Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays!

I hope that everyone is enjoying their holidays. My family and I are enjoying a nice quiet day and then we will be off to visit with family for a few days.

A big "Thank You" to all of my customers for a wonderful year. Many new things are coming. So, sign up for the newsletters or visit the blogs often.

Now for more Shop Talk - the last couple of days a few new items arrived - shopping bag patterns, pin cushion pattern, and the new 5-in-1 sliding gauge by Clover. Click on the shop link at right and then click on the "What's New". Remember to request an invoice if you purchase during the session that the link launched.

December 26, 2008 through January 4, 2009, there will be free shipping on over hundred patterns. Remember to request an invoice to get all mailing charges removed. For purchases that included both a free shipping item and a regular shipping item, use the links, and I will pass off any savings as additional shipping discounts. Otherwise, I will send an invoice upon my return. I will check email from time to time while I'm gone to see if there are any questions or invoices which need to be sent.

Shipping will resume on January 5, 2009.

Have a safe New Years!

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Shop Talk - Free Shipping and Sales

There is a lot going on at The Pattern Loft this week. There are several pattern lines where free 1st class shipping is being offered - Black Cat Creations, Artful Offering, Serendipity Studios, Shapes, and The Sewing Workshop. The rayon Petersham ribbon is also being offered with free 1st class shipping. I will also include an option for discounted Priority Mail. Please be sure to request an invoice for all shipping charges to be removed. Also, there are items around the site that are 25% off - scissors, rotary cutters, blades for the rotary cutters, buttons, books, etc. Go and see. Use the link at the right. Thank you!

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Shop Talk - New Patterns

New items have been added to The Pattern Loft. Here's a sample:

The Biarritz Jacket pattern by Loes Hinse Design. This jacket has a separate collar piece. Lots of design possibilities here.

The Serged Satchel pattern by Indygo Junction. The ruffles on the bag are created using jelly rolls or 2 1/2" strips of bags. Very cute and feminine!

The Teatime Dress and Coat pattern by Mary Ann Donze Design for Indygo Junction. This is part of a new children's boutique series from Indygo Junction. The coat is really cute completed with recylced jeans. More of the boutique series will be arriving in early 2009.

There are more new bag patterns, apron patterns, and clothing patterns in the "What's New" section of the ebay store. Go check it out!

Remember to use to links when purchasing and request an invoice. Any savings will be passed on as shipping discounts. Purchase must be made during the session that was opened by the link.

If you're looking for something and can't find it in the store, ask. I can place a special order for items. Usually the first or second week of the month is when I place orders with the distributor.

Happy Holidays! Happy Sewing!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Shop Talk

Christmas season is officially here. The USPS will be slowing down so please remember if you want something quickly request invoice and send an email requesting Priority Mail. Most patterns will fit in a Flat Rate Priority Mail Envelope. Generally, I will include the Priority Mail as an option when sending an invoice but I do forget once in a while.

Over the next week, there will be several new items added to the store. Most of the items are new releases. I will send a "What's New" email from eBay and I will post a notice here with links back to the store.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

New patterns lines are here!

I finally have finished scanning and editing the pictures for the new patterns. The new pattern lines are Heather Bailey patterns and Portabellopixie boutique patterns. Lots of variety here. Portabellopixie has some really cut patterns for little girls. Check them out.

Other new items include broch pins, 6" round bamboo look purse handles, a couple of bags patterns and the Cupcake Pincushion pattern by Cindy Taylor Oates has been restocked. Go see all the new items.

Remember, when using the links that I mail out or the links found in the blog, I will discount the shipping or give free shipping. I will pass the savings on to you. All purchases must be made during the same session the links launched. Remember to ask for an invoice.

Happy Stitching!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Shop Talk - Lots of New Items

In the past couple of weeks, I have added lots of new patterns. Also, sold out items have been restocked. Check out the "What's New" section to see all the new items.

There are more new patterns coming. Think boutique style patterns. They should be uploaded in the next couple of weeks.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

More Ideas for Holiday Decorating

I really enjoy this time of the year with all the wonderful decorations. There is still time to make decorations for the upcoming holidays. Here's a few ideas:

1. There are a few examples of stockings in the store. They are so much fun to fill. Here's a couple of examples: the Victorian Elf Stocking pattern by Artful Offerings and the Christmas Rose pattern by Fig Tree threads.

2. Pillow covers are another nice item for holiday decorating. Here's a cute pillow cover pattern by Bunny Hill Designs: A Pillow Party for Christmas.

3. Calendars are fun for children. I have two examples in the store: the "We are Waiting" calendar pattern by Disa Designs and Christmas Tree Countdown pattern by Suzanne's Art House.

4. There are also decorative items that can sit on mantels, tables, etc. Here's a couple from the store: Santa Trio pattern by Disa Designs and Jingle Bell Vases pattern by Artful Offerings. There are more of this type of pattern for general winter decorations, too.

5. Let's not forget the kitchen. There are towel patterns: Holiday Towels pattern by Little Country Quilts, and Christmas time tea towels and potholders by Disa Designs. Look around at other examples of fun towels.

As always, I will special any design that I have access too. Also, use the direct links or the store link to the right to get free or discounted shipping. I will pay the savings on to you.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

More Green gift ideas – For the kids

It's always fun to sew for kids. The excitement is contagious. Here's a few ideas:

1. If your purchased games or some boxed item, how about a personalized pillow case with their name on it as the wrapping? It's two gifts in one. Here's a couple of examples from the store: Pillowcase Patterns by Patches Pallette, and Heads Above the Rests pillowcase pattern by Vanilla House Designs.

2. How about making a stocking to tuck the ipod player cover in or the cell phone cover? Here's a couple of stocking patterns: Goodie Socks pattern by Details by Dianne and Christmas Rose pattern by Fig Tree threads.

3. Here's some cell phone holders: Cell Phone Catty's pattern by Cotton Ginnys and Cell Phone Cuties by Fig Tree threads.

4. Are you getting a little boy some pirate toys? How about making a pirate map that can work as a wrap: Pirate Treasures pattern by Needlesongs. Lots of appliques here for making lots of pirate related items.

