for BlogBoo Hoo, my grandaughter Angelica is a senior in high school. That means it is my last year to make her a prom dress; therefore, it has to be spectacular.  This article is all about her prom dress I designed and made.  It is full of pictures showing some of the sewing processes, the thought processes, and many couture details of the dress.  I hope you enjoy the beauty of the dress as much as I enjoyed creating it. Continue reading