Friday, March 27, 2009

Shop Talk - New items are being added

Go check out the "What's New" section in the ebay store. Several new patterns have been added along with a new line of patterns by Anna Marie Horner. Portabellopixie patterns have been reordered and will be restocked tomorrow. Lots of other new items will be added over the weekend. Use the link at the right to enter the store and purchase.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Inspiration - Knit Top

Today's inspiration is this cute little top by Layette 148 New York. This top is made from a cotton/lycra with a scoop neckline with a ruffled detail. The short sleeves also have some type of detail added. It could be a little bit of a ruffle but looks more like a twisted binding. Price tag: $198.00 and it's dry-clean only. Check it out - Ruffle trimmed top.

This would be another item that could be duplicated easily and think of all the money that could be saved. Here's the perfect pattern for this type of a look - The Perfect T-Shirt pattern by Pamela's Patterns. It comes with a jewel, scoop, and v-neck options along with 4 different sleeve lengths. This pattern also has a companion pattern with different necklines and sleeves - New Necklines & Sleeves for the Perfect T-Shirt pattern by Pamela's Patterns. This pattern adds a ballet, boat, square, and funnel necklines with both bell and flare sleeves. All can be mixed and matched. What a lot of variety from two patterns.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Inspiration - Dresses

Spring is coming! Here's a couple of dresses that will work for spring and summer:

This is a polyester crinkle tank dress with stone details around the neck by Alberto Makali. Price tag: $155.00. Doesn't this just scream summer? Very cute! You could get a similar look using Anna Tunic pattern by Amy Butler. It not an exact match but it would work.

Here's a cute little shirt dress by Neiman Marcus. It has a button front, 3/4 length sleeves w/tabs, and is made from a cotton/spandex. Best part - it's machine washable. Price tag: $160.00. This type of dress is nice for summer. I hope that I get to make a least one this year. Want to duplicate? This is a very popular pattern style this year and can be found in any of the pattern books.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Inspiration - Dresses for girls

Isn't this a cute dress for a little girl? I love the fabric roses. A little about the dress - this is a 3.1 Phillip Lim dress in cotton lavender with tonal rosette appliques, sleeveless, ballerina neckline, and a straight skirt. Price tag: $250.00. The rosettes are also on the back of this dress.

This dress would be so easy to duplicate using Uptown Tops & Trousers pattern by Indygo Junction and the instructions for making rosettes from Hot Patterns on YouTube. Here is the link to "How to make fabric rosettes.".

This dress is also by 3.1 Phillip Lim. It has a lace bib front with a lace yoke on the back. There are little bias loops decorating the edges of the bib front and it looks like an opening has been added on the front. The yoke on the back has release pin tucks. Price tag: $150.00.

This sweet little dress could easy be duplicated using the Uptown Tops & Trousers pattern by Indygo Junction. This is a very versatile pattern for girls.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Shop Talk - Amy Butler patterns

All of the Amy Butler patterns have been added to the "free" 1st class shipping list. The free shipping will be now through April 12, 2009. Remember, if you want if faster, ask for the discounted Priority Mail.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Shop Talk - New Pattern Line

I've added a new pattern line to the eBay store today. It's Bananafana by Jess Goldman. If you enjoy sewing for little girls, check out these patterns. These patterns will put imagination back into your little girl & boy's playtime. That's not all, I've been busy restocking patterns that have sold out. To see everything that has been added in the last couple of days, check "What's New" . Hurry, some items are almost sold out again.

Watch the store. There are many more new patterns and buttons coming.

Happy Sewing!

Inspiration - The Gored Skirt

Here's a lovely A-line gored skirt. This is the Catherine Malandrino Chevron Skirt. Very cute! The price tag is $395.00. It is made from a silk chiffon and has a narrow black belt at the waist. It appears to be piped along the seam lines. You could get a similar look with the Tango Skirt pattern by Loes Hinse Design.

The top is also by Catherine Malandrino. It is made with a viscose/nylon blend and the details are the ruffle at the neckline and the two flowers attached to the collar. The price tag is $265.00. You could get a similar look with the Tank Dress Group pattern View E tank by Loes Hinse Design. You would need to calculate the ruffle and flowers.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Shop Talk - More free shipping, more sales

I have added Silhouette Patterns, Shape patterns, and The Sewing Workshop patterns to the list of patterns with free shipping through the end of March. Rotary cutters and replacements are an additional 15% off through 03/17/2009 with the rotary cutters having free shipping. Scissors and rulers are an additional 15% off through 03/17/2009. Remember to use the advertising links at the right and request an invoice. I will pass savings on to you via discounted shipping.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Shop Talk - Free shipping!

Now through the end of March, Loes Hinse Designs and Portabellopixie patterns will have free 1st class shipping and discounted Priority Mail. I will add other items to this list but I'm only allowed to offer this on about 150 items in the store. Remember to use the advertising link on the right to ebay.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Inspiration - More Casual

Here's a lovely outfit by Eileen Fisher.

The pants are a straight legged, pull-on pant made of viscose/rayon/spandex. Price tag: $168.00. This pant could easily be duplicated using Oxford Pant by Loes Hinse Design.

The Long Tunic is a sleeveless with a scoop neckline made in silk. Price tag: $138.00. This could easily be duplicated using the Tank Dress Group pattern by Loes Hinse Design.

The Long Jacket has a round neckline, button front, and three quarter length sleeves. This also could be duplicated using the CasaBlanca blouse pattern and change the neckline. If interested, I can order this pattern.

Happy Sewing!