5. Here's a bag pattern that would inspire some creative play: Castle Keeper tote pattern by Needlesongs. For little girls, fill it with princesses and clothing. For little boys, it could be filled with knights. Don't forget the story books!

6. For the little ones, how about a animal blankie? There are several examples on the store for both hand embroidery and machine embroidery. Here's a couple of the links: Hankie Blankie Pets pattern by Black Cat Creations for hand embroidered faces, Hankie Blankie Pets pattern by Black Cat Creations for machine embroidered animals, and Snuggables Animal Blanket and Ball pattern by Cotton Ginnys.

Be sure to look around when you visit. There are lots of items for kids just waiting for someone to make them up for a special child(ren).

Happy Sewing!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Shop Talk - More Green Xmas Gifts Ideas

This has been fun coming up with a few ideas for a green Xmas. Here's a few more ideas:

1. For the golfer, there are many small items that would fit into a shoe bag(s) think golf balls, golf tees, gloves, gift certificates for a round of golf, and golf towels.

2. For the avid cook, fill a shopping bag (links in previous post) with an seasonal apron(s), seasonal oven mitts, towels, gift certificates. Here's a link to aprons and kitchen items.

3. For the sewer (sewist), a beginner would love to receive tools of the trade or even patterns that would help build skills. Fill a tote with scissors, tape measures, rotary cutters, rulers, chalk, beeswax, seam rippers, pins & needles, different sizes of sewing machine needles, small containers for taking necessities to class, and gift certificates for sewing classes. Here's a link for tools and pins & needles.

That's it for now. I'll see what else I can come up with. Please remember I will do special orders.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Shop Talk - More Green Ideas for Xmas

This has been the year of Going Green. So instead of using wrapping paper for all of your gifts, how about making the wrapping as part of the gift? Here are a few examples:

1. Janet's Jewelry Case pattern would be an excellent pattern for just this purpose. Make it out a fabulous fabric, fill it with jewelry, and tie it with a big bow.

2. Shopping bags - This is probably the most talked about item when Going Green. Make a shopping bag (or two) that is personalized and fill the bag with your gift. Again, tie it closed with a bow or zipped it closed, depending on the pattern used. Here's a few from the store: The ReUse a Bag pattern, Eco Market Tote pattern, B.Y.O.B. bag pattern, or the Easy Market Bag pattern. This is just a few of the bag patterns that are available.

3. Lunch bags - Do you know someone who carries a plastic bag with their lunch in it daily? Why not make a pretty bag for the ladies or a masculine bag for the gents to carry lunch in? Here's a couple from the store: Let's Do Lunch tote pattern or the The Lunch Bag pattern.

4. Make-up bags - Again go for the beautiful fabrics and fill them with daily necessities. Here's an example - Gwen's Zip-N-Go Totes pattern.

This is just a few ideas.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Shop Talk - Here's the gift bag pattern

Here's the gift bag pattern that I recently found:

Its the Bosa Nova Bags by Cedar Canyon. This is the perfect gift bag for those who are trying to be green with their gift giving. This sewing pattern includes directions for 3 different sizes of bags and information for creating your own custom size bags. The bags require between a 1/2 and 5/8 yard of fabric for the bag cover and ties, 1/2 yard for lining, Steam a Seam 2 (18" wide) - 1/2 yard to 1 yard, tabs - either Lazy Girl Design Handy Tabs (2 to 3 packages) or 3/4" ribbon (3/4 yard to 1 yard) and fray check.

I do carry the Lazy Girl Handy Tabs in all the colors. Use the link at the right and go to embellishments or do a search. If you need more of any color than I have in stock, let me know and I will be happy to do a special order.

I also carry the 3/4" Petersham ribbon in rayon and a few colors. I will double-check to make sure that all the colors are listed.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Shop Talk - Lots of new items at the ebay store

If you haven't visited The Pattern Loft at ebay lately, go check it out. I have added lots of new items. There are several new patterns, new interfacing, and new threads. I also still have lots of items that haven't been listed yet. For those who are trying to make gift bags this year, I found a pattern for making cloth gift bag in three sizes with instructions to make custom sizes. It is on this list for adding next. I just need to scan a picture. I also still have a lot of items on back order.

Remember to use the links to the ebay store that I send via email or the link here on the blog and I will share the savings with you. Ask for an invoice.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Shop Talk - Use the links

To my customers - use the links that I send you and request an invoice. I will give you free shipping when the links are used. I send the links when I email you, the links are sent in the marketing emails, and the link to the ebay store here on the blog will all result in free shipping from the ebay store. This applies only to customers in the United States. I can give customers outside the United States a discount.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Once again I'm looking around the Neiman Marcus site and found this two items in the Black Halo collection:
Here's the Key Pencil Skirt. I really like the color of this skirt. It has a very high waisted skirt. The detail loks like it is at the waistline. Be sure to zoom in and check out this skirt. The detail is wonderful but the hemline is horrible.

I really like the way this blouse looks. The neckline is great. I would think that this particular top would be very easy to duplicate. Imagine the possibilities with being able to change the scarf at the neckline. Here's the link so you can zoom in: Andrea Tie Neck Silk Blouse.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sale going on!

I'm having a weekend sale (through midnight 10/13). Purse handles are 5% off and felting items are 25% off. If you purchase any one of the sale items and spend $25, request an invoice and I will remove shipping charges. The optional insurance will remain.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Shop Talk

I have received many new patterns and they will be added to the eBay store over the next couple days. There are many Christmas patterns, pin cushion patterns, apron patterns, and purse patterns. Visit often or sign up for the store newsletter to hear about "What's New".

Children are such happy recipients of the items that are made. I thought I would point out a couple of the Vanilla House Design patterns that would make really great gifts or items for your local charity.

Here's the Hats, Mittens, and Kids! pattern by Vanilla House Designs. This pattern is for fleece wear for kids sizes 3 to 6. Here's the link to the pattern: Hats, Mittens, and Kids!.

