Sew What Trend

WHO, WHAT, WEAR  is my fall back for fashion trend. I love that site, it inspires me.  It drives me to do better.   It makes me understand fashion. Sew what is not the actual name.  The actual website is called WHO, WHAT, WEAR. I use this website as a sounding board when deciding what clothing I want to make and the articles of clothing I’ll skip!  Let’s take a look……………

The most recent trend they discussed …… “the most expensive looking skinny jeans”.  This is VALUABLE information for people like us who sew our clothing. I look at the article and take note then combine the little details into my me made jeans. The list on the website includes:

  1. high-waisted fit
  2. dark wash
  3. the right fit for your body
  4. high waist seems to be the most flattering on all body types

Top Trends of the moment

  1. Layering- turtlenecks and jackets under coats
  2. Tuck Your Joggers Into Your Boots
  3. Pair a Knit With a Chunky Sweater (push up the sleeves of the chunky sweater to show off the other style
  4. Jean jackets layered under coats, sweater dresses, and more
  5. Distressed leggings?

I LOVE (and the website agrees)

  1. Full sleeves- I’ve been doing this a few years.  It’s quite simple. Start with a 3/4 sleeve and add enough length to make it a long sleeve by using gathered fabric. EASY PEASY
  2. Experimental denim-  I keep a bin with outgrown jeans to use for fabric.  I love patchwork jeans!  Use your normal pattern. Place scraps in randomly….very on trend.
  3. Sweatsuits!  Go stay at home mom in public and be fashionable.
  4. Leopard print was listed as the trend that we will still be wearing in 20 years! In case you are not old enough to remember 20 years ago……I assure you animal print was  very hot!
  5. Plaid….plaid….plaid….if you have no idea where to start your fabric collection, begin here! Plaid is a mainstay for all seasons and versatile enough to become a dress, skirt, top, or pants!

ENJOY your fabric collecting and sewing up some of these amazing on trend pieces!

Fall 2016 Pantone Colors

Fall 2016 Pantone Colors

Welcome to Fall 2016  Pantone Colors. These colors are so versatile,  I love them!  You have vibrancy with New Riverside (shades of blue), Spicy Mustard (shades of yellow), New Bodacious (shades of pink), and Meadow Lush (shades of green). Actually they are each their own new shade of blue, yellow, pink, and green.  I love them!  They can be worn alone and make a statement, or paired with other colors to further define their vibrancy.

Potter’s Clay is one of my personal favorites!  I love this color and will gladly mix it with Spicy Mustard, Taupe, and  Sharkskin. This color is very versatile and lends itself to a neutral as much as a color that can stand on it’s own.

Dusty Cedar can be as romantic as business. Mixed with Sharkskin and black screams business.  While mixing Dusty Cedar with Warm Red and Warm Taupe can lead to an exciting night out on the town, Fall 2016 Pantone has hit the nail on the head once again!

Warm Taupe, I have to admit is one of my favorites. I am biased to shades of brown though. Potter’s Clay would make this 2016 Pantone color pop. It can be mixed with all the colors, a few at a time or all at once.  This color can also stand alone.  It reminds me of the naked dress from Sex and the City. Airy Blue is a fall version of serenity.  This color would look great mixed with lush meadow’s vibrancy as well as aurora red for a punch of confidence

The  color combinations with Fall 2016 Pantone’s colors is spectacular!  Stock up now.  I know a few local stores already selling these colors which is perfect for warmer climates. What do you think of the selection? How will you use it?  ENJOY!

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Fashion Hacks!

Fashion hacks are my favorite sewing inspiration. Do you specifically shop for fashion in pattern catalogs or on pattern sites?  I found myself really wondering if these things are really in fashion or just look good to other seamstresses. I started about a year ago shopping in fashion magazines and stores for hacks.  I didn’t want to look cool to the sewing community, I wanted to look cool!

Free People Fashion Hacks

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This dress!  [envira-gallery id=”2853″]I cannot wait to make. Do you see the simplicity of the lines? The photo boasts, “Made in suede!”  Easy peasy!

We all need casual I don’t care clothing in the warmer months, right?  Here’s another of my favorite fashion hacks.[envira-gallery id=”2851″]This is a Raglan top with a wide neckline.  They have Shirred the neckline, but you could get a similar look with elastic. I would hem the neckline.  Then sew the elastic directly to the hem.  Encasing the elastic would take away some of the free spirit.  If you want to know how to shir, Seamingly Kitten has a great tutorial.  Basically you need elastic thread.

By Gum By Golly is a really hip seamstress.  [envira-gallery id=”2849″]She sews like I sew, a lot of self drafting. In case you haven’t heard, the turtleneck is making a comeback!  She nails it and gives great instructions to make your own.  WHO WHAT WEAR is featuring dark denim.  I’ve had dark denim [envira-gallery id=”2847″]in and out of my stash for over a year now and I just bought quite a lot of some very lightweight dark denim at  Hancock Fabrics. I love the look of this dress they featured. It’s essentially your favorite tee-shirt, nipped at the waist, and made longer.

