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11/15/2008

Cranberries.....

These fabrics speak to me of the colors of fall... tart cranberries, colorful mums, and bright falling leaves.

A wonderful cotton/lycra knit with subtle texture and a deliciously soft cotton corduroy print make a perfect pair for this set.

SEWING NOTES: Ottobre Design Turtleneck pattern, and the Farbenmix "Tomke" Blouse pattern. Pro-Tricot Fusible Interfacing used to stabilize the Turtleneck Collar and Pro-Weft Fusible Interfacing used to stabilize the over-blouse collar and front facings.

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11/13/2008

Twisted "Draped Cowl" Tutorial

This is a quick stylish variation on a drape-front (true Cowl) silhouette that can be done in just minutes!

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First, start with a drape-front cowl (photo #1) already in your wardrobe, or make one with the many patterns that exist for this style.

As shown In photo #2, turn the garment inside out and flip the facing up to expose the wrong side of front of the top.


Next, pinch some fabric near center front, twist it a bit, and hold the “pinched” fabric with a rubber band, as shown in photo #3. Later, if you want to make this design change permanent, the 'twist' can be stitched. Or just remove the band, and you have your original draped cowl!
Note: A small clear "ponytail" band works well for this!



Now turn down the facing to cover the banded fabric, as shown in photo #4.


As shown in photo #5, when the garment is turned right-side-out, the twisted detail becomes a new interesting design feature of the top!



Where you pinch and band the fabric is totally up to you: higher, lower, to the left or right of center, etc. There are infinite possibilities for design variations like these.... Have fun!

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11/01/2008

Time for "Soft Cozies"


As the days turn chilly in Western New York,
it's time for "Soft Cozies"
...the name my nieces give to the various fleece tops
I design and sew for them this season, every year.

This Lilac fleece "swing" tunic features a curved bodice seam that is decoratively top-stitched and adorned with sweet flower shaped shell buttons. Starting with an Ottobre pattern, I liberally made design changes to suit the soft flowing look that I wanted this garment to have.

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