This is the Warm Hands pattern by Vanilla House Designs. This pattern is for a muff. Great for keeping your hands warm at the ball game or for a walk. Here's the link to the pattern: Warm Hands.

These patterns take very little fleece to create. Main fabric for either is a 1/4 yard.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Freebie and Shop Talk

Studio Kat has a new freebie bag pattern. It's the Rug Bucket. A good idea for a quick bag or a gift. If you're looking for the bag handles or the vinyl for the tab, both are located in the store. There are 13" and 27" purse straps and matching vinyl in the embellishments. Lookie for different colors or stap lengths? Ask, I will do special orders.

Enjoy the freebie!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Inspiration and Shop Talk

Today, I was looking around on the Neiman Marcus website and came across great jacket. Described as leather jacket with stand up collar, hidden front closure, long sleeves and smocked detail on collar and chest. It's approximately $10,000. Here's the link so you can zoom in and check it out for yourself: Valentino Smocked Leather jacket. Isn't the detail great? I really like the look of smocking.

The Confident Jacket pattern by Indygo Junction could be a good jumping off point for a jacket similar to the Valentino jacket.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Inspiration for Fall

I was looking at the Theory tops collection at Neiman Marcus today. I found lots of interesting items. There were pleating at the neckline, little puffs sleeves, big feminine bows, and cowl necked tops. The fabrics were rayon, wool, cotton, polyester, etc.

The first top of interest is the red cowl-neck top. It is described as scoop neck cowl, ruched front, and long sleeved. Very cute. There is also a similar top in black. The fabric is rayon/spandex and it sells for $95.00. I will say that I call the area that is being referred to as "ruched" gathered. So, I will be checking up on my sewing terms. I must be getting rusty.

The second top of interest is the tie-neck top. It is described as a tie detail at bateau neckline and long sleeves with banded cuffs. I think that this would be fairly easy to add to a top. The fabric is wool / polyester and the top sells for $235.00.

Hope your inspired to create something beautiful.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Inspiration & Shop Talk - Fall Wraps

Today, I was looking around at the Big 4 websites and came across an interesting wrap at the Butterick site: Retro Wrap. Looks like it would be easy to recreate. You will need to register for email to get this.

If this isn't the type of wrap that you're interested in, perhaps one of the following items in The Pattern Loft shop will be of interest:

1. Pamela's Poncho pattern by Pamela's Patterns.

2. Pamela' Poncho for Kids pattern by Pamela's Patterns.

3. Zoannes Cape/Coat a Silhouettes pattern by Peggy Sagers.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Inspiration & Shop Talk

Today, I was looking at the fashions for me at the MyShape website. This jacket caught my eye - Obstinee - Long-Sleeve Jacket with Flower Detail . I thought that this was an embroidered fabric until I zoomed in. It is a very artsy jacket. All of the bias tape and the embroidery really make this a beautiful jacket. The floral detail is really pretty. Go look at this jacket and think about how you could apply this type of detail to something that you are sewing. I know I will be adding this to my list.

Here's a couple of jackets to think about:

1. The Confident Jacket by Indygo Junction would be a good jumping off point for this type of jacket. Add a zipper and a little bit of shaping.

2. The Zippered Jacket by Loes Hinse would also make a good start for this type of jacket. It has a different neckline than the Obstinee jacket but I think that it would would for creating this type of a look.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Shop Talk - New Items

I added several new items to the store today. A few of the items were restocks of sold out patterns but it's mostly new items. Go check out the "What's New" section to see all the goodies. The link is to the right.

Tomorrow is the last day of the 15% off sale on the rotary cutters and rotary cutter replacement blades. If you spend $50 and it includes one of the sale items, the shipping will be free. Remember to ask for an invoice to get the free shipping.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Gift ideas & Shop Talk - For the dog lover

Here's a few ideas for the dogs:

1. Here's a link to two toys for dogs. The gutless fleece toy and a toss ball toy. Dog toys. Make extra and donate to your local shelter. The dogs will love you.

2. Here's a Doggie Sweater made from fleece. There are also many more items on this page.

3. Here's a Doggie Coat.

For the dog lover:

1. How about a cute little Doggie Bags that's just big enough to carry your cell phone and necessities.

2. How about a Pieceful Pet Beds to match the decor?

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Inspiration - St. John's Whipped Stitch top

Today, I found this whipped stitched top at Neiman Marcus. What a simple idea for changing the look of a top / outfit. There are grommets attached around the neckline with a scarf threaded through then tied in a bow. How easy is that? You could also create this look for much less than the asking price? Here's a link to the top so you can zoom in and check out the details - St John's Whipped Stitch top. With all the money that you're saving by making a similar top, why not make a pair of Loes Hinse's Oxford pants. to complete the outfit.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Gift Ideas & Shop Talk - For the kitty lover

Here's a few ideas for the kitties in your life:

1. How about a catnip filled rat for the kitty? You'll find material, instructions, and a template at the Martha Stewart website - Catnip Rat.

2. Here's another cute kitty toy idea from the Martha Stewart website: Cat Toys.

3. A cute kitty bed and pillow: My Own Kitty Bed pattern.

For the kitty lover:

1. Who can resist a Cat Purrse? Here's the Cat Purrses pattern.

2. or a cell phone catty - Here's the Cell Phone Catty's pattern.

3. How about Cats in the Kitchen oven mitts and pot holders pattern.

Look around at the store. There are more cat related items. Next, I'll write ideas for dog lovers.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, September 5, 2008

110 days to Christmas - Can you believe it?

Tonight I have found an absolutely wonderful blog full of freebie patterns. It's . Go check out it. Now, think of all the items that can be made for gifts and for donations. Enjoy!

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Shop Talk - Christmas/Winter Decorating Ideas

As you know, Christmas isn't that far away. Here's a few ideas of decorating:

1. Here's a cute pattern by Artful Offering - Victorian Elf Stocking. If you're looking for a more traditional stocking pattern try the Goodie Socks pattern by Details by Diane.

