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L' Etoffe Fabrics: Eugene, Oregon

Make Nine 2019

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I don’t usually participate in challenges but since moving back home to So California from Oregon - I need a new wardrobe and FAST!!!! Yes I am late to the game so will be double timing in the next 6 months. I look forward to offering any tips on the patterns I have selected. (This list is not exhaustive).

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My Make Nine 2019 - The List:

  • dp’s from Dp Studio, Le_5002 Tunic/dress with low-set sleeves and plunging neckline

  • Dp Studio Le 100 One Button Suit Jacket

  • Susan Khalje Couture Boatneck Top

  • Tessuti Coni Tunic

  • Dp Studio Boiler Jumpsuit, Jacket and Pants (counts for 2 items)

  • Dp Studio Le 913 Bustier

  • Dp Studio Le 602 Asymmetric Shirtdress

  • Julian Roberts Subtraction Cutting Smaller Dress # 41 - free download here

My choices for Fall/Holiday Sewing Wrap - Up

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Next Level Sewing

Wool Petersham Fold Over Binders in colors!

Wool binders are an easy way to finish edges when you don’t want to fold and turn raw edges especially when working with thicker fabric. Below is the Kyoto Vest suitable for beginning to advanced sewers and it’s is one pattern piece! By Tessuti Patterns - download or order the pattern online here


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I have some beautiful Italian woolens in stock that are blouse weight, some soft enough to forgo lining, other slightly heavier for dresses as well. I love working with wool because I love tracing all my lines with basting, fitting, and steaming accordingly.

Quick Piping Tip

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Piping is a standard at L’Etoffe Fabrics. It just makes life a little bit better -

So just in case there was any piping anxiety out there I am posting just a quick piping tutorial - primarily for straight edges. Will add curves soon - when time allows. For this example I have used linen piping and denim. I used just a regular straight stitch foot and I stitched directly on the piping (going slow). If you have a half foot this is ideal, I find that piping feet that are too specialized don’t give you the control to stitch where you want to - just my experience.

  1. First, stitch the piping down to one side of your seam (red stitching) preferably adjacent to the piping stitching or closer to the piping. The point here is to give you a guide by which your final stitching will be placed.

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2. Sandwich both layers of your seam together.

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3. Flip over and stitch either directly over your previous stitching or a hair closer to the piping.

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Tip: DP STudio Le 916 Asymmetric Cardigan Dress Straps

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If you get stuck on how to close the self lined straps, I hope this will help clarify the process. It's easy don't worry.

Once you have stitched the armholes and necklines - turned and presssed them - and stitched shoulder seams of the lining and dress together you are ready to close up the straps. This may seem like a puzzle at first.

1. First, with the dress right side out, reach inside the strap and pull out the

first side to close - right sides together and stitch closed.


2. Now, from the bottom of the dress reach

inside the dress/top, between the lining and the exterior

dress fabric. Grab onto strap from the inside and pull outside. The dress

will now be inside out.

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3. Stitch the second side closed (inside you will see the other side of the

closed strap) and turn to the right side and press. That's it!

DP Studio Le 001 Hoodie Project Finished!

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Includes kangaroo pockets, with or without hood, sleeves are extra long cut accordingly.

Sew Expo Puyallup: Center for Pattern Design CB Topcoat Pattern

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Hello everyone, many of you inquired about the muslin coat I had hanging on the rack at Sew Expo. They are back in stock and can be purchased here: https://www.centerforpatterndesign.com/patterns-1/cb-top-coat

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Notes:

seam allowances are 5/8

the collar is self drafted, the sample has a 3.5" finished height

only one size is included

finished width across bust without overlapping is 58"

Backstory:

Balenciaga was known for his sculptural skills while draping a design since he molds fitting tools, such as darts, directly into the design lines of the garment and this coat is an example of that technique.  The front of the coat appears to be a simple rectangle but the dart fullness has been eased into the dropped yoke sleeve seam which is cut-in-one with the back. The back is fuller with a deep pli de souplesse (fold at the armscye) which allows it to be easily worn over other garments.  The coat has two main pattern pieces and does not require a lining or closures.  Sizing is 'medium' but the size range is from 8 to 16.  The Egg hat is not included. The coat can be laid out as shown in the pattern diagram included, without nap, on 4 yards of 45" fabric folded crosswise to 2 yards. You may be able to do it for less on 58" or 60" depending on your own adjustments for length.  