My Clothing Tags UPDATE


The labels went through some change prior to printing. The original draft didn’t seem to fit my  branding.  The final image is now shown in the feature photo. I love it!  I love the thought of putting clothes on with this label.

Are Clothing Tags Important?

I don’t know about you, but, I make a great deal of the gifts during the holiday season.  Clothing tags have become necessary. Gifts go home and used without my supervision.  Thank  goodness lol  So, when my granddaughter gets dressed in LucyLou 918 originals.  She needs to know her clothing is on her the right way. Also, when I make blankets, purses, scarves, and other wearable items, I want bragging rights.  Don’t we all want people to know about our art?

 I have tried so many methods of making clothing tags.  I’ve used cotton ribbon similar to shoestrings and written on it with a marker.  I didn’t like the way it looked.  I am professional and my clothing and other items should reflect such in the clothing tags. In the olden days, haha, my grandmother would sew a 1″ piece of lace in the back, she didn’t want me looking silly either.

I’m going to make mine like this:

  • I’m using my lovely printer, its honestly nothing special.  It was free with the purchase of my MacBook Pro about five years ago.
  • First I’m going to design my logo. Using an illustrator program and possibly a clip art or symbol you create to represent your line.
  • Then, when I feel fully satisfied with the appearance, I’ll reverse it.  This is the MOST IMPORTANT part.
  • Reversing the image will ensure perfection when ironed onto your ribbon or whatever you choose to use for your clothing tags.
  • I will do a rough run with printer paper and inspect the logo.
  • If you need a visual, this is a great video on my channel.
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  • I’ll probably use 1″ ribbon to make my labels.
  • The internet has a great application on the Avery site.
  • Enjoy!  Knowing everyone will know who made your item 🙂

Inspirational, Fashionable, Tutorials

I surf the web quite a bit, the blogs incorporating  inspirational, fashionable, tutorials are my favorites! I don’t know about you, but I get inspired with other people’s creations.  Fashion sewing blogs keep me on my toes. I take it all as a challenge. My ultimate favorite is not even aimed at the sewing community.

Who, What, Wear is a daily inspiration.  I especially love the fashion trends section.

Inspirational Sewing Related Blogs

Colertterie: Has been mentioned many times on my blog.  I love her instructional manner.  I read her book!  I seriously went to the library and checked it out.  She is such an inspiration. Make a wardrobe that’s truly yours. That is exactly what I love about her!  She doesn’t want you as a clone of her, she wants you to learn and be your own person.

Dixie DIY: Is inspirational, I love how she mixes a circle skirt with  a sweatshirt, but for the most part, we don’t share the same style.  Which is fine.  The completed projects section is a great place to start if you are looking for overall ideas.

Cloth Habit:  I love to dream that one day I won’t even need Victoria’s Secret.  Well, so far in my few attempts, they have nothing to worry about.

Ladybird: Is not only inspirational she’s quite the teacher as well.  Check this out, she goes into great detail about how to create your own personal croquis.[envira-gallery id="2415"]
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Julia bobbin: I love this blog.  Not only does she look cute and hip, she can sew!  She’s also into pop culture and shows the reader how to make things you see people wearing on TV.  An actual “as seen on TV” blog lol. You, too, can look like Jess from New Girl, or someone from Mad Men, who cares?  She has great sew alongs as well.  Check her out!

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Erica B. : Look at that ^^^^^^^^ love at first site.  If you need me, I’ll be over at her place. I want to know the art of cultivating a stylish wardrobe!  I know how I do it, but WOW, someone with blog I can relate to…YESSSSS! She sews like I do by looking through fashion mags.  LOVE

WOW, if you have not hung out on any of these blogs, I hope you do now!  Enjoy!

Sewing for 20 something Daughters

The featured photo for this post is of my daughter.  She is wearing clothing I made using only her measurements.

I recently encountered sewing for 20 something daughters.  You know the drill, “MOM, MOM! MOOOOOOOMMMMM!”  Like an ambulance screaming in the night.  It’s an emergency, at least to her it is!  She’s met some young man and has to go out with him, in public! Of course her wardrobe of odds and ends just won’t work.  She needs something from a fairy godmother …. YESTERDAY!  Actually, it’s not as daunting as it may seem.  Sewing with knits are wonderful when no one is there to try the garment on their body.  Ask her three questions to make a skirt, we will get to the rest later. There is a  great blog on this here.

  1. waist measurement
  2. hip measurement
  3. length she would “like” her skirt.                                                                      I stuck with a solid knit fabric in burgundy. Her color of the moment!There are plenty of quick tutorials online for making a fast skirt.  Circle skirts are especially quick. Even faster are maxi skirts!

Mesha has some of the most informative and detailed videos for beginners.

Her measurements are needed when cutting the garment to size.  Do NOT use the standard measurements in the video or tutorial.  I’ve done this and ended up with clothing to fit a Barbie.  I, am not a Barbie.  Fabric wasting annoys me and blows money.  I’m a pretty thrifty gal so neither of those are my favorites.  I hope you ENJOY sewing for your daughter as much as she enjoys the skirt.  Check back for the tutorial on making a coordinating piece. Enjoy!