2. How about some cute Christmas Elves or Pretty Penguins? These patterns are by Disa Designs.

3. Finally, how about the cute Jingle Bell Vases pattern by Artful Offering?

Don't forget to look around at other decorative items in the store. Patterns for pillow coverings are fun and quick to change out for each season.

The backordered items are starting to show up. Today, I received the French Fuse interfacing in white. This is a knit interfacing that is 60" wide with crosswise stretch and lengthwise stability. It will be selling for $6.50 per yard. I can also order this interfacing in beige and black. Let me know if you're interested in one or both of these colors and I'll order.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Inspiration & Shop Talk - Halloween anyone?

I this really cute idea for a halloween costume and thought that others might be interested. Here's a pdf on making a Wizard Cape and Hat to download at Cranston Village. What fun that could be!

Here's a couple of Halloween inspired ideas from the shop:

1. Haunted Handbags pattern by Artful Offerings.

2. Halloween Oven Mitts and Potholders pattern by LA Designs.

If you prefer decorating for fall, here's some additional ideas:

1. Fall & Winter towels pattern by Backyard Quilts. This particular not only has fall in mind but winter too.

2. Homespun Holiday Towels pattern. This pattern has appliques for the whole year.

Hope you've found some inspiration for the fall.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Shop Talk - Posies anyone?

Isn't this a cute velour tote bag by Juicy Couture? Look at those details - the bow, grommets, piping, and flowers. Adding the bow and grommets would be easy enough to add to any tote bag. Here's a link to grommets with a tool. Also at the store, you will find the zinc or silver colored grommets and the refill kits. Looking for a different color grommet? Ask I may be able to order for you. If you interested in that style of handle, let me know and I'll get a quote for you. I also have found a couple of patterns for the posies or flowers. How about the Posies pattern by Fig Tree threads or the Floral Fabric Pins by Moonlight Designs? Both patterns would yield a cute fabric flower. Don't forget to check out the Bag and Tote patterns. Almost forgot the piping. Make your own. It's easy. I've been making piping for pillows the last couple of days. The progress and pictures are over at Sewing Daily (link is to the right).

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Shop Talk - Cardigans and Twin Sets

I'm seeing lots of cardigans and twin sets showing up in the stores for fall. Some of the twin sets are a little different than they have been in the past. There are a couple of twin set patterns at the store. The first one is Loes Hinse's Sweater Set. This pattern has been reviewed many times at Pattern Review. It has a nice v-neck shaped neckline. The second one is the The Versatile Twin Set by Pamela's Patterns. This pattern offers a v-neck cardigan, a bolero, and a scooped-neck tank.

How about this great looking cardigan? I think the retail price was $99. This would be easy to duplicate. How about using Loes Hinse's Zipper Jacket to create a similar look? Just size down and add the neckline bow.

Isn't this a cute cardigan? I have no idea where I found it at. I think this would be easy to re-create by using The Versatile Twin Set by Pamela's Patterns. Just lengthen the bolero and add little more around the collar and front for the lovely drape.

Well, there are lots of surprises coming over the next month. Visit often so you know what's coming and when.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Shop Talk

All skirt patterns will have free shipping August 23rd and August 24th, 2008. Sale ends at 12pm est. Please request an invoice to clear all charges for shipping and handling. Thank you!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Fall Sewing

It's time to start getting serious about fall sewing. There are so many items that I want to make but realistically I don't have time to make everything. So, I need to make a decision. I've been working a small wardrobe plan using patterns that I currently have in my pattern stash. Right now, it includes a jacket, pants, 2 tops, and a skirt. I'm still looking through the stash to see what I have that will work. I was thinking about using a grey herringbone tencel to make the jacket and pant but I also have a grey rayon that may work. For additional color, I can add some dark turquoise. I want to include a trench coat of some kind. I have the Indygo Junction Trench Topper. It will make a lovely jacket for fall. What are you making for fall? Are you adding to what you already have or creating an all new wardrobe?

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Shop Talk & general chatting

I'll start with the shop talk today. I received the order from the distributor earlier than expected but I only received about 2/3 of the order. They are many items that had sold out that have now been re-stocked and there are several new items. Just check out the "What New". There is still a few colors and widths of petersham to add to the store. As the back-ordered items arrive, they will be added. There are a couple of new stablizers and interfacings coming.

I have so many things that I'm working on right. I still have the faux snakeskin bag to finish, the 4 piece fall wardrobe to plan and complete, some pullovers and pants for my son, a jacket for a halloween costume (think Indiana Jones), and some floor pillows. Also, I received the software for the embroidery part of my new machine. I'm really excited about being able to embroider again. However, I think that I have forgotten most of what I had previously learned. So, it will be like started over. I am also a little bit concerned that I may not have enough depth for the embrodiery unit where my machine is located.

I have located a pattern for the costume jacket but it's a little bit small. I will be trying my hand at making the pattern larger. Fortunately, my son is thin so I will probably be able to get away with just lengthening the body and the arms. However, any hints would be greatly appreciated.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Christmas is 130 days away! & Shop Talk

Christmas is going to be here before we know it.

Here's a couple of freebie ideas for children at

1. Instructions and templates for a shape book. What a great item to personalize for a child.

2. Instructions and pattern for a baby's grab ball in two sizes.

Gift ideas from the shop:

1. Here's a cute little Caterpillar pattern for a baby.

2. Check out the Pirate Treasure pattern for the little pirate lover. Lots of design ideas here.

3. Something for the little prince or princess to tote along their books and toys, see the Castle Keeper tote pattern. What a great way to fuel a child's imagination.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Stuff, Design Details, and Shop Talk

Everything is finally getting back to normal. I'm still not caught up with normal daily household stuff but I'll get there. As far as email, I had over 1000 emails when I returned from vacation. It was a little bit overwhelming but I have almost completed the task of reading through the emails.

I wanted to share the little detail on this jacket from J Jill. I know it's hard to see but if you'll look at the waist you will see just a little bit of detailing. It looks to me like it is smocking. Isn't this a great way to give a little bit of detail to a jacket? Perhaps it could be a way to give a purchased jacket or a custom-made jacket a little more shape. I love the look of smocking and I've seen lots of tops this year with a look of smocking. This is the first jacket that I have seen with smocking on it. I would love to hear about any smocking accents that you have added to your garments.

