Go Red: Oslo Cardigan

Style Maker Fabrics is Going Red this month in honor of the National Go Red for Women campaign from the American Heart Association.  Heart Disease is the #1 killer in women and this is something that we should all continue to be aware of and take steps to prevent. I decided to “Sew Red” this week and work on a project that I have been putting off… it involves matching plaids!

My project this week was one of the patterns included with Seamwork’s December issue, the Oslo Cardigan. Seamwork is a brand new online magazine Colette Patterns launched this past December. Each month’s issue is full of interesting articles about different makers, techniques for sewing with new fabrics and lots of great advice and project ideas. If you haven’t checked it out yet I would highly encourage it. The magazine articles are FREE, but with a $6 subscription each month you get TWO brand new patterns to download.

Completed Oslo Cardigan in Plaid Double Knit

Completed Oslo Cardigan in Plaid Double Knit

I wanted to try making my own Oslo Cardigan in a warm but structured double knit and chose an interesting Houndstooth Plaid with quite a large pattern repeat. While I knew this fabric would look amazing when the cardigan was finished, I was a bit scared of having to match all of those plaid lines- something I hadn’t really done before! With the help of a Plaid Matching Guide (also from Colette Patterns) and some assistance from a fellow Style Maker I was able to conquer my fear of plaid and have some amazing results to share.

Check out those Matching Plaid Lines!

Side Seam- Check out those Matching Plaid Lines!

Probably the most time consuming part of this project was matching up the two fabric layers. I tried unsuccessfully 3 different ways to match up the selvages and get the plaid line matched up. I finally matched up the pattern and pinned the plaids in place every 6 to 8 inches. I learned a lot in this process and would probably just skip to pinning the layers next time I have a pattern to match- especially for knits since the grainline can be a little (or even a lot) wonky. I am definitely ready to take on more plaid or stripe projects!

Once I got all the pieces cut out, my Oslo went together very quickly. Gave it a good press and it is ready for National Wear Red Day (which is today!). I’m going to pair it with some black leggings, black tank top and short boots. It should be an amazing outfit in honor of a very important cause!

Oslo Cardigan- Plaid Sleeves Cut on the Bias

Oslo Cardigan- Plaid Sleeves Cut on the Bias

Learn more about heart disease in women and the Go Red for Women campaign HERE.

Wear Red!

~Michelle

Super Tote

It seemed fitting for today to share my Super Tote from Noodlehead that I recently finished. While yesterday’s Big Game didn’t turn out how we had hoped, it was a very exciting game and we are already looking forward to next season. We still love our Seahawks!

Super Tote Pattern from Noodlehead

Super Tote Pattern from Noodlehead

This is my fifth Super Tote and I am in love with this pattern and this bag! It is the perfect tote for on the go, whether it is running errands or a longer trip. Last year I made matching Super Totes for a group of us that went on a sewing retreat together- each person got a custom bag in their favorite color. While I loved making the scrappy, quilted tote bags I couldn’t wait to make my next one in a more sophisticated, fashionable fabric.

My First Super Tote- Scrappy!

My First Super Tote- Scrappy!

When we first found this Flocked Herringbone Suiting, I knew this would be the perfect fabric for my next Super Tote. The blacked flocked rose vines give it an amazing texture and it feels amazing. The big question then became, What fabric to pair with it for the gusset (sides) and handles?

I auditioned all different fabrics but none were quite right. I kept thinking- I just need a fabric similar to the background of the flocked suiting. Duh- Why don’t you just use the wrong side, Michelle! Sometimes the obvious option is just too obvious. I completed the look with classic solid black handles and accents.

Super Tote in Progress

Anyway- once I got everything cut out, the Super Tote was a breeze to put together. I finished it over a long weekend, working on it off and on as I had time. To give it a little extra stability I paired the Pellon Shape-Flex (as called for in the pattern) with Pellon Extra Firm interfacing. While the Herringbone Suiting is a heavier weight fabric, the added layer of Extra Firm gave the whole purse a really nice stability without being too thick or stiff.

Competed Super Tote

Competed Super Tote

I also wanted to share a couple pictures from our Football Gathering yesterday as well. Just a small group of family and friends, but I love any excuse to surf Pinterest and try out some new recipes. The chop salad stuffed pasta shells were a huge hit. And I loved the idea of serving “Turnovers” for the game. I used store bought puff pastry- filled them with whatever berries I had in the freezer and cut them out using the Jersey cookie cutter I had from last year’s sugar cookies. Too cute and so delicious!

Big Game Food- Salad Stuffed Shells, "Turnovers" and Brownie Footballs

Big Game Food- Salad Stuffed Shells, “Turnovers” and Brownie Footballs

I hope you had great day yesterday, whether your team won or lost!

Michelle

Out and About Dress

This is a project that I have wanted to make for some time. Sew Caroline first released the Out and About Dress Pattern early last year. It is such a versatile dress and can be made in all different variations in a variety of knit fabrics.

I have been holding out for just the right fabric to make my Out and About Dress… and this season I FINALLY found it! An amazing Jacquard Ponte Knit that gives the illusion of an elegant rose lace overlay. I love the color, the feel, the pattern and just about everything about this fabric.