Early in his career, Balenciaga worked with Madeleine Vionnet to learn many of her draping techniques in crepe fabrics and then went on to practice them in the more firm and moldable fabrics popular in his day.  He learned how to make a design, like this coat, appear simple, when, in fact, it was quite complex.  This coat is reminiscent of Vionnet, reminding us of her unusual seaming and shaping.  After Balenciaga closed his house, Salvador, his tailoring assistant, taught his methods and this pattern was an example from those classes.

 

Sewing Club Spotlight

It's A Kit!ina celayaComment

Sue made a great linen knit t-shirt from Dp Studio Le 506 Asymmetric Sweatshirt. She has posted a review here. What is cool about this pattern is that you can make it in a stable knit or woven. All sizes included from 36 to 48 or bust 83cm to 111cm but could easily go larger.

Rainbow Batik Toddler Craft Apron - Free Pattern!

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This is a very simple apron to stitch up. I would say it fits kids from about 3 to 5 years old. If you make your own bias tape I like to first sew it onto the backside then fold over to the front and zig zag down. This prevents the need to made the final stitching look perfect. I used gold metallic thread from Sajou (in stock). The apron without self fabric bias requires only 5/8 a yard. I recommend a yard if you want to make bias strips in the same fabric.

Cut one body piece on the fold. Required lengths for double fold bias strips are as follows: 2 x 45" for the neck/waist ties. 6" across the top and 40" for the bottom curved edge. For the bottom edge I have given you a generous length so you can get the around the curve, I recommend as you stitch when you get close to the curve clip the bias tape a couple of times - this will help you if using a tight fabric.

The pocket is 9" by 5". Of course customize and make it yours! This is a perfect gift.

download free pattern

 

DP STUDIO PATTERNS - NEW COLLECTION IS OFF THE HOOK TAKING PREORDERS DEADLINE JANUARY 15.

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HELLO EVERYONE, THE NEW DP STUDIO PATTERNS COLLECTION HAS JUST BEEN TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH SO I AM PREPARING AN ORDER FOR THE NEW YEAR. I WILL BE TAKING DP STUDIO TO THE THE SEWING AND STITCHERY EXPO IN PUYALLUP MARCH 1 TO 4.

IF YOU ARE GOING AND WOULD LIKE TO PICK UP YOUR ORDER AT THE SHOW PLEASE FORWARD YOUR REQUEST AND I WILL SEND YOU AN INVOICE. FOR ALL ORDERS PLEASE USE THE CUSTOM ORDER/SWTACH REQUEST FORM AT THE BOTTOM ON THE PAGE OR JUST CALL ME 541-603-2600. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PREVIEW THE LOOKBOOK EMAIL ME AND I WILL SEND YOU THE PDF. USE THE CONTACT LINK ABOVE.

Sew House Seven: Sequined Toaster Sweater #1

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Pattern: Toaster Sweater version 1 from Sew House Seven

Fabric: 1 1/3 yard sequined jersey = 37.80, 3/4 yard black rayon ponte 12.40

Time: 2 to 3 hours

Cost: $50

Notes: Debera who made this - likes to double the height (length) of the neck band so it can fold over allowing for a more stable neckband. Yes, working with sequins is easy. Just use your serger, assemble like you usually would but a 4 thread stitch is preferred and wear glasses just in case a sequin gets thrown.

Working on posting a kit for this....but the fabric may not stay in stock. contact the shop for a custom order