Shop talk - I ordered from the distributor today. The order should arrive by Thursday next week and I'll start putting items in the store. Most likely, I will start with things that have sold out and then add the new items. If you haven't joined the newsletters, please do and you'll be the first to know what has been added to the store.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

We're Home......& Shop Talk

We made it home yesterday. It was a wonderful trip and we enjoyed seeing our families. My son said that it was the best trip ever. It is always sad to leave but we are glad to be home again.

Shop talk - All orders made over the past week which are paid have been mailed. It made for a tremendously busy afternoon and evening yesterday but I'm glad that I was able to complete this project by today.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Breaktime - Going to visit Family! - Shop Talk

I'm going to take a break for a week. We're heading to Arkansas to see our families. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone. I've been busy the past week painting furniture and the front entry way. I also purchase a new sewing machine with lots of encouragement from my husband (what a guy!).

Shop Talk - I will be away from August 4 to August 12. No shipments will occur during this time period. However, you can still purchase from the store please know there will be a delay in shipping. All orders purchased and/or paid for during this period will be shipped on August 13th and possibly August 14th.

Happy Sewing!!!!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Christmas is 148 days away! Gift Ideas & Shop Talk

Here's a gift idea for the child who like to draw and/or color. I found a tutorial for a crayon roll at Chocolate on My Cranium - Crayon Roll Tutorial. This particular roll is designed for 16 crayons but it would be easy to make it larger for more crayons or even change the design a little bit for colored pencils. How about changing the design of the Pretty and Practical Notebook Cover a little bit to include the crayons or colored pencils along with the notebook.

Here's an idea for the knitter or crocheter on the gift list: Alexandra's Needle Roll Tutorial. Think of all the customization that can be done with gorgeous fabrics and trims.

Here's a couple of ideas from the store:

1. Janet's Jewelry Case pattern. It would make a great gift by itself or with jewelry inside.

2. The Sara Satchel pattern. This pattern contains a bag pattern and three different types of organizers for crochet needles, knitting needles, and a small bag for notions.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Shop Talk - Timtex - Is there really a substitute?

Yesterday, I recieved a message from the distributor that I purchase from regarding Timtex. At this time, the search for a new manufacturing company for Timtex is still going on. The following items are currently being used as substitutes by the crafting world:

1. Flexi-Firm Sew-In Stabilizer - This product is 30" wide. It is said to be very similar to Timtex. At this time, I do not have this product in my store but it is on the list of items to be added.

2. Peltex Sew-In Stabilizer - This product is 20" wide. It is similar to the Timtex but not as thick. Try using a double-layer when you need the extra support. The white version of this stablizer can be found in the store at Peltex 70.

3. Peltex I Fusible Stabilizer - This product is 20" wide with one side fusible. This can be found in the store at Peltex 71F.

4. Peltex II Fusible Stabilizer - This product is 20" wide and both sides are fusible. This product is not currently found in the store but is on the list of items to be added.

5. Fast 2 Fuse - This product comes in two weights and is available by the yard (28" wide) or by the package (14" x 18"). This product in not available in the store.

It is also suggested to contact to visit a designers website to see what product they are recommending to use with their patterns. Hope this helps everyone who is looking for a Timtex substitute.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Favorite Sewing Supplies

Have you ever thought about what your favorite sewing supplies are? I've given this some thought and there are definitely some items that I don't want to be without in my sewing area. Here's the list of items that I used a lot:

1.Wash Away Wonder Tape – This is my all time favorite notion.
2.Wash Away Thread - This is wonderful for basting.
3.Bamboo skewer - I keep a package of the bamboo skewers close to my sewing area to help hold items close to the needle. This is a tip that I got from Martha Pullen.
4.Tiger tape – This is a new item in my sewing box. I think this is generally used in hand embroidery to get even stitches but think about it for long straight sewing or for holding gathers in place.
5.Seam ripper – This seems to be a very necessary item.
6.Tape measure – This must have both inches and metric measurements.
7.Glass head pins – This type of pin can be ironed without worry of the head melting.
8.Flower head pins – This type of pin is a little bit longer and easy to grab when sewing.
9.Allary chalk cartridge set – This cartridge set comes with white and colored chalk.
10.Paper tracing paper – The paper that I use is about 20” wide and about 75 yards long.
11.Mini dust it – I love this to clean the sewing machine and the serger.
12.Fusbile knit interfacing – I used this for almost everything. Works well to give stability to knit hems.

I think that I could make this list even longer but I will stop at twelve. What are the favorite items to in your sewing area?

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Stash Contest - Covington Bag

I have an update on the Covington Bag project. The outside is finished with the exception of the drawstrings. Those are the last item to be completed. There have been many challenges with this project. I ended up using 100/16 & 110/18 denim needles instead of the leather needle and a walking foot instead of the teflon foot. I'm happy with the outside of this bag. This has been a very challenging project.

Now, I'm working on the lining which turned out to be the front and back piece sewn flat. I will be modifying the lining. The modifications that I'm planning are adding some depth (the handbag has about 3" depth), adding a zippered pocket, a cell phone pocket, and just a patch pocket. I'm thinking about trying to create a tutorial for the zippered pocket.

I'm going to take a little break from this bag project and see if I can't do a couple of quicky projects.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Inspiration and Shop Talk

Today I found this jacket at J Jill. This would be a nice jacket for fall or to wear in the office. It's lined with 3/4 sleeves. You could get a similar look using the Indygo Junction Confident Jacket pattern shorting the sleeve and making it a 2 piece sleeve.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Skirts - Freebie and Shop Talk

Today, I thought that I would share with you a skirt tutorial that I found. Here is the 5-minute skirt. I haven't tried it yet but it looks like it would be quick and easy. While you there, check out the other tutorials. If it doesn't interest you to draft you own pattern, there are a couple of bias skirt patterns at the store:

Pamela's Favorite Bias Skirt features two lengths, two silhouettes (full and slim), elastic waist, and fits hips sizes 36" to 53".

