I have heard that slinky was hard to sew on but I love the fabric for tank tops or shells. I have a number of them from Chico's but they are getting expensive so decided to try to make my own. These fabrics came from the Michael Levine outlet store in LA where you purchase fabric by the pound. It wasn't that hard to sew on and now I have three new tank tops to go under my blazers. The pattern I used was Silhouette Patterns #500 Tank Top/Pleated Top.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
One of the online classes Sandra Betzina has online was how to make this pattern out of ruffled knit fabric. I found this fabric in the garment district in Toronto on one of my business trips. It was a really simple skirt to make and is lined with a black knit fabric to make it easy to slip on and off.
Friday, June 14, 2013
This version of the skirt was made using a sheer fabric. It also came in a kit from Silhouette Patterns but wasn't for this skirt pattern. The kit instructions called for making a skirt using two layers of the fabric. I didn't have enough fabric to do that so fused black interfacing to the back of each piece and made the skirt this time with the seams to the inside of the skirt. Hem and top of the skirt were finished with a serged rolled hem with a ribbon for the waistband.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Working through my stash, I finally have opened some of the kits I ordered a few years ago from Silhouette Patterns. This is a blue rayon fabric. This version of the skirt is sewn with the seams on the outside then serged. The hem and top of the skirt are finished with a rolled hem. The waistband is a strip of ribbon topstitched on the outside of the skirt top. I perfected my zipper skills on this skirt with an invisible zipper.
Monday, June 3, 2013
It is very hot where I live in the summer and I love wearing skirts instead of pants as I think they are cooler. These skirts when together really fast. The first skirt is out of a stretch Sateen. The next one is out of a micro fiber. Both of these fabrics are from Fabric Mart. The third skirt is a cotton border print from Windmill Fabrics. I have a huge fabric stash and am trying to sew it down while decreasing the amount of new fabric I bring in.