Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays from Fabricworm


Happy Holidays to all of our favorite sewists!

Wishing the Warmest and Coziest Holiday Season.

xoxoxoxo


The fabricworm girls,

Cynthia, Andrea, Arleen, Bree and Belen (not pictured)

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Match Made In Heaven

Echino Fall 2010 Bird Border Eggplant is such a stunning and unique print. It was a bit of a challenge to figure out a way to show it off without taking anything away from the gorgeous pattern. Amy Butler's Anna Tunic pattern turned out to be the perfect match. It is as if the two were made for each other because the pattern is able to maintain the entire print so none of the fabulous design gets lost. I just love how this print takes a very simple dress pattern and makes it into something really gorgeous and interesting.


Amy Butler Anna Tunic Pattern



Amy Butler Anna Tunic Pattern


Echino by Etsuko Furuya Fall 2010 Bird Border Eggplant
Echino by Etsuko Furuya Fall 2010 Bird Border Eggplant


Here is Arleen, looking lovely as usual, modeling the dress.
Just belting the dress creates pleats down the front.
I did end up making a couple of changes to the pattern. Since the Echino is a linen/cotton blend, I opted out of lining the dress. I didn't want the dress, especially with the gathering under the yoke, to look too bulky.


The pattern uses the lining to finish the underarm edges so I had to do a little improvising. I made bias tape with some of the extra fabric. Before attaching the yoke, I cut a 1 1/2" strip, folded it in half and sewed it on to the right side of the dress. I then flipped it over the raw edge and sewed it in place. That was it - a fast and easy way to finish the arms.

The last change I made was to use a cotton solid for the lining of the yoke rather than the Echino. The little pop of color is super cute. I also used turquoise thread in my bobbin rather than brown thread to keep the stitching as subtle as possible.


Enjoy and have fun sewing!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Stocking Tutorial

Here is a fast and easy stocking pattern, just in time for the holidays. It is a great way to make a really special gift with some of the fun holiday fabrics available now.



Materials
1/2 yd Robert Kaufman Holiday Trees Celebration (exterior)
1/4 yd Caleb Gray Mod Squares Holiday (cuff)
1/2 yd Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids Snow (lining)
20" x 30" piece of Warm and Natural batting
6 " ribbon for hanging loop
Coordinating thread


INSTRUCTIONS

Print out the stocking pattern. For the exterior body pieces, lay the fabric wrong side up and fold one side over 13 inches. Lay the pattern piece on top. Cut out the pattern with your rotary cutter or trace and cut out with scissors. Repeat for the batting and lining.

To assemble the body of the stocking, put the two exterior body pieces right sides together. Gently smooth the batting to the wrong sides of the exterior fabric. The batting clings to the fabric, which makes things easier for keeping the pieces together. As you can see in the picture below, you will have a layer of batting, two layers of fabric (right sides together) and then another layer of batting. Pin in place. Sew the four layers together with a 1/2" seam allowance.

Trim the batting from the seam allowance at the top of the stocking and along the toe and ankle to help reduce bulk. Turn right side out and press. Looking pretty cute already!

Sew the lining pieces together. Do not turn the lining right side out. Leave it just the way you sewed it. Place lining inside body of the stocking.

To make the cuff, cut out a rectangle 16" x 9" of the cuff fabric and cut a piece of batting
16" x 4 1/2". Place batting along one edge of the wrong side of the cuff fabric.



Fold the fabric and batting in half. Sew up the short side with 1/2" seam allowance. Trim the batting in the seam allowance to reduce bulk. Press seams open.

Fold cuff over so the batting is covered. Mark center of raw edge of the cuff opposite from the seam with a pen or by making a small notch in the fabric.

Place the cuff inside the body of the stocking, aligning the raw edges of cuff with the raw edges of the body. Match the cuff seam with the back body seam and the front seam with the mark you made on the cuff. If the cuff is a little wider than the top of the stocking, simply increase the seam allowance on the cuff to make it the same width as the top of the stocking.

Cut a 6" piece of ribbon and fold in half. Place the ribbon between the lining and the cuff along the back body seam of the stocking. Align the raw edges of the ribbon and the body. The loop of the ribbon should be facing into the body of the stocking.

If the pattern on the cuff is one way, double check to make sure that the pattern will be facing the right direction once it is sewn on and flipped over.

Sew cuff on with 1/2" seam allowance.


Fold cuff over and you are all done!


And another example for good measure!

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
The Fabricworm Team