Joyce's Almost Bias Skirt which features 2 lengths - one at the knee and the other is based on height. Also, this pattern uses a zipper.

Skirts are such a quick sewing project. Enjoy!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Christmas is 160 days away! Gift ideas & Shop Talk

I thought that it would be fun to put up gift ideas every 10 days or so with a count-down to Christmas. Here's a project that I found at Dritz - Pretty and Practical notebook cover. Check it out! If you don't like that idea, here's a few from the shop:

In My Bag accessory pattern. This pattern includes an eyeglass case, make-up bag (two sizes), coin purse, checkbook cover, tissue cover, and notebook cover.

Accessories to Go - This pattern includes four-pocket card wallet, checkbook cover, calendar cover, and a note pad cover. There is also an alphabet so that projects can be monogrammed with crystals.

Now more shop talk - The Sewing Workshop and Shape patterns have arrived. There will be fourteen Sewing Workshop patterns available and five Shape patterns available. These will be put in the store over the next week. Use a the link at the right to visit The Pattern Loft @ ebay.

Thanks! Hope you enjoy the projects.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Stash Contest - next item

I started working on the black and grey snake pleather yesterday using the Amy Butler Covington Bag pattern. I think if I had known how tough it was going to be to use the pleather I may not have started it but I'm committed now. Cutting out the pleather pieces were a challenge due to not being able to use pins and chalk didn't leave a mark on the pleather. I ended up using weights to hold down the pattern pieces. For sewing the pleather, I started with a leather needle, a teflon foot on my machine, the pressure on the foot reduced from 4.0 to 2.5, and the stitch length set to 3.5mm. I quickly changed the stitch length to 4.0mm. The original sample that I sewed looked good but when I started stitched the pleather and the canvas together the canvas looked like it was gathered. Next, I changed the teflon foot for a walking foot. Now, the pleather and the canvas look good. I'm hoping once I really get started sewing the bag pieces together that I will not have any more changes. The only thing holding me back now is finding sewing time. I hoping tonight to finish getting the remaining pleather and canvas pieces sewn together. The drawstrings on the bag may be a challenge as well. I think that I can use Wonder Tape to hold it together while I stitch.
Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Inspiration - Nanette Leopore designs

Today, I found these two lovely tops by Nanette Leopore. The knit top to the left is called "Heartbreak Hotel Knit Pullover". It is described as having a scooped ruched neckline with bow detail. It sells for $275. Here's the link so you can zoom in the neckline: Heartbreak Hotel.

The second item is the Tia Maria cardigan. It is short-sleeved with white beading. It sells for $196. This is another item that needs to be zoomed in on to really see the detail: Tia Maria.

So, do you think that either one of these details would be easy to reproduce on your own garments?

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Inspiration - Donna Karan's fall Hobo

I found this Donna Karan Modern Hobo today in the fall trunk show. This bag is leather with white stitching for added detail and sells for $1995. The size is 15 3/4" high x 15 1/4" wide x 4 3/4" deep. It is a large bag. The strap detail is really what caught my eye. I love the knots on the straps. How easy would that be to add to a bag that you were making? I have seen books on knot making but I was never that interested in making any type of knots. Now, I am. I hope that I can find a book on how to make various knots to see if I can duplicate the look. Anyone know any titles?

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Shop Talk - Go Green!

It seems the trend this year is to eliminate the use of paper and plastic shopping bags. There are many different sizes and shapes of shopping bags available. I guess the different sizes all depend on what you are purchasing. Come check out the different shopping bags at The Pattern Loft:

The Florence tote pattern by Indygo Junction. This tote comes in two sizes: 11” x 15” and 10” x 14”.

Eco Market Tote pattern by Favorite Things. This tote is 15” x 18” x 4.5”.

Tukaway Tote pattern by Mckenna Linn. This tote is 20” x 22” and can be folded into it’s own little pocket.

Betty Shopper pattern by Amy Butler. This bag pattern comes in two sizes: Large - 15" across top and 28" across bottom (width) x 14 1/2" tall x 3 1/2" deep. Small - 12 1/2" wide across the top and 25" across bottom(width) x 14 1/2" tall x 3 1/2" deep.

Bring Your Own Bag pattern by Quilts Illustrated. The bag is 16” x 16” x 5.5”.

Easy Market Bag pattern by Calico Printworks. This bag is 13” x 19” x 6”.

Also, coming soon to The Pattern Loft is the ReUse-a-Bag pattern from Studio Kat. This bag comes in three sizes: 12” x 10.5” x 4.75”, 15” x 14” x 5.5”, 18.5” x 17” x 6.5”. Each bag also folds up into a clutch.

Any of these bags would be fun to make. They would also make great gifts, easily personalized for each person.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Fall Wardrobe

I've decided to create a sewing plan for fall. I don't know how far I will get with it but I own hundreds of patterns. I also own more fabric than I care to admit to having. However, I have done a fair job stopping the fabric buying for now.

Since I'm not working in the corporate world anymore, I want to have a simpler wardrobe but I want to look nice. I was looking at the Eileen Fisher website. This designer is know for a simpler design and beautiful fabrics. What a great place for ideas. Right now, there is a short video showing transitioning to fall. Some of the outfits have given me some ideas using existing patterns in my stash. I guess now I will need to figure out if I have the fabric already stashed away.

I do intend to do a storyboard. It may start out very small - like top, pants, jacket, and maybe a skirt. This maybe a good time to pull out the Loes Hinse patterns. I do own several of these patterns. I also have several pieces of nice rayons that were purchased via coops and webstores.

Ok, off to sew a little bit. I have two items currently cut out. I should finish those items before starting something else.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Christmas is 170 days away! Gift Ideas, & Shop Talk

I just got an email from stating that Christmas is 170 days away. Although Christmas is 5 1/2 months away, I know that time will fly. This year I'm going to attempt to make a few of the gifts. I know that I will be making some shoe bags. I use the Shoe Bags pattern from Diane Bossom. It makes up well and it's quick. Look around while you are there. There are several serger projects available. If you don't have a serger, don't worry, just modify the instructions for the sewing machine.