At first I debated about what version I should make- Maxi? 3/4 length sleeve? Cuffs? No Cuffs? I settled on knee length with long sleeves- perfect to pair with leggings or tall boots! Also the heavier weight of this ponte knit makes it comfortable and warm in the cooler weather.

Sew Caroline's Out and About Dress in a cozy "lace-look" ponte knit.

Sew Caroline’s Out and About Dress in a cozy “lace-look” ponte knit.

Once I actually got sewing, this dress went together so quickly! I was done in one afternoon and ready to enjoy my new outfit “out and about.” I would definitely recommend this pattern and will be making more versions of it this Spring.

Here are just a couple of tips that I learned along the way.

1) I would rethink the pockets in this dress- At least for me, they ended up being a bit too low- I would either move them up a couple inches or not include them at all as mentioned in the pattern. In the heavier weight ponte knit, the pockets are a little bit bulky. I still love them! But just something I might alter in future versions.

2) I love Fuse ‘N Gather- One of my secret weapons for a long time has been Clover’s fusible gathering tape called Fuse ‘N Gather. I really don’t like to make gathering stitches on my machine! It seems like they always end up breaking, they gather unevenly or I have to pick them all out at the end so that they don’t show. Solution = Fuse ‘N Gather! Just fuse to the wrong side of your fabric and pull the threads. Perfect gathers every time and it worked wonders on this dress!

Perfectly gathered using Fuse 'N Gather and then sewed right into the seam.

Perfectly gathered using Fuse ‘N Gather sewed right into the seam.

3) Try out Double Needle Stitching- I haven’t invested in a coverstitch machine yet, but as I experiment more and more with my double needle I am loving the results. It is perfect for finishing off the hemline and sleeves on this dress and gave my project the professional, finished look I was hoping for.

Sew Caroline's Out and About Dress in a cozy "lace-look" ponte knit.

Completed Out and About Dress- ready for a day out on the town or a causal night in.

Here are a couple more of the fabrics I was considering for the Out and About Dress. Who knows, I might just need to make another one!

A few other fabric choices for the Out and About Dress.

A few other fabric choices for the Out and About Dress. Click to see MORE.

 

Launching Style Maker Fabrics

I am so excited to announce the launch of a new venture, Style Maker Fabrics.

This year has been quite the roller coaster for me both personally and professionally. Just after the first of the year my life got turned upside down and since then I have been working on finding a new path filled with creativity and passion. These changes forced me to take a leap of faith and turn some of my dreams into reality. And with that… Style Maker Fabrics was born.

Style-Maker-Fabrics-Logo

First, here is a bit more about me…
I have been sewing, crafting and being all-around creative my whole life. I have worked in and around the fabric industry most of my life and even design quilting fabrics and patterns, in partnership with my mom, under the name Firetrail Designs. I love fashion and trying to adapt the latest trends into my own style. As a third generation seamstress, I often push the boundaries of my skills and tackle new projects I may not be ready for, but I say, “Why not?” While I have mostly been sewing quilts, handbag and things for around the house, this has gradually been shifting towards sewing more and more clothing or garments.

As I have become interested in designing and creating my own garments, I have had a hard time finding the high-quality, on-trend fabrics that I was looking for. With limited selection in my area, I began searching online only to be overwhelmed and still not finding what I was looking for.

This year I set out to create a unique, online fabric retailer that specializes in on-trend fashion fabrics at affordable prices. With the help of my mother and the support of family and friends, I created Style Maker Fabrics to fill that unique void in the online fabric marketplace.

So, What is Style Maker Fabrics?
After studying the fashion trends and shopping the garment districts in New York and Los Angeles we put together an amazing selection of unique, high-quality garment fabrics for Style Maker Fabrics that we know you will love. Our goal is to provide our customers with the fabrics, supplies and inspiration so that they can become their own Style Makers.

Each season, customers will find a wide variety of fabric types selected based on the current trends and the classic styles that will always be in fashion. We pride ourselves in selecting only the highest quality fabrics and consider how each one will ideally be used, how easy it is to work with, as well as its overall performance.

At Style Maker Fabrics you will not only be able to shop by latest trend, but also by fabric type and garment type. That way you can find just the right fabric whether you know exactly what you are looking for or are just in the mood to sew or create and need some inspiration.

Fall Fashion Trend: Rich Reds

Fall Fashion Trend: Rich Reds

Join us on this exciting journey!
Over the next few months I will be share some of the exciting new things we have going on at Style Maker Fabrics. I’ll highlight some of our favorite new trends, share some of my latest projects and give you a sneak peak at a few of our special finds.

Be sure to follow along with us here on our blog and also on Instagram or Facebook. We will also keep you up to date on what is trending in the high-fashion world and give you lots of great garment ideas and sewing tips along the way.

We also would love to hear from you- If you have found an amazing new pattern or made a favorite new garment out of one of our fabrics, PLEASE SHARE! Post it on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram (@Stylemakerfabrics, #stylemaker). You never know when your uniqueness will inspire another Style Maker.

We will continue to add new features to the website and blog in the next couple of months, so be sure to check back often. We can’t wait to share! Until then, have a fabulous time sewing and don’t be afraid to create your own style.

Sincerely,

Michelle Stoffel
Official Style Maker

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