Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Denim Jackets....

Do you have a denim jacket or a jean style jacket?  Looks like there are several options for fall.  Here's a couple that catch my attention:

Here is a denim jacket with near classic styling of a jean jacket.  This is the RtA Denim Jacket.  What do you think of the pintuck detailing?  What do you think of the zipper closure and the zipper cuffs?  Regular price is $575.00.  Right now it is marked down to $400.00.  The pintucking wouldn't be too hard to accomplish.  Just need to do the pintucking before cutting the sections out. Remember to match the fronts It would require extra length.  A sander could be used for the rough detailing.

What do you think of this interesting take on a jean jacket?  A little more feminine look with the cinched just above the waist and little bit of peplum.  This jacket is by Co and the retail price is $470.00.  I think if you shortened a standard jean jacket pattern and then drafted a peplum section you would come close to this look.

If you want a closer look at either on of these jackets, hop over to Neiman Marcus and search for the company and jacket name.

Need a jean jacket pattern?  Try this pattern:

This is the Jordan Jacket pattern by Serendipity Studios.  It is pretty much a standard jean style jacket. Use the link and go check it out.  Remember your jean jacket can be as plain or fancy as you want it.  Denim, linen, faux problem. Faux leather...why not?

Need more inspiration?  Hope over to youtube and look up the Silhouette Patterns #900 Carol's Jacket.  There is a ton of information on making changes to a jean jacket pattern  Obviously, this video is geared toward Silhouette Patterns jean jacket pattern.

Hope your inspired to make something wonderful!

Happy Stitching!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Christmas Tree Mug Rug kit

These are the cutest little mug rugs for the holidays:

This is the Christmas Tree Mug Rug kit.  It come with pre-fused & pre-cut applique pieces, background fabric, backing fabric, fabric strip for binding, buttons.  All you need to add is fusible batting, embroidery thread, and sewing thread. 

This would be a great take along project once the appliques are fused into place.  It would also make a nice gift.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pop-Up Fun....

Have you seen the Fat Quarter Pop-Up?  It is a very cute idea.

This is a fun little container that pops.  The specially forms wire springs into shape every time.  All you need to create is the pattern kit, light weight fusible interfacing, a fat quarter, and a few notions.  Finished size:  5 1/2" diameter and 6" tall.  This is not intended for children under the age of 12. 

Now that you've purchased the pattern and realized what fun it is to make, here is the Small Pop-Up refill:

This would make cute little gifts.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Skirt, Skirts, Skirts….

I love wearing skirts and I have found some interesting skirts for you today.  Leather and suede are in abundance.


Isn’t this a great looking skirt?  This is the Turner Zip-Front Suede Skirt from Layette 148 New York.  It is a exposed zip-front skirt with architectural patchwork and topstitching, an a-line silhouette, and side-entry pockets in goat skin.  Price tag:  $798.00.


Michael’s skirt by Silhouette Patterns is similar.  You would need to add the a-line silhouette.



This is the Mylon Suede skirt from Joie.    This is a little longer skirt with an a-line silhouette and concealed  button front in goatskin.  Price tag:  $598.00


This is the Emaline Skirt pattern from Serendipity Studio. This skips the concealed button front but gives you three lengths and three styles. 

I wonder how the Nu-Suede from Kaufmans or the Cuddle Suede from Shannon would make up in either of these patterns.  Both fabrics are machine washable which is easier care than the leather. If anyone is interested in a group purchase, let me know. 
Hope your inspired to create something beautiful.
Happy Sewing!


Monday, August 10, 2015

Wallets and Bags Using Frames Part 1......

Looking for gift ideas?  Here is a little wallet pattern and a small bag pattern. 

This is the Diva Frame Wallet pattern.  Included with the pattern is a silver colored frame.  This wallet includes 6 card pockets, 2 open pockets, and a zippered pocket. It can even be used as a clutch.  This is a great way to use up a fat quarter stash or use up some of your scraps.  Finished size closed:  8"wide x 4 1/2 long, finished size open:  8" wide x 9" long.  This would make a great easy gift.  Rating:  Beginning.

This is the Glam Shell pattern.  Included with the pattern is a silver colored frame.  This little bag includes 2 zippered pockets, 1 open pocket, 8 card slots, and a phone pocket.  Finished size closed:  8" x 7", finished size open:  8" x 14".

If you needed extra frames, here are the color choices:

This is the silver colored frame.

This is the gun metal gold colored frame.
This is the rose gold colored frame.

If you're interested in a different colored frame than what is currently with the pattern just ask when you purchase and I will substitute a different colored frame, if it is available.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fall Inspiration...

I've started looking at the Fall 2015 Folklorica Trend and found this fantastic trench:

This is the Burberry Prorsum trench coat and you really should head over to Neiman Marcus and check out the details.  This coat is suede and only retails for $7,500.00.  Yes, this is one of those items that you could duplicate if you chose.  Here's the back detail:

What do you think of the fringe?  I suppose that the fringe is the big trend item.  I'm not sure how I feel about the fringe for myself but it is certainly a fun detail.  This looks like a fairly classic trench coat and the only one I can think of that is an exact duplicate of the Burberry trench (with cup sizing added of course) is the Barbara's Trench by Silhouette Patterns:

The pattern maker stated that she actually duplicated a Burberry Trench for this pattern.  What about the fringe?  Well, Peggy at Silhouette Patterns has done a couple of videos this summer on how to add the fringe.  Hope on over to the Silhouette Patterns youtube channel and check out it out.

Hope you inspired to make something beautiful for yourself.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, July 16, 2015


It's time to look forward to fall fashions and I found this lovely coat:

This is the Gucci Leather Single-breasted Coat.  I just love it!  However, I don't love the price which is $5,600.00.  I wonder how many skins it would take to recreate this lovely coat.  I suppose you don't really need to use skins a faux leather of some type would probably be just fine.  Here's a pattern that would give a similar look:

This is the Dakota Duster by Serendipity Studio.  It would give a similar look to the inspiration coat and faux suede is listed as one of the fabrics.

Let's move on the jacket under the coat:

Doesn't this look like a classic blazer pattern?  I don't think that it is really a classic jacket but it certainly looks nice.  This is the Gucci Kaleidoscope Light Wool Single-Breasted Blazer.  Price tag:  $1750.00.  Here's a similar jacket:

This is Kwik Sew 3715.  This is a classic lined blazer pattern.  The difference I see between the inspiration photo and the Kwik Sew pattern is the lapel is slightly different and the pockets are lower.  Let's move to the pants: 

This is the Gucci Kaleidoscope Wool 1960s skinny pant.  These pants have a 7" leg opening.  Price tag:  $795.00.   Here's a pattern that would give you a similar look:

This is the Clover slim pant pattern by Colette.

Hope you're inspired to make something wonderful for fall.

Happy Stitching!