Shop talk - Here's a gift idea from The Pattern Loft - How about a little bag for the cell phone, ipod, or any other small electronic item that people carry around? Pocket Book Pals is a great little example of a bag pattern that can be customized to fit the electronic item. Look around there are several other Little bags that are perfect for this type of gift.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Inspiration with Dior's fall collection

I love tweed and this example from Neiman Marcus is beautiful. The jacket description is a draped Peter Pan collar, button front, darted waist, and welt pockets - $1940. The skirt description is A-lined with raised seams - $1030. Both pieces are made from wool. I'm including a link so that you can zoom in the collar. It is very interesting detail. Dior Tweed Suit

To me, the collar looks like there are some pleats with the collar edge sewn into a neckline dart with some additional pleating in the center front. I love all the topstitching (is that what the raised seams are?). The skirt says it's a-lined but it must be very slight. It looks more straight to me. I think it's also a little bit short. There are lots of suit patterns that would give a similar look but I'm not sure about reproducing the collar. That would probably be a little bit harder. Any ideas on reproducing?


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sew News articles

I have finished reading through the article on the "Working Girl" wardrobe in the August / September issue. It is a reasonable good article and could be applied to the WAHM or SAHM using the concept of 7 pieces - 1 jacket, 2 tops, 3 bottoms, and a dress. This is a little bit smaller version of the Sewing with a Plan from Australian Stitches which is 11 pieces - 2 pants, 2 skirts, 6 tops, and a cardigan or jacket. The Stitches article is really for the person who wants to create their entire wardrobe. Whereas the Sew News article is more about making the more expensive pieces and supplementing with purchased basics.

The article on Knits with an Edge is also interesting. The pictures of the various Sewing Workshop patterns with the different edges are inspiring. I want to make try the edge technique of adding a coordinating knit to the edge. The article does mention the problem of tunneling when using a twin needle. It is suggested to use paper or tear-away stabilizer when stitching. My preferred method is to lower the tension until you get a good zig-zag going with the bobbin thread without it being pulled to the front. I also don't like the idea of having to remove the paper/stabilizer from the hem.

On to the next set of articles.....

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Sewng Magazines - Threads, Sew News

In the past week, I received two different sewing magazines - Threads and Sew News. I have had found time to read through one article in Threads - No-Nonsense Flexible Waist Finishes by Connie Long. This is a really good article for anyone who is interested in a faced waistband that has a little bit of give. I will be attempting this on the next skirt or pants that I make probably in the fall. I have skimmed the Sew News and the Knits with an Edge by Linda Lee looks interesting along with the Working Girl by Julianne Hazelhurst. The Working Girl article more or less an endless options for the working wardrobe. Now, I wish there was an article for the "At Home Girl". The WAHM or the SAHM need style too!

Ok, off to read a couple more articles.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Inspiration and Shoptalk

Here's some more inspiration with this casual look by Eileen Fisher. This is a crossover tunic made with wool crepe. this top sells for ~$200. You could get a similar look with V Neck Tunic pattern by Loes Hinse Design. The picture to the left is shown with narrow legged pants but for fall similar looks are being shown with straight legged pants.

Happy Sewing!

Inspiration and Shoptalk

Today, I found this lovely silk/elastane georgette front tie blouse from Diane von Furstenburg for $185. This top is looks very much like Sharon's Blouse View 2 in the Silhouettes patterns by Peggy Sagers. This pattern comes with 2 different sleeves lengths and 3 different front styles. Recommended fabrics are knits, woven fabrics, corduory, denim, cottons, wools, silks, or any garmet fabric.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Inspiration and Shop Talk

I have found more inspiration on the Neiman Marcus site. The tee to the left is a raglan sleeved tee with a twist. It has a smocked yoke with puffed sleeves. It sells for $55. Really, really cute. It is by XCVI. It would be fairly easy to recreate using Loes Hinse Boatneck Top or Textile Studio Santa Monica top as a starting point. Another idea for all of the ladies (and men) who enjoy smocking. Check out this company's website. There are more ideas for shirring.

Here is a top by St John's Sport. Really simple idea for using ribbon to enhance a very simple top. This top sells for $495. Any basic tee could be used to make a similar look.

Check out this lovely silk skirt by Harari Mitsa. It appears to be a slim gore skirt that starts flaring just above the knees. This skirt sells for $395. You could recreate this look using the View B version or maybe View E of Gore Skirt by Loes Hinse.

Ok, that's it for today.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Shop Talk - Inspiration for the Tank Dress Group

Here's another example of a dress that is similar to the Tank Dress Group by Loes Hinse Design. The dress to the left is from the fall collection of Eskandar, made of linen, and sells for $550. This looks very similar to the top of the View B dress with the bottom from the View A dress. The shawl would be easy to create with a length of fabric and fringing the ends. The dress only takes about 3 yards of fabric to create. Extra fabric would be required to two-toned effect, shawl, and cowl. Have fun!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Inspiration - Top with smocking

I do enjoy checking the website at Neiman Marcus. There are so many great details on the clothes. The example at left is by the company 3.1 Philip Lim and called "Diamond Smocked Blouse". The details are a jewel neckline with a smocked yoke and front button placket, bishop sleeves, and smocked cuffs. It is 100% silk and sells for $425.00. Personally, I don't know how to smock at this time but I wish that I did. However, for those that smock what a wonderful idea for an adult top. Oh, by the way, the pants are high-waisted with slant pockets and a front zip.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Vacation is over!

We have returned from Disney World. It was the first time that we have stayed on the Disney Properties and it was wonderful. I haven't looked at the pictures yet but we took a lot of them along with some videos.

Shop talk - All orders that were paid by 12pm June 23rd with the exception of one were mailed on the 23rd. All orders paid by 12 pm June 24th will be mailed on the 24th.

Well, I need to get back to sewing myself. I am participating in the 2 month long Stash Contest at Pattern Review and I haven't completed very much yet. I have two items cut out so I need to get them sewn so I can move on the next project(s).

Thank you and Happy Sewing!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Vacation Time!

Ok, school is out and we're off to Disney World for the next week. The ebay store is on vacation. You can still order but the items will not ship until we return from vacation which will be June 24th.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Anyone seen shoes similar to these?

I'm already looking at fall shoes. I love the look of these Manolo Blahnik shoes. However, I don't love the $725.00 price tag. If you see a knock off of this shoe in a reasonable price range, please let me know. I'm not really interested in the patent leather but I do like the open sides and the design on the foot.


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Shop talk - New Patterns

I uploaded three new Indygo Junction patterns and one L.A. Designs to the ebay store yesterday. All are very cute. Go check them out.

The first Indygo Junction pattern is the Gathering Jacket. The jacket has a couple of interesting details. First detail is the neckline which is gathered with elastic or you can use a tie and make a soft bow or add a petite ruffle. Second detail is the pocket which are shirred. This is a very popular detail for fall. See the pattern at this link: Gathering Jacket .

The other two Indygo Junctions patterns are handbags/purses. The L.A. Designs pattern is a Halloween oven mitts and pot holders. It is very cute for fall decorating. See them the patterns at these links: Parisian Purse , The Crestwood , and Halloween Oven Mitts & Potholders .

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Shop talk - Recreating the Armanti Collezioni Tee

Isn't the detail on this Armanti Collezioni Cashmere Tee interesting? It is described as as "Black with passementerie detail, a round neck, and short sleeves". It sells for about $1000.00. I'm not sure about finding a cashmere knit but a rayon knit may be able to handle the detail. Wouldn't it be easy to re-create this tee using The Perfect Tee by Loes Hinse Design or The Perfect T-Shirt by Pamela's Patterns. The links will take you to the patterns at The Pattern Loft.

Now for the trim, the dictionary definition of passementerie is the art of making elaborate trimmings or edgings (in French, passements) of applied braid, gold or silver cord, embroidery, colored silk, or beads for clothing or furnishings.

Any ideas on what could be used for the trim that would still be give the bottom edge enough give? Maybe make tiny tubes of rayon/lycra.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Pre-fall - Philip Lim dress

Look at this lovely dress by Phillip Lim. It was in the pre-fall collection at Neiman Marcus' online. I love the bias pleating at the waist/hip and at the neckline. The asymetrical top is interesting also. This dress is $650.00. Vogue Designer Bellville Sassoon has several patterns with similar details at the waist/hip area. Here's the link to this designer at Vogue Patterns: click here . Have fun figuring out the neckline!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

My Sewing Mistake

I made a really cute little padded sleeve for my laptop yesterday using Simplicity 3889 View B yesterday. The pattern went together well but in the end it was too small for my laptop. I was very disappointed.
This is a very easy pattern to alter and I had altered height of the pattern but the sizing indicated that the length of my laptop was ok. Pattern size states 10"h x 14"l. My laptop is 11"h x 14"l. I added 1 1/4" to the height but upon completion the sleeve was 13 1/2". I think it was the foam that I used but I can't be sure because I'm not going to make another one. However, I did end up with a very cute bag that my husband's laptop will fit in.
I'm off to purchase a bag of some sort to carry my laptop in.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Shop Talk - The Miranda Day Bag by Lazy Girl Designs

The Miranda Day Bag by Lazy Girl Designs - This is a nice sized bag (12" x 10" x 6") with loads of pockets (10) on the inside. In the picture, the bag handles are the Clover "U" shaped handles attached with the new Handy Tabs. Here's a link in the store for the Miranda Day Bag: click here .

Joan Hawley also suggests using the Leisure Arts Exclusively You handles: the 27" handles for a shoulder length strap, the 13" double handle, and the "Rings, Hooks, and Chains" assortment to attach the handles. See purse handles here: click here . Interested in a different color, let me know. I will special order.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Stash Contest is on it's way!

Well, I've finished the first item for the stash contest. I'm sewing. It was a quick and easy boy's boxer shorts (Simplicity 9958) made with a Hoffman 100% cotton print. Here's my version: Simplicity 9958 . My son said that they were perfect. Couldn't ask for more than that now, could I? Ok, off to the next project. The picture should show up under the "My Reviews" to the right. Off to work on the next item.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Stash Contest @ Pattern Review

The stash contest at Pattern Review starts tomorrow and runs throughout June and July. This year the contest has a twist. All fabric must have been purchased by December 31, 2007 and the age of the fabric is being factored. This will be fun. Although, I have very little fabric that is more than 20 years old and I have a bit in the stash that is 10 years old. I have no hope of winning the contest but I will be a winner just for sewing. I have planned several projects - some needed (like summer PJs for the kido), some just for fun (like the stash find and the Amy Butler pattern that I searched high and low for), and some items that will be useful later in the year, if I have time. So, join in the fun at Pattern Review.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Designer Lookalike?

I found this Michael Kors bag the other day and decided to attempt a duplication using the Amy Butler's Covington Bag pattern and the faux black and grey snake stash find. Unfortunately, the pattern has been discontinued but I finally found an online store that still had it in stock.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Shoptalk - Eileen Fisher tank look alike

While cruising around looking for interesting garment details, I found this very simple Eileen Fisher tank top. It's made from a organic cotton /lycra blend and sells for ~$70.00. It seems like it would be very easy to duplicate this look using Loes Hinse Design - Tank Group Pattern. Here's the line drawing:

Doesn't View D look very similar to the Eileen Fisher tank? This tank only takes between 7/8 - 1 5/8 yards to make the tank top depending on fabric width. If the fabric was $10 per yard, you could easily get 4 - 6 tops for the same cost as Fisher tank. Plus the pattern has other views of tanks and dresses. View B looks a lot like some of the tank dresses by Eileen Fisher that are made out of a rayon/linen blend. Interested? Here's the link to the Tank Dress Group pattern at The Pattern Loft: click here

If the pattern is sold out and your still interested, let me know. I can set-up a pre-order auction and order the pattern for you.